Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The big fat poloma

Every night at bedtime I go in and pray with the boys.

I really started it as a way to get them comfortable praying openly. I know one day, and it has already happened to R1, they will be asked to pray in Sunday School, or church camp, and so on. But I have gotten so much more out of it than they will ever know.

Last night while R2 was praying and thanking God for the day and for certain things he thanked God for Hubs receiving his big fat poloma.

Hubs graduates in a few short weeks with his masters degree. I haven't really mentioned it yet because 1. I wanted to dedicate an entire post to him and 2. we were waiting for his final grade to be posted and it was finally posted last Wednesday.

But it was just to darn cute listening to R2 pray for his daddy. I really should break out the video camera and record him.

Oh and also prayed for something else and it was freaking hilarious, but that is a post for another day.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh my aching feet

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours ended up being pretty quiet.

Friday Beth, Alex, and I went on our annual Black Friday shopping extravaganza. I set the alarm for 4:35AM. Yes you read that right, 4:35AM. And the truth is I hit the snooze button, twice. Once I got up and got moving I was OK.

Anyway, the three of us left my house 5:40AM and our first stop was Exxon gas station by my house to get a large dose of caffeine in BIG styrofoam cup filled with Cherry Coke. Some of us even purchase a package of cinnamon rolls. Just to clarify, that would not be me.

After that it was on to Target. We got there and the parking lot wasn't even packed. There was also an abundance of shopping carts. Once in the store it was more of the same. We moved among the aisles freely. Not bumping into anyone or anything. It was very different from last year. Last year we couldn't even move. And to check out there was a line and it was snaked up and down the HBA (health and beauty aids) aisles. This year I got what I needed and we walked right up to a check out line.

After talking to the cashier, our suspicions were correct. All of the crazies were out at midnight when the store opened. Next it was on to Best Buy. I needed to get Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 for R1. Best Buy had them on sale for $4.99 and $6.99. Target had them for $14.99 each. And I also needed to look for a cheap MP3 player for R2. My dad was going to buy him and iPod Shuffle but I was afraid he would break it and I didn't want to cough up the $50.00 to replace it. So we'll see how this works out. On a side note, I strongly dislike Best Buy. I have never had a good experience, except the time they gave us the whole entire Rock Band package and we only ordered the disc and when I took it back to tell them, they insisted I had the correct stuff. So basically we spent $60.00 for a package worth $200.00. But that is another story and I think I even blogged about it when it happened 3 years ago.

And to show you how correct I am. I asked the sale guy to show me the cheapest MP3 players they had. He walks me to the other side of the aisle and says this is all we have and this one is $25.00. I say thank you, but I'll keep looking. Hubs had told me their website had one for $14.99 and that is what I really wanted. And guess what, the sales guy was wrong because I walked around the aisle again and found an MP3 for $20.00. So obviously it was NOT the cheapest one they had. I grabbed it up and put it in my cart and headed for the check out. Once again the shopping fairies were shinning on me, no wait to check out. Walked up and heard the magic words... I can help the next customer in line.

I know post had become rather long so I'll get on with it. Here is a list of the other stores we hit while shopping.

American Eagle
Forever XXI
JC Penney
Bath and Body Works
Radio Shack
Wet Seal
Ya-Ya Club
Children's Place
Dress Barn
Hobby Lobby
Party City
Pier One
Shoe Carnival
Bed Bath and Beyond

By the time we hit Kroger my feet had given out some where between Dress Barn and Bed Bath and Beyond. I even had on tennis shoes. They were throbbing and in much need of a pedicure. Really more like a foot massage.

We had to hit Kroger because Beth needed a few staples, such as sausage biscuits, dog food, coffee, milk, orange juice, coffee cake, and paper towels. And while I was pursuing the aisles with her I spotted something Hubs loves and I have been unable to find for quiet sometime. IBC Black Cherry drinks. Kroger had 4 cases and I showed some restraint and only purchased 2 cases. Mind you there are only 6 in a case, so I walked out with a total of 12 small glass bottles. But he was deliriously happy when I sent him a picture of the case on the store shelf.

By the time we left Kroger and pulled back into my drive way we had been gone 13 hours. Not our record for shopping, but pretty darn close.

