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Fly on the Wall – March 2014


 

 

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

 

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://www.therowdybaker.com                                  The Rowdy Baker

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                          The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                                   The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/                Stacy Sews and Schools

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                      Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                          Someone Else’s Genius

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                               Menopausal Mother

http://www.pinkheartstring.com                                     Pink Heart String

http://spinstersnacks.com                                              Spinster Snacks

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                                 Juicebox Confession

 

 

I remembered to write stuff down this month!! WOOO HOOO!!! ;)

 

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Joshua – Boboton should be the name of a planet.

 

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Colin has a new found love of Babybel Cheese. He also likes using the net on his head. He looks like a lunch lady!

 

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We have gone through about 5 electric can openers in the past couple of years. Instead of buying yet another one I got a manual can opener instead. I left it out and asked Deanna to open some cans for me. Hee hee hee hee!! It took her FOREVER to figure out how it works!

 

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Deanna and I were watching TV.

Me – That was D-U-M-B.

Deanna – What? I don’t get it.

Me – You know… Dumb, D-U-M-B.

Deanna – Oh! I thought it was a new acronym and I just didn’t know it yet!

 

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Evil Hank Jr

 

THIS was something The Hubby picked up at a used book store. SIGH… For the full story check out my Use Your Words post.

Believe me, THAT’S a story you don’t want to miss! ;)

 

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Butterflies

 

We’ve been studying butterflies this month and having a lot of fun (for more on the butterflies click HERE ).

When they finished making their chrysalides , their butts were hanging out. Completely freaked Colin out.

Colin – EWWW!! They lost their butts!! Their BUTTS!!!!!!!

 

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I over hear a conversation between Joshua and Deanna. I think I should be worried.

Deanna – Who would you put in a well?

Joshua – What????

Deanna – Y’know, like on “Silence of the Lambs”??  ‘It puts the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again.’

Joshua – Uh, no one!!!

Deanna – There has to be SOMEONE!!

Joshua – Well, who would YOU put in a well??

Deanna – For like Niall from One Direction. For dislike, that annoying guy that says YEP on “Storage Wars”. (insert evil laugh here)

Joshua – Oh, well……. Maybe Will Smith.

 

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Colin – Are Q and O brothers?

 

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We are doing our normal, weekly shopping at Kroger. We have the normal, usual 2 buggies full.

I am trying to make the bagger understand that he doesn’t have to try to fit everything into one buggy because it’s just not going to work.

The cashier pipes up and gets him to listen. He then turns to me and says, “What is this, like a month’s worth?”

Me – Umm… No, it’s like a week’s worth…..

The look on his face was PRICELESS. It never gets old… LOL

 

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We did a bunch of crafts on Monday for St. Patrick’s Day.

 

3D Shamrocks Collage

 

3 D Shamrocks – tutorial HERE

 

Leprechaun Houses Collage

 

We made leprechaun houses out of the boxes I won from Pick Your Plum.

I had to make finger paint… All of our paint brushes are missing!!!

I used 1 cup of flour and added water until I liked the consistency. Then I added a few drops of green food coloring.

 

Shamrock Collage

 

Tissue paper shamrocks.

 

 

Merrows by Cailey Pooka by Colin

 

We read Magic Tree House : Leprechauns and Irish Folklore : Research Guide

Then I asked Cailey and Colin to pick their favorite fairy and draw it.

 

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

 

And that is what we had for breakfast! Green orange juice and green pancakes! The kids LOVED them!!!

 

There you go! The past month in our house. :D

 

Don’t forget to check out all the AMAZING bloggers participating this  month!

 

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USE YOUR WORDS!! March 2014


Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

 

 

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I’m using:    Animatronic ~ taco(s) ~ armor ~ good luck ~ rise of the machines

They were submitted by: http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com

 

I thought that I would be doing a lot some fiction writing for this blog series. LOL My life, stranger than fiction….

 

We had been having a day out in Nashville, driving around and having fun. We were on the way home. I thought that maybe we would stop for tacos or something but other than that we were pretty much done.

Oh, how wrong I was.

The Hubby decided to stop at the greatest used book store EVER and usually that’s a good thing for me. This time, however, I decided to wait it out in the van with Cailey and Colin (Colin always loses his mind in this store).

That was my big mistake.

