Tuesday, December 23, 2008

FREE Diamond Stud Earrings Anyone???

I spend WAY too much time bloghopping. . . but sometimes it pays off! Check out THIS GIVEAWAY & you could win free diamond stud earrings!!! Or you could win them & give them to me! Just in case you're reading this thru the note on Facebook. . .it's www.aordinarylife.com for the blog. . .you might have to scroll down. . .

Jennifer B

Monday, December 22, 2008

Checklist

This will be random ~ so you've been forewarned. . .
  • HOLY Motherload of Tutorials! Go here! No kidding. . . Lots of links. Again, why sleep when you can blog hop & get lots of ideas floating thru your mind???
  • I have some finished projects that I plan to snap a pic of tonight & post to Peeky Boos. . . so be sure to check back later. {At this point - kids are fed & not causing bodily harm to one another yet. . . but Scott is out of commission with the pukey sickies so I'm on my own}
  • Still have to shop for My Mom & Dad ~ What the heck to get for people who basically go out & buy whatever they want or need for themselves right away? I'm going to have to get creative here. . . I have ideas. .
  • Some shopping to do for the meal ~ which I'm hosting ~ yeah - me. . . 'nuf said!
  • Cleaning lady comes tomorrow. . . so I have to clean for her tonight. . crazy how that works!
  • HAVE to finish teachers' gifts tonight. . . daycare gifts will wait until next week. . . that's OK, right?
  • I'm totally sold on Young Living Essential Oils! Love them! My house smells so nice.
  • Time to go finish stuff. . .remember - check Peeky Boos later. . .

Jennifer B

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One with the Music

Have you ever heard a song & then couldn't get enough of it? That's how I am. . . I take a song in & kind of become one with it. . . can't get enough of it. That's how the song "Come on Get Higher" by Matt Nathanson is for me right now. . . He performs it & Sugarland also has recorded their version on their Deluxe Fan Edition of their new album. LOVE this song! It's mesmerizing to me. Another song that has done this for me in the past. . . Nickelback's Far Away. You can listen to these songs on Playlist.com . . . here's my playlist: http://view.playlist.com/11061444107/standalone I think you can access it from here . .

Go now ~ Be One with the Music!

Jennifer B

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Yup, no title. . . couldn't remember how to make one up. Oh, could that be because I have SO MUCH to do that I'm doing NOTHING???? Yup, could be. I'm a great ProCrastinaTor!!! Thank you very much. . . .

I would love to tell you that my Christmas shopping is done, that my decorations are up, that my tree is even purchased. . .let alone up, that my baking is at least planned & that my meal is delagated for Christmas brunch. . . but I can't lie. . . none of it is done. And what am I doing? Blog surfing.
Hey, I AM done applying to Grad School. It is up to the Admissions Committee at Gonzaga (think Basketball) University as to whether I will begin my Masters in Nursing this January. Actually, they are still probably waiting to hear what miserable score I got on my MAT. (BTW, that test is just downright silly. How does that test help to determine how well I will do teaching prospective nursing students? It's the 21st Century, people!)
I have a date tonight! We go out together monthly, time permitting. Tonight is the night. We have a gift card to Gratzies ~ and I've never been there. We usually go out & come home after the babysitter has gotten the boys to bed. Hey, if we're going to pay a sitter. . .they may as well do the big bedtime task, right?
Scott is going to the Packer game tomorrow. Maybe I'll get some of my crafy Christmas gifts at least worked on then??? Yeah, probably not. . . Don't know what the weather holds. . .but it's bound to be FRIGID which means the boys will be inside & seeking entertainment. I can attempt some craftiness. .. but it will more than likely be interrupted. That's OK. We do love watching the game together.

So, I hope to get a few crafted/sewn items completed for gifts. I love the crowns, capes & super hero ideas for my youngest & my nephew. My niece needs a new dolly blanket. My MIL might get a quilt IF I can get it done by then. . .otherwise, she might end up getting that for Mother's Day. Which reminds me, MY OWN MOTHER should probably get one for then too. I would also LOVE to get a quilt done for each of my boys during the next year. Do you think I can pull that off? Hmmm. . . we'll see. I really like the idea of having them help in some way. Oh, did I mention that I'd like to paint the boys' rooms sometime too? They have just beige walls & it's so boring. Maybe I'll call on the Manic mood. . . (no, I'm not bipolor) so I can get things done. I have high hopes. . .but not a very good plan. I need to plan for all of this. Then I'll get it done. . .right?. . .right....
I'm going to make a list right now. . . if only I could find my desk. . . .

Everything Your Mama Made Blog

I found this blog today while procrastinating ~ (lots of laundry to fold & put away) ~ and it has a TON of links for things that I will probably have to check out & maybe try. This isn't going to help my desire to get adequate sleep. . .but oh well! Check it out if you have time ~ or if you just want to procrastinate from your Mt. Laundry:)

Jennifer B

Friday, December 05, 2008

SALE & giveaways!

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This is a cool new little shop & it has LOADS of awesome fabric & patterns & fabric & patterns. . . sorry, I'm still drooling because I just did a little "Santa" shopping for myself:) Gotta love that! Go check it out. 25% off is a great bargain!!!

Jennifer B

Thursday, December 04, 2008

If I see one more word verification.. .

it will be ONE too many! I spent a good part of last night checking out all of the awesome giveaways offered by Sew, Mama, Sew blog. HOLY CRAP People!!! This was FUN but also a LOT of work to click here & there & everywhere. All I can say is HOLY CRAP the talent that exists is INCREDIBLE! I've been inspired! Now I need to go back to a few of the blogs for more inspiration & ideas. We are truly blessed to have so much information at our fingertips.

I have TONS of laundry to do. Note to self: buy better night time diapers for the potty trainer! I feel like I've been washing bedding all week! Oh, that's right! I HAVE been! For the LOVE!!!

To all of you who hit every link in the giveaway, foregoing sleep - I'm with ya! Tired & reaching for the extra coffee servings today. Now I must go find my son. . . . he is somewhere amidst the laundry that needs to be folded & put away.

Have a GREAT ONE!!!

Jennifer B

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Keen Footwear Giveaway!

I have a pair of Keen sandals & let me tell you. . .the ROCK for comfort. Well worth the investment! Go Here to enter a giveaway to win a free pair of Keen footwear.

Jennifer

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Running Naked

Got your attention! No, not me running naked. . . the 3 year old. . . better? OK now. . . Has it been an entire WEEK already? Holy cow. . .after the Chinese Food mishap last Thursday many of you may have wondered about my safety. .or sanity for that matter. I'm here. I'm fine. Blog hopping & entering giveaways like crazy. I've been staying up WAY past bedtime working on various projects & surfing the Internet. . . blog hopping really. Oh, & cramming for my MAT - which is later today.

So MUCH happens in a day, let alone an entire WEEK! Let me give you the run down:
  • worked full shift last Friday
  • Saturday - Event FILLED day. . . friend's baby shower - showed up & found out she (Melanie) already HAD the baby early Tuesday morning - 6 weeks early! Plus, her mother is not well - please pray for JUDY & her family. Time is precious - don't take it for granted.
  • Card making Saturday evening - WHAT a GREAT creative release! Of course, I was addicted to being creative & dreamed of possibilities. . .sleep was not easy.
  • Sunday - attended new Church we're considering switching to. I won't go into detail here. . .but we think we've found a new HOME for Celebration.
  • Watched Packer game from home while creating MORE CARDS!!! See, once I begin there is NO STOPPING me!
  • Been playing a lot of the Mexican Train Game with the boys. . . this is an EXCELLENT game with Dominoes. . .yes. . . DOMINOES!!! Very fun & family friendly.
  • Monday - worked on a quilting project. . .not too many details here. . .it's a gift as long as I get it done before Christmas!!!
  • Tuesday - called OFF of work - On CALL 12 hours. . .which bites the big one as FIRST callback.
  • Wednesday - purchased Spencer's birthday present - his family party is this Saturday.
  • Scott worked late so I was the single parent last night. . .
  • Stayed up WAY too late again. . . so I'm tired today. . . & that's not good because the house is trashed & the MAT is this afternoon. . .not to mention Parent/Teacher conferences tonight. Downing COFFEE as we speak!

Wish me LUCK!

Jennifer B Y

Thursday, November 13, 2008

What was I thinking?????

I must have been having a case of the "Nobody wants to go to lunch with me" blues. . . (My big sister had lunch plans with her DH & my DH was already having his lunch. . .OK, so 2 people isn't' everyone. .. .I digress) I veered off the highway & stopped at a Chinese food place. . .not to be named to protect the seemingly innocent. . . Crab Rangoon call my name. . .I can't help it, they just do. And I COULD have just ordered those & been done with it. . .but NO, I have to order one of the "Lunch Specials." I order the Chicken with Mixed Vegetables -white rice instead of the pork fried rice. I then proceed to play catch with the owner's 5 year old son who told me I was "cute." (What a sweetie. I didn't even pay him for that unsolicited compliment:) Did I ask if they made their food with NO MSG??? NO, of course not. That would have been too easy! I guess I just hoped they did. . .

