Sunday, December 30, 2007

One word

In our last MOPS meeting we were encouraged to pick one word to focus on in the year to come. I think my word will be Transition.
We have a lot on the horizon in the next few months and it looks like it will be a time of transition for all 4 of us.

Friday, December 28, 2007


We may have a future Bama fan on out hands...if misquoted Christmas carols have anything to do with it. Heard from my daughter:
Deck the halls with boughs of holly
falalalala lalalala
This the season to be jolly
falalalala lalalala
Don we now our gay apparel
Troll the ancient "ROLLTIDE" Carol

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Favorite Gifts?

What gifts did you or your kids get that were a total hit? Our kids got a lot of stuff but the favorites were:
Munchkin: the game Operation, her digital camera, and the big Polly doll
Little Man: a Spiderman laptop, his brush he got in his stocking, and the Little People Learning Zoo
Bobby: I think his favorite was Guitar Hero III for the WII
and for me: My very favorite was the Zoo Membership from Joe and Rox! Bobby got me the Cricut tools I have had my eye on for awhile along with The Wreckers Live CD! :)
What about you? What were your favorites?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Haaaam! Toot!

Are you a good cook? Do people compliment you when you cook...not that you need that validation when you know you are good...
I like to think I am a pretty good cook, I just don't do it very often. I don't normally think about what we are having for dinner until about 5:00...PM. Then I have an excuse for Bobby to take us out to dinner.
I did think ahead enough to realize I should probably cook Christmas Dinner since we weren't going anywhere.
I made ham. Now, I have made ham before but it is never just quite right. You know, too dry, kinda chewy.
Tonight's ham was different. I remembered a Christmas long ago when my mom made a ham that had cloves and pineapple, so I bought a small ham a can of pineapple and had cloves in the pantry. I called my mom to make sure that was right and she suggested scoring the ham in a diamond pattern and putting brown sugar on it as well.
When I pulled the ham out of the fridge I had no idea how to score the thing so I called in if it was messed up it wasn't my fault. He did a lovely job scoring the ham. I rubbed the whole thing with brown sugar and he helped me stick cloves all over it. I then attached pineapple rings with toothpicks, poured the juice in the pan, covered it and baked it for an hour and a half. Before I could serve it I had to reassure Munchkin and Bobby that I was not going to make them eat the pineapple. Bobby is afraid he will die if he eats it because his dad has an allergy to fresh pineapple.
It was so good!! I will definitely be making ham that way again! So there it is I am tooting my own horn on Christmas Day!

"It's Christmas!!!!!!!!"

"Mommy, Daddy! aren't you awake? It's Christmas!!!! I wonder if Santa came? Can we go downstairs now....plllleeeeeeaaaassseeeee?" All of this along with them beating us with a large cardboard gift paper roll they found on the floor in our room.

After dragging our tired selves out of the bed we made it downstairs. I thought for sure the kids would try to dive right in but they were quite polite. Munchkin was not too disappointed about not getting the Hannah Montana guitar she had her eye on but did get a small (inexpensive) digital camera. This one is going no where near Little Man and a creek. She was thrilled!

As Bobby handed Little Man his first gift he said in his sweet little voice "Thank you!" I think he was a little overwhelmed but was so excited to open presents.

I love the joy of Christmas morning. The anticipation, the suspense and the surprise! It makes staying up wrapping and doing all of that worth it.
The best part is knowing our kids understand the presents are fun but it is all really about Jesus birth and that we give presents (at least in our house) because the Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Enjoy spending time with your family!

Sunday, December 23, 2007


Bobby and I love the movies. We love being in the theater and being entertained by a good movie. There are certain ones we go to with lowered expectations and come away pleasantly surprised.
In California we would drive over to the movie theater to see what was playing, figure out what time we wanted to go, get dinner at Outback and walk back over to the theater. We have been to premieres in Hollywood and even stood in line for hours for Star Wars Episode 2 when I was pregnant with Munchkin.
Then we had kids and discovered that we couldn't go out to the movies anymore. We tried a few times when the kids were little tiny but that usually resulted in one of us hanging out in the lobby. Not really fun for a date.
BUT, now that our kids are a little bit older we are finding the joy in going to see kids movies. I love taking them to the free movies in the summer because,well, they are free and it doesn't matter as much if they are a little noisy. That time is geared for kids.
Munchkin is now a seasoned movie goer and loves to be at the movies as much as her daddy and I do. She sits still, she eats her popcorn and drinks her drink, and maybe has to go out to go potty once.
Little Man is still not a pro.
A few weeks ago we went to see Enchanted. We didn't pay for him because he was asleep on my shoulder when we went in and he slept through the entire movie. We should have taken a lesson from that day because even though he was awake today when we went to see Alvin and the Chipmunks , by the time the previews and first 5 minutes of the movie passed he was asleep on my lap.
Munchkin loved Alvin and the Chipmunks. But, didn't we all love Alvin and Chipmunks when we were little? If you go see the movie check out Dave's address.
We love the movies and just wish we could do it more often.

Friday, December 21, 2007

I feel like the Grinch right now..

My poor kids. One of them was in the bathroom doing a legitimate deed while the other was standing on the stool playing in the sink....making a giant mess and making the other one really mad. Especially after moving on to flipping the light on and off.
The two of them were yelling at each other making it impossible for me to hear the IRS guy I was talking to about our monthly payment increasing 150%. Apparently when we set up the payment schedule it was set to go up but so you think I got a no. Merry Christmas to me!
It is looking more and more like we may try to sell our house in the spring to get some of this debt under control. Any ideas about something I can do from home that makes one B-illion dollars? I really do not want to go back to work until both kids are in school full time. Any one know where I can get an adjunct teaching gig without having to go through the interview process? Or, a student affairs job I can take the kids along and allows a lot of flexibility with my schedule?
We finally got a check today so I paid all the bills that were waiting and was thrilled to find we could still buy Christmas presents. Bobby called a bit ago and reminded me though what it is like out there! Traffic to the mall areas is insane.
OK, grumpy rant over. I am feeling a little less Grinch-ish.
I think we are all going to go out to dinner together and head home for the Next Great American Band. Make sire to watch!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Well! Aren't you going to talk to me?

Have you ever mistaken someone for someone else? I always feel like an idiot when that happens but it always makes me laugh later. Yesterday I was in a Dollar General Market picking up some wipes. When I walked in the door I was talking on the phone (yes I hate it when people do that too but in this case it couldn't be avoided) and I saw this nicely dressed lady staring at me. She didn't look like she thought I was being rude just that she recognized me. She was probably mid 50's, tall, thin, perfect makeup, nice jewelry, perfect blond big hair.
After I got off the phone and had picked up the wipes she walked up to me and said "Well, aren't you going to talk to me?"
Me: "Uh....yes?"
Her: "Well, how is Jim doing with all of his shoulder stuff"
Me: "Jim?"
Her: "You're not......Barbara?......."
Me: "I'm sorry, no but you do look familiar too" (trying to make her feel better)
Her: "uh....." followed by her abruptly turning and walking out of the store.

I really felt bad that she was embarrassed but I thought it was really funny. Mostly because I have done that before too. Oh well, I hope her day was better after that and she got a good laugh after she was done being so embarrassed.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Braeside Inn

Bobby and I got to spend our 10th anniversary weekend in the Smoky Mountains. My mom and dad came out and stayed with the kiddos and the dog so we could go. It was so nice to leave them with family and not have to figure out something to do with the dog.

After having lunch on Thursday at Red Robin and then heading to a gas station to fill a tire on the SUV Bobby and I hit the road. We made it about 30 miles when we ended up stuck in traffic for an hour or so due to an accident that had happened around 8:30 am. I called 511 to see what the holdup was and the accident wasn't expected to be cleared until 6:30 PM. Not a promising start to the weekend.

