Monday, December 28, 2009

We Wish You A Merry Christmas And A Happy New Year!

Christmas 2009 has come and gone.  I'm a little sad it's over already.  At the same time, it's nice to slow things down.  Our Christmas was nothing short of wonderful.  With Christmas being on a Friday, the gatherings were spread out over 4 days -- giving us ample time at each place to visit with family.  Family is by far the best part of Christmas.  It was nice to catch up with everyone. 

I have so much to share of our Christmas
so I'll sum it up in a list.
 


  • The food - oh the food!  Each gathering had decadent food spreads.  Made me feel so blessed as I remembered those less fortunate that didn't have a warm meal this holiday season. 
  • Grandma and Grandpa joined us for Christmas Eve mass at Bishop. 
    • It's my favorite mass of the year, but always brings tears to my eyes as I remember my friend Holly.  She is still very missed by friends and family. 
  • Everyone over did it on the gifts. 
    • I'm not sure what Calvin didn't get! 
    • He's super excited about everything.  Like he'll get all excited about Rocky the Robot Truck... then minutes later he'll see his train set and get excited about it, too! 
  • Mom got us a Wii.  Thank-you.  We love it! 
    • Chris got me the Wii Fit Plus.  Love it! 
      • I video taped Chris doing the hula hoop!!! 
    • Tom and Sue loaded us up with lots of Wii games! 
    • Santa brought Cabela's Big Game Hunger 2010 - complete with the gun. 
      • I think my brother Levi likes this best! 
    • We've bowled, played baseball, and so much more. 
    • We're a family of Mii's.  :-) 
      • An old family at that! 
      • The Wii Fit gave both Chris and I the Wii age of 40! 
      • Calvin's 23! 
        • I thought we were all in decent shape!  
  • Chris and Calvin surprised me with an iPod! 
    • Chris always gets me great gifts! 
    • I always think my gifts to him are lame, but he's a guy and likes things like a 4 ton floor jack for Christmas! 
  • Chris helped me make homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. 
    • They didn't turn out quite as fluffy as Mom's... but, we'll do better next year! 
  • Today is December 28th.  Calvin and I are enjoying a restful day at home.  Later, I'll bundle him up to play in the snow. 
I hope each of you had a Very Merry Christmas!  Wishing you good blessings in 2010!  As Calvin has already told me, "Santa is already watching for next year!  So, you better be good!" 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Incase you're wondering...

Wal-Mart is out of practically everything. 
Regular (non-light) sour cream, bacon bits, ranch dips packets, regular sausage, and on and on.  I was there tonight.  Some shelves are bare! 

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Date

Last week Chris asked me out on a date.  The rest of the week I felt giddy like I did when we first started dating as I prepared for our big date. Friday night we had a date... a real date.  First we dined at Ruth's Chris Kitchen in Saint Louis.  Then, we headed to the Fabulous Fox Theatre for A White Christmas.  It was sweet and romantic - things you rarely hear me say.  

We found our seats, ooh'd and awe'd over the beautiful theatre, and then he asked the question.  "Do you have my wallet?"  I searched my purse - nothing.  I had it in the car as I put the cash back in after we left the parking garage after dinner.  What had I done with it???  It must be in the car. 

A White Christmas was fabulous.  I loved it!  Would watch it a dozen more times if I could.  Chris even enjoyed the musical.  What a date.  What a date! 

After the show, we walked to the car.  Searched it high and low.  Got out the flashlight and looked all around the outside of the car.  Nothing.  I can only assume his wallet was on my lap and it fell out of the car when I got out.

Chris called Discover to put a hold on his card.  Turns out someone had been out charging on it while we were in the show.  Same with our MasterCard and our debit card.  Just our luck!  He had to call the Saint Louis police department to make a police report.  What drama.  Luckily, the credit card companies and our bank were easy to work with and we feel reassured that they've taken care of everything. 

Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas List

I got this from Steph at Watching Airplanes.  If you wanna play, copy and paste these questions into your own blog post. 


1. Have you started your Christmas shopping?
Yes.  And I'm finished!  Woo-hoo!  It seems to take me entirely too long to get all of my shopping done, but finally - this morning the last gift arrived. 

2. Tell me about one of your special traditions.
So many traditions.  Mom's Christmas Eve morning.  Grandma's Christmas afternoon.  I guess you could also say another tradition is for me to over buy! 

3. When do you put up your Tree?
The weekend after Thanksgiving. 

4. Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Yes.  I actually enjoy the hustle and bustle of the stores! 

5. Do you travel at Christmas or stay home?
Last year we traveled to Disney World over Christmas - to escape Christmas here.  But all of the other years, including this one, we go to nearly a dozen different Christmas parties within 30 miles of our house. 

6. What is your funniest Christmas memory?
My brother Jake making vomit noises/guestures at Mom's Christmas breakfast.  It's a long story, or rather a rude one towards a particular person... so all I can say is that it was freaking hilarious! 

7. What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time?
All of them!  Rudolph, Frosty, Polar Express, and The Grinch are my favies! 

8. Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat?
YES, with the help of friends! 

9. Fake or Real Tree?
Both.  Our official Christmas tree is real, courtesy of Althoff Tree Farm.  They're so good to us.  The other tree I put up with pretty ornaments is fake.  I better not forget to mention Calvin's itty-bitty fake tree in his room. 

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
I'm a planner.  With thorough planning, there will be no need for panic.  :)

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Nope.  Most are already wrapped.  All of the presents (except the ones Santa will bring) are under the tree already.  Of course wrapped in coordinating wrapping paper.  :)

12. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas? 
Christmas morning when it's just us and we get to soak up all of Calvin's excitement. 

13. What Christmas craft do you like the best?
Other than Christmas candy - none. 

14. Christmas music? Yes or No, and if yes What is your favorite song?
Baby It's Cold Outside is a favorite.  :) 
I'll Be Home For Christmas brings a tear to my eye when I think of our troops and myself when I was overseas during Christmas. 

15. When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
Like last week! 


Now it's your turn to copy and paste these questions into your own blog post. 
Merry Christmas!!!
 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What Keeps You Stress Free

Today my therapist asked me what I do for me that keeps me stress free. 

My immediate answer was:  Cut & Color ever 6-8 weeks. 

Clearly, that wasn't what she was asking for.  She wanted to know of something I enjoy doing daily to get my mind off things.  Without any thought, I blurted out:  Iron and Fold towels. 

How lame am I? 

What do you on a daily basis to keep your stress levels down? 

