Friday, July 17, 2009

On The Right Track

Each day I am closer to finishing school. I wake up and go about my day, and I can see that much clearer myself walking across the stage. There's the cap and gown and black heels, a yellow tassel, and my hair is straight ( I'm guessing because that's the only way it would all fit under the mortarboard without looking cock-eyed). There is a gi-normous grin across my face. This may be the happiest day of my life. (This is of course the vision).

But my life isn't completely wrapped up in school. I still have children and a husband and social obligations. Yes social obligations- Girl Scouts, Mocha Moms, PTA, etc....

That being said, the 31st year has began, and there are goals to be accomplished in said time.

Here is the list for the 31st year:
  • Write a children's book - Sept 2009
  • run a half marathon (I know this one's been up before, but really this time, I mean it) - Feb 2010
  • graduate - Dec 2009
  • research Real Estate Certificate programs
  • Find a job in Real Estate (not as a broker/agent)
  • Open Etsy shop - Jan 2010
  • Become debt free (again) by June 2010
Optimistic, certainly. Realistic, definitely. Let's get it done. What's your list, and what's your time line?

I'll write my vision for my future soon.

And oh yeah, I got a '100' on my last Sociology exam, woohoo!!!

Be Blessed

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Tell Me Something Good

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Well it seems that since I've started school that the only time I get here is for "Tell Me Something Good Thursday", which isn't so bad, since I keep it nice and lite.

This week, I must say, I have been on pins and needles waiting for Saturday. That's my birthday. I'll be 31. And though I haven't completed many of the goals on my list, but I did start a lot of them, and I'll give myself a little more time to complete them...let's say, by next birthday.

Not to focus all on the negative though, let's recap what I DID do...

  • read more, when I go to the library with the kids, I try to pick out something for me as well
  • wrote my plan, my Spanish class actually helped me with this, and each day it becomes even more well-defined
  • took my first THREE classes towards finishing my degree, so far its looking like 2 A's and a B
  • completed 1 community service project with the girls
  • posted here more regularly, not every week necessarily, but better than before
  • almost finished a lace project, it just needs to be blocked
  • tried to comment on every comment
Well not a bad 30th year at all. Matter of fact, it was pretty fabulous. I am so blessed to have been here to experience it, even with all its ups and downs. I've had a great life so far, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the next year(s) to come.

Be Blessed

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Tell Me Something Good

My babies are coming home!!!! YEAH!!!! So its only been two weeks, I missed them so. So much so that I'm riding along with their dad to pick them up. Yup, I'm playing hookie from Spanish and taking a little road-trip. Also gonna miss kickboxing, but we're not really on friendly terms right now. (That class is more work than all my academics together, but its good for my health, so I'll suck it up.)

Now during our little jaunt we're going to make a little stop in Cincinnati, OH and check out the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. I'm so excited about it, and actually had it not been for this stop, I would have stayed for class and waited until the evening to see my beautiful children. However I have missed out on all the "good stuff" with the girls this summer, and I want to share at least one thing with them. To see their faces, (well at least the oldest ones) as they experience that, will be priceless.

I love history, and the fact that my kids like it, makes it even better for me. Two years ago we took the girls on a trip to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA and New York City, because Pooh wanted to see the Liberty Bell. They had talked about it in Kindergarten and she wanted to see "it". Well we had to indulge, so that was our family trip, we did the museums, which they LOVED, and went to the Statue of Liberty, which was super cool too because they got to talk to the Park Ranger and get some history on "the Lady". Oh yeah, you can't do Liberty Island and not do Ellis. We had a fantastic time, and have lots of tales to tell from it.

Back to the really good stuff though: MY GIRLS ARE COMING HOME!!!!

I like quiet, I really do, but the sounds of my girls is music to my ears.

Oh yeah and not to lose the historical tie-in: were it not for The Underground Railroad, The Emancipation Proclamation, and several Constitutional amendments, I might not be able to celebrate this wonderful holiday we have coming up, so everybody have a great 4th of July weekend, be safe and

Be Blessed.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tell Me Something Good Thursday


Well as you all know, I'm back in school. The traditional brick and mortar, sitting in class with people 10-12 years younger than me (in most cases). It's a challenge for sure, but I'm getting through, and trying not to complain about it. We're eating more leftovers, and clothes do occasionally sit on the chair for a day or two. Don't worry though the family is not being totally ignored. The girls are still on vacation, and hubby is picking up a great deal of the slack.

And yes there is more good news. I got my first paper back yesterday, and I got an "A". That was a bright spot on my day, because I also had two exams. Both of which I am sure I did well on, one I think I did exceptionally well on, the other, just well,(which in my twisted little mind is a "B" or better). I'll let you know when I find out. Until next time:

Be Blessed

Sunday, June 21, 2009

I Love You Daddy!!!

Each year I struggle at this time, and your birthday and Christmas. I call Darren to see what he got you, or to see if he can give me any tips as to what to get. Occasionally I'll call Eloise to ask her. But every year regardless I struggle. It's the hardest thing in the world for me; to try to figure out what to get for "the man who has everything". Seriously, that's the way I think of you...yeah I know there's the Porsche, but honestly, I could never take away the joy of letting you get that one yourself, I know how much it means for you to get that one on your own :)

I've given the DVD's which sometimes seem silly, because you hardly watch television, always on the go you are, and they are so cheap uh inexpensive, as to seem thoughtless, but mind you, I take great care in picking out films that I think you would enjoy. However, there are only so many Clint Eastwood films around, and I don't really know any other genres that might interest you. As far as the polo shirt I gave you for Christmas, (which you seem to really like, and have mentioned several times) that was sheer luck, and I am thankful for it. I just hate to give the same gift twice, its like I just can't think of anything better else. As if I lack the creativity, and honestly it feels that way sometimes; or worse yet, that I don't know you, but not this time.