The Hubby comes out with THIS—

 

 

Evil Hank Jr

An animatronic Hank Williams, Jr. It sings! It dances! It frightens children! It’s terrible.

Seriously. This thing FREAKS ME OUT!!!!! And not only me! Cailey, Colin, Deanna, the cats! We all get the willies when we catch this thing looking at us!

Every time I see it out of the corner of my eye I swear it’s LOOKING RIGHT AT ME with that creepy smile!

I have flash backs to the movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. I keep expecting to wake up in the middle of the night with this thing looming over me with a knife!

It’s giving me nightmares!!!

I’ve been trying to talk The Hubby into getting rid of it. Wish me good luck!!!

The guys and their purchases…. Jacob and his buddy are now into sword collecting. SIGH… I even heard Jacob complain the other day about not being able to find a life size suit of armor. People, I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Again, my life, stranger than fiction.

 

PS The Hubby has given the Evil Hank Jr thing to his friend!! YIPPEE!!! We can sleep easier now! Maybe I should apologize to the friend’s wife????

 

 

Now, be sure to check out the marvelous bloggers that have joined up!!!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

http://BakingInATornado.com                   Baking In A Tornado

http://followmehome.shellybean.com              Follow me home . . .

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/              Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com                       Spatulas on Parade

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                      Someone Else’s Genius

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                      Battered Hope

http://www.healingtomato.com                       Healing Tomato

http://superiornonsense92.blogspot.com/                   Superior Nonsense

http://www.rocksnosaltmommy.com               Rocks, No Salt Mommy

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com              Evil Joy Speaks

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com             Stacy Sews and Schools

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/               The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

 

 

 

 

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Secret Subject Swap March 2014


 

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com                                       The Momisodes

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/              Stacy Sews and Schools

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                        Follow me home . . .

www.outmannedmommy.com                                   Outmanned

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/              Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.dribblesngrits.com                                Dribbles and Grits

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com                       Spatulas on Parade

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                     Someone Else’s Genius

http://morethancheeseandbeer.blogspot.com             More Than Cheese and Beer

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                  Searching for Sanity

http://rantsfrommycrazykitchen.com                      Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                                  Climaxed

 

 

 

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My prompt :

10 years after your death, a person finds a collection of your writing in a thrift store. For some reason, a friend of yours or perhaps a stalker compiled blog posts, facebook updates, short stories, poems….anything you write…into a book, and that book ended up, mistakenly or otherwise, in a donation box. What would you hope this friend of yours included in this compilation? What would you hope the person who buys and reads it would gather about you, about the world, and about himself or herself?

It was submitted by: http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                               

 

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I think that video really sums up the way I want people to think of me when I’m gone.

Remember the good things and leave out all the rest.

I would hope that the book included any time that I made someone happy. Anytime that I made them smile or feel good about themselves. Anytime that I was helpful.

I hope that it would leave out the times I was short tempered or selfish. Anytime that I snapped at someone or was rude.

None of those terrible poems I wrote in high school!!! YEESH!!! What was I thinking?? 

None of the letters I wrote to my cousin! LOL There’s no telling the crazy things I wrote. Although Amy could probably still tell you all about them! ;)

None of those silly notes I wrote in school and folded into a thousand different shapes.  (Can you say EMBARRASSING???)

I would want people to feel good reading it. Good about themselves. See that the world is still a good place, filled with good people.

 

 

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Fly on the Wall – February 2014


Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 12 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

 

 

 

 

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://www.therowdybaker.com                                  The Rowdy Baker

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just A Little Nutty

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                                   The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                            Follow me home . . .

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                           Searching for Sanity

http://www.menopausalmom.com                                 Menopausal Mother

http://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                              Dates 2 Diapers 2

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/                Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thelazymomcooks.com/                                   The Lazy Mom’s Cooking Blog

http://spinstersnacks.com                                         Spinster Snacks

 

 

 

Soooo…. Ummmmm….. Well…… You see……. I forgot to write down the crazy stuff this time around. I know, I know! I was doing so well, too! LOL

So since I forgot I thought I would pick a random day this week and walk you through my day. The day I picked was Monday!

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4 am

The Hubby wakes me up. Time to get up and take him, Jacob and Jacob’s friend TJ to work. (We have sort of adopted TJ. He’s been living with us for the past 6 or 7 months.)

