Monday, October 20, 2008

This is my kid. My middle schooler who turned 13 last Tuesday. Yeah, I am feeling a wee bit old. Isn't he cute? Yeah, the girls think so.
In fact, last month, we went to the carnival in town. Brandon and his buddies go off on their own and are to meet back with me and Zac. Well, he meets us and I notice his hat is gone. So I ask him, "Hey, buddy, where is your hat?" SO, he gets all bugged and says, "Some girl took it. She's with Kaitlyn." I know who Kaitlyn is, so I tell Brandon if I see her, I will get it. About an hour later I see some girl wearing his hat. I look next to her and see Kaitlyn (just so I know I have the right girl). I walk up to this nice girl and say, "Hi. May I please have my son's hat back?" She says, "Oh, you're Brandon's mom?" I tell her yes I am and she says, "Oh, I have talked to you on the phone. I am Jessica, Brandon's girlfriend." I just look at her and she says, "OH, I guess Brandon didn't tell you about me. He said he was going to tell you." He had told me about this girl, but he told me she thought he was her boyfriend but he didn't like her. Anyway, I said, "Oh, the reason he didn't tell me about you is probably because Brandon is not ALLOWED to have a girlfriend." She just looked at me like a deer in the headlights and walked away. I found Brandon, gave him his hat and told him the story. He says to me, "Dude! Mom, you rock! Thanks for doing that!" Then on Monday, he told her he can't have a girlfriend and "broke up" with her. Now he's getting all kinds of calls from girls and stuff. Man, I hate it. He's a little boy for cryin' out loud.

OH, also. On October 10 I went and saw New Kids on the Block in concert. I know, I know. Don't be jealous. Especially don't be jealous that I am going to Seattle in November and going AGAIN. Yep, I am THAT cool.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Thank YOU HolleeAnn!

I got an email from HolleeAnn just because she misses me and I realized that I needed to post an update.

I have so much to say, too. I may have to do it in phases.

Grammie is doing great! She moved out of her house and into a Retirement Community. It turns out the reason she was dizzy and passing out is because she didn't have the energy to eat anymore. She could eat, but she couldn't cook. So she was eating 3 crackers with peanut butter each day. Now, she walks to the Dining Hall three times a day for her meals and if she misses one, she gets a phone call and they bring her food. She turned 90 on the 30th.

Here she is at her party:

Just try and tell me she isn't the cutest thing you ever did see. Don't worry though, we scolded her for the shortness of her skirt. We were there looking through old pictures and things and there was a photo of her in a BIKINI. OMGosh you guys, she was so flippin' cute! At one point, Zac's cousin says, "Wow, Gram, you have always been a hottie!" Gram says, "Oh, yes, Katie, I really have always been." Good to know all this trouble in her life hasn't caused any self esteem issues. LOL!

Thanks for thinking of us all and I will absolutely get back on the blog ball! I need you guys! And thanks again, HolleeAnn. You made my week (10 days ago!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I know it seems like I've abandoned ship...

and I guess I sort of have, though not intentionally. I fully intended to take a month off to get everything together for the kids when they started school (July 28th they went back). However, since then, Grammie has not been doing well. At all. And honestly, I am doing everything I can just to stay afloat. I am very, very sad and every time I think about her, I cry. She has been hospitalized twice in the last month and a half, and she has gotten dizzy and passed out a number of times. I know she is old, but I am not ready to lose her. I have only had her for 10 years! Please forgive me for not checking in. I will try to check in more often if I can. And please, please PRAY for Grammie. She is an angel and deserves the best. There is so much more detail involved, which I really can't get into, but Zac and I are trying to persuade her to move in with us. Please keep in touch if I am not on here, through the email in my profile.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Photo Story #4

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

If you have ever read any posts about my son, Nolan (aka Ninja Boy), then you know he is a handful, to say the least. He is all boy and already at 6, he doesn't take crap from no one. No one that is, except for his "best friend" Jaydin. Jaydin is a little DIVA. She is absolutely, positively 110% G-I-R-L. You'd think that they would hate each other given the fact that they are polar opposites.

I know why Nolan likes her. She's the only person (besides family) that has put him in his place, and my boy LOVES a challenge.

Jaydin's mom, Monica (my BFF) took Nolan and Jaydin to a friend from Preschool's birthday party and then to another party for a family friend last summer. At the family party, Nolan and Jaydin decided to get in the hot tub. As they are getting in, a friend of Jaydin's family said, "Oh, Jaydin, is this your boyfriend, Nolan?" Nolan immediately pipes in and says, "NO!" Jaydin, at the same time, says, "Yes." She hears Nolan say "no" and she glares at him and says, "Nolan, you ARE my boyfriend, and THAT'S just the way it is!" Dude, I hope he keeps this girl forever!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Photo Story #3

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I had to actually publish this a day late (sorry!) since I couldn't actually save the image to my computer. You get a link instead, but I assure you-it's worth it.

I fully intended on sharing a different picture (actually I couldn't decide which one out of 3!) but they are all on my desktop, which, of course, won't start up for me right now. Sooooo, I am on hubby's lap top (as usual) and I had to scrounge for a 'photo story' pic. I am completely aware that nothing can top last week's (I know you're all still seething with envy, don't be hatin'), but this is what I came up with.

In the central valley of California where we live, it gets HOT. OK, not as hot as YOU in Arizona and stuff, but Hot enough. Like 112 degrees hot. The first summer we lived here (coming from the ocean where it rarely gets above 80), I *made* hubby (read: cried and cried until he agreed) put the house on the market, 'cause I wanted to go HOME! Well, for some reason (God!) the house couldn't sell, despite the reasonable asking price and the crazy hot housing market. Zac pleaded to me to try and stay one more year and if I still hated it, then we could sell it. I agreed. After that year, I realized I liked my friends and my life here and agreed to stay indefinitely. On one condition (c' gotta have conditions!). We had to get a pool. SO, we had it designed and it had a separate little shelf section that was only 18 inches deep so the babies could chill out without me freaking out. I saw the design on paper and we looked it over and couldn't quite figure out what in the world was so awkward about the design.
Finally, it comes to me. I say to the pool designer, "Um, Fred, uh, um, doesn't it look kind of like a, um, uh, penis??" My husband shot me "the glare," but he knew darn well he was thinking it, too! Fred assured me it would not look like genitalia. I beg to differ.

Bird's Eye View of my house

When you get to the page, you may need to click on "Bird's Eye View" to see the yard.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Photo Story Friday #2

Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "OH MY GOD! Is that Corey Feldman with our beloved Kelly??" Why yes, yes it is. Before you get too insanely jealous, let me tell you a story about the picture. Before I do, though, Yes, I am aware the photo is pretty rough. It has definitely seen its share of cubicles and grubby, admiring hands. Don't hold it against me.

When Zac and I were dating, I surprised him with a ticket to an 80's concert for his birthday (which is TODAY, by the way.) He was turning 26. It was Flock of Seagulls, Ric Ocasek from The Cars, Berlin (still rocked) and a "surprise guest." Imagine MY surprise when the surprise guest was MY favorite 80's actor. I mean, The Goonies alone could make you fall head over heels for this 'talented' actor. Add in the Lost Boys (filmed in MY hometown) and you have the complete package.

So, after Corey's concert (apparently he thinks he can sing sings), it was announced that if we bought his CD for 10.00, we could stand in line and meet him. Well, I didn't care whose birthday we were celebrating, I was gonna meet COREY FELDMAN! So, my wonderful boyfriend stood with me in line for an hour (he likes to say it was 2, but he's wrong. Sometimes I compromise at 1 1/2 hours) to meet him. In line I met a girl who said, "Oh my God! What are you gonna say when you meet him??" Gosh, I hadn't thought about it. So, I came up with a really good one-liner. It HAD to be good since I had loved him since I was 13 and by this time I was 24. So, I get up to the front. I say "Hello" to Corey and then I say, "Corey, I have waited 10 years for this moment." He looked at me adoringly with those big brown eyes and said in his raspy little voice that I love SO much, "Awww, I'm so glad you waited." Now, I'm not sure if he really was glad I waited or if he thought I was "special" so he was just being nice. Either way, I got the reaction I'd hope for. And after all that, my boyfriend still loved me, even married me. Not to say he doesn't make fun of me, ALL THE TIME, for this experience. Good thing we both have a sense of humor!

