Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Good Mommy!

We are leaving for our two day trip and the following convo went down:

Abbe: When are we going to go?

Me: We have to take Pepper to the vet, stop by Kroger, pack a cooler...

Abbe: Pack a cooler with beer?

Jason doesn't drink and I don't drink beer. Where did THAT come from!? I blame Jessica.

Monday, December 29, 2008

I'm better today.

It's good to know that all my blog readers care about me! When I'm ready to FA-LIP OUT, ya'll email, comment and call me to make sure I'm surviving!! Thanks for caring.

I'm better today. Much better. I've decided I'm going to work FT again to help ease my mind. I need more balance and that will give it to me. Jason doesn't agree, but at this point, honestly, I think it's something that we all need. Tyler and Abbe are in school already and Olivia needs more structure. Structure that she's not getting from me when we are at Target, lunching at the Olive Garden or watching Oprah. I think it's a good thing. If I could work part-time, I would, but right now the job I've been offered is FT. I'm going to give it my best shot to work. Millions of people with three kids work full-time, so we just need to make it work for us. With the help of my husband, it will work.

I've called Merry Maids for a quote. I'm not even sure how much they would charge or if it's worth it. As I was thinking about it today, I was thinking that even if it's 100 bucks every two weeks, that is 200 dollars a month!! Honestly, I'm not sure that's the answer. I think the answer is my crew helping a bit more around the house. They need to be responsible for their things and learn to appreciate their belongings more. Sharon suggested tough love, and to do that, I need to toughen up.

I will say that Jason did help out today. Give credit where credit is due, right? He vacuumed the stairs (honestly one of the things that put me over the edge yesterday) and put away all the Christmas decorations.

However, there is always a downside to every story. Any of you guys that know my father will understand this completely. I went with him to run an errand this evening and this is our conversation (keep in mind he doesn't read the blog so he had no idea how I felt yesterday):

Dad: Your kids are out of control. They tear things up, leave things in a disarray, can't find crap.

Me: I know.

Dad: You've got to do something. If it were me, I'd be putting a foot up their backside. They don't listen to a damn thing you tell them. I told Olivia to get her damn jacket on, and she's got shit everywhere so she can't find it. I told her that she needs to take care of her stuff and that damn kid yelled at me and told me NO. Boy, she's lucky she's not my damn kid.

Me: Don't swear at my kids Dad.

Dad: Well then I'll swear at you. Get control of them.

Me: Enough Dad, I've had a rough few days with them.

Dad: That cause you let them damn kids walk all over you. Show them that you're in charge and they'll appreciate it later.


Even though he's a grumpy old man, he does have a point. And honestly, there was more swearing in there but I left it out so all my nice friends would read it.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Totally and completely overwhemled.

I just am overwhelmed with the mess of a house we live in. I'm at the boiling point and don't know what to do. I'm a horrible mother cause I'm just tired of it. Tired of cleaning all the damn time. Cause if I don't, it won't get done. All I do is yell and clean, it's a vicious cycle.

I get no help from Jason or the kids. All they do is mess. Drop their crap, leave their dirty clothes all over the house, finish eating and leave the mess at the table, toys every flippin' where. I'm furious just writing this. Beyond furious.

I'm disgusted that all this money we've spent on this house and it looks like crap already. Dirty walls, dirty carpet/stairs, stacks and stacks of crap everywhere. I'm pissed that my husband comes home and takes his clothes off and drops them in the floor, changes and does his thing. Then looks for me when I haven't matched his socks. I'm mad that my children don't appreciate ANYTHING. I'm sick to my stomach after going up to clean up Tyler's room and finding tons of candy wrappers under his bed. And if Olivia dumps all of her clothes in the floor one more time, I'm liable to walk out the door and never come back.

I'm over it. So over it. I don't know what to do. But I know this can't go on. I'm so unhappy and the maid has resigned effective immediately.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The best gift ever!

One of the things Tyler got for Christmas is an electric blanket. I've been under it all afternoon. It's so cozy. Beyond cozy.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!



What a great day!

My parents and my brother called to wake us up at 7:30 am. As we were snoozing away, I heard phone after phone ring and ring. We woke up to them knocking on the door a few minutes later. Chumps.

Thankfully, Tyler heard it too and ran downstairs with excitement. I went in to wake Abbe Mae up and while rubbing her back, I whispered to her that Santa came. She SPRANG out of bed! It was pretty funny. Olivia came in and they HAD to get dressed. This is a standard move for them every morning, as soon as they wake up, they have to get dressed. So glad I bought them all new Christmas jammies. It drives me nuts.

