Friday, April 30, 2010

Rain, Thunder and SHAKLEE PRODUCTS

Thunder is rumbling and rain is falling . . . sometimes heavy and then it lightens up. Spring thunderstorms are usually welcome by our family. My kids are "into" storm watching. Guess that could be because Daddy loves to watch storms, storm chasers and weather shows. I don't mind storms at all and in fact love a nice gentle rumble and rain.

Today my boys were home from school - it was a scheduled day. We all stayed busy in the house until 2:00 p.m. when they all had to lay down for a bit of "Mom needs everyone to be quiet for a while" time.

Have I mentioned that I have been trying out Shaklee Get Clean products? Well, I have been using them for several weeks now and I have to tell you, I absolutely love them!

BECAUSE the products:

  • are SAFE
  • they SMELL GOOD
  • they WORK
I absolutely do not mind cleaning my bathrooms now . . . The Basic G - Germacide is AMAZING!!! I love spraying it and know that it is cleaning away all of those nasty germs BEFORE I even begin wiping down the toilet! With four little boys in the house and one hubs, I am saving Big $$$$s by using Shaklee and my bathrooms have never been cleaner without smelling like a hospital!

The Scour Off is great for scouring my kitchen sinks AND I also use it on my shower glass in our master bedroom. Scour Off smells nice too.

The Basic H2 is another favorite - I use it everywhere! (Don't tell anyone, but I think I am addicted!)


I think I need CHOCOLATE and lots of it! My boys are all home today - no school for them. Katelyn is at school and Randy is at work. We have been busy this morning . . . each of the boys owe me quite a bit of time because they didn't clean up their rooms properly, so . . . every item that was bot put away properly cost each of them one hour of work. Needless to say, they each owe me quite a bit of time . . .

There are times I feel just like a drill sergeant, but they don't seem to get it . . . do the job and do it right THE FIRST TIME because it is much easier that way for everyone. It will be nice to be ahead for weekend!

We are to receive storms this afternoon - some could be severe . . . the lake is already up quite high, we really don't need more rain.

Yesterday, my hubs called and asked me what I thought about earth quake insurance. Well, I think it is a good thing to have - right along with flood insurance. In our area, we don't generally have much in the way of earth quakes, however we have had tremors. Living on a lake . . . well, flood insurance would be a great idea. What about you? Are you covered?

This afternoon I am going to find a quiet spot and begin reading "I Will Carry You" by Angie Smith. I hear it is AMAZING!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Where do I begin this morning?

This morning started out as a challenge. For some reason unbeknown to me, my two older boys have decided they can wear their younger brother's pants. My seven year old wears size 7, my six year old wears size 6 and my five year old wears size 5. I simply do not understand "HOW" or "Why" my boys can't figure out they are not wearing their own pants.

Let me take this a step further . . .

My oldest son Ryan is tall and slender . . . in the waist the pants were snug, but not incredibly tight . . . however, the length . . . well lets just give you a picture to compare to:

Minus the suspenders, jacket and cuffed pants . . . Ryan looked like this. Remember Steve Urkel?

No kidding!

Then there is my six year old, Cameron. I cannot fathom how this child got his younger brother's pants on, let alone breathe!  I told him to take them off and get his own pants on . . . it was amazing to see him peel the too small pants off of his body. I wonder . . . how in the world did he get those on?
Sorry . . . no visual on that one!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Relaxing Day, Football Boo Boos, OCD, Compassion

RELAXING was pretty much the name of the game today! This morning I had coffee and breakfast while I visited Facebook and blogs. Webinar at 12:00 noon with Beyond Consequences - love it. Mom and Aunt Doris stopped by for a few minutes - sure wish it was longer, but I had a nail appointment at 2:00 p.m. and Mom had not been feeling well - allergies have a tight hold on her right now.

After my nail appointment, I made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby . . . I needed thread to match Katelyn's dress for the banquet - I have a few alterations to make on it for her. I was pleased to find the perfect color. Tonight I made the little alterations and Katelyn is pleased. She can hardly wait for the Banquet next week.

I returned home about 4:00 and the kids were outside playing while Randy watched them. Katelyn had stayed inside, but warned me that one of the boys had gotten hurt while playing football outside. Now you have to understand the two that were attempting to play football are 5 and 6 and have a lot to learn. In fact, I think I may have to get them helmets because they play so rough. Anyway, I headed outside and to where Randy was watching the boys that were running all over. My 6 year old was sitting on one of our boulders by our lower patio with ice on his face. Now, I have to tell you that even though I was warned, I wasn't prepared for the size of the bruise on my son's cheek. I asked him if I could see it and he lowered the ice . . . the bruise is right at the apple of the cheek and was still swollen and already showing a nice bruise. The ice had taken down the swelling since the accident, but there was still some swelling. This kid is tough! I asked him what had happened and was told that they were playing football and he tried to tackle his younger brother. Apparently, he fell backwards and pulled his brother with him and when they hit the ground the younger brothers head crashed into his cheek.  Daddy acted quickly and had Katelyn grab the ice . . . which we always have on hand for just such an occasion. Prior to bed tonight, the bump appeared to be going down more although it is probably going to hurt a while. It isn't even summer yet . . . I read a facebook post from one of my friends whose little boy about the same age was hit with a golf club while playing outside - that one ended up with stitches. My friend said that it must gonna be a full moon. I guess with active kids - especially boys - there are going to be accidents - regardless of how well we parents are watching.

