Dec 31, 2006

Best of 2006

I have scoured my blog to give you a brief "year in review", which is basically my favorite posts/events of 2006.

January- Matthew turns 10 months old, and proves that bathtub pictures are the best ever!

February- Bobby starts working for his old security job.

March- Matthew turns One, My boys surprise me on My Birthday, and Austin falls asleep Waiting for Daddy.

April- Matthew starts Walking, the boys make a cute mistake in language, and Matthew proves to be a monkey- just like his brothers.

May- Austin turns 10, I have a great Mother's Day, Austin & Christopher get creative with Pottery & Storytelling, Matthew learns a New Trick, Bobby gets all dolled up for his job interview with his current company (but did not get the job).

June- We have a great Day Trip in Denver, we say goodbye to a beloved pet (re-home, not death), BM asks me to adopt Austin- but I don't want to announce it on my blog, and Bobby replaces the person hired for the job he interviewed for and gets offered his present job.

July- The children and I fly to Spokane to visit friends and family and meet Terri in person, feel frustrated when I get home, and get a new laptop.

August- Austin's birth-mom signs the adoption papers, School starts again, Austin encounters a bully, I get my background checks back, Austin gets hurt at school, and I have fun with paintshop.

September- Matthew has his 18 month check-up, Bobby and I make a Zombie Emergency Plan after playing too much Dead Rising, Christopher sees the Neurologist, and I get some Cute Pictures of the Boys.

October- I set up my camcorder to record a naughty cat, Matthew signs Bird, I explore a connection between Girls and Toys that Poop, my best friend Becomes a Foster Mommy, I start working at home with PayPerPost, "We have Rats", Austin and Christopher become Orange Belts, I blog about Step-Parenting, I talk about my dog Chloe, and Christopher Turns Nine.

November- I talk about how mischievous sons are, I talk about a Strong Marine Widow, confess my love of Sesame Street, talk about a Post Thanksgiving Hang-Over, Christopher mortifies us, Matthew gets a New Car, and I Become a Mom Again!!!

December- I announce the birth of my secondary blog where I confess my Mistakes in Motherhood, Christopher proves he is funny even when he is sick, my baby springs a leak, my Orange Belt's become Yellow Belts, Bobby turns 30, and FINALLY to wrap up the year-- we get a new puppy!

I hope you all have a wonderful new year, and may all your lives be blessed!

Happy New Year!!!

Best of 2006

I have scoured my blog to give you a brief "year in review", which is basically my favorite posts/events of 2006.

January- Matthew turns 10 months old, and proves that bathtub pictures are the best ever!

February- Bobby starts working for his old security job.

March- Matthew turns One, My boys surprise me on My Birthday, and Austin falls asleep Waiting for Daddy.

April- Matthew starts Walking, the boys make a cute mistake in language, and Matthew proves to be a monkey- just like his brothers.

May- Austin turns 10, I have a great Mother's Day, Austin & Christopher get creative with Pottery & Storytelling, Matthew learns a New Trick, Bobby gets all dolled up for his job interview with his current company (but did not get the job).

June- We have a great Day Trip in Denver, we say goodbye to a beloved pet (re-home, not death), BM asks me to adopt Austin- but I don't want to announce it on my blog, and Bobby replaces the person hired for the job he interviewed for and gets offered his present job.

July- The children and I fly to Spokane to visit friends and family and meet Terri in person, feel frustrated when I get home, and get a new laptop.

August- Austin's birth-mom signs the adoption papers, School starts again, Austin encounters a bully, I get my background checks back, Austin gets hurt at school, and I have fun with paintshop.

September- Matthew has his 18 month check-up, Bobby and I make a Zombie Emergency Plan after playing too much Dead Rising, Christopher sees the Neurologist, and I get some Cute Pictures of the Boys.

October- I set up my camcorder to record a naughty cat, Matthew signs Bird, I explore a connection between Girls and Toys that Poop, my best friend Becomes a Foster Mommy, I start working at home with PayPerPost, "We have Rats", Austin and Christopher become Orange Belts, I blog about Step-Parenting, I talk about my dog Chloe, and Christopher Turns Nine.

November- I talk about how mischievous sons are, I talk about a Strong Marine Widow, confess my love of Sesame Street, talk about a Post Thanksgiving Hang-Over, Christopher mortifies us, Matthew gets a New Car, and I Become a Mom Again!!!

December- I announce the birth of my secondary blog where I confess my Mistakes in Motherhood, Christopher proves he is funny even when he is sick, my baby springs a leak, my Orange Belt's become Yellow Belts, Bobby turns 30, and FINALLY to wrap up the year-- we get a new puppy!

I hope you all have a wonderful new year, and may all your lives be blessed!

Happy New Year!!!

Orlando Vacation

My goal sometime in the future is to take a Disney Vacation to Disney World. Bobby and the boys have never been to Disney, and unfortunately we do not live close the either theme park. I plan on using an agency, like Disney Tickets, to find the best deal in tickets for a long term stay and multiple parks. Something like a 10-14 day park hop where I can visit all the attractions like Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Sea World, and all the various water parks, and dinner shows. I plan to make it the vacation of a lifetime, something we will all remember.

Orlando Vacation

My goal sometime in the future is to take a Disney Vacation to Disney World. Bobby and the boys have never been to Disney, and unfortunately we do not live close the either theme park. I plan on using an agency, like Disney Tickets, to find the best deal in tickets for a long term stay and multiple parks. Something like a 10-14 day park hop where I can visit all the attractions like Universal Studios, Kennedy Space Center, Sea World, and all the various water parks, and dinner shows. I plan to make it the vacation of a lifetime, something we will all remember.

Washer Woes

My wash machine may need a visit from the repair man. I am so glad we got the extended warranty because this will be visit #2. Lately, when we wash laundry, it has been VERY loud when it is on spin cycle. My clothes are still getting clean, so I am happy about that, but I think I will be calling someone Tuesday morning just to check it out to MAKE SURE it is OK, since my warranty covers all visits by the repair person. It is still frustrating because my washer IS only 2 years old.

Washer Woes

My wash machine may need a visit from the repair man. I am so glad we got the extended warranty because this will be visit #2. Lately, when we wash laundry, it has been VERY loud when it is on spin cycle. My clothes are still getting clean, so I am happy about that, but I think I will be calling someone Tuesday morning just to check it out to MAKE SURE it is OK, since my warranty covers all visits by the repair person. It is still frustrating because my washer IS only 2 years old.