And, believe me, Zac went up a couple notches on my "coolness" meter, too.

Happy 35th Birthday to my awesome husband, Zac. I love you more than Corey!

*Oh, and just in case you missed the first season, The Two Coreys will air its Second Season (I mean, the first season was SO good, how could they not be picked up AGAIN?) on Sunday June 22nd. See the A&E website for the full schedule!*

Thursday, June 12, 2008

My morning of affirmations

Kendall sits next to me and says, "You're the bestest mom ever and I'm always gonna keep you." "And you're not fat." Hey, kid, thanks for throwing in that last part. I was beginning to worry you were trying to boost myself esteem since I'm a cow.

Nolan has pneumonia. Took him to the doctor yesterday and it was confirmed. So, he is laying low for a few days (yeah, try the whole "limited activity" with a 6 year-old boy!) I have been sleeping in the guest room with him for a few nights now to help him when he coughs all night. He says, "Mom, can you sleep with me again tonight?" I told him I miss my bed and I really want to sleep with my husband tonight (get your minds outta the gutter, people!). He then tells me, "Oh, Come ON, mom! It's not like HE's gonna miss you." See how much my kids love me??

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I've come to the realization...

That I am not able to keep up with blogging when we have a lot going on in our lives. I have thought about it and thought about it. I've even said to myself, "I should TOTALLY blog this" several times a day and by the time I got around to picking up the computer, I was too tired to DO it. And I miss doing Thursday 13, too. Since the last time I posted, my two little ones had birthdays. My son, Nolan, aka NINJA turned 6 years old. And my only daughter, Kendall, aka PRINCESS, turned 4. So, on this Wednesday (since who knows if I will be able to get on tomorrow) I am going to do a list of 13 things about each of them, for their birthdays.

Kendall 5/24/04

1. She is ALL girl. I have never known a more girly girl. You'd think with three brothers, she'd be a tomboy. But no, she loves dresses ALL. THE. TIME. Babies, Barbies, Weddings, Princesses, you name it.
2. She is so proud that she has the "same eyes" as her mommy. She's the only one that got my brown eyes and she tells me all the time. It's a special connection we have.
3. She sings all the time. Her "favorite kind of song" is 'Bubbly' by Colbie Caillat. She makes up songs when we are driving around and sings them, annoying her brothers to no end.
4. She is SO smart. She is my speller =0). She saw one of Nolan's papers from Kindergarten and was so mad because he spelled something wrong and she caught it. Do you think this is my kid, lol??
5. She LOVES strawberries. We went to my cousins wedding this past weekend and her beautiful white sweater was white with red strawberry stains by the end. She must have eaten about 30 strawberries.
6. Kendall will play by herself with her babies and her Barbies for HOURS. I can always get things done when it's just her and me at home.
7. She is a toucher. She always wants to be touched. I am NOT a toucher, at all. It's hard for me when she is all over me. But it melts my heart when she says, "Mom, when I sit by you, will you just touch me on my arm?"
8. She will sit still and be quiet when I need her to, unlike the boys at this age. We had a promotion ceremony last week for my oldest (to 7th grade, wow!) and it was 1 1/2 hours long in the heat, and she was SO good the whole time.
9. Kendall potty trained herself at 20 months. I seriously didn't do a thing. Her brother was still using the kid potty and she wanted to, also, so she did. From then on, it was panties. Loved that!
10. She is SASSY. If anyone gets in her way and screws up her little routine, she will SCREAM, a blood curdling scream. You'd think someone was killing her.
11. She loves BABIES. Kendall is a nurturer and any time she sees a baby, she comforts and loves them.
12. Kendall is a pleaser. She is helpful and she really does what she's supposed to 90% of the time.
13. Kendall really, truly thinks she is a Princess. No one told her she was, but she is absolutely convinced she is. I am not about to burst her bubble.

Nolan 5/30/02

1. Nolan is stubborn. In fact, I don't know anyone quite as stubborn, besides his father. No real examples here, but you can imagine, I'm sure.
2. He is determined. The kid taught himself how to ride a bike on a whim one day.
3. He hates reading writing and spelling (boooo!) BUT he LOVES math.
4. The kid is his father reincarnated. He looks exactly like him. See 1, 2 and 3. He also has his dad's weird mannerisms AND sense of humor. It's a good thing I love my husband as much as I do, cuz I have two of him!!
5. Nolan does not know how to walk. He runs and jumps EVERYWHERE. He jumps all over the furniture (which drives me crazy) doing gymnastics.
6. Nolan understands things way above his age level. It's crazy how complex his mind is. He understand adult humor, especially, so we really have to be careful what we say in front of him, or he may just tell his preschool teacher, "Hey is that a banana in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?" Oh, wait. He did THAT already.
7. He is compassionate, which is something I did not really realize until this past weekend. We went to my cousin's wedding and my aunt has an 18-year-old foster daughter who is severely mentally challenged. Nolan was so nice to her and so attentive, I was floored.
8. His favorite food is artichokes. He likes them dipped in butter and garlic. (so do I!)
9. Nolan has piercing blue eyes. Everyone who meets him talks about how beautiful his eyes are.
10. Nolan is a homebody. He does not like spending the night anywhere besides home and anytime we talk about moving (which we aren't going to do anytime soon) he gets all upset. He really likes his room. He says when he gets married, they will live at home and his wife can sleep on the pull out under his bed.
11. He is VERY protective of his sister. She might bug the crap outta him, but he is always looking out for her. He'll never admit it, but he loves her dearly.
12. Nolan has bruises from head to toe. So much, in fact, that every time we go to the doctor, I get questioned. I finally asked the doctor, "You wanna come over for dinner sometime? See for yourself."
13. Nolan is my little booger. As active and crazy as he is, sometimes he will just sit close to me and play with my hair. It calms him down.

I love all of my children more than I could have ever imagined possible. Each one of them bring something special and different into my life and I do thank God every day for choosing me to be their mommy. I am so blessed.

I just can't believe my BABY is FOUR!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

What I've been doing...

Quick little play by play of the last week...

Went to the gym every. morning. I have been doing 1 1/2 hours of cardio every morning. And before you say it, I KNOW that lifting weights burns more fat than cardio. BUT at this point, I am happy with the results I am getting from Cardio alone, because I also know that muscle WEIGHS more than fat and I am not willing to gain any poundage just yet. Thanks for the concern, though. My motivation for going? I am reading a book, and I read the first two by the same author in the few weeks prior to this one. It is 'Such a Pretty Fat' by Jen Lancaster. I am so into this book that I tell myself that I can only read it on the elliptical. So, every morning I hop up and practically sprint to the gym. Except that I am in the car. Not sprinting. You get my drift. If you love snarky and just plain HILARIOUS, you too will pick up her books. Read them in order. Too funny!
Also, CRazyMama hosted a Giveaway a week or so ago, and I won! I love winning! I got the lotion a few days ago, and can I tell you I just LOVE it??!! So, Piper from Moonvine Organics...if you are reading this, THANK You! I do adore this lotion, and I love it for my children as well. Great on the eczema. Thanks again, Julie, for hosting this!
Funny thing about the giveaway. I have won a couple of giveaways lately from soe favorite bloggy friends. Each one emailed me and said, "I swear I didn't won fair and square" or something along those lines. So either, I am super rad and they love me to bits, or I think I am super rad and all-deserving of winning contests, and they caught onto that! Either way, Whoo hoo...I love winning. The other contest I forgot to blog about. Thank YOU Cecily for the amazon gift card.
And one more thing on the home front. My MIL bought ME (ok, the kids, but I play it most) a WII. Dude, I love it! Just L-O-V-E it! Golf and bowling are my faves. Haven't bought any games besides the sports one it came with, but I am very content with those! I can beat anyone in this house at bowling, and I am getting better at golf, but Zac is a wee bit better. Don't tell him I said that.
SO, that is what has been happenin' over in these parts. I will really really try to post more and Comment more. This year end of school is crazy for me!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all my Bloggy Friends! I adore you all, I really do!!

Before I was a Mom:
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom:
I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom:
I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom:
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop
the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom:
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important
and happy.