This week I have been feeling a bit OCD. Do you ever have times when you can't stop cleaning out and organizing cabinets and drawers? Well, that is where I am at this week . . . I have cleaned and organized our upper laundry room cabinets, my desk drawers lowers and one upper, the pantry, the mud room lockers, the kitchen refrigerator and freezer. It feels so very good to have those little "extra" duties done.

Today I received a lovely photo and letter from one of the children we support through Compassion. "J" is 16 or 17 years old and is lovely. She is learning to sew so that she can make her own clothing. She is also in a workshop of cosmetology and in handcrafts too. She wrote a lovely letter and signed it . . . Your Daughter "J" I continue to be amazed at how other cultures respond to one another. "J's" family is very poor and they earn less than what you and I spend on entertainment or dinner out during the course of a month. "J" touched my heart when she prays, "your home will never lack the food and health."

I must smile when I think about the children in El Salvador . . . when I think about how God touches hearts . . . and that not only do I have five children of my own, but have five children in El Salvador as well.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I've been Tagged . . . Thank you Elizabeth for this fun tag - you all should click on Elizabeth's name so you can hop on over to her blog for a visit! Elizabeth is a real sweetie and Mom to three little boys whose first names all start with Z!

O.k. the Tag . . .

Go to the 8th folder in your photo file, upload the 8th picture, and explain it. Oh, and then I get to tag 8 of you!

Right off, I have to be honest - I have many picture photos on the computer I am using. If you have been following my posts for a while, you will know that I am currently awaiting a new laptop - my laptop had a water mishap and crashed! Dead away! Imagine That! So . . . I thought this would be o.k. - I went to the photos folder and went to the end of the list and counted back 8 folders and then loaded this - the 8th picture from the end:

I am pretty certain that most of you recognize the item in the picture. I am sure you are wondering "WHY?" would you take a photo of chicken mcnuggets! Well, we were heading back from our trip to Ohio a few weeks ago and stopped by McDonald's for a quick bite. Katelyn had ordered chicken nuggies and honey mustard sauce. Well, we saw the correct amount of items in the bag and headed on our way. Once we were back on the interstate, Katelyn opened her chicken - there were THIRTEEN pieces of chicken!!! The drawback . . . no honey mustard!

So there you have it . . . the nuggie story!

Now, I get to tag 8 of you . . .

Please forgive me if the links don't work - the crazy link thing is contrary tonight.

Here goes:

Teresa of Grammy Girlfriend

Bonnie of Creating a House of Grace

TJ of Just Another Day. . .

Mama Belle of The Bayou Belles and their Beau

Sarah of Life in the Parsonage

Melissa of Mom to Twins

Jeanette of R Crazy Kids

Kelli of Outside My Kitchen Window

Monday, April 26, 2010

Things That Drive Me Nuts VERSES Things I am Thankful For

Changing things up a bit for this post . . . play along if you like . . . Today, a list  . . .

Now, Not Your Ordinary Run of the Mill this is what I need to do or have done list . . .

Nope, this list is of "Things That Drive Me Nuts!

Here goes . . .

Teeth Grinding

Nail Clipping in the  "WRONG" PLACE -  like a meeting or church!

Being corrected by someone that has absolutely no idea what they are talking about!

Vandalism - there is absolutely no reason for it!


An EMPTY toilet paper holder - especially when the tp has gone M.I.A.

Pee on the seat or down the sides of the toilet - not to mention on the wall (my little boys do not aim well or maybe it is that they don't take the time to aim well)

Talking to someone and they aren't listening

Repeating myself more than twice - to anyone big people or little people                                    (hello, check your battery - lol)

Nosey People (like one of the guys that is installing our gutter guards - taking stock of what is in the garage when we opened it to go out)

Stepping in dog poop (no explanation needed)

A drawer full of pencils that need SHARPENING

A Pull-Up that gets left in pants - it is a terrible thing to find once that wash is ready for the dryer

Telemarketing calls

A delivery date being delayed - my new computer was supposed to be shipped prior to the end of the month. EXPEDITED. New ship date - almost Mid May. grrrrrr

Sink full of dishes and TWO Empty Dishwashers

Expecting a nice thunderstorm and then it doesn't even rain - bummer

Nothing on Television - even though you have satellite and over 180 channels

Watching a movie  . . .  I mean really getting into it and someone that is in the room with you has seen it and starts to tell you what is going to happen

O.k. That is 20 THINGS THAT DRIVE ME NUTS . . .

Now for 20 THING THAT I AM THANKFUL FOR - just to balance things out!

God's Word

Knowing that my 17 year old daughter loves to "hang out" with me!

Snuggles from my kids!

Being Told "I LOVE YOU" by your hubs - even after 27 years!


That feeling you get when your bathrooms are clean!

Dinner Time - when your family RAVES over something you made for dinner!

Time to sit and READ a good book or listen to a podcast!

Household Helpers (a.k.a the washer and dryer, dishwasher, Walter)

A Gentle Breeze with my Himalayan Chimes gonging gently.

