March 31, 2007

Quote For Today

"Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it just means that you are two steps ahead!"

March 30, 2007

It Really IS a good day!

I just have some complaints...

1. I was VERY diappointed that Peyton Manning had to be bleeped so many time during SNL last Saturday. I thought better of him. What a nasty potty mouth! Didn't he learn anything from having a wonderful coach like Tony Dungy? I know he taught me a lot and I'm not even a huge football fan. (Meant to post this earlier this week, but I was trying to be good and keep my complaints to myself!)

2. Although I have stopped leaving negative comments on most of the blogs I read, I really had to control myself today... a woman was talking about her mishaps with a milkshake in the car last night and talking about how her husband was throwing this out the window, grabbing the lid off her son's icecream and throwing it out the window, then taking the milkshake they were having so many issues with and tossing it out the window... HELLO Litter Bugs!!! You guys totally deserved to be drenched and sticky for the rest of your evening drive! (sorry, I have a big issue with people throwing trash out their car window, on the ground, etc. - it's just irresponsible!!! Put trash where it belongs!) I bet you're also the same kind of people who walk your dogs but don't pick up their poop! You do NOT rock!

3. Daycare parents who get off work early on Fridays but keep their kids at daycare all afternoon. I know I'm getting paid for it so I'll shut up, but it still bugs me.

4. Carpet cleaning idiot salesmen who feel the need to BANG loudly on your front door right in the middle of the daycare's naptime, not once, BUT TWICE!! By the second time, I jerked the door opened and yelled at the poor kid that "I have a baby sleeping and NO, NO I don't need my carpets cleaned thank you!" I think the reason why I got so angry was because these people do this about every 6 months or so. Click here: Remember This!? (2 other times these people have irritated me. UGH!) I really DO need to get that No Soliciting sign!

5. I'm afraid of marriage, oh yes I am! I have an awesome day picked out too. July 7th. 07-07-07 How cool would that be? And we could have the wedding at... you guessed it 7:00 pm. Ya, I'll keep dreaming. But anyway, wanna see the dress for laughs and giggles? No? Ok... never mind. I'm sure that would just TOTALLY jinx it more than giving a date already has. (Do I do this on purpose???!!!)

6. Easter with older kids who are asking for things like basketball hoops and digital cameras. It's EASTER for goodness sakes. The sad thing is, they'll probably end up with these things. WHY? Because when your kids get too old for the cute little easter egg hunt, bubbles, coloring books, sidewalk chalk and carrot shaped bubble gum... You do these things! Although I have to say, I will NOT... repeat NOT... miss finding that nasty Easter grass all over the house weeks afterwards!

7. There is no 7! I like to keep my complaints at an even number!

March 28, 2007

Where Is The Love?

Wow, people really need to get lives! lol I am thankful that I do not see my blog as a major part of my life but rather a hobby. Something that if I have time, I'll post, if not, no biggie. I'm not getting paid for it, it's not my job, it doesn't change anything... it just let's me get up on my soapbox from time to time and say what I feel like saying. Of course then you get comments from people who disagree and that's ok... that's what happens when you open your comments. I find it hilarious though that other people have so little going on in their own lives that they feel they need to degrade others. There really is a difference in having a difference of opinion and just plain slamming someone else's family. (Read all my last comments.) Oh well. Such is life.

I bought "The Secret" yesterday. I haven't started it yet. I hope it doesn't get too new age, or I won't be able to finish it. I do agree though, these "secrets" have been around forever and the fact that the author of this book is making so much money, going on Oprah and acting like she's reinvented the wheel, makes me a little sick. But, positivity is good, and if I get nothing more out of it than to be a little more positive, it will be worth the $17.

I'm also doing an online Bible study about the book of Philippians. It's all about joy and joyful living. I think the two books together will be good. God's word is the best instruction manual out there anyway, right?!

I only have one daycare kiddo today. Talk about an easy day. Some parents had the day off and some are gone on spring break. It's nice to have a light day.

