Friday, January 29, 2010


There are a few of us at church that would like to start a new Bible study group. Something almost along the lines of a book club. Something with not a lot of homework, but more reading and understanding.

Do anyone you have any suggestions of a series that perhaps you have studied and enjoyed?


Thursday, January 28, 2010


The other day the boyz and I were doing laundry. 9 loads to be exact. Last week we only did the basics so this week we had a ton to do.

The worst thing about laundry and living in the apartments is that you can't constantly have a load of clothes going. The best part is that it actually all gets done at once, once a week.

Anyhow, after we folded a million items and separated them out, Teen comes out and says that he is missing 3 shirts and 3 pairs of socks. I asked him how he knew and he proceeded to tell me that he counts all the clothes he puts in the laundry. Come to find out that we left a load of clothes in the washer.

Seriously? He counts what he puts in the laundry?

So I was relaying this story to my mum and she asks me if Teen counting reminds me of anyone. Um, no why?

Perhaps this will help: Obsession

Sadly, I have passed on my weird OCD to my kids. Sorry boyz :-0


Monday, January 25, 2010

What We Learn In School

Teen is not one to share with me anything that happens in school. We routinely sit at the kitchen table and share one good thing and one bad thing that happened to us during that day. Teen always struggles to come up with something. He is good for saying his good thing is he didn't get detention that day. (btw - he never gets detention)

So when he came home from school the other day and proceeded to ask me if I wanted to know what he learned in school, I knew I was in for it.

If you are thinking he got in trouble, you would be wrong. They were finishing up the 9 week of health class and he learned how to use a c*nd*m (<-- really don't want me blog searched for that

He showed me the pamphlet and explained very seriously the whole process. I think he was sharing to get a reaction out of, but the only thing I learned was that he actually paid attention in class.

After he was done explaining everything, he laughed and said, "I can't believe I got the whole way through that with a straight face."

He cracks me up.

So what did your child share with you about school today?


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Prompts to Ponder

I recently asked this question of my friend Shannon and thought it was such a cool question, I would ask it of all of you as well.

If you could meet any one famous who would you meet? Why? Where would you go or what would you do?

Can't wait to hear the answers.


Friday, January 22, 2010

In A Slump

Lately I have been in a blog slump if you all haven't noticed. I can't think of much to write about or get inspired to write about.

So, I am opening up the floor to you. Give me some ideas. Have a question your are dying to find out the answer to?

When you find yourself in a slump, what do you do to get motivated again?


Monday, January 18, 2010

Monday Moment

One of the neighbors bought me a little book for Christmas. it is called "Women on Men" & "Men on Women" and is a compilation of many different quotes about each other. Some of them are thought provoking, some are stupid, and some are hilarious.

This one cracks me up:

If men could menstruate...clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, boast-worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much....Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. Of course, some men would still pay for the prestige of such commercial brands as Paul Newman Tampons, Muhammad Ali's Rope-a-Dope Pads, John Wayne Maxi Pads, and Joe Namath Jock Shields: "For Those Light Bachelor Days."
- Gloria Steinem

I am not sure if it is funny because it is just funny, or because it could possibly be true.


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Clean Your Ears or Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter

Saturday evening after hubby's surprise party my SIL had to go to work at 5 and my BIL had to get some sleep as he had to go out midnight turn. We used there house for the party but hubby and I still wanted to visit with a few friends so we went over to their house (S&H) about 5 miles away.

While we were there both of their parents showed up as well. H was an only child so Hubby was almost like another child.

S&H's kids are almost the same age as ours and once in a while we will share kids. Meaning one of us will take the older two and the other will take the middle two. Neither of our youngest will stay at each others house yet.

As we are sitting there the kids started talking about who was going home with who that evening. I then said that I was planning on leaving all of the kids there and hubby and I were going home to quiet.

Tween innocently says "You can have Seth"

The room suddenly got quiet as all eyes bugged out and looked at him.

Me being a little slow on the uptake was bewildered until someone asked him what he said. He repeated "You can have Seth. Why?"

Yes, almost everyone in the room thought he had said "You can have s@*"

His face turned fourteen shades of red as he sunk into the couch and realized what they thought he said.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Happy 40th Hubby

Hubby turned the big 4-0 on Sunday. Every year he whines about his birthday and wonders what I am going to do for it. Will i have a party or cake or go out to dinner, etc. Being born in January does not go well with the finances. Usually in January we are beyond broke. Not only do we have Christmas and all that entails, we also have Little S's birthday to take care of.