Cute Stories from My Kids

Those funny things My Kids say 

Opening my house windows and listening to the birds outside

A backup computer

Clean and Wonderful SMELLING laundry (with my signature scent)

My Home (even though it takes forever to clean)

Our Business and Employees

My Kindle

Christian Values

My Favorite Undies (what? you don't have a favorite?)

Hair and Nail appointments (at my age - there is a lot of upkeep!)

My Panini Maker - the kids love Panini sandwiches and so do I

Beth Moore's Bible Study on DVD

Coffee - oh how I am THANKFUL for Coffee!

My Glasses - now I can read even the itty bitty print! Do you know how hard it is to read stuff your kids push in front of your eyes that is all a blur?

Ipods - especially when you have entertainment on it for the kids and you are stuck waiting some place - just give them the ipod - plug in the earphones and Whamo - instant quiet!

Cleaning products - I Love the H2, Germicide and Scour Paste from Shaklee

My camera - my kids are growing so quickly - pictures are a must!

Helmet Head Hairspray by Chi - make that style last all day!

The little creatures that wander through our yard - deer, squirrel, ducks, cardinal birds, geese - they are all amazing to watch.

Blog friends, readers, comments and lurkers too!

How about you?

 Can you make a list of


How does your lists measure up against one another?

I would LOVE to read your lists . . . so comment and Link up . . . come on  . . .  it will be fun!

Not Much

Good Monday Morning to All! I trust you each had a great weekend!

My morning has been busy and I have several items on my to do list checked off. That always feels good, doesn't it?

Today we are having gutter guards installed. It is simply too high for any of us to keep those silly gutters clean, so after much thought and estimate, they are being installed today. Kind of weird to have guys walking on the roof and past the upstairs windows! I can't quite tell how much they accomplished, but they took a lot of breaks. What else is new?

Katelyn was able to get her glasses today and they look great. She is very happy and can't believe how much better she can see.

My mind is completely blank . . .

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

It is time for another post of "A Few of My Favorite Things". So, here we go:

There are things in my home that I absolutely adore . . . pictures and possibly an explanation as to "why" they are my favorite things:

This is a photo of my lingerie chest - it is very tall and atop it sits a Bible, Couple - symbolizing Randy and I, a beautiful clock, pedestal that a plant sits on and our family establish picture - I made a year ago.

This setting is in our sitting/a.m. kitchen room. Love Longaberger Baskets, comfy chairs and since we live on a lake a few little geese. The plaque that I made last year and reads: "Grant me patience to deal with my blessings."

This little chest sits at the top of the stairs. As you can see, I love pictures of my kids! I also have one empty frame . . . which will hold one of Katelyn's Sr. Banquet photos.

This little bench sits between the kids' bathroom and one of the kid's bedrooms. Sorry for the glare in one of the photos. I absolutely love this set of collage frames and feature each of my children. The bench below is from Pottery Barn and on the bench sits a momma goose and daddy goose along with some beautiful grasses.

This is a picture of last evenings dinner. Scallops on a bed of rice and veges along with bread and butter. It was delish as they say!

This Post is a Menagerie . . .

The rain has stopped .  .  . at least for a few minutes. The skies were blue for a short time and are now gray once again. Last night we were to have storms but they passed over us . . . Many other areas were not so fortunate. I have check the blogs and Facebook this morning . . . my Dear Friend Marva and her family farm . . . they have orchards too . . . They were to have horrible storms last night . . . with hail and as any one knows hail + new plantings = disaster. Praying for you Dear Marva!

Yesterday we relaxed our day away . . . the kids played as we read. I totally finished a book - which is amazing for me! Finished it in two days . . . Woo Hoo! The book - "One Small Boat" by Kathy Harrison is a great read! The book is about a Foster Family . . . in fact, not just any foster family but a Foster Family of the Year. The book is well written and resonates love and understanding to the children that entered their home. It is Amazing and I couldn't put it down.

Our day today is busy . . . there is much to do. The upstairs will be cleaned today . . . with everyone in gear, a few hours is all it will take to conquer. Tonight a family movie . . . we have several to choose from and I am not sure which we will choose. I am always on the look out for wholesome family movies and get so excited when I find one.

The boys are NEVER filled up . . . they want to eat all the time. We can have our meal and not ten minutes later they want a "snack!" I cannot even fathom how much food they will eat when they become teenagers! Yikes, guess I should buy stock in the grocery store now.

Here is a great savings tip . . . have you ever shopped If you haven't, I highly recommend it. Today, I redeemed $36.10 in free stuff! I love it when it is the end of a quarter at because when you make a purchase during a quarter, you get $$$ in savings to apply at the end of a quarter. $$$$'s sound good to me, how about you?

Friday, April 23, 2010

My Rainy Friday in Pictures

Rain is falling in my little area of the Universe. We are to take on the life of a duck for the next several days - we are to receive two or more inches of rain.  Late this afternoon and evening we have the possibility of severe thunderstorms.

I love myself a good old fashioned thunderstorm, don't you?

Right now the rain is gently falling.

The plants, trees and bushes love the rain.

This little monkey must play inside - but he doesn't mind!

The other day we were out in our back yard and Cody saw our beautiful lilacs. They are so fragrant! We sit out on our deck and when the wind blows, the smell of Lilac fills the air. 