We finally made it to The Braeside Inn. Wendy came out to greet us and gave us a brief overview of the Inn. She was so nice and I felt really bad that I hadn't thought to call her and tell her we would be a little later because of the traffic. After we got settled in our room we went to Conner's for dinner. For some reason I thought we were going to the Chop House.The website must say something about the Chop House. Anyway, we decided to stay at Conner's for our anniversary dinner and the food was good. When we finally made it back to the Inn I was able to walk around and get a few pictures. Wendy had some fresh baked cookies out and ready for us.

Our first morning we got up and got ready for the day before heading out for breakfast. Tom (Wendy's husband) served breakfast and made sure to tell us that Wendy would ask later how he did. And, she did! :) He served Poached Pears with Honey and yogurt and cranberry bread. It was delicious.

We thought we would go to the Aviation Museum that day and to the big scrapbook store. I pretty much spent my Christmas money on scrap supplies.

While at the Aviation Museum we got to see a T28 take off. The woman who took our picture apparently didn't know how to work a digital camera. By the time she took our picture our eyes were burning and we got this lovely picture:

We went to The Old Mill restaurant for lunch that day and The Applewood Restaurant for dinner. We were both completely stuffed.

Our second day we thought about driving down into Gatlinburg but Tom mentioned the Arts and Crafts Loop instead. I am so glad we took his suggestion. Gatlinburg is fun but it is such a tourist trap now. The Arts and Craft Loop is all local artisans.We saw a glassblower, woodworkers, and other crafty people. In one particular store the shop owner asked us where we were from. When we mentioned Nashville he told us that he watched some show with bands from Nashville the night before...and had actually voted. We apparently don't have the same musical taste as him...of course we are biased toward DMHO. He was a pretty opinionated guy!

After hitting a bunch of shops, window shopping, admiring the wide open spaces and the grandeur of the mountains we finished our little loop by heading into the National Park. We only got to go a little way in though because the road was pretty pot holey. On the loop I saw this car and though it would be a cool picture. I saw it back in April when I was there with Angela and Beth and wondered if it would still be there.

We finished off our adventure with lunch at the Alamo Steak House and Saloon. The food was really good there. Bobby was proud of himself for picking a yummy restaurant. That is the steakhouse behind us. It is right across the street from the Chapel of Love where a little wedding was taking place.

We decided to head back to the Inn and just take it easy for a while. We found Trivial Pursuit in the common room. I got my hiney kicked because I am not the queen of all things least not before 1981. Wendy made some hot chocolate for us and brought out all kinds of treats from cranberry shortbread and jam crisps to traditional Christmas mincemeat pastries. It was all delicious and we loved eating it!
Tom used to work making Dulcimers and they have one out in the common room. Bobby tuned it and we both tried to play it. I was able to pick out a few note of Silent Night on it but Bobby of course (my musical genius of a hubby) was able to play entire songs. I love that about him! That he can pick up pretty much any instrument and play it!

This is the view from the Braeside driveway:
Our last night we went to Gondolier Pizza for dinner. It was a very family friendly place and made us miss our kiddos even more than we did...well, except for the kid screaming in a high pitched squeal. Both of us really enjoyed our dinner. That night was kind of hard to sleep, there was a wind storm that blew a rocking chair all the way down the porch. But, we knew what it was and were fine. The first two mornings we woke up to fog the third morning this was the view from our room:

Beautiful! We had such a lovely, romantic trip. I can't wait to do it again. Grandparents, when do you want to come babysit again?
If you are going to the smokies stay at Braeside! You will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

10 Years

Tomorrow is Bobby and my 10th anniversary. We started our ceremony at 12:47 PM so it would stand out on the invitation and so people could remember the time.

10 years ago as I was getting my hair done I saw people gathering outside the hair salon and found out our wedding was the same day as the Glendora Christmas parade.

10 years ago Bobby was the Master of Alley Way Driving as he maneuvered around the parade to pick up our wedding cake

10 years ago our piano player (who had been at the rehearsal) didn't show up for the ceremony so our good friend Mike Lee filled in at the last second.

10 years ago the APU handbell choir played in the balcony of Grace Brethren Church in La Verne CA.

10 years ago our best friends and relatives stood up for us as we pledged our love and devotion to one another and promised to hold accountable to that.

10 years ago Bobby cried when the song I will be there for you was played during our ceremony.

10 years ago Dave Bixby officiated our wedding and Lor Rihimaki read scripture. Bryan Ashmore sang and we lit unity candles.

10 years ago we had a cake and punch reception that included a swing dance lesson.

10 years ago I had a huge bag of Hersey kisses left over from our reception that lasted us 3 months.

10 years ago we went to dinner at Black Angus with my veil still in my hair.

10 years ago I married my best friend.

I look back on the last 10 years and I am amazed that it has passed so quickly. We have done so many things, travelled so many places and have had so many adventures...not to mention 2 amazingly beautiful children. We are blessed.

Bobby I love you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Giving Heart

Something we long for, for our kids, is that they will have a giving heart. We want them to be compassionate to others and we want them to give freely with any resources they have.
The other night we were talking about this with them in the car. Munchkin said
"I want to have a money stand! It would be like a lemonade stand only people could get money! Even if they have only one coin or one dollar they could come to the stand and get money"

Me "Well, that is good but where are you going to get the money from for the money stand?"

Munchkin "Oh, well I have so much money in my piggy bank. There is so much in there...maybe that is why you guys don't have very much!"

Apparently we need to go to the money stand.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Night and Day

or How the Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree.

This morning as we were getting into our normal routine I couldn't help but notice how different our kiddos are. My alarm went off and I snoozed it twice. Even though it was snoozed I didn't really go back to sleep. Unless it has been a really late night when that alarm goes off my mind is going and I can't really go back to sleep.
I told Bobby I was getting up and he kind of grunted at me and rolled over. Munchkin was my target to wake up. Little Man could sleep a little longer because he usually stays home with Bobby until I get home from dropping Munchkin off for school. I walked into Munchkins room and started talking to her and trying to convince her to get out of bed. She pulled the blanket up over her head and rolled over. Meanwhile, here comes Little Man. He had heard my alarm and apparently was ready for the day. He brought Micky Mouse and Moo (his stuffed cow) to help wake Munchkin up.

It is so funny to me that these two sweet kids can be so different. Little Man obviously takes after me in being and early bird. Munchkin takes after her daddy in being a night owl. She despises being in the car and has from the day we brought her home from the hospital. Little Man loves the car and takes great naps in there. Munchkin loves veggies and Little Man can't stand them. He loves ketchup and jelly and she won't let those items pass her little lips. Little Man can play for hours by himself but Munchkin wants your attention all the time.

Both think that chocolate is a food group though...not sure where they got that idea...

I love seeing both of their personalities, likes and dislikes develop. Everyday there is something new with both of them. I feel so blessed to be home with them and to see the new developing in them. I pray for them that their differences can compliment them and that they will love each other so much through them.

I have a feeling Munchkin and I may struggle with the whole morning routine in the years to come. I hope not but if she is that much like her daddy......we'll see.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Buffalo Gap

While we were in Texas for Thanksgiving one of our adventures was to Buffalo Gap. It was a railroad town that basically dried up when they moved the County Seat to Abilene. It is preserved though so you can see what it was like. The kids were actually really interested in all of the antique items on display. There was a home, church, jail, barn and even a barber shop n display. Here are a few pics from the trip.

The kids even got to do a little cattle ropin'.
Tickets still in the train station:

Munchkin thought it was hilarious to pretend to get poked by the cactus:
This is the back door to the Nazarene church. We went in and the kids sang solos on the stage while we sat in the rock hard pews. Bobby changed the attendance board to read 9 for the day we were there.

