Thursday, October 30, 2008
By the way....with no children in town, shouldn't I be doing something 'grown up' and wonderful for myself instead of looking on line for Christmas presents for my kids?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I made a killer Shepperd's Pie last night.
I love my small group.
My son has a severe obsession with shoes. ( his shoes, thank you Lord)
I can not wait until the election is over, my 2 year old hears OBama's voice on the radio and says..."Mommy! that's arak-n-bama!
My daughter's T.V has been on the floor of my closet for a week now. She is awaiting it's return desperately.
I'm not looking forward to un-Halloweening.
I have absolutely nothing to do tomorrow, all day and all night.
Please pray for my children to have a safe trip. I went over all of the safety rules with them, and made sure Alex is still solid with every one's first and last name and his father's cell phone number including area code.
I saw on T.V that you can put preparation H cream under your eyes to help with bags. Now I can officially mark "put butt cream on my face" off my bucket list.
As you can see, I am having writers block.
I want to go see a good movie-but it has to be a good one. Know any?
I'm going to love on my kids for a few more minutes before they go.....
Monday, October 27, 2008
I am having an emotionally rough week. No one blogs about the bad stuff, only the good stuff. I am hoping I can teach some type of lesson here today.
Wednesday night, my children are leaving with their father to spend Halloween in DisneyWorld.
The 2 hard hits:
This will be the first Halloween in a decade that I will not help Amber with her costume, and watch her in excitement run from house to house, collecting the candy that she will never eat, but the thrill of it all is priceless.
My baby boy is going to Disney for the very first time-without his Mommy. OUCH.
I battle with the failure of a broken family every single day of my life. Quite frankly, I'm ashamed of it. I am ashamed that my son never saw his father and I together as a couple. He knows nothing more than Mommy's house, and Daddy's house. My kids are awesome, and they deserve so much better. My children hop from house to house...wishing they didn't forget this there, or that here, and as I said, they deserve so much better. I KNOW there are scenario's like mine where the separation is non-negotiable, and in every one's best interest, but it's times like these where I have to just let it burn.
Make sure you are in a secure, permanent union with your partner before you bring children in to the world.
If you ever feel like you want to give up on your relationship-DON'T. Exhaust all options. Know that you did 100% what you could have done to hold your family together. Don't make any selfish decisions that could cause you and other pain for years to come.
I have faith that our lives are all planned out for us and that all of this has happened for a reason. I am even at peace as to why it happened to me, but I am trying to find peace in why it has happened to my beautiful children. Why they have to pay the price. I know some people are thinking..."They're fine! Kids are resilient!". I would love to be able to shrug it off like that, but they're not just any kids, they are my kids.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
My Mad Hatter-isn't she gorgeous?
Amber and Mackenzie
Look at that face
Okay, no one of the male gender likes this costume, but I think it's adorable. He may be too old for it, but he's so little that I thought it was cute. What do you think?
Will you please look at the thug. She's actually such a pretty little girl. They were boyfriend/girlfriend from some U-TUBE video, but I'm clueless-never been on U-TUBE!
I think all of the kids came in great costumes!
We made mummies! 2 teams, 2 mummies! Whoever finished first was the winner!
Limbo...Alex was being a good helper. By this time he was sweating. By the end of the night, he
was in nothing but his underwear.
Bobbling for Apples. This was their favorite part of the night. They shoved their faces right in that water!
Little Joe-too cute-he kept putting his hands near the water involuntarily because he wanted to help his apple along-but he wound up getting it with his mouth! And he was proud!
So there you have it! We played a few more games, but I did my best with the photos! Wheeeewwww...... Now I'm off to bed!