Before I was a Mom:
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to
make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the
wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I know it's been a while....

So, here are my excuses (ALL TRUE) as to why I haven't been around.

I have been SO busy. I went on a retreat last weekend and my husband went on one too (separately), so for a week I was cleaning my house (if you have kids, then you know why it took me a WEEK) since my Mother-in-law was coming to stay with the kids. Also, I have gone back to the gym regularly. the past 3 weeks, I have lost 10 pounds! Looks like this exercise thing works! I am trying to work out 5 days a week. And when I get home, I am pumped and don't want to sit down and look at a computer. But I wanted to check in. I will try to do so more often in the mornings. I will also be commenting, too. Don't give up on me just yet!

Also, if you haven't already seen, Crazymamaof6 is hosting a giveaway for Moonvine Organics. Hop on over and enter!!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

TT # 27 - 13 Rejected Hallmark Greetings

Thirteen Rejected Hallmark Greetings

1. So your daughter's a hooker,
and it spoiled your day...
Look at the bright side,
she's a really good lay.

2. How could two people as beautiful as you ...
(inside card)
Have such an ugly baby?

3. My tire was thumping....
I thought it was flat....
when I looked at the tire....
I noticed your cat... Sorry

4. You had your bladder removed
and you're on the mends....
here's a bouquet of flowers
and a box of Depends.

5. Happy Birthday, Uncle Dad!
(Available only in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and West Virginia)

6. I must admit,
You brought religion into my life ...
(inside card)
I never believed in Hell
Until I met you.

7. When we were together,
You said you'd die for me ...
(inside card)
Now that we've broken up,
I think it's time
To keep your promise.

8. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy ...
(inside card)
Did you ever find out who the father was?

9. You are such a good friend!
If we were on a sinking ship
And there was only one life jacket ...
(inside card)
I'd miss you terribly

10. Happy Vasectomy!
Hope you feel zippy!
'Cause when I had mine
I got real snippy.

11. Heard your wife left you...
How upset you must be...
But don't fret about it ....
She moved in with me

12. Congratulations on your promotion.
Before you go ...
(inside card)
Will you take the knife from my back?
You'll probably need it again.

13. Congratulations on your wedding day!
(inside card)
Guess you didn't tell this one that you have genital herpes.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Here's the deal...

I have been a very bad blogger friend. I realize this. I apologize. Recently, I realized that since August, I have gained 20 lbs. Most of you don't know, but two years ago, I began my weight loss journey. I started eating right and exercising in May 2006, and by December, I had lost 55 lbs. Well, now, I found 20 of them and I am very upset by this. So I have decided to do something. I joined Weight Watchers and I am back at the gym 3+ days a week. Not the 5 days I was doing before, but life is much busier these days. So, wish me luck. I have 50+ lbs to lose!

Just for fun, I stole this from The FABULOUS Jenn at Enjoying the Ride.

1. How old will you be in 3 years? 35...ouch. 2. Do you think you'll be married by then? I would assume so, yes.
3. What do you look forward to most in the next 2 months? losing weight and fitting into my shorts from last year!
4. Who was the last person you called? Doug (our friend/Zac's co-worker)
5. Have you ever played a team sport? Softball, soccer and cheerleading in Jr. High/High School
6. Who was the last person to text you? Doug (It was American Idol night!)
7. Who was the last person you hugged? Kendall
8. What were you doing at midnight last night? Sleeping
9. Parents separated/divorced/married? married to each other for 38 years! Wowza!
10. Last time you saw your dad? Gosh, I don't even know. Christmas??
11. What happened at 9:00 a.m. today? I lost my crystal ball, so I can't tell ya!
12. How many states have you visited? Geez, I'm supposed to COUNT and think at 6 am? I think not. Probably like 10 or so.
13. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be? Disneyland with my family-I love that place.
14. Do you prefer shoes, socks, or bare feet? socks. Not a foot fan.
15. Are you a social person? Yes, I am, most of the time. Unless I am in a group where I don't know most people, then I am quiet. Not shy in the least, though.
16. What was the last thing you drank? water
17. Favorite ice cream? chocolate malted crunch from Rite Aid.
18. What is your favorite dessert? Key Lime Cheesecake is pretty darn good!
19. Whats your favorite color? Purple, purple, purple!
20. What Jelly do you put on your PBJ? razzleberry.
21. Do you like coffee? yes, I do, but I prefer Chai tea if I am having caffeine.
22. How many glasses of water a day do you drink on average? about 120 oz of water a day. So, divide that by 8...
23. What do you drink in the morning? water or Chai tea.
24. Would you rather kiss someone with or without a tongue ring? I have never kissed anyone with a tongue ring, but I think it would be very interesting!
25. Do you sleep on a certain side of the bed? Yes, I do.
26. Do you know how to play poker? I think so. I can never remember though.
27. Whats so good about Fridays? The Weekend!
28. Any plans to visit the green monkeys on No, no desire, thanks.
29. Do you eat out or at home more often? home
30. How big is your TV? it's pretty small. Like 25 inches.
31. Ever stolen a street sign? No, I have not.
32. Do you keep a piggy bank? I don't, but Zac has a ginormous pickle jar he keeps change in.
34. Have you ever been in an ambulance? no
35. Do you prefer the ocean or a pool? Pool, the ocean scares me.
36. Do you prefer a window seat or an aisle seat? I am not picky.
38. What is your favorite thing to spend money on? kids clothes.
39. Do you wear any jewelry 24/7? My wedding set.
40. Do you speak any other language? I can remember a bit of Spanish from m y years in HS, but I couldn't carry on a convo.
41. Can you roll your tongue? yes.
42. Who is the funniest person you know? My Zac is hilarious.
43. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? Nope. Who needs one when you have an (almost) 4 year old snuggling with you??
44. What is the main ring tone on your phone? It was the "Office" theme, but I had to change it, because I never heard it. I just always thought the radio was playing the Office music. So, it's the Nostalgic ring tone.
45. Do you still have clothes from when you were little? Nope.
46. What is the color of your bedroom wall? blue paneling
47. Do you shut off the water when you brush your teeth? I don't think I do.
48. Are you crushing on someone right now? Just my husband!
49. Do you currently hate someone? No way! I ain't no hater!
50. Why do you take surveys? What else am I gonna do at 6 am?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

TT # 26 - 13 Expressions for the Stressful Days

Because I have been stressin' lately, I thought this was appropriate. We DID get a truck. I will post about it as soon as I get some pics of it.

13 Expressions for Stressful Days

1. Don't bother me. I'm living happily ever after.
2. This isn't an office. It's Hell with fluorescent lighting.
3. I refuse to star in your psychodrama.
4. And which dwarf are you?
5. Therapy is expensive, poppin' bubble wrap is cheap! You choose.
6. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be...?
7. I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
8. Are these your eyeballs? I found them in my cleavage.
9. I'm not your type. I'm not inflatable.
10. I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
11. How many times do I have to flush before you go away?
12. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
13. Gene Police!!! Get out of the pool!!

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Sunday, April 13, 2008


You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven't been around commenting this past week. It's OK if you haven't noticed ;). I am stressed. Last Sunday, I was driving my husband's truck and the freakin' Engine Blew! Of course, I had the boys with me, so I stopped to call the husband since I didn't want to wait three hours for a tow truck to fit all three of us. Did he answer either phone? Of course not... So, I kept trying to start the dang truck and it kept making this really high revving noise. Then, the third time, there was no revving, just loud knocking. Well, I was only a mile and a half from home. SO, I turned up the stereo (I hate myself for lovin' you by Joan Jett - kind of fitting for the enraged feelings I had at that particular moment) and headed home.

So, long story even longer... we are looking for a truck. We didn't want to and it's not at all financially convenient right now, but we are. We have some things in our favor, though. The first and most important being that we have EXCELLENT credit. So, basically, these car salesman fall at our feet. They WANT to work with us, and we have the upper hand, so that's nice. That's also why it's taken a full week to find what we want. We aren't settling for less than we deserve. But, we weren't planning on doing this for a year {sigh}.

I will try to be better this week in posting. I have had a lot I have wanted to say, but all my spare time has been spent looking for a flippin' truck!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Dancing Pickle on Letterman?

This picture was taken ON location in the now FAMOUS Lodi, CA.

