Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's every mother's dream...

to have a child whine TO eat green beans. Yup. Sarah absolutely loves green beans. She has eaten green beans every day after school this week. That's four days worth of green beans! Well, smothered green beans with onions and bacon drippings that her mamma cooks with love. She wanted them so bad that she even ate them with a hotdog and chili. Her sister was grossed out, but she was loving every tastey morsel.

Last night we had McDonald's, so tonight was hotdogs. Today is kinda rushed, so it worked out. I had a migraine last night (lack of coffee) and wanted to gouge my right eye out. Surely that would feel better and release the pressure behind it.

Rich picked up the kids from CCD, ran to the drug store for an Rx I was supposed to get yesterday, and then treated the kids to McDonald's. Awww. He even picked me up some nuggets and fries. McDonald's always makes you feel better :)

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Friends

How much is enough to do for a friend, for a friend who has been a very good friend, who just seemed to walk into your life one day and you felt like you had been friends for years. I knew nothing about this person, yet felt like all that didn't matter. We were friends and she was a lot like me! I was instantly comfortable with her and could tell her things very easily. I never felt judged or questioned or that I had to defend myself. Instant friends.

And just like with friends you have had for years, best friends, sometimes we don't talk for a while and then we catch up online or email and we just tend to pick up right where we left off. None of that uncomfy silence... that "what do I say now???" feeling.

Her dad passed away. To her, he rose and set the sun. Everytime she would talk about him I could hear the love she had for him. I could feel her smiling. I know he loved her too and spoiled her rotten!

I'll be there for her.. that's all I can do. But it just seems like it's not near enough.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Gotta love those coups!

I finally made it to the store last night. My bill started at 157.00 and I ended up paying 107 and some change in the end. Gotta love using coupons. I picked up everything needed for this week's menu and some extras - chips, dip, snacks, poptarts. You know, those must-haves.

Tonight is Bonko at my neighbors. Whoo hoo! Supper is cooked for the family and I'm about to fold the laundry. Life is good!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Weekend

This weekend just seemed to fly by! It's Sunday evening and I still have not been to the grocery store. The longer I sit here I don't want to go.

Saturday I went to see Baby R at her house. All 4+ pounds. She is the sweetest thing. Her mamma and daddy are a wonderful couple. They have so much support from family and friends. Ahh, the love was in the air.

This morning was church and lunch and home to do some odds and ends. I helped Jessica make a purse. If I do say so myself, it is the cutest thing! It's just a lined rectangle with handles.. and we put a pocket on the inside. And, the pattern is camo. Her daddy said he may need her to make him one hahah

Now I"m about to zip to the store. The menu is made and the list is made. I"m outta here!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ham

Tonight we were supposed to have the ham and that way the leftovers could go in tomorrow's beans. I took a nap and no ham got cooked! Yikes!

To top it off.. the "ham" turned out to be a roast LOL

Oh well, I got a good nap today. Guess it's everyone fend for themselves. The sink is full of cereal bowls so I'm guessing everyone found something to eat. Ah, the joys of older kids!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Babies, babies everywhere

Yesterday, friends of ours had their baby. Baby C is so adorable. He's got dark hair and a scrunched up face. He's a good baby so far for under 24 hours. The parents are gonna be good parents. Really good parents. We are truly blessed to know them. They remind Rich and I a lot of ourselves. Newly married, remodeling a house and now an addition to the family. They are a lot of fun to be around and I hope our friendship continues throughout the years and we are able to see their family grow. For such a young couple, they sure made an impact on these old folks.

Baby R was born this evening. My neighbor/friend's daughter had her first baby. Well, the new mamma is my friend too, but sometimes it's just easier to say my friend's daughter. Actually, my neighbor/friend, her sister and all of their kids are my friends. And now.. the kids' friends are my friends too. Confused? But it's so much fun and NEVER a dull moment. They are all so loving and friendly and just kinda took me in as an aunt.. The kids are old enough to be my sisters. Actually, my sister went to school with one of them. I watched these girls grow up and get married and now they are having babies! I'm very blessed to have them in my life. Each one of the girls are very different. Some are so touchy feely and very emotional. Some are strong and bold and then they have a softer side that cries when she has to get on that plane and go back home LOL

I have yet another friend whose daughter is due in a few weeks. Oh, it's gonna be a good year of babies, I tell ya! And the love.. the love to share. Funny how when you starting opening your heart and loving.. unconditionally.. the love in return.. just overfills you.