After playing catch with the boy for less than 10 minutes my food was ready & I was on my way. Got to the van & tore open the bag to get those crab Rangoon out pronto. Of course, they were piping hot & I burned the roof of my mouth on one. My bad. . .duh, fresh from the fryer!!! But does that stop me from eating them ALL before getting home? Nope.

Get home & think to myself, "Self, you're already full. Do you really need to open the entree?" I must be ignoring my body as I didn't even wait for a response. . .I just opened the container & took a couple of fork fulls. . . OK, the sauce on this stuff was pretty dark looking. . . PLUS, it was saturated in it. I should have trusted my first instinct to NOT eat it. But, again, must be having a brain malfunction today. . .I ate some anyway. I walked away for a few minutes to respond to some email. You know, let the food settle so I could shovel more in??? Well, not even 10 minutes after the few bites I took. . . . .I'm feeling queasy. For those of you that had morning sickness with pregnancy. . it's kind of like that. . . you think to yourself, "Man, I could vomit. I don't especially want to. . .but if I bent over the porcelain throne right now I most definitely would." Sorry for the details there. . .

And I feel kind of like I could fall over in a heap & sleep. Seriously, my arms are weak & my eyelids are heavy. My mouth feels funny. . .is that just the numbness from burning my mouth? Crap! Am I having an allergic reaction? Nah! I'm just anxious about it now. . . great! All I need now is a panic attack. I can hear it already, "Woman calls 911 after freaking out over eating Chinese food." But I do suppose I could be experiencing some food sensitivity issues. I am VERY sensitive to MSG. That's why the "I'm a dingbat" sign should be emblazoned onto my chest right now. Well, if I survive. .. I'll let you know later. . .

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Self Examination

Have you ever looked inside yourself trying to figure out what you want to do with your life? I'm guessing most of us have. Looking back at all of the "things" I have already done. . . I can't help but remember back to kindergarten when we were asked to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. There was nothing in the world that I wanted to be more than a MOMMY! No kidding. And look! I've done that. And I continue to do that. And that, in & of itself, is the best & most fulfilling job in the world. . . . still, I wonder what I will be when I grow up. . . IF I grow up.

One of the wonderful things about motherhood is that it does allow for you to take on "side careers." Of course, if we were monetarily compensated for all that a mother does we wouldn't need these "side careers." But I digress.

I am exploring adding grad school to my life so that I may someday teach people to become nurses. I LOVE BEING A NURSE. Why would I want to do something else? Well, Lori J, a very intelligent nursing instructor that I know & work with, stated it best: "As a staff/floor nurse I can only affect the lives of the few patients I take care of on any given day. As a teacher I can teach many to affect the lives of so many more patients." that may not be an exact quote. . .but I loved it. I had these thoughts before & just didn't articulate them. As a nurse, I want to fix the world! I want every patient to be taken care of as well as I take care of them. Unfortunately, that cannot always happen. I would like to believe that all nurses take excellent care of their patients at all times. But I live in reality. And I also know that just because I do things one way & another nurse does it another way. . .that they can both be good ways. With that said, some nurses do things not taking into consideration the WHOLE PERSON. In my opinion, if you don't consider the whole person (body, soul, spirit) then you are not doing as good of a job. I want to teach THAT to nursing students. THAT is my secondary passion!

So, now that you know what I want to be secondary to Mommy. . . . what do YOU want to be? I'd love to hear about it. . .

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Red Barn Quilt Giveaway!!!


Check this out! Quilt Giveaway!!! You just HAVE to go here. Enter this giveaway:) Then give me the quilt when you win:)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Camille is having a Giveaway!!!!

OMG! YOU do NOT want to miss this giveaway!!!!! Camille Roskelly, creator of Thimble Blossoms & designer of Cotton Blossoms(PDF file), is giving away one of her FANTASTIC quilts!!!! Of course, I NEED to win. . .so go ahead & enter & then just gift it to me :) By the way, Camille is the designer of the BLOOM quilt pattern that I have posted over at Peekyboos. Isn't she fantastic? And her fabric. . . . I had to wipe the drool from my face. .. time for me to go have my bedtime snack!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

FREE 8 X 10 AT walgreens.com


Check it out! A FREE 8 X 10??? Yes, it's true! Go to Walgreens.com & in the coupon code area type in FREEPIC & there you have it! A free 8 x 10! Happy Holidays!


Here's the picture I am getting. . .what a cutie!
****FORGOT TO MENTION. . .THIS IS ONLY GOOD THROUGH TODAY!!! THE 8TH!!!! SO HURRY UP WITH IT ANYWAY!!!


Thursday, November 06, 2008

SIMPLE MOM EPSON PRINTER GIVEAWAY!!!

A day of giveaways in so many places!!! SIMPLE MOM IS GIVING AWAY A WAY COOL EPSON PRINTER!!! So go here now. . .

Tropical Tree Frog Costume GIVEAWAY!!!!

Tropical Tree Frog Costume GIVEAWAY!!!! I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! This is a gender neutral costume & it's absolutely adorable! Go there. . . enter - and then when you win, gift it to me:) Gotta try. .. .

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Class Reunion Picture

Thank you, Tonya, for reminding me that I haven't posted a picture of my Class reunion. . . and I can hardly believe it myself, but I only took ONE PICTURE!! I got too busy talking - again, I know, hard to believe! So here is the lone picture. And I will say right away, I'm not pleased with the angle I'm positioned. My loving husband isn't so spectacular at composing pictures. . .so I'll forgive him. I need to teach him to help make me look better than the other people in the picture! Tee hee. On this picture is Me, Patty C., Megan N., Kurt R., & Tom H. I wish I had taken more pictures. It was great to see everyone. I think there were a little over 30 classmates in all that attended. Which is pretty darn good considering the total class was under 80 students.

Much to do today. I didn't even turn my computer on here since Sunday! My house is very messy. Laundry. . . I'm very afraid! And my grad school application is sitting in cyber space awaiting my attention. I need more coffee. . . .

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Become a Friend of George

Just go Here, read about George & purchase a nifty downloadable cookbook for just $1.00. This story touched my heart. Let's all hope & pray for a big change in our nation's "sick care" system.

Monday, October 27, 2008

In need of some MOTIVATION, please. . .

I beg you. . . if you have any to spare, could you please, pretty please with sugar on top, ship some motivation on over to me? I had today pretty much free to get some stuff done. . .well, what you can get done with a 3 year old Power Ranger/Ninja/Spiderman along for the ride. Oh, and maybe I should mention that our well pump decided to kick the bucket after my shower this morning. . . (Thank goodness I got that shower in!) So I guess I should go a little easy on myself considering I had to deal with the well guy coming over a couple of times to get it all taken care of. . . BUT I didn't even get the laundry that was dried already folded & put away. I also didn't bother to even attempt to organize all of the accumulated junk in my office. . . or the fabric & clothing in need of makeovers that are in here. The dishwasher??? Yup, still full of CLEAN dishes. So is the dish rack next to the sink. . .just sitting there all clean & dry & ready to be put away.

It did SNOW today here in De Pere, WI. YUP, you read that correctly. No accumulation of course. . .but it snowed. Is that my excuse? NOPE!

I did schedule to take my MAT so I can apply for grad school. Now I'm thinking I should move that date up a bit as I will be cutting it close.

OH, and did I mention that I had a puking 8 year old this morning? SURE! THAT'S my excuse! Yeah, right. . .he made a quick recovery & Scott dropped him off at school by noon. But that could have set my day off a little drained. Not to mention the 3 year old was in my bed WAY prior to sunrise this morning & we all know how well that goes over. . .

So I decided to brew some more coffee. HOLY CRUD! IT'S SNOWING AGAIN!! SIDEWAYs. . . so I guess those bulbs that I wanted to finish planting won't get in the ground anymore this season. . . There is hope for later this week if our temperatures rise I guess. Does anyone know???? If the sun is shining when it snows is there still a rainbow?

Off to get some of that coffee. .. and procrastinate some more. . .

Sunday, October 26, 2008

First Friend Birthday Party a Success!

I'm a cool Mom!!! Spencer told me on Friday night that I'm the best Mom in the world. Oh, and that he was going to remember it. . . love that! The reason behind this was due to these little guys. I made bean bags for his party.

After all of the Plan B preparations due to a forecast of rain & downright dismal weather. . . we didn't truly need the bean bags. But they were fun anyway. Spencer had a fantastic time. He's the 2nd from the right. Carter is in the red Power Ranger costume & Parker decided not to pose for this picture. He was busy playing bean bags in the garage.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

GROSGRAIN MINI STORE OPENING NOVEMBER 6!!!!! AND BIG PREVIEW GIVEAWAY!!!!

GROSGRAIN MINI STORE OPENING NOVEMBER 6!!!!! AND BIG PREVIEW GIVEAWAY!!!!
Any of you with little girl people that you know or know of. . . should enter this giveaway. How cool is this??? Check it out. . .don't wait. . .just go there now!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Class Reunion

Tonight is my 15 year High School Class Reunion. I'm excited & nervous & all that jazz. I don't know what to wear. . .how to do my hair. . . all of that silly high school crap that I have no desire to return to. But somehow I am so curious about what everyone else will look like & be up to that I so totally want to go. And I AM going. . . but why do we worry so much about appearances??? I guess it's human nature.

