Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I promised myself we would not get another dog until we were 100% sure of where we were going to be living for the next few years at least, but alas another promise to myself has been broken.
A warm welcome goes out to Larry...the newest member of our household. We can't quite figure out what he is exactly, but he is definitely part chocolate lab with who knows what else. He is for sure less than 3 years old and already I would guess he's about 130 pounds or so. He has been living in Jeremy's co-workers' garage for the past month or two and the entire neighborhood has apparently been taking care of him and feeding him, so he's pretty hefty and appears to be in good health for a "stray." The odd thing is that you can tell he has lived in a home before and was obviously taught quite good manners and tricks. He sits, stays, rolls over, will lie down, come, etc. all on command, which is better than some dogs in this house who have been obviously living in the lap of luxury too long.
Jeremy brought him home this afternoon and he has been amazingly calm and great with both dogs and kids, so that's an instant plus. Another bonus is he has not yet peed or pooped on anything inside yet, another huge bonus. Downfall...we did find he likes stuffed animals just like Lucille, so we'll have to be on extra double super guard for all stuffed items in the house. Within the first few minutes of him being in the house, he ate a foam ball whole and then ate a ping-pong ball-sized rock outside. Guess the poor guy's not used to eating normal food just yet. These above items were just recently puked up on my kitchen floor. Blech. I am hoping he will eat normal food soon.
So...a big howdy ho to Larry. Heck, if we can't have a baby, a dog is next best, right? :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

This years, we found a great town to do our trick-or-treating in, Woodbury, where they shut the streets down to traffic, the town really does things all out, lots of decorating, almost every house was "open" so there was none of the husual having to walk blocks just to get to a house that was participating. It reminded me of movies where they show the cute little town with the happy children running all over the place trick-or-treating. Seriously. It was like stepping back in time and seemed a little surreal, but it was a great time for us all.
Haiden wanted to be Mario for some unknown reason since we don't have Mario anything, but whatever. He had fun and it was fun for him to see other little boys dressed up the same when we were out. Hannah wanted to be Astrid from "How to Train a Dragon" which was quite fitting for her personality, and she had a great time doing her tough Viking poses.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Birthday to Haiden---a month late!

Wow. Am I a bad mama or what? Of course we celebrated Haiden's 7th birthday this year, but I have failed to document it to share with the rest of our family and friends.

Haiden was so worried that he wouldn't have a birthday this year since he wouldn't be able to have the normal family/friend party, but we reassured him that would not be the case.

On July 28, his actual birthday, we celebrated by letting him pick out the meals for the day which consisted of lots of processed food, including his all-time faves, mac & cheese and chicken nuggets. He wanted an ice cream cake from DQ, so that took care of the cake. He picked out a tye dye one because, for some reason, he said it was really cool despite the fact that it was kind of purple and had kind of girly colors in it. But again, he wanted it, so he got it.
He got lots of presents in the mail from grandmas and grandpas and cards from family, which he had a great time opening in the evening. Lots of Legos, so he was in heaven.
Saturday, we took a trip to the Chattanooga Aquarium, as he had requested we go there for his birthday.
Some 7-year-old favorites:
~LEGOS. He is obsessed with them. He plays with them morning, noon, and night, reads about them, draws plans for them in his notebooks, and designs "sets" all day long. To be honest, I'm quite sick of them and now that he has little sister almost equally obsessed, I'm going nuts.
~Reading. He is working on the Harry Potter series and I am happy we found a series that will take a long, long time finally. I am going to have to check out the later books though, because I hear they get pretty dark and scary towards the end. We may have to cut it off early.
~Anything science related.
~Fave foods: Mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers, fruit shakes, and bananas.
~47-1/4 inches and 40 pounds. He is very proud of this and wanted to make sure I put this in here. Plus, it helps me keep track of how they are growing, so what the heck.
~He also wants me to put on here that he has lost 3 teeth and has one that is loose.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

New theme!

I am not sure about the new peacock theme I have going on here. I let Hannah choose any design she wanted for the background here, and this is what she chose. That girl loves peacocks!
New design goes with new direction I'll be taking here starting whenever I have a chance to get on here and write....more of a chronicle of our daily life so family/friends can keep up with us and see what's going on now that we are further away, but same old, same old as usual.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Butterflies everywhere!