I got up and went to Kroger this morning. Got some organic fruits and vegetables and did not buy any junk food!! Well, ok, I did get a half gallon of their chocolate milk. It's so good! T1 went with me and afterwards he wanted to try out a new coffee shop called Higher Grounds. ( We both got an iced Mudslide... oh my gosh, YUMMY!!! They are a little cheaper than Starbucks and sorry to say, but they have much more of a selection. We'll definitely be going back. Plus they're much closer to us. The one thing I didn't like about them was that they had a sign hanging up that read: "Friends don't let friends drink Starbucks". I don't care for that kind of thinking. Be more secure with your business, don't go slamming your competition. That's just unnecessary. But I will give them credit, they were very friendly, the drink was delicious and the lady upgraded our order for us just because she wanted us to have a little more. (She also knew we were first time customers, so I'm sure that had something to do with it. lol) Anyway, it was good.

Our weather isn't as nice as it has been... yesterday it got up to 80, but today it's only 54 (so far) and rainy. Oh well, it will be easier to sleep tonight since it's cooled down. The last couple nights have been too hot for my liking. I almost turned the A/C on, but it's only March and I just couldn't bring myself to do it yet.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

March 27, 2007

Every 6 Months

or so, I go through this thing with a guy I've known for about 6 years. "Let's get married... let's have a baby...", and no, it's not me saying these things.

Well, he messaged me last night, I messaged back. Today he called. He called a lot. He also told me he has my birthday present... 2 carot diamond earrings. I said "Hmm, I bet my old engagement ring would look nice with those!", he said "It's in my safe, do you want it back?" Now, although it was an "engagement" ring, it was more of a promise ring because no actual popping of the question took place. But, we did talk about marriage at one point. And we've talked this way about every 6 months for about 6 years now. My mom told me today that one of these times I'm going to finally just give in.

What is wrong with me? This guy is awesome. He's got plenty of money and plenty of financial security. I would never have to work another day in my life and my kids would pretty much be set for life. He LOVES my kids. LOVES me. And he is the kind of person who is making arrangements now, so that his parents and his spouse's parents will never have to go to a nursing home. (I love that about him!) Family is extremely important to him and he's just overall a very nice guy.

I just turned 34 and he just turned 39, time is ticking for both of us as far as having babies is concerned. And we know that. He isn't afraid of committment or marriage. I am. Why? My parents are still together and will celebrate their 41st anniversary in June. I've seen plenty of marriages that are working and making it quite nicely. What is my thing with marriage.

And is it just him? I wonder. I've been engaged to 4 different men in my life and have never even picked out the dress. I didn't even marry my children's father for goodness sakes. (Two wrongs don't make a right!)

This is my question... am I the one with the issues here or is my heart telling me this guy is just not the one for me?

March 26, 2007

Deal or No Deal

Don't care for the show that much, but find myself watching it every Monday night. People are greedy!

When do you speak up and say what you're thinking? I have a problem with this because I'm a loudmouth sometimes. I'm outside today and this guy is walking his dog. The dog is clearly not leash trained and the guy is clearly not trained in dog training. He is beating the dog to try and get him to walk right on the leash, not to mention choking the poor thing in the mean time. So every other step the guy is bending down and smacking this poor little thing. He gets in front of my house (but across the street) and not only walks through my neighbors front yard, but also picks up a stick out of her yard to, yeah you guessed it, use on the dog. I think the guy needed the stick used on him. I sat there talking loudly to myself about everything I was seeing and how horrible it was, but he never even looked over. UGH! This is why I stay in my house. People don't know how to act!

Yesterday we drove through the park and some lady had her two huge dogs locked in one of the baseball fields and was letting them crap all over the place. Did she have a doggie bag with her to clean it up? Nope. She was just letting them run all over the place while she just stood there looking stupid and irresponsible! I wanted to yell out my window that she needed to clean up her mess and that little kids play there, but Kenny Rogers was on and I was deciding if I should hold em or fold em, walk away or run. Again, people don't know how to act!

Then, I have this daycare mom who clearly is not in a hurry to get anywhere on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Today they were over an hour late. And why does this irritate me, because I end up paying my mom for a wasted hour with no kids here. Plus, my mom got up and got ready to get this kid and he didn't show. They called, but still... if they know they're not going to work first thing in the morning, it would be nice if we knew the night before so we wouldn't be getting up an hour early for a no show. When you're the first family to arrive in the mornings, it would be nice if we knew you weren't coming. Especially when the next family doesn't drop off until an hour later. The dad did apologize tonight at pick up and I could tell he felt bad. I wasn't upset at anyone, I just wish we would have known this before 15 minutes before they were suppose to get here. Oh the drama of daycare. lol

Oh well, I have my own drama to deal with right now and it's personal. OH is it personal! And I'm not sure the person causing it really knows just what he's up against. But he will. OH he will!