Remember when I posted about how I was mad at the Pickle?

Apparently? I am not the only one.

A couple of weeks ago, this blurb appeared in the the Lodi News-Sentinel Cop Log:

A pickle — the dancing human kind who works for Mr. Pickle’s Sandwich Shop — was blocking traffic. An officer arrived and advised the pickle.

On the evening of April 1st, as part of his regular feature, “Small Town News,” David Letterman read that entry on “The Late Show.” and commented to Paul Schaffer, “You know, that probably happens more than we think. Cops advise pickles all the time.”

So, now, this coming Saturday, the pickle and the Statue of Liberty from the tax service doen the street are having a "dance-off." Yes, a dance-off. Front page news. And you all thought there was nothing to do in Lodi!! HA!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

TT #25 - 13 Signs that You have grown up

1. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
2. You hear your favorite song on an elevator.
3. You're the one calling the police because those damn kids next door won't turn down the stereo.
4. Your friends marry and divorce instead of hook up and break up.
5. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you. (This seriously grosses me out! I don't care that we are both adults, you're my UNCLE for cryin' out loud!)
6. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
7. You no longer take naps from noon to 6 PM.
8. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
9. "I just can't drink the way I used to," replaces, "I'm never going to drink that much again."
10. You watch the Weather Channel.
11. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
12. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.
13. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that this doesn't apply to you.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A meme...sort of

So, Holleann tagged me for this meme a week and a half ago. It is a Social Saturday Meme. I saw it on that particular Saturday and made a mental note to get to it before bed. After all, I would have to be a MORON to do a "Social Saturday" meme on any other day but a Saturday. I forgot. Then I saw it again on Sunday and said to myself, "Myself, you can do it NEXT Saturday!" Welp, next Saturday came and went and here I am on Tuesay doing the 'Social Saturday' meme I was tagged for on March 29th.

Here is the question:

Wait for it......

Wait for it.....

Today's Saturday Social Question:

Are you a procrastinator?

Must I REALLY answer that??

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Someone needs an attitude adjustment!!

Yesterday, I was desperately trying to function on two hours sleep. My daughter, Kendall, had been up ALL night long due to her "itchy Chicken Pops." And when I say all night, I mean ALL. NIGHT. At midnight, I decided I needed her to sleep, so I gave her Benadryl. Well, lucky me. The 'side effects' on the back include drowsiness OR excitability. Just guess which one my daughter had! Yep, so she was up. Just up. And I was tired. AS. ALL. GET. OUT. I don't function well on tired, just so you know.
At 11:30, Kendall and I went to pick up Nolan from school. They wanted Taco Bell. Fine-on ONE condition. I get a nap when we finish lunch. OK. We drive past Mr. Pickle's Sandwich shop. We see the dancing pickle (see photo and picture him groovin')

Now, on any other day, this pickle is hilarious. We drive by and laugh. But on this day, not so funny. ON this day, I roll down my window and say loudly (just in case he can hear underneath all that foamy polyester crap) " THAT dude needs to get a serious life!" Yeah, you have to remember my audience is a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old. Classy, mom.
Next stop, Taco Bell. I go around to go to the drive-thru. There are literally 15+ cars in that line. The line is looping around to the grocery store parking lot. It FIGURES. I carefully examine the few cars ahead of me and take a mental note that they are indeed ALONE. So, I say (out loud, mind you). YEAH, how many of these people are just TOO FREAKIN' lazy and how many of us ACTUALLY have a kid with chicken pox and CANNOT go inside??" Before anyone can answer me, I see the woman in front of me (who just pulled up to the speaker) OPEN her door to place her order. She opened her door, people...I mean is she just an inexperienced drive-thru orderer or what?? Regardless, I had something to say about it. I say, "WHAT A MORON! Who the crap opens their DOOR in the drive-thru to place their order?? IDIOTS!" This is when my 5-year-old chimes in, "Mom, maybe her window's broken." Wonderful, so now I am raising an optimist.

On a good note, I DID get my nap when we got home. The ninja went upstairs and played quietly in his room while the "Chicken Pops" girl and I took an hour and a half nap. I am better today. Talk to me; I promise not to rip your head off!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #24 - 13 Ways to say "You're Stupid" in a Gentle Manner

1. The wheel's spinning but the hamster's dead
2. He fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down
3. Forgot to pay his brain bill
4. A few clowns short of a circus
5. A few fries short of a Happy Meal
6. A few beers short of a six-pack
7. An experiment in artificial stupidity
8. One Fruit Loop shy of a full bowl
9. One taco short of a combo plate
10. All foam, no beer
11. His antenna doesn't pick up all the channels
12. If he had another brain it would be lonely
13. Warning: Objects in mirror are dumber than they appear

Saturday, March 29, 2008

I should probably document these things...

I remember telling myself when I started this blog back in June that I was going to document all the cute fun things my brats lovely children did. I have done that a few times, but honestly, I think I have talked about ME more. Which is perfectly OK with me, because really? Before I started this blog, which forced me talk about myself, I had forgotten who "Me" was. And you know what? I really do, kinda like ME, and you do too, ADMIT it!!

So, I thought I would take the time to share a couple of Nolanisms (aka Ninja Boy), because, after all, he IS my comedian.

I have the most inappropriate child on the face of the planet. There was the time he told his preschool teacher (after she put him in a time-out) “You’re going DOWN, Mrs. Whatsyerface!” (Not really her name, I promise). Or the time he told my Mother in Law (after she told him NO) ” You wanna piece of ME, Punk?” But my personal favorite was when he walked into preschool and (again Mrs. Whatsyerface) told his teacher, “Hey, Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me??” The best part? It’s a Christian preschool. I am so glad Mrs. Whatsyerface understands active little boys.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the Ninja (Chicken Pox and all) in the Flesh!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

100 Questions answered

I did have to pick and choose, and I am not planning on posting all the questions with the answers, but I will get to most of them. If there is one you really wanted me to answer that I didn't get to, let me know and I will answer it! So, grab a snack and read away!!

