Sunday, October 31, 2010

Monday Minute:Halloween

Happy Halloween!
It's all over. The kids hit the jackpot this year
and got the most candy we've ever gotten before.
We found a gold mine when we discovered a new
subdivision to go to since we don't trick or treat near home.
You just don't go door to door in the woods, if ya know what I mean.
It was nice, not crowds of kids, decent candy and
no cars driving around.

Halloween Icon Pictures, Images and Photos

So let's go to it. This week's post for the
Monday Minute.

1. What did you dress up as your first Halloween?
I have no clue. The first Halloween that I can remember I was Casper
the Friendly Ghost. I think I was 3 or 4 years old.
2. What was your favorite Halloween costume of all time?
My favorite costume was when I dressed as a witch and I
had my black cat Patches with me.
3. Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes I do. It creeps my husband out. I was born
on Friday the 13th and I have this fascination with
spirits and ghosts. I think it was my 20th birthday and it fell on a Friday so
my mother bought me a Ouija board and I used
it that night. My husband( who was my bf then) would not touch it and I
used it once at his rental house ( which was built in the 50's)
and it got a little creepy. ( I was using it alone) and I've never used
it again. Honestly you have to be careful with witchcraft.
4. What's your favorite holiday of the year?
5. What's your favorite fall dessert?
Do I have to choose one? I love pumpkin muffins,
pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and cranberry bran muffins.
mmm. this is making me hungry!

Happy Halloween

We dressed the kids in their Halloween costumes last night
to take them to a Trunk n Treat and to a Halloween celebration
in the town I grew up in.
My little Pirate

Isn't he a cute pirate?

And my fairy Princess who looked
so beautiful in her tutu and pretty wings.

I made the tutu. I got so many compliments
on both of the kids costumes.
I am proud of myself because I pulled it off
and made both of their costumes again.
Tonight after an early dinner we're going to another
Trunk n Treat and then hitting some local neighborhoods for
some trick or treating.
What have you got planned?
Be safe and watch our for the children as
you take your children out.
And as always- check your candy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wacky Wednesday

I was half looking forward to today. Wednesday is my day off and I usually get a chance to relax since it's the one day that nothing else is going on. No work, no trips to the dance studio for Miss K, no driving to the gym and no volunteering at school. You get the drift. I have been anticipating this day for a week at least. I had it scheduled today and prepaid for the surgery for my dog and my cat to be spayed and neutered.
My dog Bella is almost a year old and since we do not want her to have puppies she needed to be spayed. The cat Oscar is about six months old and he is coming into his "manhood". I guess you could call it that and since he's an indoor cat, we needed to get him"fixed" soon. For a week I've had to deal with him running out the door to get outside and howling like a female cat in heat. It was soo annoying.
So this morning after dropping off Miss K at school I had to get back home and load up the animals. Since we were able to have them "altered" at our local animal shelter for low cost it made more sense to have them go together. The drop off time for surgery was at 9:00- 9:30am which left most of the morning for me and Little E to get out of the house.

After a half hour hanging out in the waiting room and being embarrassed by my dog's lack of ability to hold her bladder we were on our way to the fabric store. I still needed one piece of fabric to finish Little E's pirate costume for Halloween.

Taking Little E into Jo-Ann's fabric store was pretty entertaining to say the least. He found himself some pirate fabric that he had to have and of course I bought a piece to make a small pillow. I found a remnant to use for his costume and of course I got sucked into the clearance section. I did score an awesome deal on a sewing basket and bought some more stuff to fill it with. Feeding my newest hobby addiction-sewing. We couldn't get out of the store though without a lesson in taking what doesn't belong to us. Little E tried to stash a piece of candy in his pocket and thankfully I caught him. Why do they sell candy in a craft store anyways?

Running on empty in the gas tank and in my stomach I stopped for gas before heading home and discovered that Daytona Beach does not have a Dunkin Donuts anywhere!!! I had to drive back home before locating a DD back near my hometown.