This year I decided to "speak to you" from the heart, which sounds trite as I write this, but follow me for a second. All the years growing up with mom, I bought you Father's Day cards and never mailed them, (I'm a horrible pack-rat as you know), and I still have many of them to this day. Nope, not another card that wouldn't get mailed. Not this year, but rather a virtual I love you for the world to see what a great dad I think you are.

My heart is palpitating at a break neck speed right now, as I am flooded with memories of my youth. Jumping in the sand at the track (we should have known then long and triple were not my strong suits). Bowling with you and Uncle Larry in California, going to the office in Marietta. I felt so important to you, like I was the biggest part of your world. As I got older though, I felt a shift - I couldn't see (like many tweens/teens) that you were still doing things for me. Incidentally those years REALLY shaped me.

I wrote some of my best poetry during that time, explored our culture more,and become more learned as to the ways of society. I learned new thought processes and considered new career paths. I also learned; it's not always "what you know, but who you know". All children need to see their parents or someone in their family reach after a dream and pursue it with all their might - you did that for me. I saw someone who was bound by nothing, you made it happen. I am so appreciative of that, more than words could ever adequately express.

In more ways than you probably know, you have been a positive motivating force within my life. You have believed in me, and supported me my whole life. You have introduced me to people I never could have conceived the notion of meeting on my own. Exposed me to culture, and the only sport I desire to follow (track and field). You have forgiven me my transgressions and welcomed me into your home. You have loved me, like only a good father can.

I am blessed to be your daughter. My sincerest hope is that I continue to grow into a woman whom you feel is a mutual blessing to you.


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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dropping The Pounds

Everybody is doing it. I've been saying I was going to do it for a while. But now I really am. I was reading Sapphire's page last night, and going over to MamaLaw, it's all over the place how everyone is trying to be better. Plus, I think hubby is planning a little getaway for us, and I can't have my muffin top hanging out all over the beach, and I am not buying a new bathing suit, when I haven't worn the one I bought 2 years ago.

I've been thinking that walking around campus would help drop some weight, however that takes time (and a lot more walking than I actually do), plus I keep forgetting my pedometer. This Friday I'll start a once a week kick boxing class to supplement the walking. I'll be packing my lunch and not stopping at the wonderful dinner I love so much, because even though they have salads, the portions are out of control and I cannot stand to waste food. Drinking more water will also be on the list. It's actually something I should be doing anyways, but don't.

Last night I got off my perch on the couch and did a few crunches. I could feel the tightening immediately. That was all I did, but it was something. I'll get down and do a few more today, before the kids get back. I have decided that there are things I can do that will make it fun and still be healthy and get the kids in on it too. Like jogging while my daughter rides her bike to her friends house (a mile away), we both get a workout, but more than that we get to spend some one on one time. It's a win win. Plus I'll be around for a long time, because my heart will be so strong, and my blood pressure is good.

I've got three lovely girls, and I want to be around for the long haul. So I'm dropping the pounds and really picking up a healthy lifestyle. I hope you'll join us.

Be Blessed

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

HawthoRNe...Tonight!!!!

I recently had the chance to preview TNT's new drama "HawthoRNe" and I think its something you might enjoy as well. With the void in medical dramas left by "ER", I believe this will hit the spot.


HawthoRNe is a new TNT drama starring Jada Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, a headstrong yet compassionate nurse. She leads a team of dedicated nurses who give their all for the patients, even when the system does not.

Christina will often sacrifice her own needs as she juggles her personal life and the demands of her career. But Christina is more than a nurse – she’s a fighter, a mother, and a friend – she’s every patient’s hero.

Don’t miss this compelling new drama from Executive Producer Jada Pinkett Smith, Tuesdays at 9/8c, only on TNT.

Watch a preview of HawthoRNe

Find out more about the series


TM & © 2009 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

I Need A Housekeeper...But Not As Bad As This Person

I've started school again, and whew...it can take a lot out of you. I'm so tired by the time I get home we're lucky to eat. I'm trying to keep it healthy, but who knows how long that will last. The housework has gotten a bit behind as well, but hubby's been a great help, especially since he has been doing a lot of jobs for me, and not complaining about it. With all that in mind, I've been thinking that a housekeeper wouldn't be a bad thing. However its not in the budget right now. (I could probably make it work, but it's not a priority yet).

This person however does need some help. Please view at your own discretion the following photos. I received them in an email from my husband with this text.
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HOUSEKEEPER OF THE YEAR NOMINEE !?!?!

Remember when you last said to a visitor "sorry about the mess, I haven't done my cleaning yet today! Well, you'll never say it again after seeing this!!!

By the looks of the stained couch cushions, my guess is that she didn't move very far from here...



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This is an actual apartment..found in Houston after the evacuation for the hurricane.

This is NOT hurricane damage....The apartment was found this way prior to the hurricane. Hard to believe there wasn't a fire with all the cigarettes.


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Did this woman ever hear of an ashtray? Nope..... Empty soda cups will do, thanks!!
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All the Febreeze and Clorox in the world is not going to help this mess!
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NOOOOOOOOO not the computer!!!
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Notice the small 'butt free' area around the bottom of the mouse where her hand rubbed the mouse pad and what keys on the keyboard that where used.

Here come the gross parts...." (Seriously, you may not want to look at these)


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"I am sure she had intentions of cleaning, but probably put it off till tomorrow.
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So, after looking at this, it is safe to say that your house is not so bad after all..... "

Alright, hope this makes you all feel better. I've got more studying to do. Until next time,

Be Blessed.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

For Me?...Oh You Shouldn't Have, But I'll Still Take It

Wow! I am in total awe. I have been given an award. WOOHOO!

Sapphire, over at Resplendent Life gave it to me. Oh how special and loved and READ, I feel. It's really a great honor.


And to "Pay it Forward" I'd like to pass it on to a few of my favorites. (Although this is one of those super sweet "no strings attached" type blog awards). Aren't those just the best? But because I love you all so much, and want you to feel the love and joy like I do, here goes.

