Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
A sand bucket full of worms
A finger with a booger on it- gee thanks
"Art" made from the recycle bin
Mud covered dirty shoes on the kitchen counter
Wooly bear caterpillars
A reality check- ever notice how honest kids are- they don't sugar coat anything- if the pants make your butt look big, they'll tell you that! If you feel tired, they'll tell you that you look it too!
Pockets full of goodies (chapstick) (stickers) that go into the laundry
Ok, so I am going to keep this short, I have 3 posts today ( I know- I'm an overacheiver- Ha ha ha yeah right!) Anyways, check them out and COMMENT!! I've had quite a few new people this week, it's been nice to meet new friends!
#1- I'm secretly afraid of falling. Not so much the roller coaster type of fear, nope that would make sense. I am afraid of falling...on the ground. Like tripping, falling over, slipping, being slide tackled (not good when I was on the soccer team) I absolutely wake up sweating when I have a dream about falling...I never land or get squished in the dream, but it is enough to make me wake up sweating and crying. Hate it!
#2- I can't stand going to bed with a kitchen full of dirty dishes, yet I despise doing the dishes. Even worse than going to bed with a messy kitchen- is waking up to a messy kitchen. So it will be late at night after the crowd has left and I will stand there loading the dishwasher, washing the big ones. My Hubby hates doing dishes as much as I do, so between the two of us I am amazed that they get done. I usually look at them and shrug...ok, bring it on! let's do this! Sooner I do it, the sooner it's done! See, I have to pep talk myself into getting them done.
#3- If I could eat pasta every night I would. Followed by a BIG bowl of ice cream. Not a little bowl and don't even think of putting your spoon in my bowl- I am not very good at sharing.
#4- I am glad I have a house full of girls. (no offense to boys or moms with boys or anyone boy loving) I grew up with 2 younger sisters and one brother. The brother was sick from birth and was not your typical boy. I have no idea how to play trucks, monsters, spiderman stuff and honestly don't enjoy those things as much as I enjoy dress up time. Funny because I am not a girly, frilly, dress up, makeup person myself.
#5- I dip my grilled cheese into my applesauce. It's too dry without it. I also have to put at least two slices of cheese on it...but I don't like to eat cheese. Not plain anyways, yuck! I also put pepper on my mac and cheese, but I don't think that is too odd.
#6- I am a nerd about lists. I have a list for everything. My kids know about my lists and know that if they want something it has to be on my list. I have a notebook that I put my lists in so I don't loose them- nothing worse than a lost list! I'm lost without my lists.
#7- Ok, so are you thinking I am completely weird or what?? One more, here is goes... I love the water. I love swimming. I grew up swimming, had a boat, then had a pool, joined the swim team all through school. BUT...I hate having wet hair. Hate putting on shorts over a wet suit and sitting in it and now that I am not on the swim team and have the option, I will not swim in cold water and I don't enjoy swimming in the lake, especially if it is cold. I will sit on the beach and sweat before going in a cold lake.
So there you have it, 7 things you didn't know about me and I'm sure your wishing you still didn't. I'm a bit quirky, but I love having fun and being around fun people, so hopefully it's not all that bad.
Thanks ladies, this was more fun than I thought it was going to be. So sweet of you to think of me!
Take it away Girls!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I've got oogies in my nose
Mom, I've got one of those "hang ten" things on my finger (hang nail)
My Lolo who's 4 has been going around reciting every and any word she knows how to spell, she's the spelling champ this week. She knows Mom, Dad, cat, dog- you know the simple ones. She came up to me last week and asked how to spell Mother. Me: "Why Lolo? I don't want you calling me that- it makes me feel OLD." So last night at dinner, my oldest- Molly was doing her spelling champ list and asks how to spell Mother- without hesitation Lolo chimes in: "Molly you can't call her that, it will make her OLD!"
