Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The wind is gently blowing, the temperature is cool and I am enjoying a little quiet time. Mrs. S is here with my boys today and my daughter K is babysitting my nieces. I retreated to the deck off of my Master Bedroom and brought along my Mac. I love being able to sit out and not have any interruptions Plus the bonus of knowing my children are being well cared for adds to the peacefulness.

The landscaping guys have placed the large stone for the patio and fire pit by the gazebo and lake and are preparing to lay the smaller stone. The transformation is becoming more amazing by the day now and I am excited. 

K has finished one week of Driver's Ed 2 and has two more weeks to go. Yesterday was a trying day for her as she was not on top of her game. She was pretty upset when she came home. Today went much better for her and I was happy to see her smile when I picked her up. We enjoyed a trip to Starbucks after Drivers Ed and as usual it was oh so yummy.

Everyone in the house is excited for the weekend. The fourth of July is always a big thing around our lake. People love to have grand fireworks displays of their own that light our sky. The only downer to the holiday is that people don't know when to stop . . . it is not uncommon for the fireworks to go on until 2 or 3 a.m.  We will be enjoying the fun of the lake with boating and jet skiing. We don't swim in the lake, although others do . . . we choose to only allow the kids to swim in our pool. We installed an in-ground pool almost seven years ago and it has been wonderful. I feel much better the kids swim in a clean pool instead of the lake where the geese, ducks and other wild life do their thing. Then there are the boaters and other recreational toys are all about ~~~ sometimes they get a bit carried away and don't pay attention to swimmers. Last year some teenagers were out jet skiing and one of them didn't pay attention well enough and ran into the side of a new pontoon boat. The jet ski rider was not hurt badly, but was very shook up. The pontoon boat did suffer damage as well as the jet ski. 

Tomorrow we are planning to be out and about after K's drivers ed. We plan to stop at a few stores and then lunch out. K also wants to get in a little more driving time. Tomorrow will be a nice day out.

What do you have planned for tomorrow?


Last week my hubs and I were enjoying an evening out on our deck, our son almost 7 joined us. He sat on my lap and put his arm around my neck ~~ I was totally enjoying the moment when all of a sudden R started messing with something on my neck. I asked him, "What are you doing?" his answer mortified me . . . Messing with the Nipple on your neck! To say I could have died is an understatement . . . he was actually pulling on a small mole I had on my neck (and not a nipple) that I promptly removed with a wart, mole, skin tag treatment. I was almost too embarrassed to share this, but decided this WAS actually a very cute, honest and memorable child moment.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Well he managed it . . . his glasses are now in two pieces. Only one arm to hold his glasses on his head. He brought them to me in tears like he expected a bit of magic out of me. I have no magic . . . I have nothing left to give. I can't tell you how many times we have told this child not to swing his glasses around by one of the ear pieces.

I did send an email along to the eye doctor . . . without my sons knowledge. I asked them to order another frame and also inquired about a titanium pair. One of my bloggy friends suggested titanium frames, thank you Mimi!


Well, we survived the storms last night . . . very bad winds, torrential rains, etc.

Today has been spent working in the house on house chores. All hands on deck!!! A house with a family of FIVE children, three dogs, Mommy and Daddy tends to require a lot of upkeep. The kids don't mind helping for the most part, so the chores go a bit more quickly.

Here is what we have accomplished this weekend . . .
  • scrubbed flooring one deck
  • logged videos and books into the mac
  • put away videos and books into the new built in units in the basement
  • Laundry
  • xtra laundry stuff like the blankets we like to snuggle under while watching television
  • ironing
  • a quick dust
  • hands and knees floor washing - the foyer, the hall, kitchen, dining, mudd room, hallway, 2 - 1/2 baths, laundry room (these floors are all stone)
  • steam mop all stone flooring
  • 2 - 1/2 baths wiped down
  • made a jar of pink lemonade
  • dusted raining and banisters on the stairs
  • tidied up
  • moved sectional to vacuum and dust mop under
  • paid bills
  • filed paperwork
  • dusted desk and computer
  • cleaned glass
  • dust mopped the upstairs hardwood
  • dust mopped the main floor hardwood
  • mopped the basement stone
  • steamed the basement stone
  • watered plants
  • vacuumed the basement
  • dust the basement
  • dust hallway
  • vacuum under sectional cushions
Do you ever feel like you deep clean every week? I feel that if I don't clean everything each week that we aren't getting the cleaning done like it should be. Don't get me wrong, we live in our home . . . there may be toys strung all over the family room or throughout the main floor, but I don't want it dirty. I hate it when white socks get dirty by walking on the floor. Reminding my children not to wear their shoes inside the house is almost a daily chore.

I often have to ask my children . . . Were You BORN IN A BARN?

Saturday, June 27, 2009


The STORM Predictions were accurate . . . Severe Thunderstorms were on the way the skies darkened . . . then the sirens sounded - our weather radio from NOAA did not even sound. Local must have received a report of a tornado in the area . . . the skies were blowing in two different directions and we had a bit up up draft as was evidenced by our flag. A Lot of Very Strong wind with severe lightening and then torrential rains.