Sarah over at the Bubbly Bunny is like Wonder Woman to me. She's a mom, and she is super crafty. She bakes, knits, reads, breeds rabbits and all like MAD! She's doing at least 3 52 in 52 challenges. Yikes! I need her energy, but until I get get some in a bottle, I'll just have to read about hers.

Susan at Knitter's Delight, is a fabulous seamstress. Um, yes she does knit, but sewing has taken over for a time and I love looking at her FO's and getting ideas for things.

Cathy resides at Wishing I Was Knitting At The Lake. She is just a great all around knitter, fabulous daughter and super mom. I so want to be like her when I grow up.

Jennifer over at Notes From the High Country is really exciting to me, as she appeals to my "nature girl" side (which is pretty much all of me :D) She has some wonderful pictures of the Washington wilderness, and ocassionally some good travel spots.

And last but definitely not least, the ladies over at MamaLaw. Justices Jonesie, Ny and Fergie are always good for something; be it a laugh, a product review, or great advice. You'll love them.

Now that I've shared my joy, you all

Be Blessed.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

You Must Go Over To Skinnykids

She is an absolutely hilarious blogger. Today just happens to be her Featured Blogger debut on SITS, and really it's a great break. Here are links to her featured pieces:

Just another "They owe me" story

What a girl wants

and His first story

I hope you all enjoy.

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I Knew It....The Speculum Was Invented By A Man


Yesterday I had my annual exam, and there is something about that time that makes me sooo uncomfortable. It's just contradictory to the way I was raised "Keep your skirt down and your panties up". The whole "just relax and let your knees fall apart" is not as easy as it sounds. Really, who cares that you're a professional, and you do this to several women a day, (hmm thinking of it that way doesn't make me any more comfortable).

The worst part though is that dang on duck billed piece of equipment that they use. Seriously, could it be any more painful? Maybe you like that, but on my very sensitive parts, I don't like to clip things that "may cause a little pinch". That phrase right there makes me wonder if any of my doctors have ever had their own exams. Little pinch my behind, humph.

There must be a better way. A speculum invented by a woman perhaps? Well a girl can dream.

Be Blessed.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Who Should I Call...Sears or Ghostbusters?

The light went out on my clothes dryer last week, and I figured I'd just have to replace the bulb. Well a week later, and I still haven't done it. So yesterday I'm drying some fabric, and I realize I need to change the temperature setting. I crack the door, which usually causes it to stop, but not this time, so I opened it all the way, This is what I saw....




Tell me what you think I should do.

Be Blessed

Monday, June 01, 2009

Let's Go Out To The Ball Game...Or Not

Forwarding…

http://www.atlantaonthecheap.com/2009/05/28/reminder-kids-day-at-turner-field-1-braves-tickets/

Reminder: Kid’s Day at Turner Field & $1 Braves Tickets

Posted on | May 28, 2009 |

You’ll find a lot of Braves ticket deals here. Don’t forget these cheap days:

1) Sunday, June 7, is Kid’s Day at Turner Field. All upper level tickets are just $5 each for kids 14 & under. Plus, admission includes a free trip to the Braves Museum, free games in Scouts Alley, & the chance to run the bases, announce the starting lineup and play ball call. Oh, and it’s Bat Day, which means the first 15,000 fans receive a free bat.

2) Monday, June 8, is Dave Ramsey Dollar Night. All upper reserved tickets, normally priced at $8, are available for only $1 online or at the Turner Field Ticket Office.

Turner Field is located at 755 Hank Aaron Dr, Atlanta. 800-326-4000

–Jennifer Maciejewski

This is an email I received from my Mommy group. Great news right, I think so. Especially considering I just told my husband the other day, that we should take the girls to a baseball game, since the girls and I read "Mama Played Baseball" during our Read All Day time on Friday.

Well this is the first message I open this morning, and I call hubby during his commute time to share this kismetic type fortune. What is his reply? "The girls won't be able to see in those seats." Well really, I don't think our girls are all that interested in baseball anyways, but as long as their sight is better than mine, (and I know it is), they'll be able to see just fine. Besides its not about seeing all the action, its about being a part of it, and experiencing something that they read. I didn't explain that to him, so I may have to call him up and plead my case again.

Please feel free to take advantage of this offer.

And don't worry I'm not too hot. I was trying to hard anyways. My mom wants me at her church on Sunday for a program, and that Monday is my first day of classes, so I'll probably be too tired anyways. I just really want to cram as much cheap inexpensive fun into this summer as possible.

Be Blessed

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tell Me Something Good

This post is inspired partially by Sapphire over at Resplendent Life. I saw the quiz after the fact and thought it was really cute. However this is what preceded my reading of that post.

As many of you know, April and May were off the hook over here. With two kids having birthdays in April, a recital the first weekend of May (and all the rehearsals that go along with it). In addition to Girl Scouts, school exams and a traveling husband...needless to say, it was hectic. And in the world of La-la (also known as my home), where children are prone to the notion of parity; when one does something, so do the others.

Well Bear and Bella got to see "Monsters vs. Aliens" with their Mimi, while Little Buddy danced the first night of her recital. So of course she wanted to go too. Well being the fantastic mom that I am, I told her, I'd take her to see it the following Saturday. Well that was the weekend of the infamous "How did we get sick concurrently bug?" I'd done something with someone that morning, ( oh yeah hubby and I went to the movies), but when we got back Little Buddy was sleeping and had a fever. No movie Saturday. Sunday was the "Mommy had a tantrum Mother's Day", so no movie then either of course.

The next weekend rolls around, and for some reason this kid is taking a nap again, and I have learned over the years to "Respect the Nap" (borrowing a phrase from MamaLaw). Sunday we forewent church (Hubby's back was out, still no excuse for me and the girls), and Little Buddy and I finally made it to the show. We were a few minutes late, but she was okay with that (how understanding). We enjoy the film which went by way to quickly, then per her request we went to the playground in the mall, bought some lip gloss and perused magazines at the book store.