I do miss some of my pals from "back then." I know. . .it's not THAT far in the past. . .but far enough. I attended the 10 year reunion. . .but I've grown a whole new person since then. . . (meaning my 3 year old). The past 5 years have been a whirlwind of changes for me. So really, this is all about ME! I'm not used to things being about me. And I'm sure when I get there it will be about so many other people as well. (which reminds me. . .I'd better charge my camera battery & maybe get some pics of my kiddos printed out to show off!)

I also need to get my hair washed so that I can do it later. Oh, & the clothes issue. . . I'd better make sure I have clean ones to wear. . . . there's that shirt that needs mending or altering. . . oh crap! I should just go shopping for something new. . . but I must try to conserve my money. . . & the environment. I will wear something I own already. Enough of my ramblings. . . . I need to get this show on the road. I think I'll go walk on the treadmill first. (I've been doing this for a couple of weeks now. . . I've gained a couple pounds but hey. . . it's all muscle, right?) Catch ya later!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bloom Quilt finally finished!!!

I am FINALLY finished with my first quilt! Thanks to Camille Roskelley and her most fabulous bloom quilt pattern. This was so much fun to put together. Please go check out Peeky Boos, my other blog. . . Tell me what you think:)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

QUILT GIVEAWAY!!!


THIS QUILT is Fabulous & it could be yours!!! You need to go HERE & leave a comment to win it.
I will be done with my first quilt very soon & will post it to Peeky Boos. I know, it's taken me forever. . .but I've been a busy girl. . .

Friday, October 03, 2008

Nap or Blog. . .???? I choose. .. Both!

I NEED a nap. . .but I probably should update on my happenings as well. So this should be brief. .

Only ONE more week of clinical left! I'm surviving. . . that which doesn't kill us. . .

This week I taught Prep for Labor to expectant parents on Monday evening. . .
Worked 12+ hour days Tuesday & Thursday. . . I know, cry me a river. . .
Taught clinicals Thursday & Today.

I'm a bit exhausted to say the least. So I think I will go chill out for a bit. I'm miffed about WLUK/Fox pulling out of Time Warner Cable (my provider) which means I won't be able to watch the Packers from home on Sunday or any of my other Fox TV shows. . .well, I could attempt the rabbit ears but I'm doubting that will work. . . .

Time to nap!!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Secret is in the Sauce: October Giveaway: Photoshop Elements!

The Secret is in the Sauce: October Giveaway: Photoshop Elements!

I Totally WANT this so badly!!! Of course. .. if YOU win you can give it to ME!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

HOLY CRAP - I'm still alive. . .barely

Yup, I know. . .it's been almost an entire week without a blog entry from me. I've been MIA & nearly KIA. To put it lightly. . .this week has kicked my @$$. But I'm alive. I don't know how. . .but I am. Let me just give you an abbreviated rundown of this week's happenings:
  • 1st Cub Scout Pack meeting Monday evening - solo as Scott worked late - score one for Mom as got babysitter for youngest. Split time between 2 dens - score another for Mom!
  • Stayed up late working on Quilt for cousin's baby shower this coming weekend.
  • Worked 12 + hours Tuesday & 12 hours Wednesday.
  • Last minute prep for clinical teaching Wednesday night after working all day:(
  • All 3 boys to daycare Thursday AM as Scott had to leave early - clinical started later as was Day 1 - orientation.
  • Donned the cape & painted an "S" on chest to get home prior to boy 1 & 2 getting off bus - score bonus point for picking up boy 3 from daycare & still making it home in time.
  • Cleaned up the messes made by aforementioned boys & their father from Tues & Wed while I worked later, did 2 loads of laundry, prepared supper, helped with homework, bathed boys & picked my Mom up to stay overnight all before 8 PM!
  • Stayed up pretty darn late getting work done for clinicals Friday.
  • Up at 5 AM to get ready for clinicals. Yay for having Grandma here to get boys off to bus & daycare.
  • Home, with boys, by 3PM. Homework conquered prior to Dad getting home around 4 PM.
  • Crashed by 7:30 PM. . . . slept like a ROCK!!!!
  • Made taco dip for best friend's baby shower today - & got there a few minutes late. . . but hey, I got there. Girl time watching friend open all those cute gifts.
  • Home with family this evening. .. working on final stitching of binding for quilt that needs to be finished tomorrow!!!
  • Now I'm blogging. . . & you know why I haven't had a chance to this week. ...
  • Making taco dip in the AM tomorrow for cousin's baby shower. . .hopefully will have quilt finished!!!!

I omitted many details. . . . I know. . . how is that even possible?? I need to go iron my red cape & get my red "S" paint ready for tomorrow. I should go to bed before I fall over. . .

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blog Mommas Digital Scrapbook Giveaway!!!

Holy Moses! I am totally enthralled with all of these giveaways I'm linking to lately. This one is super awesome as well. . . go check it out HERE. You could be the proud winner of super cool kiddo scrapbooking supplies. . .including the camera for little ones.

I really need to learn how to create my own little signature. . . they're so cute;)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cute Necklace Giveaway

She just keeps this going & going. . .Head over to MommyMandy for her fabulous Little Windows Giveaway. You just HAVE to see these awesome necklaces that enclose pics of your choosing. Heck, if you don't want them. . .enter anyway & give them to me when you win! So do as I say, go there now. ... . go ahead. . . right now. . .

Friday, September 12, 2008

FREE Photo Printer!

Go here for your chance to win a FREE Photo Printer. It's pretty cool. But you know what is even cooler still??? The support fellow bloggers give. Don't just follow this link to win the printer. . .but read a little about the people as you follow the directions. There's a lot of love out there!!! Let's keep the world full of hope & peace.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Pro Choice

I know. . .. this isn't really my political forum. BUT, this IS a big deal to me. I am VERY PASSIONATE about my stance on women's rights. When asked if I'm pro choice I reply. . .YES! I believe that every woman has the right to make a choice when it comes to whether she takes her pants off or not. Once you cross that line, you must accept whatever consequence ensues. SO THERE! Come on, People! Let's get real here! When we take on the responsibility of having intercourse we know full well that conception could take place. I know. . .there are circumstances where this choice was not made by the woman. . . and in the grand scheme of things conception does not occur for most of these cases. BUT for the percentage of those unfortunate circumstances would it make you feel better if you added another wrongdoing to the mix? Is it that little fetus's fault? Could that little life bring something wonderful to someone else's life? I think so.

I've assisted in the delivery of many babies. . .some that were under 20 weeks gestation. Obviously, those did not survive. . .but I've seen a preterm delivery of 23 1/2 weeks & a baby survived! He is still alive. I've witnessed a live birth of a under 20 weeker. . .who didn't survive. . .but it had a heartbeat at birth! That has to count for something. . . it got acknowledged with a birth & death certificate. I've seen deliveries of babies that prenatal tests showed severe handicap. . . possible poor quality of life. . . once born there was NOTHING WRONG!

So I think the Choice is clearly one that should be made BEFORE conception has the chance to take place. If I've offended anyone. . . so be it. These aren't stray animals we're talking about. . .it's human life.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

FREE FABRIC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Go here: Sugar Shop NOW! This is a FANTASTIC giveaway of $75 Worth of FREE FABRIC SHOPPING!!! Don't wait. . . just go there. I can't wait to see what she's been up to. . . Oh my. . .for some reason the pic doesn't show up. . .unless you click on the empty box you see below. . .so go ahead. ..click on it or just use the link above:)

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Go To Peeky Boos. . . .

It's right over there. . . .to the right. . . . see the link? It's my new blog for my creations. So go check it out or I'll feel bad & I might cry.

There is so much to blog about. . .but I'm tired. I have a sassy bug bite on my ankle that looks kind of not good. You know. . . like it might have developed a mind of its own & decided to become infected. NICE. I needed that.

Boys started school today. I got all teary eyed when they got on the bus. You'd think I'd be OK with all that by now. They were both in school last year already. But that's OK. . . a few tears are a good thing for us girls. Then I dropped boy #3 off at Daycare & he was super clingy & cried. . . so I felt guilty for bringing him when I was going to be home. He really does wonderfully when he goes 3 days a week though. . .so we need to get him back into that swing. It's preschool too so I shouldn't feel too guilty, right?

I worked on a sewing/quilting project today again. My Mom helped me with cutting applique pieces out. I'm such a newbie at this. I can't wait to finish. I hope it turns out!

OK, so go to Peeky Boos & tell me what you think so far ------------------>

Sunday, August 31, 2008

More than I can chew. . .

I did it again. . .or almost did it again. . .bitten off more than I can chew that is. I think I get a little manic at a certain part in my cycle or something when I believe I can take on the world. I could not fall asleep last night. . . seriously. . .I saw 4:20 AM without even dozing off slightly. . . and I was VERY irritated. Of course, this only makes things worse. I had grandiose plans to get things done today as I taught the Prep for Labor class all day yesterday. We did enjoy some campfire time last night as a family. That is good. I'm of low to no productivity today. Of course, there is always COFFEE! I've already consumed a cup & a half. . .