1. My favorite cereal is Lucky Charms, milk is a must
2. The person who has influenced my life the most is my first son.Though he is my most challenging child, he changed me at a time where my life needed it most.
3. If I could change one thing about myself physically: My weight. Otherwise, I would stop gossiping.
4. One thing I am most grateful for in my life is my children. They brighten up my days in a way no one else can. I am grateful I was chosen to be their mommy.
5. if you were at a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it even if it sounded strange and not appealing? Yes, I will try everything once. Why, Holleeann? Ya gonna have me over for dinner?? LOL
6. The person I admire most is my husband. He gives so unselfishly and loves us unconditionally, and I am inspired by him daily.
7. My "perfect" evening would consist of spending time alone with my husband. It doesn't matter what we are doing, really. OR an entire evening with no fighting children.
8. if you could change one thing about the way you were raised, what would it be? I would not have had an alcoholic father or a mother who enabled him. I love my parents tremendously, but those are two attributes I struggled (still struggle) with.
9. I value HONESTY most in all my relationships.
10. I would absolutely eat a bowl of live crickets for 50,000 dollars. I have a very difficult time saying, "NO" to a dare.
11. Would you make a fool out of yourself in public if it meant you were making your partner laugh? I am always making a fool out of myself in public, so yes, I would. I can be quite a ham if I am contributing to the laughter of others
12. Do you think the family of a murder victim should have any say in what punishment is given to the murderer? Yes, I do. ESPECIALLY if the victim is a child :-(
13. Would you have a ‘Happy Button’ installed on your body, connected to your brain, which would instantly make you very happy whenever you pressed it? During a certain week of the month, Absolutely.
14. I do think it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Though, I haven't lost, yet, so I suppose I can't honestly answer that one.
15. The music I am embarrassed to admit I like is definitely Britney Spears. I LOVE "Gimme More" and "Piece of me." I don't really care about admitting I like it so much as I don't like to admit that I turn it up full blast when I am the only one in the car and rock out and sing.
16. I don't honestly think I have let anyone take the blame for something bad I did. I am very guilt-prone and I just couldn't live with myself. I probably did as a kid with my sister, but that doesn't count. Does it?
17. I like my man to have a well groomed, hairy face. He looks like a 12-year-old when he shaves.
18. The stupidest thing I have said and regretted?? A good friend emailed me during "that time of the month" and I was in a bad mood and I emailed her a bunch of mean things. Not too long ago, either. I hurt her and I really regret it. It's a wonderful thing she is so forgiving. I better mind my P's and q's from now on. What does that mean, mind my P's and q's??
19. I don't enjoy eating disgusting things. Unless sushi counts, which it doesn't.
20. I HAVE been pick-pocketed. I was on a youth group trip to San Francisco in 6th grade and while waiting in line for the Wax Museum, my wallet was taken right out of my pocket. I was so sad :-(
21. I have one sibling, a sister who is 3 years and 9 months older than me.
22. I do not want more children, unless we adopt one. THAT I would love to do. Zac wants 14 more, thanks to the Duggar family tv shows. He has been fixed, though, so no more biologically.
23. I was NOT in any High School Clubs, unless partying was a club. I was a cheerleader in my freshman year, though.
24. I met my hubby at an engagement party for mutual friends. I couldn't stand him. More on that at a later time ;-)
25. After a stressful day, I usually plop on the couch and watch tv. I love tv. Every so often, I DO have a glass of wine, but I am not REALLY a Sneaky Bottlesipper. That's just a front ;-)
26. Would you rather have a super popular child who is dumber then a brick or a really smart child but has little social aptitude? The latter. I was never super popular. But I am blessed socially (lol). I would hate to have a child with social problems, but hey, at least I wouldn't have to try and help with math.
27. Blind or deaf?? Deaf. I could still communicate with my hands, and I wouldn't be missing out on all the goodness that God has given us.
28. My most embarrassing moment as a mother? It was at my 6 week check-up after having Kendall. I went to use the restroom, and I guess I forgot to lock the door. So, I am on the toilet, pants to my ankles, spread eagle, when a woman walks in. She screamed, I screamed. It was a mess. When I came out, she was nowhere to be found. I think I heard someone come in and say they saw a woman running down the street gouging out her eyeballs.
29. Would you rather home school all of your kids or send them to a school that had low academics? For this reason, I would homeschool.
30. I am an underwire gal. If not, the girls hang down to my belly Button and NO ONE wants to see that!
31. Funniest joke I ever heard?? A pirate walks into a bar with a steering wheel sticking out of his pants. The bartender says, "Hey you realize there is a steering wheel sticking out of your pants?" The pirate walks over to the bartender and says, "'s drivin' me nuts!"
31. I pee in the shower and in the pool. Wanna come over and swim???
32. My favorite drink is Iced Tea
33. My best choice ever was marrying my husband.
34. My fave flower is a gerbera daisy
35. I DO have my ears pierced. Once.
36. I can't leave home without my bra, See #30 for the reason.
37. I LOVE MAC make-up. Love it!!
38. My secret celebrity crush is no longer a secret, since I had it in my photo meme. I am not ashamed to admit it's Justin Timberlake. He has officially brought sexy back!! Meeooowww!!
39. The weirdest place I have puked?? In Santa Barbara in front of a pizza place. I was 14 and I was visiting my sister and her friends got me all drunk. I never drank after that until I was a grown up. The partying in HS did not include alcohol.
40. No mile high club for me. I will have to talk to my husband about that.
41. Fave cleaning product? That would imply I clean. I don't have a fave. I hate to clean.
42. My favorite shoes are my Mary Jane Crocs.
43. My fave piece of jewelry are my diamond earrings made from the engagement ring of my husband's grandmother.
44. I don't have a Favorite blog to read. Each blog I read gives me something different. Some are funny, some I can relate to entirely, some are inspirational.
45. If you could choose a different decade to be born in what would it be? I guess the 50's or 60's. I am a closet hippie and I would have loved to live in the hippie days.
46. My most annoying habit is eating when I am bored.
47. I have grown to love my name. Especially with my last name. Everyone thinks I am crazy Irish, when I really am not.
48. An embarrassing celebrity crush I had in 6th grade was hands down-Kirk Cameron.
49. I have never seen a ghost. My sister did, though. I don't get scared too easily.
50. least favorite chore is vacuuming
51. I love the theater, but can't get Zac to go with me.
52. My favorite cookie is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.
53. I love Thrifty brand Chocolate Malted Crunch Ice Cream.
54. if you could only pick one food you had to eat everyday. for the rest of forever what would it be and why? Salad. I HEART salad.
I could eat it all the time and never get sick of it. Too bad I don't.

55. I am a sour girl, but love me some sweets when the time is right.
56. My favorite movie genre: I LOVE Romantic Comedies, and if they are from the 80's, even better!
57. My most fave song ever is "Deeper than the Holler" by Randy Travis.
58. Fave position?? I really think I like 3rd base, even though they always put me in the outfield ;-)
59. I wax my eyebrows on occasion, but I prefer to shave everywhere else.
60. My favorite exercise is the elliptical. I don't go to the gym nearly as often as I should these days, but I am slowly getting back.
61. A trait that I would like my children to have is good manners, if only for other people. My 12-year-old already has them, but I am training the others.
62. My favorite store is Target. You can find me in there a few times a week, LOVE it!
63. My favorite restaurant is The Outback, but the more kids I have the more I am loving The Old Spaghetti Factory.
64. If I could choose any super power, i would SO fly.
65. Do you like parties or small gatherings? I think I prefer small gatherings with close friends who think I am funny ;-)
66. How many best friends have you had in your life? Honestly, a lot. For some reason, I still keep in touch with almost ALL my High School/junior High friends, too.
67. I am not a cat person. At all.
68. What color do you hate? Ummmm, I don't really HATE a color. I won't wear orange, though.
69. If you were going to flee the country would it be Mexico or Canada? I would say Mexico 'cause the food is good, but my dad is from Canada, and I have family there, so realistically, Canada.
70. Did you birth all of your children in a hospital? Yep, and the first two were natural. Girls ain't nothin' but trouble, I tell ya.
71. What beauty product can you not live without? There is nothing I couldn't live without. I am not a girly girl and I don't wear make up on a regular basis. Does toothpaste count as a beauty product. Believe me, you don't want to talk to me when my teeth aren't brushed.
72. 13 Going on 3o is one movie I can watch over and over and never get tired of it. Also, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Sixteen Candles.
73. My dream car right now is the '08 Dodge Grand Caravan.
74. My favorite cartoon as a kid was the Smurfs. I just bought Season One on amazon, too. Now, my kids like it, also.
75. If you had fertility issues would you adopt, sperm donor, etc. to what extent would you go for children? I would have gone to any extent I had to for children. We still may adopt one more (Zac is fixed), but I am already halfway crazy with 3.
76. What's your fantasy job? I always wanted to be an actress growing up. Then I could date some hottie actors.
77. If you wrote a cookbook - what would you name it? Meals You can Cook while your Kids are Buggin the Crap Outta you and won't leave you alone. For some reason, I can't find a publisher, though.
78. Flowers, candy, presents or sex? Flowers or pressies, please :)
79. My love language is ABSOLUTELY Acts of Service.
80. My most embarrassing moment (besides the whole coochie show at the Dr's office) In 9th grade I was wearing my purple MC Hammer pants at the bus stop in front of the school. It was a half day and EVERYONE ( I do mean everyone!) was waiting for the bus to go to the beach. Erik Nielsen came behind me and pantsed me. My pants were around my ankles. I was so pissed. It was a good thing I was wearing a bathing suit, but it didn't matter when it came to Erik's fate. He got a sock-right in the nose!
81. Stupid things that you still have guilt over... I really try not to carry around a lot of guilt. I feel bad for people whom I have treated badly in school, though.
82. My favorite scent is fresh baked cookies.
83. I want a Dodge Grand Caravan with the swivel seats and the table, but I cann't afford. Therefore, I drive a 99 Ford Taurus.
84. I am not a hoarder, really. I do keep a lot of Kendall's old clothes to make a quilt someday, though.
85. I am terrible at Algebra, Geometry or anything they learn after 5th grade.
86. I love English and I will correct all your grammar and spelling. It literally makes me cringe to see a misspelling or major grammatical error.
87. I am learning to sew. I have made 4 aprons (on my 5th and 6th now) and I love it! It is so much fun. In fact, I have a few dresses to sew and I think I may do that today.
88. NO way on Panty Hose. Ever. I hate the stuff.
89. When I pick my nose, I flick my boogers. Wherever they land, is where they land.
90. If you go to bed and there is clean laundry on the bed, what do you do with it? Lucky for me, there are always BASKETS of clean laundry in the hallway outside my room or in my bedroom, so there is ALWAYS somewhere to put it!
91. I would love to go n a cruise to the Bahamas with my husband for our 10th anniversary (May 2010).
92. I collect Wizard of Oz figurines, dolls, lunch boxes, plates, etc. I love the Wizard of Oz.
93. My favorite comfort food is Pizza. For sure. I love pizza. Or Ice Cream. I LOVE Ice Cream. Or cookies. I love cookies, too. Or Sushi. I could eat sushi all the time. I just love food. I stuff my face with whatever is accessible when I need comforting.
94. If I could eat Ice Cream for every meal without gaining weight, I SO would. I love it to pieces.
95. My favorite toy as a child was my big wheel. I loved riding that thing (I was an absolute tomboy)
96. PICKING ZITS IS...Necessary. I cannot stand to have one, and I will pick it til it scars and I don't give a crap.
97. I really wish I was a better writer. I can think of what I want to say and how to say it, but when it comes down to writing it, I suck.
98. My best make out session was in 9th grade with Eric Connelly. He had been around the block a time or two, and I hadn't. We made out for hours, but I wasn't gonna give up my Carnal Treasure, so he broke up with me. Ass.
99. I love The Office and Grey's Anatomy
100. I am so thankful I have discovered blogging. I love my bloggy friends!!

