Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." ~ Isaiah 9:6

Monday, December 24, 2012

Reflections

I sat on the couch last night while Hubs was watching television and looked through some older posts around this time from years past. 

This time last year I had a taken a trip for 24 hours to New York. My cousin sent the boys bobble head dolls that look like them. Hubs' received his Masters degree. One year it seemed I couldn't get enough of watching A Year Without A Santa Claus. I guess I've always had a soft spot for Heat Miser and Snow Miser. I cried at the end of Toy Story 3. I missed Pam-Maw my heart felt like it was going to break into a million pieces. It snowed in Southeast Texas, twice. Beth and I put together several "Taste's of Christmas".

But my one of my favorite things about this time of year is our candle light service we have at church on Christmas even. Hubs and I have been attending this service since we have been together, and that was seventeen years ago. 

Another favorite tradition we started once we had kids was to go look at Christmas lights on Christmas eve. Last year we started something new. We all went over to Beth's house and made homemade pizzas and then went out in search of the best and biggest light display we could find. It was so much fun, we are doing it again this year. 

So if I don't get on here again, I wish each of you a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

God's Love

My heart is still just so heavy right now. The events that took place in Newtown, CT. last week have really hit home for me.

I didn't want to admit to Hubs but Monday morning when he and the boys left for school I was a bit nervous. My whole world walked out the door at 7:20AM and headed off to school.

My heart is breaking for the families who kissed their loved ones and said have a good day, I'll see you later and later never came.

May God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone affected by this tragedy. May he give them the strength, peace, and comfort they need. 

 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Calvin & Hobbes

Yeah, I know I've been gone and haven't blog in a while. I'm sorry but please see my previous post.

School is over, and while all of the exams are graded and by the way my last exam...I made an A, I'm still waiting for my research paper to be graded. And if I don't totally bomb my research paper I should have a B for my final grade. WHOOP!

And speaking of... Congratulations to Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M on winning the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He is also the first Freshman to ever to win this award. WHOOP!

So since my brain is still fried, obviously I just blogged about football and you all know how I feel about football, I thought I post a few of my favorite Calvin & Hobbes snow cartons. 



Monday, November 26, 2012

Life

Life, that is what's happening around here right. 

I don't usually write something profound. Heck I don't even write regularly anymore. What I am writing right now is a research paper that is due in three weeks. 

Since going back to school I'm also reading a ton of American literature. And that's OK, I'm enjoying it. 

Life has taken over.  

Not just the extra stuff such as football and basketball. The weekly tutoring sessions. Not the extra projects at work that have kept me busier than normal, and not the Black Friday Shopping but the every day stuff that happens.

The laundry and cleaning the house, which with four people seem to be never ending. The homework and cooking dinner. The going to the grocery store. All the things that happen to make sure our household runs smoothly. And then there are the little things thrown in here and there to just add to our life. Such as a last minute birthday party, someone gets sick, or a major appliance breaks. 

See life is happening over here. And with all of the everyday stuff going on when we get the chance to have some family time I jump on it. Although I don't know if the boys going to see Wreck It Ralph while I went to see Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 with the girls counts as family time. But we did ride to and from the movie theater together. 

Life is happening and I don't want to miss a thing. I feel like I'm already missing out on things because of school. I miss bedtime prayers with the boys. I miss night time snuggles with them. I miss sitting and talking to Hubs after the boys have gone to bed. I miss watching our favorite TV shows together.

I guess what I'm trying to say but also trying to avoid is this.

I mentioned when started school that this blog might be affected and quit frankly it's pretty much been put to the back burner. Don't get me wrong. While I love to write and read your posts. Along with reading your comments and me leaving you comments I just don't have the time. So if I disappear for longer than a week please don't be offended. 


Life is happening.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!



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

 

Monday, November 19, 2012

I can do this!

Three more weeks. 

I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

If this next test and research paper don't kill me first! 

Y'all have a great day.

Friday, November 16, 2012

I love my #63!

R1 had a great football season. I'm so proud of him. He put forth a great effort, played hard, and gave it everything he had. 

I love you #63!


 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

I'm at a loss here

I know you can here me say, I'm at a loss here in my best "the geek" voice from Sixteen Candles were they go to the party and the geek leans on the table stacked with beer cans and knocks them over. Then three big tough guys stand up and groan. 

I know now you are thinking...this person knows way to much about the movie Sixteen Candles. And yes you are correct. I could recite the entire movie. I watch it every time it comes on and I own it. It's one of my all time favorite movies. 

And now since I have gotten totally off the subject...

