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Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
So, you ask why I've been so busy? I don't know, it just sounded like a good excuse.
But honestly, this weekend we have been busy painting the boys bedrooms. And they look really good. Sorry, I have no pictures to share. We wanted to paint our bedroom as well, but time ran out and we weren't able to squeeze it in. Maybe next weekend.
Saturday I was able to attend my first Lia Sophia jewelry party. Thanks to Crooked Eyebrow for inviting me. I am hooked. I found so many awesome pieces of jewelry that I want, therefore I have decided to have my own party. I even walked out with a cash and carry $5 bracelet. Shocking, I know. Too bad all the stuff isn't that inexpensive.
On Friday I took my two younger boys to get their haircut at the salon I go to. They had two openings right in the afternoon, so I snatched them up and off we went. Carson was being stubborn and didn't want to go first, so I had Luke walk back. At times, Carson finds it hard to sit still and be patient. I had to attempt to occupy him for 10 minutes without toys. It worked out pretty well and we decided to play I-Spy, which is one of his favorite games to play. Things were going good until it was his turn. There were only a handful of people in the salon at the time. A few stylists and their clients and a 60-or-so-year-old lady sitting across from us waiting for her appointment. Carson beings his turn by looking right at the lady sitting across from us and says, "I spy.............an old person."
I was SO mortified that he said this to this lady who was completely watching us the entire time. Thankfully one of the stylists piped up and said, "Me, yes I am old." The lady sitting across from us did not utter one word. I was so ready to leave.
Carson has a way with speaking his mind. He's so uninhibited, which, as noted above, can lead to embarrassing situations. Other times it can be very funny. Take yesterday for instance. I was wearing more of a form fitting shirt and I had leaned over my computer. Carson was standing right at my chest level and began laughing. I look at him and he points at my chest and asks, "Mom, is that a baby?"
Seriously? That would be one of the smallest babies in history if that were the case.
And if he's not speaking his mind, he is acting out his mind. I was in the bedroom and Taylor yells from the kitchen, "Mom, Carson is trying to put Luke in the oven."
The things I endure. Luckily, it was a false alarm.
These boys keep me on my toes. And that is the understatement of the year.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I am having organizing issues, which is not like me at all. I am known to be an organizing junkie.
But this time I can't get past this one issue of my children's clothes. More importantly, the ones they have grown out of.
Having 3 boys allows me the opportunity to keep their clothes and use them for the next boy in line. It hasn't always gone as well as I would have liked. For instance, the age difference between
Also, when I pull out the next size bin of clothes and look through them, I can't help but remember
There haven't been a lot of clothes that have made it from
I love to buy the kids new clothes, but at times feel guilty knowing I have bins of saved clothes for them.
But back to the dilemma before I get any more side tracked. I love being able to sort through Luke's clothes because the one's he has out grown, I put in my garage sale bins and put them up in the attic until our spring garage sale. But, the other boys are where the situation lies. What I have been doing is keeping a bin in each of the kids closets and I label it with what size clothes are inside so that when they grow out of something they (or really I should say I) can put it in the bin. Sounds simply enough, but we are to the point that the bins seem to be filling up too fast or I just need to start buying bigger bins. I hate to have more than 2 bins with the same size clothes inside.
The hard part comes into play when the boys are in between sizes and can go either way. Do I keep both sets of sizes in their working drawers and closet? No, I can't do that due to lack of space. Carson and Luke share a room and there's no way it could accommodate that amount of clothes. If the boys each had their own rooms I could possibly get away with it. What I really need is a basement or more storage space that is easily accessible. That would be nice. But that is also unrealistic at the moment.
Until then, do you have any suggestions? How do you organize your children's clothes? I need your ideas.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Anyone who would like to do the same is more than welcome.
1. Were you named after anyone?
8. Do you still have your tonsils?
20. What was the last thing you ate?
28. Eye color?
29. Do you wear contacts?
35. Hugs or Kisses?
38. Least likely to respond?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Well, giddy up cowboys and cowgirls cause there's a new revolution going on in the exercise world.
It's called the Rock-n-Go Exerciser. And, no, I'm not making this stuff up.
This product simulates riding a horse without ever making a trip to the stables. One of the descriptions I read is that it gives you gentle back and forth saddle movements.
Okay then. I wonder if this is a G rated piece of equipment. By the looks of this girl, I question that. She may be having a little bit too much fun.
Now this horsey isn't for everyone. It only has a weight capacity of 280 lbs. But, maybe they'll come out with the Clydesdale version for those who are pushing the limit.