Yes, I'm all caught up in the baby-bliss moment... and that's just how I wanna be.

Gnite!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Preparing and Organizing

Each year I say I'm gonna get organized. Each year I say I"m gonna be more prepared. I'm proud to say each year I do!

I've been working on scheduling the housework. So far so good!

I've been working on grocery shopping and using coupons to save. So far so good!

I've been working on saving more money. So far so good.

I've been working on keeping a calendar so we can plan ahead. So far so good! I look over the calendar each night to prepare for the next day. Amazing how much prep can be done the night before.

I've been working on menu planning and cooking. Ehh... some days it happens and some days it just don't. We are pretty flexible and sometimes there just is not enough time to cook what we planned due to staying out later than expected or just being too darn tired!

Why? poor planning.

This weekend I made my menu for the week based on time constraints for each night of the week. It's easy to see that nights we are busy I need to cook quick meals. This week I have the menus planned and it really has helped. It helps to know I have 5 options. Everything needed for the meal is here. THAT helps so much. It also helps to do as much prep work the night before. If you do that each night then the next night you are ahead of yourself and the stress is greatly reduced. I cannot tell you how nice it was to dump the meat and seasonings into the crockpot this morning and be done. The onions and bell pepper are all sliced and ready. In fact, tomorrow's ground meat was cooked on Monday when we had tacos. I was already cooking the meat so I might as well cook all needed for the week. No reason to stand over the stove more than I need to. Doing today's cooking everything versus doing tomorrow's prep today surely cannot make that much difference, right? WRONG. I try to equate it to picking out your clothes the night before. Being prepared just in case something happens. You never know. And Murphy's Law seems to come into play here a a lot.

Tomorrow I guess we'll have the ham - which I need to take out now to defrost (see, preparing ahead!) - so we can use some in the beans for Friday. Planning ahead really works.

I guess I am more organized than I thought. At least this week!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

3:10 to Yuma

Last night was date night. MMM Date night. Yup. Just Rich and myself doing something kidless!

We go out to eat at those places the kids throw a hissy not to eat at or to see a movie alone or with another couple or race home and spend some quality time alone when the kids are preoccupied on Friday night. This week Daniel had company on Friday, so that moved date night to Saturday. Saturday's can range from shopping to lunch to visiting other ADULTS to... well.. riding on the back country roads and just talking; anything to tune out the rest of the world and focus on our relationship.

At first it was weird. We had no clue what we wanted to do. A big sign we have been apart too long. We quickly realized this needed to change. So, we try to do date night at least twice a month, depending on how loaded the Calendar seems to be for that month. Just a few hours alone, uninterrrupted seems to work wonders for our relationship. Granted, everyone TELLS you in the beginning of your marriage that you NEED time alone or date nights, but nobody tells you just how to accomplish that. Oh yah, hire a babysitter? That would have meant 3 days of intense cleaning, paying a sitter so we could drive off and not have any money to do anything...and well, it just wasn't worth it. After 19 years of marriage and seeing countless friends divorce or lose a spouse.. we decided it was well worth the effort to see that date night happened. It also helps that the kids no longer need sitters, we have the extra money and the kids would rather stay home.

We opted for an early movie - 3:10 to Yuma. Ugh.. a cowboy movie. You must know that I try my best to busy myself somehow with cleaning to avoid seeing Three Mules for Sister Sarah for the bazillionith time!! I just would rather catch dust bunnies under the bed than sit through another afternoon of Clint Eastwood. Now, Sam Elliot is a different story for a different day. But Rich loves a good cowboy movie and how could I resist? It was date night!

I bought the tickets early as we always seem to rule late and by golly, I gotta have my popcorn and coke at the movies. Who cares if it's 20.00; nearly double what we paid to get IN?? It's money well spent to set the mood. Afterall, it IS date night. We are allowed to splurge.

If you're wondering, yes, the movie was filled with couples our age or OLDER and all must have been having date night and splurging on popcorn and all the men where smiling! Date night consisting of popcorn, coke, a guy flick and swinging from the chandeliers later all because I took my woman out on a date, what-could-be-better smiles!