I finally took a photo of my beautiful Himalayan Chimes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Several months ago our family began supporting children through Compassion International. We received the pictures of the children and a little about them that we posted on our small bulletin board so my kids could see them. Every month we write a letter to each child and once in a while we send a little extra monetary gift. Today we received letters to two of them, both are little boys. I read the letters to my kids and husband . . . one letter in particular broke my heart.

One of the boys wrote that he was able to buy some shoes that are SO NICE along with cookies, milk and flour. He wrote that he was thanking us and was happy to receive the gift. He then wrote "this was the first time he had gotten a gift of this kind, because it was big."

I read that statement and I paused. This little boy was excited to get a nice pair of shoes. To buy cookies, milk and flour. He wrote that he had never received a gift like he had received . . . my heart hurt, this precious child . . . how amazing he is.

I repeated parts of the letter to my boys and I told them that they have no idea what this little boy's life is like. This little boy has so little, but his heart was overflowing with joy. I told my boys that we spend more money at McDonald's than we sent this child. My EJ's heart is tender . . . he came to me and laid his head on my shoulder . . . he was emotional. I asked him if he was sad . . . his answer was yes.

We are so blessed and yet this little guy has so little. There are so many children that have little to nothing . . . my heart breaks for them. There are suffering children all over the world . . . Would you pray and seek God's guidance? Maybe there is a child or two that you could help a little bit.

The end of one of the little boys letters read, "Please pray for God's blessings on his home. I pray for you and your family each day. Good Bye from your kid, R*****"

Compassion . . . it is a beautiful thing!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Can you tell me where the day went? Oh My Goodness . . . it seems like we just started our day, only to look at the clock and find that the day is almost over!

Today pretty much started like any other everyone getting ready for their day. Randy went outside to get into his SUV and saw glass on the ground. Apparently someone thought it would be funny to break the left rear window of Randy's SUV. I know you think I am kidding, but I am not. So, I told him to leave his vehicle and take Katelyn's so that I could call the police. As soon as Randy and Katelyn left I dialed 911 and a sweet operator answered the call, took my address and name asked the situation and said she would send an officer out.

The boys were all excited that a police car would be coming to our house. They couldn't wait! I told them they would have to stay home until after the police came and we cleaned up the glass before I could take them to school. To say they didn't mind that is an understatement. I decided to get my cup of coffee, call the school to let them know the boys would be late and sit on the porch to wait for . . . "the po po" as Katelyn calls them.

The boys went out with me and were full of chatter. We were all talking and laughing when our telephone rang . . . it was one of the school secretaries. Apparently, there was an offer from an ANGEL sent from God to come and pick up my boys and take them to school! Now, before you all think I would let my children go with someone I don't know . . . breathe easy . . . not only do we know our ANGEL, his wife is a teacher at the school and a local pastor. Bless his heart, he drove to our house and arrived with a smile on his face. He loaded the boys into his van, made sure they were buckled in and took them to school! Thank you so much Pastor Randy! (I went to school with Pastor Randy many moons ago)

A short time after the boys had gone to school a police car pulled up and an officer came into the drive to see for himself what had happened. There was a bit of evidence that pointed to someone hitting the window with something, trying to get it to break. Something must has scared them away before they could get the window totally out. The officer was very helpful and made a report of the situation. He informed me that if the window cost more than $300.00 this damage would be a felony crime.

After the policeman left, Cody helped me (and I say that loosely) clean up all of the glass. I am thankful that no one was hurt and that my family remained safe. It could have been so much worse.

I know many people don't lock their doors, leave their garage doors open at all hours and let their children play outside unattended. It is instances like this that make you aware that you never can tell what people will do. To take that a little further, if you have not read the book "Startling Beauty" by Heather Gemmen, I urge you to get ahold of a copy and read it. It is an amazing True Story of a woman that thought bad things would not happen to her and the story of how she overcame, with God's help.

Many of you may be wondering . . . Are you angry? Do you feel violated? Your vehicle was damaged while on your own drive . . . Don't you just want to scream?

Well, I suppose I could do any OR all of the above but what would that help? The Bible says,

“Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” says the Lord" (Romans 12:19, NKJV)

"God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you" (2 Thessalonians 1:6)

Am I wishing God's Vengeance on the person that damaged our vehicle? No . . . I just know that God will take care of the situation with this person. I also know that I am REALLY glad that I am NOT that person.

Tonight, I have a peace in my heart and am praying for the person who damaged our SUV. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Life as a Stay at Home Mom - My Day in Pictures

I have always wanted to be a Mom . . . ever since I was a little girl. My journey to motherhood was long and full of ups and downs . . . Praise God he chose to give me FIVE children. I always joke that when he decided to give me boys, God gave them to me with a huge laugh. My boys are definitely more challenging that my baby girl . . . now 17, but God made little boys special in a way that only a Mother understands. As I mother my little boys, I learn something each and every day . . . sometimes it is 

something good

something nasty

something fun

something weird

but I can always rest assured that each learning adventure teaches me a little something to understand my boys a little better. This morning after Katelyn, Ryan, Cameron and EJ went to school and Randy was off to work I decided to snap a few photos of my day.

Little boys have more important things to do than to pick up their toys.