Near the end of the trip we found an old playground outside of the school house. The kids had a great time playing on the swings and merry-go-round. As for souvenirs the kids each got a stuffed buffalo to commemorate the fun trip.
We love historic stuff like that and I hope Bobby and I will be able to pass that on to our kiddos.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Abilene Zoo

When we first moved to Nashville and went to the Nashville Zoo I was severely disappointed. I am a California girl who grew up going to the San Diego Zoo. Can you say spoiled? In recent years things have gotten much better: more animals, being able to see some of the animals pretty close us.
When we were in Texas for Thanksgiving we went to the Abilene Zoo. That zoo makes Nashville look like the San Diego Zoo. We got there at 4:30 and were done by 5:00. But, what is lacks in size it makes up for in 2 areas. 1) you can buy crackers in the gift shop to feed the giraffes. Little Man laughed so hard when the giraffe licked his hand. And 2) the fish are obviously fed a whole lot because they just swarm when you throw even a small amount of food.

Like Father...Like Son.....

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I love technology

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the others gold.

Did you ever learn that song? I learned it way back in Girl Scouts and it still sticks with me. I just finished our Christmas cards on the I just have to order them and address all the envelopes. That is if I can find my address list. Apparently the one I had typed was on the computer that crashed.

I moved around a lot growing up and had so many people come in and out of my life and so many of them made such an impact on me. As I am reflecting on my list of friends I realize there are people on there that I have known my entire life, extended family from the last 10 years, friends I met in 4th grade all the way up to friends I have met in the last couple of years.

I may not be the best at keeping in touch but if you have been a big part of my life you are not far from my thoughts and prayers. There are many people I wonder about that I have lost touch with but think if we were to run into each other that we would be able to sit down and have coffee together and catch up. I suppose people come in and out of your life at different times for a reason but it always hurts when they are gone. That is the beauty of the Internet, email, myspace, facebook, all of those wonderful techy things that can connect us across the miles.

Do you have people you still think about even though they are not close distancewise?

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Best Laid Plans....

My plan for the day was to do laundry and bake cookies. I am now headed to Walmart for some drano as both of my kitchen sinks are backed up. Yuck!

*Edit: I called the plumber as Drano seemed to do nothing for the problem. We are now $105.50 poorer due to the large amount of egg shells in my garbage disposal. Grr. At least he fixed the tub leak too.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Church #6

Church #6:
Distance from our house:
15 minutes

Membership: Around 350 but it is broken up into 4 services

Friendliness of members: Everyone was really friendly and it helped that we already had friends there.

Ease of finding classrooms: Our friends showed us where everything was and got us all checked in.

Sermon: The sermon was done on video which brought out the cynical side in Bobby at the beginning. But, both of us liked the fact that the pastor used his Bible. He talked about Gods character, he used verses from the old and the new testament, and even though we were watching the screen it was ok. At out other church we were too and our pastor was live. We also liked that communion was set up in the back of the sanctuary so you could take it if you wanted to but didn't feel pressured to.

Music: Was rockin! I thought Bobby might stay and play for the second service as he was up in the front talking to the musicians for so long afterward. I think most of the songs were Hillsong and the singer sounded like Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay.

Kids program: Munchkin said as we got in the car "I loved the kids program at this church!" She held up her paper and told us that they learned about Mary and Elizabeth and that they were both going to have babies.
Little Man was sad when we dropped him off but I think he had a really good time too.

Followup: I don't know what the follow up will be like but several of our friends go there so I am sure we will hear something.

We really like this church and I think it is almost a tie between Church 5 and Church 6 (like it is a competition...). Both were super friendly, both had music we could relate to, both had solid biblical teaching, both had great kids programs, both have Life Groups instead of Sunday School, both are very focused on community involvement. I think it might come down to distance....


Munchkin is part of the Daisy Girl Scouts this year. We went on our first field trip a couple of weeks ago to learn some of Nashville's history. We went to Bicentennial Mall downtown and learned all kinds of neat facts. Things like: there are bells to represent each of the counties, there are 16 flags, and a huge map of the state. You can walk from Memphis to Knoxville in about 30 seconds flat. :)
The girls loved learning the history but also just liked hanging out together.

We found a ranger to tell us about the capital and some of the history.
After our self-guided walking tour we checked out the Farmers Market and had lunch there. Munchkin had sesame chicken and soup. When she got hers she said to her daddy "Hey, there are hamburger seeds on my chicken!" She shared with a couple of the girls because her plate was so full.
Another yummy find was Moose head KettleCorn. They were selling it out front of the Farmers Market. It made a great treat for our trip to TX for Thanksgiving.
I loved being in Girl Scouts and I hope Munchkin will like it just as much.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

He's a mean one...Mr. Grinch

We went to a birthday party today at Opry Mills. We met at the food court at noon. It is 3 weeks until Christmas. Opry Mills today was almost as bad as Disneyland during peak season. You could hardly walk through the hallways because there were so many people. Normally crowds don't bother me but today they stressed me out!
I think the combination of crazy mean drivers in the parking lot and weaving through a million people while holding onto 2 little hands and carrying 2 extra coats took its toll. I needed to go there to get one thing but I am not sure I want to brave it again. I didn't make it today.
At least the party was really fun. It was at Club Libby Lou. The girls got to dress up like rock stars and get their hair and makeup done. It was a hit. Little Man wasn't thrilled but he did exceptionally well for not having much to do.
For those of you that know what the Pampered Palace is like, it was just like that. Munch fun was had by all...before swimming up stream to get back to the car.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

And the winner is....

Festive Fusion Cookies!
With 2 votes the Cady family will be getting a dozen cookies in the near future! :)


Have you ever woken up just mad at the world. There really isn't a reason, you are just grumpy and know you have a lot on your plate for the day? Yeah, that was me this morning. I knew I should have taken a few minutes to talk to God but didn't want to. I took a shower hoping that would help. Nope.
The kids wouldn't get their clothes on, that made me grumpier. I raised my voice but I wasn't screaming (thank goodness). After the kids got in the car I reflected on the way to school what a jerk I was being. So when Munchkin got in the front seat to pray with me before school I asked in my prayer for forgiveness for being a crankypants. She thought that was kind of funny.

I was supposed to go to Moms in Touch but once again was resisting the idea of spending an hour in prayer with other women. I was still cranky, didn't really feel good, my house is a wreck, and I needed to run errands. I called one of the ladies and told her all of that on the message. I know it is probably one of those days that I needed to spend an hour in prayer with other Godly women and I just couldn't do it today. Later 2 of the ladies from the prayer group came up and said after hearing the message that they knew exactly how I felt...they had all been there at some point.

I went to Walmart for some shopping therapy...OK not really, I needed to buy a mat for under the treadmill, and a cable. Once that was done I was starting to feel a little better. Little Man was so good through all of this. We picked up lunch at McDonald's and went to lunch with Munchkin.
Something that made me smile today: Someone accidentally turned off the lights in the cafeteria. It takes a long time for them to come back on. Apparently the lights coming on in the cafeteria is almost as exciting as fireworks. 75 kindergartners all going "ooh" "there is another one!" "Look!" was pretty funny.
I am feeling better this afternoon. I think I am getting past the point of being paralyzed by the condition of my house and might actually be able to face it. I have had some quiet time with the Lord and I am feeling better. Here is to a better day tomorrow.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Vote for Cookies

Ok, I have got to get this recipe to the MOPS Cookie Swap Coordinator so I need a name!
Please vote for one of the following in the comments between now and Tuesday. Whoevers submitted name that wins will be sent a dozen cookies.

Festive Fusion Cookies

Tennessee Tinsel Cookies

Americana Christmas Cookies

Christmas in July Cookies

Fruity-Tooty Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are in the great state of Tx right now and it is snowing. Yeah, it was 80 degrees 2 days ago!
We are celebrating this day of Thankfulness with Bobbys brother Jon, sister-in-law Teri, their 6 adorable children, and his Mom and Dad. We are only missing Joe and Rox (we miss you guys!)
Each person wrote some of the things they are thankful for on a sheet of 12 x 12 paper and I hope to put it together in a scrapbook (yeah, I know, shocker!).
Bobby's Mom said there are so many things to be thankful for it is hard to narrow it down to one piece of paper.

