Saturday, December 29, 2007

It was a good year, I remember it well...

One thing I love about the holidays is the movies. Not new movies at the theater, but old movies on the tv. I enjoy watching the 'made for tv' Christmas movies on lifetime, as well as the classics the cable channels show. Tonight while my sweet husband was watching NFL history(in case you don't know the Patriots are attempting to do the very rare thing that is play an undefeated regular season making television history by being simulcast on 4 different networks. This is HUGE, or so I am told.), i stumbled upon a classic.

The year was 1988. The movie is one I can remember watching over and over again, and even now as an adult I love seeing it. It doesn't even seem real that 1988 was 20 years ago! Seriously where has the time gone?

So during commercial breaks I wondered about the year 1988, so I googled it. Definitely not something we could have done in 1988. I am not sure our Commodore 64 with the black screen and green letters, could have even handled something like the internet. My how things have changed!

The movie description is this: A wishing machine turns a boy into a 35 year old man with a fun job and a girlfriend.

Do you know it yet?

Maybe this will ring a bell:

ZOLTAR.

Ok. now you got it!


BIG. I love that movie and quite frankly they just don't make movies like they used to.
So here are a few interesting facts I found on the 1988 website, I left out the 482 different news clips on Mike Tyson--he had a crazy year. Here you go:


February 23 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights and play up to 18 night games
June 3 "Big," premieres in U.S.
August 17 Republicans nominate George H. W. Bush for president
August 28 40th Emmy Awards: 30something, Wonder Years and Richard Kiley
September 10 Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas and Yucatan
September 25 Florence Griffith Joyner runs Olympic record 100m in 10.54s
September 30 IBM announces shipment of 3 millionth PS/2 personal computer

September 30 Los Angeles Dodger Orel Herschiser breaks former Dodger Don Drysdale mark by pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings
October 1 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes president of Soviet Union
October 19 Senate passes bill curbing ads during children's TV shows
October 31 1st Monday Night NFL game in Indianapolis, Colts beat Denver 55-23
November 8 George Bush beats Mike Dukakis for presidency

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Deck the halls....

Ok, so I am a bit late with the showing of all things Christmas in my home, but better late than never! We put our tree (s) up on November 1st typically. It is such a busy time of year for Aaron and I that it is just more enjoyable for us to get it all decorated before the craziness starts.

We hope you all had a FABULOUS MERRY CHRISTMAS! Our favorite memory of the holiday this year was on Christmas Eve. We popped some cookies in the oven when we arrived home at 10pm and while they baked I read The Christmas Story to AJ and JP. The four od us sat on the couch all snuggled together smelling yummy cookies and reading under the glow of the twinkling lights. It was awesome. It was topped off by BOTH children falling asleep in my arms just as I reached the end of the story. So we scooped them up put them to bed, left cookies and milk for santa, carrots for the reindeer, and off we went to bed at 11pm. It was magical!

This is the little people Christmas village.

A child friendly nativity by playmobil.


another child friendly plush nativity





The famous little people nativity. This 'box' is a 12' long box that serves as storage for excess toys, as well as extra seating for watching pool tournaments in our family room.




This is the playmobil christmas house that sits on our coffee table in the family room.


This is the family room christmas tree which has colored lights and is decorated with family ornaments through the years.




This is the playroom christmas tree which has colored lights and sports and princess ornaments. don't you just love the castle play house my dad built for AJ.




This is JP's special nativity. He loves decorating his desk himself.



This is my favorite nativity, which sits on top of our mantel. I did not know until after I took the picture that someone had put a baby pig where Jesus should be. Hmm...I wonder who did that?


This is where JP displayed all his gingerbread creations for the holiday season. Normally I wouldn't do that, but he was so proud of his creations!

This old world santa is in the living room upstairs. we also have fun with the snowman tic tac toe on the bottom shelf.



OK since you are probably getting tired of looking I thought maybe you should turn your head sideways for this one! :) This is the tree and first stockings we had as a family. They now find their home in the master bedroom.



This is AJ's tree with purple lights in her surfer girl bedroom. The sun was a bit bright so the pic is a tad dark.





This is JP's tree in his bedroom. He is a bit of a penguin fan, so he made an elaborate setup in which NO ONE is to touch. All his plush penguins are set up at the base of the tree with presents intertwined amongst them.



this is the kids fishy bathroom, which in the next couple of weeks will be getting a formal face lift into a more adult theme since it is the main bathroom company uses.




This is the entry table where I change the photos according to the season. The gold tray stays there year round and is where christmas cards are put, along with baby announcements etc.



this is our dining room table, which I love, but I am disappointed in its durability with children. So as beautiful as it is we don't use it.



This is our breakfast nook. JP bought me the placemats and chair covers for my birthday last year. They look really cute in here! this is where the kids always eat, now that the fancy table is off limits. I love this table, it is an antique farm table meant for rough and tough people. The chairs I picked up 10 years ago at a flea market and they are 2 sets of antique chairs with leather seats.


last but not least is my favorite tree the 9 1/2 foot clear light mom decorated tree in our living room. With coordinated wrapped gifts of course! I love this tree.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Now it is time for me to find room for all the toys Santa and family blessed us with.
wish me luck, I am going to need it!



















Friday, December 21, 2007

butter....parkay....butter....parkay

Reason #42 to not buy BULK products:

When you drop the 3 pound FULL NEW tub of butter it will crack and spew butter all over the fridge.

You think it will keep just as well in a tupperware? Or shall I just continue the day with the tin foil wrapped butter tub?

Hmmm....decisions, decisions.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Promises

The other day AJ and I had a leisurely morning. These are rare for us. We virtuely never stay home while bub is at school.

As we snuggled on the couch and watched 'a little girl' show, something hit me. A wake-up call if you will. AJ had asked me if I would just carry her to the bathroom.

Right then I realized the days of carrying her are so very limited. Everyday she becomes more independent. So I made her a promise that I will always stop to snuggle her or carry her when she asks.

Now I am aware it will be a tough one, but I have to do it. Every year seems to go faster than the previous and before I know it there won't be any little people left in my house.

The best part about this little promise, is that it came on a day when I should have been at school helping with a craft I sent in. Now rarely do I decline to help anyone, but when Ms. M asked if I would like to come do the craft with the kids, I declined. Wow. So big for me!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Dinner and a movie....

well if you count popcorn as a meal that is!

WE DO!

Check out this great giveaway. It has yummy popcorn from here.

AND a years worth of movies from here.

FREE.

I love me some free things.

