Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One day I'll be back

So I got the charger to my laptop only to find out that where it plugs in to my computer has a short. Not really sure how we are going to fix it yet, so we are completely without a computer. It will not hold a charge at all. So glad I decided against summer school!

So I'll be blogging periodically from my phone, but in the meantime those that entered the giveaway will you please all send me your addresses.

I can't post the picture of the drawings but the winners are:

Tiffany-winner of the magnetic bulletin board

Casie-winner of the recipe holder

And because of all the blogging issues I've decided that everyone else will get the bookmark!

So Tonya, Yvonne, and Naila Moon send me your addresses too please :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Computer problems

GeoTagged, [N33.63476, E96.61803]

Hope to be back by Monday! The charger to our computer broke and best buy does not have the right one.

Waiting on our new one to be shipped and going crazy without the Internet. It's just not the same on my phone. I can blog from my phone -like I'm doing now - but my fat fingers make lots of errors and autocorrect hates me and turned all my wirds into dirty So instead of all the spellcheck Nd the chance of being offensive I will take a break.

See you next week and have a great weekend!!!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Get your read on

About 3 wks ago, my super fabulous hubs surprised me with a nook color.  He had been asking me if I wanted one and I was really on the fence because I LOVE to hold  books and feel them in my hands.  I wasn't really sure how I'd feel some computer reader thing.  When I finally said, "yeah, I think so" it was no time and I had one. 

Makes me sound spoiled huh, well I am!  We've had a rough couple of years-5 to be exact, that we lived on the bare minimum, and I was fine with that.  We were still in such a better place than others in the world. It bothered my husband much more than it bothered me.  In the last year, my husband was blessed with a great job, and despite my protest, he feels the need to make up for things.  I'm not complaining, I'm kinda enjoying it-as long as he doesn't get too crazy.  But all that has NOTHING to do with this post.  Now where was I...oh yes, the nook!

I'm loving it!!!  I thought it would be a while before I really got to enjoy it because the end of school and having finals  But like I always do, I got my priorities in line and placed schoolwork at the bottom and went right to reading!!!  I've read 4 books in the last 3 weeks that didn't rhyme or have pictures with every page, and I instantly feel my brain power returning. 

I haven't read for pleasure in so long that I'm not even sure where to begin.  I found a great Christian author that I really enjoyed.  His story was a little predictable, but enjoyable none the less.   Check out Dan Walsh and his books The Unfinished Gift, The Homecoming and The Deepest Waters.  These were 3 of the 4 I read, and are quick easy reads.  I had all 3 finished in a week!

Some of the others on my list:
Water for Elephants
Life of Pi
All of Jody Picoult-I fell in love with her when I read My Sisters Keeper
There are a few I haven't read of Corrie Ten Boom and if you have never heard of her, I highly recommend checking her out.  Her story is AMAZING.  She was a survivor during the Holocaust and is a great inspiration!  Love everything of her's that I read.  The Hiding Place is a great one to start with!

Reading about reading is I'm sure not very interesting, so I'm ending this post, but first do you have any recommendations to add to the list? 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monday Giveaway!!!!

So a while back I posted about trying to up my followers. I wanted to get to 20 and I assumed I'd want to continue growing, but eh that phase is kinda over.  Don't get me wrong,  I'd love for you to follow.  But I want you to follow because you enjoy reading my ramblings, not for a follow back-cause this gal don't follow unless I like to read your crap! :)

Also, yesterday was my BIRTHDAY!!!!  So I can't think of a better day to celebrate 20 followers and my birthday than a giveaway!!! 

And since I'm in my 30's, I'm going to be giving away 3 different gifts!! I can give you an idea of what they will be but the exact colors may vary.  Does it really matter tho because who doesn't like getting something in the mail!!!!

Prize #1- For you crafters and such:  Idea from the lovely Mrs. Cheri from I am Momma, Hear me Roar- ck out the link she'll tell you what and how I'm going make them for you!

Prize #2- For the readers, a neat little handmade bookmarker!  Again from Cheri's page, too cute go look.
*you will have to go look at Cheri's page to see the pictures, I can't put them on my page to show you!
Prize #3- And for the cooks-not quite sure what this will be yet, but some handy dandy fun kitchen item.  I'm thinking a nifty recipe holder.  I have some really cute ideas.  Maybe something like this from A little Knick Knack, but I'm not sure yet?!

picture from A Little Knick Knack

How to enter:

No need to go and like a bunch of things!
No looking at someone elses stuff and reporting back to me.   But checking out the blogs that gave me the craft ideas would be nice, and you're nice right?!
Just leave a comment and tell me how fabulous I am, and you're done!

I'll pick a winner on Friday...good luck!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What are you studying anyway?

I took it for granted that people are just in my head and know all that I'm talking about.  So here it is that I've mentioned school, but not really told you what I'm doing.  So today (not at all due to lack of topic!) I'll share what and why I'm doing what I'm doing.