Some of the things I am thankful for this year:

A forgiving God who has saved me by grace through his son Jesus Christ

My wonderful husband who loves me even when I am off my rocker or way too opinionated

My sweet daughter who loves school and Jesus and has a sweet spirit (for the most part)

My amazing little boy who is surpassing so many obstacles. For the diagnosis we got so that we could keep working on getting him services

My mom who has shown me what it is to be a strong woman and showed me what it means to be a Christian even when times are hard

My dad who loves me and my sisters unconditionally

My in laws that I love and respect and have such a solid spiritual foundation

My sisters and sister in laws, and brother in laws

My sweet nieces and nephews

Friends that challenge me and have a sound spiritual footing

Bobbys brother and sister in law that open their home to us for Thanksgiving

Fudge pie, cheese, ice cream dessert and diet coke

What are you thankful for this year?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

MOPS Cookie Exchange

My MOPS cookie exchange is in a couple of weeks. I need to send in my recipe so that it can be put with the other cookie recipes. But, I have a problem. I don't know what to call them. I took them last year and heard one snide comment about how we weren't supposed to bring chocolate chip cookies. These however are not you everyday, run of the mill, chocolate chip cookies. These have cranberries, blueberries, white and chocolate chips in them. I think I called them red white and blue cookies last year. Unfortunately that draws to mind 4th of July. I have 2 names for them right now and I would like to take a few suggestions. If I get at least 5 suggestions in the comments of this blog I will have a vote in the comments of the next blog. If you are the winner I will send you a dozen.

So far I have:
Tennessee Tinsel Christmas Cookies
Americana Christmas Cookies

Please be creative and give me a few suggestions!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Parenting Moment Hall of Shame

Little Man and The Big Kahuna had a make up My Gym class yesterday so Angela and I decided to take them to Zaxbys for lunch afterward. We should know better by now but I think we are both Chick-Fil-A'd out at the moment.

We put the boys in the booth and told them to stay there. We could see them from the counter so figured they would be ok for 10 seconds while we ordered our food. I turned my back just long enough to order and when I turned back Little Man had a salt shaker in his hand, The Big Kahuna had a pepper shaker in his hand, the people in the booth right behind the boys were starting to move and Little Man did a nice big cough right on the ladies head. Both boys were also shaking every last grain of salt and pepper on the table, the window sill, their booth and the one behind them. They were also laughing hysterically. It was one of those moments where I would probably be thinking "Where are their parents!" Can you say mortified?

I went over to the couple and apologized profusely. Thankfully they were laughing too. They apparently just didn't want salt and pepper hair before their time.
Next time he will have to stay right with me. Grr.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Church #5

Church #5:
Distance from our house:
20 minutes

Membership: maybe 200ish? Meets in a Middle School auditorium

Friendliness of members: really, really friendly. With a small church they obviously knew we were visitors and made every effort to help us find everything.

Ease of finding classrooms: Someone took us to find Munchkins room and showed us where everything was. They showed us where Little Man would go too. He stayed with us that day though due to a snotty nose.

Sermon: Kind of strange. It was good but we were at the end of a sermon series and it wasn't a typical sermon. The pastor would make a point, leave the stage, the band would play a song and he would get back up to make another point. They did make sure to tell us that it wasn't normally like that. We are planning to listen to some of the other sermons online.

Music: All over the map. Part of what they were doing that Sunday was showcasing some of the different styles they use in their services and there were several professional musicians brought in. A girl that sings with Mandisa sang Shackles, they did a bluegrass rendition of I'll Fly Away, a rock version of How Great Thou Art and a country song. Plus there was one traditional in there as well. We LOVED it. Bobby felt like he would want to play there sometimes.

Followup: Munchkin has received a post card and more information in their childrens program already. So far we haven't heard anything but there is a big focus on the kids there. One of the really cool things for us was that they have Life Groups. Ours would meet on Sunday and the kids can come. That is a big deal to us because we can't pay a babysitter every time we have a church thing and have no family here to watch the kids for us. When we talked to a guy about the life groups we told him we had moved here from CA 6 years ago. He asked where and we told him Glendora and both of us went to Azusa Pacific. He said "No, way! My wife and I lived in Glendora and she went to Azusa Pacific!" It was one of those moments where we felt like we could be connected and could serve and be part of something great all at the same time. I think we will be visiting again in the near future!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Today was MOPS for me and for Little Man Moppets. I am so thrilled with all the kids are learning this year. Every year has been wonderful but Little Man is just taking off with all the activities this go around. Today the kids were focused on prayer and things they are thankful for. Our wonderful coordinator had a thankful poem that the teachers helped the kids fill out. Apparently Little Man is thankful for corndogs...I didn't realize he liked them that much. Near the bottom, the paper said he was thankful for kitty cats, puppy dogs, and a word that I wasn't sure of. They said that they kind of gave a few suggestions and when they said do you like kitty cats he said "yeah, and puppy dogs". Then he kept repeating a word over and over and got quite frustrated that they couldn't figure out what he was saying. When they showed the letter to me I asked if he was pronouncing the word a certain way and I got to tell them that he was saying Munchkins name. How sweet is that? My Little Man is thankful for his big sister. That was such a sweet moment in my day. He is also thankful for pizza. So there ya go. The things 3 year olds are thankful for. :)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

My Gym

I was bummed when Little Man aged out of all of his PT, OT, and TIPS services. We had great therapists and we miss them. Plus, he was making such great progress with all of his motor skills. Some of the parents at Easter Seals would talk about My Gym and how wonderful it was. Well, one opened in Hendersonville recently and that was easier to get to than the ones down in Williamson county. Little Man loves it....for the most part. There are things he really doesn't like to do but we still try to have him do it anyway. It helps to get him doing things that work his motor skills. Each time he does something new I am always amazed and grateful for the people that work with him. He climbed up this slide then slid down but he has tried climbing some of the ladders too.

He LOVED standing on his head.
The first time he did the trapeze he was so excited! He loved this part with his legs over one bar and holding onto the other bar. I also love that you can see The Big Kahuna in the background doing a headstand.

He wasn't so sure about letting go but when he got down he was so proud of himself that he actually let go!
My Gym is expensive but it has been to good for Little Man. It is definitely worth it. Hmm...maybe we can write it off as therapy on our taxes.

Our New Toy

The other day Bobby came home and said "I think we should buy a treadmill!"

Since I have wanted one for several years I wasn't about to let the opportunity pass me by.

I checked Craigslist and found this Proform Treadmill for $75. After calling the lady about it Bobby was able to work out transport and got it home the night of Bunco. We brought it in, plugged it in and have both logged at least 30 minutes a day since we got it. Yeah! I am so excited to have this to walk on everyday! It will not be moving anytime soon though because it is a beast! It makes a really nice living roon centerpiece....

Friday, November 09, 2007


Last week you got to hear how much of a strain cleaning my house was. Well, it was all for these ladies. They all came over to play Bunco on Tuesday. We had such a fun evening of chatter and dice. If you haven't played Bunco you should get the game and play. The next evening Munchkin wanted to play so she, Little Man and I played for awhile. She was so excited because she even won a couple of the rounds!

Thanks ladies for a fun evening!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dog update

So last night I let Kelsey in the house. She immediately ran at the kids, knocked Munchkin over and smacked Little Man in the face with her tail. This was all followed by screaming and crying until things were settled down again. Kelsey was hyper and wanted to play ball. I was done. I was tired of the screaming and crying and posted a bulletin on Myspace that said I needed to get rid of the dog before Thanksgiving. Someone forwarded it to someone and I have received 4 emails from different people telling me what a horrible person I am for wanting to "get rid of my dog". I suppose had I written "want to get her into a loving home" that it would have been a bit of a different response.

