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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Look at these!!!!

I haven't had many posts lately because my kids have been driving me crazy, I've been researching this whole bailout thing and because I've been frequenting the craft blogs. O MY!!! Am I having fun. I wish I had more hours in the day to do all the cool crafts I have been finding. AND I just learned how to link within a word so indulge me for a minute while I show my new skills and the cool new crafts I want to make/buy. (buying would help our economy right?)
Check these aprons out. I would cook more if I had one of these, ok maybe not but I'd love shopping for shoes to match the apron.
Next up is a gift you can give to your nieces/nephews to drive your brother/sister crazy. They are called Princess Bells. Wouldn't little 2 year olds love it. Liz, expect a pair or two for Christmas.
Here are 2 for the expectant mom. Diaper bag and baby wrap. I so wish I had that wrap when my babies were little. Makes things so much easier.
Most of these are from the site She has some awesome stuff and some great recipes too. I could wear that cute apron while cooking her recipes.
These next cute crafts I found on
THese T-shirts are way too cute. And beats searching through stores. Jake would probably love these shirts. I think I could even make one with a snake for him or a dragon for Grey.
Look at this cute chandelier. Wouldn't it be great for a kids party?
Of course I also know kids who would feel so grown up wearing these.

You have to go check them all out. It has wasted so much of my time that I think you all should waste your time too. I'm going to try and do at least one of these crafts myself.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My kids are a bunch of overachievers

My kids have become such overachievers that I just want to cry. Everyday they do something new to my amazement.
For example, When Natalie gets mad she doesn't just say she's mad oh no, my daughter wants to go above and beyond so she throws things and yells at me whether I was the problem in the first place or not. Whenever she argues with me she doesn't just stop when I give her "that look" she continues to strive for more and keep arguing. When she has a bad day she doesn't just sit and talk with me about it she aims high and cries and sobs so uncontrollably that she practically passes out. Not to mention the way she goes from semi upset to the whole world hates her in like 2 seconds or less. Such an over achiever.
Next let me brag about Jake and his skills to go for the unreachable. He never seems to stop whatever he's doing when I ask him to. Because he wants to become an overachiever he does whatever it is 5 or more times. Just to make sure he achieved his goal of annoying me. Or Jake doesn't just stop squeezing the cat after the cat scratched him he goes on to squeeze just a few more times, he's really trying to perfect his squeezing abilities without getting scratched. And when he plays with his cars he won't just make a mess in one room, nope that's for underacheivers, Jake makes a mess in every single room of the house.
Jake and Natalie together can also be overachievers because when they argue they are not satisfied with arguing about just one thing, oh gosh no not my sweet little babies. They need to argue about everything that the other has ever done wrong to them in the last 7 or 5 years respectively. And just to make sure that they are true overachievers they have begun to punch and tackle eachother and, well, Natalie can really kick some boy butt. Those two also seem to have ESP which really is a mark of the overachiever. They can both tell me what the other one was thinking or was going to do before it even happens. Now, truly who's kids are so good at ESP?
It just makes a mother want to cry.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

A lesson from Kermit the Frog

It ain't easy being green. And I don't mean the color green, it would clash with my blonde hair and blue eyes. Plus my kids might think I'm the grinch. Hmm, maybe I could get things done around here then, I'll have to think about that. And I'm not talking about being green with envy. I actually excel at that. I'm talking about being green as in Tree hugger, hippie, Al Gore and saving the environment. This whole save the earth be green is harder then it looks. Here's the story. We started watching this T.V. show with Bill Nye, he's a science guy and because we are raising little nerds around here we watched the show. It's kind of about science but it is more about saving the enviroment and how our everyday products can affect the environment. Some facts from this great show "Stuff Happens" as seen on Planet Green.

  • Every 3 months the entire commercial airline fleets can be remade because of all the aluminum that is thrown away everyday.

  • Bacon is killing Penguins.

  • Toothpaste is endangering the Orangutans.

  • You should not use paper or plastic.

Like I said before, it ain't easy being green. I spent a good 2o minutes in the toothpaste aisle looking for the right type of toothpaste. Even the "organic" toothpaste had the bad chemicals in it. I've looked for free trade bacon and can't find ANYTHING. I guess my neck of the woods is jsut not that into being green yet. It is very time consuming. I don't even have somewhere local to take my pop cans to. I can however get all my paper recycled if I take it down to a dumpster and it isn't overflowing.