My little Cody loves, loves, loves to watch Max and Ruby (I loathe Max & Ruby)

My boys love to snuggle under a blanket as they watch their favorite program or movie.

To speed up the laundry process, I hang jeans on our deck railing on nice days. 

One of my spring Mom duties involved cleaning through tennis shoes and crocs - these shoes are drying outside after a much needed wash. 

Just like socks, there seems to ALWAYS be that one pair of shoes that is missing one shoe! What is that about? and WHERE is that other shoe? grrrr

Laundry baskets are seldom empty.

Furniture gets moved from where it is supposed to be and toys replace Momma's pretty pillows. Be careful where you sit! Always look first!

Our library is full of great things to read and watch (videos are in the drawers) however, books and videos seldom get returned to their proper place.

I get lots of help making breakfast - whether I want it or not.

I have very good eaters . . .

I just never know what I will find . . . here one of the boys' car with my table runner and the clorox wipes. Interesting combination.

I am never without school papers to look over.

I absolutely LOVE Lisa Leonard jewelry. This little piece is a little story of my life right now . . .
Life + 5, Mom and COFFEE

What photos would tell the story of your day?

Monday, April 19, 2010


My boys . . . ages 5 and 6 - which will be 6 and 7 next month are "into" having a girlfriend or girlfriends I should say!

Last week, I heard the boys talking about how many girlfriends they had, which caused me to stop and think about their conversation. They were quite INTO their conversation when I thought maybe it was time that Mom stepped in.

 I called to both of them and they came quickly. I asked them about girlfriends. Apparently, my 6 almost 7 year old has an entire class of "girlfriends" because he just thinks there is something about each and everyone of them. My 5 almost 6 year old has "two" girl friends and is quite giggly about it. I decided to ask them a few questions:
  1. Do either of you have a job? The answer was quickly NO.
  2. Do either of you have money? Again the answer was NO.
  3. How about a house - other than Mommy and Daddy's house? They began to look at me puzzled. The answer was NO.
  4. Do either of you have a car or driver's license. They giggled about this one and answered no.
It was then that I decided to let them in on where I was going with all of my questions. What did I say?

I said, "Well boys, how are you going to get married if you don't have a job, no money, no house and no car?" Their response . . . we aren't getting married!!!  So then I asked them . . . if you have no plans to get married, then why are you wanting girlfriends? They looked a bit like deer in the headlights. I then explained . . . boys, you are too young to have girl-friends.

according to Wikipedia:

Girlfriend  is a term that can refer to either a female partner in a non-marital romantic relationship or a female non-intimate friend that is closer than other friends.[1]
This term is often used loosely, and there is some debate over what exactly constitutes a girlfriend. In western society, it is generally agreed that "girlfriend" status begins when two people agree to date. Getting a girl to agree to such an arrangement is considered a milestone for young males, and is often seen as a sign of status, based on the perception of the girl amongst the male's peers

Many parents think that childhood "girlfriend" or "boyfriend" is harmless, however as parents we must take responsibility for our own children. We, Randy and I are responsible to teach our boys what is right and wrong. We are responsible for setting standards for them and teach them how to be polite, responsible, respectful and an upstanding person in society. Those teachings start early . . . in our opinion, our boys are too young to be thinking about having girlfriends. They do not understand what having a girlfriend means, nor are they old enough to know how to treat a girl or be responsible with a girl.

Too many grade school children are playing with "fire" when it comes to boy/girl relationships. We as parents MUST take our responsibilities seriously, teach them and not rush for them to grow up.

At this time in our family lives, we have a NO GIRL-FRIENDS ALLOWED rule. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Quiet, Ring and Run, Movie, Pictures

The house is very quiet - everyone is in bed except Katelyn and I. Today has been a pretty good day overall. The family room, library and piano room are all nice and clean for the weekend. Tomorrow we will work on the kitchen.

As I was writing, someone rang our doorbell. If you note the time, it is now 10:30p.m. There was no one there, so I suspect since it is Friday night and the weather is nice, prankster lurk. We, Katelyn and I took the dogs out and Katelyn took her Pepper Spray . . . I should have grabbed the baseball bat. We were outside for about 10 minutes and saw nothing. I am a bit irritated and would like to catch whomever thinks they are being funny.

Did you watch the show sponsored by Wal-Mart and Proctor and Gamble tonight? It was called Secrets in the Mountain and was pretty good. Way to many commercials though.

Cody cracked me up today. Cody, Cameron and EJ were all in the Library messing around. Cameron and EJ were having a bit of a disagreement when I heard Cody say . . . "It just isn't worth the argument!" Hmmmmm guess he has heard that a few times! Too cute coming from a just turned 4 year old.

I don't know if you ever get the opportunity to look through a Pottery Barn catalog or not . . . I tend to get a lot of catalogs in the mail. I love to look through and sometimes order from Pottery Barn. Recently, I came across some unusual Candles that I loved, but didn't want to pay what they wanted for them. So, I looked on ETSY. Woo Hoo, I found a full set of three for a fraction of the cost of one with Pottery Barn. Take a look:

They are made from wine bottles. I put tea light candles on the table and placed the open bottomed wine bottles over the top. The are really unusual - which I like!

Here is a picture up close:

They are all a different size and the tea lights burn several hours and don't leave wax on the table runner - which is from Pottery Barn. I love the Birds.

