Monday, November 05, 2007

My New Car

Just kidding. This is not my car. But it's the car I wish I had. When I went to the dealership to look at the minivans (what else), I saw the Cruiser. The salesman took me to the back lot to look at more vans.
"Which one do you like?" The salesman asked me.
"I like that one!" I say, pointing at the Cruiser.
"It is a nice car..." the salesman agreed "...but not for someone who has 4 kids."
I ignored him and stood on my tip-toes to peer into the windows.
"Uhh, Ma'am?" he said while jangling the van keys.

The next week, while driving my new minivan, Ada commented that it was such a typical "mom" car.
That it is.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

One of my many talents

Over the years I have developed certain skills which have proven to be quite helpful in dealing with children. I have learned how to change the sheets on a bed that a child has has been sick in while the child is still in it without disturbing the child!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

It'll hurt if I swallow.

Remember the little kids voice on that old commercial? I've had a sore throat for the last few days and it is the worst sore throat that I ever remember having. When I swallow it feels as though my throat is squishing out my ears.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Birthday Treats

I decided to make birthday cookies this year. Then my neighbor surprised me with cake. It was delicious!

Birthday Presents

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Face your fear and look at the light

I had Lasik done over the weekend. Here is a picture of me while waiting my turn to go in. I had the guy next to me take it with my phone. I was waiting almost 4 hours before going in. I was nervous about the procedure and asked several people coming out about it. Even with as much as they told me, it was still not the same as experiencing it myself. When it was finally my turn and I was lying under the laser with my eye lids taped open, I started to freak out a little. I tried not to show it, but apparently I was moving around a bit. It felt like every movie I've seen of aliens torturing an abductee. The Dr. kept repositioning my head and reminding me to look at the flashing light. On the second eye he just held my head in place and said "Look I know you're nervous, but you have to face your fear and look at the light". Afterward, they taped my eyes closed and I had to sit in a chair for a while to recover. I could hear the people around me waiting to go in. One of the techs asked me "How was it?" "Scary." I replied, while I sat in my chair shaking.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Stamp Table

My table was getting a bit torn up after several craft mishaps. The kids and I decorated it with stamps.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

When I went to Good News Club

I'm trying to remember how old I was but I think I was around 10 (5th grade) when a neighbor of ours hosted Good News Club at her home. My neighbor did not teach the lessons, it was another lady. It was pretty fun. We heard stories, sang songs and learned bible verses by singing them. If you could sing/say the bible verse the next week you got to pick a prize. I remember that when we would sing songs the lady had large cards that had the words on them and the cards were colored with markers so meticulously. The time she must have spent on them impressed me.

One day we were discussing why God lets bad things happen. The teacher told a story of how she had a miscarriage and how sad she was about it. She had wondered why God would take her baby away. She told us that sometime later a friend of hers had a miscarriage as well. The teacher was able to comfort her friend during that time. She finished by saying that after her friends miscarriage, she knew why she herself had had one. The reason was so that she could support her friend.

Having gone through a miscarriage myself I understand what a lonely time it is. However, even when I was a 10 year old I thought something was wrong with my teachers story. My 10 year old mind wondered why God didn't just save both babies and spare everyone such grief.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Can't stay away from Target

After quite a bit of fiddling around with it, I finally got Ben's game working. Ada wanted to buy some jeans for school at Target and Ben had a gift card he wanted to use so I decided to give Target a 2nd chance. Of course as any Target shopper will tell you it's hard to leave without spending a bunch. I called David when we got home. "We just got back from Target." I told him. "We got jeans, a game, and $200 of other things". Actually it was mostly school clothes and pajamas. Tommy wanted to wear his new pajamas as soon as we got home. "How do you like them?" I asked. He happily rubbed the pj shirt and exclaimed, "It's so soft and it smells like Target!"

Monday, July 30, 2007

Friday, July 06, 2007

Yes, I am a poor sport.

Abe and I started taking "Parent and Tot" swimming lessons this week. Yesterday was a lot of fun (even though it was raining). We sang songs like the "hokey pokey", let the kids play with some pool toys and helped them kick their legs. Today the teacher said "Ok, we are going to do underwater submission." She demonstrated with a doll how to count 1, 2, 3! and dunk your baby under. I refused to do it and I was the only one. There are 10 in the class. I was rather shocked that all the other parents just did it. Most of the babies came up crying. Abe happily splashed in my arms while we looked on at the screaming babies getting dunked 3 more times.

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Checking the weather, here is my 10 day forecast:


This has been going on for the past month! I am usually not one to complain about the weather but mix 4 kids and summertime with this rain and I am going crazy.

Luckily, the rain is not continuous so there are actually long periods each day where it is not raining.
Unluckily, the rain starts pretty quickly.
Like today when we went to the pool and were there for about 20 minutes when a t-storm started and so the pool threw everyone out.
Luckily, the rain stops pretty quickly.
Unluckily, the rain is usually so hard that it is a flash flood and so even when it stops the ground is soaked. My backyard is flooded. A few of the local 4th of July activities are being canceled because the fields/parks are flooded as well.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Whatever happened to customer service?

Recently, I have noticed the lack of good customer service in my area which is starting to irritate me. I would have to say my biggest pet peeve of those employed in the retail/phone/customer service industry is the lack of people who are able to speak clearly. This is especially annoying on the telephone. So many times when calling a place I hear: "Thankyouforcallingourbusinesswherewe'renumberonethisisafasttalkingmumbler-
And I'm not really sure what they said or if I have the right number so I say questioningly,

"I'd like to order a pizza?" or,
"There's a problem on my bank statement?" or,
"You say that I have a video out, but I turned it in?" or most recently,
"I need to schedule a dentist appointment?"