We HATE the Crate

Isis hates her crate; every time we put her in it she whines until we take her out. The first night we put her in our bed because we were tired of hearing her cry. Last night we put her in her crib so we could have our bed to ourselves and I smelled something gross so we turned on the light and she had pooped in her crate and gotten it all over herself, even though she had just pooped outside not more than 15 minutes before. So we got up, bathed her and washed the crate, and put her in our bed again. Today when we went to the grocery store, we put her in her crate again so she would not harm herself or soil on the carpet, and AGAIN she pooped in the crate and got it all over herself. She has had 3 accidents since bringing her home 3 days ago, and two were in her crate where she has spent maybe an hour total.

I am frustrated, we need to somehow get her used to the crate, or find another place to keep her when we leave. I can sympathise with co-sleepers, finding private time with anyone extra in your bed can prove difficult. Unless we find a compromise, it is going to prove difficult to conceive baby #4!

We HATE the Crate

Isis hates her crate; every time we put her in it she whines until we take her out. The first night we put her in our bed because we were tired of hearing her cry. Last night we put her in her crib so we could have our bed to ourselves and I smelled something gross so we turned on the light and she had pooped in her crate and gotten it all over herself, even though she had just pooped outside not more than 15 minutes before. So we got up, bathed her and washed the crate, and put her in our bed again. Today when we went to the grocery store, we put her in her crate again so she would not harm herself or soil on the carpet, and AGAIN she pooped in the crate and got it all over herself. She has had 3 accidents since bringing her home 3 days ago, and two were in her crate where she has spent maybe an hour total.

I am frustrated, we need to somehow get her used to the crate, or find another place to keep her when we leave. I can sympathise with co-sleepers, finding private time with anyone extra in your bed can prove difficult. Unless we find a compromise, it is going to prove difficult to conceive baby #4!

Medical Information

How many times has your doctor written you a prescription without explaining the risks, benefits, or costs with you? Or sometimes they do answer all your questions, but after you leave you think of something to ask?

Consider this: Your doctor prescribed you Celebrex for your arthritis pain and you get home realizing you forgot to ask what to do if your forget a dose? Or if you need to take this medication at a certain time of day, or with a full or empty stomach? Can I take this if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? How much does this medication cost if I am uninsured?

Epocrates Online offers free information on over 3,300 drugs, explains possible drug interactions, and explains coverage information for more than 130 health plans and Medicare Part D. I also really appreciate that they show pictures, so you can make sure there were no mistakes at the Pharmacy.

Medical Information

How many times has your doctor written you a prescription without explaining the risks, benefits, or costs with you? Or sometimes they do answer all your questions, but after you leave you think of something to ask?

Consider this: Your doctor prescribed you Celebrex for your arthritis pain and you get home realizing you forgot to ask what to do if your forget a dose? Or if you need to take this medication at a certain time of day, or with a full or empty stomach? Can I take this if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? How much does this medication cost if I am uninsured?

Epocrates Online offers free information on over 3,300 drugs, explains possible drug interactions, and explains coverage information for more than 130 health plans and Medicare Part D. I also really appreciate that they show pictures, so you can make sure there were no mistakes at the Pharmacy.

Ultimate Glutony Feast!

Each New Years we have a tradition, it's called the Junk-Fest-Feast. I am pretty anti-junk for my kids. They rarely get sugar, caffeine, greasy snacks or any kind of junk. We eat fast food more than I would like (1x every 1-2 weeks) and any goodies are home made. Well, on Dec 31st, that all goes out the window... today we went to Safeway and got brownies, ice cream, wings, lil smokies, chips, crackers, sports drinks, potato skins, etc. Tonight we will make a big smorgasbord and allow the kids to snack all night and we will either play family games or watch family movies until the new year. It is a fun night, something the kids look forward to all year long. In fact, they start planning what they want to get on Jan 1st. It is funny, we will be in the store and they will see goodies they want and say "New Years, I plan on getting THAT"; of course New Years Eve shopping comes, and that treat is long forgotten, but still!

Ultimate Glutony Feast!

Each New Years we have a tradition, it's called the Junk-Fest-Feast. I am pretty anti-junk for my kids. They rarely get sugar, caffeine, greasy snacks or any kind of junk. We eat fast food more than I would like (1x every 1-2 weeks) and any goodies are home made. Well, on Dec 31st, that all goes out the window... today we went to Safeway and got brownies, ice cream, wings, lil smokies, chips, crackers, sports drinks, potato skins, etc. Tonight we will make a big smorgasbord and allow the kids to snack all night and we will either play family games or watch family movies until the new year. It is a fun night, something the kids look forward to all year long. In fact, they start planning what they want to get on Jan 1st. It is funny, we will be in the store and they will see goodies they want and say "New Years, I plan on getting THAT"; of course New Years Eve shopping comes, and that treat is long forgotten, but still!

Dec 30, 2006

Photo Hunter: Week 3

This week's theme is: NEW, my photo submision is Isis, my new Great Dane pup.


Today we picked up Isis' new brand of food. We decided on the Canidae because everyone I talked to could only say good things about it. I really expected to pay more since it is the ultra-premium brand, but $33 for a 40 lb bag is not bad at all. The ladies at the feed store adored Isis and pampered her with kisses and snuggles. While I was there, 3 other customers talked to me about there experience with Canadae, so I feel confident in my choice (that and Isis LOVED the taste of the sample she had right there in the store); and plan on switching Chloe over to it eventually so I only have one brand food in the house.





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Photo Hunter: Week 3

This week's theme is: NEW, my photo submision is Isis, my new Great Dane pup.


Today we picked up Isis' new brand of food. We decided on the Canidae because everyone I talked to could only say good things about it. I really expected to pay more since it is the ultra-premium brand, but $33 for a 40 lb bag is not bad at all. The ladies at the feed store adored Isis and pampered her with kisses and snuggles. While I was there, 3 other customers talked to me about there experience with Canadae, so I feel confident in my choice (that and Isis LOVED the taste of the sample she had right there in the store); and plan on switching Chloe over to it eventually so I only have one brand food in the house.





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Postie Patrol…

....Chicago edition. Hats off to you Robyn, this video of her in cooooooooold Chicago trying to win a new Digital Photo Printing set by HP, to include a HP Camera, memory card, paper, photo printer, t-shirt, and one THOUSAND big ones was GREAT! I was laughing my butt off at the antics of Ted Murphy, founder & CEO of Pay Per Post. Ted, you remind me of Ty Pennington, you are always on! Pay special attention for a guest appearance from Antonio and cat feeeesh! Anyways, watch the video, laugh, and then run over to Pay Per Post to get paid to blog! Don't forget to tell them I sent you!



*This post is sponsored by HP.

Postie Patrol...