Normal Friday AND Fraud Prevention

It is a rainy Friday in my little area of the world. Thankfully, I have no place to go today!

Last evening, I took three teenage girls to shop for decorations for the Junior/Senior Banquet that is coming up in May. The Juniors decorate for the Seniors each year . . .  and the girls were so excited and wanted to out do all the previous years decorating. The theme A Night in Paris. The girls had some very good ideas and were $$$ conscience. They were so funny to watch. Cody came along with us and thoroughly enjoyed every minute  -  well at least almost every minute, he is a male in a woman's shopping trip world!

Today I have a few things to catch up on and will finish the laundry. I am excited that I have nothing pressing to take care of, just normal day to day stay at home mom stuff.

Have you ever had the opportunity to have your credit cards fraud department contact you? The other day, I was balancing our household accounts when I tried to download my discover card information for the month. There was a message - due to the state of the account, it could not be accessed . . . please call ###-###-####. So, I tried to access my account online . . . same message. So, I called Discover. My call was to the fraud department. A fraud representative answered the call and retrieved my information - then he asked about several attempted charges on my account - there were several, not mine. Thankfully, the charges were flagged - after a few attempts at charges of $.10 and $.01 . . . guess that was a red flag. After answering that several of the attempted charges were not mine, the representative told me they would be issuing another card number for me and to look over my statement well for any charges that I did not make and contact them right away. I am thankful for Fraud departments and their representatives.
I used my card on two occasions at one store, I will be contacting that store to let them know of the attempted fraud on my account.

I generally keep a close eye on all aspects of our financial information and credit reports . . .  it is a must in this day and age that we live in.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Murphy's Law

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on the "hair post." I always feel a bit weird when I first get a new "look" I guess I am afraid that someone will say something like . . . "WHAT IN THE WORLD DID YOU DO?"

Today has been very busy for me . . . I feel it really bad in my shoulders and neck tonight. My list was very long and I won't bore you with the details. I am excited to say . . . I have my Mac all up to date with my backup from my Dell. Yes, I can run windows on my Mac - there is a little program that will allow you to operate both on a Mac Computer. So, I have all of the files that I use ALL THE TIME plus my financial program all on my Mac. I have also managed to connect to the office as well and now I don't have to go in to the office to do my paperwork. I was going to attempt taking Cody in once a week to catch up, but now I don't have too. Praise the Lord . . . all of my paperwork is DONE!

I can't wait for my new Dell Workstation - like a laptop - to arrive. No date of when to expect it yet  . . . was to be a month, but Randy managed to get expedited service.

Randy grilled chicken out for us tonight and Katelyn took care of the veges. It was a yummy dinner!

I haven't quite shared all of the electronic disasters/breakdowns we have had in the past week:

  • Katelyn's Edge wouldn't start again - Randy took it to the Dealer as it is still under warranty - of course, nothing is wrong with it . . . they claim the battery just needed a really good charge.
  • The pool pump went poo poo. It is now replaced.
  • The Dish DVR went poo poo too! The replacement arrived today by UPS/FED EX and I installed it . . . it is now working.
  • My computer - really not its fault that it took a bath . . . but we won't talk about that!
  • Our printer - Canon - the print heads would not align, nope not for anything. It has been replaced and installed yesterday.
We have been a bit high maintenance at our house! Guess ole Murphy kicked in again. (a.k.a. murphy's law.)

Well, I am going to go and relax for a while with Katelyn.

Have a great night.

Pics of the Hair Cut

Per request of my Sis Jeanette . . . hair pics: (the best I could do myself)

the back

part of the side 

kind of from the front - it really doesn't do the hair justice though.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday is High Maintenance Day!

This morning as I write, I am watching a goose fly around and land on boat house covers. Apparently he is of the opinion that whatever he can park on is his.

Last night, we had a goose in the yard. Usually where one goose decides to be, others usually come too. We sent Cody down to run him off . . . they generally will run at the first sounds of dogs and/or kids. Well, not this one! Cody waved his arms up and down at him and his raised his head up and down at Cody . . . this went on for a minute or two until Cody became a little frustrated with the goose and stepped toward him again - by this time they were about five steps apart. I sent the older brothers and a dog down to help. The goose was not happy . . . he hissed and hissed and then as slow as he could he walked to the lake. He sat a few feet from shore honking to let us know that he was not happy. In goose language - it wasn't good.


I am just back from my hair appointment . . . boy do I have did I have a lot of hair! It is unbelievable how fast it grows! Anyway, I was very happy with the front, but the bag was really weighing down and was very hot. So now it is history! It was down just past my shoulders . . . now it isn't. About 5" of hair on the floor of the salon. So now my hair is bouncy, much more cool and sassy.