The movie was good. It really was. I like to "see into the future" at the end of a movie and they didn't do that, but oh well. It was good and hubby liked it, we had popcorn and coke and ... well, you get the picture.

So what do you do for date night? It doesn't have to be dinner and a movie.. it's whatever you love.

  • Get icecream
  • Go to the movies
  • Pick up food
  • Go out to eat
  • Rent a movie
  • Ride in the country
  • Get up at 5 and go out for breakfast
  • Sit on the patio and greet the day
  • Take the dogs running in the country
  • Visit friends
  • Spend time alone
  • Shopping; errands

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Rudness

Sometimes I wonder if I take things too seriously. Then other times, I know I'm not!

Daniel had a friend coming to spend the night. Said "friend" has never been here and I was eager to meet a fellow buddy. You know,you gotta know who your kids' friends are. They had no school on friday, so friend was gonna spend the day with girlfriend. No biggie.. I figured a few hours. Friend was supposed to come around 6pm. Kinda late being they had the day off from school, but I wasn't sure if his dad was bringing him and that was the time he was able. Okay.. fine.

Every hour, Daniel called friend asking where the heck he was! People. AT 10:00 p.m. said friend finally rolls up, being brought by his friend. Hmm.. Me thinks parents assume he has been at Daniel's house since 6, when in fact he has been riding around and hanging out with girlfriend. GRRRRR.

Check on your kids, people. I was so furious. What kind of first impression is he making? Is this normal for him?? I was NOT impressed and I know Daniel was quite upset. I even suggested telling him it was too late and just come tomorrow for the day. Daniel had his heart set on gaming all night and here it was 10pm and friend was 4 hours late!!

Like I said, I'm not impressed with this kid. But who knows... maybe I'm all wrong and he was just caught up in love and really is a good kid?? We shall see!

On a happier note... my husband decided not to go to the camp this weekend - so he is home! He's helping a neighbor with his carport at the moment. Hopefully we'll get to go to the movies either today or tomorrow.

I'm off to cut coupons, make my grocery list, make my menu for next week and SHOWER. I know you just couldn't function without knowing LOL

Friday, September 14, 2007

If you have never..

If you have never had homemade pizza you are seriously missing out on some good eating! I have done both - homemade dough and the boxed Chef-boy-ardee. The "Chef" is good at visiting our house. In a pinch I have been known to made the dough by hand.. or when they specifically ask for it. MMM it really is good.

The girls were gathered around the island in the kitchen as I was making the dough. They love to eat the raw dough and were hoping ole mom would turn her head and they could snag a pinch. They were tired and hungry after declaring the Hurricane has passed and it was a good day for shopping. They spent the afternoon goofing off and being sisters. It was nice to hear them giggling and telling me what they had done. They are 6 years apart.. so bonding times like this are few and far between. I think the oldest is seeing her little sister does have a personality and likes to be around her. Before, she was a nosey little sister.

The girls requested a pizza with everything: Pepperoni, bell pepper, onion, canadian bacon, and pineapple. And it was delish! Later I made other versions for the guys, and they were just as good. I'm gonna half to try getting some string cheese and making a crust filled with string cheese. That sounds really good. I also love to put garlic powder in the dough.

I was telling the girls that when their father and I were first married we were as poor as church mice (as my grandmother says). With no extra money to splurge on pizza.. we opted to make it ourselves. That's when my husband reintroduced me to The Chef and I was hooked. The possibilities are endless. You can be as creative or as simple as you want. Thick crust, thin crust. It's all up to you.

The girls laughed when I said we had fun doing the simple things - like making pizza together. I'm sure it WAS funny. But it left me thinking about our first few years together long after the pizza was eaten and one was leaving for work and the other was in her room on the phone.

I'm really glad we struggled those first years of being newly weds and having a baby within the first year of marriage. We learned to depend on each other. We learned to work together and push ourselves to do things we never dreamed we'd be able to do. We became a team.

We built a foundation.

That foundation has kept us together through all the 19 years of disappointments and sorrows and let downs and celebrations and cheering and accomplishments.

And for that.. I'm thankful :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Changes anew

I took a leap and changed the layout. So far, I really like it. Hope you do too!

Hurricane???

We had been talking about the tropical storm and the amount of rain it could bring us. With all the rain we already have had.. and now expecting MORE, we figured we needed some things from the store before it was too late.

