Sunday, January 29, 2006


I was riding home with my friend yesterday and we started talking about sale bargains. It's common amongst the two of us, and yes, very sad that we get SO excited about HUGE sales on pork or chicken. But hey, it's always fun to compare.


we started talking about her HUGE bargain she got on cereal. $20 off 10 boxes of cereal and the cereal was on sale. So, she buys 10 boxes and it came to $25, so she got the $20 off and then had a gift card for $6, so she got 10 boxes of cereal for free.

We continued talking and she came up with this BRILLIANT idea. See, she loves having people over for parties, but is trying to be $$ conscience, so she came up with the idea of having a breakfast party (but in the evening). She has enough cereal, and gets milk free, that people can come and it would be a smourgashboard of cereals and that's what we'd have to eat. She said her husband asked what she had been drinking and thought she was off the wall, but how FUN that would be! It just occured to me, what if everyone came in their jammies. Or make it a girls party (then it wouldn't be so akward with being in the same room with guys in their jammies, cause some don't wear ANY). I told her she should do it and who cares if the men in the household think she's off the wall. Besides, she's pregnant, so she can do ANYTHING she wants to :)
These pics bring back memories of digging in a newly opened box for the prize at the bottom without trying to spill too much out of the bag or ripping the box. Oh the thrills of digging through dried, surgary cereal just to get something that your mom paid $2 for. Oh for the old days :)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Out of the mouth

I experienced this "out of the mouth of babes" yesterday. Actually, it was out of the mouth of a four and a half year old.

It was my first experience of going on a preschool field trip. My husband has taken Sam before, so this was new territory for me. Do I follow the other experienced parents around? Do I venture out and act like I know what I'm doing when in fact I haven't the slightest clue?

We made it inside the building without a hitch. This was going to be one exciting field trip to the road commission to look at the snow plows. Of course, the kids thought this great fun, especially the boys. All six of them.

Inside, we sit in this room and watch a video that in a nut shell said, "get out of the way of snow plows or else you'll get hit and die". The man who was taking us on this tour then started asking questions about the video to make sure the kids understood it.

So the kids start getting bored and start rasing their hands to just say anything that comes out of their mouth. Enter my son. Thinking he was the "quiet type" in settings that he's not familiar with, I was surprised that he was going to say something. And scared what was going to come out of his mouth.

"My Mama?? Well...she ummm...was driving to see a friend? (everything comes out sounding like a question at the end when he's talking). And she was driving along? And um....she didn't see this car? And she hit this amublance? And she smashed our old truck." Ummm...did he just say what I thought he said? Gasping tour guy, gasping parents and that tense little chuckle around the room that people do when they don't know what to say or do.

At that point, face was flaming. The tour guy said, "she hit an ambulance? That's not good.". Wanted to go put myself in front of one of those snow plows just to end the misery. Of course, I couldn't redeem myself and tell the actual story, so I sat there realizing that everyone thought I hit an ambulance and just had to shrug my shoulders and say, "oh well". So goes life.

After the video, we took a tour of the building and one of the dad's came up to me and said, "So you hit an amublance?" Guess he was listening. I then got to set the story straight with at least one parent.

I took Sam aside later and said, "It was not an amublance I hit, it was another truck". I wanted him to make sure he got his story straight in case he decided to tell someone else about his mom's accident (that happened last April).

I don't think any parents are going to want me escorting their kids anywhere. Crazy lady who crashes into ambulances.

**My friend had one of those nifty camera phones and took a picture of the truck after I crashed it. I showed it to Sam and of course he saw the fire truck in the picture and still has not gotten it out of his head that I hit it. Doesn't matter how many times I say that it came AFTER the accident to HELP mommy. How it has transpired into an ambulance is beyond me.

Monday, January 23, 2006

today's question

Seeing the sunshine today is a rare coincidence around here. I think the sun has been seen 3 times in the past 20+ days. There was a stretch of 15 days without any sunshine. Very depressing. It's amazing how the sun can cheer any one up after not seeing it for a long time.

What I want to know is this. If I'm sitting inside, in the rays of the sun, I get all warmed up, tired, feel cozy and want to take a nap. But the sun is not melting the snow. I understand that the air is cold and all that, but why is it warm inside, but not outside when it's the same sun? Why don't the snowmen melt, like Frosty? Is it because the sun is SOOO far away?

Maybe I should ask Anne. She'd know.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Shaking with laughter

Let me share some of the jokes that are being heard in our house.

Why didn't the skeleton cross the road?
Because he didn't have the guts.

What did one sandwich say to the other?
Boy, you're full of balongna.

How much does it cost a pirate to get his ears pierced?
A Buccaneer!

Why did the coach go to the bank?
He wanted his quaterback!

Why did the seagull cross the sea?
Because if he crossed the bay, he'd be called a bagel.

