Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Early Halloween

This weekend we had our Halloween Costume Party and I wanted to share some pictures that I took.

Here is the Nugget as a Pirate Princess...

This is me and the Hubs... he is a mobster and I'm his 20's flapper.

Here are 2 of my 3 Plemons Ladies.. (we missed you Steph)

This is Keith the Baptist Pimp, they never dress up and he went all out for us, he even won best costume :O)

And who can forget Sugar Mama, as Dorothy from the "Wizard of Bob" - that's what she calls it :O)

Here is the Nugget playing with Vampire teeth...

We had the best time hanging with our friends and family. Our house is not quite big enough and it's sometimes chaotic but we love having them all in our home.

Today I am Thankful for:

Friends and Family: God has given us plenty of love in this department, and we got to share that this weekend!!

Love to you all and have a Happy Halloween!!!

P.S. If I don't post any more over the next couple of days it's because I have 3 tests this week and lots of studying. :OP

Friday, October 23, 2009

We've been on the farm.

Here they are posing by the pumpkins...

And picking said pumpkins....

Going on a hayride....

Taking Funny Photos with Daddy....

On the ride home, pooped out....

We had a ton of fun, The Nugget is obsessed with a farm book so she had great fun!!!

For that I am thankful!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hits and Misses

I've had some misses this week:

My first miss this week was yesterday (Monday) @ school. On my way to Lab, after test number 2 in lecture, I walked out of my flip flop, or so I thought. I looked down and the circle that lies on the bottom of the flip flop had come off, taking basically the entire thong part of the shoe. There was no way to put it back together and if you have ever broken a flip flop you know that with out the thong, the thing is useless.
So I hobbled to the door and there was a guy sitting on a bench just laughing at me, not in a mean way, and so we laughed together. I announced to anyone who would listen that my flip flop was broken b/c I didn't know how to explain why I was walking the way I was.
My professor and my lab partner were superheroes and taped/tied the flip flop back together and I made it back to the car and almost home before it fell apart again. The flip flops are now in the trash.

As a Stay At Home Mom I feel like my decision to not work eliminates any extra that I may want. Because I don't contribute monetarily I NeVeR ask for anything. About a month ago the Hubs and I decided that I would get highlights and low lights in my hair. I haven't had them in about 4 years b/c I do not like having to maintain it. However, I was really pleased with the results. In fact I loved it. It was time to maintain said hair and to be quite honest I just couldn't afford it. We've just taken on a second car, which came with a payment, and so my hair is literally at the bottom of the to tum pole. I was getting self conscious about my roots, so what did I do?
I went to my Walmart and bought a box of self color.... and I cried the EnTiRe time my sister was coloring it. I've never had such an emotional reaction to hair before, and I'm not really sure it was the hair, but now looking at the hair I can't decided if it was a hit or a miss... I think it's growing on me, in fact just about 1 hour ago the hubs told me that he things I should go darker....

Before: highlights and low lights

After: Not my natural color... something I should have known before I bought the box.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine today who is WAY more accustomed to the extras than I am, and she is currently going through the same things, but her efforts are to conserve money instead of spend it. Her family has recently taken a pay cut because of the economy. I am certainly NOT happy that she is going through it, but it was refreshing to know I am not alone in the struggle to pamper and take care of myself, AnD stay on budget.

Some of my Hits:

Did you know LivelySituation has gone etsy?

Here is a tutu that I made for Brandi's niece... I think it turned out great, what are your thoughts... comment, comment, comment...

Another hit:

This afternoon on our way home from getting Sugar Mama from school she informed me that some girls from her class were being mean to her.
I asked what this meant b/c sometimes its just her being sensitive. Today was b/c 2 girls in her class did not like her being Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween, and the other did not like the fact that she is a cheerleader. I asked her if it really mattered and she responded:
"No, they shouldn't worry about me, they should only worry about themselves".
Ha!! She knows something that it took me about 25 years to learn, and Thank the LORD for that!!!

Today I am Thankful for:

Moments: Sugar Mama provides me with many of these. I wonder often about my responses to her questions in the future... I know she will have them, and today she proved that together we will even get through her crazy time. :O)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This Was the Shortest Long Weekend...

Did you hear that my Dawgs lost this weekend? All I can say is What Happened? We did not lose to the Number 4 team in the nation like that and we let the Vols just run all over us. Ugh, it's crazy.

Onto better things....

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out this week.

This inspired a Fabulous dress up session...

Sugar Mama says she dressed just like the evil queen...

And the Nugget just dressed up....

As the mother of 2 girls we try to get all of the Disney Princess movies when they are released from the "vault". Sugar Mama was very excited because this movie has not been released since she was born.
*If you want this movie, Wal*Mart has it on sale for $19.96 for the regular and Blue copy combo pack*

Other things new this week is the Nugget learning how to use a spoon...

Sugar Mama did not want the Nugget to be embarrassed about being so messy, so she joined in the fun...