I already wrote what Kelsey's life is like with us. She has it pretty good here. But, she doesn't get walked, I am stressed out when she barks (when she is not wearing her bark collar), I am stressed out when I have to find someone to watch her when we travel, and I worry way too much about what our next door neighbor thinks of us and out pet owner skills. Am I doing the right thing in trying to find her a new home? I am so busy running Munchkin back and forth to school, taking Little Man to My Gym, going to church events, going to school events, and trying to spend a little time with my husband that she doesn't get the attention she needs.

I am sick to my stomach tonight thinking about how judgemental and rude the emails have been that I got. I am not a horrible person that just throws animals away. We have a 9 year old cat that moved across the country with us. We have not had any other pets besides Bean and Kelsey..well and the goldfish that Munchkin killed by overfeeding her. I know there is the thought that she will settle down soon but I don't know that that is the case. If she didn't jump on us, didn't get our hands in her mouth, didn't bark, and basically acted like a cat I think I would be OK.

Who knows. We may end up giving her up but if we don't find her a new home by Thanksgiving we may consider keeping her. I don't want to take her to a shelter and I obviously don't want her in a place where she will be abused. I want her to be with people that will love her, exercise her, feed her well and train her better than she is.

Sorry, this is just a vent post over a very touchy subject in our house right now.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Oh the Joy

of cleaning house.
I'll admit it. I am a horrible housekeeper. I am not sure where I get it. Mom, maybe you can give me some insight...
I am pretty good at keeping my kitchen clean. There are days when the dishes will sit but I feel like if my kitchen is clean at least we are not going to get sick.
My problem really is the clutter. If I could get out from under the clutter it would be much easier to clean everything.
We live in a very old house (90 years old next year) and it is drafty. We have a large dog that drags in dirt. We also have a cat that sheds. Plus two kiddos that think it is fun to pick up any pine cone or acorn they can find and bring home for a "craft".
I just pulled the couch out from the wall to sweep out from under it. I found, in no particular order, a 2 Polly pockets, a Polly pocket boot, 2 Polly pocket hangers, the flyswatter I have been searching high and low for, the red magnadoodle, about $1.50 in change, a couple of dog treats that were apparently being saved, 3 miniature airplanes, and a lot of dog hair. Gross.
OK, enough stalling I need to get back in and finish rearranging and cleaning my living room and dining room.
Did I mention I bought a new vacuum? Yeah, I was totally disgusted when I vacuumed my area rug in the living room. But glad that I bought the new vacuum!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I Don't Get It...

Do any of your girls out there in cyberworld have an American Girl Doll? They must have come out after I was out of doll phase. Do you have to order them online? Where do you buy them? I have only seen a few of them but they seem very expensive. Why are they so special? I just don't get why they are so special... Maybe I will go look them up online and see what I can find.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Launguage Pet Peeve of the day

Oh, there are so many I could list but this is the one that has jumped out at me today.*
When you have something to sell you say "I need to sell this item" not "I need to sale this item"
A sale is something you go to or have. But you sell your goods.

*I am by no means the language police, I am sure I say things or write things that bug other people. This just happens to be something that bugs me.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gigi Rose

My mom, dad and 2 sisters lost their sweet Boxer today. Gigi was a really sweet dog and will be missed. She was fantastic with kids, was loving and a good companion. I know they are heartbroken today. She lived a very good life and was very loved by everyone.

Do I own the dog or does it own me?

Let me tell you the situation. We got our dog when she was about 6 weeks old. Cute, Cuddly, sweet. She got big very quickly. She is now about 67 pounds. I got her for free from a yard sale. The woman told me she was full German Shepherd...she is not. She is probably part lab.
We trained her to sleep in a kennel at night time because I didn't want a 60 pound dog sleeping in the beds with us.
She spends a lot of time outside because when I am home the kids do not want her jumping on them, knocking them over, or licking their faces. Not to mention knocking over any drink we might have on the coffee table with her giant tail. If I am not here I don't want her to spend the entire day cooped up in the kennel. She has the entire yard to run around in, she is not chained to a tree. She does not have a dog house but she always has water. We have a deck that has shade and is completely screened in. So, it is kind of like she has a giant dog house on our back porch. She gets fed twice a day and eats table scraps too. She is also up to date on all of her shots and she is spayed.

She really does need to run more than she does but we don't have the time or the energy half the time to do much with her. If it is raining or extra cold or extra hot we do let her in the house. We have some kind of chew toy ready for her so she doesn't destroy the kids toys.

When she is outside she wears a bark collar because our neighbors are all very close to us. But, she is not the only dog in the neighborhood and she certainly is not the dog that barks the most. For the record I hate barking dogs and every one of them in the neighborhood would be wearing a collar if I got ahold of them.

We have talked a lot about getting rid of her. She is not a child, we would like to have more time to spend with her but our kids need our attention first. She needs more room to run and someone that will run her. It stresses me out to go out of town because I have to find someone to watch her and I have one neighbor who won't because they think she is too much to handle. I think it is because they think we are not good pet owners.

I know she just wants to be loved and played with. What do you think? Should we get rid of her somehow (and if so can you give me some suggestions other than the pound), or do you think she has a good enough life?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Where do balloons go? To Party with Squirrels of Course!

I have a friend that hates balloons. They freak her out and any time her kids are given one as soon as they get outside she has her kids send them to Jesus. Now we love balloons in our house. We have a difficult time actually getting rid of them because the helium goes away but they don't actually deflate. (They make great indoor tennis balls with paper plate rackets.) Usually I wait until Munchkin is at school and then I will pop them and throw them away.

Yesterday we were at another fall festival and each of the kids got a balloon. Munchkins was purple and Little Mans was green. One of the prizes Munchkin picked was a pink balloon that was going to have to be blown up.
As she was playing another game her purple balloon flew away. I was holding it but I didn't let it go. Apparently the people who tied it only did a half knot with slippery string. So, I did what any good mom would, I pulled the pink balloon out of the bag, blew it up and tied it to the string. She did not notice for 2 more games when she said "Hey, is that my prize balloon?" "Yep"
It wasn't until we were on our way home that she realized the purple one was gone. "Where is my purple balloon?" That was when we had to tell her it flew away. She took it much better than we expected. "Oh, Ok"

We were having a very nice walk, Little Man kept pretending to be blown away by the wind with his green balloon. All of a sudden a gust caught his balloon and it tore away from his bag that it was tied to. Once again, half knot, slippery string, not a good combination. He was very upset, especially since it taunted us by blowing sideways first and then completely out of reach. We watched it fly about 50 ft where it got stuck in a tree. The most logical thing we could say was "That was nice of you to share your balloon. Now the squirrel's can have a fun party tonight." Hey, it calmed him down!

Friday, October 26, 2007

I Rock! Well at least in this instance...

So, yesterday I did a pretty dumb thing. As I was sitting in the drive-thru, at the McD's we will no longer be going to due to their low score and insider info we overheard last night, I accidentally dropped my debit card into the door of my truck. I am not quite sure what I was thinking. I think I thought that it was sealed pretty tight and that it would just sit up there. Not so much. It fell to the bottom of the door. Really, I heard it hit.
I called Bobby to see if he would help me get it out when he got home. He laughed. Not in a mean way, more of a wow that was a really silly thing to do kind of way. And in a our family does pretty silly things kind of way. Well, we for got about it last night and by the time we remembered it was dark. So, my poor little debit card spent the night wedged in between the power window and door lock.
Today I decided I really should get it out. I am not helpless, I know how to use a screwdriver. I just like to let Bobby do the heavy lifting and manly things around the house because, you know, he's a man! Neither one of us tends to be real handy unless we are forced into it. But, I got the tool kit and headed out to the car.