Of course, these are all being told by our 4 year old over and over and over and over again. daily. And we still laugh every time he tells them. (And how often can you find a Buccaneer quarterback talking to a coach all in one husband would be proud :)


Finally went to the doctor. He gave me allegra for the subacute sinusitus, nothing for the pink eye, which is still hanging on five days later, can't remember really what has happened this week, no contacts are allowed, so it's good that I know where I'm driving as I can't read a single thing, and my eyes were crusted shut this morning.


I did get the Christmas tree finally taken down yesterday, I can walk straight, I'm starting to get my appetite back, only one kid as pink eye again, my husband is the world's most amazing man (and tells me I'm hot even when my eye was swollen shut and it looked like I got in a fist fight), and I braved the public this morning and took the kids out for breakfast by myself and they actually ate and we had a lot of fun.


It's the weekend and I'm so thankful for that and we get to go to an adult only white elephant gift exchange tonight. Adults!! I'll have to refresh my brain as to how to interact with people over three feet tall.

Monday, January 16, 2006

Is it just me?

Are all the sicknesses coming to attack me? Aside from vertigo which is slightly still hanging on, a sinus infection has come to inhabit my face and head. Marching in with hammers against my head and hoses pouring green goo out of my nose. Then, as if I needed any more, my eyes started hurting last night and tada!!! Pink eye has decided to come live in both of my eyes. My husband asked if I was crying this morning b/c my eyes were weeping. No, no I said. It's just this lovely pink eye that seems to be dwelling in our house. I think today I'm going to Lysol the entire house. Including the kids. Time to go wipe the green gook out of my eyes. I just have to remember yesterday's sermon from church. Praise in the pit. Harder said than done....

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Scientific experiment....

I found something out today that was very interesting. We used to have a guinea pig that when we opened the fridge, it would start to chatter. And my old cat used to get all excited when she heard her special dish come out of the cupboard. Well, our daughter comes running when she hears any type of bag being opened. Whether it be crackers, chips, candy, anything. She can be anywhere in the house, hears a bag and you hear her coming saying, "cacker!!cacker!!". Just found that out to be amusing today. And because she's so stinking cute when she does it, I had to put in a cute picture of her. :)

Saturday, January 07, 2006

A Week in Weird

So thinking that the New Year was starting out great, our life has been thrown a few wrenches this week. It started with Alina's car seat breaking, which is no big deal, so Ed goes out and buys a new one. When he gets back from lunch, he finds out the news that our work is losing its biggest customer. that's ok right? It wouldn't be that bad if that customer wasn't providing me work. See, I work at home, and have for the past four, almost five years. I work for the same company that my husband does. So losing this customer means I lose my job, which will be done by the end of March/beginning of April. That was Tuesday. Wednesday I woke up with the world spinning. Literally. I've had these dizzy spells over the past week. A day here, a day there. I'd take some IB Profen and it would go away. Not so much Wednesday. I was on the couch the entire day. It worked out where Ed was able to take a long lunch and take Sam to school and pick him up. Thursday, I again woke up with the world spinning, took some more drugs and tried to get on with my day. It started going away, so that was a plus sign as we had praise band practice that night. Ed took our only vehicle in to have it looked at and they ended up keeping it and found a lot of things wrong that weren't what he took it in for. Here the cash register dinging? That's the money being extracted from our pockets every hour they have it. So, Ed's mom was planning on coming up Thursday night through Saturday to watch the kids, and we could use her car. Amazing how that all worked out huh? Lets see....Friday, I woke up again with the spins. Called the doctor (yet another long story) and was able to get in. I couldn't drive, so Ed's mom took Sam to school, me and Alina to go get Ed, Ed took me to the doctor. Doctor says I have vertigo. Gives me drugs that are a bit stronger than dramamine and a prescription for valium (I haven't filled that one yet). Nice drugs. :) They seemed to help a bit, but I was still a bit tipsy. Make me kind of sleepy too. Today I wake up all foggy and dizzy again. Took my drugs and went to bible study (actually Ed took me. Feel like a charity case, but that's totally ok). Came home and slept for three hours. Got the kids up and noticed gunky green stuff in Alina's eye. Sure enough. Pink eye has come to our house. She has been out of the house once this entire week and that was Tuesday. So tomorrow I get to stay home with her while Ed and Sam go to church. All the pharmacy's around here are closed, so we have to wait until tomorrow to pick up her meds. My drugs are fading away and I can't take any again until tomorrow. If it's not gone by next Wednesday, I have to call in so the dr. can call in a CAT scan for my head. It's going to be a great year!! Talk about having everything thrown at you, being tested with my faith and prayer life and it's sure not a walk in the park. Ed has been amazing with being so patient with me and stuff around the house and the kids. Have I said that he's amazing? I guess I did, but he is!! Love him. So that's my past week in a nutshell. Don't know if anyone wanted to know all of that, but I just needed to get it out of me so I can sleep tonight :) Thanks for listening.