This is my 3rd attempt at school.
Right out of highschool, went straight to college for 2.5 yrs then quit because school and 3 jobs didn't play nicely together. (I moved out a year after I graduated, bills suck people!)
Then got married and went back to school.  I finished the last little bit of my assoc. and was student teaching away from my Elementary Ed. degree when we found out we were having Seth.  I emailed my professors and they told me it wasn't impossible, but would be very difficult to complete this part of my education while pregnant, then having a newborn.  So I took a break because due to complications getting pregnant, added stress was no bueno.
Glad I did because I ended up on bedrest the last 6 months of my pregnancy...but that's not what this post is about.

So during my break, Seth got bigger and another little stinker-Mr Aaron-was added to the mix.

So here it is my 5 yr break is over and I'm at it again.  I checked into where I stood in my degree after so much time and had 5 classes with student teaching to finish.  Now my problem was student teaching-what was I going to do with the boys?!  I couldn't put them in daycare, not if I wasn't making the money to pay for it.  Plus I REALLY didn't want to do that!  Hmmm, what to do?!

*quick flashback to how I chose my current degree*
I had worked in a PPCD classroom in one of the school districts.  This classroom was for children with physical and mental disabilities.  I left when we decided to have kids because it was not a safe environment for a pregnant person, especially at my height.  I am 5ft, and most of these kids heads was stomach level.  Some were autistic and had meltdowns, while others had bi-polar, anger management issues and during a meltdown it was a serious ordeal, so I just didn't want to chance it. (special ed and science were subjects I was becoming certified in)

I worked as a substitute teacher...which I really enjoyed.  Highly reccomend for anyone interested in teaching.  I gained more experience here that really helped prepare me for my own classroom!

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Then I took an opening at our local juvenile alternative shelter, NTYC.  I was a case worker that worked with AT RISK children and their families in the STAR Program.  We were responsible for the suicide hotline (isn't it horrible that there even needs to be such a thing)  We tried to intervene and resolve conflict before Child Protective Services were involved and the removal of the child was necessary.  If the child was removed they often stayed in our shelter, which was the back portion of where I worked.  It housed foster children, CPS removals and was the runaway safehouse.  In my classroom, we often had families that needed intervention, and most times it was NTYC that offered their services.  Now I got to see the other side of what happened.  I.FELL.IN.LOVE. with this job!!!!  To be able to try and help resolve family issues and be successful was a great feeling, but if had already gone to far being there to try and help the child make sense of things was something I felt privileged to be a part of.  I could write a million posts on this subject and what some of these poor children go though, but I'll refrain!

But back to my degree.  As you can see, it really got in my heart and is something I am EXTREMELY passionate about.  So as of yesterday and spending hours on the phone with my advisors, I am only 3 semesters away from graduating with my double major in Sociology and Psychology!!!  This will take me into social work, which i'm nervously excited about.  Whether it is through CASA or CPS, investigating their foster families I'm not sure on that direction as of yet.  Still lots of time and prayer left for that answer.

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 Part of me is very sad I did not complete my education degree.  I have wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember.  But part of me is glad I'm not, with the way education is going. (all the political mumbo jumbo is what I mean by that)   I learned so much being a substitute and in all the different school districts.  When I became the regular for our middle school, I felt right at home.  I especially loved it when I got 6th grade science(where I hoped to teach).

It takes a unique person to be a middle school teacher, but it was right up my alley!!!!  I loved me some 6th and 7th graders.  8th graders....ehhhh not so much lol.   My folder of lesson plans may never see the light of day :(  But as sad as I am about that, in my heart I know that working in the social field is where my heart truly belongs.  Besides, I'm the Children's Church leader at our church so I can get my classroom fix there!

So that is what I am studying, how I got to this point and what I hope to do.   Fall semester I actually will be taking classes on campus...eeek!  I've been an online student recently.  I'm sooo nervous.
But ass hard as it's been and will be going back with kids, I don't think I would change it if I could.  My boys are seeing me work hard and it's been  Team Family working together to make it possible.  My boys (John, Seth and Aaron) being there to see me graduate will be one of my top 5 greatest accomplishments!
Now, enough about me.  I'd love to read about each of you and what you do.  Or what you have always dreamed of doing, even if you are not doing it...yet!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just what I needed

I have been so quiet about it, that I'm sure none of you noticed I've been stressed over finals and ready for school to be over.  It's not like I mentioned anything about it here, here, or here!

Last night was a day after Mothers Day celebration dinner at Carino's, with the mom's group I'm a part of.  I had been looking forward to it all week, but as the day rolled on life happened and it would have been easier just to call it quits and not go.  Sooo glad I didn't!

I had a wonderful dinner with the most fabulous ladies last night.  I enjoyed every minute of our conversation, and it was more than just the superficial daily chit-chat.  One of the nice evenings where everyone opens up a little and you feel that you really get to know them on a more personal level.  Love nights like that.
must have been the free dessert that brought it out!

So thankful and blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful ladies.  I needed last night more than even I realized.  So glad I went...thanks guys!

Super excited for our next get together in June...salsa and topas because we are amazingly awesome like that!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Loved this!!!