Today I am thankful for:

Octobe(red): This is a community wide project my church is doing. Today we heard about the global missions are church is apart of, and even listened to the sermon in spanish with a translator. check them out at

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Kids Say and Do the Best Stuff...

We've been on the busy side this week, because Mommy has AnOtHeR test next week so I've had to throw in study moments over all 206 bones in the human body. You learn something new everyday right? The hubs was nice enough to take the girl's to the lake at my school while I was in class. They like to take me on Wednesdays because I'm only in class for about 1 hour. After class I walked to the lake to find them. It was a super sweet picture from the sidelines. The hubs watching as Sugar Mama and the Nugget threw bread at the ducks and jumped excitedly as the ducks came and ate their bread.
The hubs got white bread instead of wheat bread because it was cheaper. I share this with you b/c he shared it with me :O)
So as I came up I watched and it was about 5 seconds before Sugar Mama smelled me ;O) and she came running, with the Nugget not far behind. I noticed she was carrying something in her hand. As she got closer I saw that it was bread. Before I could ask what that was about the hubs said "Sugar Mama fed the ducks, the Nugget fed herself"
Ha Ha Ha
That is SO the Nugget, she was just sharing, not giving it completely.

Sugar Mama then had to tell me about the duck with only one leg. She attempted to feed him and wondered why he wasn't fighting with the other ducks for the bread, so she decided to throw a piece right at him. He stood up on his one leg, and then hopped over to the piece. She demonstrated this by standing on one leg, with a serious lean. We've been talking about how God makes everyone different b/c she's starting to notice the difference in people, i.e. glasses, hair, etc. So God made this duck with only one leg, I couldn't come up with a reasonable explanation and she left it at that, thankfully.

Did you know that things like the book fair and pictures can create meltdowns in parents and children alike?
Yep, they can.
I went to preview the proofs for Sugar Mama's 4K fall photos. I did not purchase any last year b/c neither time did I feel like they were that good, but I was determined this year. Ha, NO. I went and she looked like her smile was forced, now this is a common problem with her, you almost have to make her laugh to get a genuine face, which this picture studio did not. Well I was going to buy just 4 photos 4 x 5 @ the price of $17. Well you can't do that. The cheapest package, of these pictures that were not that great, was $44. Okay that's what you get at a studio I understand, BUT....
This package included 1 5 x 7 and 12 wallets... no lie yesterday I got a coupon in my email from Olan Mills for $9.95 which included:
1 8 x 10
2 5 x 7
16 Wallets
6 3 x 5
AND 1 10 x 13 Dream Print.....
I was irritated and did not purchase any. What are your thoughts? Am I the only one who thinks this is crazy?
Onto the book fair. Sugar Mama has a friend that she loves dearly. His mom and I were besties in middle school. Yesterday he was upset over the Non-purchase of a book he really wanted, and b/c of that decided he did not want to play on the hill with her. This hurt her feelings. Well as said friend was getting in to our car (his mom had forgotten her keys in side) the conversation went like this:
Sugar Mama "You really upset with me when you didn't play with me on the hill"
Friend "I'm sorry I didn't play with you, I'm really hungry, but I'll play with you next Thursday and that's not that long from now"
and then they were done... if only adult communication could be that easy :O)

I found this great recipe for Chicken Pot Pie in a magazine that I wanted to share:

3 Cups chopped cooked chicken
1 pkg. (16 oz) frozen veggies
1/2 lb. (8 oz) Velvetta Cheese cut into 1/2- inch cubes
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of chicken soup
1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

*just a note... you really do not need this much cheese unless you are serving at least 6 people, it's A LOT of cheese*
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Combine: chicken, veggies, cheese and soup in 13 x 9 baking dish. (I used an 8 x 8)
Unroll dough; place over mix in baking dish
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until crust is golden brown.

We made this last week and it was really good, even the girls liked it, but seriously you should use probably 1/2 of the suggested cheese. I hope you enjoy it.
I found this in a Kraft food magazine. If you don't already have a subscription go to and sign up for their email... once you do that you will receive their magazine 4 times a year and it's chocked full of great food ideas, and inexpensive dinner and lunches for kids.

Today I am thankful for:

Communication: I was really touched with Sugar Mama's exchange with her friend. She was open and honest with her feelings and got her desired result... he acknowledged those feelings and made it right. Perhaps kids should rule the world ;O)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Do You Remember?

When you celebrate your child's birthday, do you remember as his or her mother the hours you spent in labor?
The time of that first contraction?
Walking the halls doubled over in pain?
Or the best of all, the moment your baby entered this world and all the pain was over and you held your baby in your arms?

Or the day your fiance proposed?
All the tears you shed when you realized in that moment that your love wanted to spend the rest of his life with you?

There are moments in our lives that are etched there for a barrage of reasons. I wonder if those that we are close to remember not only the most amazing days of their lives, but also the one's that tilted the axis that their world spins upon.