Realizing that I needed to go to Target again for the third time this week (You'd think I'd avoid that place after my recent experience) I passed home to go pick up my prescription that was available a week ago. Of course when I get to the pharmacy they tell me that my prescription was returned to the shelf so I would have to wait 20 minutes. By now, Little E is begging me for an icee and I just want to go home and eat lunch. I decided to hang in the store and wait and browse the Halloween section which is already on clearance.

Twenty five minutes later we were on our way out leaving not much time before having to go pickup Miss K from school. No time left to go home and eat lunch we met up with a friend at Chick Fil A. It actually gave me a breathing moment to eat and watch the little guy play in the playground.

After picking up Miss K, all she was concerned with was when were we going to get Bella and Oscar. We had a few hours before the pick up time and headed home to get homework done and give Little E a nap. By then he was running on empty, whining about everything and telling me " see mommy, I'm not tired anymore". He might not think he is but I was and needed a break.

My relaxing hour that I thought I might get didn't happen. Maybe I should have stayed off the phone or maybe I should have put the computer away. Who knows, but I do know that my time in the recliner was anything but relaxing. I was planning to make a last trip to the grocery store to get some items that were on sale and use my coupons. So I was searching on my newest money saving, coupon clipping website to print more out. All the while I was keeping tabs on Miss K who was not staying on task with her homework.

Before I knew it it was 4:00pm and I needed to get back on the road again to go get the animals. Another hour on the road round trip not including stopping at the store and waiting at the clinic. We get to the humane society and of course you can view the puppies and kittens from this room. This afternoon they moved some new puppies into the viewing cages and I spotted this adorable fawn and white pup. She was absolutely precious and fell in love with the kids.

Before I know it I'm standing in the back field with both kids and this puppy. We're doing a "meet n greet" and getting to know this sweet puppy I penned the name "Baby". The kids didn;t get the idea about adopting and thought we were taking this puppy home today. What was I thinking? My friend says I'm crazy. I guess so. It's a crazy life I lead. The chaos is hilarious. So we're on the waiting list to see if we get the puppy.

After an hour at the clinic we load up the cat and dog and head home. Bella was so excited to see us she couldn't control her bladder and peed all over again.

She's pretty mellow tonight. I think the surgery and leaving us for the day has traumatized her for now. The cat is not happy with me since he's sporting a new collar. haha. That's what he gets for licking his stitches. Thankfully the little guy has stopped howling like a cat in heat. It might be quiet around here now.

The kids are asleep, where I should be. I think it's taking me longer to wind down. It' been a crazy day. Back to work in the morning.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

OH NO YOU DIDN'T:October 26

Welcome to the “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” TUESDAY Headquarters. I’m so excited that you’ve decided to play along!


I love Target and their new 5% back when you
use your Target Check Card but this might just
change my mind.


Saturday evening in after leaving my anniversary dinner before heading
to a movie with my hubby I told him we needed to make a quick
trip into Target to get grab some allergy medicine for the kids
and some sugar for our morning coffee.
After grabbing the bottle of Claritin my husband asked me
about some body wash for him. It reminded me about a sale
they were having on Dial body wash for men. $3.99 a bottle and when
you purchase 3 you get a $5.00 Target gift card and to sweeten
the deal, each bottle had a $1.00 off coupon.
I got to the register and separated my stuff into two transactions.
1. The 3 bottles of body wash
2. Sugar, Claritin, Kitchen Cleaner
The cashier rang up the Dial and then the register prompted her
to issue the gift card and then she went to scan my coupons.
The coupons scanned at $1.00, $.97 and $0.00. Really?
I questioned it and she called CS to get some assistance.
CS wasn't much help and she tried scanning the coupons before the
Gift Card issuance and it would only give me 2 $1.00 coupons.
She called a manager.
By now the people in line behind me are gathering their items and
walking to other registers. Ugh.
The manager tells me that I cannot use the coupons because they are
MFG (manufacturer) coupons.
Really? What the hell does that have to do with anything?
I begin to get irritated.
I told her that her store has these bottles on the
shelf with said coupons on them and she can't take them? Really?
She then tells me the coupons are for my next policy.
I'm thinking "OH NO YOU DIDN'T".
I told her I want to see that policy. She ignores me.
I told her if that's the case then why was I able to use
a coupon off the bottle of kitty litter bought the day before in her store?
Would she like to see a receipt????
We argue back and forth, back and forth about the coupons.
She is treating me like an idiot, like I have no idea what
a manufacturer coupon is.