Whew!! That was 3 days of question answering. Thank you all for the thought provoking questions!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

This killin' Time Is Killin' Me.

Just killin' time until I can post my 100 things about me. This here is post 99. I have the 100 things all written out. Does anyone actually want to see it?? Maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday...We will see....

Monday, March 24, 2008

OK, I am ALL set on questions!

In two more posts, YOU will get all the information you have NEVER wanted to know about me! I'll bet you can't wait!!


Easter was not the same this year. This year, I got the kids (and Zac) up at 5:15 to attend the 6 am 'Sunrise Service' at the lake. It was beautiful and the kids were quiet (except when Zac pulled Kendall's baby hairs as he was adjusting her blanket). After the service, we went to IHOP with some our our good friends that we saw as we were leaving the service. IHOP is nasty though. Not much to choose from on Easter Sunday, though.

Then (this is the sad, "woe is me" part), Zac left to go to Grammie's (Brandon has been with Zac's dad and met them there). I know I have mentioned her before. Grammie is Zac's 89-year-old Grandmother and I love her to pieces. JUST adore her. However, since Nolan had the chicken pox last week (they are crusted over now and most are gone, even), we are anticipating Kendall getting it, and if with has an ounce of cooties, we needed to stay away.

So, what did we do? The kids played with their new art supplies, and I watched movies. After movies. Saw the end of "Cheaper by the dozen." Watched "13 Going on 30" for the hundredth time. Saw "In Her Shoes." It was a on-productive, feel sorry for me kinda day.

I think this is the last year the Easter Bunny will come. We can dye eggs and stuff, still, but not the baskets and what have you. I have always really hated the idea, as it really takes away from the true meaning of "Resurrection Day." When Nolan found his gift he said, "This is NOT what I wanted." I was mad and I of course told him, "Well, Jesus didn't WANT to die on the cross, but HE did!" (We pull out the "Jesus died on the cross" card every time they complain about going to church, etc. ie: "It's a good thing Jesus wasn't too tired to die on the cross for us!")) Nolan got the deer in the headlights look and then sucked up his disappointment.

I hope everyone had a great Resurrection Sunday!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Some picture fun!! I love these.

I snagged this from Julie and I am pretty sure Andrea did it, too!

Go to search for each of the answers to these questions. and copy the html code and paste your answer.

1. What is your relationship status?

2. Who is your celebrity crush?
Timberlake (Shut up-you KNOW he's hot..bringin' sexy back)

3. Who is your favorite band?
RANDY TRAVIS (Randy Travis has been my favorite for 17 years!)

4. What is your favorite movie?
breakfast club


wizard of oz

5. What kind of pet do you have?
Dog and Cat (this really was the pic that came up under dog and cat)

6. Where do you live?

7. where do you work?
Stay At Home Mom

8. What do you look like?

9. What do you drive?
99 ford taurus se

10. What's your favorite TV show?
greys anatomy

11. Describe yourself.



12. What's your name?

13. What's your favorite candy?
Sweet Tarts ( I can never find these anywhere. If you find them and send them to me, I would be forever indebted to you!!)

Things that bug the crap outta me...ongoing

So, back in November, I posted this as a Thursday Thirteen. But, every so often I am doing something and I think...MAN, I SO should have included that in my "Things That Bug The Crap Outta Me" post. So, I think from now on, when I think of one, I will just have to say it. Maybe I should put it as a favorite on my sidebar and just add to it...what do YOU think??

I will just share a few more here....

People who are not fat saying just how fat they are. Y'know, unless you are 200+ pounds, or a size 16 or larger, I don't want to hear from you. You are NOT FAT. So, stop with the "woe is me" routine and just shut it. I? AM FAT. And I am not going to listen to your 165 pound ass complaining about how your ass can't fit in your size 6 jeans.

Liars. Just tell me the truth already. I don't bite...hard.

When I see on my sitemeter that various people have stopped by without commenting. I mean, I smell or something?? (Clarification: It does not bother me when I see a regular commenter not comment...its the lurkers that bug me. Heaven knows I am guilty of not ALWAYS commenting!)

People who used to be fat, but are now thin, who act like they have never BEEN fat and don't know what it's like. Get off your high horse. You used to look like a sow, too, ya know?!?!

When I bloghop and comment on people's blogs, and they don't have the decency to even come by my blog...Bah!

I will have to add more as they come up. I can't strain my brain too hard. It's not even 7 am yet.

Friday, March 21, 2008

A boy who misses his mama

This is my boy, Brandon. He is 12 1/2.

Brandon is at his Grandpa's house until Sunday. He's been there since Wednesday. He is there because he was going stir crazy (he has ADHD) cooped up in the house with his siblings and chicken pox.

Today, I checked my email and this is what I found:
Hi mommy! I miss you alot. When I get back Im gonna do everything I can to be awesome for you in my behavior. I hope the little bra... I mean Nolan and Kendall are doing good.
I MISS YOU A WHOLE GARBAGE LOAD YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you,

Your loving, handsome, and most dashing son,

Isn't he sweet??

One more, just to prove he's my son....what a geek!

Help...I need somebody...Help!

OK, so I don't really NEED somebody, but I do do need help. My 100th post is rapidly approaching...

I really wanted to write 100 things about me, but I am so dang unoriginal, I wouldn't be able to come up with anything original to say about ME. Sooooo, if you all wouldn't mind asking me a few questions so I have some ideas, I would be SO grateful!
ANd, yeah, in case you are wondering, I totally stole the idea from Cecily. The only difference is that I am a loser and have no prizes to give!

SO, ask me ANYTHING...what have you always wanted to know about Kelly??

I am gonna keep this as a sticky for a week, so check below for new posts!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Look what the cat Chicken drug in!

Remember this?? Well, last night as I was getting the kids ready for bed, I noticed I have a spotted little boy. There are only about 20 spots as of now, but it's definitely the "Chicken Pops" (as his sister would say). So, along with the spots, he has a fever and is vomiting a bit, so looks like a "stay inside and cater to the prince" week. That is, of course, until the princess gets it...

OH...Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

What's your leprechaun name??

Your Leprechaun Name Is:

Sneaky Bottlesipper

DUDE! It's like they KNOW me!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

I'm the mommy, THAT'S why!

I'm a yeller. Not proud of it, but I am. I yell for the kids to get dressed for school. I yell because we are running late for school. I yell up the stairs at the kids to come down for dinner. I yell when I am mad, happy, whatever. Just call me a big, fat loud mouth. I am a yeller.

Zac (hubby) is a lecturer. He lectures. All. The. Time. When the kids get a bad grade, they can expect to sit down and listen to dad discuss it for an eternity. When they do what they aren't supposed to do, dad will "talk" to them about it. You get the drift.