When the siren sounded for a tornado warning, everyone was very calm. I yelled upstairs to son #1 to come downstairs, then told all of the kids to get to the basement as we were having severe weather. We called the dogs, but the fish were on their own. Everyone was situated on the couches in the basement family room and K put a movie on for the boys. They all settled in as my hubs and I went outside to watch the weather. The pictures below were taken during the storm.

Everyone went through the storm without stressing out. It just seemed like another adventure and a good time with a movie and toys.

G'night all
Today we decided to make a bit more laid back than we had. We worked on Laundry and a little Tidy up, but not much else. The week had been busy and it is great to chill out a bit. I tried to take a nap, but didn't have much luck with that . . . three other boys would not obey and stay quiet after their naps. I don't insist on naps except on the weekend . . . the week is so long and they go and go and go - they need to rest those little bodies.

Son number 2 wears glasses. I just replaced the frame on them about four months ago . . . would you believe he has them almost broken again? This will make his fourth or fifth frame - I have lost count. I told him that when they are totally broken, Daddy will have to solder them. He then will have to earn the money himself to pay for their replacement and they will not be ordered until he can pay for them. At more than $100.00 a frame, this is beginning to really add up. He knows that he must take good care of them . . . he also knew he was going to have to pay for the frame if he broke it again. Sometimes it is tough love, isn't it?

The smell of laundry surrounds the outside of our home . . . it smells so good! I love the smell of freshly washed laundry. I was outside on our main floor deck while the dryer was running - the smell was wonderful!

Our severe thunderstorm warning went off a few hours ago - with all of the heat I wouldn't be surprised if we had a doosey of a storm. Sometimes though they just pass us on by. (spell check says doosey isn't a word - hmm)

My sister called today with the happy news that they have a new addition to their family. My sister isn't usually an animal person, but was so excited to report the news. They rescued a one year old dachshund terrier mix with red hair and named her Lucy. The funny part is that she was made just for them . . . my sister and her three girls all have red hair and so did Lucy in I Love Lucy! This little dog was made just for them!

Our weather radio just sounded . . . our watch has been moved to a warning as the skies darken.


I sit here on a warm Saturday morning with my big cup of coffee. I am looking forward to a wonderful day!

I sat down at my computer this morning - ready to read the online news . . . Not much there, that is if you actually want the news. Now, don't get me wrong, I wish the McMahon, Fawcett and Jackson families my condolences and think the press should back off of their families and let them mourn. Death is a hard and difficult time for ALL families, not just celebrity families. As I made my way to the news websites, once again I was bombarded with the headlines . . . the magazines, the tabloids, the news sites are all focusing in on Michael Jackson. How long will the news, magazines and tabloids use MJ as their money maker? How long will the television stations remove scheduled programing for "specials" on Michael and Farrah. Again I say, let the families mourn their loved ones.

I want to pose a question here, Did the world mourn Jesus when he was crucified? Jesus, the sinless was MURDERED at the hand of Man. Jesus was not a sex symbol, Jesus was not a pedophile, Jesus was not into drugs or self preservation. Jesus, the sinless, a GIFT FROM GOD.

Would Jesus' Death & Resurrection make the front page? Would the media devour it? Would you be consumed with it?

Something for each of us to think about.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Divine Encounters Friday . . . A GOD MOMENT

Divine Encounters Friday . . . 

What was your God Moment this Week?

The children in my home . . . which shall remain nameless . . . have been out of control. Many of you know that I have five children - One daughter and four sons. Any Mother of boys will tell you that little boys live life on the edge. Needless to say, Mom's of little boys need tons of patience and understanding ~~~ I must confess, there are days I have little of one or the other and some days I have none. Not a day goes by without me hearing myself say things like:

  • what were you thinking?
  • why did you do that?
  • how many times have I told you?
  • are you displaying J.O.Y.? (Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last)
  • why do you insist on continuing that behavior?
One evening this past week I found myself Pleading to God for guidance. I was at a loss of what to do with one of my children that simply was not obeying. No matter how many times we had gone over this particular disobedience, my child did not correct his actions and I was at a loss of how to actually get my child's attention. As I prayed, there it was as plain as day . . .God was speaking to me and I felt like I was being smacked in the back of the head ( you know, like Gibbs does on NCIS.) What was God saying to me? What hit me like a ton of bricks? A GOD MOMENT!

What Did God say?

  • what were YOU thinking?
  • why did YOU do that?
  • how many times have I told YOU?
  • why do YOU insist on returning to the same sins?
You are no different that your child in MY (God's) eyes. You both return to your sin . . . then, you return to Me asking for forgiveness. Do I ever TURN you away? Do I ever say, Here We Go Again?

Like I said, I felt as if I were smacked in the back of the head. God has NEVER turned me away? He has NEVER lost his patience. He ALWAYS understands. God FORGIVES me each and every time I confess my sin and ask for HIS forgiveness. God is ALWAYS there when I am struggling. God ALWAYS sets me back on my feet when I have stumbled and FAILED Him.