2 years ago today, I received a call in the middle of the night that told me that the fight my mom and her husband had been fighting for months was over, and it felt to me like time slowed. I was still living my life, but was looking from the outside in. I've mentioned this before, I've also mentioned that this is not my story to tell.
Today she relives this, remembering those moments and so the point of this blog today:
Those memories are hard ones, but necessary. Today I hope Mama J finds comfort in a life well lived, one that was full of love thanks to her, and that at the end of the day a healing did come, it will just be a little while before we see the fruit of it.

Cancer is a disease that is not discriminatory, on either race, gender, or age. Today is claims more lives that even a few years ago. Today there is no cure, and while the pain is devastating, just like with Mama J and her husband, God is a comforter. Even if the answer to your prayer , which in this case was the miracle of a life saved, is No, or any form of that, he did hear and answer you, it just may not be what you'd like him to say. I know today that at the end of the pain, anger, denial, etc., he waits with open arms.

Today I am Thankful for:

A life that impacted many. He changed my life, and outlook, for which I am eternally grateful. And that after the pain, God puts people in our lives that share our experiences and through his will and works gives great comfort. Should you find yourself in that situation I hope that you experience the same.

Love to you all.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Back and Better...

So now I am over, being over school :O) Sometimes I just need a swift kick in the tush and then I can do whatever I need to do. So here I am. We are having the best weather. It is a little chilly in the mornings, but by afternoon it's 75 degrees and it's just beautiful.

So what is going on in your life? Are you hunting for pumpkins? Or the best Halloween costume for your kiddos, or even yourself. Come on you know you've been eyeing that Pink Power Ranger costume... buy it! :O) We've all (yep that's right) ALL of us have found our costumes... we're having a costume party.. and you're invited. No seriously you can come... Either way I'm not going to tell you what we are going to be, I will just post pictures after the party so you can laugh like the rest of us. It will not disappoint b/c my aunt and uncle came as Madonna and Slash (ish) last year. I put the (ish) because I don't think that was their official title, but it should have been.

We are also very busy keeping up with all of the Nugget's new skills. She started using a spoon today, and she did really well. Just like with the cup, I imagine this will be a messy adventure until we get the hang of it. But she's doing great with the cup so it's really just a lateral move to something as equally messy. She has also decided that now is the time to climb the stairs. Which she is also really good at... so good she got all the way UP the steps before the hubs noticed she was gone. I'm fine with this because Sugar Mama did not climb for some time, BUT we're trying to teach her a safe way to come down the stairs... this can be scary. She does great coming off of the couch, but that's just one and she moves a lot faster on the steps. Lastly, Sugar mama taught the Nugget how to climb through the gate. So the one gate we had that separated the living room from the kitchen is obsolete because now she can go through. It's only up now to keep Dooley out or in. (sigh) Believe it or not I really like these milestones. I like watching how she is growing, as long as she does it safely.

In Sugar Mama news, we cleaned out her baby basket. She is allowed to keep as many stuffed animals that actually fit in the basket. This is a constant problem because the hubs wins stuff all the time. She very rarely plays with them, but is very attached when faced with the pruning process. Today she came downs stairs with 2 grocery bags in hand exclaiming proudly that she "Got together all of the toys from her trampoline and they fit into 2 bags, now it's time to give to other boys and girls." Yes you can sigh and think she is so sweet (I did), but only after we had at least 5 conversations of "Mommy I don't want to give my toys away to other boys and girls." I understood the reluctance, which is why they are still on the trampoline 2 weeks later. My point of no longer understanding was when we had to have the conversation at 9:30 at night. Apparently today she is fine with giving them away, OR she is that much like her mother and cannot stand to see the stuff lying around another second. My vote is for number 2. :O)

She is also talking to me right now about sending an "E-mail". Which to her is a piece of paper that does not have an envelope that we stick in the mailbox, without a stamp (which she replied "What is a stamp?") Talk about your generation gaps. She does know we have a mailbox, that actual mail comes through, but she thinks those are emails. I wonder where she hears that term? ;O) I wonder too if she is behind computer wise, maybe you can tell me what your kids are capable of when it comes to computer literacy. Her cartoon channel is always telling her about, and she asks a lot about what that means. She isn't allowed on the computer. Are your kids?

Here is a really cool thing that I found for you moms. In last months volume of Parents magazine (page 27) it gave this website: on this site you can upload your own photos that can be used as coloring sheets. You need the code: PR24QCHT. That code will give you 24 hour access to the site for printing out your uploaded photos, after 24 hours it expires and you must purchase specially marked boxes of crayons.

If you have something you would like to share on the blog email me:

Today I am thankful for:

My groove back. I have felt displaced ever since we got back from vacation, but now I feel like I'm hitting my stride again. It was so nice to talk to the twin the other day and vent about my frustration and be reminded that I'm not expected to do everything or to do it perfectly. School has been really good to me and for me. At the end of the day it will be worth it... in the words of my Nan "Sacrifice now for what you want later." It's going to be hard, but if it wasn't then it wouldn't be worth it.