Over the past few days, our backyard, which is surrounded by a field and woods with wildflowers and grasses, has become flooded with butterflies. The kids are amazed by how many they are and we spent nearly an hour this afternoon watching them. Lucille chased them and tried to eat them, but I'm happy to report she did not get any. The kids suggested we become "nature photographers" so we grabbed the camera and got a few shots in. Our next step is to pull out our handy dandy butterfly book and identify these little beauties!

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Some interesting quips from Haiden this week:

The morning after getting in trouble and losing his reading time: "Mom, please don't you or dad yell at me ever again...when you do that the flowers in my heart wither and die." Yes, he actually used the word wither.

"Mom, you have 3D boobs in that shirt." (Peace sign shirt that just happened to have peace signs positioned in that area)....."and I don't even need 3D glasses!"

"Dad, your lips are huge. They look like you are about to kiss mom when you turn your head to the side."

"Mom, I would really like to order a brother. Do we have to move back to Michigan to get one or can you make one here?"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Weapons of Mass Destruction

This pretty little thing here has done quite a bit o' killin' the past few weeks. There seems to be quite the fly population around here, and the kids have been instructed to kill away with no regard to life when it comes to these nasty suckers. We have put a 25-cent bounty over their little germ-infested heads, and the kids have turned this into quite a game, and decimated most of the fly population in the process.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Girls Night!

Hannah and I are celebrating our first ever girls night with NO BOYS ALLOWED! Haiden is spending the night at grandma and grandpa's house, daddy is in TN. Hannah, of course, was the party planner, and this is how our day has went so far:
Swam in the pool together in the rain.
Scooped up mud and stuck worms in it.
Touched up paint around the house and deemed the laundry room "done" and don't have to look at it again--okay, this was not her idea, but it had to be done today!
Had Shredded Wheat and strawberries from the garden for dinner.
Played "Just Dance" on the Wii "girl songs only" for 45 minutes. Whew!
Had Jolly Rancher popsicles.
Did our nails with purple and red stripes.
Read a book about reptiles.
Read a book about dinosaurs.
Did our hair with butterfly clips and put on dinosaur snouts.

And here we are at the end of the evening (or at least I am hoping this little party is just about over) and lil' Miss is brushing her blue teeth, courtesy of the popsicles, and asking how much longer until we see Aunt Lori tomorrow. :)

Can you believe, Hannah is 4 years old now and this is the very first time it has been just me and her??

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Moving month!

While it will take a lot to convince me that anything compares with the views Lake Michigan has provided us for the past 10 yeasr, I am looking forward to seeing this beautiful lake on a hopefully daily basis as well...

Just a quick glimpse into where we will be moving in the coming weeks.
Jeremy is heading out in our unknown-if-trustworthy RV he purchased just for this big move, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well for him as he moves about 90% of our household down there this weekend.
For those of you who live nearby, I will be trying to see as many people as I possibly can cram in before the 24th of this month. If I don't see you or call you before I go, don't take it personally--I'm working 40+ hour weeks, packing up a household, finishing up the school year, and trying to manage the kids and 2 energetic doggies. Get a Skype account and we can Skype it up, or I will call or be in contact via FB, email, or phone soon! :)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign

With a big supply of posterboard on hand and stencils, what better than to make some signs? At least that is what was going through Haiden's mind today.

First up was a sign that read: Gar- Sale that was taped to our front window.

Following with a sign that stated: Don't Touch! Not On Sale! Haiden used this sign to chase away potential customers seeking a Star Wars mold maker and microscope which he suddenly decided he wanted to keep after all.

Hannah joined in on this crusade to keep these precious items, by telling one man "we don't want you to buy the star wars or the microscope...they're all moldy and gross."

Next, we continued on to Haiden's business plan which consisted of: Selling underwear for $10 (see picture) and the following business plan for "poo for sale."

I'm guessing these business ventures will not go over well in these depressed economic times, so I will not be quitting my day job just yet.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

One way to weed through toys....not exactly what I was thinking!