Julie, Live by example to your children. Let them know that you will always be there to help them through their disobedience and struggles. Let the know that even a Mommy and Daddy have times in their lives that they sin too. Then, erase the slate . . . just as I erase your slate without fail. Remember the EXAMPLE OF JESUS!
WOW . . . MY GOD MOMENT this week.

So, what did I do? How did I approach my child today? Through the Example of Jesus.

What was your DIVINE ENCOUNTER this week?



Hi there friends, I gotta share . . . I received my FIRST AWARD for THIS BLOG!!!!

I want to send a BIG THANK YOU to KELLI OF Outside My Kitchen Window . . .

Such a lovely AWARD! I have found there are so many wonderful blogs out there . . . one could definitely be consumed with them every day! There are a few blogs that stand out in my mind that I want to present this award to:

Mimi - Mimi has several blogs and one of them provides links to coupons, savings and free stuff - you really should check her out!

Elizabeth - Elizabeth is a Mom to two boys and awaiting the birth of a third. She writes about her life and the joys of Motherhood.

Debbie - Debbie's blog is very animated. She tells all kinds of stories about her family.

Tyler - Tyler is a Godly Mom with some wonderful inspirational posts.

Cindy - Cindy is a Mom to 12 . . . yes, TWELVE!!! She writes about her life and large family!

There are so many others too . . . check out the scrolling links on the side of my blog.

An Email Letter From a Fourth Grade School Teacher

I received the following email this morning . . . I have not altered it in any way, except to remove the email addresses of the people that sent it to me.

Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 2:43:35 AM
Subject: Fourth Grade School Teacher Writes to Obama

April 17, 2009

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500

Mr. Obama:
I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America . You are responsible to the citizens of the United States .. You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?

Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governin g this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia . You didn't show Great Britain , our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia .. How dare you, sir! How dare you!

You can’t find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don’t want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey ... You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves. What’s the matter with you? I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.

You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses. What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members – on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer. You haven’t said anything about that. Who authorized that? I surely didn’t!

Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that's $45 million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million – not a bad take. Who authorized that and why haven’t you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now.

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you.

I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.

Every Real American

P.S. I rarely ask that emails be 'passed around'.............PLEASE SEND THIS TO YOUR EMAIL LIST.......it's past time for all Americans to wake up!

Ms Kathleen Lyday
Fourth Grade Teacher
Grandview Elementary School
11470 Hwy C
Hillsboro , MO 63050
(636) 944-3291 Phone
(636) 944-3870 Fax

Wednesday, June 24, 2009



If you have boys in your home and you have a television, you will recognize this description . . .
eyes glazed over, mouths hanging open, the child become deaf to mom's voice, this description describes my boys as they watch the commercial preview for the new movie Transformers.

As a Mom that sensors what my children watch, I immediately looked up Transformers on Plugged In . . . pluggedinonline.com. For your convenience, here is the review . . .

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

When last we saw Megatron—the evil head honcho of a race of sentient machines dubbed the Decepticons—he was rusting away at the bottom of the ocean, tethered by high-tech chains, surrounded by a pack of guardian submarines and counting the days until his obsolescence.

Too bad the guy had some time left on his extended warranty.

Turns out, Megatron and the Decepticons, despite having had their dastardly plans foiled in the first Transformers film, aren't destined for the scrap heap. In fact, they're following an even more dastardly plan ("Let's extinguish the sun!"), dreamt up by an even more dastardly leader (we know he's evil because even his best friends call him "The Fallen"), which—once it reaches its climax—will leave the Decepticons free to gloat over the frozen wasteland they've created.

Cue guttural, WD-40-drenched laughter.

But humanity isn't ready to choke on the Decepticons' exhaust just yet. After all, we've got the valiant, GM-branded Autobots in our corner—backed by a crack team of soldiers who boast more boom sticks than the 1927 Yankees. We've got truth, justice and fair play on our side. And we've got Sam Witwicky, a goofy kid with an outrageously attractive girlfriend, an outlandishly cool car and Autobot leader Optimus Prime on speed dial.

But wait, what's this? Sam's leaving his car at home (an Autobot disguised as a Chevy Camaro) because it can't come to college with him? He's telling Optimus Prime to leave him alone? Didn't Sam watch the first movie? Doesn't he remember how handy Autobots are in a pinch?

Those ill-fated choices set the stage for an avalanche of foreboding plot points. Sam touches a mysterious, metallic shard that fills his brain with a mind-scrambling code! Home appliances come to life with malignant intent! A new American leader shuts down the Autobots' support team! A short-sighted bureaucrat threatens to kick the Autobots off the planet! Sam gets attacked by a sultry mechanical undergrad with a 6-foot-long tongue! GM goes into bankruptcy! Decepticons start taking out huge, sub-prime loans!

Things look bleak for humanity. It's all up to Sam now. Too bad he didn't pay more attention in shop class.

[Note: The following sections include spoilers.]

Revenge of the Fallen is predicated on the philosophy that "more" is "better." More explosions. More sex. Obviously, more of those things isn't a good thing. Surprisingly, however, this attitude also extends to positive elements. The film's creators weren't content to feature just one character who's willing to offer his life for others. In Revenge of the Fallen, nearly everyone gets into act.