When I was pregnant with Annie, I took the oldest two girls with me shopping. I had a Navy Ball to attend and not much to wear- that fit anyways. Molly was 4 and Lolo almost 2. We all squeezed into the fitting room with a stroller and an arm full of dresses. Determined to not have them touching everything in sight, I kept Lolo in the stroller and Molly sat on the little bench facing me. As I was changing, Molly got sight of my top half and blurted out (quite loudly I might add) "MOM- Your b%bs are getting HUGE!!" Not bad if we were the only ones in the fitting room, but no, it was full- there was a line- and everyone heard- Yup, love those embarrassing moments! -----Same trip different store---- We went into a Macy's type store after eating lunch. Being that I was pregnant and had two children with small bladders, we were rushing around looking for a restroom. We found it, of course way in the back, behind clothes and conveniently sale racks. I almost swerved looking for the deal, but reminded myself of the small full bladders in company. So again I squeeze everyone into a stall, child 1- Done, child 2- Done. We are doing pretty good. My turn- as I maneuver the kids around so- #1 they can't escape and #2 I can actually sit without my knees to my chin- Molly blurts out: "MOM- are you going potty too?" I quietly try to shush her and reply yes. Ok, not bad, that wasn't embarrassing, so what if everyone knows what I am doing right? I mean isn't that why we are all in there to begin with? Yup, she can't leave it at that... "MOM, are you going Poopy too? Something's stinky? EW, Mom something smells like poopy!!" She continues to carry on and on- over my not so quiet shushing. And guess what...it wasn't even MY poopy- someone else, not me. So after she is done going on and on, we make our exit for the sinks only to see a line of ladies staring. I wanted to crawl under the stroller and be pushed away!
So that was really long, I'll try and come up with a few more shorter ones and continue to add them.
Hopefully everyone is enjoying these lists. It has been very entertaining, PLEASE comment and fill in with a few of your own!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Funny things we say to our kids...
I'll feed ya to the ducks! (thanks to Hubby's Gpa)
I mixed it with my toes! (another Gpa)
See ya later alligator- after awhile crocodile- not too soon you big baboon!! (my parents- my children in the car racing Papa to say this fastest...and loudest!)
Later boon! (Annie's shortened version)
Act your age not your shoe size (my dad)
I will try and think of more to add later, brain fart right now!
I would love to get a good list going, PLEASE add more of your own!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Goomba, short for goofball!
Weasel (Nana called one of the girls this at birth, c'mon that's mean, so her nose was squished!)
Princess Pie (after a #2 duty, we say you smell like a...)
Jabberbox (the child that won't stop talking)
Lorlor (sound it out, I've never spelled it before)
I would love to get a good list going, PLEASE add more of your own!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
As I am trying to finish up the birth announcement, I see an ad that says... up to 20% off holiday cards if ordered before Nov 20th (there's an asterisk, so I am sure there is a catch) So being that I am so stinking cheap and have to find that deal, I am now throwing on my plate a holiday card- I am going to make a photo holiday card as well- No biggie, just more options, choices, colors, cropping...maybe I should have my coffee first, that might help clear the brain or at least buzz it in to function mode. So wish me luck on my endeavors today, I will get these done, I am determined, motivated and darn it they are on sale so I'd kick myself if I didn't get that 20%!
The big question is...can I save on postage and send both cards in one envelope? Hmmm
Monday, November 19, 2007
Oh and just to be silly I sent my Hubby with a bottle of Hot Damn, that way he would think of me while he was away and think...wow, my wife is so good to me...HOT DAMN! Yeah I was pushing for some bonus suck up points!
So what did I do while Hubby was in the woods, sit at home, HA yeah right! I did a weekend at Nana and Papa's! My parents only live 10 minutes away, so I let the kids pack their own clothes. Notice I say I LET them, as if it's a treat to do the packing! Someday they will catch on to these sneaky tactics and rebel, for today though it works! I had babysitters and did some MORE shopping! Yup, I'm lucky, more shopping with limited kids in tow, still dragged the baby along, my dad isn't too keen on the idea of being thrown up on, he has no problem enduring a few rounds of tickle torture, but spit up is a bit much to ask of him. So you might think I am done with holiday shopping...yeah right! I have spent more time shoe shopping for these girls, I can't believe how fast their feet grow and how often! And then there are different shoes for different events, church shoes, dance shoes, school shoes, gym shoes, where does it end, these girls have better shoes than I do! *pouting with a big bottom lip* So I am finally done shoe shopping, on to my Xmas list...a never ending task! Yikes!