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5:30 am

Back from dropping off the guys. Time to eat breakfast and set out the kids’ school work for the day.

 

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6 am

Facebook time!! Time to see what’s up with all my friends!

 

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6:30 am

Call my BFF and talk for a while.

 

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8 am

I start waking the kids up. Well, Joshua has been awake since 5. He likes to get up early and get started on his school work.

Colin starts to have a COMPLETE and TOTAL meltdown!!!!

He doesn’t want to get up.

He doesn’t want to have school!

 

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8:30

Colin is still freaking out. Now he’s major issue is that I asked Joshua to make breakfast. Colin can’t eat breakfast unless *I* make it for him.

SIGH……..

Where’s the Advil Migraine????

 

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9 am

Yep. Colin is still throwing a hissy fit.

Heaven help me.

The other Cailey is attempting to start her school work.

Time to remind Deanna to GET OUT OF BED!!!!!

 

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9:30

Colin FINALLLLLLY starts to simmer down.

SHEW!!!!!

Deanna is FINALLLLLLLY out of bed!!!!!!

 

Can I go back to bed???

 

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10 am

Everyone is finally doing their school work!!! WOW!!!

 

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12 Noon

Time for lunch.

Colin can’t decide what he wants.

No, we are NOT going to McDonald’s.

He still can’t decide. He wants me to name off every single thing we have in the house to eat.

 

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1 pm

Everyone has been fed, even Colin.

Time for Cailey and Colin to do their history, geography, science and nature lessons together.

 

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1:05 pm

Colin, put the Lego guy down and listen please.

No, we can’t blow stuff up.

 

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1:10 pm

Colin, I will listen to your dream when I am done reading this part of the book to you.

(And it goes on like this for the next hour and 20 minutes.)

 

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2:30 pm

YIPPPEEEE!!!! The school day is OVER!!! LOL

 

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2:35 pm

No, Colin. You can’t climb onto the roof.

No, you can’t use the pot I need for supper to put the cat food in.

Yes, you can go out to play.

 

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3 pm

Time to start supper.

Colin’s computer hour starts.

 

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4 pm

Time to pick the guys up from work.

Cailey’s computer hour starts. (It’s great to have older kids that HAVE to babysit. ;))

 

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5 pm

Time to eat!

Colin doesn’t want what we are having (chili) and wants me to once again name everything we have in the house.

 

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6 pm

Cailey and Colin fight over the computer even though they have both already had their hour today.

 

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7 pm

Play with your toys in the other room time!!!

I use this time to get stuff together for a blog post.

 

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8 pm

Family TV time.

I work on blog stuff during commercials.

 

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9:30 pm

Mommy and Daddy are turning things over to the older kids and are going to unwind before going to bed.

Finish up the blog stuff for the night.

 

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10 pm

BED TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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At several times throughout the day I had to fuss at Joshua for teasing the Cs. SIGH……..

 

Now, not everyday is like this, thank goodness!!! But Mondays are almost always awful. TGIF!!!! LOL

 

(And Deanna never wants to get up before 9:30.)

 

Yesterday was a good day. We went shopping. Cailey and Colin needed new shoes and they both got the BRIGHTEST shoes they could find!! LOL  Cailey’s rainbow neon and Colin’s are neon orange and yellow! Completely day glow! ;)

 

 

HAPPY 61st BIRTHDAY to my Dad!!!!

 

 

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Use Your Words – February 2014


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Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

http://BakingInATornado.com                   Baking In A Tornado

http://www.justalittlenutty.com                 Just A Little Nutty

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com             Battered Hope

http://www. JuiceboxConfession.com          Juicebox Confession

www.theblacksheepmom.blogspot.com      Black Sheep Mom

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com   Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/              Confessions of a part time working mom

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com     Evil Joy Speaks

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com         Spatulas on Parade

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com.au      Searching for Sanity

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/               The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

www.fbxadventures.blogspot.com                      FBX Adventures (In Parenting)

http://www.healingtomato.com                     Healing Tomato

http://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                Dates 2 Diapers 2

http://followmehome.shellybean.com               Follow me home . . .

www.outmannedmommy.com/                       Outmanned

MY WORDS –   melting pot ~ Dora the Explorer ~ motorcycle ~tennis shoes ~ playground

SUBMITTED BYDates 2 Diapers

I admit it. At first I was completely stumped. What on Earth? Dora AND motorcycle?? YILES!!! But then something came along. A commercial to be precise. A beautiful commercial that brought out the ugly.