Optimus Prime is the biggest example of the movie's emphasis on sacrifice. He fends off a bevy of Decepticons to save Sam, eventually succumbing to their attacks and falling lifelessly to the ground. Sam returns the favor, rebooting the big guy after going through a curiously mechanized near-death experience himself. Likewise, many Autobots put their "lives" on the line for humanity. And human soldiers in turn put their lives on the line for the Autobots. One reformed Decepticon even sacrifices his own existence so that Optimus can make use of his spare parts. And so on.

Sam's parents, for all their faults, want the best for their son (they send him to a nice college) and for the world (they're willing to sacrifice themselves so Sam can save Optimus). Sam loves his folks, too, and by the end of the movie, the family is squabbling over who's going to save whom and at what risk.

Sam, despite facing a knee-weakening temptation in the form of a sultry college vixen, stays true to his girlfriend, Mikaela.

You wouldn't expect many spiritual musings from a film based on a line of robotic action figures. But Revenge of the Fallen serves up a few anyway.

The film speculates about what sort of faith mechanized, sentient beings from another planet might have. While gazing at Optimus, a soldier wonders, "If God made us in His image, who made him?" And Optimus' willingness to sacrifice himself for humanity has obvious Christ-figure overtones. When Sam apparently dies, he's whisked up to a pleasant, cloudy place where he talks with some supernatural Transformers who tell him he must go back and recharge Optimus. "It is, and always has been, your destiny."

Sam feels this sense of destiny himself. At one point, he grabs a handful of magical dust that he knows will somehow save Optimus.

"How do you know it's going to work?" Mikaela asks.

"Because I believe it," Sam answers, proffering a kind of faith in faith itself.

Elsewhere, Optimus is dropped from a huge plane affectionately called "Big Buddha." A college professor labels himself the "alpha and the omega" of his classroom. The whole "Fallen" narrative takes on a mythological quality, what with Decepticons talking about how "The Fallen shall rise again" and such. Mikaela paints a shapely devil on a motorcycle. One character shrieks an apparent prayer as he's chased by evil robots.

The first time the Transformers motored into theaters, Plugged In was dismayed by the film's sexual content. This time around, we're appalled.

Let's start with Alice, an apparently beautiful college student with an eye on Sam. Alice tries every way possible to seduce the lad. She dresses in the sultriest of outfits and makes sure Sam gets the best possible look at her attributes. She coos and pouts and makes suggestive comments.

And when all that doesn't work, she straddles him on his bed—obviously intent upon having sex—starts kissing him and "reveals" more of herself, so to speak. But Alice's big reveal isn't what Sam has been led to believe. A metallic appendage snakes out of the bottom of her dress (we see Alice's panties) and then out of her mouth (her tongue is still attached to the end). She's a Decepticon with rather freakish sexual intentions, it seems.

Indeed, the Decepticons as a whole have grown more sexualized since the last movie. One huge robot displays two dangling orbs that are meant to resemble testicles. Another, smaller critter wraps itself around Mikaela's leg quite suggestively.

Speaking of Mikaela (played by Megan Fox, widely trumpeted these days as the most sensual new star in Hollywood), she sports short shorts and cleavage-bearing tops throughout the film. Frankly, she'd seem more at home in a skimpy swimsuit calendar than in a shoot-'em-up actioner. When Sam goes off to college, he and Mikaela talk about going on some Internet dates—complete with candles, music, special outfits and the suggestion of X-rated online hanky-panky.

Scads of other sexual distractions surround Sam at college as well. Walls are papered with pictures of beautiful women (including some in bikinis), and the university's halls are brimming with attractive co-eds (and leering, ogling guys). A college party features some scantily clad women dancing seductively.

Elsewhere, the Witwicky family dogs are shown twice having sex ("You'll see a lot of that in college, too," Sam's dad guffaws). His mother talks about how she heard her son lose his virginity. She also fantasizes about skinny-dipping, assumes a garbled call is an obscene prankster and refers to her husband as both a "dirty old man" and a college professor ("I'll do anything to get an A," she coos). For his part, Sam's father slaps Mom on the rump.

Characters also make crass references involving testicles, pubic hair and other intimate body parts. Two people end up unconscious in a compromising position. A professor flirts shamelessly with students. Leo, Sam's roomie, asks if he can watch Sam and Alice have sex. A group of humans walk by a store that appears to have a neon sign saying "Porn" in the window. And we see a character's nearly bare rump while he's wearing a thong.

Revenge of the Fallen's filmmakers likely spent more money on explosives than many third world nations spend on food. The film is loaded with guns, grenades, pyrotechnics and mayhem, and it's a rare moment indeed when audiences aren't subjected to something being bashed, smashed or blown up.

Much of the action involves machine-on-machine violence, and we see Transformers skewered, squashed, ripped apart or nearly chewed up, all accompanied by copious amounts of gushing oil.