I just really need to vent here. In my class we had a group assignment. First I hate group assignments because you receive a grade based on something that other people had input on. I don't like or agree with that at all. Because lets be honest, what if their work is not on the same level as your work.

Here's what's going on.

My group consisted of me and two other people. One person has never even joined our group. The other person and I collaborated for a while and then she kinda dropped out. I emailed her several times and she finally responds last night at 8pm. Since I work on campus I emailed one of the professors and asked him what to do. He said if the one girl that has never joined our group contacts either of us to refer her to him. He also said that if the other person does post anything in our group board to just submit what I have.

Our project is due tonight by midnight. This leaves no time for corrections and trying to work out something together. It's a frustrating situation. I had my work submitted two weeks ago so we could work on it and now with less than 24 hours this person submits theirs. And it's just thrown together with not much organization. 

So now I have to submit what I would call sub-par work that will affect my grade. 

UGH!!

I know this makes me sound like a snob and I'm really not trying to be. I guess I just think that if I put forth my very best effort then I think the others in the group should too. 

OK, stepping off the soap box and going to watch Sixteen Candles. I know that will make me feel better. That and a few scoops of some Blue Bell Ice Cream.





 

Monday, November 12, 2012

The cleanest toilet on the block

A few weeks ago a friend on Facebook posted about a new punishment for her children and I thought it was brilliant and would give it a try. 

She said if her kids back talked her or argued with her or were just ugly to their siblings they would have to clean the toilet and maybe the entire bathroom. 

Well I jumped on this because I live with three boys. And three boys and the bathroom...lets just stop there you get the picture. 

So Hubs and I talked and agreed it sounded like a great punishment. We sat the boys down and told them of the new rule. To be honest, they were kinda shocked by what we just said. Basically a dirty mouth equals a clean bathroom. 

The boys did great for the first few days and then the niceness began to wear off. And lets just say I was reaping the benefits. It seemed that everyday for a while one of them was in there wiping down the toilet with the Clorox Wipes.

I know this doesn't say much for the boys and their dirty mouths. But what I really mean by dirty mouth is no backing talking to me or Hubs. No telling each other to "shut up" and no name calling. When asked to do something, do it with no lip.

The "fun" of cleaning the toilet only lasted about 8.7 seconds before the arguing started and then it turned into cleaning the bathroom. Lets just say that when we cleaned the house Saturday and the argue starting the boys thought they were scott free because I had just cleaned the bathrooms. 

Boy were they wrong. 

They then had to dust, sweep, mop, and vacuum. So not only do I now have the cleanest toilet on the block but I now have a clean house to go with it. 

As much as I want them to stop having a dirty mouth I sure am loving the cleanness.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I Voted!


This is the sticker I got after I voted. 

Two things have stood out in my mind during this election. 
 First, My mother in law said her preacher at church said this statement during a sermon a few Sunday mornings ago. "Who ever is elected is who God intended to be there." I have thought about this statement long and hard. My mind has gone from one end of the spectrum to the other. I'm still thinking about it.

Two, I saw this several times on Facebook...No matter who is president, Jesus is still Lord. And that is what I keep reminding my self. JESUS IS LORD!


Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween 2012 And A Few Other Things

I can't believe I haven't blogged in almost a week. Guess I really meant it when I said this blog will probably take a back seat to school.

Well school and life in general. 

Last week was non-stop. My family in New York was one of my main concerns. We here in the South, especially the Gulf Coast of Texas know all about hurricanes and the damage they can do. I actually know about this first hand and to be honest, it still stinks to even think about all of the damage Ike did to my house. 

My family had made the decision to stay and not evacuate. They are OK and I have talked to them several times. Still no power but they have a gas stove so they have been able to cook. It has also been so cold they can put their food items on the fire escape and they stay cold. So overall a uncomfortable but doing OK. Praise God.

Also we had Halloween this past week. R1 is now officially "to old" to dress up. So he and several of others in our youth department from church manned the bounce houses and slides. R2 on the other hand was in full gangster mode. Pin striped suit, fedora hat and a shot gun. Don't judge. It was rather cute. But after going from trunk to trunk and playing games and receiving candy he couldn't wait to get out of his costume so he could jump in the bounce house and slide on the slide. Oh well looked cute for a while. 

Also last Friday R1 and a bunch of his friends decided it would fun to go out to eat and then to the Haunted Hotel. 

We had the best time. Here are a few pictures from our adventure...
This is my nephew in the blue with one of his friends.

W, K, and G. K is looking back to make sure the chainsaw guy isn't coming.