So, I’m about to give you my 2 cents. You don’t have to agree with me. I just ask that you not be ugly about it. Ok? We all have different opinions and that’s one of the things that makes this world a great place to be. Imagine for a second that everyone was the exact same. HOW BORING!!! The differences between people are make this world better.

Here we go. You can stop reading if you like. ;)

This is the United States of America. We were built of the foundations of “different”. First of all, there were already people living here. Remember them? The Native Americans?

Then came the Europeans. The Spanish, the British, the French and the Dutch. Look at all of those diverse languages right there. Look at the differences in religion.

You have all the languages of the Native Americans and their religious beliefs. You have the languages and religious beliefs of the different European settlers.

Diversity.

Then that all ended with wars here and there, some land takeovers and some buying of land.

Now we are here in 2014. That’s a lot of time. We have 5o states and each one had a different beginning. Some of them even spoke a different language! GASP! Like Hawaii not so long ago.

Did you know that we are supposed to be a “melting pot“?? Not a mortal and pestle to ground out all the native cultures. No. A melting pot to absorb, take in, mix around, become one with other cultures.

Did you know that you do NOT have to speak English to get a green card? Did you know that the immigrants that came here (even through Ellis Island) did NOT have to speak English? It has NEVER been a requirement. I knew a kid in high school whose grandmother could only speak Polish. Should we have tossed her out??

I think I HOPE most people in this country get it. I hope that sounds of the people throwing such a hissy over such a beautiful commercial were just the loudest and NOT the majority.

Take a look at TV. On Nick they have “Dora the Explorer” and “Ni Hao Kai Lan”. Why? Because we are a melting pot. We have many different types of people and THAT is what makes this country great.

Did you know that you can’t tell by just the way someone looks what type of person they are or where they “come” from? Take my Dad for an example. He has black hair, brown eyes and dark complected skin. He has been mistaken for Mexican and Filipino. He isn’t. He’s a mixture. French, German, Cherokee, Shawnee…. Irish…. WOW! My DAD is a melting pot. Imagine that. All those different languages in one person.

To further that conversation, my Dad was also a motorcycle rider. He LOVED it. He would still be riding today if it wasn’t for his health issues. But you know what. People would judge him because he looked like a biker. He must be a bad person! Quick! Grab your kids up when he walks onto the playground!

See, it’s all part of the same thing. Prejudice. Someone “looks” a certain way. Someone “sounds” a different way.

There was a story going around about a woman that was on her phone in the checkout line. She was speaking a GASP different language. She hangs up and the man behind her says to speak English or leave the country. She turns and tells him that she was speaking Navajo! BAM!!!

But I have to wonder. Did THAT matter?? Look at what happened to the many Native languages. A lot of them are gone and forgotten. Why?  Because Native American children were taken from their homes. Their hair was cut, their clothing changed. They were forced to learn English and were only allowed to speak English. Is that what the people throwing hissy fits want now?? Should we waylay every immigrant and lock them up until they speak English and only English?

I guess I just don’t understand. I don’t understand that kind of hate. What is it to you if someone can’t/won’t speak English? Maybe they tried and just couldn’t get it.

That why we have China Town and Little Italy. There are in cities all over this country. Why? Well, mostly because the immigrants were treated SO HORRIBLY when they got here that they found other immigrants like them and settled in the same place.

EVERY SINGLE group of mass immigrants has been treated atrociously. The Italians, the Irish, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Jewish. Why? Because their religions were different. Their faces were different. Their skin was different. Their language was different.

And in 2014 we are still doing it.

Yes, yes… I know. You call a call center and it says to press 2 for Spanish. No, it does NOT say press 1 for English. Think about it or call one. You’ll see. But do you know WHY it says that?? No, not because of all the non-English speaking people here. It’s because the call centers are OVER SEAS! In OTHER COUNTRIES. Places where they learned English OR Spanish as a second language and they need to know WHO to put you through to. Imagine this.  The man on the other end at the call center  is not a native English speaker and you want him to figure out another person who is also not a native English speaker but trying to speaking English. Confused? You sure would be.

But, but some of our products at the grocery store are in Spanish, too! Well, you can find many products that are in French. There are even big sections in most big grocery stores that are entirely made up of products from other countries. Why? Because we are a melting pot.

