Friday, November 28, 2008
1.) The weather man was incorrect. It poured rain. I left my umbrella in the car. Every time.
2.) I only ran over one person's foot w/ my heavily-loaded basket. I'm proud to announce no other injuries occurred. :)
3.) I thought I'd be swift & secure my large Sonic Diet Coke in between some broken bars in the basket so it wouldn't tip over. Little did I know the metal edges were sharp (the nerve) & poked a few holes in the styrofoam. You know what's it's like running thru Toys-R-Us, on Black Friday, trying to dodge a few hundred people while attempting to make it to the bathroom before the entire thing dumped all over the floor? Needless to say, I left a little trail. :)
4.) I discovered I talk to myself. A lot. Out loud. And if I'm not talking, I'm whistling. Christmas tunes. I'm quite confident I was very annoying.
5.) I was disturbed approximately 128 times from people asking to read my sales ad. Bring your own, people!
6.) I wasted about 45 minutes waiting for an employee to retrieve me another fire engine from the very top shelf, because the one I chose had a ripped box. I don't do ripped boxes.
This year is history in the making. Never, ever, ever have I completed this much shopping before December 1st. Never. Did I say never? Typically I am a last minute, completely stressed-out frantic woman by December 20th. Not this year. I am not done but oh so close. Getting up @ 6:15 a.m. to fight crowds was totally worth it. Ü
I really want to relax & just enjoy this Christmas season with my miniatures. I say that every year. Inevitably, this is the year! Ü
Did I mention husband informed me the other night we were "blowing the Christmas budget"? Yep. He decided to get the kids a Wii. Considering we have made it all these years with no video games (other than Bentley's Nintendo DS which he just received in April) I said "okey dokey!" Ü
It's now 7:50 p.m. & I am headed to bed. Right after I clear it off because it is covered in Christmas gifts. Where am I going to store all this stuff? Ü
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I found this little guy today @ Target. He's part of a precious little collection they currently carry. This particular little guy tugged @ my heart. Then jumped in my cart. Ü
Being a parent is the most beautiful opportunity I've ever been trusted with. The love, the tears, the laughs & the memories. The opportunity to shape & mold & build little beings. The opportunity so many pray every night to experience.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.
We have so much to be thankful for. Yet so many are hurting & their vision is fogged. Finances are dim. Jobs have dissipated. Many have lost a loved one. Someone is dying of cancer. Others are ill. Homeless. Lonely. Heartbroken. So many can't see the light thru the dark.
But there is light. And it is shining bright for all to see.
On Thanksgiving, above all you are thankful for, I hope you remember we have been given the free gift of salvation. His name is Christ.
I have given my testimony several times but here's the very short version.
I was not a Christian until I was 30. I was surrounded by Christians - most of my friends & employees were Christians. Yet I was not. At work we often discussed religion. I never understood it. And even though I inquired, no one showed me the way. I don't fault them -that's just the way it was. I was headed to hell & I had absolutely no idea.
One Sunday morning I was watching a church service on tv. It was a mega church in Dallas. A Baptist church, I believe. That church not only spoke with me over the phone & mailed me the most valuable information ever, more importantly they (strangers) showed me the way. They showed me the light. I will be forever grateful.
Tomorrow I will thank God for what He has offered all of us, & for what Christ endured to secure my place in Heaven.
Tomorrow I pray you recognize all you have to be thankful for. Jobs. Finances. Family. Health. Homes. Children running amock. New babies. But most of all, please remember to thank God. If not for Him, we would have nothing to be thankful for. Including the most important - Christ.
If you are not sure if you have a secure place in heaven, please email me. It would be my pleasure to help & listen any way I can. I won't do it perfectly. I may not do it properly. But I can help & I can get you pointed in the right direction. Don't wait. No one helped me - it would be my pleasure to help you.
Wishing you all love & blessings on Thanksgiving,
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
2.) I'm a rhymer. I like to rhyme. Everything. I'm surprised I don't blog/type-rhyme. Ü
3.) I have a window in my shower that I set my shampoo/conditioner on. The shampoo must be on the left. Always.
4.) I'm a prankster. Hence, "Saturday's chaos." payback. :) One time before we had kids, husband was taking a shower & I was cleaning the other bathroom. For whatever reason I decided to pour ketchup all over myself & lay on the floor so he would come in & find me & think I was dead. Ha! He came in alright. And then he said (completely unbothered by his findings) "what the hell are you doing?" LOL Ü
5.) When I purchase something at a store, I will go thru every single one to find the least damaged. Such as a Christmas decoration. I will actually sit on the floor with all of them piled up as I go thru them & then hang them all back up when I'm done. It's very annoying. Best part? My husband now does it too. Hahaha.