R1 and J. R1 looks relived and J still looks a little frightened.

Wheels, Me, Henry, and Laura. In the purple is Wheels' daughter and her boyfriend N. I was laughing so hard at all of them.
R, Sonya, Staci, M. They couldn't run out of there fast enough.
The gang. The guy in the skull mask is actually someone we all knew. But I think he still scared the crap out of us!



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurrican Sandy

Funny how I am not in the path of this hurricane but yet I am directly affected. My cousin Lisa and her husband live in New York. They were told to evacuate but have chosen to stay. 

I feel a sense of deja vu.

I just talked to her about 30 minutes ago and they were finally getting hit with some pretty bad stuff. They live on the 4th floor of their apartment building and the lobby is completely flooded. 

They are experiencing brown outs and the cable/internet.

Again with the feeling of deja vu. 

So if you have a moment say a quick prayer for her and all of the others that will be affected by this storm. I would appreciate it and I know they will too.

Thanks!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Reasons Why I Am Not Mom Of The Year

A list if you will...

1. I didn't bring my camera to the football game and I missed the picture of A) R1 as captain. B) R1 playing both offense and defense in the 3-4 quarter of last nights game. C) R1 making a tackle last night. and D) R1 making a fumble recovery. DANG IT!

2. I forgot to pack R1 a towel to dry off with after his shower after football practice. 

3. I forgot to pack R2's glasses in his back pack. 

4. I didn't do laundry for a few days and R1 ran out of sleeping shorts. 

5. I told both boys on Tuesday night they could not snuggle me. I wanted a good nights sleep. Sad thing is I think I slept terrible.

6. I washed R1's cell phone in the washing machine. I my defense, he didn't take it out of his pocket. 

7. That's enough...

Y'all have a great weekend.   

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Decor

Yes I'm still here just in case the three of you were wondering. I've just been busy trying to do homework, get everyone well, and keep the household running smoothly.

And since I have a ton of reading to do this week here is a list of few Halloween decorations I've been obsessing over. 







Thank you Pinterest!
 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Just A Little Braggin'

Yes I'm about to brag on myself. I know that sounds terrible but hey when you read this you won't blame me.

Two weeks ago I took a huge test for class. Like a timed test. Like we had one hour and twenty minutes to complete it and it took me one hour and thirteen minutes. I know nothing like cutting it close. 

Well I finally got my grade back. AND I MADE AN A!!!

GO ME!!!

See I told you, you wouldn't blame me for braggin'.
 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Duck Dynasty

One of my new favorite shows is Duck Dynasty. It comes on Wednesdays on A&E. If you've never seen an episode you should see at least one. 


It is full on entertainment. I promise you will be laughing for the entire episode.
 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My Thoughts On The Debate

Last night I turned on the debate. It took me all of 6.8 seconds to realize this was not going to be good. 

Here is what I put on Facebook: 
RRMAMA
And this is why I can't watch crap like this...screaming at the TV like it's the world series, my team at bat, bottom of the ninth, bases loaded with two outs, winning run at third. Blood pressure is sky high.
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I knew I should have turned on the Yankees vs. Tigers game first.  Baseball is much more enjoyable to watch while screaming at the TV.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Congratulations Mike Modano

Well those of you who have been here for a while know that I love baseball but my second favorite sport is hockey. I know, I know, not your normal southern sport. But there is just something about it that I love. 

Anyway, 

Last night in Dallas, Texas were the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. 

One of my favorite recently retired players from the Dallas Stars was inducted. 

CONGRATULATIONS MIKE MODANO!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Dear Cold

Well it's Sunday night and we are all still hacking and coughing. My ears are now stopped up too. My kitchen counter looks like a pharmacy with all the prescriptions. To be honest, I'm so sick of coughing and the rounds of medicine. 

Dear Cold,

I HAVE THINGS TO DO!

Sincerely,

RRMAMA

 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Yeah We Are Still Down For The Count

So R2 is still sick. It's been a long sickness for him. He has missed school for five days and even though we have his work, I'm worried about what he has been missing in the classroom. I don't want him to get behind.

His fever has finally gone down and his throat is no longer sore, his cough is still horrible. Also we are still on 4 different meds and breathing treatments too. I'm hoping we whip this thing by the weekend. 

And to top it off, Hubs is down to. He's been complaining of sinus issues for the past few days. And yesterday he got home from work and went straight to bed, at 4pm. 

So dear school, while I like you and love the teachers, please keep your germs to your self! We are dropping like flies in this house. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Art Of Straw Flatulence

Um yeah, you read that title right. 