March 25, 2007


Click Here!

So Wolf began snooping around and found that two chains, Costco and Sam’s Club, sold generics at prices far, far below the other chains. Even once you factor in the cost of buying a membership at Costco and Sam’s Club, the price differences were astounding. Here are the prices he found at Houston stores for 90 tablets of generic Prozac:
Walgreens: $117
Eckerd: $115
CVS: $115
Sam’s Club: $15
Costco: $12
Those aren’t typos. Walgreens charges $117 for a bottle of the same pills for which Costco charges $12.

How do people sleep at night? Especially when seniors are having to chose between buying groceries or getting their needed medication. Sad. Just sad.

March 24, 2007

I Have Bad Taste... most of the movies I've rented lately. WHY? I've been picking the most boring movies. Tonight... we're watching "Stranger Than Fiction". Oh my gosh can you say YAWN? It's horrible. Oh well, I'm just passing the time until our Peyton Manning hosts SNL. That should be funny.

Today was beautiful out! It was in the 70's and I was ready to GET. OUT. I packed the kids in the car for what I thought was going to be a fun adventure. Nope. T1 didn't want to have any adventures today. Doing anything outside is not exciting to him at this point. Sorry, but when it's nice out, you need to be OUT! So, my plans of going to get lunch, taking it to the park, and playing a little basketball were dashed by a moody teenager. I keep forgetting I have a teenager until moments like this. So, we grabbed lunch and drove through the park scoping out the water damage since we have so much flooding in our area. The play places were a mess, but the basketball courts were ok. When we passed by there were a lot of guys already there so I asked T2 if we could just go home, eat and then come back later and that's what we did... minus the moody teenager.

So we went back to the courts. There are 4 all together. I played a round of "horse" with T2 and I won. Cause I play like that. I don't let my kids win everything. That's silly! Then I decided I needed to sit on the bench and just enjoy the wonderful weather. In the meantime, T2's just hooping it up himself until two other boys came along. They were probably at least 13 or 14 yrs old. Well, the one who thought he was hot stuff couldn't make a basket to save his life. Meanwhile, T2 is just shooting them in left and right. Mommy was proud. Don't get me wrong, these boys were nice, it was just funny. And I think one of them cussed, which sort of ticked me off, but whatever.

After that I took T2 to DQ for a blue-raspberry slush. I got a mint oreo blizzard. Did I call and ask T1 if he wanted anything? Nope. Cause if you don't roll with us on our outings, you don't get ice cream. (Oh don't feel too sorry for him, he got a Mc Flurry earlier.)

I didn't feel like making dinner, so we ordered pizza. Now we're watching this boring movie and passing the time until SNL.

And no, I didn't go tanning today. I'm so bad. How dare I put having fun with my kids first?!

March 23, 2007

Just Thinking

I got a new computer yesterday. Well, my dad got it for me. Thanks dad! (Well, and mom!) It's odd how the newer computers colors are not the same as the older ones. Like, I thought my blog was all cute browns and baby blues.... yeah, not on this computer. The baby blue color looks like a nasty aqua greenish blue color. Not at all the color I was going for. T1 said it's because we have Internet Explorer 7. Hmm, I'll have to figure out a way to change that. I do however LOVE my new flat screen monitor. It's so big and bright though. My eyes really hurt after being on for awhile though. I had my choice of a PC or laptop. I chose a PC. I guess I could have gotten a laptop, but my mom and dad both have one, so really if I ever go anywhere and need a computer I can always borrow one of theirs. Actually, I'm on my mom's laptop right now... lol They are in Michigan and of course T1 won't get off our new computer, so I took my mom's and brought it into my room and I'm sitting on my bed blogging and watching the news.

Hmm, there's a story out on CNN that alcohol and tobacco are more dangerous than pot. What did I tell ya all? I'll have to find that post I wrote about weed a long time ago. I'm not telling anyone to start smoking it, I don't and don't plan on starting... I'm just saying that I think if we got down to the real statistics, there have been way more deaths due to alcohol than marijuana. Again, please know I am not condoning it, I'm just stating a fact... America is ALL about the money. Alcohol and tobacco make millions. Oh well, I'm really not trying to make a point here. I'm just thinking out loud. It's more of the big picture.