Humans—at least those with speaking parts—aren't subjected to quite that level of carnage. Sam gets the worst of it: Captured by Megatron, he's held down on a table and told he'll die painfully. One tiny, slimy robot slithers into Sam's mouth, and we see tendrils wiggle in his nose. Another robot brandishes a wee rotary saw, preparing to cut open Sam's skull. And when Sam, Mikaela and others run through a battle zone, Sam is nearly killed by an explosion. (We see him lying apparently lifeless, blood caking his face).

Several characters get tasered. A man gets stomped by a robot. Sam's mom is attacked by a kitchen appliance. And when Decepticons sink a submarine and a battleship, we hear screams as the ships goes down. In the worldwide havoc unleashed by the evil robots, we're told that the death toll for one day of carnage hits 7,000. Scores of soldiers and civilians are collateral damage, even if we don't actually see most of it.

Revenge of the Fallen doesn't use any f-words, technically speaking. But we hear plenty of barely disguised euphemisms for the word, including "freaking," "frigging," "frick" and "eff" (as in "what the eff?"). The word "pork" is also used as a suggestive stand-in for the f-word. Other profanity includes five uses of the s-word and 20 or so misuses of God's name. We also hear "d--n," "a--hole," "b--ch" and the British profanity "b-llocks."

We see Sam's father with a bottle of beer. Sam's mother eats marijuana-laced brownies and acts silly while stoned.

A man walks out of a bathroom with his pants down (but boxers on) and asks a security guard for toilet paper (a ruse to lure him from his post). Some Transformers apparently have issues with flatulence: One discharges some fire, another ejects a parachute. Sam's dad says escargot looks like "Canadian goose poop."

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen comes with no pretensions of greatness. It's not written to make you think, not crafted to make you cry. Its sole intent is to get moviegoers to fork over their 10 bucks and sit still for two-and-a-half hours.

That said, I was surprised at how cold this movie left me.

The film's emotional moments felt forced, and its themes of sacrifice insincere. While some films use CGI to set up a story, Transformers reverses the process: It uses a half-hearted story as an excuse to string together some cool special effects.

But a much bigger issue than the film's cinematic failure, for our purposes, is it's level of crassness and sexual content. This is a movie based on children's' playthings, for Pete's sake. I can't imagine that many in the audience really came to see robot testicles or small-dog erotica. And then there's Megan Fox's ongoing parade in her barely there outfits, not to mention a sexed-up co-ed who turns out to be, bizarrely, something else entirely.

One of the folks with whom I saw this movie left the theater feeling insulted. "This is what they think I want to see?!" he said. "This is what they think I'm interested in?"

Film critic Marshall Fine put it this way: "This is what we've come to: movies based on cartoons that were marketing tools for toys." He also noted, "It's hard to exaggerate what a depressing mess of a film this misbegotten monstrosity is. More depressing still, it will attract lemming-like multitudes to multiplexes this weekend, further convincing [director Michael] Bay of his own genius."

Yeah, that feels about right.

Needless to say, my children won't be seeing the Transformers new movie.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


During a Heat Emergency

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Do Your Kids Barter?

Do your children barter you to be obedient? This has become a "new" thing in our home. Our oldest son will be 7 in September and has taken to . . . I will be obedient if you will let me . . . . - can you even believe it? This morning I told him to leave our 5lb dog alone . . . more than one time. Then I said, Fine since you cannot obey you will not go and visit with Uncle S today. (He loves to be with Uncle S) He didn't like my response! The next words out of his mouth, "I will obey you now if you let me go to Uncle S's today." Excuse Me? I don't recall opening up my decision to a barter! My response back to him, No - you chose to disobey several times. You will not go and I don't want to hear anymore about it.

I don't recall being allowed to continually bug my Mom over and over when she told me no or grounded me from an event. No meant No and there weren't any questions or bartering about it.

I am sure that as we go through summer this year, my children will continue to bring "spice" to my life.

How about you . . . do your children try to barter? Do they ask you a gazillion times for something or to do something you have said no about?


Good Morning all, as you can tell by my title today . . . it is HOT here! The temps are to reach into the mid 90's with almost 100% humidity . . . the HEAT INDEX to reach 105 degrees. Yes, you can almost cut the heat and humidity with a knife! It is absolutely Miserable Outside! Praise God for the Air Conditioning! Our home is nice and cool . . . we have taken measures to assure the heat won't penetrate through our large windows on the back of our home . . . we installed the solar shades by Smith and Noble.

This is a photo from their online catalog: They are absolutely gorgeous and work wonderfully at taking the heat off of a room! Easy installation and simplicity.

I will try to post a picture of my family room with the solar shades sometime this week.

We will probably have the kids out swimming again tonight . . . it is simply too hot to sit poolside while watching them swim . . . No, I do not get into a bathing suit unless under complete cover of darkness!

The chores in the house are minimal today . . . boy was I sore last night! Today we will dust mop the upstairs, tidy all of the boys' rooms and clean the boys' bathroom. We also have a few loads of laundry to do today, but nothing like the 10 or so we usually have. We are trying hard to stay ahead of the game on laundry. The gold fish bowl needs cleaning too, we want happy fish!!!