End result
after 15minutes wasted in line and now I'm running
late to my movie:
I got $2.00 off and my $5.00 gift card and I
still have one coupon that she refused to force through her machine.

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Here are the rules:

1. Write a post about something that the cashier at the checkout, the
guy on the freeway did, your husband, your wife or best friend
may have said or done recently that made you stop and say
“OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” Your posts can be as sweet, sarcastic, or tongue in cheek style YOU choose. You can vlog it, type it or even add photos and cartoons.

2. Include a little blurb or add an “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” button to your blog post or sidebar and link back to my blog. Need some help?

3. Add your link to the Mister Linky form at the bottom of my “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” TUESDAY posts each week. Be sure to use the direct link to your “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” post. To get this, click on your post then copy the URL in your browser and paste it into Mister Linky.

4. Last, but not least…stop by and visit some of the other awesome “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” participants. It’s a nice thing to do. Besides, I’ll be visiting all of your posts too!

Please no Follow Me along posts unless you are including your ONYD post along with it. Thanks and happy Tuesday!

I’m really excited about this and hope you all play along. Spread the word, tell a friend and let’s have some fun! Now go and get your posts ready for Tuesday’s meme. I’m dying to read them all!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Monday Minute:Oct over?

Is the weekend really over? I can't believe that October
is almost over and this is the last week of it.
In forty one days I will be on a plane
heading to Colorado for a week long family vacation.
It seems like only yesterday I bought plane tickets
for this trip.
Time for some Monday Minute.
Won't you play along?
The questions.......

1.Have you ever been hospitalized? Other than giving birth to two babies, nope. I did go into the emergency room when I was having chest pains that could have been my gall bladder but after a barrage of tests, nothing was confirmed. I was sent home with some medicine and stayed away from spicy foods and it cleared up.

2.What’s the last bit of good news you received? That the cabin we will be staying in for 3 days while in Colorado will be free of charge. I am going to CO to visit my cousin and her family ( my aunt and uncle and other cousin as well) and staying with her and the cabin is owned by a family friend of hers. It is very generous of her friend to allow us to use it to stay in the mountains a few days. I can't wait to enjoy the weather, the company and freedom.

3. Who was your favorite teacher? I can't name just one. I had several that made an inspiration in my life like my 3rd grade teacher who gave me courage or my 6th grade teacher who showed me that it's okay to be different. Or my 7th and 8th grade art teacher who allowed my passion for art to come through or my 10th, 11th and 12th grade math teacher who let me shine in my favorite subject-math! Can you tell I loved school for what it was, learning. ?

4. Do you sing in the shower? Sometimes. I prefer to sing in the car, along with the radio. My kids laugh at me, they think I'm silly.

5. Describe the happiest day of your life. I could say the day my babies were born, but choosing one over the other is not possible because each of those days were blessings. One of the happiest days besides the obvious, was spending Easter Sunday this year. I had an amazing time watching both my children hunt for Easter eggs in my parents backyard. Little E was old enough to get the hang of egg hunting and watching he and Miss K laugh, run and enjoy the excitement of it was truly a fabulous day.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Volunteering: Little E