But, but there’s a sign at the store that says they speak Spanish, too! First of all, why does that bother you? They aren’t asking YOU to speak  Spanish. They are just letting those that are more comfortable speaking Spanish know that they can speak it as well. Good for them.

Maybe that’s my whole point. Why??? No one is asking you to change your language. No one is asking you to change your culture. And when it comes to American culture, tell me one thing that didn’t come from somewhere else. Our entire culture is based on other cultures being mixed together.

So you know what *I* think??  I think those bigoted jerks that say you can only speak ‘Murican in ‘Murica should slap on their tennis shoes and take a flying leap. Most of us like our melting pot, thank you very much!

So, if you stuck it until the end. Thanks. I hope I didn’t offend anyone, that wasn’t my intention. It also wasn’t my intention to try to change the way people think. Bigotry takes more than something like this post to change. But it’s a start, right? More than anything this post is to let others out there know that they aren’t alone in their thinking. Just because we aren’t raising a big stink doesn’t mean we think the same way as those that are.

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Secret Subject Swap – February 2014


Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 15 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

 

 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

 

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://themomisodes.com                                       The Momisodes

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/               Stacy Sews and Schools

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                     Follow me home . . .

http://dinoheromommy.com/                                   Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                       Dates 2 Diapers 2

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/                       Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com                   Evil Joy Speaks

http://spinstersnacks.com                                         Spinster Snacks

http://www.fbxadventures.blogspot.com                           FBX Adventures (In Parenting)

http://morethancheeseandbeer.blogspot.com        More Than Cheese and Beer

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                     Searching for Sanity

http://smalltalkmama.com                                          Small Talk Mama

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                         Juicebox Confession

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com                     Spatulas on Parade

 

 

 

Valentines Day

 

 

 

 

 

My subject is, If you had the chance, would you go to an ANTI VALENTINES DAY party and why?  It was submitted byhttp://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com   .

Here goes:

 

 

Would I??? WOULD I??? You bet ya!!!!!!! Why???? Well, let me fill you in on that.

SIGH………………..

You would think that being a married person would mean that Valentine’s Day would never suck again. And if you thought that way, you would be WRONG!!! Oh, so WRONG!!!!!

I have married a very practical, very unromantic man. I can count on one hand the number of romantic things he has done in the almost 22 years we have been a couple. SIGH…….

One year he even said, “But I thought Valentine’s Day was just for kids.”

Yes, people, I did let him live but it was  Very Close Thing.

At least if I went an Anti Valentine’s Day Party, I would be around people that know how I feel! They would “get me”. We could sit around and dis stupid St Valentine and Cupid until we felt better!

We could knock back a few drinks and play “Shoot Cupid with an Arrow” (like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” only way more violent).

Yeah, that sounds like FUN!!!!

We could take a page from “Valentine’s Day” and beat the heck out of a large, heart-shaped pinata!

Sounds like a good time to me!!!!

 

Now, before we all go and beat the snot out of The Hubby, I will tell you the most romantic thing he ever did.

It was Valentine’s Day 2003. A few weeks before I had had life saving surgery. My gall bladder was sooooo bad that the doc said I would not have made it past the weekend (this is a whole other story where I rant and rave about our health care system).

The Hubby suggests that I call my Dad and see if they will babysit the kids that night. It was YUCKY out. I wasn’t really feeling it but I agreed to call anyway. (Little did I know that he had prearranged this with my Dad.) Then I set out to take the kids to Dad’s.

When I got back the house was empty! Hmmm… WTH??? Then I noticed a little box tacked to wall. WTH???

I opened the box and found a note. The note said to “go next door”.

I went to his friend’s house next door and he had another box for me. That one said “go to Kim’s work”.

I went to the store that my friend Kim worked at and she had another box for me. That one said “go to my work and look under the sink in the break room”.

So off I go. I get to The Hubby’s work and found ANOTHER box. This one said “Hampton Inn room 223″.

I get there and knock on the door. The Hubby opens it and he actually had FLOWERS and CANDY and a stuffed BEAR!!!!

Who are you and what did you do with my husband????

It was the best Valentine’s Day I have ever had.

SIGH…..

Maybe I should remind him of this???

SIGH……

 

Now, don’t forget to check out the amazing bloggers who are sure to be MUCH more entertaining than I am!