Personally, having lived with the latter growing up (of course, mine was a drunk lecturer. Zac just lectures), I would much prefer to be yelled at.

So, when Nolan told me this afternoon, "I don't have to listen to YOU; YOU aren't the boss. DAD IS!!", did I yell at him?? Nope. I told on him.

Who's the Boss Now, Punk?

Thursday 13 #23 - Irish Toasts

13 Irish Toasts

In Celebration of St. Patty's Day, I thought I'd pay a little tribute to all the fellow Irish!! (I am not actually Irish, my name just sounds like I am. My husband and children, however...are.)

1. May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
2. May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.
3. As you slide down the banisters of life may the splinters never point the wrong way.
4. May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmothers teeth.
5. May the Lord keep you in His hand and never close His fist too tight.
6. May your neighbors respect you, Trouble neglect you, The angels protect you, And heaven accept you.
7. May you die in bed at ninety-five years, shot by a jealous husband(or wife).
8. May your doctor never earn a dollar out of you and may your heart never give out. May the ten toes of your feet steer you clear of all misfortune, and before you're much older, may you hear much better toasts than this.
9. Beautiful young people are acts of nature, But beautiful old people are works of art.
10. May I see you grey and combing your children's hair.
11. May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going and the insight to know when you're going too far.
12. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.
13. May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.

And, one more, just because it's hilarious!!

Here's to our wives and girlfriends:
May they never meet!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Little Girls

Before I moved to where I am living now, I went to church with a family who had 6 girls. Six. Every time I saw this family, the mom was pregnant. I KNOW they were trying for that boy, but that never happened. The kids names were Rachel, Leslie, Who knows, Who knows, Rebekah and Danielle (The middle children are always ignored anyway, right??). Anyway, I always imagined the mom stumbling around the house drinking vodka from the flower vase singing, "Little Girls" like Miss Hannigan on Annie. I wonder if she ever did that. I SO would if I had six girls.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

I don't know if I've ever had a migraine. Does it feel as if brain matter is going to explode through your temples any moment?? If, so, I have one.

Fantastic time to step in the "puddle in front of the toilet," wouldn't you say? (those of you with husbands boys know what I am talking about.) I'm not cleaning it up, either.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Washing my life away...

After much research and going back and forth between, "Do I want a front loader because they look so dang cool" and "Do I want a top loader that holds more," I went with the latter. I decided that it is much more important to me to be able to do THREE loads of laundry in one wash with a 4.5 SUPER CAPACITY tub! Plus, it looks kinda cool too, with the glass top and all. Oh, I am so excited!! Now, I will sit here and wait. They will be here between 1-5 today!!

I give you the WHIRLPOOL CABRIO Washer and Dryer...

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday 13 # 22 - Play my Trivia Challenge!

13 Reasons YOU should play my daily Trivia Challenge - Every Day! (on my sidebar, of course)

1. Who doesn't like trivia??
2. You need something to do besides blog all day long (for the SAHM's out there...'cause really all we do is blog, eat bon bons and watch soaps ALL. DAY. LONG.)
3. Come on-stimulate that MOMMY brain!
4. You aren't afraid to LOSE against ME! (No, I am not competitive AT.ALL.)
5. It's timed. so even if we both got them all correct, the one that does it in the fastest time is the REAL winner!
6. I need some people to play against me.
7. You enjoy a bit of a challenge
8. You REALLY love me and want to be a part of everything I am involved in. (Shut up. You KNOW it's true.)
9. You don't want to hurt my precious feelings by not playing :-(
10. Every month, the one with the most wins will get a special bloggy prize from ME!!
11. The questions are really pretty simple, I swear.
12. You want everyone to think you are super smart. Imagine your children's reaction. "Wow, mom (or dad), you got ALL those questions right?? WOW, you must be like really smart and stuff!"

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My daughter

I ate one of her goldfish crackers and she starts screaming at me.

"I HATE YOU!" Then in her sweetest little angel voice she says, " Well, I hate you a little, but I love you a lot."

Am I supposed to be gaga over that?

BTW, "hate" is not a word the kids are allowed to use. THAT is why she said afterwards that she "only" hates me a little bit, but she loves me a lot. I just thought it was sort of funny.

Monday, March 3, 2008

The Secret Life of a Soccer mom

Did anyone else catch this show on TLC tonight? Did anyone else feel like vomiting after doing so??
I found this show so completely degrading to Stay at Home Moms everywhere. Basically, it takes a Stay at Home mom and puts her in her "dream career" for a week while dad tends to the kids. At the end of the show, they offer the mom a full time position, as if what she is doing at home is unimportant. The whole time they are talking about how she has sacrificed her life to be home with her kids. I am sorry, but I don't feel like it's a sacrifice to raise my children.
Yes, I did put my career dreams aside so I can raise my children, but you know what?? It was the best damn decision I ever made! And I would do it again in a heartbeat, AND I respect and admire any woman who does this for their children. The best gift you can give your children is your presence. I sincerely believe that. Now, this is not to say that if you do have a career that you are a neglectful parent. There are many reasons why both parents need to work. But DAMN! This television program made it seem that those of us who choose to stay home are doing a disservice to ourselves. What about our children?? I didn't have three children just so I can pawn them off on someone else. I CHOSE to have three children so that I can raise them and love them and give them security day in and day out. Sure, maybe I put my career on hold, but mark my words: I am absolutely LIVING MY DREAM. And, I am positive that my children will thank me for it someday.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

30 Things

I found this on Jenn's site, and though she didn't exactly "tag" me for this, I am doing it anyway because I know you are all DYING to know more about me. Plus, I am on a blogging roll lately and who knows when I will be again!!

1. If your doctor told you TODAY that you were pregnant, what would you say? Well, I guess now is as good a time as any to tell Zac about the lawn boy....(Zac has had a vasectomy...J/K about the lawn boy. Of course, if he looked like the one on Desperate Housewives...)

2. Do you trust all of your friends? Mostly. The ones I don't trust aren't true friends.

3. Would you move to another state or country to be with the one you love? Yep, absolutely. I would live anywhere as long as my family was there with me.

4. Do you believe that everything happens for a reason? Yes, I believe in God and I believe that He makes everything happen for a reason.

5. Can you make a dollar in change right now? Yep, I absolutely could. Which is weird, because I never, NEVER have cash.

6. Which one of your friends do you think would make the best doctor? Oh gosh, you would all have to be assuming that I have smart friends.

7. What naughty word do you use too often? Naughty?? Or bad? I say too many bad words, but when I hear "naughty" I think of, the naughty word that I like to use is "hump." I know, so juvenile.

8. Is there someone who pops into your mind at random times? Yes, there is someone. Old friends pop into my head a lot.

9. What's your most favorite scar? I don't have a lot of scars, but I do like the story behind the huge long one on my leg. Yep, I shaved for the first time at 12 and I STILL have the scar!

10. When was the last time you flew in a plane? Gosh, I don't really remember. Maybe 10 years ago to go to Washington. Wow, it's been a while.

11. What features do you find most attractive in the preferred sex? Ha ha...Preferred sex. I am sorry, that cracked me up. So PC, dontcha think?? I guess the eyes, but OMG I am totally laughing at the "preferred sex."

12. Fill in the blank. I love __________. Ice Cream.

13. What is a goal you would like to accomplish in the near future? I would like to get another "A" in this Child Development class. I would also like to get a job next year at a preschool that Kendall is attending.

14. If you were to wake up from being in a coma for an extended time who would you call? Assuming my husband was with me, I would call my mom and dad and my sister.

15. Where was your favorite picture taken? I like the pic of my husband and I at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the faux clam shell. (see profile pic)

16. What's your middle name? Jean

17. Honestly, what's on your mind right now? This survey. I find it incredibly difficult to talk about me.

18. If you could go back in time and change something, what would it be? I would have given each of my children a second middle name. I know it's lame, but I always wanted more "biblical" names for my children and they don't have them. So, like Brandon Alexander Josiah or Nolan Patrick Silas or Kendall Norine Grace. I told you before, I love names.

19. Who was or will be the maid of honor/best man in your wedding? My sister was my maid of honor and my friend Connie was my Matron of Honor.