It was a great day and I made a huge dent in my shopping. I only have two things left to get. Not to shabby. Oh and guess what else, I spent part of Sunday wrapping everything.

And just in case you were wondering, I spend the entire day on Saturday, sitting on my butt watching TV and resting my feet. They were still throbbing.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving break part II

The laundry fairies came over to my house yesterday. Well not really. Hubs and the boys washed, dried, folded, and put away all of our laundry. And that is no small feat.

The only down side...On Sunday I had washed the sheets and blanket that go on our bed and then Cookie decided to throw up on them yesterday. So my entire bedding right down to the mattress pad had to be re-washed. But I guess on the bright side of things my entire bedroom now smells like Tide Sport with Febreze.

Also since my peeps are out of school I have decided to take a break from blogging and spend time with them. I'll be back on Monday since I am sure I will have some Black Friday Shopping adventure to tell you about.

I hope each of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving break 2011

I'm excited. No schedule for the next week! No getting up at the butt crack of dawn. No lunches to pack. And one of the best things...no bed time.

Right now the boys and I are snuggling and watching Twilight.

Speaking of, the girls and I went and saw Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 Saturday afternoon. (how's that for transition?)

It was soooooo good. I don't know how I'm going to wait until next year for the second one to come out.

So what's everyone doing for the Thanksgiving Holiday??

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Unexpected Blessing

Y'all know we are in an education budget crunch right now.

And with that comes cut backs and so on.

One of the things Hubs' school district decided to cut last year before renewing anyone's contract was their longevity pay. The school district would pay their employees "X" number of dollars for every year they worked there. They would always pay in one lump sum and always the first Monday in December. It was a nice Christmas bonus to add what we had already saved during the year.

The school district didn't really didn't stop the program but decided to suspend it until the financial situation improved.

Monday night the school district had their monthly board meeting and decided that since the money they had budgeted for longevity pay was still sitting in the account, they would go ahead and give the teachers their pay, just like they have in the past.

Hubs received and email late Monday from the Superintendent telling him about this decision.

What an unexpected blessing and Christmas will be a little merrier this year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dobble Dobble Dobble

Dobble Dobble Dobble

Who says that?

Mr. Turkey.

Big and flat!

When R2 was 3 three this is how he said that poem. it's supposed to say

Gobble Gobble Gobble, who said that?

Mr. Turkey, big and fat!

But I thought it was cute then and I still think it's cute now.

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Day

Beep Beep Beep it's 5:00AM and the alarm is going off. I hit the snooze button three more times before I get up. My day has begun.

Shower, make-up, get dressed. Wake up Hubs and the boys. It's now 6:30AM

They get dressed and I make their breakfast and then their lunch.

7:00AM I tell them to get finish up and go brush their teeth, they are going to be late.

HURRY!! GET YOUR BACKPACKS AND DON'T FORGET TO PUT ON YOUR SHOES! I love you. Do good on your test. Have a great day and learn something!

It's now 7:20AM and I am running out the door myself. Trying to get to work on time.

8:00AM. Work and school for the next eight hours and some where in there, lunch.

3:15PM school is out. Boys are happy, it's play time! Next it's 5:00PM and I'm on my way home.

Hubs has been home and is cooking dinner. It's 6:00PM and we sit down to eat as a family.

Then comes the rush of homework, clean up dinner dishes, bath time, reading time, and then TV time. It's 8:00PM.

9:00PM Prayer time and bed time.

And sometime between now and 10:00PM it's my time. To relax, wash clothes, watch TV, or just talk with Hubs.

Beep Beep Beep....it's 5:00AM again.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day 11-11-11

Today is Veterans Day.

Let us not forget the reason we celebrate today.

Let us remember all of the soldiers past and present who fought to give us our freedom.

The ones who gave their lives and the families they left behind.

The ones on the front lines now who are missing their spouses and families and in return they are missing them.

Let us remember the past wars so that we may not repeat them.

Let us just remember what this day means for all of us.

And if you see a soldier today, thank them, hug them, shake their hand, because they deserve so much more.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fourth Grade Nothing

I remember growing up and reading Judy Blume books. I couldn't get enough of them.