Wordless Wednesday--from the archives

Those are some tired shopper's

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My new BFF

Sunday afternoon I was driving home from the giftshop and right there in the middle of the expressway I saw the vision of our family Christmas card. I briefly let off the gas as I viewed this amazing card that blocked my vision of the road.

Then it was gone and the excitement filled me, so I sped home ready to launch into Christmas card 2007 photo taking.

We needed to leave for a Christmas party when I got home, so the children were already dressed. As I leaped into the house, I announced, "CHANGE OF PLANS!"

I burst into the kids closets and began throwing clothes out and asking everyone to change. Luckily the kids saw my excitement and did not argue with the need to cooperate in changing yet again.

So outside we went with tripod in hand to capture the right photo, when MY DAD walked down the street. "aaah" Perfect Dad can take the picture. THere are definite advantages to having your parents 2 doors down the street.

The perfect picture was captured, so off we went to the Christmas party just 15 minutes late. Fashionable, right?

When we got home I immediately began working on the card. Everything was smooth until it was time to print. I actually had not used my printer since probably last Christmas, so it was making all kinds of grumps and groans and not working up to its ability. So once again, down to my parents to their printer.

Still not the quality I was envisioning. So to bed I went.

Monday morning I woke ready to give up the envisioned card and just go to Sam's. After calling though, I would be unable to get my card for 2 days and all that driving.

Hmm...think...think....think.

Staples called my name with their photo copiers. I'll try that.

Yea, not so much. THe copy worked fine, except for cutting off half the card because their self-copying directions were , well written in Chinese. Not to mention the cost was 14 cents more than they told me. So I left staples with a 53 cent charge on my credit card.

Off to Sir Speedy. I walked in feeling a bit discouraged and held up my "artwork" like a proud child, "Can you color copy this with 2 to a page, pretty please?"

The man with the VERY blue eyes says yes, but I can get 3 on a page.

3! you are saving me money! Whoohoo!

Then he asks if I want cardstock, at no extra charge. Seriously? Well yes I want cardstock.

Excitement building.

Then he tells me they will be ready TODAY. I may have leaped with joy.

So at 5 pm I had my dear husband pick up my cards, which by the way Ole blue eyes even CUT for me! It is probabaly a good thing I did not pick them up because I might have climbed across the counter to give blue eyes a kiss because did I mention yet that the 75 cardstock cards already cut up only cost $9.50.

And we all know I love a bargain. I will sooo be using Sir Speedy next year, only probably in November!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Happy Birthday to my hubby!

Isn't he dreamy?
On this day just 13 days after I was born, my husband was born. A man I was meant to marry. You see my mom WAS going to name me Erin Elizabeth, but for some reason when I was born and she looked at me she said no this is a Jennifer Marie not an Erin Elizabeth. I am so glad she did that because I am not sure that Aaron would have dated and Erin.


So 10 years ago, it was Aaron's birthday that brought us together. Since I have a weird memory I have always known when his birthday was, so when I was at Baylor I mailed him a birthday card. From that a first date in Dallas occurred and the rest is just history....


HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON! I LOVE YOU INFINITY! :)
this should be posting on friday am

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Get me out of Fast Forward....

The sheer panic has set in.

I am freaking out.

There are 12 days till Christmas.

12 days.

Ok now you are probably freaking out too.

If you live near me grab a piece of chocolate and a paper bag and find me, I NEED YOU!

Seriously what has happened with time? I feel like I am stuck in fast forward. I don't know what has happened with the last month. All my grand Christmas events have not happened and the wheather is really hindering them from occuring now.

Now who is the fool for falling for the 'wait till December' to do Christmas stuff. I AM!

It is December 13 and my son has not given his 'list' to Santa. We have not been to SDC to see him.

It is December 13 and we have not driven around town looking at Christmas lights.

It is December 13 and *shock* I have not had professional pics taken of the kids.

It is Decemberr 13 and I have not developed pictures from my camera since October 1st.

It is December 13 and I have not made my Christmas card. Haven't even chosen the idea or pictures.

It is December 13 and I have not finished wrapping and shipping out of town gifts. Maybe I will call them New Years gifts.

It is December 13 and I have not assembled the goody bags for the school party tomorrow.

The good news is that I work fabulous under pressure, or so my husband reminded me last night as I stood over the kitchen counter eating dinner, while sorting photos. Because when you are already behind you might as well sort 1 years worth of photos into order and spend 3 nights putting them into albums. I used to have the best photo system and organization, until I went digital. Remember all those photos ya'll used to receive???

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The best things are not planned...

Jolly ole St. Nick just happened to be greeting a tour bus on our parking lot at the old giftshop, so I ran and got AJ from her 'office'. She waited patiently while Santa 'worked' and then with eyes filled with wonder she walked over hopped up on his lap and told him she wanted Baby Alive. So glad I always have a camera with me. (ok I always have at least 2 cameras with me, if not 3) As we walked back to her 'office' , she started to tear up. I asked her what was wrong and she said, "I didn't teeell santa, merrrryy chrismus."


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Christmas Meme

I love Christmas. It is truly my favorite time of the year! Although I enjoy doing the decorating the kids have their own special decorations as well. Thankfully I can be at peace with the way they decorate their trees, even when all the ornaments are on one branch!

I love the traditions related with Christmas. We have many that date back to when my mom was a kid. We do St. Nick night on the 5th. Each child wakes to a small item at the table. This year JP got a pizza baking kit and ornament and AJ got a cookie baking kit and ornament. We also do the 12 days of Christmas stockings which the childrens maternal grandma fills. My grandma has done that for each of her grandchildren and now my mom does too. They are just sweet little things like chapstick, cars, candy, change, soap, or stickers. Every year we enjoy making a gingerbread house. This year the kids really enjoyed it! This year we started the tradition of Friday night Christmas movie night. We also do the advent calendar, which one of the great aunts sends each year. A new tradition is the birthday cake we make for Jesus.

So here is the list:

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Love the wrapping paper. I love to match the coordinating papers to the fancy tree in the living room. Santa wraps the kids presents in 1 paper for each kid.

2. Real or artificial tree?
Artificial. The year my parents got a real tree my sister and I were so sick, since I was too little to remember an artificial tree is all I have ever known. But my 9 1/2 tree looks very real.

3. When do you put the tree up?
November 1st. I know I am completely out of the ordinary, but if I am going to put 8 trees up I don't want to rush and I want to enjoy them!

4. When do you take the tree down?
The week of New Years. I think it is usually down by the 5th. Aaron takes it all down. I put up, he takes down. It is a good system.