I love the show because it gives little advice about how to become more green by changing little things in your home or lifestyle. My kids love this show and are more aware of being green. But getting there is killing me. I have all these tips on becoming more green and I can't find anything here to help me get there. It just ain't easy being green.

We have not inherited this world from our ancestors, Rather we have borrowed it from our children.

Native American Proverb

Friday, September 19, 2008


1. Why do I look like an old lady trying to look hip when I wear a headband?
2. Why do I never get the right box at the post office no matter how hard I try to package everything right?
2.5 and why is it that after I mail my stuff off I get home and realize there's something else I should have mailed off?
3. Why is it that after I vacuum/mop something gets spilled within seconds?
4. Why do some women make motherhood look easy and make a bad name for the rest of us?
5. Why after walking alot (ok more than usual) the last month I have not lost any weight?
6. Why does my dog like to lick things that stink?
7. Why do I still want a baby even though I know I can never handle another one? and that I love our family exactly as it is?
8. Why does Jake think it is funny to squeeze the cat until he farts?
9. Why does every neighborhood ball or toy seem to end up in our front yard?
10. Why am I not doing the jobs I should be doing?
11. Why can't I get my facebook profile to update my flair in the correct way?
12. Oh and why do I not understand this whole <3 thing people are using instead of love? Is it some conspiracy against me?

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Seven Things I Plan To Do Before I Die:
1. Family Cruise somewhere
2. Travel to Italy
3. Read all the books on my list
4. Decorate my home
5. Be remembered by one person as being kind
6. Get out of debt/ Stay out of debt
7. Lose weight without trying

Seven Things I CAN Do:
1. Take care of all my families needs
2. Jumprope
3. Eat
4. Laugh at myself
5. Admit when I 'm wrong
6. Cry at sad movies or shows
7. Have a good time

Seven Things I CANNOT Do:
1. Cook
2. Get everything done in a reasonable amount of time
3. Hear more than one kid talk at a time
4. Look at snakes in the zoo or yard
5. Fix my computer
6. Change a flat tire
7. Give up

Seven Things That Attract Me To My Spouse:
1. His humor
2. His eyes
3. His never give up attitude
4. His quest to better himself and our lives
5. His love for our kids
6. His laugh-especially when we laugh together
7. The way he alwasy seem to have my back

SevenThings I Say Most Often:
1. Chill out, I'm getting there
2. I'll get to it tomorrow
4. No, because I'm the boss
5. Frick
6. UGH
7. I'll have to try that

Seven Celebrity Crushes:
1. Brad Pitt
2. Patrick Dempsey
3. George Clooney
4. Michael Buble
5. THE ROCK aka Dwayne Johnson
6. Zac Efron
7. see this post just in case I forgot anyone. Don't want them to feel bad.

Seven People Who I Think Should Do This:
1. Liz
2. Canesa
3. Amberlie
4. Twisted Sister
5. Sillya
6. Amber
7. Anyone else who needs some material.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Well, I was going to start out this post as a where was I on that fateful day. But then I realized that to me it doesn't matter. I witnessed something so awful and heartbreaking that it really does not matter if I was at home, work, or in space. I was an American and was being indirectly attacked.
I remember that day, my thoughts, my feelings, my disbelief, my shock and yes, my fear. I think that I will always remember it with great clarity.
I also remember crying for people I didn't even know. All those victims and even the terrorists. How much hate was in their heart and soul to think that killing innocent people and themselves would do any good.
I remember watching all doctors and nurses at the triage units standing around waiting for the injured to come in and the sadness on thier faces when no one came.
I remember seeing the shock on President Bush's face when told the news. He truly shone that day.
I remember the voices of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer as the buildings collapsed and remember thanking god that I lived somewhere else and in the next breath feeling guilty for those thoughts.
I remember praying for people I didn't know and thinking that if I'm scared and sad then how are the families of the victims feeling.
and then...
I remember us Americans banding together to be one. To take a stand on these devastating events.
I remember the flags going up everywhere.
I remember that people began to reach out to neighbors and strangers and no longer lived their own lives.
America was once again UNITED.
To me that said it all. We are Americans, we can survive, we will become better because of this. And those terrorists will still be filled with hatred.
So, today let's remember that comraderie. Let's remember that we have survived these last 7 years. WE are AMERICANS we can overcome anything.
Go say hi to an old friend. Thank a neighbor for something small. Get out of your houses and become a nation united once again.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Time off

Bob took off this week on Monday and Tuesday. We were going to clean the house together and purge all of our old things from the move that we aren't using. Finally get all that stuff out of the boxes in the basement and start thinking of finishing the basement. We moved almost 2 years ago in case anyone was wondering. Instead of actually cleaning the house we took time off. Jake was at school in the AM and the other kids until later in the day both days. I had my husband to myself for both those mornings. ALL TO MYSELF. We haven't done that forever.