They were all so excited! It was nice to have everyone here, by the fire, opening presents, listening to Christmas music and eating sweet rolls. The big hits this year were the High School Musical sing along microphones for the girls and of course, for Tyler, his IPod Touch and docking station.

Olivia has a new bedroom complete with a new lady bug theme bed. She's never slept in her room nor in a big girl bed, but tonight is the night! We've already disassembled and removed the toddler bed from my room so she doesn't have much of a choice. I'm going to have to get on the phone with the furniture store we bought the bed from because they didn't give us the trundle part to the bed. I seriously hope they don't give me trouble about this cause we picked it up several weeks ago and had it in our garage until last night so we didn't even notice. We'll see what happens.

Abbe Mae got a new desk for her room. She's set! I was hoping she'd be into her new Leapster Tag reading system, but she may be too young for it still. Neither of the girls seems overly interested in their TVs. I think it's cause they are so used to sitting in the living room with me.

Tyler almost died when he opened his IPod touch. My brother and mother sent him on a scavenger hunt for it. It was pretty dang cute. We were really torn on getting him this cause he's only 8 and I may be kicking myself in the ass in a few months if he loses it. But here's the thing, the first time Tyler leaves it out or I see the girls with it - it's automatically mine for 30 days. I'm secretly excited about the fact this may happen! Uncle Jimmy has spent the afternoon loading it up full of fun things for Tyler to do and he hasn't put it down yet.

We spent the afternoon cleaning rooms and putting together toys. Toy makers need a frickin' reality check as to how hard it is to get the damn toys OUT OF THE PACKAGES. It's miserable. We are almost done, but I'm still waiting for Jason to put together Tyler's new desk.

We had a nice dinner with everyone including Sallie and Harold. Ham, macaroni, green beans, etc. Followed by tons of choices for sweets. Now that I think about it, Sallie mentioned a coconut cake but I didn't see one? I may have to go back over there and find me a piece or two....

It was a good Christmas and we are truly blessed. I hope everyone out there had a great day today and got to spend it with loved ones.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

And the stockings are hung....



And then Santa came. He nibbled, mounted 2 tvs, put together desks & a bed and left in a rush. Of course, had a great helper....




Christmas Eve Mass



Tyler has been a regular in the Christmas Eve Mass for about four years. He really enjoys it. He was a little pissed he wasn't selected for the "lead" this year, but an Old Man is just as good....lol. Abbe was supposed to be in the service, however, she had a fever this afternoon along with a cough and cold. So the girls and Jason stayed home to relax.

There are several pictures in here of our Church, just because we arrived early and it was a different place empty. I took the opportunity to take a few pictures of it while it was empty cause I generally get a few "evil" looks when I'm rolling around on the floor with my Rebel and huge flash on top during service. I don't care - it's my kid up there for crying out loud!

Merry Christmas and enjoy my "old" man!

Illinois

Where our Governers make the license plates.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The most wonderful time of the year!

I do love Christmas. It's one of the many joys of parenting. Here's what's going on in our house this week:

At our house, we don't put any presents under the tree until the kids are tucked in their beds on Christmas Eve. They go to bed with nothing under the tree and wake up to presents galore!! Every thing is from Santa. They don't care who it's from anyway.

I have one more present to get and it's cash so it'll be easy.

I haven't sent out Christmas cards this year. I'm ashamed. I've waited for the perfect picture of the kids and it hasn't happened.

Tomorrow I have to go to the Post Office to send a package to Jason's parents. I had hoped on getting it out weeeeeeeeeks ago.

Uncle Jimmy is coming to town on Tuesday. The kids are excited. They think he's taking them to the movies. I hope he does.

Kids started Xmas vacation Friday. Two weeks for Tyler and three weeks for Abbe. Fun times.

I bought really good gifts this year for my mom, dad, and a few others. :) I'm proud of myself.

Every year I say I'm not going to go over board on the kids and every year I do. Somebody stop me.

The day after Christmas, Mrs. Sallie is hooking up a grand breakfast at her house.

We are going to a new hotel with an indoor water park for two days on December 31. It's going to be a lot of fun ringing in the NY. They are having a special kids party with clowns, balloons, etc. I haven't told the kids yet but they will be thrilled!

The only thing that would make this holiday better is if I could spend it with my friends and family that are spread out across the US. I miss them all so much.