Here is my son doing what he loves more than anything in the world. Driving. This picture was taken last January in New York. The fine piece of machinery you see him in is a Porsche 911 Twin Turbo. Papa went to Germany to test drive this car, and then it was transported by boat to the U.S. I would love to tell you more about the car, but the truth is, I just don't know, and I don't want to make something up just to sound cool. What I do know is that there is less than 100 ( I believe 88) of these made per year, and the plan is for the car to eventually be put on blocks, drained of all it's fluids, and preserved for my son. Being the only grandson has it's perks. Between the Go-Kart, and the car, my gray hair will be glistening in the sun. Now I am supposed to tag 4 people but I can see that most people have been tagged already, so I will have to go with two. Kelly and Marie...Tag! You're it!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Go to order the Lightning McQueen pit crew costume for Alex on shopdisney.com.
They don't have his size on line, so I call the 1-800 number.
They say they have it! GREAT! I order it, along with the helmet, and I tell Alex-He's stoked!
I get the helmet in the mail, and that's it. I call the 1-800 number.
They tell me it is out of stock, and has been out of stock. WHAT! This flares my temper that I blog about from time to time. The blood is boiling. Temp is rising.....I want a manager.
I get Jeff, he refunds me, and tells me they have one in the Carolina Place Mall with my name on it for me. AWESOME! And it went down in price even more than it already was! PERFECT!
I go there today to pick it up. GUESS WHAT??
It was removed from the shelves only in THAT SIZE because it was dangerous. But just in that size???? What if a large 2 year old bought a size 4?
I have a helmet that I paid for, no costume, and I have to tell Alex he's not going to be Lightning McQueen. I cared a lot more than he did.
I got the helmet for free, and scored a free pair of sneakers without even asking because when I called Jeff from my cell phone while I was standing in the store and told him what was going on, I think he already knew that I can get 'excited'. Please know I'm never disrespectful towards the person when I have my 'flare ups', I just get fired up when I'm told one thing, and another thing happens.
Hence, I got a cheap little piece together costume in Target. I took pictures, but the memory card was not in the camera. Brilliant. I'll try again, and you will see what he is going to be. Stay tuned.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Music Lovers Challenge
Where to begin.....I would love to proudly say that I have no addictions. I'm not addicted to cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, soda, coffee, reality T.V., or any T.V for that matter....but I do have one severe addiction. MUSIC. Since birth almost. I know music that was rocking the world before my parents even met. I consider it a gift, not an addiction. I would like to say every Friday will be some type of Musical post. Whether it be "Did you know?", or Trivia, etc. But I don't think I want to commit. So I will just say I would LIKE to do a post on music on Friday's, but don't hold me to it. This first post is a challenge to all of the hard core music lovers out there. I challenge you to beat out my concert attendances. You think you can do it? Let's see........
Guns N' Roses, Metallica x2
Madonna x2, Janet Jackson
The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac
The Doors(less Jim, of course)Pink Floyd
Dave Matthews Band x6(their huge to me)Phil Collins
Billy Joel - Elton John-dueling piano's-UNBELIEVABLE
90's Grungy Goodness and then some........
Rage against the Machine, Faith No More
Third eye Blind, Counting Crows
Nine Inch Nails, Vertical Horizon
Blink 182, Greenday x2
The Cranberries, Stone Temple Pilots
Smashing Pumpkins, Bush
Weezer, Cold Play
311, Pearl Jam
Big, but not exactly HUGE
Duran Duran, Bon Jovi
The Greatful Dead, The Allman Brothers
Steve Miller Band, Psychedelic furs
Cheesy and humiliating
New Kids on the Blizzzock
Tiffany, Paula Abdul
Debbie Gibson, The Village People
Here's the last 2 that fell into Cheesy, and Big but not huge(for their time)
Hall & Oates-my very very first concert in 5th grade.
Alright, bring it on, I dare you to beat that list. I'm so proud of that list. I'm getting rusty, but I am looking for a come back next summer at Verizon....My son came to 2 concerts with me in the womb. He can actually say he attended a Doors concert-how about that! This list also excludes the concerts I have seen with my daughter. Hillary Duff, Cheeta Girls, Hanna Montana....add them to the Cheese category if you would like.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Little kids get up at the crack of dawn.
Big kids sleep as late as possible.
Little kids are affordable to feed.