Monday, December 14, 2009

Santa Drives A Semi

Yes, you read it right:  Santa drives a semi!  I saw him with my very own eyes! 

Yesterday, on our way to Grandma's we drove by Siemer's.  I could hardly believe it when I saw Santa in a red shirt and a Santa hat - with of course a fluffy white beard sitting in a semi talking on his cell phone.  I begged Chris to turn around so we could see him again.  Santa waved at us!  OMG!  We had to turn around one more time to get to Grandma's.  And sure enough, he waved at us again! 

I don't know who was more excited:  Calvin or me!  It was the highlight of my day that's for sure! 

I hope you weren't naught yesterday, just nice because Santa was in the area checking on boys and girls.  I hope we made the nice list! 

Merry Christmas!   

Friday, December 11, 2009

Morning Chat With Calvin

While laying in my bed with Calvin this morning we had the following conversations: 

Calvin:  Aaron Dad doesn't know everything like you. 
Me:  Neither do you. 
Calvin:  But I'm learning it! 


Calvin:  Mom, when I get older I want to be an astronaut. 
Me:  That sounds great!  Will you fly me to the moon? 
Calvin:  I can't tell you.  It's top secret! 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dear So and So...

Dear Calvin and Cooper,
I love you guys.  You know that.  But I do not love that you dumped packing peanuts all over my clean living room floor and proceeded to stomp on them.  What were you thinking??? 


Love,
The house cleaner



Dear McD's Sandwich Maker,
When someone asks for a cheeseburger with only ketchup, that does not mean you need to soggify the bun with loads of ketchup.  If you think you were doing us a favor, you didn't.  You caused a mess.  If you thought you were being funny, you weren't.  I cussed you all the way to Newton. 


With no thanks at all,
Frequent McD's drive-thru customer



Dear Wise Men,
I know it's windy outside, but could you be big and strong and quit blowing over? 


Respectfully,
The lawn decoration picker-upper

Monday, December 7, 2009

Ramblings... On and on and on...

  • Calvin was ecstatic to see the snow this morning!  His expression was priceless! 
    • The snow was pretty... now it's just a bunch of useless mud. 
  • St. Nick came Saturday night.  Calvin's boots were filled with goodies! 
  • This is my last full week of school.  :-) 
    • Next week is finals.  Boo! 
      • The flip side is I'll have a couple weeks off! 
  • I'm just about finished Christmas shopping! 
  • Last night Calvin asked if God will give us a brown baby.   
    • I had to explain that if a Mommy and a Daddy are both white, it's almost definite that the baby will also be white...  otherwise, Mommy will have some explaining to do! 
    • He still didn't get it and I didn't want to get into the birds and the bees, so I explained how his friend Daelyn has a white Mommy and a brown Daddy.  He's starting to understand. 
  • Dawn and Tiffany are coming over Friday night and Saturday to make Christmas candy!  I cannot wait to have all that good food to eat! 
    • Fudge, truffles, rock candy... Mmmm! 
  • Karen with Foot Locker's customer service is on my shit list!  If I could have reached through the phone to slap her, I would have!  How hard is it to change someone's shipping address?  And ever heard that the customer is always right?!?  It is not my fault that THEIR customer service department lacks the sufficient resources to act on emails from customers in a timely manner.  However, Karen repeatedly told me it was my fault.  I don't like Karen.  Karma will catch up with her... I just know it. 
    • Needless to say, I will probably never buy from Foot Locker online again. 
    • Chris pointed out that I should just be happy I got to talk to an American with customer service!  Way to look on the bright side, sweetie! 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I.C. Class... And on a mission to find a MAN!

Big shout out to my first time readers from our I.C. class!  Enjoy the blog.  Feel free to leave comments as anonymous, just please put your name w/in the comment.  :-) 

Those in my I.C. class know our fellow classmate, Miss K. needs a man.  We're on a man hunt!  Miss K. please email me at Christina@SugarSweetDesigns.net with full criteria.  :-) 

Miss K. is young, smart, witty, and attractive.  But somehow, she remains single.  Somebody take this girl out and show her a good time!  She deserves it!  If you or someone you know is interested, email me at Christina@SugarSweetDesigns.net

The. Gift.

Yesterday was Mom's birthday.  I'm pretty sure she turned 29, but maybe I'm wrong... 28???  ;-)  Tis the season to kiss some butt!  Hehehee! 

Anyway, I think Mom had a pretty terrific birthday.  Calvin and I took her out for lunch at the Hilton.  It was the perfect place to celebrate Mom's big day.  We gave her cards and a very appreciative gift.  We walked the Convention Center hall to look at the gorgeous Christmas decorations.  After she left us, she met up w/ Poppy for more birthday fun.  She went home with a fire place!  What a gift!!!  :-) 

At lunch, Mom presented Calvin with a new Christmas book and had a bag for me.  She said it would make me cry, and wanted me to wait til I got home to open it.  It was touching.  So special.  Mom's Betty Crocker cook book!  It is a part of our family.  See, we moved a lot.  But one thing always stayed the same:  That cook book in our kitchen. 

Inside she had a very touching card and a special letter to me, telling me the story of my original family:  Mom, Dad, and Me.  The letter was full of love, kindness, and fond memories of their time together.  Things I'd never heard, because we were never allowed, or rather avoided ever talking about.  This special cook book was a gift at Mom's wedding shower back in 1981, before she married my Dad.  The cook book was a part of the home they shared.  And I will treasure it every single day. 

Thank-you, Mom.  Olive Juice. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

For You, Mr. Underwear Sniffer...

This post is to comically call out the two guys in one of my classes that openly admitted that they don't do laundry often.  According to them, throwing dirty clothes in a dryer with a dryer sheet will get the stinch out.  One said all of his clothes are on his bedroom floor.  He sifts through to find the clean from the dirty.  All of the girls cringed. 

It gets worse...

I asked how he knows which underwear are clean

He doesn't.  He said it's okay to wear underwear more than once before washing them.  He said it's obvious when a pair is dirty.  Skid marks???  We all got a good chuckle out of this. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Gagging Stinch

Thanksgiving night, Chris and I decided to have a romantic dinner alone at Pizza Hut.  (Calvin was at his dad's.)  We were seated amongst the only other two tables with customers.  We ordered our drinks.  Then... IT happened from the booth behind me... 

The worst smelling fart ever! 

Seriously, it was far worse than the worst hog farm plus a skunk. 
Chris said that fart would have cleared out the deer cabin... and that's pretty bad!   
I was gagging! 