And then I decided to work on some finger knitting. See Peeky Boos for that accomplishment.

I think my insomnia from last night is due to my growing anxiety about starting so many new things this fall. School for the boys starts Tuesday. Flag football begins end of Sept. I start teaching a nursing clinical 3rd week of Sept so that means working my two twelves plus teaching 2 eights & then grading papers & what not. New role for me. . . nervous & excited & scared. I am working on my first ever quilt & really want to have it completed for a baby shower gift. The shower is the 3rd weekend in September. (See a pattern to my anxiety here yet???) Wait, there's more! I considered beginning my Master's program October 27th. . .which would mean taking the MAT now & getting my admissions material in before September 12th. As if that's not enough. . . . I have one set of Grandparents left & we just found out that my Grandpa has cancer. . . . we'll see what the prognosis is this week. That, along with my Uncle's passing in July, my Great Aunt passing shortly before that. . . . & life in general. . . . I think I've taken on a bit TOO MUCH!

So today I made the decision to go with my original plan to begin my Master's in January. I know, this is still a lot to take on. But does life ever really slow down?? Probably not. I will just have a better grip on things by then. . .at least I had BETTER! It will be a wild ride:) I look forward to the challenge!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

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Mommy Mandy Birthday Party!You'll want to make sure you visit this site next week. I know I will be. . .

Monday, August 25, 2008

Time to Light a Fire under my ARSE!

Sorry for being so terse (like that word? Me too.) But I really DO need to light that proverbial fire. I HAVE to get stuff done. So I must make a TO DO List & start crossing off!!!
In no particular order (because that would require more time):
1. Clear out top 2 shelves of hall closet to make room for my scrappy stuff that needs to get out of my office. Done! but I could use the whole closet!
2. Move Scrappy Stuff as mentioned above (no kidding, this needs it's own spot on the list.) started! I'm running out of space!!!
3. Organize bills. Pay bills:(
4. Clear off desk in office.
5. Clear floor in office - see #2 above for part of this. again, started. . .
6. Organize sewing stuff - see #5 for part of this as well as consider moving this entirely to basement work area. . . which require yet another. . .
7. Make a spot in basement for sewing. . . maybe.
8. Make trip to the Restore to scope out possible cabinets/islands for #7.
9. Work on & finish quilt I started for gift.
10. If #9 works out well - do another one for another gift.
11. Get application materials in for Grad school.
12. Go through boys' closets/drawers to determine clothing needs for school year.
13. Make sure all school supplies are ready.
14. Daycare schedule to daycare. woo hoo! done! Check!
15. Buy nice & comfortable shoes for teaching clinicals.
16. Check my wardrobe for potential needs.
17. Freeze more zucchini - why did I plant 6 SEEDS??? They all grew. . .
18. Get pics printed from day on the pontoon boat with Scott's parents.
19. Fix boy #1's favorite blanket.
20. Contact insurance company re: uncovered crap.
21. Buy toothpaste. . . I keep forgetting to get MY kind. (yes, still brushing with other stuff)
22. Laundry, Laundry, Laundry why is this even ON a list? It's never completely done!
23. Dishes, Dishes, Dishes done for today - yay!
24. Hire someone to do my laundry & my dishes. Yeah, right!
25. Prepare for teaching clinicals.
26. Study for BLS recert.
27. Purchase boy #3's birthday present & plan his party.
28. Enjoy the last week of summer vacation with my boys! Most Important!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Finger Knitting???

OMG!! I used to do this when I was Much Much Younger. Have you ever finger knitted? I never realized that it could be THIS advanced! OK, so I was only a one row finger knitter. You have to go check out the link to see what I'm talking about. Hmmm. . . like I NEED another item to add to my "I want to try this" list!!! Hey, I could use this to keep my little boys busy:)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Register for THIS Giveaway for sure!

Simple Mom has done it again! You NEED to go HERE and register for this giveaway. It's a basket FULL of wonderful things. Go there. . . now! Just do it.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Apple Orchard Overalls GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Apple Orchard Overalls GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Do I need these? Of COURSE I do! Not for MY offspring. . .but I have a lot of friends & family having new little ones soon. How cute are these???

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

ALWAYS question closed bedroom doors with a quiet child. . .











Need I say more? Anyone have a Magic Eraser??? Maybe this one will be the artistic home decorator type??? (By the way, it's my OLDEST who is 7 1/2 years old who did this.) I thought it was strange that he went up to "lay down" this morning. This is light blue highlighter with a small tracing of pink highlighter. Interesting. . .

Sunday, August 17, 2008

This & That & Everything Else

OK, so there are TOO many things to mention in one title today.
First of all - go HERE for a giveaway from The Village Shop. She is giving away a couple really cute quilt patterns.

Second - our Anniversary Date was fantastic. We went to Big Tomatoes in Downtown Green Bay. We had never been there. It is a really cute old building & the food was pretty good. . .but the fantastic part was my "little" surprise from Scott. He gave me an anniversary band!! It's pretty amazing & totally unexpected. Oh, I did have our babysitter snap a picture of us before we went out. . . so there that is. . . I still haven't scanned a wedding picture of us to upload. After dinner we walked along the river in Green Bay & then stopped by Jimmy Seas along the river to listen to the live entertainment. We didn't stay out late.
FRIDAY!!! Wow! We went to the Brown County Fair for a short time with the kiddos in the afternoon. . .then picked up the sitter & brought them home so we could go back for the Rodney Atkins concert. Our seats were FANTASTIC!! Here's a shot of the hunky man.
We had a BLAST after the concert too. There was a local band called Grand Union. They are Fabulous! Their website doesn't really do them justice for their vocals. And the fun??? I felt like a youngster again. A little sore yesterday from dancing. . . . I'm getting too old for this. But I'll keep on trying!!!

Saturday evening we went to see my little brother's new house. They should be moving in within a few weeks. It's a VERY nice house! They are building near Lake Winnebago. . . & the bay flies get a little freaky when you light a bonfire. .. but other than that. . . it's a great spot.

We're heavy into potty training this weekend. I know, this doesn't flow well with the aforementioned topics. . . but it had to be said. This is not easy.

On a better note. . .my garden is totally rocking! Can you say ZUCCHINI??? Holy cow! I have been freezing it, cooking it & giving it away. And there's more to come! Love it! I've even harvested a few tomatoes already. Pumpkins are growing. We have so much fun checking the vines to see what's sprouted out from day to day. I even have CANTALOUPE growing!!! Corn is coming along nicely. Peppers are slowly getting there. . . I hope. I already know that next year's garden needs to be bigger. Scott is not to pleased that I want to take up more real estate with my gardening adventures. I have big plans.

I'm going to have my own clinical group this fall. This is exciting & nerve racking all at the same time. I subbed last semester but this will be my own little group. Whoa! I'll be shaping minds of hopeful nurses to be. Scary thought, huh? So that also means that I will be working my usual two twelve hour shifts a week plus the 2 clinical days. And the clinical is on the floor I work on.

My siblings & I gave our Aunt Kay a Memorial Bench last weekend. Here it is:

It's really hard to believe that Rich has been gone for almost a month already. I think it will become MORE real when the holidays come up. Actually, it will be before that even. . . when the first football game for Ashwaubenon is played. . . I think we're all going to go & wear matching shirts in memory of him. It's still surreal for us. We don't have to come home to him being gone every day like my Aunt Kay does. I don't know how I would be able to do that. But I guess nobody really does know.

I need to get a move on sewing projects for baby gifts. Holy cow! I don't have a ton of time left for some of these people. I'm going to have Scott try to make me an island type table for downstairs. I used our kitchen for cutting my latest project out - with a cutting mat covering the island of course. But I really do think we need to have something similar for downstairs. I think we also need to start to finish the basement off. . .but we'll take this one step at a time. I'm thinking we should frame up the walls for the all purpose room, drywall, plaster & paint. . . put some Pergo flooring in & ta da! Oh, that's right. . .there are other step involved in that. Not to mention the money. . . I guess we'll put that on hold for now:)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

10 YEARS! Wedded Bliss. . .

It's hard to believe that 10 years ago TODAY at this time I was getting my hair & make up done for one of the biggest days of my life. I have pictures to prove it. . .but they're not of the digital era yet. .. so I'll try to track down a picture of me & my honey from now. .. which is not likely because one of us is usually taking the pictures. . .

Anyway. . . Here's our story:
Scott & I were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. I had just sworn off men for the 50th time (which isn't all THAT impressive except for the fact that I was 21 years old). I was going to just date, just play the field so to speak. Like my Mother said, "You're not married. Why date just one person???" (Shocking, I know!) So Scott shows up to pick me up for our first date. He's nice looking - not as tall as my usual dates - but dark hair, nice deep brown eyes & a small to medium build. As we're walking out the front door to his car he says, & I quote, "Just so you know, I'm not one of those 'big truck' kind of guys." Where did this come from??? I wondered. He opens the door to his red Ford Taurus for me - score one point for the boy!