Oh. My. Gosh. My kids are nuts. What have they done this time? Well...let me enlighten you. For some odd reason, Hannah thought it would be funny to PEE in Haiden's toy box. But...being the lady she is, rather than do it herself, she egged Haiden on to pee in his own toy box, filled to the brim with what else but his beloved toys???

It was all fun and games until at bedtime when Hannah blurted out that Haiden had peed in his toy box. "I did NOT!" was the indignant cry from the other side of the room. One look in his guilty face (which I didn't really see because the covers had found their way over his head at that point) and I knew the truth.

So...the punishment was that Haiden had to get out of bed and empty his entire toy box into garbage bags, then clean the toy box itself out, and now he gets the pleasure of earning the toys back after mommy (not able to part with toys that probably have cost thousands collectively) cleaned them all, dried them, and placed them into a moving box ( least their packed up now, right?).

Seeing the tears start gradually, then flowing freely, then finally turning into sobs and "I'm sorry's" convinced me he was actually sorry for what he had done and hopefully learned a lesson from this all. What the lesson was that he actually takes from it, I'm not sure. At the very least, I don't think this particular deed will be done again.

What a night!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Tooth Fairy Visits Again!

I'm not going to make as big of a deal of every tooth as I did the first, but Haiden lost tooth #2 last night. We forgot to put the envelope under his pillow and I completely forgot about it until this morning when I was cleaning the bedroom, so tonight we will expect another tooth fairy visit. :) The tooth fairy was not expecting having to shell out again so really wasn't that loose when he lost the first one, but I guess hard granola bars have a way of knocking those suckers out! I think "tooth fairy" needs to keep some cash on hand for these kind of events, ya think?

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Another First For The Week....

Along with the loss of his first tooth, this weekend marked Haiden's first sleepover with a friend!
Although, I felt like there were 3 little tornadoes running around trashing everything in sight, they had a great time. They ate junk food, played video games, caught the gobies in the pond by hand and named the fastest one "Sonic," ate more junk food, played Pokemon and Bakugan or whatever it was, and trashed some more. Did I mention they ate junk food like no tomorrow? Eek.
They stayed up until at least 1 a.m., which is when I could no longer keep my eyes open and finally gave up on trying to get them to settle down...I heard them talking and giggling after that point, and they were up bright and early with some more trashing and running. I went to check on them around 3 a.m. and found that his buddy had moved his sleeping bag from the extra bed where I had set him up, to Haiden's bed and they were snuggled up together under a sleeping bag. Awwww.....
Overall a good time for all, but I'm ready for some sleep and need a few weeks (maybe a few months/years) before I sign up for that again!

Toothless Wonder

After months and months of patiently wiggling and waiting, Haiden finally lost his first tooth this week!
He, as well as his friends at school, were getting very concerned with his non-toothless state, and he was sooooo excited when the little sucker popped out when he went to brush his teeth Monday night "MOOOOOOOOM!!! My just flew out of my mouth!!!"
The "tooth fairy" left him a letter thanking him for the nice shiny white tooth and gave him a certificate for a new Lego set (specifically stating a dollar amount, since the tooth fairy knew he would head for the $100 set he has had his eye on for quite some time). And yes, he does know there isn't really a tooth fairy, but he decided the fairy's name is "Jeff" and said he hopes he continues to visit.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Today marks Hannah's 4th year of life, and what an action-packed 4 years it has been!

Our little Hannah, from the moment she was yanked out to this very moment, has been one ball of constantly-moving, never-stopping, energy. She is full of curiosity, is the most independent little girl I have ever seen, and has brains like nobody's business. She has never ceased to amaze us: From crawling at 3 months old, walking at 7, talking in sentences by 1 potty training herself at age 1-1/ reading books on her own at 3-1/2...we are always at a loss to wonder what is coming next.