As the stink-table laughed and cheered at this monumental-stink-o-rama accomplishment, we contimplated leaving.  Then, the waitress moved us - to the other side of the room at my request.  But the fart spread like the plague.  It lingered and lingered and lingered.  Even when our pizza came, we could barely eat. 

The stink-table kept laughing.  They were jerks.  Smelly, dirty, skid mark jerks.  They stunk up our Thanksgiving dinner. 

Needless to say, we are not in the least bit hungry for our Pizza Hut leftovers. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for.  Life happens, time flies, and often I take my life for granted.  But today and for the rest of the holiday season, I'm going to take time out of my schedule to focus on the things I'm most thankful for:  Chris, Calvin, and the rest of our family. 

Chris is amazing.  Period. 

Calvin... you all know how remarkable he is.  Just Calvin, because that sums it up. 

Our family.  We have a great big family.  We have the luxury of making memories with them on a regular basis.  They are supportive and loving.  They're our family. 

Today, I'm extra thankful for Grandma Betty.  She's my rock.  She always has been.  I'm a little spoiled by her and I'll never deny it.  Her and Grandpa have never once let me down.  Today I realized that I have no clue how to turn my torn up bread into dressing.  But Grandma does, and hers is the best.  1 quick phone call later, and she happily agreed to make it for me.  I love her for that... and for so many other reasons. 

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  :) 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dinner Prayers

At dinner each night we say a mealtime prayer followed by going around the table to pray for something specific.  Then, around the table again to tell God what we're thankful for. 

Calvin's getting pretty good at this mealtime tradition.  He prays for the sick, the poor, the homeless, Grandparents, cousins, for me, for Chris, the deceased, families of deceased, etc.  He puts quite a bit of thought into his prayers.  The last few days he has prayed that Stinky and Stinky Dink don't get eaten by a bear while they're mushroom hunting. 

Wondering who Stinky and Stinky Dink are?  Imaginary friends.  :-) 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I introduce to you, The Colonel

INTRODUCING... The Colonel


My new PC is The Colonel. 


All programs are installed... thanks to Chris.  :-) 

I'll be starting to make-up some work tomorrow. 
Elizabeth, you're at the top of my list!
 

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Angel Tree

Our family is getting into the Christmas spirit.  We started shopping yesterday and are tagging our tree at the Althoff Tree Farm later today. 

This year, we've adopted a child from the Salvation Army's Angel Tree.  Although we're providing the money, the shopping is all on Calvin.  We want to teach him the true meaning of Christmas, including generosity to those less fortunate.  I am looking forward to sharing this experience with Calvin, and witnessing the warmness in his heart as he gives to our Angel. 

Thursday, November 12, 2009

RIP Dina

Dina passed away last night in her sleep.  We feel good knowing she went without any pain.  Needless to say, we tried to resuscitate her this morning with multiple reboots and boot up disks... but it was too late.  She was gone. 

Please bear with me as I grieve the loss of my laptop - ie:  I can't get any work done til a new pc arrives.  

For the time being, I'm using our old, old, old pc for email and school.   

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Proudly Serving American Legion Post 924

Today, I am not reporting as the SrA I once was in the USAF.  Today, I am writing as a proud member of American Legion Post 924.  Today, I'm reminded especially of our fallen comrades of whom I will be eternally grateful for.  My heart aches for their families.  Today, I am reminded of the war stories I've heard from Grandfathers.  I've said extra prayers for the men and women serving our country today, especially Amy, Caine, Bobbi, Patricia, Matt, Scott, and Michelle.  I sleep well at night, knowing they are protecting me.  And, today I am flooded with memories of my four years of active duty in the United States Air Force.  The friendships I made abroad will last a lifetime. 





Along with our church, the American Legion Post 924 held a Veteran's Day ceremony at the cemetary on Sunday.  It was touching, to say the least, to stand next to men who fought the wars over the years. 

I think Keke said it well today:  A veteran - whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who at one point in his life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

7 Faithful Years... And Now She Will Retire With Coach & Michael Kors in the Back Of My Closet

I need a new coat.
Okay, need is an exaggeration because I know there are tons of people out there that need a coat...
any coat...
so, I will humbly say that I want a new coat so badly.
I hope that sounds less spoiled.


The last time I got a new coat was December 2002.
Tiffany, do you remember the shopping trip? Wasn't I w/ you?


It's my American Eagle navy toggle peacoat.
It's hard to believe that I've been almost 100% faithful to it for almost 7 years.
Wow... one of my longest standing relationships. Impressive! :-)


For the last few years, I've thought of getting a new coat.
But I never, because they're so pricey - and well... I'd rather spend my money on Calvin. 


After a lot of thought and debate,
I've decided to let my AE peacoat retire with dignity, before she loses a button or comes unraveled. 
She's been a good coat. Faithful. Dedicated on those cold winter days.
But, she needs a rest.
I owe her that much. 


So, I ordered a new coat today.




I hope my new coat looks as good on me as she does on the Victoria's Secret model!
Of course it will... I mean, it's me... it will look fabulous... right??? ;-)


If you're in the market for a new coat, Victoria's Secret has 25% off wool coats til Wednesday night + free shipping on orders over $50 by using SHIP50 promo code. 

Some may be wondering what I'll do with my old coat. 
Donate it? 
I pondered the thought, but after 7 years, I'm a little...
okay, more than just a little attached to her. 
I can't part with her. 
My inner pack rat still needs her. 
I assure you that she will have a luxurious retirement in the back of my closet with other retired favorites like handbags and shoes.  :-) 

Monday, November 9, 2009

Wishing I was getting some ZZZ's!

It's 12:34 A.M. 
I'm awake. 
Spring 2010 registration started at midnight. 
I couldn't sleep, in fear of not getting into my needed classes for graduation. 
I'm not the only one trying to register. 
The system is crawling
I haven't even been able to login, yet! 
Grrr... 
It's 12:47... Nothing. 
Brant just facebook'd me. 
He's in the same boat as I am. 
If you're familiar w/ LLC's network at all, you know it's slow. 
I'm sure they don't prepare for this much activity on IRIS. 
But, they should. 
Innocent people are losing sleep. 
I love sleep.  I'm good at it. 
12:51... Nothing but failed attempts to get into the system. 
I've decided that if I'm not in by 1:30 that I should go back to bed. 
1:00... Nothing yet. 
What's taking these pokie people so long to register??? 
PLEASE... please let me in!!! 
I know I won't sleep well unless I get registered! 
In other news, Calvin fell pretty hard tonight. 
He hurt his jaw and cried himself to sleep...
On Chris's lap... because he's Chris's best friend today. 
But, I'm still Mom.
So, I'm sleeping w/ him... because I worry too much. 
He tosses and turns and might as well do cartwheels! 
The kid is nearly impossible to sleep with. 
Ok... I honestly can't imagine that many people on IRIS at 1:04 A.M. to bog the system down. 
I'm starting to wonder if LLC's IRIS server is down from previous traffic. 
Seriously, their network is slow... even on a good day! 
Any millionaires out there that would like to donate a new network infrastructure??? 
It's 1:08... I'm feeling lucky. 
Maybe this time I'll get in! 
Or maybe not. 
It's hopeless. 
I'm not getting registered tonight. 