We went out to the Olive Garden. Conversation was easy. We joked around. He used a coupon! How funny is THAT? We were both in college so hey, a frugal guy. . . not a bad thing. (Funny how he doesn't bother with coupons now which would be totally impressive.) He goes to the bathroom a couple of times. . . I'm thinking, Hmmm. . .is he going to abandon me here??? I've never dated a guy who uses the bathroom more than I do. After dinner we go to a park to walk around. This is nice. I'm thinking, "Wow! He isn't looking to shut me up. He's looking to actually talk more." We hold hands a little bit. . .this is nice. He tells me jokes, we swing on the swings, walk near the river (he didn't push me in. . . good sign). Of course, he'd tell you he told me dirty jokes. . .but I don't think they were dirty. Funny. . . but not dirty.

He brings me back to my duplex & we talk for a while & then he leaves. . . . but he doesn't even TRY to KISS me! This is weird. I had this rule that I don't kiss on the first date. . . but he didn't even TRY!!! What's up with that??? I'm thinking, "CRAP! He doesn't like me. I must not be attractive to him. Man! I really like this guy. . . what did I do wrong?" You know, all the usual crap that floats through a girl's brain after a really awesome date. But then I remember, "Oh, that's right! I have a date with so in so tomorrow night anyway. . . what do I care?" But I cared. . . because so in so was a sleeze ball.

Well, sleeze ball boy stood me up the next night. Figures! So I figure, hmmm. . . why don't I give Scott a call to see what he's up to??? Is that too forward? Is he going to think I'm desperate? Oh, yeah, that's right. . .what do I care??? He's just a guy, right? So I call & he's not home. But he gets the message that I called & he calls me back! YAY! He's out & about with his friend. . . . but he comes over later & we talk for hours. . . . & then, here's the good part, when I go to walk him out. . . . after what seems like hours of 'good-bye, see you again' - he kind of almost asks for permission to give me a kiss! AND WOW! So maybe this playing the field thing isn't going to last long. . . this guy is really nice, really great looking & kisses so sweetly. Plus, he has manners. .. . .oh, and by the way, my friend who set us up. . .she told him about my no kissing on the first date rule. . . . but that's OK. He still didn't try so he gets a point for respecting me.

That's how it all began. Within a year we were engaged & we were married the year after that. Scott is the LOVE of my LIFE! He's my best friend. He's the one who can get under my skin the most. But he is the only one that I want to spend the rest of my life with. I know, mushy gushy. . .but it's true. He's stuck with me!

I guess I'll have to take a picture of a picture for our wedding shot & I'll have someone take a picture of us tonight. . . . we're going to dinner.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Forming New Habits

I've been inspired by Simple Mom blog - more specifically about forming new habits. I have been doing quite a bit of looking inside myself lately & this has forced me to look outside myself as well. (Did that make sense?)

Just a couple of days ago we instituted the clean up as you go rule found here. I'm tellin' ya. . . this Simple Mom site totally rocks! Go there! Go there now! Read it. It could be life changing. For instance. . . Friday evening after supper everyone helped clean up. We cleaned up everything. . .including the floor. No dishes were left unwashed. (OK, so we did leave the hand washed dishes to air dry. This we won't change.) And guess what? Instead of Mom having to stay inside while the 3 boys & Dad went outside for fun. . .MOM GOT TO JOIN THE FUN! How cool is that? And you know what else? No? Well, I'll tell ya. . . having all of that done before bed & waking up the next morning to no dirty dishes & a CLEAN KITCHEN was FANTASTIC! Saturday was another story during the day. . .but we're a work in progress. So far today we're doing splendidly. (don't you just love the word "splendid?")

We had some dear friends over last night - after the trip to the Urgent Care for Carter's nice little bullseye rash around a bug bite - NICE! (He got his blood drawn to check for lovely Lyme's disease) They so kindly informed me, as I boasted about my awesome garden, that I've been picking my sugarsnap peas a little too early. OOPS! (And thanks to those of you who maybe were thinking the same thing when I posted the pic of them. . .but didn't want to hurt my feelings.) So my skinny, underdeveloped peas that I was so proud of, just need a little time to mature before I snap them off the vines. OK, I get it. . .I just need to be patient! Lessons learned. We had a little chuckle from that. But they were fully impressed that I planted the garden in the first place. They have a wonderful garden that is probably triple the size of mine. They're experienced so I love their tidbits of knowledge.

We put up retractable clothes lines last week. I'm very pleased with this. Ever since I read Lola's blog & saw her mission, I've been inspired. She's also freakin' hilarious & talented. . .so I recommend reading her blog too. You don't really need to sleep, do you? Just blog hop. . . that's what I do. Seriously though, another one of my goals is to try to haul my hiney out of bed a bit earlier everyday (yes, even those non working for money type days) which will, in turn, make me go to bed a bit earlier every night. Either that or I'll end up growing horns out of my head or flying on a broom - which could be interesting. I need to restructure my days to get more done. I've read in the blog listed way up there that getting up earlier is good for your productivity. Now, I imagine that's assuming your children stay asleep until a reasonable hour?? Kid free = more productivity??? We'll see how this shakes out with my sun is barely peeking up & I'm awake type kids.

Going to Packer Family Fun Night at Lambeau Field tonight. I'm excited. We're bringing kid 1 & kid 2 but kid 3 is going to have some fun with some neighbors. He would probably not truly enjoy the Lambeau Field experience. Right now I'm debating on whether or not to bring my camera. I think I will. Much of my family will be there & I need more pictures of us together.

OKEY DOKEY then. . .time to get ready. . .

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Give Away

This is a super cool site that I blog hopped to tonight. There is a giveaway going on too so I strongly suggest you check it out & enter it. The Giveaway: Three readers will win a brand new copy of The Creative Family by Amanda Soule. Now I just need to figure out how to edit my blog better. . . I want to start adding buttons. . . I need help!


simple mom

oooo, did I do it??? Now if I could only add it to my actual template. . . hmmm. . .

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fruits of My Labor


Some of you may have been expecting to see my 3 boys in this post. . . While they ARE fruits of my labor (heck, Spencer was 15 HOURS of labor!). . . I'm referring to these beauties. . . I GREW THESE! I'm just so excited that veggies are growing in MY Garden!!! I planted late. We have mostly clay. We've had LOTS of rain, wind & hail. And now we're kind of DRY. Woo HOOOOO! The sugarsnap peas are tasty. Hopefully the beets will be too. I'll have to rely on my boys' opinions for those as I'm not a big fan. I'll have to take a shot of the whole garden again. It's getting quite big. I have (or will have) sweet corn, pumpkins, cantaloupe, green peppers, zucchini, green onions & tomatoes in addition to the peas & beets. Not bad for a first time gardener!
In other news. .. I'm putting together the fabric selections for my first quilting project(s). I can't post WHAT I'm doing yet. .just in case the recipients read my blog. But I'll post the finished products later:)




Saturday, July 26, 2008

Life Going On

How is it even possible that life doesn't stand still when someone you love passes on? I mean, really, how dare the ordinary everyday things continue to happen?? Does this make sense? And I don't even have to live right there, seeing reminders of my late Uncle Rich (why do we say "late" anyway?) everytime I turn around. Although, I will say that seeing sunglasses, pink flamingoes, anything football or racecars reminds me of him.

My Aunt Kay - what an amazingly strong woman! I know her heart is still breaking as she realizes Rich will not be coming back. It's only been one week. What she wouldn't give to turn the hands of time back. . . what many of us wouldn't give. Reminds me of the song "One More Day" by Diamond Rio. . . "One more day, one more time. One more sunset maybe I'd be satisfied. But then again, I know what it would do. Leave me wishin' still for one more day with you."

So get off your computers right now. Go grab your loved one & hold them close. We don't know when our time will come. We don't know when their time will come. The only thing for certain is that it WILL come. And most likely, whether it's today, tomorrow or 1700 tomorrows from now. . . it won't be enough time. We won't get to say everything we want to say or do everything we want to do. I'm going to go cuddle with my best friend right now. . .because I still can.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rich Bessert 1951-2008

My Uncle Rich died unexpectedly last Friday morning. He was only 57 years old & we just weren't ready to say good-bye just yet. We're still not totally believing what has happened. Services begin tomorrow.

Clifford “Rich” Bessert, 57, a longtime Green Bay resident, died at a local hospital Friday, July 18, 2008, of a heart related illness. He was born March 23, 1951, in Green Bay to Clifford R. and June M. (Butterfield) Bessert. Rich graduated from Ashwaubenon High School with the Class of 1969 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. On July 28, 1978, he married Kay Vander Heiden at St. Agnes Catholic Church. For many years Rich was active in teaching, coaching and mentoring to numerous young adults throughout the area. First and foremost in Rich’s life was his wonderful family. He received distinction in the classroom and on the playing field, but what he really treasured in his career were the relationships that he built with many young men and women whom he had taught and coached. Rich was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather-to-be and a loving brother. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Kay, Green Bay; two children, Andrea Bessert, Oshkosh; Steve Bessert, Green Bay; his sister, brother and their spouses, Cindy and Bob Kardoskee, Ashwaubenon; Dale and Valerie Bessert, New Franken; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carlene Bessert, Tom and Nan Vander Heiden, Dave Vander Heiden, Dan and Terry Vander Heiden; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Brian and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Jean Vander Heiden.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth Street. Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with Rev. Richard Getchel presiding. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send on-line condolences, please visit http://www.blaneyfuneralhome.com/.
A memorial fund has been established in Rich’s name.
The Bessert family extends a special thank you to all of his friends who helped him achieve his dreams.
“Rich was one of the most upstanding men I have ever met. He had a way of stripping off the veneer to get to the truth of the situation. Using the fewest words possible, Rich got to the heart of the matter. He loved his Bride and his two children fiercely. After family and friends, Rich loved football in its purest most honorable form. He recently considered the hundreds of lives he touched through teaching and coaching and told me how lucky he was to have influenced so many. He went on to say that he prayed that he was always a positive role model in everything he did. I can testify there has never been a better role model.” -- Nancy Schultz and her son, Charlie

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Where in the World ARE YOU?