You know.. important things. Like.. snacks. Bread. Lunch meat. And chips and dip.

Oh, I have rubbermaids full of hygeine and toiletry items. That's covered.

Off we went. No coupons. I paid waay too much. But hey, we NEEDED it. I certainly did not want to get out in the weather nor the day after for bread. I'm trying to think ahead. I like to do my shopping on the weekends and this mid week stuff is messing me up big-time.

We went to bed anticipating rain around midnight. I woke up around 1 to wind-driven rain on my window. It pounded and poured for a solid hour. I heard the weather band radio go off, but was too tired to hear what he had to say. Around 5:30 I woke up with Rich and it was pouring again. It started around 4:30 and it really poured or steadily rained for hours after that. I decided to get up and watch the news to see if the kidlets could sleep late.

You'd swear it was a hurricane with all the coverage. Wait a minute. It IS a hurricane. When did that happen???? It was a CAT 1 hurricane when it hit. Texas got hit pretty hard. We were on the "bad" side (East) of the hurricane and I don't think it was near as bad. We had wind gusts and pouring rain.. but that really was about it. We never lost power (thank goodness!) and even the cable never flickered. It was dark and gloomy and the kids were happy that moms work was slow because she was able to make breakfast - which they didn't eat until they arose at 10am! But I'm not complaining.. it was easier that they were sleeping and didn't bug me to death with a zillion questions and wanting to open and eat everything in the house due to boredom.

Once the weather cleared, the girls promptly declared it a good day to go shopping and dashed out before mom could give advice about driving in the rain and not going through roads covered with water and instructions on which roads tended to flood quickly.

Son has now darted off to swim at the neighbors house.

I'm all alone again. Ahhh..

They are off again tomorrow for a teacher's meeting. I hope I have enough snacks to keep them full! Somehow I doubt it though.

Monday, September 10, 2007

just great

Ever been so tired you cannot sleep?

That's me. I was so looking forward to bed at 9:40 too. I have tossed and turned and finally got up to get a drink of water and well, the computer called me LOL

Hubby is back. Party was great. Everyone is ready for Monday.

Have you tried the mint 3-musketeers? It's like a mild form of a Peppermint Patty. Caution: Do not buy a snack-size bag. You may eat the entire bag over the course of a weekend when nobody else is here to help you eat them. Don't ask me how I know!

Guess I'll try and get some sleep now. 5:40 is gonna come early!

Sunday, September 09, 2007

missing him

My husband is at the camp this weekend and I miss him. I"m glad he gets to do the guy thing and i'm happy he's taking time to relax. I'm just missing him.

He'll be home tomorrow.

I cannot wait.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

it spread like wild fire

Thank goodness for cells phones. Good news travels fast!

Girlfriend called saying Sears was having a killer sale. I was in great need of some basic black things and decided to head that way. Called another friend and she high-tailed it over there too. Then I saw another friend of a friend who had been called by my first friend. Whoo hoo! Girls shopping.

I visited the dressing room like 5 times and walked away with:

1 navy dress with jacket - the lil black dress didn't look as good as the navy
1 pair of black capris
1 black button up top
1 coral shirt
1 powder blue shirt
3 shells

All for 54.00. The navy dress was regular 80.00 and I got it for 15.99!! So I got all my clothes for less than the cost of the dress.

I also snagged a black/white necklace and earings, and a red necklace (to wear with navy dress!) Now I'm on the hunt for another pair of jeans and some tshirts. Oh, and navy shoes :) I snagged a really cute pair of black shoes at Payless. Which would go awesome with the skirts in the misses section. But, alas, they had none in my size. The skirts would be GREAT to work in. They'd be great to run to the store when work is slow or if I had to pick the kids up. Sometimes I just get tired of shorts and frumpy tshirts. They are just cotton and can really be dressed up or down.

I know.. who'd have thought. ... ME ... and clothes? I got some really great tips and they are proving to work great. I make a beeline for my styles and skip over the rest. Find my size and then my color. Who hoo! Shopping like a pro. It still overwhelms me, but I'm learning. I have some great friends who help too.

I can see this could quickly get out of hand LOL

It must be working because my husband now tells me I look nice.. without any prompting.. and the kids tell me I have a shape and look much better than trying to hide under baggy clothes. I feel good about myself and that's what matters most :)

Happy Labor Day!