Puberity

I think I'm going through it. My face looks like a pizza. My moods are off the chart. I think my voice may even be changing.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Biggest Loser

I love this show. The transformation of it! Although I only liked one out of the final four contestants. It's amazing how great these people look. You'd think it would motivate me, but I'm eating donuts watching it.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Grandparents

I thought this was really cute.


WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's.

A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!

Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.

They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.'

They don't say, 'Hurry up.'

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.

Grandparents don't have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?'

When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.

Revised XMas List

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Jays Xmas list

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snow in nashville

I doesn't snow often in Nashville. A maybe a dusting or two each year. But last night we were hit by a surprise storm. The thing about Nashville snow is it usually ice's first. It's not quite snow coming down, more like a mix of snow and rain. But the ground is cold enough to make it ice. So after a few hours of cold rain, it began to snow. Here are some pictures of our winter fun. As you can see in some of the pictures, it's solid ice under the snow.

We all have a snow day today. Thank goodness I have milk cause I'd hate to have to go to Kroger right now. I'm sure they are out of milk any how.





snow





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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Fancy Party

Boy, have we had a great weekend. Truly what this season is about. Family, friends and celebrating Christmas. Amazing. We are all blessed.

We had the fancy party today and it was a great time. We had a very good turn out. So many of Abbe Mae and Olivia's friends came. The house was clean, fire going, Christmas lights on, lots of fancy treats (including a chocolate fountain), but what really makes it special is the fun and love that was in this house when all the children were here.

We did a couple of crafts, then went outside and sprinkled magic reindeer dust all over the lawn. After we sprinkled the dust, Santa magically showed up. The kids were SO EXCITED. I mean they were all cute anyways cause they were dressed fancy, but the pure joy they had when Santa came in was something I'm sure I won't forget any time soon.

Today was a good day. A really good day.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Baby Jesus Party

Elijah had the coolest baby Jesus party today. It was awesome. Robyn had this biblical "scavenger hunt" game that the children played. As she read the story of the birth of Jesus, the children would have to find little boxes she placed throughout the house and in each box, there was a part of the nativity set. They had a blast running through her house looking for the gifts and then putting together the nativity set. Each segment, she would read a part that said something about the last box is what God wants for Christmas. Once they heard the entire story and found all the pieces, the last box was opened and the children looked in the box to find a mirror (a reflection of themselves). So all God wanted for Christmas is them. So cute. And this is what this time of the year is about. I need to send my kids to Robyn's house rather than Sunday school cause she was all about teaching them today. She even reminded them that Christmas isn't about the gifts they get but about the birth of Christ. It was great to watch them all sit around and listen so excitedly. Robyn has all the pictures on her blog.

Then they did a wreath craft, decorated a gingerbread house, had snacks and exchanged gifts. It was PERFECT.

Now I'm beginning to think I'm nuts for inviting all of Abbe's classmates over tomorrow for her fancy party.

Since it's the holiday season, can you pray for me? I'll need it!!

Why is it

....that on a day that I could sleep in (and by sleeping in I mean sleep until 7 or 7:30) that I wake up to pee at 6 am and can't go back to sleep? My entire house is still sleeping and it's 7:26 am. I want to still be sleeping but once I woke up, I couldn't fall back asleep! But during the normal weekly grind, I know I could sleep until 10 if I were given the chance to do so.

Ugh!

Busy!

It's that time of year again. Busy. For example, today we have a Baby Jesus party at 9 am, Tyler is in the Mount Juliet parade at 11, then I have a cookie exchange/dinner party at 3:30. Tomorrow is Abbe and Olivia's fancy party. My house is trashed and a house full of kids and Santa are set to arrive at 1:00. Lots to do.

Last night I went to the movies with a couple of "friends". I'm really questioning this friendship and since I'm in the business to remove all drama from my life, this may be happening. I'm really just over it, mostly her husband. All of us married folk understand that when you are married, you come as a pair, right? Either way, I'm over it and unless some significant things changes, I'll be over them too. I'm waiting for her to call me back today cause we are going to have a very straight-forward conversation. I'm 35 and am not the one to just ignore or let things slide.

But the movie we saw was Four Christmases. It was pretty dang cute! Vince Vaughn was frickin' hilarious and Reese was adorable. I literally LOL'd in the movie. Not happy that I paid $9.75 to see it, but it was a good movie.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Seriously

How many years have they run the Lexus commercials at Christmas?
You know the ones where the woman comes out to the brand new Lexus with a huge red bow on it? I mean does that really happen? And if so, how do I sign up?