Ok, so if I haven't mentioned it, my Hubby is one of 11 children!! Yeah, huge family!! Amazingly wonderful family, but when it comes time for Xmas shopping, it can be a tad overwhelming. He has four half siblings- so we party with all of them. Then we party with his 7 immediate siblings on a separate day. The first party we have decided to bring food and then draw names for kids in high school and younger. The second party we have decided to bring food, draw names for the kids and then for the adults we all bring a $10 gift and we do a gift exchange game. Last year was our first year doing this. I enjoyed it, it was a fun challenge to find something fun for under $10 and then to see who ended up with what was interesting. SO on to more parties...there is still Xmas Eve, a trip to Cincinnati for a party on that side, a few parties that we normally don't make it to and then there is still my side of the family. We normally get together with my parents and siblings and do another drawing of names, then there is a party with my grandpa and extended family on my dad's side, then another for my mom's side. My sister's bday is after Xmas, then there is New Year's Eve Party. By January 1 I am done, partied out and ready to not eat anything, not cook anything, not look at another store. So now you see why I was so excited to have babysitters to get some shopping done! On to the Xmas list and another store... keep ya posted.
So since it is the beginning of the shopping holiday season, it is still Good to Get Out...
Thursday, November 15, 2007
So now all prep work aside, the big day has arrived and away they go trudging out to the woods. I wish them all Good Luck! Hope they don't freeze, it's barely above freezing here at a whopping 35 degrees, but it is rainy, windy and just nasty. Gotta love Michigan weather, it was 55 degrees two days ago, I was informed that the colder weather is more suitable to the deer. I am also praying for their safety, they are a group of educated, smart, safety conscious men, but accidents happen- so I will be saying a few extra prayers this weekend.
You know what, maybe the chili side effects are part of the plan- I can't say for sure, but maybe the toot toot tooting is a new way to call the deer- or stun them!
Good luck guys, have a great weekend and remember this is the only time I will agree that the bigger the RACK the better!
(I will still be watching Bambi with the kids for our Friday Night Movie Night!)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I have been splatted!! Wow, two awards in one week! I certainly wouldn't have thought my week would be like this when I rolled grumbly out of bed Monday! Thank you to Steph! http://4girls4me.blogspot.com/
Although I'm not sure...what is that splat made of? It looks a little like a paintball gun? Or maybe some of that sticky slimy stuff I find in mysterious places from my kids? I know...it's the spaghetti sauce I spilled on my white tshirt! I swear I CANNOT make spaghetti without getting covered in it! What can I say, I'm a slob!
So onto splatting someone, watch out Kellan- it's coming your way! http://www.ontheupside.info/
Monday, November 12, 2007
My little sister has been recently engaged, so we spent Friday night at a huge bridal shop where we bombarded her with tons and tons of dresses to try on. This is my LITTLE sister, the youngest of the sisters, I can't believe she is trying on wedding dresses, she's supposed to stay little forever not find the man of her dreams, get engaged and be trying on wedding dresses! I mean of course I am happy for her, but c'mon- she's my little sis. To top it off, she's talking about possibly taking a job in California, um, NO I'm in Michigan that is way too FAR. (Little history here, I just recently moved back to Michigan to be with family (Hubby-Naval Officer)) So someday I will get used to the idea of her leaving and maybe I will find pure joy in seeing those white dresses on her, but as of today- I'm not ready! The time at the wedding store was successful, she found many dresses that were unbelievably beautiful on her, the hard part is narrowing down the possibilities which is great because that just means another day out shopping with no kids to Help her. The rest of the night we pigged out on pizza and watched girly movies.