5. Do you like eggnog?
Absolutely NOT!

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My first cabbage patch, she had red yarn hair and a pink outfit. My red hi-top converse are definitely up there too.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
yes. Lots. My favorite is new this year and has a removable baby Jesus. It sets on our fireplace mantel. JP has his own large one, a mini one, and an ornament one. We also have a plush one to play with and of course the fisher price one too.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Probably my Dad because he always says he doesn't want anything.

9. Easiest person to buy for?
My kids. I always over buy for them.

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever recieved?
Hmm? The one that comes to mind quickly is the lotion that I thought was toothpaste and I tasted it. GROSS!! It took cranberry juice to get the flavor out of my mouth!

11. Christmas card....mail or email?
Mail. I literally race home at the end of the day to see whose card came! I have however not even made my cards yet! Yikes...I am way late.

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Home Alone.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
I shop year round. It is much easier on the finances. I have a present closet, that my children don't even go near. They know it is there, but they don't ask. They are so good!


14. Have you ever recycled a gift?
honestly no.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmastime?
EVERYTHING! I do not limit my self this time of year, so please pay no attention to the fact that my jeans do not fit! :) Angel pie, breakfast casserole, deviled eggs, fudge, ham....

16. Clear lights or colored?
Clear in living room, purple in AJ, color in JP, clear in my room, colored in kids bathroom, colored in downstairs bathroom, clear in sitting area, colored in play room, colored in family room.

17. Favorite Song?
anything by manheim steamroller

18. Travel at christmas or stay home?
We used to travel at Christmas with my parents, but now we have to stay home for business. Both our immediate families are in town, so we just miss out on the Greats. We try to see them other times of the year.

19. Can you name all the reindeer?
Yep, even olive!


20. Angel or Star?
lvr-star, AJ-hula girl, JP-star, bathroom-fish, my room-angel, family room-star, play room- ?, bathroom-?

21. Open the presents Christmas morning or eve?
Tradition is open 1 gift from an out of town person on Christmas eve. Then the rest Christmas morning. Santa at our house. All other gifts 2 doors down at my moms.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
It is the busyiest time of year for my family. It is the last few weeks to sell as much as possible and hope the year ends great. Pray for the ice to melt and the power to go back on in our stores that are in the ice storm zone.

23. What i love most about Christmas?
I love entertaining at Christmas, this year I don't get to though. :(

Most of you have done this, but if you haven't give it a whirl!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

A swift kick in the...

3 long long days my computer has been acting up.

Do you think it is possible for the chemical make-up of one person to be completely harmful to computers? It is quite possible that every computer I touch blows up. I mean we are talking blue screen of death kinda thing.

Could it be true?

For 3 LONG days I have been unable to check my email from home.

You see I have been unable to use the 8, I, K, and comma keys. So I have been unable to log on since those keys are used in my logon name and or passwords.

Majorly frustrating.

So today I picked up the wireless keyboard and mouse my mom had for me to use. Now she used to use this very laptop with the wireless keyboard combo, with no problems.

Not so much for me.

I tried EVERYTHING to get the keyboard set up. I got the mouse set up no problem, but a mouse is really no good if you can't type letters.

So out of pure frustration I SLAMMED my hand down on the keyboard, locked it up, shut it down, and VOILA.....

I CAN TYPE AGAIN.

When all else fails just kick, smack, slap, or maybe even throw the computer to get it to do what ya want!

RIGHT?

Friday, December 7, 2007

Oh little town of Target...

We just arrived home from the Windy City. AJ drove the sleigh fabulously! The trip was great!

4 days
3 nights
3 states
24 hours of driving
33 hours shopping
8 restaurants
1 lost blankie
1 lost pair of sunglasses
1 banilla bear
1 lil baby Jesus
1 Susie
12 times watching my little pony
2 days of snow falling
6 elbows sharp running through a store
hours of fun laughing and giggling
and finished Christmas lists!

One of the most hysterically funny things was listening to AJ play babies on the drive. At one point she put 'lil baby Jesus' in timeout for jumping on 'susie' because we don't jump on people just trampolines.

It was also quite interesting the looks we got when AJ addressed her baby in the restaurants. Especially when she announced that Jesus need to go poo poo in her diaper. And yes Jesus was a baby girl, born from the aisles of Target. AJ fell in love with that baby and insisted on naming her Jesus after 5 minutes of calling her Billie Bah first.

Today she is still Jesus.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Where's my blankie?

There are 3 little words you never want to hear after you have spent 2+ hours shopping in a mall 9 hours from home....

Where's my blankie?

WHAT?!

For more than 3 years I have kept up with that silly beloved super soft and silky pink blankie, and in one evening in the windy city I lose it!?

NO...that is just unacceptable. We only went to about 4 stores and only walked one hallway of the mall...we will find it.

So back through the traffic, frantically calling any of the stores we made purchases at to see if they had 'blankie'. No one had seen it. In fact so many people said, "What?"....as if they have never even heard of a 'blankie'.

What is up with these Yankees? Do they not know the importance of a blankie to a 3 year old? Do they not know how important a blankie is to a mommy travelling without daddy?

MUST FIND BLANKIE!

I checked every store we went in, even though we called them and still nothing.

I checked every trash can in the corridor we were in and stiill nothing.

Blankie is gone, it is a sad day in the life of AJ.

And mommy because I still have my first blankie so I know how important 'blankie' is to AJ.

She was brave and really only mommy shed some tears. We made the mad dash to Wal-mart for a replacement and they were closed at 10:30pm??? Seriously.

So a quick run into a place called Meijers, which looked a lot like a messy supercenter, we found a perfect replacement blankie.

Now I just hope tomorrow will be good, when AJ realizes it is not her favorite blankie.

Maybe if we are lucky when we head back to the mall tomorrow, some nice person will have turned it in to the lost and found. I HOPE!!!


note to self...always stick with your gut and take the jumbo stroller and NOT the umbrella one. Leave the coat in the car when it is "balmy", but that is another story.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

My arm is wet...

I have said it before...

I get easily sidetracked.

I am a multi-tasker and many times I get to working and I see something that reminds me to do something else so I do it then I forget what I was doing.

evidence number 1:

I washed a load of NOTHING the other night because I started the washer and on my way to grab the laundry from my room the computer screen caught my eye with an evite. Oh I gotta write that in my dayplanner before I forget....20 minutes later I walk past an open washer swashing around soapy water.