The other day R1 decides he wanted to show Hubs and I something. So he took a regular drinking straw and stuck one end under his arm. Then he took the other and stuck it in his mouth. I immediately started thinking this isn't gonna be good. 

R1 one then proceeds to make for lack of a better term, farting sounds by blowing into the straw. Oh and then of course R2 and Hubs had to join in the action.

Why I immediately thought this hilarious I will never know.  I guess that's what happens when you live in a house full of boys. 

When I asked R1 where he learned this he name one of his friends who is one of five boys in his household including his dad. And that didn't surprise me either. That family is great but they sure can come up with some funny stuff. 

And just in case you want to see or need a tutorial for the Art of Straw Flatulence here you go...

video

Monday, October 8, 2012

It Was A Banner Weekend

Well out weekend started out with one of us down for the count. 

R2 stayed home from school on Friday. He was complaining his stomach hurt and he had that glassy eyed look as well. By that afternoon he was running a low temp. And of course there is always some kind of virus going around at school so I figured it was just a 24 hour thing. 

WRONG! And this is where I will have to give back my mother of the year trophy. 

R2 then started coughing. The deep wet hacking kind of cough. And his fever never went a way.  I should have taken him to urgent care on Saturday. But I didn't. Saturday morning we had a children's event planned at church and since I am the children's director I needed to be there. And to make it worse Hubs was in charge of games. We ended up tagging teaming so we each could spend some time at the event. 

It all went down hill Saturday night. R2 coughed and snorted all night long. And to make it worse every time he coughed he woke him self up. Saying it hurt and he couldn't go back to sleep. By the time Sunday morning came around I knew I was heading to Urgent Care as they opened at 8AM. 

R2 and showed up at Urgent Care at 8:07AM. Diagnosis...Strep and a sinus infection. One prescription for Amoxicillin and 55 minutes later we were headed home. And as of Sunday night he is still down for the count. To top it off, he was in the bathroom taking a bath and the next thing I know he is screaming he needs me. I go check on him and he is puking. But the best was he was in the bathroom but had manage to miss the toilet. G-R-O-S-S! But I cleaned him and the bathroom up and moved on. 

Also some where in there when he was feeling better R2 and his brother, R1 and their dad, Hubs, decided to do a little show of what they learned this week at school. The art of straw flatulence.  The art of straw flatulence is where you take a normal drinking straw and put it under your arm, right in the pit, and begin to blow until it makes a sound like someone with a very severe case of flatulence. I can only assume it's because I like in a house full of boys that I did not find this gross but rather hilarious. I asked my boys where they learned this and R1 replied oh from Landon M. Oh that explained it all. He is one of four boys in his house. Along with a crazy dad who puts stuff on Facebook everyday that makes me laugh out loud. So it was no surprise when Landon's name was said. 

The other thing that happened over the weekend was Hubs made the most amazing gumbo! I mean it was his best yet. If you haven't ever had gumbo...1.) you are missing out. And 2.) If you've never had Hubs' gumbo then you are REALLY missing out. 

So as you can see it was a banner weekend in our house. The boys learned the art of straw flatulence, Hubs made gumbo, and R1 threw up while in the bathroom and missed the toilet. 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Obnoxious

Let me start by saying that R1 did not get hurt last night, He played well. So prayers answered. And we also got our butts handed to us. 

But the opposing teams fans...OBNOXIOUS!

There was no other way to describe it. We had some friends whose son played for the opposing team so I went over there to say hi and catch up a bit since we hadn't seen each other since baseball. And the whole time I was over there the parents were screaming and yelling and blowing air horns. Totally obnoxious! And the longer the game went on the worse it got.

I kept thinking 1. this is a jr. high football game and 2. hello, you are winning! Have you not looked at the score board?

I'm so glad our fans do not act like that.  

Oh and next week we play my niece and nephews team. My niece is a cheerleader and she said she would cheer to her side but then turn on to the field and yell GO R1! My nephew is a year older so we will actually get to sit and enjoy watching him play. 

And that's it for the football report. We got home at 9pm and I'm exhausted. So night peeps. Sleep well. 




Yeah, I Still Don't Like It

Just so y'all know, I still hate the new blogger format. And I would really like to blame it for the reason I haven't been blogging or commenting as much. But that is only part of the reason.

And I was going to end it there but for some reason all this stuff in my head is just kinda spilling out and needs to be posted somewhere. So here it goes.