So grab your spurs and get riding.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I will never forget this flower story. I was in middle school and my brother’s girlfriend was in town visiting. She stayed at our house and for some reason my mom had her sleep in my room. Therefore, we set up an extra bed and put my night stand between us on which was a vase of flowers and my alarm clock. Apparently, in the morning when my alarm was going off, I forgot the vase of flowers was there and I completely hit it with my hand sending it right onto my brother’s sleeping girlfriend. She wasn’t sleeping anymore! And their relationship didn’t last much longer after that. I think if I win I should send them to her as a long overdue apology.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
27 Reasons Why I Like Toast!
1) It tastes good.
2) It's good for you.
3) It's not bad for you.
4) You can put jelly on it.
5) You can put peanut butter on it.
6) You can break it without getting in trouble.
7) You can bend it.
8) You can throw it.
9) You can eat it.
10) You can run over it.
11) You can cut it.
12) You can spray water on it.
13) You can step on it.
14) You can run it over.
15) You can run on it.
16) You can hit it.
17) You can eat it.
18) You can party with it.
19) You can push it down a slide.
20) You can throw it down the stairs.
21) You can throw it in water.
22) You can color on it.
23) You can hide it.
24) You can put it on TV.
25) You can play catch with it.
26) You can sing with it.
27) You can vacuum it.
He is quite the creative guy.
Who knew toast could be so much fun?
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
If I am standing in line behind someone and they have a stray hair on their clothes or a fuzzy, I typically cannot resist the urge to pick it off. It's like it calling my name and taunting me, "I'm out of place, what are ya gonna do now?"
Yes, I know I have a problem. Fuzzys don't talk.
And tags that are sticking out on shirts! Oh, don't even get me started on that one. It's this instinctive reflex and I can't help myself.
I look at it as if I were the person. I would want someone to tell me if there was something on my face or if my tag was sticking out.
Well back in high school I should have learned my lesson. I specifically remember it was in February on a Wednesday. How do I know this? Well, it was Ash Wednesday.
Do you see where this is going yet?
Idiot me saw a girl with a black smudge on her forehead. I felt so bad for her that no one had mentioned the grease mark on her face. I thought I was being a nice person by letting her in on the splotch, but apparently it was put there intentionally. You know the whole Lent thing. And the look she gave me was like I was a complete heathen, which I am not, we just don't do that at our church.
Oh the humiliation - complete and utter humiliation.
So, if it's Wednesday and you have something on your face, I'm not looking at you.
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Monday, February 04, 2008
I have a cold hot dog bun and I want to heat it up for 10 seconds, but push 9 seconds instead in order to save myself from pushing one extra button?
Is it considered lazy when.....
I laid in bed from 11pm Saturday night to 6am Monday morning and only got up 4 times to use the bathroom?
No joke. 32 hours.
Saturday night Jason and I went out on a date for the first time in who knows how long. We decided to try out a Brazilian steak house and I guess I had no idea what I was in for.
First of all I am not a big red meat fan. I like a fillet every few months and at home we usually only have ground beef. So going to a smörgåsbord of meat should have given me the first red flag.
They brought out all different styles of meat for us to try and gave us a card with a green go sign on one side and a red stop sign on the other so that we could determine the pace that we wanted to stuff our faces. Some of the 15 different types of meat that we ate included chicken wrapped in bacon, fillet wrapped in bacon - and by the way, anything wrapped in bacon will win my heart over. And of course while I stepped out to use the potty they came around with turkey wrapped in bacon. Other selections included, leg of lamb, pork sausage, sirloin, pork ribs, and I'm sure there was more, but we turned over our STOP-the-insanity meat fest card because we've had enough.
I also enjoyed a vintage glass of red wine that cost $15 a glass. Had I known it was vintage or that it was pricey I would have gone with the $6 glass, but as dumb as I was I asked the server for a recommendation. I should have known better - sucker!
So the whole combination of rich meaty food and a expensive wine that I am not used to lead to a severe stomach ache. I went to bed feeling stuffed to capacity, the beginning of a very long and painful headache, and already suffering from the onset of a cold. I still wonder if I had a touch of food poisoning or maybe the beef had "mad cow" disease.
Hence the 32 hours of laying in bed.
I wish I could say it was delightful, but honestly it was brutal. I felt like I was hallucinating. It was like I was in a half awake and half asleep mode and dreaming, but it didn't feel like I was asleep. It was not very restful whatsoever.
I never thought I could spend that much time in bed. When I finally woke up I asked my husband how it felt being a single dad for a day? Poor guy! But he managed through it and even made dinner.
"Rest" assured, I am back to my normal self and even went to the gym tonight and took my favorite dance class. It felt great to sweat it out.