We are such "green people".

evidence number 2:

I walked outside yesterday afternoon with the house phone and got distracted by playing basketball with JP. At 4pm TODAY I needed to make a phonne call and could not find the phone. I paged it...nothing. So I began walking through the house listening for the beeping. When I was in the breakfast nook I heard a faint beep and went into the garage...louder but still nothing. Went all the way outside to the driveway and voila there is was!

evidence number 3:

Today I was sorting the bills and taking care of the random phone calls when AJ wanted to go swimming OUTSIDE. While being put on hold I talked her into swimming inside in the tub. So I started the water and finished my 2nd and 3rd phone calls. AJ does not like the water high so she ALWAYS turns it off after about an inch of water. After my 3rd call, I was brought back to the present and heard THE WATER STILL RUNNING!!! I dashed into the bathroom to see AJ smiling, swimming with goggles, and the water running over the top of the tub! With my fleece covered arm I reached in and pulled the plug only to slew water all over the bathroom after pulling my arm out. I felt the water wasn't draining fast enough and was worried about it running through the drywall to the basement so I grabbed a cup. A CUP?! to drain extra water into the sink. Just as I realized how silly that was I threw the cup which I thought was empty down, and ran for the not 1 but 2 ringing phones. LET THE MACHINE GET IT WOMAN!!!

evidence number 4:

While my arm is still wet and AJ is still wearing a wet bikini I decided to call the insurance company and ask them why they still haven't paid a claim. ????? After being on hold for 25 minutes, and yes while on hold I changed my clothes, got AJ out of the bikini, but still no clothes for her, I finally got a human. However this human wasn't much better than the automated machine because the problem is still not solved and she took 15 minutes to figure it out, which left me with 5 minutes to drive 10minutes to pick up JP from art class. And of course AJ was still without clothes.

evidence number 5:

this one is not so much about sidetracking, but it adds to the chaos of 3 and 4. I begged the strong willed AJ to hop into the car wearing an ugly pj dress because it was fast. Thankfully she obliged and off we went flying down the old country road to retrieve the boy. The cell phone only rang 2 times on the way to get him and AJ fell asleep, but on the way home on the country road something biggish was in the middle so I went over it. Terrible noises occurred and panic insued. Shortly after that a large truck came towards us on this less than a one car wide country road so I was forced to get over in the ditch of trees. Scratchy noises on paint were heard. Phone ringing. AGAIN. Crackling voice on other end says something about needing to change the school yearbook photos by tomorrow. Did I hear you right?! We pull into the driveway and Daddy is not home yet....

CALGON TAKE ME AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Just another day

I have enjoyed reading all the Thanksgiving blogs the past few days.

What a shame it is though that Thanksgiving has become 'just another day' in our booming tourist town.

Just 10-15 years ago Thanksgiving was a 'dark' day in this little tourist mecca. It was a day to spend with family and friends. A day of football games both on tv and in the yard. A day to graze across a table filled with amazing and plentiful foods. A day for a nap, a time to rest and reflect. A day for board games and laughter.

Today this day has become 'just another day'. As I drove down the strip on Thursday, I saw businesses open and booming. There were go-kart, mini golf, and theme parks open. Restaurants like Wendy's were serving up burgers.

For those who actually were fortunate enough to get to have a Thanksgiving meal, it was a rushed one as individuals ran off to work. Work. It was just a large meal to get those people through the ridiculously busy weekend that was to come. A weekend of intense traffic. A weekend where your children think you are 'gone' because you leave before they wake and you come home way after they are asleep. A weekend with hopes of 'beating last years sales'. A weekend filled with unhappy and disgruntled shoppers who 'didn't get the best deal' at the 4am crazy sales.

This would be an easy situation to become filled with the bah humbug attitude, unless you try to see a different side. So here are some reminders:

1. People chose to spend their holiday in our little tourist town. We have the opportunity to become a special memory in their holiday.

2. As you are shopping on holidays, or even the day after, always remember that those sales asscociates have families too. Treat them with respect because they have given up their holiday memories to serve you, either willingly or unwillingly.


I went out on Thanksgiving to the KMART sale, it was my first ever. What I saw was unbelievable and I realize that it was nothing compared to what has occured. So to those shoppers I would like to remind you:

1. Never wear your church's logo while going on these early morning sales, more than likely, you are not going to behave in a manner that would honor your church or God.

2. It is never necessary to drop the *gasp* f-bomb in a public place. It is just disgusting and uncalled for.

3. The thing you just ripped out of another ladies hand...you don't need. It is an object! Think to yourself: are you warm? are you fed? do you have people that love you? if you answered yes then you are living it up!

4. Shop with a smile and a happy heart!

5. Always wish the cashiers a Merry Christmas.

Now I must issue a disclaimer as I was not the person who was responsible for numbers 1,2,or 3. It is just what I observed and was utterly shocked by. I was the shopper who pointed other shoppers over to the items they were looking for, allowed the elderly to safely pass by, and reached for very cheap remote control cars for some vertically challenged gals. I was not brave enough to say anything to the lady wearing her church's sweatshirt when she was being hateful to the sales clerk. I so wished I had!

Fast forward to friday at 6am when I overslept for the Target sale. I rushed out the door knowing I was probably too late to get the things I wanted...notice I did not say needed, we only need food and water. I got what appeared to be the last parking spot and headed into the madness. It was 6:30 am when I walked into target and all 20 of their checkouts had no less than 30 people each. I headed straight for toys and asked about the baby set I wanted. gone. So a bit bummed but still smiling I headed for the next item. gone. Item 3. gone.

So I decided ok it is ok I wasn't meant to get em I will head up and pay for the one item I was carrying. When lo and behold I see an abandoned baby playset, I swooped in for the score. It was just like the ebay commercial titled "shop victoriously'. So I decided to wander the store a minute in hopes of the lines dying down. Again I find item 2 abandoned. Item 3 abandoned. Everything I wanted I found by mistake! So I went up to pay and avoided the mega line by paying at the service desk.

I think I was victorious in my finds only because of my good attitude towards others.


Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Deck the Halls with FREE stuff!

Hit the top button on my sidebar for some seriously good music for the holidays and while you're there sign up for some free music!

I have almost worn a hole straight through the Monk & Neagle from this music company's last giveaway!

Good Stuff.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A little slice of Heaven...

In just 3 short days I will have prepared my little ole tummy to endure not 1, but 2 full Thanksgiving meals in a span of 5 hours. We are so blessed to be surrounded by both sides of our families, we are definitely willing to sacrifice our waistlines to celebrate with everyone.

While I love Aaron's family dearly, there is one thing his familiy's dinner lacks. ANGEL PIE.

Most people have never even heard of this Angel Pie, but the moment they have the privelege of tasting it they are HOOKED!