And can I just add here that I do not believe Rachel Ray is a size 4!! I've been a size 4. That's thin. Rachel Ray is too meaty to be a size 4. Rosie needs to shut up! And Barbara needs to take her talk show back. I saw something about how Rosie is calling all the shots on that show and even telling producers who they can have on and who they can't. My goodness people is she that intimidating? She's gross is what she is!

Well, how nice... they are hiking up the price of birth control pills for college students. Some going from $15 per month to $45. And the point of this is... OH, wait, we already covered that... it's all about the money in America. I'm just wondering if they're going to use any of this extra money to help build the on-site daycares they're going to need. I really need to turn the channel!

Ok... so Step By Step it is. I haven't seen that show in years. But, it's got to be better than the depressing news. I just get so frustrated watching it. I just have to wonder who exactly is running things out there in the world.

I've been in the mood to watch "The Sound Of Music" all day, but we don't have that movie and it's pouring rain or I'd go up to the video store and rent it. Maybe this weekend.

I've had the last two days off work and it's been SO nice! I could do a 3 day work week every week. Actually, I've been thinking about looking into doing 3rd shift daycare and seeing if there is a need for it in our area. Or another option is school age child care. That would only be a few hours in the morning and afternoon and leave me with more time during the day to homeschool the kids. I've decided this next year we're either going to satellite learning or dvds. I just can't do it all. Plus, my kids are getting old enough now they don't need me standing over their shoulders. I'm not sure what I'm going to do, I'm just tired of the way things are now. It's every day, stuck inside the house. Maybe once summer gets here and I can get out with the kids I'll feel better. I think because we were teased with 70 degree weather last week, I'm even more ready to get out.

I'm going to start tanning again. Tomorrow is the day. I'm going to make myself go. I feel better about myself when I look better and I just need a little pick me up. I'm back down to 110 pds after gaining so much weight while taking zoloft. And I haven't colored my hair in awhile... I need to get back at it. I've just sort of let myself go and I need to quit being so lazy! Cause that's really all it is, is laziness. Well, maybe not laziness, but motherness. I've been busy being a mom for the last 13 years but that shouldn't be an excuse. Right?! Anyway, I'm bringin Tonja back! Did you know that was the original title to JT's song? Well, it was! But because of trademark and licensing issues, he had to take my name out. And of course the only word he could think of to substitute my name with was "sexy"! I mean, it IS the nickname he gave me. It's hard to be me!

Ok, I'm off. It's almost 3:00 and I still haven't gotten into the shower yet. ICK!

March 17, 2007

408 Months

I have been on this earth for exactly 408 months now. In 408 months, approximately 120 months have been spent on education (give or take), 192 months have been spent working at some kind of job (the last 84 months have been spent doing daycare out of my home), 156 months have been cherished by being the mother of my kids, and about 140 months have been spent in endless relationships. I've had 408 months of having the best parents and family around, 408 months of creating wonderful friendships, and 408 months of trying to figure out what exactly I'm meant to do in this lifetime. I'm sure the Lord has something in mind and if He sees fit to give me another 408 months to figure it out, I'll be so greatful. Cause like I told T2 in the car today, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

Here's to 34 years young and to getting 'Dance Dance Revolution' for my birthday! (Yeah, I rock like that!)

So... Who's coming over? I have cupcakes!!

March 15, 2007

Forgiving, Not Forgetting

I keep up with some blogs of some people from my father's former church. I like to see what's going on with them and are happy to see good things going on in their lives. One blog in particular is quite "to the point" on many things going on in that church. I like that. Not because I feel I need to know what's going on, but I like how the woman doesn't beat around the bush or try to blow sunshine in anyone's face. She tells it like it is. I respect that.

Over the last three years, there's been some mention of the Christian school that my father started. Yes, my father started it. Well, along with some wonderful praying and financial helping people! Of course you won't read that anywhere on their website or handbook, but it's the truth. My father pretty much had to go against most of the board to start that school and it's probably is one of the reasons why my father is no longer at that church. I could get into the fact that my father started that school with blood, sweat and tears, and many many prayers... but he wouldn't want it to sound like a sob story and neither do I. What I do know is that my children are no longer a part of that school. Not because I really wanted to homeschool them, but because I knew it just wouldn't work out and the administration would probably take their dislike for my father out on my kids. (Or at least my kids probably wouldn't be treated fairly.) And there's no way I'm giving money to a school that would do that or subject my kids to that. And I'm not sure that I would handle it well.