It took me all of about 10 seconds to locate all the screws to take the door apart, a few minutes longer to take them all out, recover the debit card, and about 5 minutes to put the door back on. Since that went so well I decided to take a look at Little Mans door. Our Durango came missing the back door lock. It still locked, the lock was just missing. After the adventure on my own door I had a sneaking suspicion the lock may actually be there. Yeah, I was right. So, not only did I recover my debit card. I also fixed the back door so Little Man now has a lock that he can push up and down. I so rock! :) At least that is what my hubby texted me after I sent him a picture of the finished work! Maybe it is time to go buy that do it yourself book with Rosie the Riveter on the front!

Awards Day

Today was Awards Day at Munchkins school. A note came home in her backpack with the report card that she would be receiving one so we wanted to make sure we were there. All of us got up early so everyone could get showered or bathed and actually eat breakfast and get shoes on without rushing to the car. We got to school nice a early and all walked in together. Bobby walked Munchkin to her class while I went to the cafeteria to get seats.

Munchkin actually got two awards. The first one was for getting all E's on her report card. We knew she wouldn't get perfect attendance as she had one absence (she was very happy for a little girl in her class got $5 in the drawing for perfect attendance).

The other award was a surprise. Last summer we did the summer reading program at our local library. Well, the local womens club is donating a book in honor of each kid that did the reading program to the school library. How cool is that? The principal mutilated our last name so the first time she was called up she wasn't really sure if she was supposed to go up there.

It was fun to see her get an award today. :)

Oh, yesterday she said she was done crying before she got to her classroom and was fine the rest of the day. Today Bobby said she just went "Bye, daddy". Maybe I should have him start taking her to school....

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Am I a Terrible Mother?

This morning I took Munchkin to school like I normally do. She said her prayers before getting out of the car. I made the mistake of getting out of the car and going around to open the door for her. I guess I should have just opened it from the inside. She started crying and saying she wanted me to walk her in. Had we been on time and if I had been able to park in the lot that may have been possible. Today though we were late and in the second group of cars so I was parked in the circle with all the cars that were ready to pull out. I explained that I couldn't walk her in today she had to go herself and she started crying harder. The teacher that directs traffic called the principal on the walkie talkie and she came down to walk Munchkin in. As I was pulling away her hand was reached back and she was screaming. I am a horrible mother....I should have parked and walked her in. At least that is how it feels right now. She was so excited for school this morning too. She has music today and loves that, we talked about it on the way to school. Is this separation anxiety? Maybe I will call her teacher in a little while so I can make sure she is ok.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I am

FREEZING!!! What a nice change from burning up this summer. Now, If we could have it about this temp the entire winter that would be great! I got to wear a sweatshirt today and even wore socks. I think I am going to go make some hot chocolate!

Asparagus Pee

So, do you eat Asparagus? I really like it. Go here to read about why your pee smells weird after you eat it!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Customer Service.....Or Lack There of and Interviews

Back in my day.....
Seriously! I worked at Burger King when I was 14, then again when I was 16. Then again when I was 19. I also worked at Gitano Factory Outlet Store, Port O'Subs, and Payless Shoe Source. Maybe it is a personality thing but I would have never dared to have less than the best customer service skills possible. Or, maybe I was trained right I don't know. It never occurred to me to just be plain rude to customers, take forever with an order, ignore them, or not give an explanation if something wasn't going as fast as it should. The first Burger King I worked at the managers would always say "You got time to lean, you got time to clean!" We would be out cleaning tables, mopping floors, or shining something.

The other night some friends met us for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings. We were happy to go there because there was a game on that the other family wanted to see and the food is usually pretty good. We should have known from the second we walked up to the podium to be seated that we should have gone somewhere else. The girl disappeared as soon as she saw us. When she finally came back she was nice enough and took us to a booth big enough to accommodate the 8 of us. We sat down at 10 after 7. We did not leave until around 8:30. After finally bringing our sodas and taking our order she was gone for an extremely long time. Our friend came back from the bathroom to report how disgusting it was and that the worker had not washed his hands. Our food finally arrived at 7:58. There was no salsa for the chips, no one offered refills on drinks. Poor Bobby spent the evening running back and forth to get stuff for us. I will admit it was slightly busy but no one was getting their food. There was no explanation offered though, no I'm sorry we are waiting on one item of food, no I'm sorry we had to go catch the buffalo and rip it wings off before frying them, no we are extremely busy so the kitchen is really backed up.
The two redeeming things for the entire night was 1) we got to hang out with some great friends and 2) there is no smoking so at least we weren't breathing second hand smoke!

Does it seem like every where you go customer service is lacking more and more? What is your worst customer service experience?

The other day I was at Kmart. I don't normally shop there mostly because it is out of the way and I don't find their prices to be any less than anywhere else. I was at customer service returning some curtains and heard the girl behind me say she was there for an interview. As I was turning I noticed she had on a skin tight belly shirt, he thong hanging out, and piercing all over the place. This might be wrong but I thought "Who on earth do you think is going to hire you dressed like that?"
I understand our culture has gotten much more casual and yes it was an interview for Kmart but come on! Would a skirt and blouse kill you for an interview? Bah! Kids these days!

Which Wich 51 Club

Our friend Chris discovered a new sandwich shop in Cool Springs a few months ago. He started liked it so much that he wanted to create a buzz about it, so he started blogging about it. Which wich has 51 different sandwiches and he aimed to eat all 51. No not in one day!

The day of the 51st sandwich we went down to Cool Springs to join in the festivities. The guy who started Which Wich and the owner were both there along with a photographer and lots of supporters. An added bonus for Chris eating 51 sandwiches and starting a grassroots movement was that all of us got a free lunch! To see much better pictures than these go to Chris' blog!

Here is Chris showing us 51.
Bill, Chris and Bobby. Bill and Chris are 2 of our first friends from Longhollow. Our very first Sunday we went out for Mexican with these two guys and their lovely wives. 5.5 kids between the 3 and here they are 6 years later.
Both of the kids loved their sandwiches. Munchkin got turkey and Little Man got PB&J. I got egg salad with bacon. I didn't realize it was going to be hot but it was actually really good. It was kind of like scrambled eggs and bacon on toast.
Chris also got a few coupons so if you would like to win one go to his blog and enter his competition!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wiped Out

Today was a big fund raiser day at Munchkins school. The kids all got matching tshirts, learned a couple of things about yoga, got to see a dog trainer, ate lunch in their classrooms and ran laps. Munchkin went around yesterday asking the neighbors if they would like to sponsor her. They each gave a flat donation so it wouldn't based on how many laps she ran. We did say not to feel bad if they did not want to donate but c'mon have you seen my kid? How could you say no? :) She ended up raising $88 including the $8 she made at her lemonade stand last week. That means she gets to pick some cool prize at school next week.

The kindergartners each estimated how many laps they would run. Munchkin was realistic and said 10. There were a couple that were convinced that they were going to run 80. Yeah...I am fairly certain that is physically impossible in the time allotted. One kid from her class though did run probably over 20. Munchkin managed 16 laps and that was even walking a few of them.

Little Man got a shirt today too and was so excited to be at Munchkins school all day long. He even ran a few laps with the big kids. He first one he just took off and ran the whole thing without Munchkin, me or Bobby by his side. For another one he turned around and came back saying her couldn't find Munchkin anywhere. She was about half a lap ahead of him.
When we finally got home Munchkin wanted to make a banner since part of the opening ceremonies included banners made by each of the classes. I taped a few pieces of paper together for her and she started to have a meltdown because her pink marker dried out. I sent her to her room and she had an all out screaming fit. I knew she was tired but I guess I didn't realize how tired. After her 5 minute meltdown things got really quiet. She is zonked out in her bed. This is the child that hasn't napped since she was 2. I suppose running 16 laps at school will do that to you though.