Oh and you heard me right, it is definitely a privelege. It is an amazingly delicious little holiday treat that my momma has always made. Although exceptionally tasty, it is a tricky recipe.

Let me tell ya the three secrets. First let me tell you that you cannot double the recipe. It does not work. Second, the measurements must be exact. Finally, a kitchen aid mixer is a definite must, otherwise you might need a second set of hands.

THIS PIE IS SOOOO WORTH IT THOUGH. Literally knock down drag out fights have occured over the last slice.

HERE IT IS: (drum roll please)

Angel Pie

Group 1
4 1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Group 2
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Other:
graham cracker pie crust
cool whip

Put group 1 ingredients in a double boiler. Cook until thick. In the meantime(group 2 ingredients) beat egg whites and salt until frothy, add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time then add vanilla. Pour #1 group over #2 group beating constantly. Beat until mixed thoroughly. Pour into a graham cracker crust. Cool in refrigerator. Top with cool whip and grate chocolate on top.


Eat with a tall glass of cold water. Yummy perfection.

On occasion there is a little extra so my mom pours that into the tiny little pie crusts for the kids. Of course at 28, I AM still a kid!

Last tip...although usually not a problem of having leftovers, this pie only keeps for about 2 days in refrigerator, before it starts to get watery.

Things that make ya go hmmm?

As I sat down at church yesterday, I knew the message was going to rock. Especially since a certain 3 year old finally went to her 'class'. Yea!

It became quite clear immediately that the message was seriously good when I realized I had forgotten a pen and I was frantically searching my bag for a pencil, lipstick, or crayon. I needed something to write with!

I found a crayon and immediately began scratching out notes like a child.

So what was the message you may be wonndering?


Discovering the integrity of your heart.
"...To act justly" Micah 6:8
What hit me the hardest was when our pastor gave the visual of this:
An everyday trip to Kmart in which a boy's father realized the clerk had given him too much change and so on a bitter cold Chicago day the father walked back into the store to stand in line at service to return the couple of cents.
He followed up with the fact that it was not through family devotion times that he learned about 'doing right', but through the way his parents lived the way of the bible.
WOW. So true.
And still from there the message gets even better.
"Do not have two differing weights inn your bag-one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house- one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your GOD is giving you. For the LORD your GOD detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly."
Deuteronomy 25:13-16
WOW again! So here are some powerful examples of how this occurs in everyday life:
age of our children when it comes to theme parks, menus, airplanes VS. age of our children when it is time to enter kindergarten.
the fuss we make when we are given less change VS. when we are given too much change
square feet of our home when we are getting a construction bid VS the square feet of our home to a realtor or appraiser.
complaints we give when asked to work past 5 pm VS how much time we spent on internet with non business activity
Income on a loan app (huge) VS income reported on income taxes
inflated resume VS actual job performance
myspace personality VS real life personality
see you own strengths VS seeing others weaknesses
Referee makes a call for your team VS ref makes a call against your team
Address for school district VS primary address
being under charged for an item VS being over charged for an item
I think it is easy to get preoccupied with life and forget that even our everyday actions impact our children so greatly. If we want our children to follow God, we must make God a part of our everyday experiences.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. these commandments that I give you today are to upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
Deuteronomy 6:5-7
This comes at such a great time of the year when so many people let the stresses of the season show. Just being encouraging, polite, and giving in our everyday errands will have such an impact on not only our children, but complete strangers too. Imagine an entire town joining in and living this way, it would change lives....

Friday, November 16, 2007

Green Eggs and Ham

Why is it that breakfast foods are by far the yummiest foods and yet they leave the most horrific smell after cooking them?

The things I wonder....

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Reality Check confessions

First and Foremost...a warning.

I am about to spill my guts, so please support me.

OK now here goes:

Are you watching Oprah right now?

It is about a 3000 square foot house with 75 tons of STUFF! It was unbelievable! For my local bloggers seriously you gotta watch it on the CW at 9pm tonight!


It kinda freaks me out that it is so easy to spin out of control for the number of THINGS we have.

They talked about the NEED for limits.

So true. so true.

Clearly most of you know I AM a shopaholic. I CAN'T PASS UP A BARGAIN.

Or maybe I should say I COULDN'T.

I had a reality check the other day when I realized it was almost the end of Nov and my son has not repeated an outfit to school.

I know COMPLETELY rediculous! First of all, I know clearly I am strange that I rotate the clothing in order of wearing. Second, I know it is EXCESSIVE.

I am really trying to limit the clothing in our home. I actually just returned 3 bags of clothing to various stores. Shockingly I didn't purchase anything while returning! AJ has way less clothes than ever...and I am so proud of that. JP on the other hand still has enough shirts to make it through a few more months, BUT I have quit buying him shirts...yea!

Also the "gift closet" will be shutting down to more of a "gift shelf" after Christmas.

Yes I had an entire walk in closet for gifts...

And yes it was OVER FLOWING.

So be prepared girls...gasp...you will be seeing AJ wearing the same outfit repeatedly!

Scout's honor


I am so glad we are doing cubscouts with these boys! It has been a great opportunity to teach JP the importance of volunteering. And bonus the families are fun to spend time with as well!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Jen-of-all-trades

These are the "hats" I wore today.

And just today.

Mom
Friend
Wardrobe Assistant
Dental Hygenist
Hair Stylist
Gourmet Chef
Chauffer
Chief Financial Officer
Gymnastics Coach/Teacher
Not so Pro Singer
Restaurant Critic
Housekeeping Attendant
Volunteer Copy Machine Operator
Volunteer Scissors Operator
Professional Event Coordinator
Cashier
Assistant Manager
Professional Stock Associate
Email Correspondent
Adorably Good Lookin Greet Your Husband with A Kiss When He is Home from Work WIFE

after the kiss I left my sweet husband with a LONG to-do list and 2 children and I went to the giftshop to fill in.

I am hoping to come home to a sparkly home that smells like Christmas and twinkling lit christmas trees....Aah

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

When did we get so big?

I'm not sure when it happened, but sometime overnight I have grown up.


YIKES! I mean there are little people in my house that are calling me MOM. ME.

Whose house?

MINE!?

Seriously where did the time go?

Seems like just yesterday I was spending everyday playing with this girl's husband, my cousin Jamas.



Aren't we just adorable in our little old school clothes!

And now we have our own little girls, who oddly enough are almost exactly the same age apart as we are and his is brunette and brown eyes and mine is blond and blue eyes. Wish I had a current picture!

Wonder if they will follow in our footsteps....