I admit it, I fell off the comment wagon. I love going to the blogs and I know I'm supposed to show some bloggy love and leave a comment, but..... I don't. I have no excuse, I won't even try to make one. It takes 3.8 seconds to leave a comment so why I don't has escaped me. 

Also life has kinda taken over here. School is back in which means homework. I don't really even know I mention this because Hubs is the one who usually helps the boys. He and boys get home before I do so they do what they can and they are almost always done by the time I walk in the door. 

Also R2's school work is requiring more attention. Y'all know he has dyslexia and that word is enough to make me twitch. Just kidding. No I'm not. Not because he has it but because of the extra work it takes to make sure he understands it and gets done with what he needs to do and then making sure it is correct. R2 has to work harder and has more to do than R1 ever did in the second grade. Positive side, we are getting through it. 

My English class is going well. I'm doing OK and have my first major test this week. We've had five quizzes and to be honest, I bombed one. Kinda got me discouraged but I bounced right back the next week and made a hundred. So I must have been off the other night. Also it doesn't help that we only have five questions and you also only have five minutes to take it.FIVE MINUTES. Twitch. So that's one minute per question. Twitch. So no pressure. Ha! I'm going to try and do my test this weekend. At least I have an hour and twenty minutes to take it. 

R1 has a big game Thursday. We are playing a school known for the their football program. And their 7th grade boys always look more like high school kids or grown men. So believe me when I say I'm covering R1 in prayer. I want him to have fun and win. But I want him safe and free from injury more. 

Well that's it, brain is empty.

Peace out!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Football Bug

Most of you have been around here for a while know that I'm not much of a football person. Baseball yes, Hockey yes, football not so much.

So this year R1 decided to play football. He has several weeks of practice under his belt along with two winning games. Two weeks ago I came home to find R1 and Hubs sitting in front of his computer watching the video of each one of R1's plays. They sat that way for over an hour. 

And then to top it off, football has also dominated the TV. The Texans, Florida, A&M, and other game they find on.

I'm so proud of him. It's gonna take some getting used to but I love watching him play!



 

Monday, October 1, 2012

Meatball sandwichs

The other day I was looking around on Pinterest. To be honest, I hadn't been on it in a while and I was really looking for something that I had pinned some time ago. 

But when I went to the site, these meatball sandwiches just popped out at me. So I pinned them thinking this would be a quick easy meal for sometime in the future. Little did I know it would be the near future. 

I was telling Hubs about them and he said that sounded like a great meal to try out Sunday night. So guess what we had last night for dinner...

Meatball sandwiches. And they were yummy! Thanks Pinterest.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Dear Blogger

Dear Blogger,

I hate, and yes I know hate is strong word, but I hate your new format!

Signed 

RRMAMA


P.S. 
And yes I'm still here. I know I haven't blogged as much the past few weeks, so don't think I didn't notice the change. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hawks

R1 had his first pep rally and football game last Thursday. A friend was at the pep rally and snapped this picture. I love it!


Oh and we won, 38-8! Go Hawks!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Still The One

Fifteen years ago, today, Hubs and I said "I do". 

Hard to believe that fifteen years ago this adventure started. And what an adventure we have been on.

Thank you for being my best friend and the best partner I could have ever wanted. 

You're the still one!

Happy Anniversary, I love you!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Literature

American Literature to be exact.

Anne Bradstreet, Mary Rowlandson, Jonathan Edwards, J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur and plenty more to come in the weeks ahead.

I have found each one of them interesting on some level. Their stories have intrigued me.

I still haven't decided if I'm liking them because I'm older and I have more tolerance. Or if I just want to read it and move on so I can hurry up and graduate. Or if I really am interested in this period of time. I think it's a little bit of all three.

All I know is I have 12 more weeks.

I CAN AND I WILL DO THIS!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A little of this and a little of that

Last week was a bit crazy around here.

Let me start off with the bad, I bombed a quiz. I should have known better than to begin it when I wasn't completely prepared and it showed. While I'm mad at myself I knew at some point this might happened. The good thing is it's early in the semester and I have time to bring my grade up.

R1's first football game was supposed to be on Thursday but it rained all day and it was still raining when school let out so they canceled the game. The good news is my dad and both of my in-laws will be there for this Thursday's game. Which is also our homecoming and it's also Hub's and I anniversary.

I have a dear friend who had some testing done early last week and facing possible surgery some time this week. Her faith in God has been so strong but this week has been rough on her. So if you don't mind please say a prayer for her.

And I will leave you with snippet of a conversation that took place between Hubs and R2 during the Texans vs. Jaguars game on Sunday...
Hubs: GO TATE! GO TATE! TOUCHDOWN!!!
R2: Dad, you know he can't hear you.