After eight weeks of waiting for my application to be verified, my background checked and whatever else they needed to dig up on me, I am officially a volunteer for Miss K's school! Last week the resource officer called me to give me the good news and wanted to know what kind of volunteering I was interested in. I was willing to work in any classroom even if it meant doing so in Miss K's class. She said she had a teacher that needed filing done and seeing how I would be bringing Little E with me, this teacher would be more understanding since she has a toddler herself.
I started my firs day of volunteer work this morning. I was nervous about how Little E would do. Would he be shy and act like he does when a stranger talks to him? Or would he feel at ease and go through all the cabinets, cubbies and books like he was at home? Well.. it was a little bit of both. I was so nervous about it that I had a hard time concentrating for the first 30 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well he did while I organized homework sheets, filed papers and checked folders. The 3rd graders took to Little E like he was one of their own and he was in heaven. Since it was Friday, the classroom schedule was more relaxed and the teacher played some music and let the kids walk around the room during an exercise. Little E joined in and had the biggest smile on his face!

Once I had finished everything Mrs. P had for me to do today, I told her how relieved I was about his behavior. She told me he did fine and that the students are like "mam hens". I finished telling her that I wasn't sure what to expect from that age group, but it worked well so far. I can't wait until next Monday to see how it goes.

Friday, October 22, 2010

5QF:Chef Mom

Where did the week go? Really.?
I cannot believe that it's Friday!
The days fly by and I am running out of time
to get my kids Halloween costumes finished.
I am looking forward to another fun weekend with the kids
and my husband. The kiddos are going to Grandma's house Saturday
night and having a sleep over.
ALONE time for mommy and daddy.
Oh how I'll miss them.

1. Who is the better cook, you or your spouse? I am, because I do all the cooking and LOVE to cook. I enjoy cooking meals for my family and relish the praise when they enjoy what I've cooked.I have taken family recipes and altered them to my liking and perfected them. My husband tells me that each time I recreate a meal it gets better.

2. How often do you talk to your mom? Pretty much everyday except on weekends. I'm so busy with my family doing recreational activities that I don't call her then. My mom and I have a pretty good relationship when I don't tell her too much of my personal life.

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe? I will stick to the recipe the first time I make something but if I taste-test it and it doesn't seem right I might add something to it. If I make the recipe again I will most definitely alter it and make it differently. I have made several recipes of my own and love to get creative in the kitchen. I had made some pretty fabulous dishes and a few duds. Trial and error, only one way to find out.

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe? Yes it is. On both feet. Isn't is something special if they are? I thought I heard that somewhere.

5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?) Depends. I did two years ago when I dressed the kids as The Lion and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. I dressed up as the Wicked Witch, it was so cute! We met up with some friends to go trick or treating and they didn't even recognize me. I wore a fake nose and green makeup that I did myself and it was pretty good. Pretty fabulous.

This year, I won't be anything. Just me.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PYHO: Pour Me A Large Glass

All it takes is one wrong word or something to set the mood in a bad light or some one not doing what they should be doing. The stress sets in and the mood changes. Then something else happens and escalates the mood and before you know it you can cut the tension with a knife.

That is just one moment of what it was like before I broke down and went to to doctor. Ten months ago I decided that I couldn't stand treating my family with such anger and meanness.

I have had stress issues since my teen years and they had manifested into much more after marriage and children. But you try to ignore the problem and after an outburst you say it's the last time. But I can say it's like a drug. You say "this is the last time". And then it happens again. Something irritates you and you get mad and when it's all over you apologize. You say it won't happen again, you won't get mad but you're only fooling yourself.

Then it happens again. But it's meaner and nastier than the last time because mentally you got away with nasty last time so you push it more. The best way I can describe it is like seeing red. You get so upset that you don't realize how mad you are and anything can irritate you while you're in this rage.

I broke down in tears and called my doctor one morning after yelling at the kids. I gave into turning to medication because praying for strength and asking for forgiveness of my sins wasn't working anymore. It only took eight years to come to terms with the fact that I needed help that I couldn't find alone.