Outlet shopping- So Saturday we went outlet shopping to Birch Run Outlets. We spent the whole day shopping, Dels was quite fussy the whole day and I ended up carrying her for quite awhile. The stores were very busy with long lines, so that part of the day was not enjoyable. The part I enjoyed most was finding a few deals. Being that I have 4 girls, I was beside myself when I found skirts and belts for 99 cents at The Children's Place. Since it was such a superb price I bought 4 of the same skirt in different sizes, eventually the girls will all fit in the sizes and what a cute picture. If not, who cares- they were 99 cents! After a long day of shopping we checked into our hotel and had dinner and drinks. I actually ate HOT food and had time to do a mud mask. What luxury!
IKEA- So on Sunday we tackled IKEA, what a great store! We spent hours and dollars, what a blast! I found some great things. A small white kids bench that I plan to put by my front door. The seat opens so they can throw all their mittens and hats in there and I won't have to holler to pick them up all the time. (ideally anyways) We went out to a "sit down" meal, I can't remember the last time I sat for a whole meal! I tell you I was totally spoiled. Dels was in a much better mood after sleeping well all night. She was smiling at everyone and just hanging out happily. We hit some other fav stores, TJMaxx, Pier One, Homegoods. We eventually decided that we should head for home. Back to reality. So now today as I was getting kids ready for school, wiping diaper butts and rounding up laundry I just kept singing that old song over and over in my head...Back to Life, Back to Reality...not sure who sings it, but those lines are stuck in my head. I hope everyone had a great weekend and if not then you need to plan one like mine, it's a blast!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I made a wordsearch for Molly with all of her "sight words" from Kindergarten, also a few of her favorite things and family member names. She's been pretty busy!! Another Woohoo!!! :)
So I looked into the meaning of a PG rating, here's what I found...
A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision.The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.
So it turns out I am wrong, PG isn't a rating for sweet innocent movies appropriate for young children. Notice that this description warns us of possible profanity, violence and nudity, but don't worry it's not that bad- there isn't any drug content, as if that makes it that much better! When I read through the meaning for a G rated movie,
A G-rated motion picture contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children view the motion picture. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” motion picture. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated motion pictures. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present in the motion picture.
So even a G rated movie may have language issues, BUT it's ok because it's everyday expressions, hmmm and we wonder why and where our children pick up bad language. Oh and don't worry- violence is minimal! What would be the rating for a good clean, nonviolent, good language, clothes on, drugfree movie?? I guess the good news is that on the Motion Picture Association website they provide alot of information about ratings including a movie rating search and a link to Pause Parent Play, a website dedicated to helping parents decide on appropriate shows and movies for kids. http://www.pauseparentplay.org/
So I have ranted and rambled and in what was supposed to simply be a thumbs up to The Bee Movie, has turned into a movie rating critique. Hope you find something useful- if not, Sorry, I'll be short and sweet next time!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Check out my 130 year old piano, fits right in with the house, again 130 years old... at least!
"Wind" I say loudly out the back door (back door so the neighbors don't think too weirdly of me)
"Wind, I advise you to blow all the leaves to the front curb, right where I left them, otherwise you will be spending some time in the naughty chair!" (works for the kids, worth a shot right?!)
"I am also requesting that you gather the leaves that have since fallen off the trees and bring them to the front yard as well. Thank you so kindly!"
Ok, so maybe that's a bit far fetched, but C'MON- I just raked them all and dumped them all. What's the point. I have now as of this minute decided that I vow to NOT rake, not one single leaf ever again...well at least not till every single leaf is off the trees, then I might rethink this a bit and venture back out there, drag the rake out, the leaf blower and tackle it all over again. Hey at least it's worth another pat on the back and a chance to again make my Hubby turn his head and look at me quizzically! Hee Hee Hee, oh the joys! So for now, this is me signing off...NOT RAKING!!
Monday, November 5, 2007
I find many of these things I am already doing. What else is there?
So I turned to Oprah, she knows all right! And of course she did a show on Going Green. Check it out... http://www2.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/200704/tows_past_20070420.jhtml
There is a page of websites to check out for more info as well. Like did you know...Idling 10 minutes less per day can keep 550 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air every year. There is alot of good info here.
So why am I posting on this? I wanted to know what everyone else is doing. Comment back and tell me how you are helping.