Big kids are not.
Little kids bang on your computer and can possibly do damage.
Big kids monopolize your computer, and listen to crappy music on it.
Little kids 'Show You Their Guns' in a cute way.
Big kids flex their muscles in your face all day long and say they're 'BEAST'.
Little kids don't clean up after themselves.
Big kids don't clean up after themselves.
That's a wash.
Little kids take naps, so there is peace and quiet mid-day.
Big kids are at their most obnoxious mid-day.
Little kids think your awesome and look up to you.
Big kids think you're a dork, and are embarrassed of your presence.
Little kids go wherever you take them.
Big kids miss buses and their rides leave without them (yeah right).
Little kids throw out 'I Love You' left and right.
Big kids cringe at public declarations of love (but I do it anyway).
Little kids go to bed nice and early.
Big kids stay up later than you do, and eat you out of house and home.
I'm not sure who comes out victorious with this list, but I love them all so very much. I love the age range of the children in our family that goes from 13-2. A little bit of each stage of young life. Maybe one day another infant will be thrown into the mix...you never know. NO-that is not a subliminal message everyone-relax.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The restaurant business-Someone cries almost once a night. Whether it be a boss chewing you out because you never put and order in and now the guest has been there for 25 minutes and the whole kitchen has to stop what their doing and the order they do it in for you, and your mistake, OR it's an ignorant guest who thinks that just because you wait tables that they are above you and you are a low life. I've even heard the phrase from a not-so-nice gentleman.... "Another Da** Yankee". My response? "That's right I am sir, and proud of it." Either way, the tears are mainly frustration rather than "sadness". They do come though. Not for me. I would rather go in the bathroom and kick the garbage over and get over it than let that ignorant guest or an angry boss see me cry. Is that a pride thing? Maybe so. It is what it is.
The mortgage business-Where do I begin. Picture working at a brokerage in New York. Walking in the door, and your desk is smothered in stuff that you did not leave there the day before. 4 men are standing at your desk, throwing requests at you before you even put your purse in the draw. The phone is blowing up, and you have 15 voice mails. Everything needed to be done yesterday. People are going to lose their home if the loan doesn't close by 5pm today. Loan officers are giving you money under the table to make their files a priority. I worked on all sub prime loans. C,D and F borrowers. Total nightmares. In the midst of this, my boss is turning purple to my left, screaming at bank reps on the phone. Talk about STRESS AND PRESSURE. Never did cry there either, but had to leave the industry. It was hindering my family life. I LOVED that job, the company, my co-workers, and the money was the best I have ever made in my life. A comfy salary with a phat monthly bonus based on performance. I earned a trip to Puerto Rico based on performance too. Loved that place. But as I said, it didn't work with my "Mommy" schedule. I was depleted by the time I got home at night. I missed school functions and night time events. I had to make a choice. I chose to be a great broke mother instead.
How about you? Ever release the water works at work? Makes you mad right afterwards-doesn't it!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Do you have that mother? I do. She makes no apologies for it either. She will probably be this way forever and ever. The reason I bring this up is because I am waiting for my phone call back from her to get my butt chewed out for this picture below. Do you see why? She is livid that I let my son sit on the dock like that with no adult supervision. If I say "He's sitting right next to Morgan" she will reply...."Morgan is only 10! She's not a grown up! He could have fallen in the water! What's wrong with you!" I can hear my 10 minute lecture that I will be getting when she calls me back. We have these same issues when he climbs ladders on swing sets, playing near a pool WITH his life jacket on, and anything that there is even a small possibility that he could get hurt. Just to make her even more mad, I respond with answers like..."Well once he falls once, he'll know not to do it again." If you knew my mother this would crack you up because she doesn't need any extra pushing to get fired up. So what do you think? Do you see this photo as a danger? What you can't see is that this is the bay, and the water is maybe 3 feet below, and it's probably about 3 feet deep in this particular area. Even if he fell in, it would be a quick recovery. I know she hates that statement too as she's reading this. I love you Mom.