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. :)