Bring on the comments here people! I want to know where you live. . . you don't have to post your exact address - just your spot on the map. I am in De Pere, WI - very close to Green Bay - home of the Packers. We have 4 seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring & Construction, er, I mean Summer. Over the past few years we have been seeing much more overlap among the seasons. For instance, we had snow in May, 70's in March (for those of you in the Southern part of the US - this is NOT normal for WI). Yesterday there was hale as big as tennis balls in some parts of WI (Thank God it didn't make it here.)
So give me a shout out in the comments section. . .even you lurkers out there. I posted 2 days in a row! That should count for something:) I'm still trying to think up some sort of prizey give away sort of thing I can do. . . I will be purging my scrappy supplies sometime soon (keep in mind soon to me can be anytime in the next 6 months. . . tee hee. . .I'm the queen of putting things off!)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I NEED to work!

I am ending my sabatical from blogging. . . thanks to Lola (http://lolaagain.blogspot.com/) who commented on my lovely firemen first:) I know it's been quite a while since then. I did have a few weeks off of work thanks to my very interesting work schedule of 2 days a week (12 hour shifts), a week of vacation & then a week of low census in Labor & Delivery. Then I ended up teaching last Tues & Wed, worked the floor Thurs & Friday (people were getting very cozy 9 months ago!) & then I taught again on Saturday. I then had Sunday off only to jump right into another population explosion Monday & Tuesday. Today I am home with my rugrats. I did miss them. . .
Now that you know what I have been up to. . . there are SO MANY topics to discuss: Brett Favre. . . no comment. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle & since I don't have a whole lot of control over what happens (even though I'm a Brown County tax payer & help support the Packers), I choose to try to take it all in & watch what unfolds. He IS the best quarterback to ever walk the Frozen Tundra. Enough said.
Babysitters. . . boy, I hope none of mine read my blog. . . Do you remember when WE babysat? It's a new day, I know that. I just can't quite get how I got paid $2/hr to watch 3 kids under 3 years of age, got them fed, often bathed, put to bed on time, house cleaned up & extra housecleaning done & then finished my homework when I babysat. Maybe it's the letter "S" stamped onto my chest or the cape that I manage to wear. . .but man, I did a lot. I'm not asking that much from my babysitters. . . .all I'm asking is that the kids are taken care of - you know, played with/entertained without too much rough & tumble, Carter's diaper to be changed & the kids to be put to bed by about 8:30 or so - in their beds or somewhere close to their beds before watching TV. Oh, and I pay more than $2/hr - obviously inflation should count for something I guess. Oh, and rules??? We don't eat anywhere but in the kitchen. It's a fairly new house - I'd like to keep the place looking fairly good for a while. (I also hate scrubbing carpet & upholstery.) But lately there are remnants of supper & snacks throughout the great room & the hallway. . . when I ask the boys what the deal is with that. . .they tell me, of course, that it wasn't them. . .but it was the babysitter. And then Spencer, my oldest, pipes up - we told him there's not supposed to be eating in the living room but he said he is older so it's OK. NICE! Now, do I totally believe my kid? WHY WOULD MY KID LIE? HA! Well, I'm not THAT naive. . . I'm sure my kids have something to do with it. Obviously, I need to reinforce the rules a bit more. Just venting here. It's not just this particular sitter either. Before we moved we had sitter issues. In fact, there were times we'd come home & ALL of the leftovers from supper were still on the table - now wasted because they were not properly refrigerated. NICE.
SOLUTION??? I think I should start an Exceptional Babysitter Class. I could train young people the fine art of being excellent care providers as well as space management. . . really, most are making more than minimum wage, tax free I might add, and once they get the kiddos in bed they're sitting watching TV & eating snacks. This would improve customer service & maybe get them a raise. Call it job training:) I'll file that idea away. . .

Speaking of those little people I call my children. . . I need to go entertain them now. I do miss them. . . even their incessant fighting. . .

Oh, & this is my 100th post! Holy snikeys! I have to think of something fun. . . . . .well, maybe for the 101st!

Jen

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

What I've been up to. . .

COUNTRY USA 2008

Sharing MY firemen. . . look at these hotties! Oh, & the boys are not bad either! Tee hee! They were in the entrance area collecting cash for muscular dystrophy. Of course, my sis & I HAD to do our part to help. Poor guy's knee from me sitting there! I NEED a tan!
Sugarland on Wed night was FANTASTIC! I want to be like Jennifer Nettles & her extremely thin body & awesome attitude:)

And I also made my debut as a country singer. . . .






I am getting TOO old for this though. I'm still tired. I need a vacation from my vacation! The weekend before last was a NASCAR race in Milwaukee. . I had last week off of my real job helping babies be born. I feel like I worked harder taking care of the babies I grew. They are so funny. . but oh so busy! With Country USA thrown in there I am so spent. And I think I added poundage to my already expanded hips/hind end area. What is UP with that? Why can't it just migrate to the boob area?
We went to Bay Beach & then the Wildlife Sanctuary yesterday. I need to get those pics loaded to my failing PC yet. This poor computer. . it has Alzheimer's already. My new Kodak EasyShare has most likely done it in. Time for some therapy. Of course, the camera battery died prior to many pics being taken. Oh well, I guess I could focus on making the memories instead of documenting them:)

Friday, June 20, 2008

New Concoctions

My neighbors think I'm off my rocker. . .but I've made some very interesting food discoveries in the past week. It's amazing what you can do with limited ingredients.
Discovery #1 - impromtu chip dip: I had potato chips & once in a while I like to dip them in ketchup. . .don't knock it. . .have you ever had really crispy french fries? This is like the same thing. But this isn't the discovery. I decided to combine the ketchup (organic of course) with some organic raspberry preserves. This was INCREDIBLE! Remember a while back when Tastefully Simple had the Raspberry Chipotle sauce? This is better because there was something in the TS stuff that inevitably sent me running to the bathroom. . .sorry for the explanation there.

Discovery #2 - made at lunch today as a matter of fact. . . have you been to PB Loco yet? This idea was inspired by that place. The boys had quesadillas. . but I ran out of cheese. . .so I had to punt for my own lunch. We have Peanut butter. . . we have cream cheese. And we have raspberry preserves. . why not combine these??? Oh, & let's not forget the green onions! So I took a flour tortilla, slapped some cream cheese, peanut butter & rasp on it. . .& then cut up the green onions. . .wrapped that baby up & then heated it in a pan for a few minutes to meld the flavors a bit. Voila! This was absolutely YUM! I think PB Loco has a version like this only they add lettuce & shredded carrots. . .& maybe some other stuff. Very filling!

Off to the races tomorrow. . . no pun on that one. I'll have pics to share I'm sure:)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Getting in the Game

I have rolled out of bed at 5:55 AM the last 2 days to walk with my dear neighbor, Kim. We walked for about 30 minutes yesterday & maybe 40 today - subtracting the time it took to coerce a small dog named Cheese back to his yard. It feels GREAT to get moving. It is exhausting come this time of the evening. My body says, "TIME FOR SIESTA!" My kids say, "TIME FOR FIESTA!" No, they don't really speak Spanish. But you get my point. Of course, come bedtime tonight. . .my brain will kick into its 2nd wind & tell my body it can't quite sleep yet.

I have some cool pics that I need to share with you. I just need to get my computer to clear up some space. I need more RAM. I'll work on it. This weekend should supply me with even more adventures as we're going to the NASCAR race at the Milwaukee Mile. Cooler yet. . .we have VIP Pit/Garage passes!!! I'm not a NASCAR junkie. . .but this is going to be cool. Young guys working on cars. . . hmmm. . . need I say more? Of course, I'll be with my loving, adorable husband.

Time for soccer. I'm going stag - well - that is, I'm going with my 3 little men. Daddy is still at work with Jerrick Johnson. . the NASCAR driver who came to visit Rasmussen College today. I'll share pics later:)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Come together

I've been blog surfing & commenting. Figured I'd better update mine now. We have SO MUCH going on here. And as soon as I figure out what the heck is going on with my Kodak EasyShare software I'll get some pictures posted. Baseball has come to an end & Soccer has revved up. We think Summer is actually going to stick around now too, but one never can be too sure. We are in WI after all.