Seriously, is there no professionalism anymore? When I was at the bank a few days ago dealing with my own issue - apparently depositing a check when you haven't deposited one in awhile flags something in the computer for the teller to treat you like a criminal depositing a fake check. So while I was dealing with that, a phone call came in and I watched the teller do the fast talking mumbler routine from above, pause and then say harshly "Yes, this is Bank of Mumbler, how can I help you!" Then proceeded to make a series of confused and exasperated faces while listening to the callers problem. She tried to blow the caller off, but ended up transferring her to someone else.

Today when grocery shopping I had my hands full at the checkout with Abe and my wallet. I was annoyed, but not surprised when the checker began handing me the full grocery sacks instead of taking 1 step to the side and putting them in the cart for me. I suppose I could have sweetly asked "Would it be possible to put those in the cart for me?" But my mind was screaming expletives, so I just silently took the bags.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

12 years ago today...

June 6, 1995, at 3:44am a baby was born. "Is it a boy or girl?" I asked David. "It's an Ada." he said.

That seems like such a short time ago - but our baby is long gone. In her place is a wonderful young lady. I couldn't imagine life without her. Happy Birthday Ada!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

More cell phone

Upon closer inspection of the phone, I found that the ringer doesn't ring anymore, it only vibrates; and the camera doesn't work.

Monday, May 28, 2007

I "heart" Yahoo! Answers

You really can find the answer to any question there. I mean it, anything!

Update on cell phone

After drying out for a few days the phone is working fine. The screen was a bit discolored at first, but it fixed itself. Yay!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Something you don't want to see when you walk into the bathroom... your cell phone in the toilet. I suppose this is why babies are so darn cute!

Saturday, May 19, 2007


–noun, plural

1. jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.


1. a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.

—Synonyms 1. enviousness. Envy and jealousy are very close in meaning. Envy denotes a longing to possess something awarded to or achieved by another: to feel envy when a friend inherits a fortune. Jealousy, on the other hand, denotes a feeling of resentment that another has gained something that one more rightfully deserves: to feel jealousy when a coworker receives a promotion. Unabridged (v 1.1)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Moon

Here are some pictures that I took of the moon using a telescope that my dad gave me and a digital camera.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

It says, "crunchy"

We saw "Charlotte's Web" at the dollar movie today and I have to say it was pretty good. I was worried the remake would ruin the story but it did not. It stayed true to the book and the previous cartoon movie, with many of the same lines. A good thing is that the Wilbur in this movie is a lot less whiny than in the cartoon. The real pig is very cute.
I was disappointed that two of my favorite lines in the cartoon were not in this movie.

The first one is when they see the web and Mr. Zuckerman comments that Wilbur must be no ordinary pig and Mrs. Zuckerman replies, "It seems to me you're a little off. It seems we have no ordinary spider!" In this movie it is actually Mrs. Zuckerman who decides that the spider web is a "miracle".

My second favorite line is when Templeton is asked to get a word for the web and he comes back with 'crunchy'. I was terribly disappointed when they skipped that part and he just came back with 'radiant'.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

My Boss, Betty

The first job I ever had was working for Betty at her teacher supply store. I worked there for 4 years; during high school and a year afterward. I only left the job because I got married and moved out of the area. During my time there, Betty trained me on all sorts of things having to do with the business, not just cashiering and stocking shelves. She allowed me to place orders with the supply companies, get the bills ready to be paid and even trusted me to do the bank deposit for the store. All of that when I was 17 or 18 years old! I was so proud to have that kind of responsibility.

I just found out that Betty passed away last month. Even though I had not seen her in awhile, I'll miss her.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Jesus Camp is not so scary

It took me so long to finish this post. So much I wanted to say, but it was too hard to write without being too detailed for those who hadn't seen the movie yet.

I recently watched the movie Jesus Camp, despite being warned that it would be too shocking. As someone who has been to a "jesus camp" of sorts myself, I was not shocked.

I guess I was supposed to be shocked at what was being taught to the children. You don't have to worry about kids. When kids grow up they figure out for themselves what's true or not true.

There is a boy in the movie who gives his testament during camp and admits that he has a hard time believing in god because you can't see god or hear god. He also says he doesn't believe the bible stories that his parents tell him. He cried when telling this. I could tell that he wanted to believe, but he couldn't. I used to feel this way too. I know he will grow up to find that other people feel the same way he does, and he'll be alright.

Thursday, February 01, 2007


While uploading some old photos to the computer, I noticed that this one has an "orb" on it. I don't believe that it is anything paranormal, but I do think it's sort of cool that I got one.

Friday, January 19, 2007


To celebrate 2007 we each wrote down things we wanted to do/change in the new year and used one of our HumanLight candles to burn it. It was a nice ceremony, especially since the kids do enjoy burning things.

Each new year it is usually hard for me to remember to change the year when writing the date. Well into February I am usually still writing the previous year. However, for some reason I had been writing 2007 on my checks since October of '06. I figured that it would be easy for me to make the change this time. The other day when writing a check I accidently wrote 2008. Always thinking ahead!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cooking is a waste of time.

I don't cook anymore, I merely heat things up. At first I felt guilty about this, but I don't anymore. I used to look at things like 'place and bake' cookies or instant mashed potatoes and think, "How lazy can a person be?" Then I started trying these things, one at a time, and found that not only are they made in a fraction of the time as those made from scratch, but they taste better too. I buy frozen lasagne, bagged salad, breakfast tacos, pre-cooked bacon, and yes, sometimes when they are on sale, I buy Uncrustables too. When I watch cooking shows I am so puzzled as to why someone would waste all that time. However, I do seem to remember from my pre-children days that it is easier to prepare a meal with two hands and without a baby banging pots at your feet.