1997?



Here is a picture of me and a few of my childhood friends from Celly's wedding in 1997. Ignore my hideous red dress, I was a bride's maid and Celly's Puerto Rican - 'nuff said.

Anyhow, I guess in this picture I was about 25 years old. Christine, the blonde in the blue dress, and I have been friends since 2nd grade when she moved down from Milwaukee. The rest of the girls I became friends with in 8th grade or my freshman year of high school and have been friends with ever since.

This night was such a good time. My parents, aunt, uncle and cousins were at this wedding. High school teachers were at this wedding. It was truly a family event. Out of Celly's 150 guests, I think I new every single one of them, cause that's just how it was back home in our old "hood". And what I remember the most was the bridal party coming out to the Chicago Bulls theme song....so tacky yet so much fun! Oh and the DJ was ON that night!

But back to my friends. It's nice to have friends that long. True child hood friends. We've all grown up but we still all have each other. I hit up Chicago and it's like I haven't missed a beat with this crew. Pretty cool.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Shopping.

I'm not the one to fight the crowds of Black Friday. Never have been. Generally, we wait until mid-December to Christmas shop, but this year, I've been a bit ahead of the game. After getting up early this morning and heading out to the madness, I can see how the adrenaline and excitement can get people going. It's like we were all walking around with glazed looks on our faces just dumping stuff into our carts.

I got up at 4:30 am. Early, right? I grabbed my mom and we headed up to the local shopping area. JCPenney was a mad house. Apparently it opened at 4:00 am. Isn't that nuts? Not as crazy as Best Buy, which had people camping out in tents from the night before. The line to get into Target was wrapped around half of the building and I am NOT exaggerating. So after we casually walked through Penney's, we grabbed a bite at Panera. It was 6:03 and Target was opening so we headed that way.

At Target, I grabbed pretty much everything I planned on getting for the kids as far as smaller gifts were concerned. I turn and see my mom rolling up with a cart and a 27" flat screen TV. Apparently, that was what all the fuss was about that morning and they only had 100 tickets for them. But she some how had a conversation with the manager of Target and he gave her his. Although I've been dead set against putting TV's in the kids rooms, I have since given in and planned on getting Abbe a 19" TV for Christmas. Because my mom is a smooth operator, I was able to buy the larger TV for $299. Score!! My mom is getting Ab-ster a DVD player so she should be set. I'm looking forward to the hopeful time of them NOT fighting over what to watch on TV. After Target, we came back home and cooked breakfast. We grabbed the girls and headed out again.

We went to Haverty's and I bought Olivia's big present this year. A new trundle bed. She's making the switch from the toddler bed in my room, to a big girl bed in her room. Again, my mom's gift is accessorising my gift. She bought her the cutest ladybug stuff from JCPenney. I can't wait to put it together. Most importantly, I can't wait for her to start sleeping in her room.

We ran around a bit more going to Kohl's (which was a mad house), Hobby Lobby, Staples, etc. The line to check out at Kohl's seriously had to be a 100 deep. I ended up putting down the two Christmas dresses I had for the girls and walked out. I'd probably still be waiting in line.

Tyler is getting a great big gift this year as well. I'm not going to post it cause I'm not sure if he reads the blog or not. But it's good.

Jason is still grabbing at the right-side of his chest as to the amount of money I, I mean WE, spent today. But it's Christmas and we all should spend a little to help the economy. I mean we can't take it with us, right?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving


Yum!

ICE!

Yesterday I decided to take the kids to see ICE! at Opry Land Hotel here in Nashville. Although I thought it was pricey, I thought it would be a fun filled afternoon that the kids would really enjoy.

Wrong.

I was guessing that because the entire place was made out of ice, it would be fairly cold in there. My guess was about 20-25 degrees, which is really cold to us Southern transplants. Really cold. I prepared. The kids wore long sleeved-shirts, sweatshirts and winter jackets. I brought gloves and hats as well.

After paying $45 bucks to get in (thankfully Olivia was free), we get in and they are handing out "extra" blue jackets and tell us we will need them cause the current temperature in there is 5 degrees. What-da-heezy? I'm thinking, I grew up in Chicago, I'll be good but I was worried about the littles. But I figured they'd be running and playing so much the cold wouldn't bother them.

Wrong again.