Anyway, last year there was a big article in the newspaper that this school was closing because of lack of funding. I could get into how when my father first started the school he managed to keep it in the black and there were less kids there then, than there are now.. but I won't. Well, when I saw that article I have to admit a part of me felt a little joy. I'm human ok. Then I prayed about it and I know there are kids there who NEED a school like that. Kids who could never make it in public schools and whose parents can't homeschool. (Although they do have quite a lot of stay at home moms!) Those kids make it easy for me to feel good about that school continuing to stay open. Someone made a huge contribution to that school that would guarantee its continuation for at least the next 3 years. Well, it's been 1 year. They haven't grown (and even added on a preschool) and they're losing teachers from what I gather.

Well, this is all I have to say about this... when you keep the same people around who have been the troublemakers all long, do you really think anything is going to progress? I feel sorry for everyone involved. I feel sorry for the church. Nothing is changing. My father wasn't the "problem". He's been gone for almost 4 years now and the same things are happening. When are people going to wake up?

I have to wonder why all the good people stay at that church? Why would they want to continue to put up with that stuff? When does the time come where you finally say, "HEY, I'm sick of this! I'm going to a church where the Lord is in charge, not the staff." I guess I feel this way because I left that church and went to another church for a couple of years where things were a lot different. This was not my father's church, but another church in this area. I know firsthand there is a difference out there and these people don't have to stay stuck with all this immature drama all the time.

The sad thing is, my father shouldn't have been the one to walk away. I think about how our lives would be now if the people who needed to leave would have left and we would have stayed. I think about how much the church could have grown and how my kids would have a school to go to and how much that school would have grown. I think about how things could have been and I ask myself "Why?". Then I remember it's all in God's hands and He may have saved us from something worse. And we're pretty lucky for what we have now.

So, although I can't say I pray for that school every day, I do when I hear that it's having a hard time. And I have to pray for everyone involved whether I want to or not. And then I have to remember that we are pretty happy and have what we need, and there's some great people at my father's new church. People who don't start drama and are happy that someone would want to pastor such a little church that's been through so much. They've gone through their drama and hard times, they're past it. They truly want whatever the Lord gives them and it's enough. I just wish we could put them and all the great people from our last church together. WOW, what an awesome time that would be! Everyone in agreement that it's what the Lord wants that matters, not what we want. Even if we don't like it. All the love and praising and kindness. Walking into a church with so much love instead of constant discord. It would be great!

Someday. We'll all have that big wonderful church.

March 14, 2007

Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake

First off, Happy Birthday Mom! Hope your cake is good!

What a week. I'm battling my headaches again. I had a super bad one last night and I blame it on sitting at Taylor's basketball awards ceremony for 2 hours. It was fun though. They had there. He was really good and it was a nice time. I just sat too long. It almost feels like sinuses so I went to CVS today and got the good stuff that they keep "behind the counter". You know the stuff you have to show your license and sign for. Well, for most people pseudoephedrine probably does what it's suppose to do, clears their head and they go about their day like normal people. Not me... I get HIGH!! I guess maybe because I never take any kind of medication for anything. I must have a low tolerance. Whatever the case, today was nice. Although I hate the tired feeling that I get even though the box says "non drowsy". Right. Hey, maybe I should take some before bed tonight.

Well, gotta go... time for some birthday cake and AI. Why I watch, I don't know. HEY, maybe this is the reason for these headaches? They did start about a month ago...

March 11, 2007

Oh The Weather Outside Is...


Today's high, 58... Tomorrow's, 62... Tuesday's, 70!!! Yes, 70! Welcome Spring! And it's SO ok that you're alittle early! Please pull up a seat and stay awhile!

Yesterday was Taylor's last basketball game. I took the video camera and got him making shots and assists. Also, my friend Jenny and her daughter Cassidy and son Jackson came and watched the game. That was fun! Cassidy was a cheerleader for the preschool group.

After the game, we met my mom and two ladies from my dad's church for lunch. Then we all went shopping downtown in this little town that has a bunch of cute little craft and antique shops. That was really fun. I got a soy candle (cocoa and cappuccino - YUM!). Once you go soy, you never go back! They burn so nicely.

Then after we got home, we went grocery shopping. By then it was already close to 5:00 so we didn't get back home until well after 6:00 and by that time it was time for dinner and some relaxing from walking around all day.