This year was no exception especially since I recently had my hours cut at work. So I made it perfectly clear that I would not be doing anything for his birthday. That there was no possible was I could do anything and that later in the year we would do something when we had a little extra, perhaps after I get a better job or increased hours.

So as the day got closer to his birthday I started plotting, but couldn't really come up with anything with no money. So at the same time I was trying to plan something, my MIL called and she told me she wanted to plan something as well.

I have never been able to surprise hubby. He almost always figures it out or someone blows it for me (not mentioning any children's names ;)

We completely pulled this one off. I didn't tell the kids until Thursday and Little S didn't know until right before.

He had a great weekend. Friday the kids stayed at grandma's so we could go to dinner together. Saturday was his surprise party and we had a good turn out despite the weather. And then Sunday we went to dinner with the neighbors. Hubby was completely spoiled all weekend.

He loves being the center of attention and was all weekend.

Happy Birthday Hubby! I hope we celebrate many many more together.


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Buying a House

Monday night when I was up all night I was watching either House Hunters or Property Virgins or something like that.

It featured this young couple with a small child. They were approved for some astronomical amount of money somewhere around $450,000.00 But they decided that they could only afford about $300,000.00

At first I am thinking about how smart they are not to go that far into debt and how responsible they are being. Then she opened her mouth and said the reason was that they "have" to spend about $1700.00/month on their Nanny and Daycare.

HELLO!?!?! I wanted to go through the screen and say "You know there are many people that raise their own kids without a nanny." I can understand the Daycare. I even understand an occasional evening sitter so that you can go out as a couple. What I don't understand is how you "HAVE" to have a Nanny.

And to top it all off, she was disappointed that she could only afford a 2 bedroom bungalow for $349,000.00 Poor, poor thing.

I just don't get it. You either sacrifice the "dream house" you are whining about or start taking care of your own child.

Am I being too harsh here? Can anyone else justify her behavior?


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Down & Out

The new year has brought me either a bad cold or more likely the flu. I have had aches and chills and a sore throat and earache and fever on and off for the last two days.

The first night I didn't sleep at all. I woke up at 1am and finally got back to sleep a little after 5am. Wouldn't you know it, the alarm goes off at 6:30am.

Hubby went and bought me some night-time cold medicine and I slept much much better last night. I think if I could stay in bed and rest all day today, I would feel so much better by tomorrow.

As I was sitting here waiting to send Little S out the door, I was looking through some of the Christmas photos. I love this one.
They cleared enough space so that they could sit and play their new game. I had never heard of MouseTrap before Santa brought it, but it was fun. I loved sitting back and watching them play together.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy 2010! I hope that your year is filled with Blessings!

We have had a really nice relaxing weekend here. I had Thursday - Sunday off and it was kind of nice just hanging at home with the boyz. We didn't do anything too special. Watched a movie or two, played a game or two, but just basically hung around and relaxed. It was nice for a change not having to be somewhere doing something. I feel like I had been going non-stop since before Thanksgiving.

This year kind of flew by for me and I never felt that I got to enjoy the time leading up to the holidays. This was the first year I can remember not being excited about the holidays and all that they hold. Don't get me wrong as I had a wonderful time with our families when the days got here, it just didn't seem magical this year.

Now that the busyness is over I can look back over the last few weeks I can see how blessed I have been.

My favorite part of Christmas time besides watching the kids open their gifts has got to be the family gatherings.

We always have a nice busy kid filled time at hubby's brother's place on Christmas day. But my favorite gathering is at my Mum's. It is basically the only time all year that we are all together. My sister lives in WV about 5 hours from me and my Mum lives near Pittsburgh almost 2 hours from me. Since Mum's is the halfway point we all gather there. This year was especially nice as my sister got in early Saturday and stayed until Sunday.

Our favorite thing to do at my Mum's is play games. The kids look forward to it every time we go to visit her. Something about just hanging around the table laughing, talking and reminiscing makes me love my life. I sometimes just look around at everyone there and take it all in and I know how truly blessed I am.

So thanks Mum & Tony for keeping Christmas alive for me even at 38. Thanks for letting me sit down and relax and taking care of all of us for the weekend. Everything you do for us each Christmas means more to me than I can even tell you.

Love, Stacy