6.) I do not let my children eat off my plate or drink out of my drink. Very true.
7.) When I hear my own voice I think "there is no way I sound like that". People used to phone our home & when I answered, they would ask to speak to my parent. It doesn't happen much anymore. Want to phone me now? LOL
8.) I do not allow wire hangers in our home. I dunno. :)
9.) When it was election time, I wanted to jack w/ our neighbors. We have a corner lot = 2 front yards. I wanted to put a McCain/Palin sign on one side & Obama/Biden on the other. LOL I never ordered the signs though but I should have.
10.) We eat off of paper plates 9 out of 10 times so I don't have to warsh plates. Ü
And there you have it. :o)
A few years ago I listed 100 things about myself. It was on my previous blog. I'll have to find that list & repost it. It's very entertaining. Ü I still need to repost Audi's staple incident too.
Thank you for the comments/information! You've gotten us on the right track! The only thing I can't figure out is when the newpaper comes out? Is it actually on Thanksgiving Day? We'll find it. If you have anymore tips let me know!
I just saw via the internet that WM will have laptops starting @ $299! And Kohl's opens @ 4:00 a.m. I'd hate to be employeed there! LOL :)
Is that what it's called? The shopping day the Friday after Thanksgiving?
I've never gone out, I've never been able to. Hubby always works on that day. But this year he isn't. Which means I can get out early in hopes of accomplishing some good shopping sales.
How do you find out what stores are opening early & what is on sale? We have no idea. We've heard (from people) of great sales, listing specific items, but how do you find out about them? We wonder if there is a newspaper that is released the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, or something? We are totally clueless.
Anyone have any insight? Thanks! Ü
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I owe Christine a shout-out. Rebecca you will loveeeeeeeeee this site. Right now I'm reading under her cleaning label.
Thanks Christine! Ü
Husband just did a trial run on her homemade disinfectant wipes (paper towels cut in half soaked in rubbing alcohol. But does alcohol indeed disinfect? Killing viruses, such as Staph?)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I no longer change their clothes if they look a mismatch. :)
I read long ago, on a blog of a photographer, that she no longer redresses her young children. She said she's letting them "express themselves". For some reason that struck me, & I now do the same. Ü
(photos inside, manual, no flash.)
When they got home, hubby came in huffing. Screaming mad. Which is so not typical for him.
The kids came in upset.
Husband: All of you get in time out! NOW!!!
He was fuming.
Me: Oh my goodness, what did they do?
Husband: You are never going with me again! That was the last time!!!
All three are in timeout. Well not really Jaguar, she was still running amock. No surprise there.
Bentley: Fine! We don't ever want to ride in your dirty truck again anyway!
I gasped. Out loud. I actually covered my mouth with my hand, in shock.
I thought to myself 'oh my, Bentley's going to die today! I cannot believe he just said that! He's never going to take another breath!'
And then, they all jumped up & yelled "PSYCHE! Gotcha!"
And they did.
I'm still recovering.
Love fun. Not particularly when it's at my expense, but they did good. Ü
Friday, November 21, 2008
This first one was taken inside, on manual, no flash, in the kitchen. Which basically means it's a miracle it even turned out. ;o)
This 2nd one is outside (late yesterday afternoon), on manual, with flash. This is her true smile so I had to keep it. It matters none that she has drool all.over.her.shirt. Ü
My plan is to repost Audi's head splitting episode that transpired last year. I hope to do that tonight. Family permitting. Ü Slowly I hope to incorporate all my posts from my previous blog to this blog. :)
Happy Friday! Ü
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Jags was on the potty. She didn't come out. Hubby went in to check on her. While exiting, he says "I'm going to let your mom handle this one." He came out with a bewildered expression on his face.
Him: This one's yours. She says...her boobs are hurting.
Me: What? She doesn't have boobs. (Remember I have a laughing problem. Here it came.)
Him: That's what she said.
Me: In between snorts I say "But she's never heard that word" as I reluctantly enter the bathroom.
Now thankfully, in the master bathroom, the potty is in it's own little room.
Me: (whispering) I can't ask her anything because I'm laughing too hard.
I peek around the corner & see Jags graciously parked on the potty, in her cutsie ballerina jammies, awaiting my arrival.
At that time I again think of the boobie comment & my hand starts banging the wall. Really, I can't control this. I really do have a laughing issue at times I shouldn't laugh. Remember how hubby almost had to drag me out of worship one time? Ü
Hubby saves the day & reasks her what is bothering her. To which she replies "my booboo is hurting me, my foot".
All is well except I am left wondering how I am going to handle my children growing & their 'situations' that come alongside it.