Now I must go get my makeup on - I have a nail appointment at 2:00 p.m. - Yep, It is high maintenance day.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Hi all . . . I hope everyone had a great weekend. Our weekend went well for the most part. I had planned to post pictures of yesterday, but there was a huge glitch with my computer - well, wasn't the computer's fault. I was working on a Shutterfly book and Ryan was looking on. Well, I had a cup of water - BIG one . . . Ryan reached out to point to something and . . . you guessed it - he hit my water and it flipped over onto my computer. I am so thankful that I had a little nudge last week to backup my computer. Praise the Lord. So, I didn't lose everything I had on my computer. I think the computer suffered a major setback. It won't load windows right now - it has tried to recover, but so far . . . no go. This is not good! I do all of my work from home AND also all of our home finances, photos, etc. What a way to end the weekend. Ryan felt terrible. I had the water sitting where I wouldn't knock it over, but not were he couldn't reach it. Right now, the laptop is on its side - no water has run out from it, but I think it got a bit of a jolt when the water hit the plug in adapter. We shall see how it is tomorrow.

I can still work around not having my work computer at home. I can go into work to accomplish that and I can do all of my internet from my Mac, which is what I am using now. My backed up items can be put on another computer if need be. The computer did make a pop sound a few minutes ago - sounded like a static discharge sound.

I guess tomorrow I will see what the damage is. Good night all.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Our Trip, Tim Hawkins and Chick-fil-a

Katelyn and I just returned from seeing Tim Hawkins LIVE! Oh My Goodness, I thought I was going to wet my pants I laughed so hard! The place was completely sold out!

We are now back in our room, where it is QUIET . . . sorry Babe  . . . I am certain it isn't quiet where you are. Thank you sooooo very much for letting us travel and be gone to do this. Katelyn and I really are enjoying our testosterone free environment. Not that we don't love you and the boys, but this is really the first time we have gotten away and it was much needed! Your Rock Babe!

O.k. everyone . . . we didn't have any trouble at all finding our destination!!! Ohio was just where the map said it was going be! I am so happy! The last time we went to OHIO, it took us 8 plus hours - today we were at our destination and in our room in just over FIVE hours. Woo Hoo for our GPS . . . and the map we took just in case.

Katelyn has taken quite a few photos along the way. She got a really cool photo of a National Guard Helicopter hovering before it landed.

Tonight while we are waiting for our room service delivery, we are going to watch AVATAR.

Katelyn and I are so excited . . . we will be trying Chick-fil-a for the first time tomorrow. We don't have one in Illinois - at least that we know of. Besides, we couldn't take our entire family there as they cook everything in peanut oil . . . of which Cody is highly allergic. So we went onto the Chick-fil-a website to look at their menu. Can I just interject a big WOW here? Oh My Goodness  . . .  every thing looks so yummy. That being said, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN ONE PEACH SHAKE from Chick-fil-a? 800 plus!!! Oh my word! Well, needless to say - the peach shake is out, but we have already made a list of our choice of food that we will pick up on our way through Indianapolis tomorrow on our return trip home. Definitely the diet lemonade - it is only calories. Then we are in a toss up over the char grilled chicken, nuggets or chicken sandwich. I will let you know our choice tomorrow and maybe a picture or two.

Little Mia is doing well. She had to stay in our hotel room in her carrier while we went to the Tim Hawkins show. When we got back to our room, we found that she had escaped her little carrier and was hiding under the bed. Little Houdini! Next time, we will have to connect that together somehow. She was excited to see us come back to the room and has since fallen asleep on the bed with Katelyn.

Time to watch the movie - have a great night!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


This is my view as I write this afternoon - except for the fact that the picture is flipped and I haven't figured out how to flip it. Anyway, you still get a view of what I am seeing.

Our pear tree down by the lake is in bloom. It is gorgeous!!! The clouds are thick and very gray - winds are blowing strong. Although it is a little cool, I am fully enjoying it.

I was in a bad mood for all of this morning. I then sat through the webinar that I have joined - Beyond Consequences - which I love. I spoke to the host Heather Forbes during the class - the class is wonderful and is great for parents. I highly recommend it!

I was able to get my chores done . . . it felt good to get then finished. Laundry is all caught up too. I put on a crockpot of Italian Beef for tonight's dinner.

Tomorrow my day will be light as far as chores go.

My giant chimes are blowing in the wind - they are quite large - I will try to get a picture of them to post in the next week. I also have a funny story about them.

Thursday Night . . .

The hours are ticking down . . . Friday will be here before we know it. Katelyn and I are almost all packed and ready to head out in the morning. We have added a little addition to our menagerie of two - little Miss Mia our Mi-Ki will be joining us. I called ahead to the hotel and they do allow pets - with restrictions, like she must be in a carrier or kennel if we leave her in the room. We were a bit paranoid to leave her at home . . . she has tried to escape and try to find Katelyn or I. My Mom offered to take her home with her, but I thought it would be better to simply take her. She will be happy and ride co-pilot on the center console of the SUV.

Grandma is coming to play with Cody for the day tomorrow. I pray they have a great day.

I am upstairs in our sitting room that is part of the Master Bedroom. I rarely have the time to come up here and sit to either enjoy quiet, spend a little time online or watch a program alone. Since I have been up here, four of my children have found me . . . I guess I must have a locator signal attached to me somewhere.

Have a great night,

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Today, Tomorrow, Our Trip and a Reveal

The day is finally coming to an end . . . seems like a VERY long one to me. The afternoon and evening went much better than my morning. I did get my chores done - in fact, everything that was on my list is done.