This weekend, we celebrated her 4 years of life on this planet (notice I say on this planet because sometimes I am convinced she is an alien) by throwing a dinosaur-themed birthday party, complete with a dinosaur egg hunt and T-Rex pinata (both of which were slightly modified due to the rain that decided to make an appearance for her party). Luckily, we had cleaned the garage out the weekend prior and it was somewhat presentable and made a great pinata bashing locale.
We also had the requested-for-the-past-year-or-so dinosaur cake with dino skeletons and dino candles. Hannah received a ton of gifts, including the Snow White vacuum she has pined away for since before Christmas, a fishing pole, t-ball set, dino toys, books, My Little Pony beauty salon, and more. Lunch was also her request: Hot dogs, chips, fruit kebabs, BBQ chicken, potato salad, Sunny D, and Scooperman ice cream.
Some fun 4-year-old Hannah facts straight from her mouth:
Favorite color: Pink
Best friends: Summer and Haiden
Favorite book: My new how to train your dragon book.
What do you want to be when you grow up: Ummmm....someone who plants flowers and lives in a house and has vases. I want to be someone who goes to the zoo and takes care of all the animals.
Favorite things to do: Pick and plant flowers, I like to play Just Dance and Star Wars. I like rubber princess toys and rubber dinosaurs, but not the ones that make scary sounds. I like to dress up like Bumblebee from Transformers and like a princess.
Height: 37 inches. Weight: 31 pounds.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Catch up for the week

Whooooeee...has this been a boring blog lately or what? Let the blog reflect my boring life, I say.

Really, nothing much has happened lately other than just normal everyday things that could be funny but to be honest with you, I just have not had the motivation lately either.

A few funnies from this week:
Hannah has started a new game of "cameltoe." This is a game that involves her putting mittens on her feet and running around the house making camel noises and yelling "look at my cameltoe!" young is too young to explain exactly what cameltoe is? I'll wait until she is at least 4.

Another Hannah quip today when I told her we were going to groom and bathe Lenny (which never happened, by the way) "It's weiner washing day!" (Lenny is a weiner dog)

Some cool things from this week:
Haiden actually tried to ride his bike and was doing great until he hit the molehills in our yard. I thought it would be easier to start him in the grass, but now I'm thinking pavement might be a better way to go. Too much mush and soft sand in the yard...

Hannah read an entire book all by herself tonight. She has been reading for a while, but usually gives up after a short page or a few words...tonight she read the entire book! :)

We bought an RV to assist with our moving plans and it will also make it possible for us to camp! I refuse to camp in anything that does not have solid walls and a toilet, so this is just peachy for me. I do love camping, it's just that ever since we went camping in the U.P. and I had to pee at 3 a.m. and there was someone in there breathing heavy wearing bright red high heels (I mean, who wears high heels at 3 a.m. in a secluded campground??? CREEPY!) and something was snuffling outside our tent...well...that pretty much ended my camping in a tent career.

So...sorry for the dullness...I promise I will once again catch the motivation wave one of these days.

Monday, March 8, 2010

A new skill...

After Haiden's absolute flat-out refusal last year to even attempt to try to learn to tie his own shoes, we gave up and figured when he was ready, we'd be there to show him the ropes. Yesterday was that day. On our way out, he all of a sudden announced he wanted to learn and after one go-through with Jeremy, he did it all by himself! I don't mind helping him tie his shoes, but with it being winter and all, I have been sending him to school with the same pair of velcro closure shoes every day because he has to change from boots to shoes several times a day...he is thrilled now that he can wear his new shoes that tie!
Next up...riding a bike.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy March! What are your plans for spring?

It's the first day of March! You all know what that means...exactly 21 days until (dare I say it).....SPRING! Yay! I am so happy an end is in sight.
I am gearing up for a busy spring. At least I hope it turns out to be a busy spring. In addition to hoping that work picks up a bit (it's been a few slow weeks...I really could use the $$!), I have big plans to...
1. Start weeding through the house and getting rid of things we don't want to take with us when we do our big move in early summer (hoping for getting outta here by July 1 if possible...).
2. Spring yard cleaning is always a huge nasty chore (3 dogs worth of poo is not anyone's idea of a fun time, is it?), but I actually enjoy it other than the horrific smell.
3. I am looking forward to seeing if my bulbs come up this year and looking forward to the crocuses and spring flowers showing their pretty faces.
4. Jeremy and Hannah's birthdays are March and April, so I'm starting to plan Hannah's birthday. Normally, it's not something I do too far in advance, but this year she has put her order in for a pink pteranodon cake, and I don't think that is going to be something I can do without a little early planning.
I know there is much more I have to do, but these are just a few fun things I'm looking forward to. Numero uno on my looking forward to list is NO MORE SNOW!! The endless dark cloudy days are almost on their way out...bring in the sun and warm weather!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Story time mooning