I told hubby I'm doomed. I just laugh too much. ♥
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This is exactly why I love natural lighting.
I simply adore how natural lighting enhances the eyes. The reflection of the light is beautiful to me.
In these particular photos the natural lighting is probably a tad excessive. But inside my house I have to get creative to capture natual lighting & this angle is a bit awkward. Making the reflection a bit much. Nonetheless, gorgeous to me.
These photos are also a hint overexposed. If I had a choice, I would always underexpose. But I love them all. Even the uh, flyaway hair. Ü
Here's a little tear:
Monday, November 17, 2008
Hopefully to prevent 'paragraph slamming'. I guess I label everything. :)
This child. Who desperately needs a haircut.
We are bickering.
I want his hair to grow out. He's so cute with longer hair. He's cute with any style, actually. He wants his hair cut way short. Again. "I'm tired of this hair!" he says as he yanks on it.
So we'll see who'll win. Probably me. I am the mom, after all. And I do the cuttin'. Ü
This photo was a QS. With flash. Love the shadow. That's why I like natural light. :) But I was actually testing a different white background.
DWTS - Brooke was awful. I kinda hope she doesn't win. Though I'm sure she will.
Lance & Lacey brought it tonight. :)
Still hoping Warren makes the finals. Love that guy!
I bet Cody is out tomorrow night - unless Julianne can pull him through.
And she sings tomorrow night. I love to hear her sing. Ü
I'm mentally trying to line out the holidays & birthdays.
Thanksgiving & Christmas, of course.
Six days after Christmas, New Year's Eve, is Audi's birthday.
One day after that, New Year's Day, is Jaguar's birthday.
Five days after that, is Mercedes' first birthday. (sniff sniff)
I'm good, but I don't think I'm that good.
I'm going to publish now & see if this post represents prim & proper! Ü
Friday, November 14, 2008
Happy Friday! :)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Mercedes is 10 months old now. She still is not walking, but all she needs to do is let go. She's walking behind toys & she'll walk with Bentley. The rest of us, not so much. Well, just to be clear, we do walk with Bentley, but Mercedes won't walk with us. :)
Love my little blessing. Ü
(Photos taken on Auto w/ flash.)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
(Why is Blogger running all my paragraphs together? That was supposed to be all spaced out & pretty!)
Sunday, November 2, 2008
That - I bought a big ol' jug of Shout at Sam's a while back. Tonight, the trigger broke. Peachy. What am I going to do now? Just pour the Shout on the clothes? Speaking of Shout, have you ever used the Shout Color Catchers? Those things darn tootin' work. I've used them for quite some time but I really put them to the test the other night. I needed to wash a new purple shirt of Bentley's for school. I hate the color purple, meaning I don't buy anything purple, so I had no other purple clothes to wash w/ it. I needed some padding so I threw in a pure white old t-shirt. And a Shout Color Catcher. The white shirt is still completely WHITE. Those things rock.
This - I bought the first season of Reba on DVD. Reba is my all time favorite show. I love funny shows. So I've been lost in Reba land as of late. I am allowing myself to buy one season every time I go to Wal-Mart. It's the simple things really. :)
That - I CAN VOTE! Seems hubby & I are currently suspended. Our renewals were returned (thanks to the new people who moved in our previous house - we know them, they know where we live, & they know our good friends live right across the street from them - yet instead of giving our renewals to them, or phoning us, or whatever, they just sent the suckers back. Nimrods.) but we can still vote & fill out a form when we get there.
This - I'm having an issue w/ Obama. Ha! Naturally the abortion issue, but, I don't focus on that because I am certain if McCain gets in office abortions will still be legal. :( However, I have an issue w/ Obama penalizing people who make more money - people who make more money are already penalized & are in a different tax bracket. Sigh. Who will I vote for...? Probably still Obama. I do think Obama will win, regardless.
That - If I see McCain give a double thumbs up one more time...
This - I bought 2 new vacuums this weekend. 1 big & 1 small. One just for my bathroom. Who does that? I have a vacuum fetish & now I have 4 total. I dunno.
That - Tomorrow I will blog about Price Matching! And Lynn I'll address your CVS Free Bucks question too.
This - Halloween decorations are down. Christmas decorations will be put up very soon. :) I have purchased three small Christmas gifts already. If you know me, this is a record. I'm typically the last minute all-stressed-out person. Christmas music is playing in our house, too. Hubby is not amused. :)
That - the treadmill is pretty much sparklin' clean. We all know what that means!
Bye for now! Ü
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The Hershey's Kiss:
Why did the witch never have kids?
'Cause she discovered the mummy had a halloweenie. Ü
I know I know, so lame. LOL