Tomorrow's list is much smaller - I need to clean our 1/2 bathrooms, do a bit of paperwork filing, do a few loads of laundry and pack for Katelyn and my trip on Friday and Saturday. Katelyn and I are very excited to get away . . . just the two of us. I am charging up my Mac . . . so I can take it with us and Maybe I can post a few pics while we are away.

In case you are wondering, my Mom will be watching Cody for the day on Friday and then Randy will take over once he arrives home with the other boys. Plans for them . . . Avantis for dinner and then a movie. Guess they will have a little staycation at home - just the guys. I am sure it will be weird without Mom and Katelyn home, but am very confident they will all do just fine.

Tonight, I found out by reading my niece's blog . . . I am going to be a Great Aunt once again! She shared her news in a very unique way. The crazy weird thing . . . I had a feeling, that she was expecting. Today is her birthday and she had posted a few days ago that she would reveal her Birthday Surprise. She tip toed around it possibly being a trip, a new car or a house . . . all of which she spoke about briefly in the post. After exhausting those possibilities she revealed her news and the blessed event should be in September. I have already wished her a Happy Birthday AND a Congratulations. Wonder if it will be a girl or a boy . . . she already has two princesses - wonder if this one will be a princess or a prince. A prince would sure shake things up a bit!

Gloomy Wednesday

Warning . . . I am quite dysregulated today! Meaning = I am in a really bad mood. I actually can feel it - it runs deep today, even after two cups of coffee and my favorite cereal.

Heather Forbes author of Beyond Consequences, Logic, and Control explains the definition of being dysregulated: Dysregulation is the experience of stress outside your window of tolerance. Yep, that pretty much sums up how I feel today. Do you ever feel that way?

Today I will keep myself busy around the house. I have a few chores to take care of, but nothing horrible.

I need to:

make the bed, tidy and wipe the master bath counter, throw in a load or two of laundry, put away laundry, unload the dishwashers, webinar at noon and take a nap

What does your day hold?

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday that feels like Monday

Tonight, we are told to expect storms by our weathermen . . . which means our little weather radio will be blasting us out of bed when watches or warnings are posted. This could be a very long night.

Today was the first day back to school for my kids. It was nice that they all were excited to go to school. Cody and I had an o.k. day at home. I worked on balancing the bank statement for work . . . I have two items I cannot locate, so an email off to Melissa should help. She will be able to call the bank card company to advise us of what the transaction was from. I am OCD about the bank book being to the penny correct.

We have been having some problems with our boys following directions. Apparently, little boys tend to be a bit scatter brained and easily forget what they are told. This has been going on for several days now . . . so beginning last night, when one of them didn't do the chore I asked them to do, like washing the table and chairs after dinner . . . I go ahead and do the chore - then I ask them to bring me their Easter basket . . . well you probably guessed that I get a little something for doing their chore. So far, I have collected two chocolate bunnies . . . Who knows what tomorrow will bring. My sister Janeie has a cute little saying . . . "if you snooze, you lose!" I share that little tid bit with them too.

Randy wants an Ipad. He has a Mac and now wants the Ipad. He also told me today that we should trade our SUVs in and take out two leases instead. I quickly over ruled him and told him to be happy with what he has . . . besides, mine is a 2008 and only has 6,500 miles on it. They are both in A1 shape. I think sometimes it is too easy to change things out and we just need to enjoy what we have. Do I hear an Amen?

My week is messed up . . . is yours? Having the kids home on Monday and sending them back today has me thinking today is Monday. It really messes with you!

I have loaded all of our Easter photos to Shutterfly. Our Easter book should be fun to get together. I love Shutterfly. I am behind a few picture books, but that is easily made up - that is when I have the time. It is so much easier and less time consuming than scrapbooking. I always had things strung all over when I scrapbooked.

Well, I need to finish my coffee and head to bed. Have sweet dreams everyone!

Monday, April 5, 2010


Today is the last day of Easter Vacation . . . tomorrow the kids go back to school. Although I have enjoyed the kids being home for the most part, it is time they go back.

Easter was AWESOME . . . we had lunch and spent the afternoon at my parents' house. We all had a great time and the food was delish!

Here are a few of the hundreds of photos that we took:

My Boys: Ryan, Cody, EJ and Cameron
Katelyn and Mia
Grandma's Beautiful Flowers


My Kiddos - Katelyn, EJ, Cameron, Ryan and Cody

Ryan in the background and Jenna 

Alyson - what is that face?
My four boys Easter Egg Hunting
Grandma with the Easter Eggs
Gabrielle being "cheesey"
Jenna holding Mia

The crew Edris, Abby, Kendra, Gabrielle, Jenna, Ryan, EJ, Cameron, Cody and Ryan
Kendra, Gabrielle and Jenna
Janeie, JC and Grandpa
pretty girls
Grandma, Grandpa and Alyson
Grandma and Aunt Doris in the background
Gabrielle and Kendra
Abigail, Katelyn, Edris and Alyson
Aunt Darlene (aka Ding Ding) and Janeie
Janeie's cookie bars and her thumb
Janeie and her thumbs - she has thumbs like Aunt Doris
The Coldstone Easter Cake made by Jeanette
Key Lime Pie
Alyson and Cody
Cody with a girlie type ribbon - his Daddy hasn't seen this yet

I guess this wasn't a few photos - but compared to how many was taken . . . it is scaled way down.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter too!

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