We walk in and the look on Abbe's face was priceless. Pure fear in her eyes. Should could barely talk. She said, "Mommy, why do I feel like this? I don't like it." I told her it was cold and she would get used to it in a minute. I suggested putting on the extra blue jacket, cause if you know my girls, they are super picky and didn't immediately want them on. But they changed their minds pretty quick once inside. Olivia lasted about ten minutes before she was crying to "take me home" and saying "I don't like ice". Tyler went down the slide twice and was done. They had no interest in looking at the detailed, deep-colored sculptures or following the story through the trail as they just could not adjust to the cold.

So with two girls full of cold tears and Tyler exclaiming his back side was frozen, we left. We lasted about 20 minutes.

And my poor camera couldn't take the cold either. I was able to snap a few flicks but the old girl started moving slow so I packed it up pretty quickly.

We had to make a Starbucks hot coco run on the way home to warm up our souls. Thankfully, as soon as we stepped out of the ICE! building, we were able to strip back down to our sweatshirts as it was a blistering 60 degrees out.

Ice

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gearing up for the holiday....

Tomorrow we are having a fancy sit-down dinner with my parents and Sallie and Harold. I'm looking forward to the turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, pumpkin pie and coconut cake. I CAN'T wait!! And I'm thankful for it all.

I haven't decided if I'll go shopping on Friday or not. I don't have big plans to spend a crazy amount of money. I haven't bought anything so far, but I have a small list of things to get. The thing that happens to me when I go into the stores is I see something on sale and generally snatch it up. Then the kids end up with a ton of crap at Christmas that they don't need. So I'm really going to focus this year. I have a few big items I want to get for Abbe and Olivia, but am torn on Tyler. It's true the older they get, the more expensive they are.

This afternoon, since the kids are out of school, I'm thinking of taking the kids on a special afternoon trip. I'll post pictures later!

Friday, November 21, 2008

O' Christmas Tree

Okay, I know it's really early and I'm am generally not this prepared, but we broke out the Christmas tree last weekend. Mostly due to the fact that I had to clean out the attic out for the craft room project. Tyler and Olivia weren't really interested in decorating it, but Abbe Mae was all about it.


Christmas Tree


BTW: The bottom half of the tree is now bare as the girls have taken off most of the decorations to use as earrings. The entire tree probably won't last until Christmas.

Gingerbread House, Maybe....

The girls

Mood



Y'all know I LOVE Project Runway! Love it! The creativity, the sauciness, the models, Tim Guinn, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors, the designers and all the great fabrics they have access too. With a small budget and hopes to win the challenge, every show, the designers and Tim Guinn hit up Mood. They fill their little Mood fabric bags full of sultry fabrics and grand ideas. Then run back to their workstations and either makes a hot mess or something glam.

My craft neighbor, Sallie, came over and gave me my very own Mood bag. I love love love it and have been using it more as a purse these days (even if it is huge). It's awesome. She's awesome to think of me.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Chuck-E-Cheese

Ughh. Know what I did today? Went to CEC, not once but twice. Pure torture.

Abbe has complained about her ear hurting for two days now. So I decided I'd get her in to see the doctor. Might as well see Olivia too since she's been full of snot for weeks. Made their appointments for 1:30, because Abster gets out of school at 1:00 and we were going to a birthday party at 3:00 (if the girls were okay).

Pick up A-Diddy from school and high-tail it to the doctor's office 30 minutes away. Good news is both girls are in perfect health. Bad news is we now have to go to the birthday party.

Leave the doctor's office at 2:30 and high-tail it to the other side of town for a CEC birthday party. I pull in and don't recognize my friends' cars. (White Mercedes, BMW's - you know, the ones that look nothing like my minivan.) Then it hit me - SHIT!! It's in Rivergate !!which is 45 minutes in another direction; imagine me driving in a 40 mile square all day. I had to take the girls. I RSVP'd yes, we had the gift, they were dressed fancy, and I used the party as behavior bait for them all day. So we went. We arrived 45 minutes late, but we showed up.

During the week, CEC isn't that bad. Don't get me wrong, it's not great, but it's not horrible either......until.....you turn in tickets and go stand in line at the novelty counter. That is pure torture for everyone involved.

All I have to say is thank goodness gas is back to $1.89 a gallon.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Random

Olivia just yelled, "Christ Abbe!"

Strep Throat

So, Jess texts me and says, "We all have strep throat. Fevers, medicine and no school until Thursday."

Greaaaaat. The girls had a sleep over here on Saturday. I'm praying that my crew does not get it. The seem fine so far, but I'm freaking out a bit.

Lookie what I found....