1:13 A.M. 
Giving up til morning. 
G'Nite Everybody! 

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christmas Time Is Coming!

I'm as excited as anyone else about the Big Man in Red shimming down our chimney in a few weeks.  I love Christmas.  I used to not.  But, having a child definitely changes that.  I LOVE shopping for Calvin.  Some may say I have a slight addiction.  So, Christmas is an excuse for me to go all out for Calvin!  I've been known to go a little overboard. 

Anyway, back to my point... I'm as excited as the next person for Christmas.  BUT, won't all that Christmas candy at Wal-Mart go bad before Christmas?  Is it necessary for Kohls to play Christmas music already?  Serious... I caught myself humming "Leroy the Redneck Reindeer" in the shower this morning.  (If you aren't familiar with this holiday classic, I highly recommend you YouTube it.) 

We just wrapped up Halloween last weekend and already we're planning for Santa's big arrival.  The poor Turkey gets overlooked every year.  Before you know it we'll be celebrating Black Friday Instead of Thanksgiving! 

I don't start Christmas shopping til the day after Thanksgiving.  Black Friday is a family tradition shared among my favorite aunts.  We hit up the stores early (way before day break), separate to cover more stores when they open, stand in long lines, spend entirely too much money on "good deals", have lunch and a daiquiri at Red Lobster, do a little more shopping, start driving home... when Aunt Dana will insist that we stop at Tuscola... and possibly Mattoon... and even maybe Effingham Wal-Mart, and then we go home - to sleep because Black Friday is a workout! 

Some may wonder why we do all of this every year... I mean, it sounds exhausting to say the least, but it's part of our holiday tradition. 
And we wouldn't have it any other way.  :-) 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

News From Our Neighborhood

Most my neighbors are standing outside right now, watching the fire fighters, wondering what the heck is going on.  I'm inside writing about it. 

There are 4 fire trucks and a long line of volunteer fire fighter pick-ups on the middle road of our subdivision.  After watching the first fire truck pull up to a neighbors house, I headed over.  I stopped by Kourtney's to see if she knew what was up.  Then, I proceeded to the house with the fire fighters in and out of.  Turns out, there was a fire in the chimney.  I am very relieved to report that everyone is okay.  :-)

The Cutest Deer Hunter There Ever Has Been


Calvin
Halloween, 2009
The Deer Hunter


Calvin picked out his own costume this year.  It only seemed fitting that he dress up as a deer hunter.  However, he'll argue that he's a deer hunter everyday - minus the beard. 

I thought it was a lame idea.  Apparently, I didn't know what was cool.  Wednesday, Calvin's class dressed up at school.  While I was there getting Calvin changed I heard at least 5 other kids say they wanted to be deer hunters, too!  Calvin:  the trendsetter.  :-) 


OTHER NEWS: 

  • I've been waiting to announce the arrival of my niece.  I am hopeful her mommy will post pictures soon.  :-) 
  • Some dyke (I'm assuming she is) made weird noises at me today at school... twice.  Like sexual-animal noises.  Ugh.  She was pretty scary. 
  • My advisor is out of the office the whole week.  Ummm... Spring registration starts at 12:01 Monday morning.  In order to graduate, I need to register asap that morning to get into the needed classes.  I emailed her... but, it would have been nice to know she would be out of town for a conference.  That's LLC for ya. 
  • Going to the TEF Spaghetti Supper tonight.  We get to bring Caleb with us!!!  YAY! 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Church seats and praying...

This morning in church, I didn't see any side pews empty for the 3 of us to sit together.  We split up, but it got me thinking...  when there's 1 person in a pew, why does the next single person take another pew?  Why not just sit together so families can stay together? 

Praying...  This may sound silly, but sometimes I feel guilty for asking for something in prayer.  If I'm praying to a specific saint or Jesus, I try to thank the saint or Jesus for what he has done for me - before I list all of the things I need or want - even for someone to get well.  I try to make an effort to be thankful for more things than I ask for, but still I feel guilty.  Am I weird? 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Product Reviews... Because I love You!


AquaFresh iso-active Toothpaste

This toothpaste rocks your mouth out!  Seriously.  It leaves your teeth feeling clean and your breath fresh as ever!  I highly recommend it! 



Bloomen Nutrition Prenatal Vitamin Chews
Last Summer, while pregnant, I could barely choke down the yucky prenatal vitamins.  Let's face it, they don't exactly taste like gum drops and lolly pops.  It got to the point that they made me nauseous.  I searched high and low for fun flavored prenatals... why can't they taste like Flintstone's???  I came across these from Bloomen Nutrition.  They're chewable prenatals flavored with citrus and ginger blossoms.  Not bad to take at all.  Prego, or planning to be... give these a shot! 


Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray
Hands-down, the best hair spray I've used in a very long time.  It does exactly what it says it does, "Creates an instant style-supporting barrier; helps seal out humidity & combats frizz, rain or shine."  LOVE IT! 


Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Happy birthday toooo Daa'aad!"




The first words out of Calvin's mouth this morning were, "Happy birthday toooo Daaad!" 




Today was Chris's 28th birthday. It started with presents and blueberry pancakes. Followed by a mid-afternoon nap, playing with the leaf blower, and dinner where the cowboys eat (Lonestar). Although he also had to work a little (including fixing my car), I hope he still enjoyed ever minute of his special day.





Calvin making Chris's red velvet birthday cake. 
We added orange and blue gels to the icing and sprinkles on top to make the cake extra special.  :-)
 

Chris, words cannot express how happy you make me each day.  So today, as we celebrated your birthday, I felt like I was the one getting the biggest gift of all... you. 

Monopoly

I'm slightly obsessed w/ McDonald's Monopoly.  I'd love your help!  I'm sure we could work out a deal.  ;-)  Here's what I need. 