It has been the best thing that has happened to me. Not many people know I take medicine to stay calm. Because honestly, the people that don't know never saw THAT side of me. That part of who I was was not publicly shown. There's no reason to tell them about that part of me because I'm not proud of it.

I hope to one day wean off the medicine. My doctor says it possible. I know that it's not going to be anytime soon. A good example would be this weekend. I got food poisoning and missed a day and half worth of my medicine. My irritability creeped in on me today. The small things started bothering me. It's possible that it was a combination of tiredness, missed medicine, and being overwhelmed that contributed to my irritated mood.

For those people out there that are feeling lost, moody, overwhelmed, stressed, exhausted, angry, tired... or any other contributing factor added with stress of raising children, keeping house, keeping a husband happy it's ok to admit defeat and seek help. Maybe you won't need medicine, maybe counseling with a therapist is what you need. Don't feel like a failure. Because for many years I felt like if I asked for help that I was admitting there was a problem and I didn't think there was.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My Apologies

Today should have been my first edition of OH NO YOU DIDN'T, but the fact that it was Tuesday morning slipped my mind. I spent the last 24 hours with food poisoning and Monday was pretty much a blur. I won't go into details but one of my favorite foods will no longer be consumed by me unless I make it myself.
Sunday evening my husband and I got some Chinese takeout from our regular restaurant. But this time I tried a new dish and I thought it was soo yummy! Famous last words. Ugh. I am still recovering today from being so sick and just realized that it was Tuesday.
Just thinking about Chinese Food is making me nauseous. So I promise that I will start next week.

Friday, October 15, 2010

"Bored" Games

I was talking to my mother today about organizing and cleaning closets. She is standing there telling me that she was reading an article on organizing and removing clutter from your house. She goes on to to tell me that my brothers and I still have items in our old closets in her house. She wants us to go through the stuff and take what we want or it's gone.

She is finally tired of hanging onto my prom dress, a bridesmaid dress from my brother's wedding that I wore when I was 15. Ugh. That ugly pink dress that my crazy sister in law had to publish on Facebook. She is even ready to part with my almost 39 year old brother's Boy Scout uniform that he wore in like 9th grade?

But then she mentioned that she was going to go through some old board games that she had been saving.

That piqued my interest. Old board games? She said she wasn't going to part with the original Monopoly or Life games she has. She actually has the old LIFE game with the pink and blue cars that you put the corresponding colored "baby" pegs into.

I started thinking about how great it would be to play some of the old board games I used to play when I was a kid. My brothers and I would spend summer days playing Go For It, Monopoly and Scrabble. Those were the good ol days, before internet and online gaming. Before Gameboys and Wii.

I asked her if she still had the original Battleship game marketed by Milton Bradley. She didn't know and hasn't sorted through them yet. I told her if she was going to part with Battleship I would take it. I want to show my kids what it's like to enjoy the company of some one in front of you playing a game where a machine doesn't show you the next move. A game that actually involves some thinking.

I know that a three and seven year old can't play it yet, but what does another three years sitting in my closet matter? It's probably got 15 years of dust sitting on the box anyways. That is unless my younger brother, who is a board game fanatic, took the game when he moved out back in 1999. I sure hope he didn't.

I'm crossing my fingers. Maybe soon I will be calling "Hit"!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

5QF:I'm back!

Oh how I have missed blogging while my computer was down without power. I was slacking before that, I know. Writer's block, it's true. It happens. But it's nice to be back in my grooove and I have missed playing some 5QF with Mama M. Happy Friday!! I can sleep in and I'm gonna need it since it is 12:30 am and I am still up, but no school for the kids. Ahhh.

1. What is your favorite Halloween candy? If I had to pick a candy that I only consume at Halloween or the month of October because it's all over, is CANDY CORN! But it has to be the original yellow, orange and white made from Brach's. I bought a bag that was store brand and usually store brands are pretty much the same as premium brands but nope, not those.