....Chicago edition. Hats off to you Robyn, this video of her in cooooooooold Chicago trying to win a new Digital Photo Printing set by HP, to include a HP Camera, memory card, paper, photo printer, t-shirt, and one THOUSAND big ones was GREAT! I was laughing my butt off at the antics of Ted Murphy, founder & CEO of Pay Per Post. Ted, you remind me of Ty Pennington, you are always on! Pay special attention for a guest appearance from Antonio and cat feeeesh! Anyways, watch the video, laugh, and then run over to Pay Per Post to get paid to blog! Don't forget to tell them I sent you!



*This post is sponsored by HP.

Dec 29, 2006

My new baby girl!

I must be copying Terri ; who by the way is copying Amy, so there Kevin!

This sweet baby girl is named Isis and she is my 8 week old blue fawn Great Dane born 11.03.06 at Penrose Great Danes. She was one of a litter of 8 and has 6 sisters and 1 brother.

Isis is just as sweet as can be and has the most beautiful blue eyes (which we were told will change to hazel). She is cuddly, and mellow, and already exploring her surroundings with ease. She gets along very well with Chloe, our 3 yr old Golden Retriever and is good with the kids. She is already pottying outside and comes when she is called.


We took her to Petsmart today to get her collar and while there put her on the scale. This little girl already is tipping the scales at 15lbs 7oz!


Right now my little angel is napping at my feet (I wish my baby would take her lead; my husband did!), maybe she knows she will be getting a b-a-t-h tonight, that is going to be fun!!

My new baby girl!

I must be copying Terri ; who by the way is copying Amy, so there Kevin!

This sweet baby girl is named Isis and she is my 8 week old blue fawn Great Dane born 11.03.06 at Penrose Great Danes. She was one of a litter of 8 and has 6 sisters and 1 brother.

Isis is just as sweet as can be and has the most beautiful blue eyes (which we were told will change to hazel). She is cuddly, and mellow, and already exploring her surroundings with ease. She gets along very well with Chloe, our 3 yr old Golden Retriever and is good with the kids. She is already pottying outside and comes when she is called.


We took her to Petsmart today to get her collar and while there put her on the scale. This little girl already is tipping the scales at 15lbs 7oz!


Right now my little angel is napping at my feet (I wish my baby would take her lead; my husband did!), maybe she knows she will be getting a b-a-t-h tonight, that is going to be fun!!

Dec 28, 2006

"Don't Make me Blog this!"

I often threaten to the husband (and sometimes the kids) that I will be blogging an embarrassing or funny thing they say or do.  Bobby is ALWAYS hearing me threaten to blog what he says, but usually I can't because I like keeping my blog PG-13 rated and often what he says is rated R or NC-17.  It is still pretty funny to see his reaction; sometimes he is proud and is like "do it!  I want to know what your girlfriends say when you tell them that I ...."

Most of the time I threaten, but then forget.  Most of my blog-worthy material is when Bobby and I are laying half-asleep in bed and talking about strange things (like our Emergency Zombie Plan) and we are both deliriously sleepy.  By the time I wake up, I forget what was said and then kick myself later for not blogging it.

So much to do, so little time to do it.

I am feeling a little deflated by all the work I need to do around here and my lack of time to accomplish it. Yesterday I got a new printer, and some cord clips for the back of Bobby's computer to organize the cords. I am hesitant to install it, just because we have so much work to do in the office still! For one, I still need to fix up my old computer for the kids; I have a 200GB hard drive I need to remove and install on Bobby's, and I have a large bulky desk in there that I need to either organize or remove. I have carpets to shampoo, walls to paint, a crawl space and closet to organize, and a writing table to remove or move.

We have a ton of work with Bobby's computer & the cords to organize, an UPS to put it on, and the printer to install. We also need to desperately decorate, it is so plain in that room. Bobby collects swords, and other weapons that I want up on the wall securely, away from little hands. We also have a really neat looking bow & arrow we got in Manitou Springs almost 2 years ago.

So much to do, so little time to do it.

I am feeling a little deflated by all the work I need to do around here and my lack of time to accomplish it. Yesterday I got a new printer, and some cord clips for the back of Bobby's computer to organize the cords. I am hesitant to install it, just because we have so much work to do in the office still! For one, I still need to fix up my old computer for the kids; I have a 200GB hard drive I need to remove and install on Bobby's, and I have a large bulky desk in there that I need to either organize or remove. I have carpets to shampoo, walls to paint, a crawl space and closet to organize, and a writing table to remove or move.

We have a ton of work with Bobby's computer & the cords to organize, an UPS to put it on, and the printer to install. We also need to desperately decorate, it is so plain in that room. Bobby collects swords, and other weapons that I want up on the wall securely, away from little hands. We also have a really neat looking bow & arrow we got in Manitou Springs almost 2 years ago.

Depression Help

When I was 16 years old, I went through a very dark period of my life. I was struggling with being sexually assaulted 6 years before by a neighbor and felt like the world had betrayed me and I was crying out for help. No one knew what had happened to me, I told very few people, but I felt someone should have known and should have helped me. In a final attempt to cry out for help I wrote a suicide note; I am not sure if I was really going to attempt to take my life, but I needed to get my feelings out. My dad found the note and my parents got me on anti-depressants and took me to a single counseling session. Unfortunately the counselor knew my family and I; so he was unable to help me and I refused to go back. I now know that free depression help is easier to find, and I plan on never going back to that dark spot again. I will seek assistance before it gets too far. I hope that you all will seek help too, depression isn't something anyone should have to live with.

Depression Help

When I was 16 years old, I went through a very dark period of my life. I was struggling with being sexually assaulted 6 years before by a neighbor and felt like the world had betrayed me and I was crying out for help. No one knew what had happened to me, I told very few people, but I felt someone should have known and should have helped me. In a final attempt to cry out for help I wrote a suicide note; I am not sure if I was really going to attempt to take my life, but I needed to get my feelings out. My dad found the note and my parents got me on anti-depressants and took me to a single counseling session. Unfortunately the counselor knew my family and I; so he was unable to help me and I refused to go back. I now know that free depression help is easier to find, and I plan on never going back to that dark spot again. I will seek assistance before it gets too far. I hope that you all will seek help too, depression isn't something anyone should have to live with.

You mean there is LIVE TV???

We are all self proclaimed TiVo addicts. Each one of us has at least 1 show that we record and on any given day have about 2-3 pages of shows to watch. With the lull in new shows because of the holiday, we have been watching The Dog Whisperer, Acording to Jim and The Simpson re-runs that we have not previously seen.