 

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Fly on the Wall – January 2014


                                                                        

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

 Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado

http://www.therowdybaker.com                                  The Rowdy Baker

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                          Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com                                       The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                           Spatulas on Parade

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                                   The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/                  Stacy Sews and Schools

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com                           Searching for Sanity

http://thelazymomcooks.blogspot.com/                       The Lazy Mom’s Cooking Blog

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                             Menopausal Mother

http://victoryrosevintage.wordpress.com                       Victory Rose

http://www.pinkheartstring.com                                  Pink Heart String

http://www.spinstersnacks.com/                                 Spinster Snacks

 

 

Fly

 

 

 

Deanna – We need to start our own store called “Burnett Sized – When Family Size Just Isn’t Big Enough”.

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Colin – This family is full of crazies!!!

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Joshua – I hate Thorsdays, they are so unLoki.

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Joshua – It’s a sad day when you type Leonardo in the search box and DiCaprio comes up before da Vinci.

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Never NEVER NNNNNNEEEEEVVVVEEEERRRR bring up the country of Djibouti around your kids… You will never hear the end of booty jokes.

Colin – I bet the grass in brown in Djibouti.

Joshua – I bet it stinks in Djibouti.

Deanna – Dang! I didn’t know Djibouti was so big.

And on and on and on and on……..

And let me apologize to the people of Djibouti on behalf of my heathen children.

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Deanna – Why does everyone think Joshua is funnier than me???

Me – You’re a different kind of funny.

Deanna – And what do you mean by that?????

phone rings

Me to The Hubby – Deanna wants to know why everyone thinks Joshua is funnier than she is.

Yes, that’s what I said.

Deanna – Wait!! Tell me he didn’t say the same thing!!! What do you mean by different?????

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Jacob (in his best Arhnahld impression) – Hi. I ahm Deaaanna Da Brows. Muh eyebrows will beat you into submission.

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Cailey thinks that cat burglars steal cats. Cailey – What if a cat burglar comes  and tries to steal Derpy???

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Apparently we have a clepto cat. Derpy keeps stealing things dragging them under the girls’ bed. Deanna was seriously upset to find a pair of Joshua’s underwear. Although, Derpy did leave a present of pipe cleaners and crayons in Cailey’s shoe.

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Cailey bumping into Deanna – Sorry, I hope I didn’t hurt your internal orgals.

(no, that isn’t supposed to be organs ;) )

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Jacob just started a new job at the same place The Hubby works. He comes home and says this – I found my toe twin today. You know how I dropped that wood on my toe the other day? So did so and so. He took his shoe off and his toe looks just like mine!

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Whenever that stupid Miley song comes on Cailey changes the words, like so:

I came in like a

tennis ball

soccer ball

football

It drives Deanna crazy.

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At the Christmas party for The Hubby’s work, the owner mentioned a special kind of Christmas bonus this year. Every employee got $50 to give to another employee. They were to go to the office and put down which person they wanted their $50 to go to.

The Hubby gets in the van and says, “I know I’m getting $50 from 3 people.” He then names them. I asked if he gave his to Jacob. “No! I didn’t even think about that!!” Good grief!!!!

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Deanna, Cailey and I were discussing doll clothes and what they were made of. We mention polyester and taffeta.

Jacob – I thought that was old people pudding.

Me – What?

Jacob – That taffeta word.

Me and Deanna – You mean tapioca!

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Christmas Day and I am playing Battleship with Colin.

Me – I, 1

Colin – You did????

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Joshua – Do you know the actress So and So?

Me – No, I don’t think so.

Joshua – She was in such and such.

Me – Oh, yeah!

Joshua – She is also on the show XXXXXXXX.

The Hubby – Yeah, but she dies.

Joshua – Gee, thanks.

The Hubby – Oh, are you starting back at season 1?

Joshua – I’m not so sure now…..

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Colin, with tape on his nose – Do I need Proactiv?

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Wheel of Fortune is on the TV with a split screen. Vanna and the letter board are on the bottom and the contestants are on the top. Colin – Are those people really big or is that lady really small?

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So, there you have it, folks! The crazy things that have been heard around our house!!!

Don’t forget to check out the amazing bloggers that are taking part in Fly this month!!!