2. Do you fold your socks? yes I do. I fold my socks and my husband's socks and they are folded a particular way. The kids socks since they are so small are folded and then the top is folded around both socks to keep them in pairs. Anal, yep. I even make sure to match up new white socks with new and old with old.

3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about? that life doesn't get easier with kids after they aren't babies anymore. I thought that once they started school that it would be less hectic, nope. No way! I'll take midnight feedings over getting up at 5:30am every weekday even on my days off. Sometimes I wish it was summer already.. and we're only nine weeks into the school year.

4. What is the most significant difference between you and your significant other? he's messy and I am not. He likes it clean but doesn't have the drive like I do to clean, organize and clean some more. Even when I am completely exhausted from a long day of getting one kid ready for school, laundry, grocery shopping and a 2 hour and 15 minute of watching Miss K at dance class I will still find the energy to pick up the house, vacuum the floors and wash dishes at 9:30. Yep. Did I say OCD? lol!

5. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? (And, just for fun...if your significant other is around, ask him/her what 3 words they would use to describe you!!)

Hubs: strong, stubborn and .......judgmental
Those would not be the words I would have used! But I asked him to give me three words to describe me to some one. I wonder what he means by strong? Strength as in muscles? Or strong minded? Hmmmm. I agree with stubborn because it definitely runs in my family, that is hereditary. Judgmental, I am not touching that one. That was the old me, really. I try hard.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Halloween Costumes

Photo Credit

So I've decided what the kids are going to be for Halloween.
Miss K is going to be a fairy, complete with wings, tutu, leotard
and all the glitter you can handle.
I'm being pretty crafty this year again and I'm putting
the kids costumes together myself.
I bought the tulle to make the tutu myself.
I went online and found instructions on how t make one.
Wish me luck!

Little E will be this!

*jack Pictures, Images and Photos

Jack Sparrow the pirate!
He doesn't know that is who he is
going to be, but he knows he'll be a pirate.
We're changing it just a bit since I only have the headband with
dreads from the costume.
So it's going to be combination of Jack Sparrow
and Captain Hook.
Complete with eye patch, earring, hook and sword.
My little guy is going to be soo cute!

Raincoat not needed

When it rains, it definitely pours. Today has been one of those crazy days that you just have to laugh at the craziness. The highlight of my day was that it was my day off from work and that it's my Wedding Anniversary. Not having to worry about being anywhere and being able to enjoy the morning, except for driving Miss K to school, it should have been peaceful. Nope, not this day.

Spilled banana milk during breakfast before we have to leave the house at 7:35am. It was 7:10 am and the best clean up I could manage was paper towels and cleaning wipes.I guess I could have let the dogs lick it up. Ha!

Trip to BJ's in attempt to use my 60 day free trial club membership and halfway there realizing that I left the coupon on the printer at home. Yep, pretty fantastic!

Fully potty trained three year old, or so I thought, poops in his underwear today. Oh, and I won't be too graphic, but it wasn't your regular bowel movement. Sticky, stinky and gross!

Awesome quietness in the middle of the day with Little E napping I took the time to get a few loads of laundry done. I planned it out to wash towels and bath rugs which could be easily removed without folding and then I would wash the whites. I hate whites, I hate folding socks. So I washed them last so they could yes, be left in the dryer. Yep. I'm feeling lazy like that.

I screwed up my anniversary dinner. I thought that I would make a family favorite of spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Let's just say that the salad was fabulous. The sauce was gross. It wasn't even worthy of saving for leftovers to try and doctor it up.

Woke up the little man to eat dinner and he took about a half hour to crawl out from his bunk bed. I went back in to check on him and he's sitting on the floor, looks over at me and says "I need dry shorts mommy". What? He peed in the bed. He was soaked, the bed was soaked. It was like a gallon of it. So much for my laundry sitting in the dryer. Remember the missed step before nap? Yeah, I forgot to have him go pee.