Today, we have nothing to watch. Not-one-thing, unless of course you want us to watch Matthew's Sesame Street, Signing Time, or Wiggles shows, or Christopher's It Could Happen Tomorrow show he watches on the Weather Channel. We do have a recording of John Mayer, live in Concert that is really good, but after watching that a dozen times, and listening to his CD at least twice a week, I am sure Bobby would kill me if I suggested that.

So for the first time in weeks, we are actually watching Live TV. Ok, well I did watch the news last night, but that was to see what is being said about the upcoming blizzard we expect later this week. I would love just to turn off the TV and enjoy silence, but somehow I don't see that happening.

You mean there is LIVE TV???

We are all self proclaimed TiVo addicts. Each one of us has at least 1 show that we record and on any given day have about 2-3 pages of shows to watch. With the lull in new shows because of the holiday, we have been watching The Dog Whisperer, Acording to Jim and The Simpson re-runs that we have not previously seen.

Today, we have nothing to watch. Not-one-thing, unless of course you want us to watch Matthew's Sesame Street, Signing Time, or Wiggles shows, or Christopher's It Could Happen Tomorrow show he watches on the Weather Channel. We do have a recording of John Mayer, live in Concert that is really good, but after watching that a dozen times, and listening to his CD at least twice a week, I am sure Bobby would kill me if I suggested that.

So for the first time in weeks, we are actually watching Live TV. Ok, well I did watch the news last night, but that was to see what is being said about the upcoming blizzard we expect later this week. I would love just to turn off the TV and enjoy silence, but somehow I don't see that happening.

Comptia Network+ Training

I am always on the lookout for inexpensive options for Bobby's Networking career in addition to the degree he is working on. One of the things we are looking into is getting him IT certificates in addition to his degree. His goal is to eventually have a Master's Degree in Network Administration. Today I ran across a website which offers a Comptia Network+ Training DVD, which is a video program at a fraction of the cost of attending a class at a community college or an online school.

The video is 12 hours long and not only allows you to see a network being built, but also covers troubleshooting, plus 120 CompTia Network+ Exam Questions to prepare for the exam, all taught by an instructor.

*This is a sponsored post.

Comptia Network+ Training

I am always on the lookout for inexpensive options for Bobby's Networking career in addition to the degree he is working on. One of the things we are looking into is getting him IT certificates in addition to his degree. His goal is to eventually have a Master's Degree in Network Administration. Today I ran across a website which offers a Comptia Network+ Training DVD, which is a video program at a fraction of the cost of attending a class at a community college or an online school.

The video is 12 hours long and not only allows you to see a network being built, but also covers troubleshooting, plus 120 CompTia Network+ Exam Questions to prepare for the exam, all taught by an instructor.

*This is a sponsored post.

Dec 26, 2006

Happy, Happy Birthday Baby!

Bobby turned 30 today. We didn't do anything exciting, and I feel really bad about not throwing him a huge shindig or anything, but he is singing next to me "this has been a good day for daddy, good day for daddy". We went to Best Buy to spend his birthday money from my parents and he got some new toys, to include a new network card for his laptop (his has not worked right since the Coke Vs. Laptop incident) and after 25 minutes with Linksys tech support, he is connected better than ever. They even told him to call back when he was ready to get his X-Box 360 up on the network (it has not worked since we replaced the actiontec Qwest wireless modem with a regular modem and a wireless router). He also got a few new games for all his toys, and a bigger jump drive for his homework. He is installing Neverwinter Nights 2 on his laptop right now.

After shopping we went to Outback for dinner, and instead of waiting like we do every year on the 26th skipped lunch and arrived a few minutes before they opened. Matthew napped in his car seat, Austin & Christopher played in the backseat, and Bobby and I listened to XM 150 (the uncensored comedy station) until they opened. Our server was really cool, he was the kind of person who had a good sense of humor and was willing to BS with us.

So even though he did not get strippers, have a house party, or get shit-faced drunk, I think he had a really good birthday.

Happy, Happy Birthday Baby!

Bobby turned 30 today. We didn't do anything exciting, and I feel really bad about not throwing him a huge shindig or anything, but he is singing next to me "this has been a good day for daddy, good day for daddy". We went to Best Buy to spend his birthday money from my parents and he got some new toys, to include a new network card for his laptop (his has not worked right since the Coke Vs. Laptop incident) and after 25 minutes with Linksys tech support, he is connected better than ever. They even told him to call back when he was ready to get his X-Box 360 up on the network (it has not worked since we replaced the actiontec Qwest wireless modem with a regular modem and a wireless router). He also got a few new games for all his toys, and a bigger jump drive for his homework. He is installing Neverwinter Nights 2 on his laptop right now.

After shopping we went to Outback for dinner, and instead of waiting like we do every year on the 26th skipped lunch and arrived a few minutes before they opened. Matthew napped in his car seat, Austin & Christopher played in the backseat, and Bobby and I listened to XM 150 (the uncensored comedy station) until they opened. Our server was really cool, he was the kind of person who had a good sense of humor and was willing to BS with us.

So even though he did not get strippers, have a house party, or get shit-faced drunk, I think he had a really good birthday.

Tree Saga

I mentioned how our tree broke this year, which was OK beccause it was our last year we planned on having the tree. Bobby was able to make it work by using duct tape and super glue. Well, on Christmas morning when we were opening our gifts, the tree revolted and decided enough was enough. After the paper was cleaned up and the toys were all put away, the tree came down and will go to it's new home (the dump) on collection day.

I found the tree I wanted on the 23rd, but I knew if I waited until the day after Christmas they would lower the price even more. So today on our way to Best Buy, I ran into K-Mart and got a 7 1/2 ft pre-lit tree, much like this one (except that tree is not pre-lit). It was 50% off and the last 7.5ft tree. I would have prefered a taller tree, but a fuller tree was a bigger priority.

I planned on just running in to see if they had any, and I did not expect they would since it was already 2pm, so I did not grab a cart. Big mistake, that box was not only super heavy, but also very bulky. Luckily Austin found me an abandon cart about 5 isles away. I am sure it was funny to see me struggling.

Tree Saga

I mentioned how our tree broke this year, which was OK beccause it was our last year we planned on having the tree. Bobby was able to make it work by using duct tape and super glue. Well, on Christmas morning when we were opening our gifts, the tree revolted and decided enough was enough. After the paper was cleaned up and the toys were all put away, the tree came down and will go to it's new home (the dump) on collection day.

I found the tree I wanted on the 23rd, but I knew if I waited until the day after Christmas they would lower the price even more. So today on our way to Best Buy, I ran into K-Mart and got a 7 1/2 ft pre-lit tree, much like this one (except that tree is not pre-lit). It was 50% off and the last 7.5ft tree. I would have prefered a taller tree, but a fuller tree was a bigger priority.