Boardwalk for $1,000,000

Ventor Avenue for $25,000

Kentucky Avenue for $10,000

Tennessee Avenue for $5000

Virginia Avenue for $2000

Vermont Avenue for $1000

Shortline RR for $500

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ramblings

  • This is Chris's birthday week!!! Thursday is his birthday. I can't wait to give him all of his gifts!
  • Shopping was successful today with Dawn. 
    • I got what I went for and not much else. 
  • Last weekend Chris and I were in Champaign to do some shopping. 
    • We didn't buy one thing. 
      • I am still in shock! 
  • Calvin has a bowling field trip on Thursday.  Needless to say, he's ecstatic. 
  • I am getting around to uploading a month's worth of pix at dropshots
    • I would have had a ton of great shots w/ Gma in them... but she doesn't look at the camera.  We gotta work on that.  ;-) 
  • Last weekend I had the pleasure of shooting the senior pix of 2 beautiful girls. 
    • Their pix turned out amazing. 
  • Yesterday was rough.  I was in a funk and cried a lot. 
    • Some days are just harder than others. 
    • I still miss my Dad so much.  And losing Pickle&Chips seemed so hard yesterday. 
  • This weekend we're heading to Chicago! 
    • Looking forward to some time w/ Bill & Elizabeth. 
  • I'm still waiting for the arrival of our niece... Can't wait! 
  • Calvin wants to know why all of the "stupid drivers" are always out when we are. 

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Guns and Racism... My kid?

I had an interesting encounter with a woman this weekend.  I'm going to start out by saying that at this point I'm pms-ing and probably overreacting, but I'm angry.  And was so angry last night that I had to bite my tongue to keep from lashing out at her. 

You guys know all about Calvin.  He's my 4 year old hunter of all things that move.  From rhino's in Africa to deer to birds - he wants to shoot 'em.  Let me give you a little background.  I previously was against him having guns.  But, after trying to fight it for so long and watching him use anything imaginable like clothes hangers as guns, we caved in last Christmas.  We have a strict 'no shooting people' policy.  He knows the rule and for the most part, he sticks to it. 

Back to my story.  We were at someone's house for a party.  I packed a few toys including a toy pistol for Calvin.  I was upset to find out another mother took Calvin's gun away because her son wanted to play with it.  She overheard Calvin tell me about it so she explained that she's anti-guns (they are very liberal) and didn't want her son playing with it.  My point is:  Does that make it right to punish my son?!?  If she had a problem with her son playing with the guns, she should have handled it with her son - not mine.  I don't feel like we're close enough for her to take something away from Calvin. 

As if that wasn't bad enough, she did it AGAIN!  Seriously... I was pissed to say the least. 

It gets worse. 
 
Somehow poop stories always get brought up.  I told Calvin's funny poop story about how he says, "I pooped my brains out" and how he used to say, "I pooped out Baby Brother!"  And then about the time he said, "I pooped out Obama" followed by, "I flushed him down the toilet." 

She had the audacity to tell me not to say that because it's racist.  She went on and on.  I could practically feel the steam escaping through my ears.  Did she just call my son a racist?!?  Did she really just call my son racist?!?  I about came unglued.  I wanted to slap her silly for being so ignorant.  Ignorance truly is the best word I can think of to use in this situation.  I don't believe that just because we are white that we have to watch every single thing we say in fear of another race taking it the wrong way.  If it is innocent and we didn't mean it to be racist then it's not.  Period. 

You never mess with Mama Hen... I get defensive the second anyone says anything bad about Calvin.  This crossed the line.  He's 4.  He knows nothing of racism.  He once described a boy in his class as 'brown' because that was a good adgective.  He would never say anything hurtful about anyone. 

If you know me... you know I always have something to say.  To explain how incredibly angry I was last night... I said little to nothing at all.  I will probably completely avoid this person in the future because of her inconsiderate actions towards my son. 

If he enjoys pretending to hunt with toy guns and once pooped out an Obama, should he be crucified or is that good old fashion imagination? 

Friday, October 16, 2009

Shout out for beautiful bows!

Recently, I was shopping for hair bows to give Wendy at her baby shower for Blueberry.  I had no idea bows were sooo expensive!  Seriously, $7.99 for 1 bow?!? 

I called my friend Becky for help.  We made tons of bows in one morning - yes I got to help a little.  They turned out great!  Best part was that she was very inexpensive! 

If you live in the Effy area and would like her contact info, leave a comment or email me. 

The Scary Dream

I woke-up at 0620 in a panic and a puddle of sweat.  I had a bad dream. 

There were bad guys that shot lots of people with machine guns.  We ran away.  There was a familiar house, that I'm sure I've dreamt about before with a secret set of rooms with a secret and magical hiding place.  However, when I got to that room this time, for the life of me I couldn't figure out the magical hiding place.  I hid in a cabinet but was caught. 

They let me, Mom, and Calvin live.  Mom went along with their evil plan to make us eventually kill a nice elderly couple down the road that sold apples.  I had a plan to eventually turn them into the cops. 

One of the bad guys looked familiar, but I don't know where I know him from.  The other bad guy was my cousin, Jason A.  I couldn't turn to Jason for help because it was obvious he was loyal to the head bad guy. 

When I confronted the head bad guy about letting me go home temporarily to keep up the image of a normal life so nobody got suspicious he was very calm and agreeing.  It was creepy.  I knew then that I wouldn't leave alive. 

Then, Mom's huband (Clay), my uncle Kevin, and a few others arrived.  The mean guys were welcoming and gave them beer.  But, I knew they'd be dead all too soon.  I wanted to tell them to run away, but I feared the bad guys would kill Calvin if I opened my mouth. 

I woke-up. 

Thank goodness.  But, I was still freaked out.  I even called Chris to tell him about my scary dream.  Soon, Calvin was awake and safely in bed with me and the world was right again. 

Are you a dream interpreter?  If so, what does my dream mean? 

Thursday, October 15, 2009

M.K.W.A.: The Story Of My Birth

This week, Mama Kat's prompts are about mom's and birth stories.  I always find humor in mine.  Enjoy.   

February 6, 1982 my parents, Doug & Karla, went to a wedding... just so happens that it was Bridget's parents' wedding.  To answer your question, yes this is the same Bridget that performs miracles with my hair. 

Back to my story.  Mom was seriously prego - like ready to pop.  Dad must have known I'd be arriving very soon and decided to party really hard at the wedding reception.  To say the least, Dad got drunk. 