.....pictures of our wedding day! I plan on taking the negatives from our photographer and getting at least one picture framed before our 10th anniversary. Horrible, right? I have a small photo album of our wedding pictures, but nothing bigger than a 3x5...lol. I'm also the one that doesn't get yearly pictures of my children. Bad mommy.

But here we are.....in Maui.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Craft Room Expansion

Big happenings in the B household in the next few weeks. On Monday, I have the framer coming to frame in my craft room in part of our current attic space. Amazing that we are out of space, right? It will be an 11x14 room that I will have all to myself. I will set up a sewing machine, embroider machine, scrapbook table, bar and maybe even a pole.....who knows! It's mine! Can we get a big, fat HELL YEAH! Sallie suggested I put a big pad-lock on the inside of my room to keep the riff-raff out. I agree.

But since I have to clean out the attic space - I may get a head start on decorating for Christmas. Not sure if that's good or bad.

Secret Spy Mission

Mommy: Tyler, go upstairs and get on your teacher's website and start practicing your multipaction facts.

Tyler: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Mommy: Yes, do it now.

Tyler: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo, I don't want too.

Mommy: I don't want to hear your mouth. Go practice.

Tyler: stomps upstairs

Five minutes later

Mommy: Abbe Mae, I want you to go upstairs on a secret spy mission for Mommy. Sneak up there, peak in on Tyler and see if he's on his computer.

Abbe Mae: Me? A spy mission?

Mommy: Yes, be very quiet. Sneak up there and come and tell Mommy what he is doing.

Abbe Mae: Okay, I be the secret spy.

Mommy: Don't tell anyone - just Mommy. Don't say anything to Tyler just go peak. Quietly.

30 seconds later, running, screaming, yelling and crying

Tyler: Mommy!! Why did you send Abbe Mae to spy on me!??

Mommy: What?

Abbe Mae: Yes, Mommy told me to go on a secret spy mission.

Tyler: What? Mommy!!!

Abbe Mae: Yes, I spy on you and it's a secret.

Tyler: Mommy - she peaked in on me and said she was doing a secret spying mission. Did you send her?

Mommy: No way. Abbe Mae's nuts. Stay out of his room. Let him study. You are studying, rigggggght??

Box Tops for Education

Does your child's school participate in the Box Top For Education Program? Tyler's school is all about this program. It's a program sponsored by General Mills in which you cut the little box top off and turn in for cash for your school. Kind of like what we did as a kid with Campbell Soup labels. At Tyler's school, the students that turn in the most tops get prizes. Classes with most tops gets ice cream parties. PTO organizes "parent cut ups" to help trim and count the tops turned in.

I've been conscious about buying General Mills products when I can so I can save the top. I've cut them up nice and neat and put them in a coffee cup in our cupboard. Since MAY. I had about 50 of them. Had is the key word here.

My darling husband decided to make a round of hot chocolate last night. He was complaining about the lack of coffee cups in the house. So he opened the cupboard, threw out my box tops and went about his merry way drinking hot coco.

Irritating. So very irritating.

So after I bitch and moan about it for ten minutes, he goes out and goes through the garbage and brings me in a handful that he could find. I know it's not the end of the world, but here I am, trying to support the PTO and this happens.

Ugh.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

So OVER Laundry!!

Ugghhhh!! I want to scream!!!!

I've been doing laundry all day. Clothes, towels, sheets, you name - it's been washed today. This is nothing new. I feel like all I ever do is laundry all day.....every day. My life is nothing but dirty laundry. Three kids (uniforms and changing when they come home) and a husband that also changes when he gets home from work, makes the piles grow faster than my waistline during the holidays. Seriously. On top of it, the girls, especially Olivia, thinks she needs to change 6-8 times a day. Tomorrow things are changing. I have dropped the F-BOMB enough today that Jason said he's getting locks for their closet doors. It will be one outfit a day from here on out. Make no mistake about it my friends - this laundry train has come to a stop.

Bears VS. Titans

OMG I'm on pins and needles here. The Titans are undefeated this season. The Bears are top of their Division. Who will win??? Vegas says the Titans. Tune in at 1:00 pm.

The Internet

Through this entire political campaign, one thing sat in the back of my mind - Obama's online presence. Obama is winning online. He was everywhere. Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, Flickr, Twitter, email. Everywhere. He was reaching the young voters, the ones that always say they will but never do. Just search Youtube and Flickr and you will see all types of his speeches and pictures. I was reading People.com the other night and the pictures they had in the article were from Obama's Flickr account. Brillant. Here is an interesting read on the subject: Technology.