We had a really good time. Sometimes you get so caught up in life, parenting, work, families, etc. etc. that you forget how much fun you can have together. Still after 16 years together (14 married) I love his company. He makes me laugh, he makes me smile, he makes me enjoy being alive. You can forget sometimes that you actually like your husband because you do get so bogged down with all those life things. These last two days made me remember that we still have life things but we also still enjoy being around eachother and he is still my soul mate no matter how much he can piss me off. His two days off were good for both of us.

What did we do? NOTHING. We rode the ATV into the mountains here and just talked. Enjoyed the scenery and all that kind of stuff. I'm kind of behind on my work but it was well worth it. At one point I told Bob that I should have brought my camera so I could add some pictures to my blog and he whips out the camera. He always seems to have my back. Here are some of the pics of our morning.

View from the top. We could see all the kids schools. Plus most of Utah lake. As a Nebraska girl I love these Mountains.

We were about halfway up the moutain and this is what we see looking back.

This view is only half way up too. Bob really zoomed in on the trees. We can see those trees from our front porch but they are really blurry and you aren't really sure if it is just part of the mountain or really trees.

Another view from about halfway up. Our houseis actually in the picture. You don't get these views in Nebraska.

These next ones are my favorite. I was looking around to see if I could find any deer but instead I found these:

Yep, it looks like a full skeleton of a deer. I found just about everything but the skull. My favorite one is the vertebrae still in tact in the upper left. We brought some pieces down for the kids and they l0ved it.

This is the man who holds my heart.

P.S. I have spent the better part of the last hour trying to get rid of all those damn spaces. I quit and you all will just have to deal with it. SO THERE!!! Stupid thing anyway..exit muttering.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

2 blogs of note

The first one is about my mom and the story I like to call the incredible shrinking woman. My mom has ventured into blogging and she just may become as addicted as me. I think she reads more blogs then I do already. Her link is to the left, it says MOM.
The next blog is one I have been following for awhile and I keep wanting to add her to my list but she's on one computer and I blog on another one (pictures are easier to find on this one). Anyways.... Check this one out. Today's post brought tears to my eyes and made me think of the power of god. Her whole blog is great and she is one funny lady. I was very inspired by her most recent post and it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy and I like to share.
Hope you enjoy both of them. I'll try to get something up later about my life but Bob is off until Wed. and it is kind of nice to have him all to myself in the AM. I forgot how much fun we have together without the kids.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Cleaning House

For anyone who is interested. I am selling off my extra Mary Kay inventory. I have alot. It's all at 50% off. Email me if you want a list. I'll be adding them to Ebay in about a week but only in bundles. Now is the time to get what you want. My email is

Monday, September 1, 2008

Oh Nooo They Di n't

Who's the jerk who ruined my Twilight Saga?
I just found out that Midnight Sun is on hold indefinitely.
Go here for the full story.

Dumb jerks. How dare they. I feel like crying. I was sooooo looking forward to this book.
This is why people should follow the rules and regulations of a moral society. (shout out to my mom there). Those people who thought they were being cute and funny just ruined it for all us people who do follow the RandR'S.
UGGGHHHH. I'm not one for corporal punishment but let's hang the dumb***.
Yeah, I know I should get a life but I totally loved those books and could NOT wait until the book came out.
I also feel sorry for Stephenie to have so much time and thought put into a book and someone steals it from you is just nasty.
I found out from an application on facebook for "flair" as they call it. Here's the button that ruined my night.
and now I won't ever be able to put another flair on my facebook page without worrying what kind of button will pop out at me and ruin my time.
That's what happens when other people poop on someone elses parade. Dumb internet leakers anyway. YOU ARE NOT FUNNY!!!!!