I have a nail appointment this afternoon ~~~ of which I will totally enjoy! Love them ~~ so relaxing.

The boys are staying busy today with Legos . . . gotta love those things!

Well, I better get to it around here - the coffee is done and I need to get my shower.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Today is a very HOT & HUMID Illinois Day . . . feels like July instead of June. Most of Illinois is under a heat advisory . . . heat index to reach upper 90s to low 100s. The kids love to be in the pool, but the sun is too intense for them to be out there right now. They will swim this evening.

Today we are working on Major house chores . . . here are our accomplishments today:

  • washed and shined all counter tops in the kitchen
  • vacuumed the kitchen
  • mopped the kitchen
  • tidied the kitchen
  • washed the windows in the kitchen
  • cleaned the stainless appliances (bought a great new cleaner from Frontgate)
  • tidied up the pantry
  • washed and shined the counter tops in the pantry
  • mopped the floor in the pantry
  • organized the pantry
  • laundry continues
  • washed grubby hand prints from the doors and windows in the dining area
  • dusted dining area
  • vacuumed and mopped the dining area
  • dusted the hallway and chest in the hallway
  • dusted, vacuumed and mopped the mudd room
  • cleaned main floor 1/2 bath
  • mopped hallway
  • dusted piano room
  • vacuumed and mopped the piano room
  • dusted family room
  • vacuumed and mopped family room
  • vacuumed and mopped foyer
  • dusted foyer
  • tidied main floor throughout
  • checked blogs
  • checked facebook
  • scanned and recorded more videos into mac
  • scanned and recorded more books into mac
  • washed grubby hand prints off of library windows
  • made sun tea
  • washed kitchen gel mats
  • dust laundry room
  • vacuum and mop laundry room
  • clean 2nd 1/2 bath on main floor
  • mop 2nd 1/2 bath on main floor
  • organized under cabinet in 1/2 bath
  • ironed place mats for kitchen table
I am thankful for my little helpers today AND getting so much accomplished! Now, swimming tonight for the kids. Me . . . I am going to relax!


Wow, this is a really neat idea . . . How do I make My home sing? How can I make my home sing?

We try to teach our children right from wrong from the moment they are born. It is always so easy to catch them doing wrong and punish them, BUT how many times do we catch them doing right and provide a positive response? Don't get me wrong . . . praises happen - BUT do they occur MORE than the negative response?

Our home is filled with little boys . . . active, adventurous and rough housing boys. Boys don't think things through, boys need direction and consistency. As a Mom, it is easy to get irritated when the boys don't think before they act and this is a constant struggle. My boys tend to jump out there on a ledge and jump without thinking . . . they choose to reason that MAYBE they won't get hurt. Girls choose to not even try the "dangerous" and non brain thinking stuff.

Today, I am going to make my home sing by encouraging my boys to be adventurous and try to see the world through their eyes. I am sure today is going to be an adventure!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

This is Great!

My Daddy and My Hubs . . . HAPPY FATHER'S DAY GUYS!

I will start with my Daddy . . . since, I was HIS first!

My Daddy is now RETIRED and loves to fish. He has a fishing boat and EVERYTHING! If you talk to him, ask him about the fish he caught at Sangris Lake!

My Daddy loves his children (all four) AND his grandchildren (all FIFTEEN!) There is nothing that Dad wouldn't do for his kids or grandkids and even goes beyond the call of duty at times!

Using F.A.T.H.E.R.S. D.A.Y. I want to describe him . . .

F = FOREVER - my Daddy loves me Forever
A = ALWAYS - my Daddy is there for me, my siblings and my Mom always
T= TICKLES - my Daddy loves to tickle his Grandchildren and the kids know it
H= HEART - my Daddy's Heart belongs to his family
E= EVERYONE - regardless of where he is, he seems to KNOW EVERYONE! He has never met a stranger!
R= RETIRED - my Daddy is enjoying his retirement years and stays busy with fishing
S= My Daddy has his own little SAYINGS . . . dag nab it, cotton picker ~ he also SNORES

D= DADDY has three daughters and one son; Eight grandsons and Seven granddaughters
A= AGE - my Daddy will be 68 on August 16
Y= YOWSA . . . my Daddy is AWESOME (I went blank on the Y - just go with it!)

on to MY HUBS . . . My hubs and Daddy to my children . . .

Randy swept me off of my feet when I was 18 years old; we have been married for 26 years. Randy is my soul mate, my best friend (even when he is grumpy), the love of my life, the father of my children.

Using F.A.T.H.E.R.S. D.A.Y. I want to describe him . . .