It's constantly thinking forward and outside the box. Bloggers for example, I've been doing this for two years now and my family reads it regularly and know more about what's going in my life than ever before. Sometimes I email Tyler about our schedule and he'll email me back to confirm or decline.....it happens. I think about how it's changed businesses, schools, churches. Can you imagine having to pick up the phone or worse, drive to the bank to get a bank account update? Or having to call Ticketmaster? Or having to pick up the phone to call family? (That alone gives me the shivers.) I can't imagine how my parents did all of that. Oh yeah, they had CB's. All I have to say is I LOVE THE INTERNET!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Good Read

Stuff White People Like

Lincoln turned me on to this site. He's always talking about white people liking strange things. He claims he reads this daily and after hanging out with Jason, he is going to suggest they write about Corn Hole.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

1st Communion



Once again, I can't sleep! Ugh!

But to my surprise, I finally received our 1st Communion class picture today. Granted, it's from March 29, but I guess better late than never.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Love Nest

I almost had Jason talked into getting a new king-size bed this weekend. At least in my mind I did. He entertained the idea for me briefly before shooting me down. But we did decide to buy a new comforter set for our small queen. I say small maybe cause there are usually five people trying to lay in it. But while we were shopping, I also picked up some 500-thread count sheets (I embroidered the pillowcases so we won't fight over pillows) and hooked up some bath towels while I was at it. I finally have my curtains up in the room too. I'll have to get some pictures of the love nest tomorrow.

Here's my work:


Carving Jack-O-Lanterns



What a great afternoon we had!! Tish and Kriston rode the bus home with T-man to come over and carve some pumpkins. They were really into it. I'm surprised how excited and focused they all were. Especially little Liv! They worked on those pumpkins for a good two hours straight! Lots of fun for all.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hello Fall!

Isn't this the best time of the year? The trees are beautiful. The air is crisp. I love fall!! I love the need to wear a jacket or to have a fire. I love the crunching sound dried up leaves make when walking through them. You never know how to dress in this type of weather cause mornings are so cold and afternoons are almost hot. I can finally toss around the idea of breaking out the crock pot.

Goodbye hot summer days!!

Check out some fall pictures on The Camera Lens Blog.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Halloween Party



What a great Halloween party we went to this evening. Hayrides, hot coco, apple bobbing, scavenger hunt, costumes....so much fun! Here are a few pictures before and after the fun. The girls were Wildcat Cheerleaders and Tyler was some scary mask/cape/devil thing.

Friday, October 24, 2008

High School Muscial 3

We went and saw HSM3 yesterday afternoon as the girls have been bugging me for weeks. I picked Tyler up at the bus stop and we drove off for the 3:30 movie. We hit the mini mart up the street for candy treats to sneak in. We arrived at the theater around 2:40 to find out that they added more shows so we walked right into the 2:50 show with plenty of seats!

It was a good movie, although I think HSM2 was the best. Our favorite, Sharpay, wasn't as prominent in this show. It was more about Troy and Gabriella growing apart (or together at the end) and Disney introducing the "younger cast members" as it seems like they will either spin-off or continue in some way (although I think 3 movies would be PLENTY). I will say that Sharpay's hair extensions looked Britney-like-hideous and Troy has obviously been working out a bit. And what's with these 'shaggy' hairstyles young men are sporting these days? I just want to give them all haircuts!

When we walked out of the theater, the line to get in was around the corner and out the door. All the kids with their HSM shirts on waiting to get in and see the movie. I'm glad we got there before the rush!

Disney is making a killing on this crap.

Where have I been?

We seemed to hit a time where we are constantly on the go. Always something, right? The hours and days seem to be flying by as I looked at the calendar and realized 2008 is almost over and the holidays are quickly approach. Damn.

We have a busy weekend planned. This afternoon, we may try to catch the HSM3 matinee. If it's crowded and crazy, I'll keep on driving. But I must admit, I'm a bit excited to see it myself. After watching High School Musical 1 & 2 all this time, I want to see what happens. Tomorrow morning, we have a Boy Scout bike ride at our house. It shouldn't last very long. But our little neighbor, Alivia, is coming to spend the day with us. The girls - LOVE her. Then tomorrow evening, one of our friends is throwing a kids Halloween party so we'll go to that. Sunday is church and off to the corn maze with The Sayer kids. I somehow have to squeeze pumpkin carving in here somewhere. Maybe tomorrow afternoon? Who knows.