Tonight for bedtime reading time, Hannah picked this sweet little story about a mama bird who is telling her baby bird that no matter where she goes, her love is always with baby bird. We made it through the entire story with Hannah saying "awwww" after every page and snuggling very sweetly at my side. Until the end. This is where Hannah stood up and said "mommy, know where I put your love? (the baby bird kept the mama bird's love in his shirt pocket in case you're wondering)....IN MY BUTT!" And she proceeded to pull her pj's down and mooned me, wiggling her nekked rear in my face.
Now isn't that the gosh darndest cutest thing ever? Seriously. Where do they learn these things?

Thursday, February 25, 2010


For those of you who may not know what coprophagia is, it's when dogs eat their own or other dog's poo. Your education for today.
You may wonder why on earth I am talking about that today, so here is how it came up.
The other day, we were driving around Muskegon along the lakeshore and, well, bored out of our minds, and somehow the topic of how we are so lucky because of all the dogs we have had, we have never had one with this particular ailment. Because that would be gross, you know?
Anyways, I said something along the lines of "you know there is stuff you can buy at the pet store that keeps them from eating it...." to which Jeremy responds very seriously at first until he realized what he said...
"yeah, I think it makes it taste like crap or something."
Just another little daily quip that was oh, so funny. To us at least.

Monday, February 22, 2010

She was with us only a short 2 years, but she somehow wrangled her way into our home and into our hearts. On February 16, 2010, we had to put our 14-1/2-year-old pitbull Jewell to sleep.
For those of you who did not follow or read me before, we got Jewell from Jeremy's grandma when she went in to have back surgery, thinking it would be a temporary babysitting job, which actually turned into a permanent situation once it was clear that his grandma was not going to be able to keep up with this elderly, needy dog.
She was such a sweet dog, never growled, bit, or snarled...She came to our house not really fond of little children and wary of other dogs, and turned out to be the biggest child snuggler of all time within a few short weeks and even snuggled up with Lenny, Bruer, Brodi, and Lucille on occasion. She loved car rides, licking plates after dinner, snuggling and getting pet by her humans, and snoozing in her favorite spot on the couch, which she rarely left except to do the above activities. She had just learned to play tug-o-war with Lucille and would play until she would wheeze herself into a frenzy. She was scared of loud noises, her own farts, and our killer pet duck. She will be missed!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad....WEEK!