My Secret Mother's Day Wish List

By Gwen Moran

When I see those Mother's Day commercials where Dad and the kids show their appreciation for Mom with big, chunky gemstones, bouquets of flowers, or pounds of dark, luscious chocolate, I know that not one of the people who produce those touching vignettes has ever cleared green slime out of a child's stuffy nose. I would also bet that none has had an infant spit up pureed sweet potatoes on her designer jacket, or experienced the blood-chilling terror of a walking in on a toddler who managed to reach and swing from the dining room chandelier in the time it took to get a juice box out of the fridge.

Reporting from the front lines of motherhood, I can honestly say that I have no use for any carat that isn't good for my family's eyesight, or bouquets that make my sinuses ache. Plus, any chocolate sampler that gets opened in my house is gone in one sitting - and that's not allowed on either Atkins or Weight Watchers.

Instead of expensive tokens of appreciation, my secret wish list includes a dozen things that would never be featured in a 30-second commercial, mostly because of FCC regulations. These are the things I really wish my family would give me for Mother's Day (in addition to the glitter collage made in school, of course):

1. Poopy Diaper Amnesty: Actually, I'd like to avoid contact with anything sticky, stinky, or slimy, including the refrigerator door handle, the floor of my SUV, and whatever that congealed mass is at the bottom of my daughter's backpack.

2. Shower Power: Not the kind with lots of presents - I'm talking about the kind with hot, steamy water. And soap. And time enough to shave my legs without looking like I've just starred in a Wes Craven slasher flick.

3. Silence of the Clan: Give the new drum set a rest. Lower the volume on the 1,876th screening of "The Lion King." (And if I ever find the person who gave us the mini fire engine with realistic lights and siren, I can't be held responsible for my actions.) I need sweet absence of noise without the worry that only very bad things happen when it's so quiet.

4. Roll-over Minutes: It could be an extra half-hour with the bed all to myself or a lazy afternoon nap. I'll take any opportunity to lie horizontally with both eyes closed and no elbow, foot or Chicken Dance Elmo jammed in my back.

5. One Clean Thing: A toilet, a sink, or a child that got clean without me would be a Mother's Day miracle. Actually, I don't need even need "clean" - I just need "won't cause Grandma to faint when she visits."

6. Potty Time: Some may have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, but my dreams include using the facilities with the door closed and no one knocking, calling my name, or forcing the dog to play dress-up in my absence.

7. Phone Alone: I may not be able to complete a conversation which isn't made up of sound bytes that fit in between "Get down from there," "Stop it," and "I'll get it as soon as I'm off the phone," but I'd sure like to try.

8. Drive Bye: Boy, I'd love one day where I don't have to be the family chauffeur. Even those nerves-of-steel NASCAR drivers would crack under the pressure of navigating the Parkway with a screaming toddler who might, at any second, bean him in the back of the head with a Barney and Friends board book.

9. Peace Meal: It could be supper at home or even a burger at the local fast food joint - just let me have one meal during which I can finish my food in a single sitting without someone licking the ketchup off of my French fries and putting them back on my plate.

10. Remote Control: Some time alone with the television would be nice, even though I'm not sure I know any shows that don't have big red dogs, multicolored monsters, or purple dinosaurs in them.

11. Room to Groom: From taming the wild brush of my un-plucked eyebrows to filing down the too-tough heels of my feet, I'd like the chance to look like a civilized human again. All I need is a brief window of opportunity and a small supply of health and beauty products.

12. An Unsolicited Hug, Kiss and an "I love you, Mommy." Okay, that's three things, but when delivered as a package, without a roll of the eyes or a begrudging "Oh, alright," it's the most satisfying gift any mother can get.

Although time alone in the bathroom is a close second.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


So I'm overloaded her at finals week, but I need a mental break.  Since I'm pretty much brain dead, I thought I'd share a couple random things about me!

  • I hate white milk, but love chocolate milk.  However, I'm lactose intolerant so that doesn't work out so well! :(
  • If I do drink white milk I have to shake it to make it all frothy so it tastes less gross and flat.  Shake it next time and tell me it doesn't make a difference?!
  • My bread on a sandwich has to match up on all sides
  • I don't like anything once it gets soggy and if my food gets messed up I throw a whiny fit...just ask the hubs!
  • I love love LOVE cheese
Somehow that turned into a random post about my food issues.  Let me share some non food related tidbits!

  • Wrinkled sheets drive me nuts!
  • I love to read, but it's been so long that I no longer know what I like to read...any suggestions?!
  • I have never been into exercise, but recently discovered I really enjoy running
  • I love animals, especially dogs and cows.
  • On Thanksgiving and Christmas my brother gets his horses out and we take turns riding.  Something I look forward too each year!
  • I would kill to be able to pick up any instrument and just play...I love music!
  • My husband and I met by a weird chain of events and on our first date I didn't like him...AT ALL!!!
  • I love gardening and being outside
  • I love to dance
  • I love to bake and  before Aaron tinkered in cake decorating
  • When I started highschool I was a size 3, graduated a size 6 and am not even close to either of those now :(  Come on your thing!
  • Started this blog couple years ago, but it has only been this last year that I have really gotten into it. I have fallen in love with the blogging world. 
What are some randoms about you?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mondays Thoughts!

4 more days, 4 more days, 4 more days!!!!
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