Bathtime before dinner took up my extra time that I use to feed the dogs and cats. Begging animals after dinner made me rush through the steps and I was remembering the linens and bedsheets in the washer. I accidentally dropped the cat's food bowl with wet and dry food all on the floor. Another mess! Did I need something else to clean?!

At least I wrangled the hubby into helping me put Little E's bedsheets back on the bunkbed. Or that would have taken me 20 minutes while I climbed up and down the ladder and tackled the sheets alone.

But it didn't end there. Before bedtime, Little E was begging for a drink. I told him no because I didn't need another mess. He took upon himself to get a sippy cup, fill it up with water from the fridge and tried to put the lid on the cup He spilled it all over two kitchen chairs, the table, his pajamas and the floor. Outfit #3 today for one child and he's not a newborn anymore!

Thankfully I think my mess day is over. Knock on wood!!! I'm not in bed yet and the dogs might find it in their sneakiness to make a mess for me too. I'm hanging up the apron and gloves for the night, where's the housekeeper?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Unveiling: ONYD

This past Tuesday Kristi at Live and Love Outloud retired her "OH NO HE DIDN'T" meme. She posted that if anyone would like to run with it that they could. So I am going to give it my best shot! I've renamed it and hope that it will give me a good run! I hope to get some of her loyal participants to join along and make this a success!
I am unveiling this early to give y'all a heads up! Hope you'll spread the word! And see you next Tuesday!


Welcome to the “OH NO HE DIDN’T!” TUESDAY Headquarters. I’m so excited that you’ve decided to play along!

Here are the rules:

1. Write a post about something that the cashier at the checkout, the
guy on the freeway did, your husband, your wife or best friend
may have said or done recently that made you stop and say
“OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” Your posts can be as sweet, sarcastic, or tongue in cheek style YOU choose. You can vlog it, type it or even add photos and cartoons.

2. Include a little blurb or add an “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” button to your blog post or sidebar and link back to my blog. Need some help?Copy and paste the following HTML code to display an “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” buttonin your post or sidebar.

3. Add your link to the Mister Linky form at the bottom of my “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” TUESDAY posts each week. Be sure to use the direct link to your “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” post. To get this, click on your post then copy the URL in your browser and paste it into Mister Linky.

4. Last, but not least…stop by and visit some of the other awesome “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!” participants. It’s a nice thing to do. Besides, I’ll be visiting all of your posts too!

Please no Follow Me along posts unless you are including your ONYD post along with it. Thanks and happy Tuesday!

I’m really excited about this and hope you all play along. Spread the word, tell a friend and let’s have some fun! Now go and get your posts ready for Tuesday’s meme. I’m dying to read them all!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010



I'm having computer withdrawals...thankfully my husband has let me borrow his Mac. Little E has had this obsession with my computer charger cord and I have gotten onto him more than once about unplugging it. Just yesterday he was swinging it around like a weapon and I took it from him twice. This morning while I was trying to edit photos from our Pumpkin Patch outing my computer turned off. I wasn't quite sure why since I didn't use it last night. I took my laptop to the charger and plugged it in. But to my surprise, nothing happened.
I checked the plug and found that the end that goes into the computer has this tiny little pin. Apparently that little, teeny, tiny pin is what sends the power to the computer. Well, that little pin was bent. Carefully I tried to bend it back to straight with a small screwdriver and it snapped. Just great! No cord= no power= no computer!
I knew that Little E must have damaged my plug cord and I was pretty upset about it. I called the hubs and cried " why can't I ever have anything nice!? Why are the kids always destroying my stuff!!?" I recently had to retire the Dell laptop because one too many launches off the recliner arm resulted in a cracked LCD screen. So the hubs gave me his HP laptop that he recently acquired and bought a Macbook. Now I'm without mine until we purchase a new cord.
Little E was quite sweet about the predicament and knew that I was upset about it. This evening on my way home from taking Miss K to dance class he tells me "sorry Mommy about breaking your cord. I sorry." How could I not accept that cute apology? Hopefully after getting a new one he will keep his mitts off of it.
You'd think being able to keep the hubs' Mac hostage for a few days would be heaven but this computer and I don't get along very well. I don't understand it and it doesn't have a jump drive to stick in my SD card so I have to plug in the camera. Yeah, I know.. whine whine. So until I get mine back I won't be uploading my cute pics of the kids.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

End of Summer Dessert

Please excuse this horrible picture. I thought
about taking a photo of this dessert in the car and I was without
my camera. So my husband took this picture
with his iPhone.