I love that kid!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

We must never forget



We must never forget 9-11 and what that means for our country. I'm sure each of you can remember exactly what you were doing when you heard the news, I know I do.

Here is a story I posted last year.

2977, we must never forget. I will never forget.


Monday, September 10, 2012

I hate it when a title eludes me

It's late and I'm a little delirious at this point. So I'm going to try and recap the weekend.

School is going OK. I'm already ahead on this coming weeks assignments. I'm actually enjoying the readings. I know call me old or crazy. I guess these things just come with age.

And if that wasn't enough for me to add to my plate, I volunteered to be the children's director at our church. Sweet mercy, what was I thinking! Really I was asked by a committee and I prayed about it long and hard before I accepted. I think it will really be a blessing to me, at least that is what I'm praying for.

Saturday night Hubs and I had date night. Let me tell you what date night consisted of, going to Academy and wasting 20-30 minutes, they didn't have what we were looking for. Shocker I know. I was so surprised I got out of there without spending one dime. Guess that kinda makes up for all of the other times I've gone in and dropped $150-$200.

Then we went to eat at Pappadeaux's I'm sorry if you don't have one by you. That's some good eatin' Cajun food. And then date night ended with a trip to HEB. I'm still trying to figure out how we spent more on groceries without the boys than I do when they go with me.

Today we went to church, which we had a great sermon on marriage. At one point I was giggling so much I thought I might have to get up and leave. Then we were invited to go out to lunch. After I came home and tried to read some but I ended up taking a nap. Sleep won over American Lit.

But the best part of the day was watching my niece be baptized. I'm so proud of her. She is a beautiful girl, inside and out.

So I'm off to find Mr. Sandman. Because I'm hoping he brings me a dream.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Go me!

Well I just finished my first weeks assignment, early. It wasn't officially due until Tuesday. I managed to read both sections, watch the video, participate in the discussion board and take my quiz in about 3 three days.

Oh and I scored an 80 on my quiz. Not bad for someone that has been out of the college setting for over 12 years.

So yes, today I'm tooting my horn, because next week who knows, it might be me driving around town with either my blinker left turned on or my seat belt hanging out of the door while I cruise down the road.

I'm off to get a jump on week 2.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Norton Anthology

So my first official class day is tomorrow but my instructors have already put up the first two weeks assignments.

And being the over achiever that I am, I dove in head first. My book, The Norton Anthology American Literature is 3,027 pages. Yep not kidding.

Proof:

And so far I've got two assignments this week and the first is to read fifteen pages. But let me tell you those were the longest fifteen pages EVER!! I swear I felt like I had more of a history lesson than a lesson in American Literature. Names and dates and time frames. Blech! History was not my strongest subject.

So I made though the first fifteen pages and I have another assignment tomorrow of about fifteen more pages.

The whole point to this is this, I might me MIA. I really want to to do well with class. I've set the expectation bar high for myself. Which means everything else will take a backseat. Quite possibly even clean clothes and food in the pantry will take a direct hit. Just kidding. Not really.

So if I'm gone you'll know I'm knee deep in American Lit. And who knows maybe Hubs might high jack this old blog to let you know I'm reading an adventure about Christopher Columbus and how he sailed the ocean blue in 1492. See told you more of history lesson.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Three day weekends are never long enough

I know we had an extra day off the weekend and don't get me wrong but it's still never enough for me.

We spent all weekend at the lake with my in-laws and some great friends. We have out on the water tubing, skiing, knee boarding, and swimming.

Oh and of course we ate way to much, a ton of BBQ, and lots of sides dishes and plenty of tea to drink.

Now I'm pretty much exhausted and in desperate need of 12 hours of sleep. But here are a few pictures from our weekend-o-fun!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Hello Friday

Thank goodness it's Friday, I seriously don't think I could have gone one more day.

School has started back up, it has been kicking my butt! This routine thing is throwing me for a loop. The new thing in our normal school routine is Jr. High Athletics.

R1 has football practice everyday at 6:30AM. And I don't know why I'm griping about it because Hubs takes him. But I do have to get up at 5AM so that I can start to get myself together and then get the boys up and out the door by 6:10. R1 has been great about getting up to. He's loving football. First game is in a couple of weeks and I'm excited to see him play.

R2 is having a good year so far. He loves his teacher and his best buds are in his class. Lets see how long before she separates the musketeers.

Anyway we will be heading to the lake and we are ready for a weekend full of family, some great food, and fun in the sun.