I planted my first ever veggie/fruit garden. HOLY Shnikees, Batman! Why didn't someone warn me it would be THAT much freakin' work? Of course, I have clay. . not exactly the medium of choice for a garden. And we had someone come with a tractor to break up the sod & work the dirt. But then I waited a bit before getting out there so I needed to till it quite a bit. Of course, this required a tiller. We didn't have a tiller. . .so I went & bought one that attaches to a weed whacker. I am woman. HEAR ME ROAR!!! I bought a manly tool. . .OK, it's a womanly man tool. . .but a man tool just the same. And it worked for the most part. Let's not kid anyone, clay was meant to be molded, not planted. Maybe it will loosen up & be better next year. Maybe I'll shoot monkeys out of my butt. . . sorry, had to.

My boys have discovered many living creatures in the back pond (storm retention pond that is). The little stream that flows from it is in our backyard so the boys have a blast finding frogs, toads, turtles, tadpoles, etc & they like to take said creepy, crawly critters in a pale or whatever they may find to contain them, up to the house. We have a tote container full of polywogs & frogs out front right now. I'm sure some animal of prey is having a great buffet this evening. Nice. And this evening the 2 older boys, along with neighbor boys, decided to have a mud fight. Double NICE. Have you ever smelled swamp mud? Not exactly rosey. Kind of reminds me of smelly, stinky, moldy sock smell. Ewww! And clay. . . so nice when it stains! Hey, maybe I can just rub THAT on my skin instead of spray on tanner! (Thanks to my gardening experience, I am red right now.)

Summer vacation has begun. Who's vacation is that?

My Parker turns 6 on Friday. . . yup, 6 on Friday the 13th. . . creepy combo. We're having his party on Saturday. . . hoping for sunshine! The garage still has my garage sale stuff in it. . .slowly getting rid of that.

Time for night night.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Nippals & Pwivates

Caught your attention with that one I bet! Had to share the latest Carterism. I was changing Carter, er, Spiderman just a moment ago & he looks down at his chest, points to his nipple & asks, "What's this?" I reply promptly, "That's a nipple." He exclaims, "Nippal!?" I say, "Yes." Then he inquires, "You have nippals?" as he inquisitively looks at my chest. I reply, "Yes, Momma has 'em." He then says as he attempts to lift my shirt, "Me see!" Of course I don't want to terrify the poor child with my National Geographic porn star version of nipples. . .so I say, "No, Momma's nipples are private." He stares at me sweetly & says, "Pwivate? Why they pwivate?" I simply reply, "All girls' nipples are private." I know, so simple. I'm hoping he doesn't go nipple hunting anytime soon. Social services will be knocking on my door. . .

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Saving the Earth

10 Green Things You Can Do This Week Check this out! I've been blog surfing again. . .but this is SO COOL! I just may be linking her blog up to the right folks! Gotta Save the EARTH!

YADDA YADDA YADDA

Don't know exactly why I titled this the way I did. . .but I did. . . so there! Probably because it's going to be a cluster of topics so I will begin:

Garage sales - not selling the garage - but it's not really a yard sale because I do plan to use the garage & the driveway. . .so why don't we call them Driveway sales?? But then again, driveways could technically be part of the yard. . . so we're back to yard sale. I digress. We're doing a neighborhood sale June 6th & 7th. (so does that mean we're selling the neighborhood? Tee hee, couldn't pass that one up.) Am I ready? Of course not. Why would I be ready already? It's over a week away, right? Yeah. Ok. We'll see how that goes. I am getting rid of a lot of stuff. Let me reword that. . . I'm planning to get rid of a lot. AND, whatever does not sell I will donate. It's part of my 12 step program for being a packrat.

What the heck is up with me update - I'm in limbo on the MS front. So far we have this: MRI of brain has changed since 2004. 2 new areas/lesions. NOT tumors - but demyelination I guess. C spine & thoracic spine have nothing abnormal. Visual evoked responses - normal. Sensorymotor Evoked Potentials - slightly delayed but still within normal limits. Physical exam - normal. Symptoms - improving - still some pain issues with my low back & legs but only when I'm inactive. Seems that being physically active really helps decrease my discomfort.
What's the Plan? I'm taking 1000 mg of Fish Oil 3 times daily, 1000 to 2000 mg vitamin D daily, 250 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid daily as well as decreasing my grain intake. I will be having a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) probably tomorrow. I'm having an anesthesiologist do it. If that is clear - then I remain in limbo & deal with symptoms. OR, I get another expensive genetic test for a rare disorder that isn't very likely. . . AND, I have a repeat MRI of my brain in November. I don't mind having a non diagnosis. The alternative kind of sucks. Then again, knowing what is wrong might be a relief & prove that I truly am not crazy. (well, that could still be debated I suppose) I'm going to remain positive either way. Why not?

Sewing - I've begun to cut out a new purse. I will post it when it's complete. I still have tons of ideas that I hope to be able to put to use one of these days. While attacking the pile of laundry this past weekend I had the TV on & saw some cool things to do to repurpose jeans: making cute skirts by using the waist & hip portions & then cutting panels to attach - I don't explain this well. . .go here:
Nancy's Notions Denim Redesign It's the skirt on the left bottom. Isn't that cool? I really liked the kid version - but I don't have girl people other than myself in this house. You do realize this could cause my clutter problem to become worse, don't you? I mean, those pants that I don't unload at the sale could suddenly find themselves back in my grasps. What cool projects could erupt from already owned items???? It would be a shame or even a SIN to GIVE those away!!!!! (Somebody, quick! Save me!)

Why did I drink coffee at 7 PM? WHAT WAS I THINKING??? Duh! Body is tired. . .mind is not! Or is it the other way around? Or maybe both are tired but restless??? YIKES!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Shout out for Positve JU JU!

It's been a while since I posted. I have reasons. . . of course, doesn't everyone? This is a shout out for positive thoughts & prayers & overall good "ju ju." (What is "ju ju" exactly? Hmmm. . .) Anyway, I'm being evaluated yet again for MS. This will be the 3rd time in the past 10 year going through some tests. I have symptoms & the MRI of my brain is abnormal, however, my physical exam is normal. So there's nothing for sure but I thought a little shout out for the positive would be a good thing.

I'm not a very private person. . .obviously. And maybe this will be another wait & see kind of situation. . . & I'm OK with that. Really, I am. I hope that I am able to get active again & stay active with the boys & with work. Don't get me wrong, I'm not unable to do things. . .just slightly impaired - sometimes more than others. No crazy, white female thing going on either. . . as I saw the new lesions in my brain. Now to check the spine & some other neurological tests. Then maybe onto the dreaded lumbar puncture. . . yeah, not looking forward to that.
Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Got My Book!

When I got home from work last night it was here! I ordered this book: http://www.peterwalshdesign.com/3books/3_2book/3_2book.html It's All Too Much by Peter Walsh. . .he was featured on Oprah & I knew I needed the book (funny, I need MORE stuff to fix my problem of TOO MUCH STUFF!). So now I am going to go multi task while reading it. . .

Thursday, May 01, 2008

La La La Lazy. . .

Have you heard of The Love Monkeys? They're a Milwaukee band. . . been around for quite a while. . . anyway, they have a song called "Lazy" & this has become my theme song for this week. With not being able to do much physical stuff due to my lovely hip inflammation (I sound like I'm 80 or something). . . I've become quite lazy. (Disclaimer here. . .80 year olds do not all have bad hips & are not all lazy. In fact today, they probably are much more productive than I have been all week.) OK, I'm making a short story long.

Potty training update - hurray hurray the first of May - potty training begins today. I know, this is NOT the sing songy phrase that usually follows, but I adjusted it for my own purposes. Carter does not exactly have this potty training thing down. And I know, it's the first real day of it. . .but boy oh boy. . . this is not fun. Buzz Lightyear does NOT like to be peed on. Does this stop him? Nope. And bribery is lost on him as well. I say, "if we go try to go potty on the big boy potty I will give you some juice." He replies, "Me did go potty alweddy. Me want juice!" and then he proceeds to scream bloody murder when I don't let him have any without trying a potty. I'm evil, I know. . .but I refuse to give in to the screaming child. I'm one of the evil mothers in the store who actually leaves a cart with merchandise in it to leave the store after threatening to do so if a child does (insert sassy behavior) one more time. I have been known, on occasion, to say, "Hmm, everybody is looking at you as you scream." and I have also carried a child, kicking & screaming, out of said store as people stare in horror. No hitting (except by the child at times), just calm assertiveness (same as dog whisperer techniques thanks to Cesar Milan). The child must always know you are the pack leader:)
How did I get so far from what I was talking about? That's me. . .short story long.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Maximum OVERLOAD

I need to take action. If you watched Oprah yesterday, you saw the update on the hoarder. By all means, I'm not THAT BAD. . .but THIS is pretty bad! I need to take action today to start getting rid of clutter. My office, pictured here, has become the gathering ground for every hobby I have as well as various coloring books that Carter likes to busy himself with. It all gets moved TODAY. . .as long as my back holds up (another story - see my wellness blog). Wish me luck. I'll take more pics when it's the end of the day.

Monday, April 28, 2008

SPRING - interrupted - RETAIL THERAPY FIND!