After we left the mall, and were on our way home, I said "Tell me something good" ( I ask them this all the time, heck I ask hubby). I'm expecting "oh I had fun at the movies", or "I like my new lip gloss" something along those lines. Do you know what my angelic, baby-faced, child told me? "Spending time with Mommy."

I could have shouted from the rooftop "I have the most wonderful child in the world" However doing so while driving would have been difficult and very unsafe. I am so thankful that I got to spend that time with my daughter. Just she and I, bonding, building a relationship, and memories to last us both a lifetime. I am blessed beyond measure for those words, and they are kept in my heart, (for me to remember when she's 13 and I want to pull her hair out by the roots).

Seriously though, that day will always be special, and I don't think any words could top those "spending time with Mommy". I love you Little Buddy. Let's have a rockin' summer.

Be Blessed.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

And The Prayer Beads Go To...

Y-O-U!!! That's right everyone is a winner here. At least everyone who commented on the contest. Thank you ladies so much for coming by and showing me some love.

Lisa, over at Another Day Today, was the first to saunter on over, and she became a follower. B, who is now running her own super funky digital giveaway over at Simply B, Simply Me. Sarah whom has been a follower for quite some time now, and LOVES my music playlist. You can catch Sarah over at The Bubbly Bunny. The Jewelry Rockstar showed me some love, and I checked out her designs, I think you should too. And to Suzanne in rural Ohio, whose profile is not public, and therefore I cannot link to her, you inspired me, thank you.

And don't think that I'm giving everyone Prayer Beads, because I'm indecisive, (maybe I am, but whatever). The whole point of them, is to share my faith with other people and what better way to do that than to give them to all who have seen and liked them.

Winners, please send me an e-mail with your address. Thank you.

Be Blessed.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day - Thank You




Today is not just a day to pull out the grill and hit the beach or have a day off school or work. It's a day to remember the fallen soldiers who served our country. We give honor and pay our respects to all the men and women who gave their lives fighting for the freedom of our fellow U.S. citizens, and others all around the world.

Being a former military "brat" (USMC, ooo rah), I would also like to pay my respects to the families of these fallen soldiers, and say Thank You for supporting your loved ones when they make the decision to protect and defend the rest of us. Were it not for strong military families all around the world it would be even more difficult for our loved ones to go and put their lives on the line. Thanks for your support!

Happy Memorial Day!

Be Blessed

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pick Me Up...Please!!!

I have been anxiously awaiting word from the Spanish department, at the school I will be attending this summer to finish up my degree. I have been waiting because I took an online placement test to see what class I should take, although I already know what I NEED! However, the school was steadfast in its decision to have me follow their rules. O.K. (Well of course I wasn't happy about it, but I did it.)

Today I get the news that according to my test results, I am "overqualified", and they are not ALLOWED to place me in the class I NEED.

Hearing that I was crushed, there I was worried, I wouldn't do well enough, and it turns out, I'm too good. Well not me actually; you see, I prayed with my husband before taking the test, and he continued to pray for me while I was taking it. (Isn't he wonderful?) At any rate, it was brought to my remembrance that God will reward us beyond our expectations. The God in me shined, as he should, letting me know he would never leave me nor forsake me.

However I wasn't seeing the light at first. I saw it as a blow, a step back, but a friend kindly put it into perspective for me, by reminding me that sometimes we take a step back only to change direction and go further forward. Another friend reminded me, that being "overqualified" means I can only go UP. Thank you Ladies, I love you, because you have turned my face in the right direction.

Sometimes we need our friends to lift us up, and turn our heads to the light, show us that "silver-lining". My girls picked me up, right when I needed it, and I am thankful to them. Here is something that another girl friend shared with me, and I though that a lot of us could stand to hear it as well. Enjoy and as always,

Be Blessed

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Use What You've Got, To Get What You Want (Its A Give Away)

Oh, get your minds out of the gutter. I'm a "lady", (here anyways). Just kidding, I always exercise decorum, so much so that my husband says I need to "let up" (but that's another post).

Back to business though. I've had the proverbial "Aha moment" as Oprah likes to call it, but long before her, people called it the "light bulb moment". At any rate, I had one, and I think its just genius. Well it's pretty dang cool.

Remember when I was begging for people to come over and read my blog, "oh woe is me, I have not readers", and I mentioned how people have sponsors and they do contests and give away cool prizes. Well woo hoo for them, but look at me, ooh ooh, I have stuff too. DUH. I make jewelry, or at least I like to try to make jewelry, but I value sleep too much, and the children and husband need so much, and did I mention sleep. So I don't get to make as much as I would like, but I do so enjoy it. I do get commission work, which pays nicely, but I have something on my heart that I would just love to share. My Prayer Beads.

The concept formed when I wanted to do something nice, for someone whom had done a kindness for my mother. After hearing that she performed such acts of kindness to ease the pain of dealing with her own grief, I wanted to share my faith with this woman, and encourage her. I knew that she prayed, but I did not know what her faith was. I researched Rosaries and their history and religious significance, but decided against making her one, especially not knowing if she were Catholic or not. I came up with my own design, based on my own study of the Bible and some creative license.
The Prayer Beads are all built the same, with one exception. There are 12 smaller beads to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, and the 12 Disciples, and three larger beads to represent the Trinity. The one exception is that a person may choose to put a cross or a crucifix as the anchor. The crucifix of course as a reminder of the great price that was paid for us, and the cross as an equally impressive reminder of our faith.
Prayer Beads are an excellent way to share your faith with others. They make thoughtful gifts for the bereaved, or newly engaged or married couples. I always explain my faith to people as I give the beads and that I will be praying for them, continually.
This particular color pairing was my husbands idea, for his own Prayer Beads. The Black and White, represent the darkness and the light, and how God will always bring you through, when you ask him in prayer. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God." Philippians 4:6 NKJV

Prayer Beads are an excellent way to share your faith with others. They offer the beautiful sentiment of prayer to be shared. For children and adults alike Prayer Beads make a wonderful Easter gift. They serve as a reminder of the true gift that was given to all by the sacrifice that Christ made.