So I'll see you peeps on Tuesday. Peace out!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hurricane Isaac

Well Hurricane Isaac has by passed us. Thank you God.

It's not a very strong hurricane but it's big and moving very slowly which will cause flooding. Right now I'm watching the Weather Channel and keep talking about the possibility of the levies breaking again and they keep mentioning it's the eve of Hurricane Katrina.

So with everyone's stress level maxed out please remember to keep all in the path of this storm in your prayers.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Spock Nation

While channel surfing last night through our 827,000 channels trying to find something to watch I came across a channel that caught my eye.

I thought it said Spock nation. And I immediately thought how strange to have cable channel set up for a fictitious TV/movie character.

Then I took a second look and it really said Spook Nation. And it's not even what you're thinking.
No scary haunted buildings, not even one ghost.

It has to do with hunting whitetail dear. The host of the show is named William "Spook" Spann. He was born on Halloween which is how he got the nick name Spook. And yes I Googled the show to get this information.

But seriously couldn't he have come up with a better name and Spook Nation. I keep waiting for someone to jump out and say BOO!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Isaac- 2012

Isaac Isaac go away, I do not want to see you today.

I don't want your wind and I don't want your rain, can't you see you are noting but a pain?

Isaac Isaac please go away I do not want to see you today!

And so it begins...UGH!!!


Friday, August 24, 2012

And the winner is....

The winner of the My Memories digital scrapbook software give away is....

Sonya Reviere
said...

Wow!!! How neat is this!!! Such a time-saver as compared to how I used to scrapbook!!!

I'll be in contact with you in the next few days to get your information so I can send you the software.

And since school starts Monday, I'm outta here. We have some last minute things to buy and then we are going to try and squeeze the very last drop out of summer vacation.

Y'all have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Last day for the My Memories give away

Don't forget, today is the last day to enter the My Memories digital scrapbook software give away!

Please see this post to enter.

Happy Scrapping!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Digital Scrapbook GIVE AWAY!

Don't forget about my digital scrapbook software give away from My Memories.

Go read my post from yesterday for the details.

Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Memories scrapbook software GIVE-A-AWAY

A few weeks ago My Memories digital scrapbook software company contacted me and asked if I would be interested in doing a review for them. I was very excited to review their software because I'm what I call a "has been scrapbooker"

I used to scrapbook all the time. My books were almost current. I couldn't spend enough time in Hobby Lobby looking at all of material and planning out which items I wanted to each page and so on. But lets face it, since R2 was born I've done a bad job of keeping up with my books. I still have tons of pictures; just no time to pull all of my stuff out and get started. This is where I fell in love with the scrapbook software.

My Memories scrapbook software gives you the ease of using pre-made templates or creating your own. Just like you would do for your hands on scrapbooks. They have wide variety of pages, fonts, embellishments, and so much more. Most of us download our pictures on to our computers and say "Oh one day I'll do something with them." Now you can with My Memories. And you can do it quickly, so you have a finished page to show off.

Another great thing about this software is you can print the pages you make and put them in a book. Or you can email them to family and friends. You could also put them on your blog.

And My Memories scrapbook software has graciously offered to give one of my readers/commentators a free downloadable copy of their software. FREE!!!

All you need to do is go to their site, look around, find a few things you like, come back here and leave me a comment telling what your favorite item was. I'll leave the comments open until some time Thursday night. At that time I'll let the random number picker thingy do it's thing and I'll announce the winner on Friday.

Oh and here are a few things I did with my software.

Don't forget, go check My Memories and leave me a comment. Happy Scrapping!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Just another weekend

I would love to say we had wild weekend and it was chock full of fun but we had absolutely nothing planned.

I'm glad we really didn't' have plans because at some point Saturday night I began to feel sick and I went to bed at 8:30. Yep that's right 8:30pm. And I slept until 8:30 the next morning. I think I my body was telling me I needed 12 hours of sleep, because that never happens. NEVER!

The boys are off for one more adventure before school begins. The grandparents have taken them on a three day trip. I'm sure it will involve swimming, boat rides, and a visit to the zoo.

What this means is Hubs and I have time to ourselves. I'm sure this means dinner out, no Disney channel shows and more sleep.

So y'all have a great day and don't forget my give away for some great scrap booking software tomorrow!

Friday, August 17, 2012

2 More Days

That's right Hubs, I know you are reading, 2 more days. 2 more days of no school, no schedule, and no sleeping in.

And don't threaten me with shutting down house for the few days. I think you already have.