I actually slept pretty good last night and haven't had much of a headache all day. And, I remembered to set my clocks ahead. No biggie for me, when I lived in Michigan it was the norm. It wasn't until I lived here that I never had to do the time change thing. Actually it will work out nicely for me for a little while, my daycare kids will be going down for their nap earlier now so that will be good. I have one little one who is always ready for nap around 11ish... so this should work out great for him.

Today was really nice again. The kids and I went and looked at the building I'm thinking of moving the daycare into again. I called the owner on Friday and asked if he'd go any lower on the lease, at least for the first year. He said he'd go $50 lower which is great. I'm taking my dad to look at it Tuesday. I really hope it works out. I'm so ready for the daycare to be out of my house!

We also took our first bike ride of the season today. That was nice! It was good to be out on the open road again. lol

Well, I guess I should get back to working on my taxes. ugh! I just keep telling myself, the sooner I get it done the sooner that check is in my hands!!

March 8, 2007

Jack, Is That You?

They Blinded Me With Science

So I had another separate homeschool blog, but let's face it, I can't keep up with this one (and rarely posted on the other one) and since it's a big part of my life right now, why shouldn't I just post about it here? Duh!

Anyway, we just found this site (love it!) and are going to be doing this tomorrow.

PS- can't. handle. another. night. of. AI.
Is there any chance it could be the last season? No? Didn't think so.

March 7, 2007

I Did Get Up!

So, we got the couch, the chair, and the mattress yesterday. My mattress is super comfy but I had a hard time getting to sleep last night. For one, I was about 2 feet higher in the air than normal and I also kept feeling like I was in someone else's bed. I am NOT a good overnite person, I don't travel well and I sleep even worse in someone else's bed. I woke up about every couple hours last night feeling like I wasn't in my own bed. BUT... I didn't wake up with a headache, so that's great!!

I thought maybe I'd want to sleep in, but I actually felt very well rested and was more than ready to get up at 6:30am. I didn't want to get too crazy, so I didn't get out of bed until a little after 7:00. And, since I don't work until 10:30, what's a girl who gets up so early to do?? Well, go shopping of course. So a little after 8:00, the boys and I were off to Walmart. Remember how I told you how awesome it is to go early in the morning... yeah, still awesome!

I got my new mattress covers. I actually got a vinyl one and then a waterproof/cloth mattress cover. Little did I know that the cloth one had plastic on the back. So, now I've got the vinyl cover and the waterproof one on. Send your bed wetters over cause NOTHINS get through these babies!!

Can't really talk too much about the new furniture because I think I've only sat on the couch for a total of 4 minutes since yesterday. Little known fact about daycare providers, although people call us babysitters, we do little sitting!! My kids seem to love the couch though and my dad has had a good amount of time to make friends with his new recliner. He was off work today so other than running some errands, that's were he was.

T2's last basketball practice was last night. They decided to scrimmage against the 3rd and 4th grade GIRLS!! Oh my gosh... you have never seen a group of boys so intense! Everyone was commenting on how after only 20 minutes they were sweating more than they do during a whole normal game. It was hilarious. At first, they were being gentlemen, letting the girls get away with things they never would have let each other get away with, but then after about 30 minutes I don't think they saw them as girls anymore. T2's friend was keeping score and would gladly announce it whenever they switched players. (they played 4 on 4) The last I heard it was Boys-44, Girls-13. The lady who runs the league came by and told them they didn't keep score and they needed to stop. So, they did, and no one knew the ending score. Cause even though they STILL could have kept track in their heads, they didn't. Cause they're good boys like that! I almost took my video camera, I wish I would have! That would have been some major bribe material for when T2 gets older. Oh well, that's ok... I've got pictures.

My mom and T2 are at the store and then picking up KFC for dinner. I love their cole slaw!! I hope they get home soon!

Upcoming posts will include: my dislike for a certain Presidental hopeful, how to get corn and sweet potato baby food out of your favorite baby blue faux Juicy pants, and why or why not to post on craigslist.