I planned on just running in to see if they had any, and I did not expect they would since it was already 2pm, so I did not grab a cart. Big mistake, that box was not only super heavy, but also very bulky. Luckily Austin found me an abandon cart about 5 isles away. I am sure it was funny to see me struggling.

Dec 24, 2006

Thankful

I have had a pretty rough week full of disappointments and holiday stress, so I figured the best way to get out of that funk is to list what I am thankful for (as well as a few goals).

  1. I am thankful I was able to adopt Austin; this is something I have been trying to accomplish for 7 years.
  2. I am thankful Bobby got a good job with his current company, and he is out of the Army and able to spend more time at home with us.
  3. I am thankful I was able to find a decent work at home job that pays me well and keeps me at home with my Children where I belong.
  4. I am thankful that Austin is getting good grades in school and is loving his boys only class at his school, as well as his love of reading and writing that just recently emerged.
  5. I am thankful I am healthy and strong and can deal with any kind of problem that comes my way.
  6. I am thankful Christopher will get a diagnosis in less than a month and we will know how to best help him through difficulties as they come.
  7. I am thankful I decided to sign with Matthew as his language development amazes me each day (if not by speaking, by signing), it is empowering to know what your child is asking for.
  8. I am thankful that I met, and am surpassing my goal of feeding my baby only my milk to- and beyond his first birthday.
  9. I am confident that even if I cannot have another baby, like planned, Matthew will grow up happy, and not lonely like I did, despite the age gap between him and Christopher & Austin.
  10. I know that I will do the very best I can to help Christopher mature into a confident and strong child and help him with his sensory issues and social development, as well as his behavior in class.

Thankful

I have had a pretty rough week full of disappointments and holiday stress, so I figured the best way to get out of that funk is to list what I am thankful for (as well as a few goals).

  1. I am thankful I was able to adopt Austin; this is something I have been trying to accomplish for 7 years.
  2. I am thankful Bobby got a good job with his current company, and he is out of the Army and able to spend more time at home with us.
  3. I am thankful I was able to find a decent work at home job that pays me well and keeps me at home with my Children where I belong.
  4. I am thankful that Austin is getting good grades in school and is loving his boys only class at his school, as well as his love of reading and writing that just recently emerged.
  5. I am thankful I am healthy and strong and can deal with any kind of problem that comes my way.
  6. I am thankful Christopher will get a diagnosis in less than a month and we will know how to best help him through difficulties as they come.
  7. I am thankful I decided to sign with Matthew as his language development amazes me each day (if not by speaking, by signing), it is empowering to know what your child is asking for.
  8. I am thankful that I met, and am surpassing my goal of feeding my baby only my milk to- and beyond his first birthday.
  9. I am confident that even if I cannot have another baby, like planned, Matthew will grow up happy, and not lonely like I did, despite the age gap between him and Christopher & Austin.
  10. I know that I will do the very best I can to help Christopher mature into a confident and strong child and help him with his sensory issues and social development, as well as his behavior in class.

Carnival

Check out this neat Blogging Carnival over at Hunna's Happenings. I can't wait to see all the blogs that enter, it will be a neat way to find new blogs to visit. Check it out, and submit your own blog!

Carnival

Check out this neat Blogging Carnival over at Hunna's Happenings. I can't wait to see all the blogs that enter, it will be a neat way to find new blogs to visit. Check it out, and submit your own blog!

Oh Cristmas Tree?

Or leaning tree of Colorado?

My Christmas tree, that I have had for something like 7 years, died the day before yesterday. The stand broke and I was not about to buy a new one for 3 days, so Bobby fixed it with duct tape until the day(s) after Christmas when we can get a new tree at a huge discount for next year. I will have to get a photo and post it to see if you can see how it leans. Below is a picture in which I used Paint Shop to show the angle of the tree's axis in comparison of the angles of the background lines so you can see how much the tree leans.

Oh Cristmas Tree?

Or leaning tree of Colorado?

My Christmas tree, that I have had for something like 7 years, died the day before yesterday. The stand broke and I was not about to buy a new one for 3 days, so Bobby fixed it with duct tape until the day(s) after Christmas when we can get a new tree at a huge discount for next year. I will have to get a photo and post it to see if you can see how it leans. Below is a picture in which I used Paint Shop to show the angle of the tree's axis in comparison of the angles of the background lines so you can see how much the tree leans.

Damnit, I am just like my mother.

My mom was famous for hiding things from my father and I and then losing it.  Like most things my parents did, I swore  I would NEVER do that.  Well darn it, it is confession time... I lost probably one of the best Christmas gifts I got the kids.  Austin and Christopher LOVE Zelda, and I got them the new Zelda game.  Now I cannot find it; I am not even sure if I got it.  Either I wrapped it already and put it under the tree, hid it from the kids and cannot find it, or never received it at all.  I went to the tracking website, which is something called UPS-WI which partners up with USPS, so neither UPS or USPS could help me because the tracking number is unknown to them both.  UPS-WI just shows the package transfered to USPS on Dec 16th in Illinois... so where is it now??  HAVE I LOST MY MIND?  MY SANITY?  MY MEMORY??

Dec 23, 2006

Photo Hunter: Week 2

This weeks theme is Lines. I chose this picture because it sums up my week very well, negative. I took this photo yesterday before I was supposed to go to see the Reproductive Endocrinologist. We had to cancel because we were misled by our insurance that it would be covered with a $50 copay, but found out yesterday they only actually cover 50%. At an upwards of $500 a visit, this just is not doable at this time. So like this negative pregnancy test, my heart is negative that we will have another baby.





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Photo Hunter: Week 2

This weeks theme is Lines. I chose this picture because it sums up my week very well, negative. I took this photo yesterday before I was supposed to go to see the Reproductive Endocrinologist. We had to cancel because we were misled by our insurance that it would be covered with a $50 copay, but found out yesterday they only actually cover 50%. At an upwards of $500 a visit, this just is not doable at this time. So like this negative pregnancy test, my heart is negative that we will have another baby.





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Dec 21, 2006

The ‘bake off’ is off

I am kind of relieved, I am in no mood to entertain. This fever is really draining me, not to mention the let downs of today and feeling "snowed in". I do have to be thankful we have power.

When we lived in Spokane in 1996 we lost power in an ice storm for over a week. No electricity, no heat, no firewood (it all sold out super fast) and no way to cook our food. The streets were all closed, and because we lived on a hill, cars and buses could not get up the incline. We did have a fireplace, so we burned furniture. My parent's house had electricity, but they were in Hawaii and I did not have a key. After 48 hours without electricity we went to our roommates grandmother's house until the power came back. Not long after that we ended up moving to a new house with the roommate, stressful situations like a power outage can bring out the worst in people and we could not stand our other roommate anymore (confused? It was Bobby and I, Bobby's friend K, and two brothers M, and M living in a four bedroom apartment; the roommate we had a problem with was one of the M's. The one we moved with was roommate K).