I don't have a name for this dessert dish because
I kinda just made it up. It was fabulous but I want to make some
changes on it for the next one.
So for now it's called Carrot Surprise
1 Box Carrot Cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup walnuts
1 container fluffy white cake frosting
1 box instant french vanilla pudding
1 3/4 cup milk
1 20oz canned chunk pineapple-drained
1 1/2 large bananas
shredded coconut
canned whipped cream
2 9"round cake pans

Preheat oven to box directions. Prepare cake mix with eggs, applesauce, oil, nuts and water. Follow box directions on mixing/beating. Bake according to directions on box. Remove cakes when toothpick inserted comes clean. Let cool and remove 1 cake into large serving dish with high sides to allow for pudding. Reserve the other cake to eat.
Frost cake with half of white frosting. You can omit frosting if you like, I did it so the cake wouldn't get mushy since we were not going to be eating it immediately. Prepare pudding with milk ( 1 3/4 cup milk makes the pudding custard thickness). Allow pudding to thicken while stirring with a wire whisk. Pour over cake.
Cut bananas into small slices and place around pudding and on top. Place pineapple that was previously drained around pudding on the edging of the bowl. Sprinkle with coconut to your liking.
Chill at least 30 minutes to let set.
Cut and serve and top with whipped cream.

Friday, October 1, 2010

5QF: Loving Life

Wow, this is like the first week that Friday
creeped in slowly and I've enjoyed the relaxation.
Life is grand!
I changed Miss K's dance schedule so I only have to drive to the studio
on Tuesday and Friday.
The stress of driving 30 minutes there and back
3 times a week, 3 days in a row was
getting to me.

1. Did you have a pen pal when you were little (or now)? Where were/are they from? Yes, I had a pen pal when I was in elementary school. I don't remember much else.

2. If you could do a different job for one day, what would it be? Well I am a full time stay at home and a part-part time motorcycle parts person/phone answerer for my parent's motorcycle shop. I would like to be a forensic crime scene investigator. That used to be my dream job before I had kids. But that is a demanding job that requires you to be on call so I didn't continue to pursue it.

3. Do you remember your biggest fear from when you were little? I was afraid of the dark ( I'm still afraid of it, here's a post, but I have gotten better in the past few months) and I would freak out if I had to take out the trash. My parents lived, and still live on this big hill with a long, high driveway. So you had to walk way down the hill and take the trash to the cans which were placed near the woods. Creeeepy. I was terrified of doing that job and I would bribe my brother to do it for me.

4. What do you think is a waste of time? Why? This one is a hard one for me because there are a lot of things that I think are a waste of time, like washing my van because hours after I do it the sand from the road covers it but it's necessary to do it or cleaning my sliding glass doors because once they're clean the kids have to wipe their hands on them or walk up to it while I'm cleaning them and squish their noses on the clean glass. But it's necessary to clean them because it drives my OCD nuts!

5. What is the oldest item you have in your closet? I have a satin jewelry box that I had when I was a little girl. It still has old necklaces, broaches, pins and bracelets that I collected when I was little. The broach I have is probably older than the box because my grandmother gave it to me.

This week I'm also linking up with The Girl Creative
and Trendy Treehouse for some
New Friend Friday
I've been in such a good mood lately
and finally managed my schedule, the kids schedule
and work to make more time for my regular blogging again.
I don't like to participate unless I'm serious and going to have
the time follow others back.
So for you newcomers, thanks for stopping in
and checking out my blog.

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