We've had a rough return to school this week with Abbe Mae. I think the fall break is way too long (2 weeks) and she just couldn't get in the groove of things. Today was the first day she didn't cry when I dropped her off, but as I walked away I could feel her hard stare. Poor baby. But I will say Pre-K is doing amazing things for the girl. A friend even mentioned to me she was impressed with Ab-ster's knowledge. It made my day.

Tyler's first 3rd grade report card came this week. I'm still not sure we will commit to guitar lessons. Although he did great (all A's and a few B's) his behavior and homework areas need lots of improvement. He forgot his home SEVEN times this 9 week grading period. I told him if he would've remembered it, he could have gotten ALL A's! Forgetting home is just not acceptable. So we need to step it up. 3rd grade is a challenge cause the teacher is not holding is hand anymore and it's a whole lot of independence. I'm sick to my stomach thinking of that.

Little Liv is doing well too. Smart as can be and loving school. She goes two days a week and is picking up so much. Her little classmate and our neighbor came down this morning to play for a few hours. I'm sad to see her grow so fast. :( Really am. She carries around a plastic cell phone and pretends her boyfriend is calling her. Great.

My buddy Celly is coming down from Chicago next weekend. I'm thrilled!! Trick-o-Treating and lots of drinking.....lol. Should be a fun time.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Neglecting the Blog

Sorry. So sorry. I've been in a crappy place this last week but at least thought I would update. It's a bit all over the place cause that's how I'm feeling these days.

My closest aunt is having some trouble with her son, my cousin. He's a good kid, he really is, but is in a bad place right now. It's literally tearing me apart thinking of the things that are going on with them. I was two seconds away this weekend from hopping in my car and taking a trip to FTL. Literally. I have never felt so far away from someone that I love in my life. I wanted to be there and felt I needed to be there but couldn't. I think that is why I haven't been around much cause I've been focused on them.

Then tomorrow, I have to go for another mammogram. I guess I'm on a six month rotation now. This was after I had a long talk with my general physician about how "at my age I should consider some life changes". Yeah, right. He suggested a 30-day journal trial of no sweets, no red meat, and lots of exercise. If it were only that easy? I wanted to laugh in his face to be honest. My best friend right now is the pack of double-stuff Oreos in the cookie jar. Then after my mammogram tomorrow, we have an appointment for flu shots for the kids. NOW THAT'S FUN. And on Friday, I get to go to my gyno again for a followup. See what I mean about being in a crappy place?

The kids have been on fall break for almost two weeks. Fun, fun! Actually, we did get to meet up with our old neighbors yesterday at Chic-Fila. It was great to see Josh and Melissa. Tyler has been asking about Josh for months. He says on a weekly basis, "I miss my old friends, my old school, my old neighborhood." Tyler got to go back to their house for a while to hang out and had a great time.

My new washer is still broke. Still waiting on the part. Still haven't heard from The Geek Squad on a estimation of when it will be in.

Jason is still carrying around his puppy like it's the first born. She seems to be doing well and is growing so fast. I can see the change in her. Problem is, big dog = big turds, and that's what I don't like.

Friday we leave for a weekend trip to Alabama. Yes, Alabama. I guess it's only two hours from here (not sure if that's a plus or a minus) but we are going for a relaxing weekend in a cabin at Joe Wheeler State Park.

So that's it in a nutshell. If you read it all, thanks. Hopefully this weekend away will put a little pep-in-my-step.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Warm Weather

It's October and we are still mid-80's. Where's the cool fall weather? I'm ready to turn off the a/c.

Monday, October 6, 2008

When Daddy's Away....

The kids here have year-round school. Or at least that's what they call it. Today kicked off the first day of a full two-week fall break. Jason is out of town so it's just me and the crew. We went and picked up the Sayer kids and all headed up to Chuck-E-Cheese. Everyone had a great time and they were all very good. Since we had such a good time and the weather was beautiful out (sunny and 85), I brought the Sayer kids over to my house for a while to play with my kids. They stayed until 7 pm!! They all had a blast and the only misbehavior came from my little Abbe Mae. She gets sassy sometimes.

After they left, we picked up the house, got baths, had a snack and all climbed into my bed. Yes, all three of them were in my bed. Since Jason is gone, they all want to sleep in my tiny, queen size bed (which has fresh sheets). If you have kids, you know they are usually all over the place when they sleep. I'll probably end up on the couch.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

wild night at the neighbors

I have not laughed this hard in a long time!





Bunch of wild-mo-fos