Anyways, even though I am stuck at home, it sure could be worse!

The 'bake off' is off

I am kind of relieved, I am in no mood to entertain. This fever is really draining me, not to mention the let downs of today and feeling "snowed in". I do have to be thankful we have power.

When we lived in Spokane in 1996 we lost power in an ice storm for over a week. No electricity, no heat, no firewood (it all sold out super fast) and no way to cook our food. The streets were all closed, and because we lived on a hill, cars and buses could not get up the incline. We did have a fireplace, so we burned furniture. My parent's house had electricity, but they were in Hawaii and I did not have a key. After 48 hours without electricity we went to our roommates grandmother's house until the power came back. Not long after that we ended up moving to a new house with the roommate, stressful situations like a power outage can bring out the worst in people and we could not stand our other roommate anymore (confused? It was Bobby and I, Bobby's friend K, and two brothers M, and M living in a four bedroom apartment; the roommate we had a problem with was one of the M's. The one we moved with was roommate K).

Anyways, even though I am stuck at home, it sure could be worse!

Baby and Children’s Clothes

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Baby and Children's Clothes

How cute are these clothes? Check out this Nursery Guide to Baby Clothes, where you can find cute, but cool baby and children's clothes, UV protective wear, and holiday clothes. I love looking at unique baby clothes, I like the idea of my children looking different from the rest of the kids who shop at the local retail stores.

*This is a sponsored post.

Bummed

Do you ever have one of those days when you have something happen that makes you feel so let down that you just want to go back today because your day just feels ruined?

Today is one of those days. I am still feverish, so that is not helping; but because of this weather from hell my appointment with the RE was cancelled. I had my hopes up because the answering machine said they were opening back up at noon today. I now just want to go to bed and call it a day. I am supposed to have a friend over this afternoon so she can use my kitchen for baking and I get some of the goodies in return, but if it keeps snowing, there will be no way we can go pick her up. Honestly with the mood I am in, I could honestly care less.

I need to get out of this funk, everything/everyone is pissing me off, from the kids who have cabin fever from their second day home in a row, to the dog who thinks she belongs up my butt.

Bummed

Do you ever have one of those days when you have something happen that makes you feel so let down that you just want to go back today because your day just feels ruined?

Today is one of those days. I am still feverish, so that is not helping; but because of this weather from hell my appointment with the RE was cancelled. I had my hopes up because the answering machine said they were opening back up at noon today. I now just want to go to bed and call it a day. I am supposed to have a friend over this afternoon so she can use my kitchen for baking and I get some of the goodies in return, but if it keeps snowing, there will be no way we can go pick her up. Honestly with the mood I am in, I could honestly care less.

I need to get out of this funk, everything/everyone is pissing me off, from the kids who have cabin fever from their second day home in a row, to the dog who thinks she belongs up my butt.

Dec 20, 2006

Blizzard

Well, I guess I can take back what I said about my infertility appointment not being canceled, I have a feeling it will be rescheduled due to the blizzard we are having. Oh joy!

I am also sick, I started getting dizzy last night and started running a fever of about 101.6, I went to bed early and stayed in bed until about 3. I refuse to take anything for it because I want this fever to kill whatever it is my body is fighting, I sure do feel yucky though.

I was also planning on doing all my Christmas baking tomorrow also, but unless this weather clears up and I start feeling better I don't see that happening either.

Blizzard

Well, I guess I can take back what I said about my infertility appointment not being canceled, I have a feeling it will be rescheduled due to the blizzard we are having. Oh joy!

I am also sick, I started getting dizzy last night and started running a fever of about 101.6, I went to bed early and stayed in bed until about 3. I refuse to take anything for it because I want this fever to kill whatever it is my body is fighting, I sure do feel yucky though.

I was also planning on doing all my Christmas baking tomorrow also, but unless this weather clears up and I start feeling better I don't see that happening either.

5 things Meme

Well, I have been tagged by Terri who dared me to come up with 5 things about me that you all don't know. Well, this is going to be pretty tough because my life is pretty much an open book.

  1. When I was a child, I had a vivid imagination... I used to tell people my name was Babette, and I had two imaginary friends, my "baby" and a cat named Mr. Meemer. (my dad, a lawyer, was working in misdemeanors at the time, this is where Mr. Meemer got his name).
  2. I am afraid of the dark, and will make a trip upstairs to turn on my bedroom light before I turn off my kitchen light. I usually use the hall light, but it is burnt out.
  3. I started combination classes when I was in the 3rd grade, basically I was in a 3rd/4th grade class being taught 4th grade work. When I got to middle school, I was in a gifted program where I could work at my own pace and I used that as an excuse not to work so hard. When we moved to another middle school, they refused to test me and put me in basic classes and I refused to work since I had finished "basic math" in 6th grade and was already at the pre-algebra level. I scored 100% in advanced classes, but failed basic classes because the work did not challenge me. I started college at 16, but skipped class so much, or had poor study skills I only earned 6 credits before I dropped out at 17 and got my GED.
  4. I lived on the streets for 3 months before I met Bobby. I stayed at a flop house called "HatePunk" because punks and skinheads lived there. Bobby asked me to move in with him the same day we started dating because he feared for my safety.
  5. I love moving, when Bobby and I started dating we lived in 6 different places in the first year because I would get bored and we would move to a different unit in the apartment complex (so as not to break our lease). I have lived in my house for 2 years, but I am ready to sell it and move because I am getting the movers itch again. I only remember living in 3 houses when I was a kid, and I only switched schools once, so I am not sure where this movers itch comes from.

Ok, now comes the fun part, this is where I get to spread this love like a bad disease.

  1. Gina
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Ang.
  4. Heather
  5. Loretta

5 things Meme

Well, I have been tagged by Terri who dared me to come up with 5 things about me that you all don't know. Well, this is going to be pretty tough because my life is pretty much an open book.