 

 

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USE YOUR WORDS!! January 2014


Today’s post is a writing challenge that I hope you find as much fun to read as it was to write. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

By the way, this is another brainchild of Karen from Baking in a Tornado!! That woman is SO amazingly creative!

 

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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

 

I’m using:               winter ~ snow storm ~ sliding ~ hairpin turn ~ loving life

They were submitted by:    http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com

 

 

Winter Graphic SSaS

 

 

 

I am about to tell you a TRUE story of winter sledding in West Virginia. I was about 10 years old and we had just had a ginormous snow storm (the norm for West Virginia). Some friends and I decided that we REALLLLLY needed to head out and go sledding or in this case tubing. SIGH….

One of my friends and her sister rounded us all up and drove us to their grandparent’s house. They had the BEST hill ever for tubing. It was steep, it was long and it had a dozen hairpin turns. PERFECT!!!!!

We get there and trudge up the very steep, very long hill. When we get to the top we decided that we didn’t want to actually wait and take turns. It took too long to get to the top!!! We have about 6 of us and 2 big tubes. That’t it! 3 to a tube!

We start to pile on the tubes. Somehow I am in the middle. OK, no biggie. Sounds good to me. It means I won’t be flying off the sides, right???

We start sliding down the hill. We start picking up speed! We start screaming! We start holding on for dear life!!!!

And that, my friends, is when I got mushed into the middle of the tube. The very middle. Where the hole is.

All the rest of the way down the hill my posterior is getting the beating of a life time!

We FINALLY make it to the bottom after what feels like FOREVER!!!

And I collapse. I can’t move an inch!

But you know what?? It was SO MUCH FUN that no matter the bruises I was still loving life!

And after a while, we trudged back up that hill to do it all over again!

 

 

Thank you, Evil Joy Speaks for the GREAT words! I had almost forgotten about that experience! LOL

 

Now! On to the AMAZING bloggers that have signed up for Use Your Words!!!!!!!!!!

http://BakingInATornado.com                   Baking In A Tornado

http://www.JuiceboxConfession.com        Juicebox Confession

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch          Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com           Battered Hope

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com          Spatulas on Parade

http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com               Evil Joy Speaks

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/          Stacy Sews and Schools

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com.au            Searching for Sanity

http://www.justalittlenutty.com                         Just A Little Nutty

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com               The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                   Follow me home . . .

dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                      Dates 2 Diapers 2

 

 

 

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Annual Christmas Tag


 

I was tagged!! I was tagged!! Karen from Baking in a Tornado tagged me in the Annual Christmas Tag!! :D

Once you’re tagged you answer the questions and then tag 10 more bloggers!

 

So here we go….

 

1.       What do you love the most about Christmas time?  Oh, that’s easy. My kids. I love seeing my kids on Christmas morning.

2.       Do you celebrate the holiday in style or is Bah-Humbug for you? Definitely in style. The house is all decorated, we have a REAL tree, I bake cookies, we play carols and I usually make a ginormous Christmas dinner.

3.       Are you leaving anything out for Santa Claus this year so he remembers to leave your presents? Cookies and eggnog for Santa, carrots for the reindeer.

4.       What is the one gift you are most looking forward to GIVING? {It can be to your kids, another family member, etc – remember to be discreet if they read your blog!}  Well, SHHHHH!!! But we FINALLY got the kids a Wii. I have been bugging The Hubby for YEARS about getting a Wii. We have 3 PS3s, PSP, X-Box 360 and 2 DSs but no Wii! I finally talked him into this year! YIPPEE!!

5.       What is your all-time favorite Christmas movie? Can I have a 3 way tie?? A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation! OH!! 4 way tie!! Love Actually!!!

6.       What is your all-time favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells

7.       If given the opportunity would you participate in an “Ugly Sweater” party and what sweater would you wear?  Peruse one on the internet or even in your own closet and show us! Oh, I would most definitely have an ugly sweater party!! I would want the one from Bridget Jones! LOL

8.       Have you started any Christmas traditions this year that you plan on carrying forward? Hmm, not that I can think of. I think we pretty much do the same things year after year.