Yes, you read it correctly. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week over here. Let me begin:
Monday: Hannah began barfing at approximately 2 a.m. every 20 minutes until about 8 a.m. the next day (which brings us to Tuesday). Lucille had to be dropped off at the vet for her surgery (getting spayed) between 8 and 8:30 a.m., Haiden had to be dropped off to school by 8:50 a.m. Hannah barfed a few times during this transit time, which made for a lovely smelling car. At about 11 a.m. that same morning, Jewel stopped breathing. She fell over and couldn't get up. We called the vet and had to set up an appointment to bring her in and have her put down. This was the 5th time in 2 days she had stopped breathing and was having seizures/tremors and it was time. I had put off this inevitable appointment several times, hoping she would just go on her own, but true to any dog belonging to us, she just kept going and going and going.
Anyways, at 3:00 we took her in and had her put down. Poor girl. I'm going to give her her own blog entry though, so I will speak of her in more endearing terms there. We picked up Lucille, who was still groggy, dripping snot, and totally out of it. We found out she had hemorrhaged during surgery and nearly died during this routine procedure. Poor Lucille. I wondered if it was some of the soap or other possible anticoagulants she has munched on. All was well the rest of the day other than being sad that Jewel was gone.
Wednesday: We started the day so-so. Haiden told me in the morning his stomach didn't feel so well, but thought it was from eating breakfast too fast, so off we went to school. I picked him up that afternoon, only to have him come to me clutching his stomach, flopped on the rug in the classroom, and pronounced his stomach hurt very bad and he had felt sick all day, but instead of telling the teacher "because I didn't want the kids to laugh at me and I was embarrassed," he suffered all day long and held it in until...
I started to help him get his coat on and he proceeded to barf all over me, the floor, his coat, boots, etc. Ew. He barfed another 3 times on the way home and every 30 minutes or so after that, then the diarrhea and fever started.
And about midnight, I started as well.
All freaking day Thursday: Haiden and I barfed and did the sit/kneel thing all day long. Hannah danced around singing, dancing, jumping off furniture, and pronouncing she wanted to go "somewhere" all day long. Lucille was feeling A-OK by now too, so she was prancing around wanting to play and chew on everything in sight, including the "barf buckets" Haiden and I had at our sides at all times. about 8 p.m. Haiden stopped throwing up. I stopped around the middle of the night at some point.
Friday: Weak. Sick still. Aching ribs and stomach muscles. Headache from hell. Ugh.
Saturday: YaAAAAAy! Feeling much better. Kids are both better. Lucille is better. We all feel better! I can work without having to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes! Hooray!
So there's my week. It was not a good one, putting it mildly. The best part of it is that I lost 8 pounds from all the puking action, although it will come back on as soon as I start eating normally again. The good news is that my stomach is shrunk a bit so as long as I keep eating small portions and healthy, I won't feel like I'm starving unless I go overboard.
Quotes from the week:
Hannah: "Oh, I'm never ever never going to eat at McDonalds again!" YES!!! Finally, something to take away her obsession with McDonalds...we hardly ever go there, but she seems to think it is the place to be.
Haiden: "Mom, I am SO 'up' with playing video games when I'm sick." I think he meant "down with it" and thinks down is bad, so "up" is good?
Hannah: (Saturday--4 days after Jewel died) "Mom, I can't find Jewel anywhere. I looked all over for her." ummmmm....
Haiden: (Saturday--4 days after Jewel died) "Mom, Hannah can't find Jewel. I think she might have died under my bed." ummmmm....
Me: "UGH. No more Ben and Jerry's chocolate brownie ice cream." I won't get into details, but it was gross, let me tell ya.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super cute puppy on lockdown.

And what the hell is this, you may ask?
This is the previously-mentioned super cute puppy who did not act so super cute today.
Today, this puppy decided she was going to eat a bar of soap, drink from an unflushed toilet (complete with fishing out soggy toilet paper treats and gobbling a few bites down), and then gently pulled the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center magnet off the fridge with her little evil teeth and ate it after shredding it to bits.
She is currently on suicide watch. I don't know if this was a cry for help or an actual suicide attempt. She is currently on lockdown until further notice.

Yes, my kids are weird. I admit it.

What the hell is this, you may ask?
This is my darling little boy cramming himself into a size 12 month Harley-Davidson vest and hat he wore when he was, oh, about 12 months old. What you don't see in the picture is that he is in his underwear and wearing winter boots. What a stud.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wake UP!

'Git up pardner!
This would be how we wake up little boys who are dragging in the morning. Notice the high heels--yep, she sleeps in them too!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My little artiste

Every serious painter must wear a Snow White dress, high heels, and a crown, don'tcha know?
In case you're wondering what you're looking at, it's a ladybug and "ladybugs have 6 legs, but this one has 12 because it's a super ladybug!"

Monday, January 25, 2010

A story by Haiden.

This morning, Haiden asked me if he could write a book, so we set him up for book writing. It ended up being so funny, I just had to share it. Here it is word for word...

"Dead" by Haiden:

Once upon a time, there was a boy walking down the street saying "hi" to everyone.
It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing.
He got run over by a car!
Now the sun was not shining, the birds were not singing, and it was silent...
Very silent.
He came...
To life.
The end.