I can't let laziness keep me down.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
A Day in the Life of the Ordinary
I did it! I made it to my 100th post! It only took exactly 2 years, but either way here I am. My first post was on February 3, 2006. I took a break for 9 months and no, not because I was pregnant or anything, I just needed to refocus and gain a more positive approach. So I've been back at it for 4 months now. I am enjoying this form of journaling and hope to be able to maintain it.
So, without further ado I give you................
100 Things about me
1. My middle name is Christeen.
2. I was almost given the name Janelle.
3. I am a natural brunette although I tried to pull off the blonde look for many years.
4. The hero in my life is Jesus.
5. I am 5 ft. 8 in. tall.
6. I am five pounds heavier than I was in high school which is okay with me.
7. My birthday is December 22.
8. I’ve been married going on 10 years in April.
9. I have a pit bull boxer mix dog named Sasha who is about 10 years old.
10. My favorite color is purple.
11. My favorite color in clothing is black.
12. My favorite scent is vanilla.
13. My favorite season is fall.
14. I will not go out in public unless I have some type of make up on.
15. The only piercing I have are my ears in which I have 5, but only wear 2.
16. I do not have any tattoos and I am thankful for that.
17. My favorite drink during the day is coffee with lots of cream and sugar.
18. My favorite drink at night is red wine, especially Robert Mondavi.
19. I love chocolate, especially dark and any mixed with peanut butter.
20. My favorite food is Italian.
21. I do not like cats, although I have owned a few in the past.
22. I rarely ever have cash on me.
23. I am not a fan of swimming or water sports.
24. I have always lived in the same city.
25. I don’t particularly enjoy cooking, but I do like to bake.
26. I sleep with one pillow.
27. I have very bad vision, try - 4.25, I’m pretty much blind if I don’t have my contacts in or glasses on.
28. My favorite subject in high school was Biology.
29. My least favorite subject in school was any type of math.
30. I began gymnastics around the age of 6 and continued through high school.
31. I took all types of dance classes starting when I was 4.
32. In middle school the sports I participated in were cross country, track and basketball. The basketball thing was a joke – I stunk!
33. In high school I did cross county, track and gymnastics my freshman year and then continued only with gymnastics.
34. I lettered in gymnastics my sophomore, junior, and senior year.
35. I coached middle school aged gymnastics for 3 years before I had my third child.
36. My first real job was a bank teller.
37. I continued in the bank industry for the next 6 years ending as a regional assistant manager before I decided to stay home with my boys.
38. I couldn’t imagine having to go back to work.
39. I’m a reality TV junkie.
40. I used to have a hamster and girble. The hamster escaped and we never found him, and the girble (Fritz) died by choking on a piece of food. So sad.
41. Growing up, our family had parakeets as pets. One of them was named
42. We sold one of our parakeets at a garage sale because he was mean.
43. My childhood dog’s name was Simon and he could say the word Rolm which was the name of the company my Dad worked at.
44. I hate black spiders – a lot.
45. I love roller coasters.
46. I’ve been to both Disney World and
47. In high school I drove a ’75 black Chevy Malibu. It was sweet and I loved how the bucket seats could swivel.
48. I am the baby of the family, I have two older brothers.
49. I got married to my high school sweetheart at the age of 20.
50. I am very detail oriented and organized.
51. I like to clean and have a hard time sitting still in my house.
52. I have diagnosed myself with having OCD.
53. I can make a crazy noise with my stomach that I have never heard anyone else be able to do, but I can only do it when my stomach is empty. I should probably see a doctor about it. I first noticed it my sophomore year during gym class and I thought I was going to die. Seriously.
54. I have a bad habit of picking my nails if they do not have nail polish on them.
55. I am always willing to do what I can to help others in need.
56. I have been going to the same church since I was a little girl, maybe not regularly, but I still consider it my church.
57. I used to want to be a librarian when I was little.
58. My favorite cartoon is the Smurfs.
59. I hate the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.
60. I avoid scary movies or TV shows. They tend to linger in my mind.
61. I am not a fan of feet – whatsoever! Not mine, not other people, no one touching mine, just.no.feet.period. They are nasty.
62. I was a roller skating diva in elementary school. I would constantly win shoot-the-duck and limbo contests. And the prize was two quarters.
63. I used to dumpster dive when I was younger and came out with some good stuff. Living behind Walgreens really had its perks!
64. I have always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon.
65. I have always wanted to go for a helicopter ride.
66. I used to want to go sky diving, but now that I have a family, I am rethinking that ambition. But, parasailing would be fun.