This is what I've got. What I want is more readers. So here's how it will go. I'll run the contest for a week. All you have to do (hehehe) is leave a comment on this post. To get another entry go over to my website and look around and leave another comment here telling me one (or more) thing(s) that you liked there. To get another entry, go through my archives and tell let me know what you think about this here blog (be prepared, it's a real hodge podge of emotions). An additional entry can be gained (we'll count this one as two) if you become one of my 'Faithful Readers' b.k.a. "Followers". The winner will be randomly drawn from all the comments that are received, and followers.

Well I don't think that is all together too much, but it may be too little, I don't know, I've never done this before. So say a little prayer, and maybe it will be you that wins :)

Be Blessed

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Common Sense In A Box



So this package arrives the other day with my husbands name on it. I put it on the desk and think nothing of it. Later that evening, we're talking and I ask if he ordered anything, because a box came for him. He chuckles and tells me to go get the box. I do, and at that time read the label, it’s from his job. This time I laugh and ask 'Is that our personal family dose of Tamiflu?'. See, hubby works for a pharmaceutical company.

While I appreciate the sentiment, I'm not sure it's a gift I really want, but it's not like I can send it back. Guess I'll just have a good laugh. This of course while we continue keeping a safe personal distance, washing our hands frequently, coughing into our sleeves, and staying away from those we believe to be infected.

Be Blessed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mothering


My darling Little Buddy took this picture of me on Mother's Day. One in my opinion that didn't start off on a very sophisticated note, but ended well. You see; I was under the misguided notion that Mother's Day was all about ME! Wrong... You see what it's really about is the collective. (Yes, very Borg I know, but follow me for a second)

Friday morning I'm at Little Buddy's school for "Muffins for Mom"; a great little event to honor moms for all their hard work rearing the best children possible. Well my baby just did not want to leave my side, but as I was talking to another parent about something very important (cough, cough) I kept encouraging her to go back and do her morning work. Well finally it is time for me to leave, and my baby girl touches her throat ever so elegantly and says "Can I go home with you? I have a tickle in my throat." Uh yeah right. Another mom chuckles, because it looks as choreographed and rehearsed as the latest blockbuster movie, and I say no.

I run the remainder of my errands without losing my mind, because this entails me taking my sister to get the remainder of her things from her dorm room. (How does one accumulate so much stuff in 9 months, in a room smaller than my bathroom?) I digress. We get her stuff, and I get plants from IKEA for my Girl Scout project on Saturday. We make it back home in enough time to have a small snack before the girls get home. Yet while I'm eating my sister points out that one of the birds "might" be dead. REALLY?

I can't leave a dead bird in the cage, because her companion is flipping out. Kevin is all fluffed up, and pacing the cage. He's a wreck. And I can't let the girls see a dead bird in the cage, they would freak out. (Not that they didn't do that anyways when I told them the case). Definitely should have gone with the hide and deflect until hubby could sneak in with a new one (just kidding)--kind of. You try consoling three little girls over the lose of a parakeet, with no cause of death. (Yes my girls wanted to know). So Friday is rough, but almost over. Thanks goodness High School Musical 3 arrived that very same day. However later that evening, who's basically coughing up a lung...that's right Little Buddy.

Saturday starts out normally. Nothing big, just a Girl Scout meeting, and then an afternoon date with hubby, drop sis off at the metro station and take Little Buddy to the movies. Yes, all feasible with some finesse. Hubby and I make it to the show, even though scouting ran late. Got sis to work, but no movie for LB and I because she is asleep; with a fever. In addition my baby Bella is now running a faucet down the front of her face.

Fast Forward...early Sunday morning, 1:30 a.m., Bella knocks on the door, "I can't sleep". I get up and walk her back over to her room, and tuck her in. Repeat this process 3 more times over the course of the night, culminating at 6:00 a.m. when I fly out of the bed in a rage, saying "THIS IS MOTHER'S DAY, I SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS!". I walk to the door, and put my hand on Bella's back to escort her to her bathroom, and she is burning UP! My baby is sick, 102 degrees, and all I could think of was myself. Shameful. I am put in check. I come back to my room humbled. I lay down, and prayed that each day; I am a better mother and wife, than the day before.

You see Mother's Day is to honor all our hard work as women influencing the lives of other people. That work is constant, non-stop, never-ending; so just because a day comes around that honors me, doesn't me that I have the day off. Besides, when I gave birth to those children, I told God I would do my very best to take care of them. Being selfish is no way to accomplish that feat.

Mothering is so much more than giving birth; it's the nurturing and supporting, the occasional indulging in fantasy, or feigned illness. The calls, the letters, the well-wishes and good advice. Mothering is loving.

So to all my Aunties, girl-friends, sisters, the women who help me to love my children into the best possible people they can be; Thank you for accompanying me on this journey of Mothering.

Be Blessed.

p.s. Now you see why I was sick yesterday.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sick And Tired


Unfortunately, that is what I am today. (I know better than to eat after my children :( ). That being said, I'll get back to you tomorrow about "Mothering".

Hope you had a great Mother's Day, celebrating with the ones you love.

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

If You Type It They Will Come

Umm, not really. My number of "Faithful Readers" b.k.a "Followers" has increased, and for that I am happy. I had my greatest growth during my Reclaiming the Home Daily Blogging Challenge, back in February and March. Since then I've garnered a few new readers, but I'm not posting great numbers. Don't get me wrong, I love the readers I have, I'm just greedy. Shameful I know. Especially considering the fact that when I started the blog there was no follow feature, and I wasn't concerned about who read it, or what they might think. But give a girl a taste of the limelight, and look at what you get.... a DIVA!