Most of them were my favorites. I seriously don't think I can pick just one. But my very first Judy Blume book was Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing.


And some time back while I was looking for something Judy Blume related, I found this blog.

Fourth Grade Nothing

This blog is like taking a trip back to my childhood. She is constantly putting up items from back in the 70's and 80's. Such at Tupperware Toys, Water Ring Toss, and Tang Instant Breakfast Drink.

I have know idea where she gets her stuff from, but I'm loving the trip down memory lane.

Barbie Camper, Play-Doh Barber Shop, Pac-Man, Fashion Plates, Roly Poly Chime Ball from Fisher Price, CHiPs, and numerous other things.

Go check her site out. You will be there for hours scrolling through her archives.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


A list if you will of things I'm thankful for.

A gracious and loving God. Who forgives me everyday.

A wonderful family who I love with my every being. They may not always like me but they always love me.

A roof over my head with A/C or heat. A bed to sleep in. And food in the fridge.

Wonderful in-laws. I truly love them and I am so blessed by them.

Great friends who would drop everything if I called them and said I needed them.

A fabulous husband who loves to cook! Thanks goodness!!

A husband who will be done with his masters course work in two days and will graduate in December with a masters degree in Educational Technology Leadership!

Thankful I live in a country where at any given moment I can pray. Pray out loud if I want. Worship my Lord and Savior openly and safely. Not having to hid in fear for reading His word.

And one more thing...thankful for bloggy friends who still read and leave me sweet comments, even if I don't leave them comments everyday.

What are you thankful for?

Monday, November 7, 2011

A poem for Fall

Oh Fall weather where art thou?
I'm ready for cooler temperatures now.

We've eaten some gumbo and some chili
With out the cold weather it sure seems silly.

I'm over humid and the heat.
I'm tired of wearing flip flops on my feet.

We'd like some rain, maybe even some ice.
Sweaters and boots would sure be nice.

Fall foliage colors are so pretty
I'm trying hard to make this sound witty.

And now leave you with this to say,
I hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, November 4, 2011

White Trash Dip

I saw this dip recipe on Pinterest a while back and I have been looking for a good excuse to try it.

Not that I really need a good excuse to make dip but it sounded good.

Anyway, we are throwing a co-worker a bridal shower at work and you would not believe the emails I got when they say I had signed up for something called "White Trash Dip". My co-workers were wanting to know exactly what White Trash Dip was.

Here is the recipe:

2 packages cream cheese - softened
1 package bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 15oz can of chili
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp red pepper flakes
4-5 green onions - optional

Cooke bacon and crumble. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then spread into a pie plate and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips.

Here is the finished product.
And it's oh so yummy!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Super Fan

Friday night at the high school football game one of our local stations had the football announcer make an announcement (yeah OK that just sounds dumb to me. What else would an announcer do, make the donuts?) that they were looking for a fan with the most spirit and to meet them down on the track if they thought they had what it took to be a "super fan".

Well my shy child, NOT, R2 asked if he could go down on the track and talk to her. I told him yes and I walked him down to be interviewed.

And low and behold they put my sweet baby on the news!

He did very well. I would put the link up but the TV station is very sporadic when it comes to stuff like this. (Maybe this is why we don't normally watch said TV station.)

Any way here is the monologue...

TV girl (TVG): Hi, What is your name? R2: R2

TVG: How old are you? R2: 6

TVG: Who are you rooting for? R2: The _______. (He did say the name.)

TVG: Why are you cheering for them? R2: Because they're our best team.

TVG: What's your favorite part about football? R2: Gettin' a touch down!

TVG: Do you have a touchdown dance? R2: He shakes his head no. TVG: Do you want to make one up with me? R2: NO!

TVG: Do you cheer up in the stands: R2 Yes! TVG: What do you say when you cheer? R2: GO ----!!!

It was to cute! And the best part was we were home to watch. The TVG said it would be on after news but the world series was going on and they wouldn't show the news till it was over. Lets just say they finally showed the clip at 11pm.

If the station doesn't put it up soon. I might just have to resort to playing the clip and recording it with my phone and then posting it. Just sayin'.