Since Spring was once again interrupted this morning by SNOW!!!! (IT'S APRIL for crying out loud!) I did some retail therapy. I ventured to Hancock Fabric & boy did I make a FIND!!! Here is what I found. . . at $1.99/yd I was ecstatic. It's upholstery fabric. I know I will use it for something. I was actually considering making a headboard for our bed by covering a few pieces of wood with the fabric on the right. Then I would probably need to get a new comforter. And let's not forget pillows. . . oh the ideas! Maybe I could find some comforter type fabric that matches or accents it. Oh boy, I must be manic. Anyway, the colors didn't really come through on this pic (I need a new camera - another story there) but the darker color is a deep purplish color. . ooo, I'm just so so so excited!! This was WAY too cool of a shopping trip for me! I FINALLY bought NEW fabric - allbeit on the clearance rack - but it IS NEW!


Here's a little something I created this weekend. It's not pieced together yet. . .but I think it will go nicely onto a tote or whatever I decide. . . I might add some steam coming from the top. I also think I could design a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows in it. . .oh the ideas are endless!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Carter-isms


"Are you waffin' at me?" "What? Are you kiddin' me?" And let's not forget, "Pooperman" instead of Superman. . . This kid is hilarious! And he's all MINE! I pretend to nibble on him once in a while. .. & he laughs his ever lovin' butt off. But once in a while I ask if I can munch on him. . . just a little moment ago he comes up to me as I'm blog surfing. . .and he says, "Munch on me 'gain, Momma." I say, "What? Are you serious?" He says, "Yeah, munch on my boo boo." (FYI, "boo boo" is his belly)
His blonde, curly hair is absolutely adorable. . .even though it needs to be cut badly. Buggers. . .was going to take a pic of him just then but my batteries need charging. . . later for that. (added the pic now!) So I'm just loving up my little man today. . . there will, sadly, come a day when he no longer wants his Momma to munch on him. . .& quite frankly, there probably SHOULD come that day. . . (kind of freaks the neighbors out if you're munching on your 13 year old - not to mention it's probably illegal in most states).
I'll be back. . .

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Quilts?

OK, so I never thought these words would come off my lips let alone be serious. . .but I might want to try to quilt an actual QUILT! No kidding! You HAVE to take a look at http://web.mac.com/cjroskelley & see what I'm talking about. Go there now. . . really, do it. And while you're there. . .leave a comment & tell her that I sent you there from here: http://scrappinfor3.blogspot.com/ so we both get a shot at winning this absolutely gorgeous quilt.

And just in case I don't get lucky enough to hold this fantastic piece of art in my hands as created by such a talented lady. . .I might just have to go here: http://web.mac.com/cjroskelley/Thimble_Blossoms/Thimble_Blossoms_Home/Thimble_Blossoms_Home.html to purchase the pattern.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Productivity!!!

I'm a procrastinator & kind of disorganized (there I said it!) in my personal life. Professionally speaking I'm very organized & get things done quickly when I'm at work. So today I am going to try something again. . . I'm going to STAY FOCUSED on my tasks. So, I will only check my email 3 times today. One is now. . . . so I will check again around noon & again before the kids get off of the bus around 4 ish. . . this will be interesting. . . wish me luck!
So I'm off to make my TO DO list for the day. I need to stick to it. This will be great practice for me when I do some home schooling of the kids this summer (just the summer folks. . .I'm not THAT good that I could do the home schooling thing for the year). We're going to do Spanish (hablo Espanol un pocito) & possibly sign language as well as crafty stuff & we'll squeeze in science & math in a creative way as well. I know, it's ambitious. But I believe I'm up for the challenge. It's going to be fun!

See you later!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It IS FINISHED!!!


Here is the finished bag. I feel pretty good about it. It's super cute. I brought it to work yesterday to get people's reactions & it was a hit. I have several people wanting one. It's funny because one of my coworkers was saying, "Oh, we need to market these. You could make them for craft fairs & I would work your booth for you. . . " Totally hilarious! And do I think I could? Sure. . . now that I've got this one under my belt the difficult part is done. . .the designing that is. Of course, my prototype is being gifted today so I won't have it on hand. . .but I have many pics.

I might get to the tutorial on this within the week so please be patient with me. I have never done a tut so I am not sure how to go about it. Suggestions to where to create it online???
I think if it were for an adult I would make the straps a bit thinner & longer to fit shoulder length. And I may even make the dimensions of the bag part deeper. These will surely be one of a kind bags as there is no way to keep them consistent.

This design needs a name. . . I could call it The Maddie - it's for my niece, Madelyn. Feedback please:)

Thursday, April 17, 2008

What kind of Handle??


Here is the exterior body of the bag all put together. This wasn't as difficult as one might think. Then again, I kind of made a boo boo with the flower (note to self, don't apply any embellishments until AFTER sewing parts together). Now I need to figure out what kind of handle/strap to make. Any suggestions? I need to have this finished by Saturday. . .so I'm on time constraints here. I was originally planning to do 2 longer shoulder straps. Now I'm considering 1 longer strap & attaching it across from narrow side to narrow side (do you smell what I'm steppin' in?) Then again, should I do 2 shorter tote type straps?

Putting on the Cape

This summer I will be Super Mom! We're not sending the 6 & 7 year old boys to daycare or summer school this summer. So I decided that we'd do some summer schooling of our own instead. I want them to continue to learn new things & be exposed to new adventures. So I'm planning on making it fun. Ideas??? Well, thanks to my neighbor, I have the idea to teach them (Oh, & learn myself) Sign Language. I think they'll like this (as they already learned a not so nice sign!) & this is something the 2 year old can learn as well. In fact, I think "Silent Moments" could be part of a daily ritual around here & much appreciated for our sanity.

Other ideas include: basic Spanish, gardening, natural resources, underwater basketweaving. . .OK, maybe not that. We will of course continue reading everyday. I think this is fundamental no matter what. But I think I shall put on the cape &, follow me here, schedule our time! Oh NO! What did I just type?? ME, structured with my "FREE TIME?" Never! I'm going to try it. It just might lead to less stress & more stuff getting done. Maybe. . . I'm willing to try.

The little guy is sleeping. . .so I'm going to work on my bag. Hopefully I'll have an update & pics later today:)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Should I departmentalize???

The blog, that is. . . I've been surfing blog wonderland tonight & have seen many different formats. . . I don't really want to have a bunch of separate blogs to address my eclectic life. but I also realize that certain people don't give a hoot about my new obsession with designing bags & God only knows what & on the same note. . .many people don't care to read about the latest issues I'm having trying to balance my boys, career, health, hobbies & the list goes on. .

So I'm sure I'll ponder this in my sleep (if I get to sleep tonight). The boys have been making nightly rendezvous to our bed. . .they don't usually arrive all at once. And they don't usually get escorted back to their own rooms all at once either. We would never be THAT fortunate. It's one at 1:30 AM cuz he's scared. Then it's another one at 3 AM because he needs his "pup" (a.k.a. cup) & then yet the other one because one of the others woke him up in the process of coming or going or he has to pee & feels the need to inform us of the much needed event before, during or after said event. Gotta love boys! I thought this kind of waking every 2 hours bull$#!t was over after infancy! What to Expect When You're Expecting doesn't share with you all of these joys. . .I skipped the sequel. I truly love being a Mom. . really, I do. I am getting OLDER people! I NEED MY SLEEP!!! And yet, given the opportunity to crash early tonight I sit here typing like a mad woman. What? Am I on a mission to take over the Super Woman throne? Yeah, not gonna happen. I am in no way, shape or form Super Mom, Housewife, fill in any domesticated thing a ma jig here that you want. My house is a catastrophe at present time (which, for those who really do know me, will be of no surprise). I have MT. Laundry errupting from just about every laundry basket known to man(if only clean laundry would fold & put itself away). . .plus a laundry room reaching critical mass. My dishes are not done. Dishwasher. . you guessed it. . . clean & not emptied. Bed, - HA! I'm getting back into it anyway. (YUP, Mom & Dad, you wrecked that one for me. I'm rebelling by NOT making it. The only way dust mites die is by exposure to sunlight. . .so that's my story.) I think we have an island in the kitchen as well as a table. . .but I might have to hire someone to find them. I don't know how SAHM's do it! And Single SAHMs. . .They wear the real capes!

Done whining. . .well, I was just stating facts. I know I have to get my crap in order & do it. So, instead of tackling any of these things tonight, I've worn myself out making the list so now I'll go to bed hoping to awaken when the sun rises (NOT BEFORE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, PLEASE LET ME SLEEP! Well, as long as everyone is OK that is.) Maybe I'm bipolar. . . nah, just PMS.

Progress on Patchwork Raggy Bag




I might have to try my hand on a tutorial after this adventure. I'm taking pics regularly & I'll see. . . but here is some of the progress I made today on my new bag. The first pic is the front side with the bottom/sides just laying together. . .

The other is the front, back & bottom/side attached at just the bottom. Now for the fiddling to get the sides sewn up. . .and then to the lining. I'm impressed thus far. I designed this bag from the workings of my brain. . . so I'm very excited to see it come to life. I need to remember to make the handles yet too! And to sew the pink button onto the flower before putting the lining in.

Stay tuned. . .this has got to be done before Saturday. I'm planning to give it to my 7 year old niece for her birthday.