Now there are so many ways to give your readership a boost. Think contest, with, comment, here, "Tweet" me, add me, etc.... you get the idea. I don't have sponsors, so I'm not hosting any contests, and I took the Ads off my page, because they weren't generating any revenue, and they really aren't all that attractive. Besides, I want people to come back for the content, the dry humor, the honesty, the realness of the blog. I want them to like me for me. Uhhh...really I'm not vain. I'm just extremely competitive. Which may explain where my children get that particular trait from.

I feel like Veruca Salt, and like her, I have no shame and will unabashedly ask for what I want.

"I want more followers, I want them NOW! I want short ones and tall ones, I want them ALL!"

So in an effort to increase my readership, I've joined a group. (See whenever one of you reads my blog and leaves a comment, I go over to yours and read it, and add you, and in doing so, I see all kinds of other blogs, that I like, so I add them. In all this reading and adding I have come across a great site that encourages just this type of viral networking and it appears to work without me having to "Tweet" anything; (which is good, because I'm still on the fence about Twitter--do I need one more thing to update?)) Anyway, I digress. The name of the group is The Secret is in the Sauce. I highly recommend you go on over and check out the Featured Blogger for the day Interstitial Life. She's quite funny and generally a pretty quick read (a bonus if you cruise the boards like I do).

And I would be remiss if I did not send a shout out to Sapphire over at Resplendent Life, who was the portal that has lead me to some many of these great sites. Thanks!!!!!

Friday, May 01, 2009

Make You A Priority

With adulthood comes responsibility, and with that comes the need to prioritize.  I realize I have not been putting things in their proper place.  I'm not sure what did it, but I have been shown the  light. I have not been caring for me.

My gym membership has remained active, though I have not been in over a year, and I've neglected my hair, and forget my nails. So often we put ourselves on the back burner saying 'that's no big deal', or 'I'll get to it'. STOP! We must realize that our bodies are temples we should honour and care for. It is essential that we make taking care of ourselves a priority. Drinking plenty of water, eating well, exercising, doing our hair and nails, and dressing to accentuate our forms are key.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating dressing for 'Glamour Shots' on a daily basis, but rather trying to live healthily and comfortably. And we are best at that when we feel pretty. We can't run ourselves down in efforts to keep the rest up.

Be Blessed

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Lynn's Birthday dress









Today is my darling girls' eighth birthday.  She loves pink and green, and both her grandmothers are AKA's so I'm sure they'll love the dress as well.    God blessed me so abundantly with such a sweet, even tempered child.  He knew what I could handle, and he gave me just what I needed.  A beautiful child, constantly asking questions, and creating  things.  So intelligent and super duper special.    I've got to go now and finish getting our picnic ready.  We're going to the park to enjoy this wonderful day.    Be Blessed

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Wonderful Life...Today's Testimony

I totally had an idea for my topic today, but as soon as I sat down to the computer, (I started reading some of the blogs I follow), I totally forgot what I was thinking. I can't seem to recall it, and since I am on a time budget today, this has got to get done now, or never.

You see, I told my baby girl we were going to have a good day today, and she promptly replied, "have fun?" to which of course I replied "yes!". As the summer draws nearer, my time with my children is dwindling away, as I will be taking classes, and studying, and therefore probably less likely to have all the fun I normally do with them in the summer. Fortunately though, we have great family that takes them in the summer, so they won't be totally missing out on fun.

The girls will gone for about three weeks, maybe more depending on if we get any extra "takers". I know that I am extremely blessed to have such family members that want to spend time with my children. That are able to spend time with my children. That are alive.

I very much wish that my grandparents had gotten to see my children, or that my husbands father would have lived to see the girls grow up. He was FANTASTIC with them, and me. He was so much fun, and full of energy (when he was feeling well). And boy could he cook, and bake. I miss him dearly. My own grandparents would have further instilled the traditions that I hold close to my heart in the girls, the old ways. A slower lifestyle, simple things...gardening, listening to the rain, sitting in a quiet house, and playing outside.

The way I am living my life now, is because of the way I grew up with my grandparents. I like to think of it as getting back to basics. I remember working in the garden with them, and climbing trees in the yard, exploring, playing with my cousins, feeling the sunshine on my body. I had a great life. All my life has been great because I remember that foundation of a stellar childhood.

Really, when I think back, I have had a wonderful life. I have been blessed so exceedingly by the people in my life, that I can look back, and knowing that there were bad times, instances when I felt wronged or mistreated, and I can still say, that my life is great; my life has been great up to this point. God has cared for me and shown me his love through all the people he has placed in my surroundings.

Sometimes when we lose someone we love dearly we wonder how we will get through it. I am alive, and very well, and therefore proof that it can be done. I thought I was going to die, when I lost my grandmother, and I very nearly accomplished the task, but God sent so many people into my life to carry me through. My heart is bursting as I think of all the people that have held my hands in one crisis or another, and I am still here. The tears that are in my eyes are ones of joy, because I know how much I am loved, and have been my whole life. I am very thankful for this wonderful life that I have and I will continue to try to live it in a way showing my great appreciation for it.

Okay that was not what I sat down to write, but that is what obviously was in my heart. I wish you all a very beautiful and blessed day. May the Lord bless you and keep you always.

Be Blessed

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Under Construction



For those of you who may not have noticed, the site has undergone a bit of a face lift. I am trying to tidy it up a bit, just as I have been my home recently which sort of explains the absence, that and a fast approaching ballet recital for Little Buddy, birthday party for Bella and Girl Scouts, you know, "LIFE AS I KNOW". It's been a constant bevy of activity, and I suppose I wouldn't have it any other way.

What I know for sure today though, is that I will get the layout the way I want it, and I'll get back to posting on a regular basis. Until then, please be patient with me, and I'll be back soon. Until then...

Be Blessed.