67. I find it therapeutic to work a puzzle whether it is 50 pieces or 1000 pieces.
68. In high school I had a job as a waitress.
69. I went to college for one year and couldn’t decide what interested me, so I focused my attention on being a mom and wife which seems to be working for me.
70. I would love to take a vacation and visit
71. One of my favorite perfume scents is Liz Claiborne.
72. I like the smell of men’s Old Spice, but my favorite cologne on my man is Escape.
73. My favorite movie of all time is Back to the Future.
74. I love garage sales, going to them and having them.
75. I love to exercise, it completely changes my mood and I feel so good afterwards.
76. I miss going to my grandparents house, the sound of their clock ticking, the distinct smell of their house, the pool table and hula hoops in the basement, the soft down pillows, the worn out wooden blocks, the peanut butter toast, the crystal sugar bowl on the table, Charlie the bird, reading books in the corner, riding big wheels around the block, the windmill in the backyard, the drawer of scrap paper, the snack cabinet, their warm smiles and unhurried lifestyle. I miss them.
77. I keep a box of Kleenex in each bedroom and bathroom and in the kitchen. I need to go find one right now.
78. I love laughter, silliness and sarcasm.
79. I hate camping, although as a kid I loved it.
80. I am in awe when I step outside and absorb the beauty of this world.
81. I am fairly strong-willed, but at times I can be easily persuaded.
82. I love staying up late and sleeping in.
83. I am not a morning person. Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee.
84. I hate clutter, junk mail and wallpaper.
85. I recycle everything I possibly can.
86. Teenage drivers scare me as do the elderly.
87. When I was in elementary school I witnessed my friend get three fingers chopped off while sitting next to her in a wheel barrow that tipped over in the garage. My friend’s dad had to collect the fingertips, putting them on ice and drive them to the ER.
88. I could never work in the medical field. It would cause me to be nauseous and faint. Medical field workers are saints – I don’t know how they do it, but thank the Lord they do.
89. I’ve never broken a bone in my body. (Knocking on wood right now!)
90. In my twenties we lived next door to my parents for 3 ½ years. The kids (and I) were so lucky to have had that opportunity.
91. I love seeing live music, but I haven’t been to a concert in over a year.
92. I love frogs. I don’t collect them, but I do have a few here and there, primarily as outdoor lawn décor. Even real frogs are cool. I take after my Aunt Judy.
93. One of my earliest memories as a kid had to be when I was 2 or 3. I was riding in a seat on the back of my dad’s bike and we crashed due to loose gravel on the road. I remember going to the doctor, throwing up, and having a concussion. That head injury explains a lot. Ha!
94. As a young girl I had a crush on Chad Allen, George Michael, and Barry Manilow. What was I thinking?
95. As a kid I wanted to be like Punky Brewster and Blossom.
96. I am constantly rearranging furniture and I tend to do that (or think about doing it) when I go to other people’s houses.
97. The preschool that
98. I’ve been to a taping of the Jerry Springer show back in the 90’s before it got really bad, and I have been to tapings of the Oprah show 4 times.
99. At weddings and Christmas parties I am on the dance floor getting my groove on. I love to dance! Have you ever seen a white girl crump? Holla!
100. I try to avoid conflict with others – it makes me nervous. I am a peacemaker, which I get from my mom.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Yesterday I took the two younger boys to a new pediatric dentist. Luke had never been to the dentist before and I wasn't sure how he'd react being that he's only 2 years old.
Now Carson has been to a different dentist three times in the past year and a half and not once has he gotten his teeth cleaned. His anxiety level is so intense that he just freaks out. The farthest the hygienist got was counting his teeth and even that was forced. So my expectations for this visit were not very high.
When we got in the door they called Carson back and he seemed fine. I sat in the waiting room with Luke and could hear some commotion. A few minutes later out comes Carson and he throws himself on the waiting room couch and starts bawling. I look at the hygienist and shrug my shoulders and explained that this is nothing new.
So she asked Luke if he was ready and he responded with a very excited, "Yes!" I asked if Carson and I could watch while Luke takes his turn. We follow them back. Luke was the perfect patient. Even the dentist was impressed. It just goes to show how each child's personality is so very different.
After Luke's pleasant dental experience, Carson decided he was going to be brave and take his turn. He was still apprehensive, but they were able to do what they needed to do. All the while Carson had his eyes closed.
He finally made it over the hurdle at 5 years old. But, now we have to go back in 2 weeks for an x-ray and a more thorough look at one of his molars.
I am hopeful that it will go smooth, and if not, break out the laughing gas and give me some while you're at it.