Monday, November 12, 2007

It is hereditary...really it is.

The other night i enjoyed an evening out with other B-town bloggers. We played an intense game of NERTZ. It was a really really fun night.

The competition was on, even though more than half of us had never even heard of the game. We caught on quick and the smack was being laid down.

I can get a bit intense when it comes to competition. I was born to win. I do EVERYTHING with 150% effort. I would not be defined as a 'millenial' (60 minutes last night), but that is a topic for a different ranting post. I expect to win or succeed at what I do, that is just me.

So today when I was trying to decide what to post I really wanted to have a picture in it and low and behold I found this one:








My son playing an INTENSE game of air hockey and what else WINNING! That was his game face as he defeated his opponent, a sweet adorable girl celebrating her 7th birthday who paid for this game of air hockey. So really in the "game world" there are no feelings, it is just WIN OR GO HOME!


disclaimer: note to the reader this post was compiled in conjunction with the whole onslaught of smack talk that went with the said NERTZ night in question. The author really does have kind feelings for her opponents; and she is in fact NOT teaching her children that winning is everything. She is however teaching her children to always give 150% in life and if they end up winning great.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

My freedom thanks you...

Today I woke up in my warm in snuggly bed surrounded by comfort and love, after an evening of fun and games with gals I truly enjoy spending time with.

After thanking God for such a beautiful day, I thank our veterans for all that they gave to ensure my freedom and the freedom of our country.

On this day we honor you and your families.

THANK YOU VETERANS!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

She might be a bit confident...

mommy: AJ you're beautiful.

AJ: Yes I know I am. I absolutely am beautiful.

I love hearing a 3 year old say Absolutely! It is sooo cute!

Friday, November 9, 2007

The Flipside

I have always been a positive thinker. In fact a crayon drawn framed picture is in my hallway that I drew when I was a child, it reads:
IT'S GONNA BE A GREAT DAY!!!!
I have always believed if I say that each morning, it will be true.
So when things happen that most people would be sad about I can usually see the silver lining.
Anyhoo let me get to my point or my picture won't make any sense.....
After having 2 children the northern hemisphere of my body is a bit lacking.
OK....oK....A LOT LACKING!
BUT there is a plus side...
I can wear the size 14-16 at the oh so cute store at the Landing with the same name as my boy!
How fun is that?
I can have matching clothes to AJ!!!!!




Thursday, November 8, 2007

Boogers Aisle 17

Yes I just said Boogers.

Boogers.

Boogers.

Boogers.


You know it is kinda a funny word. I can see why the kids giggle.

Anyway I digress...the other day we were at Wal-mart. We needed some pink computer paper, so we wandered down the normally vacant office aisle only to be greeted by LOTS of other customers. It was at that precisely quiet moment surrounded by people when AJ asked LOUDLY, "do we pick our noses in the bathroom?"

Now most kids you can just pretend you didn't hear the question and just walk fast and whisper the answer when you are alone...not AJ. If you don't answer her she repeats louder and lOUDER until you answer. Soooo....I answered, "Yes if you have to pick your nose, you do it in the bathroom and then you wash your hands."

Giggles.

Not from AJ, but from the other shoppers.

Cheeks getting red, is it hot in here????

So I must ask what do you tell your children about nose picking?

I chose the you do it in the bathroom choice because I think when we say "Don't pick your nose"...the kids only hear "pick your nose". From that I have never had to tell JP to stop picking his nose....I have never seen him do it. AJ has been reminded once.

So am I weird? I mean they are gonna do it, better where no one can see em right?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A day to write home about...


Yesterday was a beautiful day filled with the perfection one wishes for on their anniversary.


Well...maybe not what ALL people wish for on their anniversary, but it was my perfect day.

There were no flowers, no chocolates, no expensive gifts, no candle lit dinner, and no fancy schmancy dessert, and yet it was MY PERFECT DAY.

How...you may ask?

Let me tell ya!
The weather was GORGEOUS! It was a blustery day with the chill of autumn and the rustling of leaves sparkled with the warmth of the brilliant sun. Really how can things get much better than that?
Well...

Smiling faced, cheerful, sharing, well rested, happy children is a great day in itself. AJ even cleaned her room PERFECTLY when asked! SHOCKING! The two of them played poly pockets in the bathroom for almost an hour!?


After 8 years of marriage I was actually scurrying around cleaning the house and doing wifely duties when my hard working husband arrived home for the evening. My goal was to have the entire upstairs completely SPOTLESS when he arrived...I almost made it. The kids rooms, bathroom, living room, and master bedroom were all in order. The breakfast nook, kitchen, and dining room NOT SO MUCH....I should have had him climb through JP's window for the grand entrance. That would have worked....next year.

So I left my groom to clean the kitchen while I ran off to do my duty as a citizen of this country and vote. It was a peaceful and stressless experience and really the thought of leaving the home every evening for a 15 minute drive is quite exciting! I got to listen to adult music!
When I arrived home from my 15 minutes of pure bliss the kitchen was clean and the children were wanting to make a cheese plate just for Aaron and I as a celebration of our anniverary...what cuties!
I stalled them from the cheese plate and enticed them downstairs for an evening of Christmas decorating!
We spent the evening listening to Christmas music and reminscing about all the memories that each ornament had. That accompanied by heavy furniture lifting, toy cleaning, cooking the children dinner, putting the children to bed, and then Aaron and I making our dinner and dessert together was an evening of peace and perfection! Exactly the kind of memories I signed up for when I said "I Do" 8 years ago! I love you Aaron! my day was the best...thank you!
I will post on the AMAZING POTATO recipe and the yummy brown bread soon!!!

our first Christmas ornament

even a celebrity made an appearance!




he thinks he is a celebrity!


JP wanted to take this photo...notice we did not dress for the occasion!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Pearl Harbor Day

Happy Anniversary Aaron!

It has been 8 fabulous years!

I will never forget playing Taboo when you said, "our's is Nov 6th"

And I screamed, "Pearl Harbor Day!"

Your face was hilarious, since I was supposed to say "anniversary"


I love you so much and can't wait to see what the next 8 years will bring us!

Happy Pearl Harbor Day...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

And I thought I was just smart...

Where do you keep your bananas?

Silly question huh?

Well we keep our bananas in the refrigerator. There are a few good reasons behind this logic:

-we do not have fruit flies EVER.
-they last longer...cuz you know how expense bananas are these days!
-if I happen to ahem forget that we have bananas, it is not a problem. No goo to clean up or infestations of small fruit fly colonies.

Anyhoo.

So this afternoon my daughter was with my mom who was eating a bright yellow banana.