Monday, April 06, 2009

An Hour Gone

Definitely not wasted, because I learned quite a bit, but gone nonetheless. I follow several blogs, and I generally catch up on my reading when I log in to post myself. Well if there has been a lapse between post, catching up on my following can take a good bit of time, hence the hour gone. I don't mind though, as it leaves me feeling more like an insider and less like a voyeur into the lives of my blogosphere friends. I am delighted to see the new puppy that Sarah has, and the great prizes that Heather won. My heart is warmed to read about Abbi's accomplishments, and how a mothers love will help a child blossom. It's also great to hear the wonderment of a group of Boy Scouts on a trip to one of our magnificent National Parks.

In essence, I enjoyed an evening with friends, without having to combat the weather or traffic. I'd say that is time well spent today.

I'll talk about King Tut tomorrow.

Be Blessed.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Ready For A Break

March proved to be a busy month, with very few breaks, and almost non-stop blogging. I'm tired, but there is no rest for me just yet. I'm chaperoning a Girl Scout Brownie sleepover Friday night, and hosting a baby shower on Saturday afternoon. I have the prizes for the games, but I have yet to finish the favors. Rolled sugar cookie cut-outs of umbrellas and baby bottles.

Once Saturday evening hits though, I'll be home and can relax. Monday is the beginning of Spring Break and we're going to see King Tut. Woo hoo!. We've got a few play dates planned, but for the most part just kicking it at home, and enjoying some time together. Hopefully the weather will be nice and we'll get to go to the park a few days.

Well I'm losing all train of thought (that and I still have 2 dozen cookies to bake) so I'm going to sign off now.

Be Blessed

Friday, March 27, 2009

FO Friday, Maybe That Could Be A Theme

So this week has been a little crazy. Not really, but just a little hectic. I have finished the gift for the birthday party we are going to on Sunday. It was something quick and simple, well simple at least. I did it on the loom, but it probably would have gone much quicker had I just done it on the needles. I do like the way it turned out though and will definitely make another.
This is Nyla's Birthday Shrug.






The following is some yummy yarn that I will be test knitting a project on. I will post picks of that very soon.
Well I hope these pictures leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. I'll talk post again soon.

Be Blessed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Weekend Update - Black Marriage Gala Photos

It was a busy one. With Little Buddy having two-a-day rehearsal on Saturday and Hubby not getting back in from his business trip until 7:30 that morning, I was running. That and I really hate putting in zippers and hemming, so my dress was finished around 8:45 a.m. But I made it. I got Little Buddy to both rehearsals, did my nails and packed my overnight bag. I also picked up my little sister from the transit station as she was the babysitter. I did have to order dinner, because I forgot to take something out to prepare, but everyone is still alive, so no problems there.

Then we were off, although I almost forgot our tickets, and told Hubby the wrong hotel, which meant we went a different way than we normally would have. The rest was just a ball. I had a fabulous time, and can't wait for the next occasion to celebrate, I may or may not make the dress :)

Behold pictures from the Mocha Moms Black Marriage Gala 2009.

Behold the infamous dress. The topstitching was done in pink as a contrast and to bring the pink in the godets more into the composition.


My fabulous husband and I. Doesn't he look handsome.

""It is important for us to recognize that we have been blessed with the beauty of marriage and to promote its benefits for ourselves and our children, particularly in the black community," says Dee Dee Jackson, national president of Mocha Moms, Inc.

National President Dee Dee Jackson and her husband cutting a rug.

Some of the Mochas in the chapter I belong to. South Dekalb, GA

Some of the Mocha husbands.

Black Marriage Day was started in 2002 by the Wedded Bliss Foundation, a national non-profit organization that serves families and community groups, promoting healthy relationships and healthy marriages. Last year, Black Marriage Day was celebrated in the black community in more than 250 cities across the U.S. Its goal is to highlight the benefits of marriage, pay tribute to successful marriages and promote marriage in the black community.

"We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring Black Marriage Day," says Jackson. "Black marriages are not only alive, but flourishing."

A snapshot of Black Marriages

The mission and purpose of Mocha Moms, Inc. is to support and encourage women of color who are making parenting a priority in this season in their lives. Its platform includes strengthening marriages and families, promoting self-care, strong educational foundations and volunteerism. Today, the fast growing national, non-profit organization has more than 100 chapters in 27 states throughout the country. Mocha Moms, Inc. welcomes people of all genders, religions, races, educational backgrounds, and income levels. Anyone who supports the mission of Mocha Moms, Inc. is welcome to join. Mocha Moms, Inc. has been featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, ABC's Nightline, Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Essence, Ebony and JET."

quoted text taken from: http://www.blacknews.com/news/mocha_moms_inc201.shtml

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

FailureTo Deliver On Time

Does that sound like reasonable grounds for termination of a contract? I would like to think so. That in addition to the lack of performance by my "smart phone" have led me to rethink my relationship with my cellular service provider. My phone rang today, and I missed the call, as I was otherwise engaged, so I figured it would go to voicemail. A few moments later, I hear said voicemail tone, and a few moments after that I actually check the phone to see who called and to listen to the message. Well strange thing is the call and the voicemail were from two, yes 2 different people, on two YES 2 separate days. Excuse me, do we not pay for a prompt and expedient service, you leading carrier of mobile services? So why then are you failing to deliver my messages on time.

The first call was from a friend whose wedding I'm in at the end of summer, so I knew there should have been a message, but there was none. I listen to the message that was there, and it was from this past Saturday when Little Buddy had class and rehearsal an hour apart on the same day. (Getting ready for Easter). What in the world? At first I'm listening to the message thinking is everything okay, did I miss something, were we supposed to have practice today, and then it dawned on me, its the middle of the day, on Tuesday no less. So I look at the time date stamp and it says March 21 1:42 pm. What?! So I call the wedding friend, and leave her a message trying to find out what's going on, and when I hang up from that call....a voicemail notification....from none other than wedding friend herself, from half an hour earlier.