F = FATHER . . . to FIVE beautiful children
A =ADVENTURER . . . throughout our marriage & parenthood = no adventure is too big
T = TEACHER . . .
always teaching our boys something new
H =HUGGER . . . the kids love your BIG BEAR HUGS
E =
EVERREADY BATTERY . . . just like the battery, you just keep going and going
R =RIDE GIVER . . . the boys love to go for rides on his electric chair, sitting on Daddy's lap
S =
SILLY . . . from time to time you let go and show your silly side

to our children
A =
ACHIEVER . . . you have NEVER been an under achiever. You show our children how to achieve whatever they want in life each and every day
Y = YOU . . . you are always yourself and we LOVE YOU for who YOU ARE


Saturday, June 20, 2009


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I saw this MeMe over at Kelli's .
A -Age: Older than I look ;-)

B -Bed size: queen

C -Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathrooms

D -Donuts or Kolaches:

E -Essential start your day item: A shower

F -Favorite color: Yellow

G -Gold or Silver: silver

H -Height: 5'8"

I -Instruments you play: None...I did play the violin in middle school.

J -Jokes or Rhymes: jokes

K -Kids: 2, Jamison and Caleb

L -Living arrangements: With my family in a house.

M -Movie: You've Got Mail...it's my favorite!

N -Nicknames: Kelli Girl

O-Overnight hospital stays: after having each baby.

P -Pet Peeve: When people call my job to ask for a phone number and then have to go and get a pen and paper. BE PREPARED PEOPLE!!!!

Q -Quote you like: All they can say is no...from my mom.

R -Right or left handed: Left

S -Siblings: 1brother, 1 sister

T -Time you wake up: 5:30ish weekdays

U -Underwear: Comfortable, yet colorful

V -Vegetable you dislike: Peas!

W -Ways you run late: It's usually because I haven't prepared like I should have. I hate being late.

X -X-rays you've had: Teeth.

Y -Yummy food you make: Lasagna, chicken club wrap, cheese Danish, buffalo chicken dip (these are what people have asked me to make)

Z -Zodiac sign: Scorpio

Do You Hear the Lawn Mowers? It is Saturday!

I write today sitting out on our covered deck outside our Master Bedroom. The breeze is blowing gently and there is just something relaxing about the breeze blowing my hair as I type. The neighbors are busy with mowing their lawns ~ the sound of mowers in stereo. My dogs are all with me, enjoying this beautiful sunny day.

This past week was stormy in my part of the country . . . many storm watches and warnings were sounded.  We had torrential rain AND deadly lightning yesterday afternoon through evening.
I love the sound of a summer storm!

This morning has been a bit laid back - which I love. The laundry has been started and I have scrubbing bubbles doing their thing in my bathtub.

The landscaping fellas were busy ripping apart the backyard this week . . . rather looks like a mud slide gone wrong! This next week footings for stone walls will be poured and large stones should be set. I am happy to report that unlike the house renovation/addition, this project should be completed within 32 1/2 days . . . 2 1/2 days down!

The kids are excited that they will be out swimming in the pool again this afternoon. My little fish love the pool! Daddy is working on a few pool updates today in our pool/pump house. The heater was wonderful this year and brought that pool temp right up to warm so the kids can really enjoy it. I have taken tons of photos and will probably take hundreds more this summer. I love to have photo books of the various seasons and special occasions. I love to use Shutterfly to get the job done!

Please pray for Adrienne and Jim . . . baby Braxton was born the other day and the plan was for Adrienne and Jim to adopt him. The birth mom is having second thoughts . . . please pray for the birth mom to gain the peace that she needs to see this adoption through. Please also pray for Adrienne and Jim to keep the faith! God works miracles!  

Friday, June 19, 2009




I am requesting Prayer for the State of Illinois Foster Care system. We received a letter yesterday (since we are registered and have a foster care license) concerning the HUGE problem that is circling the Illinois Foster Care and all of the people, including children involved.

The State of Illinois is facing the worst budget crisis in its history … with a gaping budget hole of close to
$9 billion, a deficit of almost 33%.

I have copied the following to share with everyone:

Department of Children and Family Services could face $460 million in budget cuts

June 12, 2009

BY DAVE MCKINNEY Springfield Bureau Chief

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' child welfare agency has begun warning hundreds of caregivers to abused and neglected children that $460 million in budget cuts will occur by month's end if state lawmakers don't approve a fully funded state budget.
Such a move would eliminate or severely curtail services to as many as 16,000 children and 40,000 families statewide and could put the state in violation of a federal court decree from the 1990s that instituted standards of care for wards of the state.

How much each child welfare provider will lose under the cuts Here's DCFS's list of what $460 million in cuts will mean

The maneuver by the Department of Children and Family Services is a reaction to the late-May passage of a half-funded budget, which lawmakers opted for instead of an income-tax hike pushed by Gov. Quinn to close an $11.6 billion budget deficit.

“The General Assembly’s budget threatens to completely dismantle the child welfare system in Illinois. We have no choice but to plan for operating under the budget that the Legislature has given us,” DCFS spokesman Kendall Marlowe said Friday

“We don’t want to make these cuts. These cuts will be deeply damaging to children and families if they’re implemented. We hope the General Assembly will act to fulfill the state’s duty to protect children,” he said.
Late Thursday and continuing Friday, the agency sent out 600 letters to caregivers warning of the cuts that will be implemented without legislative intervention.

The cuts will result in 1,171 layoffs — 38 percent of DCFS’ workforce — that could not occur before Oct. 1 under union rules. The cuts would increase the current caseload of 15 children per caseworker to 50 children per caseworker, the agency said.