Little man also crashed on the couch.
Now, hopefully they will wake up in better spirits so we can have a nice evening together!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My child is a packrat

I suppose she comes by it honestly, I mean Bobby and I both have a hard time letting go of "stuff". But, my goodness, Munchkin does not want to let go of anything...not a scrap of paper, not the giant snowman I pulled out of the attic with its face chewed off, not clothes she has outgrown and most recently she wanted to keep the "sprinkle cheese" container she emptied at dinner. I understand wanting to keep some things that have sentimental value but come on! A cheese container?
We also are swimming in a sea of paper that keeps coming home from school. I have resorted to a shoe box until the end of the semester and then I will sort what we will keep. Don't get me wrong I am so glad to see what she is doing at school so I am glad for the paper but I don't know how to contain it! If you have school age kids how do you contain the paper clutter? And how do you get your kid to let go of the stuff she really does not need to keep?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

So Sad

One of our very favorite places to play (especially in the colder months) is closing its doors on October 27th. Little Man and I went to Fundom Kids this morning to play with The Big Kahuna and a few other friends. It has been a great place and we are sad to see it go.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I'll admit it....I'm a brand snob!

But, only on certain items. I will only buy Heinz ketchup. Hunts is too sweet. Can't stand Palmers chocolate I'd rather have a straight up Hershey bar. Frozen veggies all kind of seem the same. I used to only buy Peter Pan Peanut Butter but now buy Jif. There are only a couple of cereals that I will buy generic like Frosted Mini Wheats. The rest of the off brand cereals taste like cardboard.
I also have to have original Diet Coke and not an off brand...and certainly not Pepsi! I think that one I am just addicted to though. :)

How bout you? Are you a brand snob on some items, all items or not at all?

Sunday, October 14, 2007

PJ Day

Last night Munchkin told me she had a headache. This was accompanied by a 100.8 degree fever. Not super high but high enough that we needed to stay home from church today. Bobby played at our friend Andrews church so I was home with our kiddos.
It is 2:30...we are all still in our jammies. I am pretty sure none of us are getting out of them anytime soon today.
Do you have days like that where you lounge around, do pretty much nothing and stay in your jammies all day long?
I did bust out the crock pot to make rotel cheese dip for nachos. I am also planning on making some banana bread because our bananas have reached that point where I don't really want to feed them to my kids. It has been a lazy day but after the last 2 we need it.

Random sidenote: I love to know when people are reading so I would love to get comments on my posts. You can even post comments without an account, you can just sign your name.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Southern or Country

Before I moved to the south from California I knew that we would be headed into a land of a different accent. I didn't realize though that there is Southern and there is Country. It seems like if someone says you are country that you are backwoods kinda folks. But Southern is a little more high society. The farther out you get into the sticks the thicker the accent. My little area of town that I live in is not real southern. There are quite a few neighbors from California so the accents are not very thick. My daughter on occasion sounds a little country. Today we had our yard sale (made about $120 Yeah!). Our next door neighbors have some banana trees that they take in every year. I heard this phrase about 8 times today.

"Weyul, da gum! I din know dos banana plants growed bananas!"

It was like country bumpkins go to the big city day in my neighborhood. I love hearing the different accents around me. One of the big things I miss about California is the diversity of the languages and people. But, on yard sale day in Tennessee I can go out and hear some country!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Yard Sale - Whole lotta fun OR

a big waste of time? What is your opinion on yard sales?
I love going to them and always get great deals on stuff. I however think I have decided I am not a fan of holding yard sales.
I put out a bunch of stuff today since that seems the southern thing to do. (in California yard sales were always Saturday and Sunday not Friday and Saturday. I have made a grand total of $6 today.
The upside is that it is beautiful today and my kiddos spent the entire morning writing prices on tags and sticking them to stuff....themselves included.
Hopefully tomorrow will go better. I am hoping to make enough to buy an entertainment armoire!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Where Should We Eat Dinner

Yesterday while I was out shopping for hairbows (I swore my daughter would never be a bow head but that is a completely different post) I asked Munchkin where she thought we should eat dinner.
She said "I want to eat at Pocahontas!"
Me: "Well since there is no Pocahontas restaurant where would you really like to eat?"
Munchkin: "I want to eat the things Pocahontas ate!"
Me: "Pocahontas ate corn and deer!"
Munchkin: "Eww! I don't like deer it's an animal!"
Me: "So is chicken"
Munchkin: "Yeah but I like chicken!" "Can we eat at Chili's?"

Oh the reasoning of a 5 year old.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Is it Really Fall?

I mean c'mon! It is 90 degrees out! Not that I am complaining. I LOVE fall. I love the change in colors, I love the cooler weather, I love hot chocolate, visiting pumpkin patches, wearing sweatshirts, and cuddling up on the couch with my kiddos under a nice warm blanket and a movie. So far I have been able to wear a sweatshirt once and it was still about 78 degrees out. Believe me, it was a stretch.

We like to bring in the fall by going to the Pumpkin Patch with our kiddos. The one we loved to go to (Norman Farms) was hit really hard by the tornados last year and decided not to reopen. So, we have been trying to find a new one to go to. Yesterday with MOPS we went to Madison Creek Farms. It was fun, kind of small but they had a good selection of pumpkins along with mums and a little store. Little Man was pretty cranky so it could have been much more fun than it was. I am not sure what his deal was but he did not want to listen to me.

Today Bobby and I took the kids down to Shelbyville (that is Shelby - vul for you westerners). It is about an hour away from us but there was also a Radio Control Fly-in in Tullahoma so we figured we could get to both.

Ceder Rock Pumpkin Patch was so fun. It was $5 per person to go in but it was worth it. Our first stop was at the giant pumpkins. Munchkin got up on top of one for a photo op but Little Man wasn't interested, next we threw bean bags into tires, fed a calf, jumped off a haybale, and sang karaoke. There was also a Macgyver Hang Glider that Munchkin was convinced she was going to go on. She climbed the tower twice, Bobby and I each did it and she still chickened out. I don't blame her, maybe next year... After a fun hayride around the property the kids shared some fresh squeezed lemonade, we checked out all of the swings and finally went and picked our pumpkins. By then we were all hot and tired and ready to be in the car. I think both kids had a really good time at the farm.

The RC Fly-in was pretty low key. Had Bobby brought a plane to fly we probably would have stayed longer. We walked around and checked out all of the planes, watched a few fly, met a bigwig from Michigan and went back to the car to eat some M&Ms. It was a full day but worth it. I love doing stuff like this with the kids and I hope they will remember it when they are older with fondness.

Feeling better, feeling worse and more tears

Little Man is feeling better. The antibiotics kicked in and his nose is hardly even running anymore. However, I now have a cold. No fever just runny nose and a slight cough. I ran to the drug store and picked up vitamin C and Cold Eaze throat thingies. Hopefully this yuck will go away quickly!

Munchkin was so close to getting to build a new Build A Bear but there were more tears Friday morning when I dropped her off. She was fine getting out of the car but as she ran across the grass she turned around in tears and ran back. She said her tummy hurt. I am guessing the Cinnamon Rolls we had for breakfast may have been the culprit... So, we are going to try again next week.

I think we are headed to a Pumpkin Patch today. I went with my MOPS group yesterday and took Little Man. He was a crankypants pretty much the entire time. Maybe he will do better today... we'll see. Munchkin gets to go to a different patch on a field trip but Bobby and I want to take both kids together. So, we will probably pick up our big pumpkin today! Hopefully I can get some pictures up here soon!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mamas intuition does it again

Yesterday Little Man woke up with a really stuffy nose, I mean the poor child could hardly breathe. I gave him some children's sudafed E and took off for Munchkins school. Bobby called me about 5 minutes later to tell me he had never seen cold medicine work so fast. One minute Little Man was at the top of the steps whining and crying because he didn't feel good, the next he was down the stairs running around laughing and doing jumping jacks. Woo hoo!