Seriously. We have been loyal customers for the past 10 years, and this is how you repay us. Hubby's phone died on him, losing all his information, and all they do is send out a refurbished phone, no offer of tech support to try to recover the lost material. A refurbished phone...ugh, oh yeah, we just got these phones in November. Me and my "smart phone" having self, ha! I have to delete older events to make room for the new, because of some arbitrary code that was written in, even though my settings say I have more than enough memory. I am becoming increasingly disenchanted with the service that we are receiving with this company and am happily looking forward to the day our contract is over!

Don't get me wrong. These are not the first instances of dissatisfaction, it just seems that each new incident is increasingly more frustrating than the last. These are customer service issues, and they are not taking very good care of there customers, and in my opinion that is the fast road to "out of business". If I were to fail to deliver a piece of jewelry on time, there would be consequences, if a baker failed to deliver a wedding cake on time the same would be true. Why then does the big conglomerate not have to adhere to the same rules of society? Have we become complacent with our standards, and just allow anything as long as there is some type of service? If that is the case, we are truly all to blame for the current economic state.

We as consumers have rights, granted the big companies usually trample all over them, and squash any who would dare come against them like little bugs; we still have rights. It is how to exercise them most efficiently that we must learn. What if that call (or more accurately, lack thereof) had cost me a client? Honestly I don't think they'd care, and that's a serious problem. When you fail to resolve, my problem as your customer, you begin digging your own grave.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Where's The Dinner Smell?

"I'm hungry. What's for dinner? Hmmm, where's the dinner smell. Mommy are you going to cook, or are we going to order pizza?"
"Neither, we're having leftovers."
"Aww man."

Aren't kids the greatest? See lately, I've been cooking dinner around noon-ish, so that its one less thing I have to distract me while the girls are doing their homework. I can give them (Little Buddy) my undivided attention while she tries to maneuver the world of Kindergarten mathematics, spelling and reading.

Here are a couple of dinners I prepared earlier in the week, that didn't take much time and can be done with ingredients normally in the pantry.



Here we have a traditional cornbread stuffing with yellow corn and grilled chicken breast with white gravy sauce. The cornbread looks dark because I sweetened it with molasses. Other than that its seasoned in the traditional way with sage, poultry seasoning, a little salt, pepper, and a can of cream of chicken.

And above we have a Turkey Faux Stroganoff. This was made on the fly with some leftover ground turkey from fajitas the night before. I really wanted stroganoff but realized I didn't have any sour cream. So I improvised. I used a can of cream of mushroom and added to that a cup of heavy whipping cream which had been infused with a tablespoon of lemon juice to make the "sour" effect. There were also some grilled onions in the skillet, and I added the noodles later. I should have thinned the sauce a bit more, as it was a bit thick for my taste once it was combined with the noodles. All in all though it was really good, and I can't complain. Hope you enjoy. If you'd like the recipe just drop me a comment.

Be Blessed.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Drink More Water.... Please?


I'm trying to get my kids to drink more water. I think its a healthy option and they don't need a lot of sugary drinks, not that they get very many. Although when I give it some thought, that syrupy thick concoction they try to pass off as a juice drink during lunch frightens me. Be it known, I am easily frightened,( I dilute juice at home, everything but orange). I haven't used Kool-Aid since I was a kid, not that there is anything wrong with it, and I always prepared it according to the package directions, so it didn't taste the same as the stuff at my friends houses (they used more sugar). To each his own.

However, I still want my children to drink more water. It has been a struggle, because certain people don't want to follow the rules, and get all huffy when you try to enforce the law. (Five year old's, the nerve of them). So today, I bought us all these little water bottles. That way I could lead by example. The new rule is we should all drink at least one bottle a day, preferably 2 for the kids, and 3 for me. Hey I have my own issues with water, and yes the container only holds a whopping 18 ounces, but that is better than the 8-10 I've been getting.

I figure a few more swigs of water per day, should help me feel more rested, less hungry and over all a little healthier. So maybe you should drink more water too...please :)

Be Blessed

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pulling A Most of the Nighter

Clean the Kitchen
Cut out Brown fabric
fold girls laundry
clean bathrooms
baste pattern pieces together
make 1 baby hat
study a little more
clean out DVR

So I've got a few things I need to do before my head hits the pillow tonight. Of course I should have done these things earlier today, but I was truly lacking motivation. It was a really pretty day today.

Out The Window

This was a terrible week to start a new schedule; there was too much out of the ordinary stuff going on. Like the Girl Scout meeting on Monday, and the PTA meeting (with extra long program following) on Tuesday. In addition, I am trying to make a dress for the Mocha Moms, 2nd Annual Black Marriage Gala this weekend. And although I had chosen a pattern and material earlier, have changed my mind here in the 11th hour.

I will be completely altering the pattern. I have already washed the new fabric, and cut out parts of the other fabric that I was going to use, the pattern is cut and the alterations to it have been made. I have materials for earrings, if not a few of the design I want in my workspace. The shoes and wrap are already in my closet, and I'll be doing my own hair. All in all this is going to be a very low budget, high class affair. (If I do say so myself).

The reason for the frugality, is my pledge to myself that I was going to try to make more things this year. It was pertaining to gifts, but this is a excellent opportunity to express my creativity and save a ton of money. We won our tickets at last years gala, and the fabric and the pattern, came from my stash (my guest closet houses, my machines, several containers and overflowing baskets of fabric, and file boxes of patterns and notions). As some of you may know, I make jewelry and I happen to have some gold wire and pink quartz from a design I did a few years ago for the American Recording Academy.



All in all not so bad. I will cut out the rest of the pieces tonight, and baste them together. I will do all the stitching tomorrow while the older girls are in school. I'd really like a dress form, especially to help with the hemming, but alas, that is to be longed for yet a while still. (More to come about that). But for today, I studied Spanish for about 2 hours, did some laundry and worked on the dress, not to shabby, but next week will definitely be better.

Be Blessed