AJ- are you eating a banana?

Grammy- Yes

AJ- is it a banilla one?

Grammy- what?!

AJ- i don't like the chocolate ones.

Grammy- what?!

AJ- you know the chocolate ones mommy has in the frigerator. I only like banilla ones.

Grammy- great laughter


Maybe this will save her a lifetime of desiring chocolate. I mean really I am just looking out for her in the long term. :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

VOTE FOR MY BOY...PLEASE!

I love taking pictures!

It is my passion...

Recently there was a contest at Kmart for sports photos or videos, so I submitted a few photos and 2 of JP's were selected for the top 100!

So please go here and register to be a voter and then vote for my boy! The first pic is on page 7 called "Intense Defense" and the second one is on page 8 called "First Catch as Pitcher"

There are a few videos with MANY votes already just after 1 day of voting, so I am hoping with a little help from all of you and your friends we can catch up.

They really are 2 of my favorite photos.

OK I just found out you can vote 10 times per day per email address all the way through NOV 18.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Santa is a ghost for Halloween....

Yesterday, or rather in the wee morning hours of Thursday, my neighborhood was violated. I will call the perpentrators punks for this post, because they must be teenagers. Mis-lead teenagers without many of the character traits I spoke of yesterday.

Many people in our neighborhood woke to find their driveways filled with nails, purses stolen, cars broke into, cars keyed, and more.

We were fortunate to only have Aaron's car keyed. It really is odd to see the blessing in the whole event. You see 3 weeks ago someone "broke" into his unlocked car and stole some $1 sunglasses and some box knife razor blades. We did not file a report, we just started locking the door. Our suspects were one of many teenagers that Aaron has actually thrown his body in front of their speeding cars to enforce them to drive with respect to our children filled streets.

So as odd as it may seem, I was "happy" to know it was not just us.

So on the first VERY cold day of this season, I spent a bit of time helping my parents clean their garage a smidge so they could STUFF their large SUV in. In 30 years of marriage this is the first time they have EVER had 2 cars in the garage! It was a good thing we actually just reorganized their garage 2 weeks ago!

Of course with all the cleaning their was still no room for the 4 1/2 foot tall 200 pound Santa Claus. With some quick thinking and knowing that around here you have Christmas FULLY decorated on NOV 1st, I grabbed a white sheet and drew eyes on it and TA-DA...

Santa is a ghost for Halloween!

Whatever happened to punks smashing pumpkins around Halloween?

It must be so 1900's.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Trash Man...I mean Sanitation Worker

Recently JP was awarded Team Leader at school. This is a title that is given to a student who demonstrates the core examples of the character education. The character traits are: respect, responsibility, citizenship, compassion/kindness, commitment, honesty, cooperation, perserverance, and self-discipline. If your school does not have this program you should definitely look into getting it implemented.

He takes school so incredibily seriously that it is possible he may end of with an ulcer by 6th grade.

So yesterday when he leaped from the car the very second I put it into park, I was not really shocked at all.

You see as he leaped he shouted, "A team leader always picks up trash."

I thinking, "what?"

And then I look to see him running over to the neighbor's yard to retreive a milk jug that had escaped the trash on the blustery day.

Really I thought how weird he is, but clearly the character education is AMAZING. I mean if we all stopped and reacted like that think how awesome this country would be....

Not to mention how clean :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Tiny Patriots

Kids are the funniest creatures.

They have the most amazing imaginations.

We live sandwich in amongst girls. The neighbors to the left have a 6th grade girl and a Kindergarten girl. The neighbors to the right have a 2nd grade girl and then highschool kids.

Then there is us with a sweet adorable little 3 year old girl and a very handsome and kind 1st grade boy.

Our yard is "the meetin' place"

I love this...even on the days when I really just don't have time to be outside supervising 5 kids.

Today was one of those days...I didn't have time to "play", but the garage door was up and everyone escaped. So I followed.

It is so awesome to watch a pint sized peanut chasing after "big" kids screaming 'wait for me girls!'.

The girls and ahem boy ran down the hill into the woods. A couple of weeks ago my boys built a clubhouse in the woods off the back side of our shed. The kids have LOVED this space. They have decorated it with a rug and chairs and tables and sticks and stones....oh and a mailbox. It is their treasure, something they ALL worked on. They have even been raking the ground!

They all ran in the path,which they had lined with rocks, and then abruptly stopped lined up and put their hands on their hearts.

I thought what are they doing?

Then in unison the said The Pledge of Allegiance.

As I looked closely I could see a flag decorated pencil tied to a tree!

How cute is that! What a great "clubhouse rule".

Monday, October 22, 2007

How not to diet 101

If all the cereal bowls in your home are dirty, you should not use a cake batter bowl for your morning corn chex.

Why? You might ask...

Because you end up still filling the bowl, as if it were a cereal bowl, and then yes you EAT THE WHOLE THING.

This is how NOT to diet; however you do get a weeks worth of fiber in one sitting. Which may or may not be a good thing.

Ta-ta for now ladies!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Funny

You know you want to have another baby when you are voluntarily eating cheerios....

without milk and sugar.....

without any kids.....

driving by yourself.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tiny Tot Thursday

Since I was way too busy for Wordless Wednesday, I have made up Tiny Tot Thursday. This is the birthday picture from Annie and AJ's 2nd Birthday Beach Bash. Don't they make the cutest surfer chicks?

I am so excited to watch these two cuties grow up together. They have the most adorable conversations and are already into scheduling their own playdates cuz ,"ist ok wifh your momma i can cum over."

Just 10 days apart these sweet girls will have years of memories and friendship!


Monday, October 15, 2007

The next big thing... coming soon!

Just imagine for a nano second what life would be like if you always knew where that FULL sippy cup was?





Aah bliss, right?



Now hold on to yourself here, cuz this is gonna be as big as TIVO......





A sippy cup with a beeping mechanism when a full cup sits unattended too long.



TA-DA!!! I am a millionaire!



I thought of this lovely invention as I held my nose, gagged, and dry heaved my way through washing NOT 1 but 2 MILK filled sippy cups. For those of you who cannot imagine what that must have smelled like, let me tell ya my husband says it smells much like the OLD ROTTEN GOOSE EGG that exploded on my son yesterday and literally desserted and entire island of all things living.

Seriously.

YUCK!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

If I had time to MYSELF I would...

What would you do, if you had time to yourself?

This occurred to me for the first time ever in my memory of the past 10+ years, last night.

I was by myself.

What is a girl to do by herself???