9.       It’s Christmas morning … what does it look like outside where you live? Brown. BLECK! Lots and lots and lots of brown. Brown grass, brown trees and probably brown mud. SIGH…

10.   You just found yourself standing under the mistletoe … who comes up to give you a kiss first? THE HUBBY!!!

 

 

So, here’s the part where I am supposed to name 10 more bloggers… Here’s the thing.. Whenever one of these things come up it seems that the most of the bloggers I choose aren’t really all that interested in participating. Sooo, here’s how I like to work it.

IF YOU ARE READING THIS AND YOU ARE A BLOGGER, YOU’VE BEEN TAGGED!!! Go forth and tag on!!!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

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Fly on the Wall – November


Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 13 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://BakingInATornado.com                                     Baking In A Tornado

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just a Little Nutty

http://followmehome.shellybean.com                          Follow me home . . .

https://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com/                  Stacy Sews and Schools

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                            The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://www.menopausalmom.com/                                     Menopausal Mother

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/                Moore Organized Mayhem

http://themomisodes.com/                               The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                      Spatulas on Parade

http://www.therowdybaker.com                              The Rowdy Baker

http://sorrykidblog.com/                       Sorry kid, Your Mom Doesn’t Play Well With Others

http://momsdontsaythat.com                            Moms Don’t Say That

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                      Juicebox Confession

Sooo, if you were a fly on the wall in my house this month you would have witnessed LOTS of crying, screaming, ranting, raving and fit throwing and that’s just by ME!!!!

Yes, we have moved… AGAIN!!!!!! Shoot me now.

I tell ya, I should buy stock in packing tape and boxes.

We moved from a city and house that I loved to a town and house that I DON’T love…. Trying to be diplomatic here. ;)

We are in temporary housing, read TEENY TINY HELL HOLE. Most of my books and all of my crafting/sewing are still in boxes. WAH!!!!!!!!! But we managed to fit it all in the house, sort of.  On the bright side, since we aren’t unpacking everything we are already done! LOL But the draw back of not putting stuff in storage? Yeah, we will have to repack it all and move it all again. SIGH….. Did I already ask to be shot? Can you shoot me again? Put me outta my misery!!!

The kids are all doing very well with this move. THANK GOODNESS!!! You see, we used to live here about 8 years ago. We have tons of friends and some family in the area and that helps greatly!

Oh, you are going to LOVE this. We live in such a tiny town that we (ME) had to install the cable, phone and internet ourselves! CRAZY!!! We kept calling and calling trying to get someone out here to hook us up. Apparently they only have 1 or 2 installers out here. Eventually they told us to just go in to the local office, pick up the equipment and do it ourselves. Niiiiice… We did it, though. We have cables and cords running all over but at least we are connected!

Apparently we have MICE!!! MICE!!!! BLECK!!!!! I saw evidence of mice when we first moved in but I was very hopeful that it might have been old evidence… Not so lucky. One of the cats caught and killed one the night before last. Can anyone say EXTERMINATOR???? YILES!! I swear, if I see bugs, I’m out and I’m leaving everything behind.

During this entire move all I have heard is WHY do I have SO many books??? Wah, wah, wah, nag, nag, nag. Wimps. LOL

So, I bet you want to know the juicy details, right? WHY did we move again??? Well, here ya go. The owner of the last company was a lying weasel. It took him 6 months to get our insurance and we never did get our HSA card. Then there were all the perks he promised that he never went through with. The Hubby was supposed to get a $15,000 bonus this month. All of a sudden the owner starts talking about how there will be no bonuses. WHAT??? Then there was the company vehicle that never really happened. Oh, we had one for about 2 wks and then the owner asked for it back because someone else needed it. WHAT???? Then there was the odd behavior and strange rumors. Is the company going under? Is the owner on drugs?? He started stiffing some of the parts providers (one of those providers is a good friend of The Hubby’s). Yeah. CRAZY!!! On top of all of that, he stiffed Jacob his last week and 2 days of pay. We may have to get the labor board involved. The Hubby was afraid this would happen, he had watched him do it to a couple of other employees.

I am so thankful that The Hubby has so many job opportunities. We are never stuck in a bad situation. It involves moving long distances but we don’t have to take crap. ;) Besides, living in so many different places builds character. You get to see more of the country, meet new people, expand your horizons. Trust me, I should know! I’ve lived in 6 different states (or is it 7)! I’ve moved more times than I can count. Shoot, I went to 11 different schools when I was a kid and that doesn’t count bouncing back and forth between the same schools. LOL

Wish me luck!

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