They got home.  Dad passed out.  And Mom's water broke.  Good timing, right?  ;-) 

She couldn't get Dad to wake-up completely.  So, she called my Grandma Betty (Dad's mom).  Grandma rushed over, driving through the blizzard... did I mention there was a blizzard?  Anyway, she haulled Mom and Dad back to her house to give Dad some time to sober up before going to the hospital. 

Finally, when the time came... and Dad was a little more sober... they went to the Hospital.  Dad always wanted to name me Josephine after my Grandpa Joe.  Mom wanted to name me Dahnika.  Since Dad wasn't in the best shape at the hospital, Mom had the opportunity to name me whatever she wanted.  She decided to compromise and name me Christina.  Everyone was happy. 

That is my birth story.  What's yours?  Visit Mama Kat to get your prompt. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Introducing Self Reliant 101

Let me introduce you to a new blog on the block:  


The author, Student, provides funny, entertaining, and educational posts about getting back to the basics and doing things the old fashioned way. 

Need a recipe for a wood-nurishing dusting spray that can double as a salad dressing?  She's your gal!  Stop by Self Reliant 101 to welcome Student to the neighborhood.  :-)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Odds -N- Ends

  • Been through Montrose lately?  What's up w/ the Chuck Wagon?  I've heard the "fair-like" food is good.  However, I drive by roughly 6-8 times a week (route to school) and rarely see anyone there.  Do people really stop by? 
    • And their kiosk that sells things like rebel flags, do people buy that stuff? 
      • Clearly there is a market I'm unaware of. 
  • Are you a gift giver?  You either are or you aren't - and usually there's nothing wrong with not going all out.  Some people are great gift givers that put time and thought into every gift... that's me.  I take pride in my gifts.  The best part is seeing the smile on the recipient's face when they open it. 
    • My question to you is this:  Do you give as much to non-givers as you give to fellow givers? 
    • I'd never thought about this til recently when others couldn't cough up under $10 to go in on a special gift with me.  They didn't really get the full gist and it honestly upset me a bit.  I would probably not put them in the gift giver category. 
      • It got me wondering if I'd give them special gifts like this in the future or if I'd give lame-o gift cards or nothing at all. 
      • BTW, the person I got the gift for is also a gift giver and very generous.  And I know this person would do the same for us. 
  • Have you started shopping for Christmas, yet? 
    • I haven't.  And I won't until the day after Thanksgiving.  It's my tradition.  To me, it's not Christmas shopping w/o bumper carts, a headache, and a daquiri at Red Lobster mid-day.  :-) 
  • My sister, Tiffany is a Junior at THS.  Sunday was Ring Day!  I wonder if hers was as memorable as mine.  Good times with good friends! 
  • Calvin and I watched The Wizard of Oz Sunday night.  He now says, "Follow the yellow brick road" all of the time.  It's getting annoying. 
  • Next week is Super Studly Husband's Birthday Week!  I started shopping today!  He's gonna have a good birthday. 
  • Dina is dying.  (my computer)
    • She turns herself off whenever she pleases... yesterday 5 times! 
      • She strategically plans to turn off when I'm in the middle of a project or work.  I hate to admit that her war tactics are helping her advance to winning the war against my sanity. 
        • However, ultimately I will conquer when I replace her sassy ass with a new computer!  HA! 

Friday, October 9, 2009

$1 Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese Day - TODAY!!!

The newly rebuilt McDonald's on Keller Drive in Effingham is having killer deals this month! Thanks to Dawn, I'm now in the know and sharing the good news with you! ENJOY!


*** All day, Everyday through October 25th: $1 Large Sweet Tea, $2 any small specialty coffee, $1.19 double cheese, $2 milk shake, 25 cent small coffee, 25 cent ice cream cones. ***

Limit of 2 specials per order or per car

Oct 9: $1 Burrito / $1 Quarter Pounder w/cheese
Oct 10: $1 cinnamelts / $1 6 pc chicken nugget
Oct 11: $1 hotcakes / $1 Big Mac
Oct 12: $1 hotcakes / $2 Any angus burger
Oct 13: $2 Big Breakfast / $2 any happy meal
Oct 14: $1 Sausage McGriddles / $1 Big Mac
Oct 15: $1 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit / 49 cent hamburgers and 59 cent cheeses
Oct 16: $1 Burrito / $2 Quarter pounder w/cheese
Oct 17: $1 Egg McMuffin / $1 6 pc Chicken Nugget
Oct 18: $1 Cinnamelts / $1 Filet of Fish
Oct 19: $1 Hotcakes / $2 Any Happy Meal
Oct 20: $2 Big Breakfast / $1 Big Mac
Oct 21: $1 Bacon Egg & Cheese Bisuit / $2 Any Angus Burger
Oct 22: $1 Sausage McGriddles / $2 Any Angus Burger
Oct 23: 11 am - 2pm - Help break the drive through record , receive a free hamburger or cheeseburger coupon w/every drive through order
Oct 24: $1 Burrito / $1 Quarter Pounder w/cheese
Oct 25: $1 Cinnamelts / $1 6 pc chicken nuggets

Monday, October 5, 2009

1 Mom + 2 Dads + 1 Little Boy went to the TGS open house

Today was officially like our 1st school function.  The TGS had an open house.  Calvin was so excited to show off his classroom.  All 4 of us went together - Me, Chris, Calvin - and his dad, Aaron.  Many of you must think this had to have been quite awkward.  Like I told Chris before we went, "It's only as awkward as we make it."  And we walked through the school like we were no different than the rest of them.  :-) 

Calvin,
You have absolutely no idea how lucky you are to have not one, not two, but three parents that love you dearly.  Three wonderful parents that want to work together to raise you.  Growing up, I never knew divorced/separated/not-together parents could find common ground in their child.  We all love you very much.  Don't ever forget it. 


Love,
Mom

Saturday, October 3, 2009

25% Off at Tanger Outlet Mall

Tuscola's Tanger Outlet Mall has something cool going on.  If you donate $1 to breast cancer research, they give you a coupon for 25% off a single item at select stores like Coach, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, and many others.  Look here for a complete list.    Dawn and I were up there a couple weeks ago - I got 25% off the already discounted and clearance items at Coach!  That's HUGE! 

Yesterday I went up there on a mission.  Ended up at Old Navy because they have a huge Cardigan/sweater sale - $15!!!  They had the pink sticker on their door saying they honored the Breast Cancer Pink coupons - but seriously the chick working their was clueless.  They don't sell the coupons there but they honor them.  My point is this:  1.)  That girl was stupid and truly not able to do her job completely.  2.)  Go to Coach, Wilson's Leather, or the Visitor's Center to get your 25% off coupons - then go back to stores like Old Navy and use them. 