20. What are you wearing right now? Some cozy pants and a cozy sweater thingy.

21. Ever had a bar fight? No, I don't go to bars.

22. Who knows you the best? Besides myself, Zac does.

23. Did you buy something today? Just pizza for lunch.

24. Did you get in a fight with someone today? No, but Zac has been a grump, so I have been pissy.

25. When was the last time you had a massage? About 4 months ago. It was rad.

26. Last person to see you cry? My Doctor. I hate that.

27. Who made you cry? Aunt Flo.

28. What was the last TV show you watched? LOST, I guess.

29. Who was the last person you hung out with? My family and our friends Star and Zack and their kids.

30. Have you ever taken a peek at someone else's diary? Yes, I looked at my sister's Diary when I was younger. It was mean and awful. I found out a lot of things. Had a ton of ammo that I eventually used on her.

"Say What??"

Holleeann from thevasquez3 high fived (tagged) me for this really fun hoopla (meme) she called it "Say What?!" and here's how it works:
1. Post the rules on your blog.
2. Just list 10 things that won't likely ever come out of your mouth.
3. High-five (or 'tag') any amount of people to do the same on their blog.
4. Then come back here to Home is Where the Mom Is and let me know that you did it.

1. "I love it when you yell and scream and fight during breakfast. Just the perfect way to start my day."
2. "No, I don't want a bigger car. My car holds five very tightly, and since we have a family of 5, it works perfectly for us."
3. "Oh, I love being fat!"
4. "Hey, honey, come sit right beside me and cuddle away."
5. "Would you like a foot rub??"
6. "I don't mind at all if you are late. Every. single. time."
7. "Could you please whine a little louder?? I don't think I heard you."
8. " Oh, is that spelled wrong? I didn't even notice."
9. "Yes, I have been sitting on my a$$ all day. Hand me some more bon bons would ya?"
10. "No, thanks. I have all the money I need. You can keep the inheritance."

I will just tag a couple people for this one. Julia at crazymama and Jen at enjoying the ride

Saturday, March 1, 2008

7 Random Things

The rules are as follows:

I was actually tagged a while back, too, but I will do it again. For the first one, see this link.

#1 Link to the person who tagged you....Andrea at Raising 4 Boys
#2 Post the rules on your blog.
#3 Share seven random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog.
#4 Tag seven random people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
#5 Leave a comment on their blogs so that they know they have been tagged.

#1 - I have a really bad habit of boxing cars in when I can see they are in a hurry and going dangerously above the speed limit. I will get in front of them and I will stay at the same speed as the car directly beside me so that they can't get by either way. I know...ANNOYING!

#2 - I don't like when people are late or flaky. I get very irritated. I am ALWAYS on time or early, and I expect a phone call if you are running late or if you are not going to fulfill your promise.

#3 - I prefer my children to call grown-ups by Mr. and Mrs. so-and-so. I think it's because I like to be called by Mrs. Kelly or my last name by children. I believe it is more respectful.

#4 - I am quite shy when I don't know people I am with. However, when I do get to know you, watch out! I may never shut up! (Anyone seen the In Living Color with the shy girl at the party, then she starts singing and won't shut up?? Yeah, that.)

#5 - I hate feet. They gross me out. Nasty toenails and callouses. Ew. When someone starts talking about feet, I gag. I gag when I think about pedicures and all that stuff. But I love baby feet and little kid feet.

#6 - I met Corey Feldman when Zac and I were dating. We were at an 80's concert (It was in 1999) and Corey Feldman was a guest star there. I made Zac wait in line for an hour and a half so I could meet him and get my pic taken with him. Someday I may post that picture. If you don't know who Corey Feldman is, well, I feel awful sorry for you.

#7- In 9th grade I had planned on kissing a boy I really liked. I had really bad breath and NO money. I asked everyone I knew if they had gum, and no one did. I tried to steal a pack and I got too scared. I drank water and it didn't mask the smell. He kept wanting to kiss me and we finally did and guess what? He said I had really bad breath and he had changed his mind about me. Doh!

Now 7 people to tag. I tag....

Jenn at Enjoying the Ride

Janie at ThinkHappyThawts
Holleeann at theVasquez3
Leeann at the World through the eyes of me
Sheri at Pants Optional
Julia at Crazy Mama of 6
Lisa (who doesn't post enough) at God's Greatest Gift to me

Friday, February 29, 2008

Yeah, I'll have the Chicken Pox to go, please...

Sounds weird, huh? Yeah, everyone I tell thinks I am a little bit loopy (which is debatable). I went to someone's house today that I have never met because I want my kids to get the chicken pox. Her kids have them. If nothing else, the kids had a fantabulous time playing together. I figure, I would much rather them get it now rather than when they are older. So, yeah, there's my story. Take me off your blogroll if you think I am a major freak, or embrace my freakishness. Whatever. You know you love me.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

TT # 21 Wacky Warnings

These are actual warning labels found on products. Some are pretty good!

1. On a shower cap: Fits one head (Sorry, freaks.)
2. On a child's scooter: This product moves when used (Uh, really?? Like, it actually moves and stuff?? Take it back, that's just crazy talk!)
3. Inside a six-inch plastic bag: Do not climb inside this bag and zip it. Doing so will cause injury or death. (You hear that? DO NOT climb inside!)
4. On an insect spray: This product not tested on animals (well, great...that's really encouraging)
5. On a can of pepper spray: May irritate eyes (MAY? MAY irritate eyes?? Comforting.)
6. On a fishing lure with a three-pronged hook: Harmful if swallowed (What do you think will happen if I just TRY??)
7. On a carpenter's drill: Not intended for use as a dental drill (That's right, Cletus, you may have to take mama to the ACTUAL dentist.)
8. On a package of earplugs: These earplugs are non-toxic, but may interfere with breathing if caught in the windpipe (So, you're telling me that JUST because they are non-toxic doesn't mean that I should eat them? Hmmmm...there's a concept.)
9. On a food processor: Not to be used for the other use (Is anyone else super curious as to what that "other use" may be??)
10. On a knife set: Never try to catch a falling knife (But, I'm a ninja!)
11. On a hair dryer: Do not use in shower (Now, does this just mean if the shower is on, because gosh, it sure would be convenient if I COULD use it IN the shower.)
12. On a bottle of dog shampoo:Contents should not be fed to fish (well, crap. I guess I'll just take it back, then!)
13. On a toilet: Recycled flush water unsafe for drinking (But I'm THIIIRRRRSSSSTTTTYYYY!!!!!)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Little Miss Mila Cecilia

Last Thursday, my good friend, Jeannene and her family got some life-changing news. They found out what they had sort of expected all along; their beautiful 2 year old daughter, Mila, has Autism. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult time for them and they are asking for prayers. If you get a second, please go to Jeannene's blog and leave her a quick comment. She is so grateful for her community of blog friends, and she would really appreciate your support.

Mila is a beautiful, precious little girl. She doesn't smile much, but when she does, she lights up the room. She has such a sweet little personality, and I love her dearly. I feel so blessed, especially now, to be a part of her life. She will do amazing things! The Lord has blessed Jeannene and her family for giving them this amazing little miracle to help nurture and grow. Her autism does not and will not define her!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

TT #20 - 80's movies!

13 of my FAVORITE 80's Movies, Yeah!!

1. The Breakfast Club (Do you know how popular I am?? I am SO popular...)
2. Pretty in Pink (Love me some Duckie!)
3. Sixteen Candles (Fred, she's gotten her boobies.)
4. Some Kind of Wonderful (love Mary Stuart Masterson in this one!)
5. Can't Buy Me Love (I still can't believe that Ronald Miller is now a McDreamy!)
6. St. Elmo's Fire (I only just watched this for the first time last week, and I LOVED it!)
7. Dirty Dancing (Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner)
8. Footloose (Man, Kevin Bacon was so RAD!!)
9. Big (I still get freaked out when I go by he Voltar Machines!)
10. Karate Kid (I had a HUGE crush on Ralph Macchio)
11. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (I sure miss John Candy)
12. Top Gun (this,of course, was before Tom Cruise was, um, different.
13. The Toy (Richard Pryor was awesome!!)

Notice there is still no "Say Anything." I am not a John Cusack fan. I hope I don't disappoint those of you who love that movie, lol!