Cuts also would decimate programs related to adoptions, daycare, after-school tutoring and pregnancy and teen-parenting services, among other things, according to a list from the agency.

A top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union told the Sun-Times that his organization would go to federal court to block the cutbacks, should they occur, under a 1991 federal court decree the ACLU obtained establishing levels of care for DCFS wards.

“We do believe the children have a constitutional right for adequate care and services, and we’ll move to protect that right if the state doesn’t pass a budget that makes it able to do so,” ACLU lawyer Benjamin Wolf said. “These cuts very clearly will put the state in violation of many provision of the consent decree.”

Among the harder-hit social service providers, Des Plaines-based Lutheran Social Services of Illinois would lose $3.6 million under the DCFS cutbacks — enough to cause the organization to have to lay off two-thirds of the workforce it devotes to child welfare services.

“We’re not looking at the way a sane society treats people,” said John Schnier, executive director of Lutheran Social Services’ children services division. “How does this look to the world?”

Before adjourning May 31, the state Senate narrowly approved increasing the state income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent. That measure did not get called in the House, which instead voted down a temporary hike in the income tax from 3 to 4.5 percent.

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who voted for the increase, faced criticism for not doing more to round up the 60 votes the plan needed to pass. It only drew 42 yes votes, all Democrats; there are 70 House Democrats.

A Madigan spokesman did not return a message Friday, seeking reaction to the potential cuts facing DCFS providers.

My hubs was speaking with a reporter from our local newspaper and was told that the State of Illinois are looking for empty buildings to house children in from across the state. They estimate that 90% of children that are in Foster Care will be returned to the agencies they were placed by. Apparently, the State of Illinois will house the children in buildings, guarded by police officers.
CAN YOU IMAGINE? Children will be treated like cattle herds! WE ARE APPALLED!!!

We have sent letters to our Representatives and Our Senators . . . Now we are requesting much needed PRAYER!

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GIVE ME YOUR BEST SHOT: First Trip To The Dentist

I literally took hundreds of photos this week of my children. It is so hard to decide which is "My Best Shot" so, here is one of my favorites!

"First Trip to the Dentist"


Fingerprint Friday -

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that says:
I can see the fingerprints of god
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of god
And I know its true
You're a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you're covered with the fingerprints of god

With a house full of boys, there is never a dull moment . . . even for the fish! This little guy isn't so sure about the Dinosaur that is peeking into his bowl!

So look around you and see where YOU can see God's fingerprints. Is it in nature? Kids? Animals? Where do you see them? Here's how to join in.

1. Blog with your interpretation of God's fingerprints. Be sure to link back here so others can find the entire list of participants!
2. After you've posted your blog, sign the Mr. Linky below. Have fun exploring the other links as well!
Please only sign in if you're participating. Hopefully this will make us look at things through fresh eyes throughout the week!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

WRITER'S WORKSHOP: Unsolicited Parenting Advice

This is my FIRST attempt at Writer's Workshop! Writer's Workshop is hosted by Mama's Losin' It!!! Just click the picture and it will take you to her site.

I have chosen . . . Unsolicited Parenting Advice as my subject.

I have FOUR boys (ages 6, 6, 5 and 3) and One girl (a teenager.) God made boys in a class of their own! God DEFINITELY has a sense of humor! When God designed boys (men) he designed them to be hunters, defenders ~ Boys come by this naturally. Have you ever noticed that a little boy does not need to be taught how to make a gun using his fingers? My hubs and I do not have guns in our home . . . yet, each of our boys has taken to pretend to have a "shooter" as they call it. They use their fingers, legos or miscellaneous toys to concoct their "shooters" and it amazes me! Many times, my husband, Mom or friend will ask . . . "how do they learn this stuff?" God designed them that way.

For years now, society has tried to stuff our little boys into a mold of what BOYS SHOULD
BE. Boys should be quiet, boys should not rough house, boys should . . . you get the picture - boys should be quiet little things that play quietly - in other words - boys should be more like girls, BUT THAT IS NOT HOW GOD DESIGNED THEM.

I have learned through trial and error - let boys be what God intends for them to be. BOYS! I have decided, it is o.k. for the boys to play "shooters" with one another. It is my responsibility to teach them right from wrong . . . it is their job to be boys. This past week I ordered cowboy hats and six shooters from visionforum.com for my youngest two. For my older two, an old boyscout manual, compass, eye scope and cypher code. I want to nurture them to be who God designed them to be. When I opened the box from Vision Forum, their eyes lit up!

Let BOYS BE who GOD INTENDED THEM TO BE! Let the adventures begin!


The Prompts:

1.) Grab your current read. Let the book fall open to a random page and share two “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

2.) What do you aspire to be?

3.)Share a piece of
unsolicited parenting advice...only I'm soliciting it.

4.)Tell us about your blogline...how long have you been blogging, when did you start, what were/are your goals for your blog, etc.

5.)If you had 5000 dollars to give away or donate to a charity...explain what you would do with it and why.

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