I got 25% off my $15 cardigan!  Pretty sweet deal!  This promotion ends October 20th! 

Friday, October 2, 2009

McD Complaint

Have you ever ordered a Fish Fillet at McDonald's?
Asked for cheese on it?
Well, I have. And I have a complaint. 1/2 of a piece of cheese??? C'mon! I didn't ask for half my sandwich w/ cheese and the other without. It's weird... and it's cheap on their part. I think they charge $0.30 to add cheese... and all I get is half of a piece?!?

There ya go... my daily complaint.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Announcing my new nephew, Landon



Meet Landon. 
He's 1 week old and possibly the cutes baby! 
Yesterday he got to meet his Favorite Aunt, Christina. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fuzzy Wuzzy

Ya'll know the Fuzzy Wuzzy rhyme - ya know Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear... Well, Calvin has a different take on it.

Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
'Cuz somebody pulled it all out and shot him.


I don't know where he learnt this, but it's cute as can be when he says it! I think it's the hunter in him that thinks the bear needs shot. :-)

Monday, September 28, 2009

2nd Annual Walk To Remember



Come join us for the 2nd Annual Walk to Remember.
Enjoy a serene walk through T-Town park remembering friends and family that have gone before us. 
If you were there last year, you can attest to how special this walk is. 




Sunday, October 4, 2009
11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
at the Teutopolis Park.


Friday, September 25, 2009

I can't get you sick from my computer!

I'm sick.

I've been under the weather since Monday evening. I haven't been to school since Monday. I don't remember the last time I was this sick for this long. It all started with a runny nose. Next thing I knew I had sinus pressure, body aches, fatigue, and a headache. Yesterday the coughing got worse than before. Today, I woke-up with a tight chest and a bad cough. Talking makes me cough. Ugh. Have you met me? I'm a talker... so not talking sucks!

The absolute worst part is that I have a new nephew and I'm too sick to go see him. Ugh. It's killing me!

Anyway, I'm wondering if a breathing treatment would help with my chest. I have an appointment at the VA Clinic this morning to be checked out.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Morning Smiles

Early this morning my sweet little angel snuck into bed with me.  He snuggled and was full of morning hugs and kisses.  He even said, "Mom, I want to hug you to the sun!"  That's a lot of hugs! 

On another note, my pal Rachel started a blog.  She's funny so expect good posts in the future!  Check her out!  :-) 

At this time I want to publically announce that Gretchen is the worst blogger ever!  J/k!  I love ya!  But, I miss your blog posts.  Not sure if you realized it, but you haven't blogged since May!!!  You have an amazing daughter, a military husband, a brother that just got married and also had the eye thing, another brother that's just plain funny, a mom that's a hoot, and a dad that could write the book.  You have tons of stuff to write about... please come back!!!  I miss you! 

Friday, September 18, 2009

I cried as they turned off The Light...

Today was the end of CBS's daytime drama, Guiding Light.  I have been a faithful follower of the Lewis, Cooper, and Spaulding family dramas all of my life.  I grew up with a mom and step-mother that both watched and naturally as I grew, I kept up with the Guiding Light. 

I was saddened when they announced the end was near.  We all wondered how it would end - a cliff hanger?  They bowed out gracefully with a week full of episodes packed full of heartfelt and tearful good-byes.  And the very last scene completed Josh & Reva's love story. 

After 72 years on the air, I wonder how daytime t.v. will never be the same. 

Thursday, September 17, 2009

School Picture Day

I forgot today was school picture day. Some may call it fate that Calvin showed up to school in his favorite faux vintage Indiana Jones shirt for picture day. Lucky him, right? Not really 'cuz I rushed home, sprayed Wrinkle Release on a polo, and promptly returned to school with it.


Although we're not using the school pic as the official pic of the year here - other kids will have wallets of him and there's the class picture... and well, Calvin is usually very well dressed and I wasn't letting his first school picture be any different.


On my way home from his school, I thought about how rushed I was for a Wednesday... then... I remembered... it's Thursday! YAY! Have a Terrific Thursday!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"Hey Jackass..."

Dear Jackass,
You are a complete dumbass for trying to pass 3 trucks at one time! If I wouldn't have slammed on my breaks to avoid the head on collision, you'd likely be road kill right about now. You better count your lucky stars that I saved your life today!

Sincerely,
Driver you nearly had a head-on collision with today.


Dear Wal-Mart Employee Jackass,
Watch where the heck you're going! You came 2 inches from running my son over with a flat panel t.v. on your flat bed cart at the entrance of Wal-Mart today. The customer you were taking care of noticed and kindly apologized. You walked right on by. You're a jackass! Then, when I caught up with you by the door greeter and called you out - you acted like a bigger jackass! How dare you look at MY son like it was HIS fault for YOUR stupidity!!! I wanted to.... Ugh... kick you in the shins or give you a titty twister or something really mean like that! I was pissed! By the way, Todd (I think that was his actual name), you are freaking ugly! You're so ugly you think you have to go to the gym to bulk up to get women. And still you look like a fat ass hog! You disgust me!
Consider this your warning! I'm a crazy-ass mom... and next time I might not let you get away so easily!

Sincerely,
Crazy-ass Mom that wants to whoop your ass!


Ladies and Gents in the area - if you are at the Effingham Wal-Mart and come across this jerk, Todd, I kindly ask that you please step on his toes or run into him with your cart! Thank-you.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hi-Ho-The Dairy Oh - Our Couches Are Finally Here!


The much anticipated new additions to our house finally arrived!!!  We custom ordered our Natuzzi furniture from Jodi at Wright's Furniture in early March with an expected delivery date 4-6 months later.  The wood came from Brazil while the leather and assembly was in Italy.  Then, over the big pond it came.  Across many states, and finally... by the hands of my cousin Aaron and another delivery guy - it made it to our home. 


People get furniture every day... so why are we so excited?  For starters, we had never seen the shape of couch and sofa in our leather choice.  So, it was a little bit of a mystery.  Also, in June we were accidentally misinformend that our couch was coming sooner.  So, we bought a 50" flat panel and hung it above the fireplace.  Since then, we've sat on a recliner and lawn furniture (in an undecorated room) to enjoy the t.v.  Trashy, right?!? 