  1. When I was a child, I had a vivid imagination... I used to tell people my name was Babette, and I had two imaginary friends, my "baby" and a cat named Mr. Meemer. (my dad, a lawyer, was working in misdemeanors at the time, this is where Mr. Meemer got his name).
  2. I am afraid of the dark, and will make a trip upstairs to turn on my bedroom light before I turn off my kitchen light. I usually use the hall light, but it is burnt out.
  3. I started combination classes when I was in the 3rd grade, basically I was in a 3rd/4th grade class being taught 4th grade work. When I got to middle school, I was in a gifted program where I could work at my own pace and I used that as an excuse not to work so hard. When we moved to another middle school, they refused to test me and put me in basic classes and I refused to work since I had finished "basic math" in 6th grade and was already at the pre-algebra level. I scored 100% in advanced classes, but failed basic classes because the work did not challenge me. I started college at 16, but skipped class so much, or had poor study skills I only earned 6 credits before I dropped out at 17 and got my GED.
  4. I lived on the streets for 3 months before I met Bobby. I stayed at a flop house called "HatePunk" because punks and skinheads lived there. Bobby asked me to move in with him the same day we started dating because he feared for my safety.
  5. I love moving, when Bobby and I started dating we lived in 6 different places in the first year because I would get bored and we would move to a different unit in the apartment complex (so as not to break our lease). I have lived in my house for 2 years, but I am ready to sell it and move because I am getting the movers itch again. I only remember living in 3 houses when I was a kid, and I only switched schools once, so I am not sure where this movers itch comes from.

Ok, now comes the fun part, this is where I get to spread this love like a bad disease.

  1. Gina
  2. Elizabeth
  3. Ang.
  4. Heather
  5. Loretta

Dec 19, 2006

Puzzle Piece

Here you have it ladies and gentlemen, another piece of the Pay Per Post Rock Startup puzzle. RockStartup.com is the reality show website that shows the behind the scene action that we posties don't get to see. I have to say, it looks a lot harder running a web 2.0 company than I would have imagined. I mean I knew it would not be simple, but I cannot imagine working such long hours and living in and out of hotel rooms like Ted does.

Anyways, here is another puzzle piece, good luck to anyone who can collect all the pieces, put them together and then be the first one to post it on their blog. They could be the lucky winner of $1,000 big ones!



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Puzzle Piece

Here you have it ladies and gentlemen, another piece of the Pay Per Post Rock Startup puzzle. RockStartup.com is the reality show website that shows the behind the scene action that we posties don't get to see. I have to say, it looks a lot harder running a web 2.0 company than I would have imagined. I mean I knew it would not be simple, but I cannot imagine working such long hours and living in and out of hotel rooms like Ted does.

Anyways, here is another puzzle piece, good luck to anyone who can collect all the pieces, put them together and then be the first one to post it on their blog. They could be the lucky winner of $1,000 big ones!



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Cancelled

My Infertility seminar was cancelled today because we were supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow. Of course now there is no snow (it blew light snow for 15 minutes but it did not stick), and the next available seminar is the SAME DAY that Christopher has his neuro testing next month... something I have been waiting for since September....

I am not too worried about it, I know how to make babies... I just can't do it when I want.

Cancelled

My Infertility seminar was cancelled today because we were supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow. Of course now there is no snow (it blew light snow for 15 minutes but it did not stick), and the next available seminar is the SAME DAY that Christopher has his neuro testing next month... something I have been waiting for since September....

I am not too worried about it, I know how to make babies... I just can't do it when I want.

Grrrrrrr

I am so frustrated with a situation going on in my personal life. My poor husband, and Terri, are getting the most of my bitching, but if you want to hear all about it, email or IM me. I refuse to talk about it here on my blog, to protect the privacy of the other person involved, but its pretty petty (on the other person's part).

PS. This has nothing to do with my family, my inlaws, or any of my friend's, so don't worry! :)

Grrrrrrr

I am so frustrated with a situation going on in my personal life. My poor husband, and Terri, are getting the most of my bitching, but if you want to hear all about it, email or IM me. I refuse to talk about it here on my blog, to protect the privacy of the other person involved, but its pretty petty (on the other person's part).

PS. This has nothing to do with my family, my inlaws, or any of my friend's, so don't worry! :)

Forgive the ugly layout

Blogger seems to be having some "issues" and wants to make my entire blog two inches wide. This layout is fugly, but it is more functional than the old one. When they fix themselves, I will revert back to my old look.

The issue is fixed, the layout is back to normal, but blogger is still having occasional issues.

Forgive the ugly layout

Blogger seems to be having some "issues" and wants to make my entire blog two inches wide. This layout is fugly, but it is more functional than the old one. When they fix themselves, I will revert back to my old look.

The issue is fixed, the layout is back to normal, but blogger is still having occasional issues.

Yellow Belts

Forgive me in advance for the quality, I asked daddy if he would take the pictures for me and I think a little baby "helped" by turning the knobs and thus changing the settings of the picture/flash, from the looks of it, the setting was for low light. I used photoshop to make them look the best that I can, but there is only so much I could do. As always, click the images for a larger picture.





Yellow Belts

Forgive me in advance for the quality, I asked daddy if he would take the pictures for me and I think a little baby "helped" by turning the knobs and thus changing the settings of the picture/flash, from the looks of it, the setting was for low light. I used photoshop to make them look the best that I can, but there is only so much I could do. As always, click the images for a larger picture.





Dec 18, 2006

PPP Puzzle

RockStartup.com is having a fun little contest worth $1,000 for the winner who is the first person to collect, reassemble and post all of the puzzle pieces together on their blog. There are 30 pieces that assemble for a sneak peak of the upcoming Vegas episode! If you have not seen it, you can view it HERE. I am excited about this episode because it hopefully shows part of my friend Julie's wedding, I cannot think of a more deserving couple. I guess what happens in Vegas, does not always stay in Vegas when Pay Per Post and a video camera is involved. They don't call it 'Sin City' for nothing!




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PPP Puzzle

RockStartup.com is having a fun little contest worth $1,000 for the winner who is the first person to collect, reassemble and post all of the puzzle pieces together on their blog. There are 30 pieces that assemble for a sneak peak of the upcoming Vegas episode! If you have not seen it, you can view it HERE. I am excited about this episode because it hopefully shows part of my friend Julie's wedding, I cannot think of a more deserving couple. I guess what happens in Vegas, does not always stay in Vegas when Pay Per Post and a video camera is involved. They don't call it 'Sin City' for nothing!




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Missing iPod

Well, Bobby could not find his iPod today, he searched a good two hours for it and when he was running out the door decided to go check my van just to cover all his bases... there is was, in my glovebox where he left it a few weeks back (neither one of us can remember now WHY he had it in my van since his headphones were not out there. I was irritated because I just got him iPod speakers for Christmad, and his iPod would not be cheap to replace. Silly man.