I filled my alone time appropriately with favorite friends for an evening of lasagna and girl talk.
It was only after the girls left that I realized I was alone.

All by myself.

It is amazing how ice dropping at 2 am is SCARY!

I was terrified when I finally climbed in to bed knowing the house was secure and I breathed a sigh of relief and then the freezer decided to break the silence with ice falling.

I made it through the night and finally fell asleep after 1 episode of Zack and Cody and 1 episode of Hannah Montana.

I know silly.

Now hopefully I will be prepared for the next time I am ALONE.....

In another 10 years!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

This morning I smelled snow.

I just realized it is almost Friday and I have posted nothing...

nothing...for days.

I have hit a funk this week. I am hoping to be relieved of the funk this weekend after a much needed girls night.

Yes I realize I just had an adult evening out, but talking with people you haven't seen in 10 years just isn't the same as laughing it up with women who would let me cry it out on their shoulders.

There is nothing better than sitting around on a comfy couch wearing jammies and gabbing with the girls. Oh and if we are lucky it will be nice and crisply cold enough that we can have oversized cups of gourmet cocoa in our hands....of course topped with spray whipped cream.

Yummy...

By the way was this morning and day just not perfectly beautiful!? I awoke this morning and peaked my head out to the smell of snow in the air.

NO it did not snow, but the scent it was there. Fall has arrived.

I see the funk lifting now.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Thunk...

In the spirit of confessions from my good friend shelley, I must tell you about a recent message I received.


The other day I received a message from God in the form of a giant soccer ball hurtling a million miles an hour towards my head....HEADS UP!!!!


So I duck and shield AJ's head as well, BUT failed to move my right hand which was holding my camera with BIG lens.



THUNK!!! expensive lens broken.



Now for those of you that know me, you know that I ALWAYS have my camera with me. It has been said before that I have 3 children: JP, AJ, and little Canon.



It is my most prized possesion, that is until Saturday when I was quickly reminded that it was just a material object.

You see just 45 minutes prior to the "flame soccerball" (seriously) hurtling from the sky, I used hurtful words towards my husband out of frustration and anger. All on a day that I had clearly overscheduled us for.

The very second that ball hit my camera I knew immediately 'why me'. Of course I was upset about it and quite frankly just needed some time to cry.

Never again shall I schedule cupcake baking, husband working, soccer game playing, popcorn selling, wife working, birthday party going, black pant shopping, children packing for sleepover, and 10 year class reunion going...all on the same DAY.

It is too much.

More importantly I apologize to my husband who I know was hurt by my careless and thoughtless words. I love you very much and deeply regret my actions.

Heavenly Father, I pray that I can be cautious with my words both with my husband and my children. Especially AJ who has been trying my patience lately with her tempers. Father please give me encouraging words to use in those tough mommy moments. Also give me the strength to remain patient with AJ during her tempers. I know it is all just a show for me, help me to not give in to her 3 year old ways. in your precious sons name I pray.

AMEN.


Sunday, October 7, 2007

Smells like teen spirit...

10 Year class reunion
Notice I did not end up wearing the silver shirt...I made a last minute stop at Kohl's for black pants and found this super cute red and black top with a cami!
My husband and I...
Jill (one of Aaron's OLD girlfriends), Me, Daniel (rode the bus for YEARS with Dan), Mindy



Me, Mindy, and Melissa (the wife of a guy we graduated with)

Richie and Autumn
The night was fun, although funny when we realized the people we were sitting with were all parents and we all live here!
Mingle People....Mingle.
The funniest part of the whole evening was the arrival of a past teacher.
Charlotte Rains showed up!
Seriously.
And boy can she drink...enough said.
Good night!




Saturday, October 6, 2007

June Cleaver meets Brittnay Spears

Thank you all for your "votes". Because I value your opinions I will be wearing the 2 outfits that you all chose.



The game was fun. The boys lost AGAIN! I can't help but think part of the losing streak is actually the stadium itself. For those of you who watch "Friday Night Lights" on NBC and know that stadium that the Dillion Panthers play in, the stadium here puts that stadium to shame.



We are talking actual seats NOT bleachers. Concession stands with flat screen fancy large tvs all over, so when you are getting a snack you don't miss a second of the game. There is no more of the simple tables piled with t-shirts to sell, because now they have their own "merchandise shop". The announcers booth is larger than most colleges.



Did I mention you NEVER have to even rub elbows with the opposing team? They have their own entrance, their own concession stand, their own bathrooms, and their own bleachers. That's right the opposing team has BLEACHERS about half the size of the home seating.



Apparently though the opposing team doesn't mind sitting in discomfort because they win...every time.



The highschool games of today are not what they were of yesterday. They have lost their excitement. I mean when you go to a highschool ball game and never stand and scream in excitement...there is a problem.



Without crowd involvement, games are not won.



So with that night one of the reunuion weekend was fun. It appears we were one of the first to have children and there are a lot of people that don't have any kids.



As we left last night it was clear that our path had been chosen for us and we LOVE it.



We love being the mom, the dad, the volunteer, the gymnastiics teacher, the soccer coach, the football coach, the boo boo kisser, the go to bed early people, the shocked when someone calls my 6 year old SEXY to his face (more on that later)....



So now I will say good morning and I will go frost the cupcakes I just made at 8am on a Saturday morning.


Thursday, October 4, 2007

HELP ME!!! Need an outfit!

Aah! make that 2 outfits.
ok so here are the details:
10 year highschool class reunion---I know sTOP LAUGHING!
1st event homecoming football game with kids friday night weather HOT
2nd event Bar atmosphere around 60 people??? maybe kinda upscale??? no kids


HELP ME...ignore hair and accessories please pick 2 outfits 1 for each occasion...BE BRUTALLY HONEST!

also please ignore the photography skills...they are not my husbands finest.









ignore these lighter jeans...my dark wash were in the dryer





























Be TOUGH!

It pays to be tough.

There I many times I think maybe I shouldn't be so tough, but today I was shown it pays to be tough.

We are temper-free today! Yea AJ! She has just been fabulous. I have been tough and she has been fabulous.

I have always been pretty strict/ tough on JP and many times I have wondered if I was doing the right thing, today I know I was.

He doesn't know it yet, but Monday he is being awarded 'team leader' of his class. This must be pretty big thing because we received a call from the school counselor and were invited to be at school Monday during character assembly, when he receives the award.

I am so proud of him!

And you too AJ, cuz 1 whole day without temper tantrums is a long one for a 3 year old!

We'll just take it one day at a time and maybe one day she will be up there being awarded "team leader"

Wednesday, October 3, 2007