For those of you that have met my sectional couch - don't worry, we still have it!  It's in the front living room/office.  I'm not sure I will ever part w/ it.  However, we appreciate all of the generous offers to take it off our hands!  :-)
 

Special thanks to Mom for helping us decorate after the sofas arrived.  With her keen decorating sense, and Chris's engineering/carpenter perfectionism, it looks nearly perfect - just a few more things needed to polish the look.  Now, on to decorating the rest of the house!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Big News!

My gal pal, Billi Lou - from Walnut Street Cards - has some BIG news over at her blog! If you're in the need of cards, stationary, announcements... or now... a wedding/event planner - CHECK HER OUT!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's Creative Recipe


For my Today's Creative Blog post, I'm sharing my loaded baked potato soup recipe. For this recipe, I combined a few different recipies to come up with something that makes my mouth water! ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 cans diced potatoes
  • 2 cans chicken broth

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 3 cups milk

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter or margarine

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2-5 tsp steak seasoning - I use Weber's Chicago Steak Seasoning

  • 4 cups shredded cheese of choice - I use cheddar cheese

  • 3oz Oscar Mayer bacon bits or any fried bacon
DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine potatoes, chicken broth, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender, apx 30 minutes.

  2. Once tender, stir in milk. Continue to cook for 5 minutes.

  3. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, flour, and steak seasoning.

  4. Stir into soup. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until thick and bubbly (apx. 25 minutes). Stir often. Soup may not get really thick, and that's okay. It will thicken when you add the cheese in next step.

  5. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and 3/4 of bacon.

  6. Garnish bowls of yummy soup with sour cream, leftover shredded cheese, and remainder of bacon.
Other ingredients you could add: Celery, carrots, green onions, chives

Thursday, September 3, 2009

A negative calorie cookie theory! I'm a freaking GENIUS!

Monday Calvin and I made my famous chocolate chip cookies - ya know the ones with the pudding in them to keep them soft for months. I have to give Carolyn credit for introducing me to this delicious recipe years ago. All gazillion calories were scrumptous!

I ate a few... okay... like a half dozen on Monday.

Then... my tummy rumbled and I made a mad dash for the loo.

Same thing happened Tuesday, Wednesday, and today.

It's obvious that it's the cookies.



So... my new theory is: Eating my delicious homemade chocolate chip cookies will result in a positive response from your tastebuds, cardio work-out from the mad dash, a colon cleanse to say the least, and ultimately - by my skewed calculations - amount to negative calories.

Just call them celery with an added flair! :-)

Weekly Writing Assignment From Mama Kat


This week, I'm choosing prompt #5:  Share your friendly advice for someone you think needs it (ie your mother-in-law, other drivers, cell phone users, etc.) (inspired by Jill from Scary Mommy)

My friendly advice is for my mother. 

Mom, your job sucks.  The people stress you out to the max.  You had a recent trip to the E.R. after the stress got so bad you got hives - and that was like the 30th time you'd gotten hives at work!  It's just not worth it.  The people aren't worth you getting upset about.  They clearly don't give a crap about you.  I dearly admire you're "I give a shit" quality.  You are so passionate about everything you do and you take things to heart.  These are commendable qualities... but they're taking a physical toll on you. 
The whole family has listened to countless hours of the disappointments you've faced at work.  We truly care about you.  However, nothing is changing.  We can't fix it and we don't know what to do for you.  So, either bear your cross silently - or - Quit your job.  Get motivated to prepare for the next great adventure in your life. 

OLIVE JUICE*




Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Writings on my back

Today in Interpersonal Communications, we did an exercise where everyone taped a piece of paper on their back and all of the students wrote 1 thing/phrase to describe what they thought of the person.


As we were getting started, I jokingly said, "Write nice things about me. I'm not a fan of constructive criticism!" Later, on the drive home I thought about that line. Ever heard the phrase, "There's some truth in every joke?" Well, that was never so true as today. I hope my classmates said nice things about me!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Today's Creative Blog


If you haven't been to Today's Creative Blog yet... YOU are missing out! Kim provides links and reviews and tidbits to other blogs that will inspire you to do wonderfully creative things.


I'm not the most creative person on the planet... but I admire those who are! Most of my creativity is aimed at web/blog designs. And... right now I'm having a blog design giveaway! Check it out here.

The 1st Day of the next 15 years of school...


Today was a very big day for Calvin. It was his very 1st day of pre-k. 2 years of pre-k + 1 year of Kindergarten + 12 years of school = 15 years... this was the first day of the next 15 years at T-Town school. Of course he was styln' in Tommy Hilfiger and new Nike Shox. :-) He is in Mrs. Bierman's class. He absolutely adores her. Lucky for me, she's my cousin and I can trust that she will take very good care of Calvin.




I took him to his classroom today. Isn't that like a requirement for Mom's? :-) At first glimpse of his classroom and new classmates, he was overwhelmed. After getting him settled, I headed out... trying not to tear up.



Aaron (Calvin's dad) came over to greet Calvin when he got off the school bus. Calvin's extra lucky because Caleb's grandma is the aid on Calvin's bus! We have a close family and do lots of stuff with Lisa and Gary. They've become a part of our family. She waved like a proud grandma as Calvin got off the bus.


Like planned, Calvin took me on a date to Pizza Man for lunch to celebrate his 1st day of school. Unfortunately, it was not the celebration I had anticipated. Instead, he confessed that he did not like school, that he made no friends, and some boys wouldn't let him go to the bathroom. He said the best part of school was the bus ride and that was so much fun that he wants to return to school tomorrow.


I'm a little bummed. Calvin is a likeable kid. Everybody that meets Calvin loves him. He is generous, intelligent, funny, and has a great big heart. He doesn't understand that other 4 year olds aren't just like him - that some of them misbehave more often than he does. I'm a tough mom - seriously. I'm hard on him, set high expectations, and I follow through on punishments. Anyway, my point is that today he didn't meet a new bff. He's worried that he won't make any friends. I am sure it was just the first day jitters. Tomorrow will be a better day. And, I'm almost 100% sure that by Friday he will love school and have lots of new friends!

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm feeling generous... and want to give YOU something!


I feel like I'm at the starting line of a new beginning. With my new found positive outlook on the future, I've gained a sense of generosity. Okay, truth be told, I love making new blog designs and desperately want this one to find a new home. Thus a GIVEAWAY!

Here's how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on my blog.
  2. Give me some advertising love on your blog via a post. Afterwards leave me another comment.
  3. Visit my website: www.sugarsweetdesigns.net. Find my button on the website and add it to your blog for a third chance to win!

Drawing will be done randomly on
Thursday, September 3rd at noon.