You did the laundry but didn't fold it for two days so every thing wrinkled. Then I know you said you got distracted and left a few wet clothes in the basket between other clothes.

Oh and then there's the kitchen floor, but won't even go there.

Don't get me wrong. I do appreciate all of the cooking you do. You are great at it and it works out good for me that you like to cook. And you do straighten up when I ask you to. I will miss my temporary house cleaner and full time cook when you go back to work.

But all this just ask what do you and the boys do for everyday, all day long? I'm just curious.

Oh and don't forget to tell your friends about the scrapbook give away next Tuesday! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Back to school

The first day of school is approaching fast. Not only for hubs and the boys but for me to.

Yep, I bit the bullet and registered for some college courses. Hubs finished his masters degree back in December and now it's my turn to finish my degree.

I started back before the boys were born but life kinda took over and I just stopped. So now I am ready to finish. The best part about my classes is that everything is online. That's right the program I am in is completely online. No sitting in a classroom. No taking time off of work or going to class at night. All online!!

And as an adult I can say this...I'm excited about going back to college. I don't think my 20 something year old self would ever have said that.

Oh and don't forget the scrapbooking software give away I'm having next Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Give away coming soon!

A few weeks ago I received an email from a scapbooking company. They mentioned they saw my blog and thought I might be interested in doing a review for them on their software. They said they would send me copy of their entire program for me to download and try it out.

And to be honest, I don't get many reviews. In fact this is my first one. And I was a bit leery so I emailed Hubs and asked him to see if it was legit.

Once he confirmed it was OK, I emailed the company back and said I would love to do a review on their product. So they sent me a code to download everything. And as a bonus, I get to give away a copy of the software.

But for all my readers there will be a coupon code to receive $10.00 off of the software and $10.00 to use in their store.

Be looking for the review and the GIVEAWAY next Tuesday. So tell all of your friends!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Nick

Nick, who is my best friend Beth's son, is leaving for college on Friday. 8 hours away, in another state.

I'm excited for him to head off on this new adventure. I'm also excited to see how God is going to use him on his journey into the ministry.

It's really bittersweet. I have had the chance to watch him grow over the past four years. My boys have looked up to Nick. He has become part of our family just as we have become part of his. We have even set up traditions. 4th of July and New Year's Eve fireworks. Going to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve, after we have made pizzas, lots of pizzas.

I know Beth is going to miss him but you know what, so am I.
And so is R2!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

And we're off...

Yes it's that time again. There are electronic signs around town that say, It's hurricane season, be prepared.

Really how do you prepare for this?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Hubs

Happy Birthday Hubs!

I would make a list of things according to your age but I don't know if I could come up with 38 things in this short amount of time.

So I will just say this, thank you for loving me. Thank you for being my best friend. Thank you for being an amazing father to our boys. Thank you for being a spiritual leader for our family. Thank you for just being you.


I love you and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Possibly the best spaghetti sauce commercial

Hubs and I were watching the Olympics last while we were laying in bed. The boys kept coming in and out of our room.

When all of a sudden this commercial came. I seriously don't think it wouldn't have been as funny if we weren't laying in bed.



OK it was still funny!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

It's just about over

I can not believe it's August. What in the heck happened to June and July. I swear I think I blinked and July was over.

School starts back in just a few short weeks. I have managed to purchase all of the school supplies a last week. All the boys need is a new pair of shoes and we're all set. Speaking of I think I'm going to shop for those this weekend so I can say I'm completely done.

I want to make the most out of what is left of the summer. I want to chill out and relax. I want to take the boys on another trip to the lake.

So what are y'all doing to make the most of the last few weeks of summer?




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Boys

Here is another sneek peek from our pictures.

I love it!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Family photos, finally

We have been trying to schedule family pictures since October of last year. For one reason or another I would always have to reschedule.

But finally we were able to have our session.

Here is a sneak peak.
I can't wait to see the others!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cars part 2

Thanks everyone for your input on my car search. I'm still looking.

My current car is Honda Pilot, '03 to be exact. We bought it a month after they came out with the Pilots in October of 2002. It has 189,000 miles on it. Yes that's right 189. That's some serious driving.

I have kinda narrowed my search down. Honda CR-V or Hyundai Tuscon. Now the next question is new or used. And if used how old and how many miles.

I kinda know what I want on the car as far as accessories go and I know where I want my payments to be. I have also told myself that if I can't find what I want in a small SUV then maybe it's time to go back to a car. And if that's the case, I don't even know where to begin. So many choices.

I can tell you this...I'm already sick of shopping for cars and we haven't even got to the haggling part.