Illustrations show a sunny day, then a guy getting hit by a car, and the next page shows the guy saying "what the heck happened?" An index is included listing:
1. A sunny day.
2. A car hit me!
3. I came back to life.
4. Yay!

What a writer!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

VCRs rock!

Just a tip for you parents out there who are sick and tired of buying DVDs for your kids only to have them get totally scratched up and ruined within 3 viewings....GET A VCR!! We borrowed my sister-in-law's VCR so Jeremy could watch some old home videos he had, and at the same time borrowed some of her VHS movies for the kids to watch.
The kids were absolutely mystified by what this mysterious machine was and couldn't believe that we could actually watch movies with it!
Well...I gotta tell you. This was probably the best invention ever. VHS tapes are almost indestructible and are cheaper than all get-out now that they are pretty much obsolete. Plus, we found that you can get a VCR for like $15-20...bonus! Keep the DVDs for yourself.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Let them eat cake!

Diaper cake that is.
This was a fun project for my sister's baby shower 2 weeks ago.
I had so much fun making this up, I want to find ways to make more! Etsy is my next step probably, since I noticed there are a few on craigslist for $15 each and I have no idea how to compete with that price. I mean, the diapers alone cost at least that!
This one in particular was done with disposable diapers on the bottom layer, cloth in the middle, and onesies on the top.

Monday, January 18, 2010

My supercute puppy

Smiling as she bites my toes off...

For a total lack of anything to say or write about, I present to you my supercute puppy Lucille...

You may recall a few months ago we got her and she was a whopping 2.8 pounds and we could hold her in our hand. Here she is today, at about 5 months old, 34 pounds (now topping Hannah in height and weight).

What a cute little beast she is.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Is a friendship worth it if you have to hide who you really are in order to sustain it?

Friday, January 15, 2010

New look is sorta done!

Pink and brown is out, in with a new look. At least for now. Do you know how long it took me to get this together? Forever! I know absolutely nada about blogging or creating my "look" was so frustrating!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Be gone pink and brown!

I just came to the conclusion that I am kinda sick of the pink/brown theme here. I think I might try to learn about blogging so I can snazz it up a bit and make it look a little more better. (A little more better? Where the hell did that come from??) Sheesh.

A week of firsts...

Well...this has been a week of firsts! Allow me to share a few with ya.

1. I said no to donut #2 on donut day (will explain what donut day is someday, but will leave it at that for now).

2. I bought a scarf from Old Navy to go with my Old Navy coat and Old Navy fleece zip up thinger majobber. If you knew how much I have hate that store, you would know this was a big deal. And if you knew how much I feel like barfing or rolling my eyes whenever I see what I call the "scarf clones," you would know what a big deal it was for me to buy one from there, let alone anywhere...and actually wear it.

3. I bought a cell phone. My first. Really! If you know me, you know I have a huge thing against cell phones. I mean, we lived without them forever and I don't get WHY everyone thinks they need one now when we were perfectly fine for, what, 2000 years? Plus the fact that almost every day I nearly get killed while driving by some a-hole soccer mom/dad or some old lady texting on her Jitterbug while driving does not help things at all. And it's a HUGE peeve of mine to be at the park with the kids and see these poor kids playing and begging for mommy's attention while she is glued to her damn phone. Oh, I could keep going on and on, so I'll stop here.
Anyways, the point is, I bought one. A purdy fancy one, I might add.

4. I drove by Starbucks not just once, but several times WITHOUT STOPPING. I need to stop spending money at that place. I am very proud of myself for resisting it after being tempted that many times in one day.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Thanks a lot Mickey-D's

All I can say is DAMN YOU MCDONALDS!!

Although their food is seriously gross, I have to admit that I like Big Macs every now 'n then. Thank goodness we go there very infrequently or I would be much, much fatter than I already am.

Today, I pulled in there to grab a quick cup of coffee on my way home from dropping some videos off and notice they now have Big Mac wraps or whatever they are called. Either way, those F-ers!! I can't eat Big Macs because the bread makes me sicker than a dog...that is what keeps me from eating them when I do go there...and now they have wraps (which I can handle as long as the wrap is small)! What is to keep me from getting them now? Self control? HA!