Anyway, this morning he told me his ear hurt. He didn't have a fever but was still stuffy. I just knew he had an ear infection. Have you ever procrastinated taking your kid to the Dr because you thought they would laugh you out of the room because your child is "just suffering from a virus and there is nothing we can do!"
There have been times when I have skipped the Dr in favor of home remedies, even with a fever. Don't get me wrong I love our Dr but we just don't want to sit in the waiting room with a bunch of other sick kids to be told its a virus.

We opted for the Minute Clinic today because I had other errands to run and had to be back at school to have lunch with Munchkin. He has a pretty serious infection in his left ear and a little redness in his right.
I hate that Little Man is sick but I am glad I was right. It made me feel like a good mom to actually know that it was more serious than just a virus. It makes some of my bad mommy moments feel a little less relevant.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

So Tired...

Just got back from my weekend scrapbook retreat. I got 75 pages done! Woo hoo!
Bobby had a good weekend with the kiddos. They did all kinds of fun stuff! But, as much fun as I had at the retreat I missed my hubby and my babies!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bribery seems to be working

So there were no tears yesterday at drop off and only the faintest hint that there might be some this morning. At the first waver in the voice I said "Want sum gum?" Which got a nice smile and a vigorous nod of the head. Munchkin wanted me to walk to the door with her this morning so I took the wipe she washed the strawberries off her face with, with me so I could take her gum before going through the door.

Apparently, we are not the only ones trying the bribery tactic. We saw one of Munchkins friends at her car so we went over so the two girls could walk in together. The mom asked if Munchkin was allowed to have McDonald's. I said yes and she said that she had just told her daughter that she would bring her a happy meal if she would walk in with no tears. If they both went in together she would bring one for each of them. So, Both girls are getting chicken nuggets and french fries for lunch. Just for the record, I did pack a lunch that was healthy and nutritious. Who doesn't like a treat of McD's at school though!

Bobby is taking Munchkin to the Build A Bear Workshop today to pick-up Princess Ballerinas costume. She did great and that was one of the motivating factors was getting to go shop.

Maybe we are over this hump....keep praying please!! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

A better start

OK, so we were running a little behind this morning...but not bad. It is also pouring down rain here. Munchkin was pretty excited because she got to use an umbrella to get to the car. She hopped right in so we could run through McD's and get some breakfast.
As we sat and ate I asked if she was sometimes sad because Little Man got to stay home with me and she was at school all day. Her answer was yes. So, I tried to explain to her that she stayed home with me all by herself for her first 2 years. Plus she is a big girl and gets to learn all kinds of new things. We said prayers before she got out of the car and she was happy. She gave me a kiss when I opened her door and said she would try to have a good day...with a smile on her face. She kind of had to run because it was sprinkling at that point but even turned and waved close to the door. Did we pass through a phase or is the bribery of a new outfit for her bear what made her happy? Oh yeah, we also talked about doing a mommy daughter dance class. I think she might want to do that...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


from Susan..

What are some of your favorite recipes? Post them(if you will) in the comments so I can find some new things to cook. Bobby won't each sour cream and I can't really do spicy.....

Where will bribery get us?

I have 2 $10 coupons to Build A Bear workshop from Munchkins birthday party. We did not go to the mall today because she cried after See Ya At the Pole. I told her if there is no crying tomorrow or Friday we will go to Build A Bear and she can get the cheerleader costume for her bear "Princess Ballerina". She is going as an East Side Cheerleader for Halloween and wants the bear to match. The costume is $10. Yeah for only paying tax. If she doesn't cry all of next week we will go to Build A Bear again and use the other certificate.

Do you bribe your kids? Does it work?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Dr visit

Well, I took Munchkin to the Dr today to see about her tummy ache. She has complained about her stomach hurting for quite awhile but it has been much more constant the last couple of weeks. The Dr did a throat culture, a urinalysis and check her tummy to see if anything was swollen. She looks good, no hernias or anything like that. They are going to let the 2 samples "cook" for a couple of days to see if anything develops. In the meantime we were given some samples of Axid (an acid reducer) to see if that helps. Anything to help her sleep and feel good about going to school!

Going downhill

I am not sure what is going on with Munchkin. Yesterday I dropped her off at school and she was fine. She was happy when she came home, had a green apple mark in her folder and seemed like school was going good.
Today after reading her library book to her, saying prayers in the car, as we were getting out she started to have a meltdown. She said she was tired and she wanted to stay with me. I walked into school with her and when we got about 20 feet from her class she wouldn't go any farther. She just kept saying she was tired and wanted me. (That just broke my heart)
Her teacher came out and said that yesterday she didn't have her library book and had a meltdown to the point where she was screaming and crying and even smacked the teachers hand.
Munchkin rarely has this kind of temper tantrum but when she does they are all out screaming fits.
I don't know what the problem is. We are going to the Doctor today to see about her tummy hurting. She has complained for a really long time about her tummy hurting but it has always come up around bedtime, kind of as an excuse not to go to sleep. She doesn't have a fever, rash or any other nasty symptoms. You don't ever wish there is something wrong with your kids but if there is I hope it can be fixed.
Ahhh.. What am I going to do with her?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Season Premiere Week

What shows are you excited about that start this week?

Our list includes but is not limited to:
CSI:Miami (it totally has the best writing don't you think? )
The Office
Grey's Anatomy
Without A Trace

Yeah, once TV season starts Netflix gets pushed to the rear.

Sunday, September 23, 2007


my friend, Suzanne over at Joyfulchaos, tagged me to give 8 random facts about myself. is there really anything left that you don’t know about me?!
1. I have to post these rules before I give you the facts.

2. Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.

4. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.

5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

1. I had my gall bladder removed in 2000. Bobby was not told that I was in recovery so he played Command and Conquer on the computer for 2 hours when he finally realized I should be out by then. The dummies didn't bother to come tell him when I went to recovery like they said they would. I thought I would be back to work the next day....yeah I was out a week.

2. One of my favorite places in the world is the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

3. I was first chair flute for 2 years in High School. I got to move up to Wind Ensemble as a sophomore with another girl that moved around the same time I did. We were 2 of the first sophomores to get into wind ensemble.

4. I really feel like I have to be invited to go to someones house. It is hard for me to just "drop by" or invite myself over.

5. My bowling team was 10th in the nation when I was 10 years old. We were the Pink Panthers.

6. I have been a Christan since I was 7 years old but my relationship with Christ really took off when I was a sophomore in high school.

7. I am most comfortable in a church that has contemporary music but doesn't forget the hymns, that dunks for baptism because it is a public profession of faith, and preaches from the Bible. I am learning more about why some denominations sprinkle and how growing up as a Christian in some cases does not differ from a "personal experience with Christ".

8. I love Gerbera Daisies and Tiger Lilies! Both were included in my wedding bouquet.

-Angela, Kim, Laura, Sara, Sarah, Ray, Brea, Craig you’re up!

Friday, September 21, 2007

See you at the pole

Next Wednesday is See you at the Pole. Does anyone remember doing this when we were in High School? I do. It was a great public profession of faith for me. If you have kids in school go pray with them at the flagpole next Wednesday. Ours starts at 7:30 but it says 7:00 on the SYATP website. This is organized by students for students and anyone else that would like to join them.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Recent comments

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Yeah for MOPS. It was so fun to see old friends yesterday and meet some new women that are sure to become friends. I took my sister in law Rox with me yesterday. She and Joe (Bobby's brother) have been married almost 3 years. They do not have kids yet but she was a good sport and came with me anyway. It was a little disconcerting for her to be in a room with all mothers and A LOT of pregnant women. I told her that it was in the water.....
Being from California she reveled in the deep southern accents! Since ya'll know I don't have an accent!
This is going to be a really fun year! :)

I just added a separate blog for Longhollow Mops mommas. If you know of anymore moms that blog add their link!