March 5, 2007

Thinking Positive

What's all the "The Secret" mumbo jumbo? Is the book ok, or is it new age? If it's new age, I'm not even going there. Although I have to say some of the things they teach are remarkable. I was reading a book last summer about thinking positively and it really worked. Every day after work, I would sit outside in the front yard in my chair and read this book. When I got to the part about thinking positive and opening up yourself for positive things to happen, I would look as far as I could out into the horizon and think positively about new clients for my daycare. At the time I really needed to fill some spots badly. I SWEAR to you, not 2 days went by and I had 2 interview set up and got them both. It works people! It really does! I may have to stop by amazon and see if I can find out more about this "secret". Of course I KNOW the Lord had something to do with this too!! I prayed while thinking positive and I think the Lord would want us to think positive. I certainly wasn't chanting to some celestial god or anything.

Today was an ok Monday. I've had worse. Monday's are slow right now so they're pretty easy. Tomorrow will be a full day. Everyone seems to want Tuesdays and Thursdays for some reason. Hey, if I could get enough part timers, maybe I'd only have to work 2 days a week. THAT would be nice. But I can't see that happening... OH DARN... I need to think positive. Seriously though, I have been thinking about going to just Monday thru Thursday. I only have 3 kids on Fridays and if I could get enough part time clients who didn't need Fridays, I'd have myself a nice 3 day weekend every week. WOW that would be nice. Thinking positively...

This is interesting...
I consider us "unschooling homeschoolers" (if there can be such a thing) a lot of the time, because although we do something educational every day, we don't have a set schedule. How can I? I work. I'm doing the best I can with what I have and my kids are not stupid or falling behind. No, my 10 year old is not at a 7th grade level, but hey, you know what... I'm ok with that! I'm not trying to raise overachievers. I don't believe in that. When the time comes, it will be revealed what their gifts are, some already has. T2 is great at Math, T1 isn't. T1 is great at Spelling, T2 isn't. I'm not forcing anything on my kids! I think forcing only pushes them back, not forward. Do they need the basics, Yes! absolutely and they get that. Am I trying to get my 10 year old to learn algebra right now? Nope, cause he's not ready. And if you must know, neither is my 13 year old. And say what you will, but I'm not pushing it and that's my decision. Like it or not. Frankly, I'd have to sit and think a long time before I could tell you the last time I used algebra in my every day life. They'll get it, it's just not my first priority right now! They have amazed me in the last year at the things that they know... and I have to say to myself "when did we learn that?" because a lot of the time, I hadn't taught it yet.

Anyway... getting off my soapbox... getting ready to have a great evening (it's that thinking positive thing again)... OH and I have to clean my room TONIGHT... it's my last night with my old mattress and as stupid as it sounds, I'm emotional. There are so many memories! Get your head out of the gutter! I was thinking more along the lines of ... I had that mattress before my kids were born which means that I shared that bed with both of them when they were babies and still do if they're sick or scared or just want to cuddle. I went into labor on that mattress with T2. I laid on that mattress and stared at both of them when they were just days old wishing I could capture that moment and go back years later. That mattress has a lot of memories attached to it. I may even get a little teary tonight if I think about it hard enough. I'm such a train wreck of emotions. LOL

March 3, 2007

3 Nights

Of sleeping on my back wrenching bed... counting down, hope they get my new mattress in on time. Today and tomorrow I HAVE to work on my bedroom. It's a mess. They won't be able to get the bed in there if I don't work on it.

Still trying to decide if I want to go blonde again. I've been blonde from the time I could get my hands on a box of coloring (which was about age 13/14). I also used that all so healthy sun-in... I'd put it on and rev up the hair dryer. Well, for the last couple years, I've kind of let things go. I've still kept up with the highlights but now that my hair is back down to the middle of my back again, I'm thinking of chopping it and going all blonde again. It's just so hard to take care of when it's so long.

We woke up to a dusting of snow. I had to go to the bank and get gas before going to T2's basketball game. Needless to say I was rushing around like a mad woman this morning. Next week is T1's last game. So sad! They're so fun to go to. I've tried to get him to sign up for baseball, but he won't. He says he's "retired" from that sport. I blame that on the coaches he had last year. (Well, the ones he had for the first couple practices before he begged to quit - well, that and the fact that he was 9 and they put him on a team with 7 yr olds). I just feel like it's important for them to be involved in something since we homeschool. T1 isn't into sports which is ok, not everyone is, but I really need to find him something to do. We're not going back to co-op this semester so I really feel out of the loop. It's much harder when you're a single mom! Not trying to play that card, but it's the truth.

I watched 'Little Miss Sunshine' last night. It was ok. The ending was good.

After basketball I came home and made lunch for me and the kids. We had a thin crust 5 cheese pizza, fried mushrooms and cucumbers with ranch dressing. It was pretty yummy if I don't say so myself. I think for dessert I'll have some mocha mudslice ice cream. yum-E!

Well, gonna go get my dessert, finish watching 'You, Me and Dupree', then start on my room.

Have a wonderful weekend y'all!

March 2, 2007

Poor girls

Y & R is over... I'm bored... found this:

Sometimes I wish there wasn't so much pressure being put on young girls! I mean I certainly don't want them all dressing like Paris Hilton, but come on... enough with the long skirts!

These Are Not The Days Of Our Lives

I have a secret. I am a little addicted to The Young and the Restless. I'm pretty sure this would not be considered good Christian tv viewing, but I can tell you it's not as bad as most of the prime time shows these days. Which doesn't make it right, but anyhoo... there are things that crack me up about it. Like how no one really works, how everyone is somehow connected to everyone else and how the dead always seem to come back years later. It could almost be in the comedy category and not daytime drama. Whatever the case it's always a good time. I put the daycare kids down for their naps and eat my lunch while watching all the drama unfold.

Today's been an easy day so far. I only have two daycare kids today. Both are really easy to watch. T1 and I ran to the store this morning to rent our movies for the weekend. At our Kroger they have one of those machines where you can rent movies for $1. $1 per movie... that's so cheap. Today we got "Flushed Away" for T2, "You, Me and Dupree" for T1 and I got "Little Miss Sunshine". It's rated R, so I'll watch it unless it starts getting bad. I'm not even sure what it's rated R for, unless it's for language. We'll see. When we rent movies at the video store it's $3 just for one. This way we're still spending the same, but we all get to pick out a movie. And it's so easy. You just use your debit or charge card, swipe it and the movies come out of the machine. And you get them until midnight the next day.

Before we left my mom gave us money and told us to get McDonald's for everyone (her, us and the daycare kids). I swore I was going to be good and get a salad but when I got there I totally spaced it and the girl was rushing me through my order so fast I just picked the usual value meal and went with that. It was gross! But I'm happy that I'm not able to eat it like I use to!! Hopefully next time I'll think about it before I order. The last couple times we've gone I've been real good and got the chicken snack wraps but today I just wasn't in the mood for one.

Last time I was at the store I got the Morning Star veggie sausages. I had those for breakfast this morning along with a scrambled egg and wheat toast. They were pretty good. NOT regular sausage, but not bad either. I've managed to switch from bacon to turkey bacon without gagging too much but I have to be honest, the good stuff does NOT taste as good as the bad stuff!! I just keep reminding myself that a little good taste isn't worth bad health. I'm just glad I'm not craving the bad food as much as I was.

I think the more good/organic/healthy foods you eat, the less you have those unhealthy cravings. At least that's how it's been for me. Plus it's fun to try and find healthy recipes and new foods.

March 1, 2007

Daily Reads

I'm in a blogging rut. Or should I say... I'm in a rut with the other blogs I read. I want to read other women's blogs that I have things in common with - like the whole mom thing, kids, daycare, Christianity, 30-something, organic eating, healthy living, funny, sarcastic - all the important things.

I love people who are totally sarcastic on their blog... they write things and you're tempted not to believe a word they're saying, but then a part of you is like "hmm, maybe they ARE just that crazy!"

I'm just bored with the whole blogworld in general. No offense.

Today was busy and this afternoon went by WAY too slow. My new girl started today and she was so cute. However she didn't say more than 3 words the whole 4.5 hours she was here. I hope she had fun and wants to come back.

It's raining here and I think everyone is in a little bit of a grouchy mood. My kids are driving me crazy. They're just bored which means the only thing they can find to do is pick on each other. I think I just ruptured a vocal cord a few minutes ago. If not, I KNOW I sprained it.

Dinner tonight is ribs and potato salad. YUM! I'm sure I'll eat way too much and regret it later. Isn't there something in the Bible about that? Is that sinning?

My dad loves this show where ex thieves rob peoples homes so that they can show them a video of it afterwards and the people can "learn some kind of lesson". It's absolutely retarded! The people get ticked. They KNOW that they're going to be "robbed" but then after it happens they get mad. Hello IDIOTS, you signed up for it and now you're mad?

Off to eat. Maybe that will put me in a better mood.