Missing iPod

Well, Bobby could not find his iPod today, he searched a good two hours for it and when he was running out the door decided to go check my van just to cover all his bases... there is was, in my glovebox where he left it a few weeks back (neither one of us can remember now WHY he had it in my van since his headphones were not out there. I was irritated because I just got him iPod speakers for Christmad, and his iPod would not be cheap to replace. Silly man.

Dec 17, 2006

Fish Saga

Well, last month I mentioned Austin's mosquito fish was pregnant, she gave birth on Thursday, but I have been hesitant to write about it because they keep escaping the breeder tank. To read the whole fish story, I suggest you click here and start at the bottom of the page. Austin told me before school on Thursday that Scarlet, his fish, was giving birth. By the time I went to check on her she had 30 fish and was eating them as fast as she could, so I pulled her out of the breeder tank and went about my day.

A few hours later, I took Matthew down with me to see the baby fishies and this time only counted 20, so I figured I must have miscounted, but I noticed my angel fish and a few other swimming around the tank anxiously. Before Taekwondo, Austin and I took Daddy down to see them and this time I only noticed 12. I told him they were escaping and being eaten and to not get his hopes up that any will live. Today there are only 4 living fish (out of the 30+) and 3 dead ones. I guess this is one way to prevent overcrowding...

Fish Saga

Well, last month I mentioned Austin's mosquito fish was pregnant, she gave birth on Thursday, but I have been hesitant to write about it because they keep escaping the breeder tank. To read the whole fish story, I suggest you click here and start at the bottom of the page. Austin told me before school on Thursday that Scarlet, his fish, was giving birth. By the time I went to check on her she had 30 fish and was eating them as fast as she could, so I pulled her out of the breeder tank and went about my day.

A few hours later, I took Matthew down with me to see the baby fishies and this time only counted 20, so I figured I must have miscounted, but I noticed my angel fish and a few other swimming around the tank anxiously. Before Taekwondo, Austin and I took Daddy down to see them and this time I only noticed 12. I told him they were escaping and being eaten and to not get his hopes up that any will live. Today there are only 4 living fish (out of the 30+) and 3 dead ones. I guess this is one way to prevent overcrowding...

Sleepy baby

Matthew refused to nap today, so he is one tired baby. Tonight, around 6, we were at Safeway picking up something quick for dinner and Matthew started dozing off in the produce isle. It was so cute because he would start drifting and close his eyes and we would tickle him and he would smile, but not open his eyes. For a while I thought he was playing possum. Daddy also thought it would be funny to sing part of his new favorite song (Mashed Potatoes- by the Wiggles) and Matthew's head popped right up and his eyes flew open, it was hilarious. He did get a good 30 minute nap before we woke him up getting him into the van.

Sleepy baby

Matthew refused to nap today, so he is one tired baby. Tonight, around 6, we were at Safeway picking up something quick for dinner and Matthew started dozing off in the produce isle. It was so cute because he would start drifting and close his eyes and we would tickle him and he would smile, but not open his eyes. For a while I thought he was playing possum. Daddy also thought it would be funny to sing part of his new favorite song (Mashed Potatoes- by the Wiggles) and Matthew's head popped right up and his eyes flew open, it was hilarious. He did get a good 30 minute nap before we woke him up getting him into the van.

Prague

Prague seems like such a beautiful and historic city, some place I would love to see when I tour the world some day (when the kids are grown of course). Take a look at this website, especially the new virtual tour of Prague; it has over 12,000 pictures to browse, or take a virtual tour and 'walk' the city streets. They also have live webcams, Old Town Square has a beautiful Christmas tree up.

Prague

Prague seems like such a beautiful and historic city, some place I would love to see when I tour the world some day (when the kids are grown of course). Take a look at this website, especially the new virtual tour of Prague; it has over 12,000 pictures to browse, or take a virtual tour and 'walk' the city streets. They also have live webcams, Old Town Square has a beautiful Christmas tree up.

Walgreen’s, who knew?

I lost a string of Christmas lights this year, and after pushing through the crowds of Target and Walmart, I left empty handed (they either had outdoor, or clear only). I was complaining to my friend Julia, who suggested that she always had luck at Walgreen's. Matthew and I headed to the drug store, and sure enough, they had small indoor/outdoor colored bulbs. Now to put them up...more about that on my other blog.

Walgreen's, who knew?

I lost a string of Christmas lights this year, and after pushing through the crowds of Target and Walmart, I left empty handed (they either had outdoor, or clear only). I was complaining to my friend Julia, who suggested that she always had luck at Walgreen's. Matthew and I headed to the drug store, and sure enough, they had small indoor/outdoor colored bulbs. Now to put them up...more about that on my other blog.

I am a Scrooge.

There, I admitted it.  I also need to confess that my tree is up, but undecorated.  My house for the most part looks the same (other than boxes of Christmas decorations in the front room, the stockings by the front door and the angel on my mantle which I took away from Matthew).  I guess it is mostly laziness and procrastination on my part, but I keep justifying it by saying "when we bought this house, in July, they still had their Christmas decorations UP, so I am not the biggest procrastinator this home has seen!"  Of course, it also had silk flowers planted in the front yard, and a tampon wrapper by the back deck, so this may not be helping my case.  In my defense, last year the tree did not go up until the week before Christmas (maybe even a few days before), and I got new lights tonight to replace the ones that died from last year.  I would love to be one of those moms who has the yard all lit up and the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but the kids need to be thrilled that I decorate at all I do not decorate any other holiday, so THERE!

Dec 16, 2006

Computer Plans

Ever since I saw these neat Water Cooling computer cases in the electronics market in Seoul, Korea back in '02. Now that we are thinking of upgrading Bobby's PC we are seriously looking into unique cases and a water cooled computer case.
Some of the cases, cooling system, and equipment on this website are quite amazing. They are quite complex, yet beautiful and I can totally see it in our office. They are also functional, as Bobby is a serious gamer, and overheating can be a major factor in a game crashing, the chip set overheating and burning out, or permanently damage the hardware in your computer. Since a water cooling system can bring down the temperature faster than a fan, it is more efficient in keeping a computer cooler; and thus making it more efficient.

There are also really neat looking Power Supplies on Xioxide.com, the power supply pictured here is also on sale, so you are really not paying much more to "pimp your PC" so to say. This ULTRA X2 550 Watt Power Supply is not only beautiful, but functional. It is made of titanium for an elegant look, while being quiet, maximizing air flow with a 120mm fan, and safe with Thermal overload cutoff protection.


They also have some neat cases to fit any interest. From Aliens to clear cases, Dracula, transformer, fireball, etc. I also found a beautiful chrome case, and painted cases. With so many choices, it will really be a difficult choice. Somehow I think Bobby will chose something like this Nikao Dragonfire Gaming Case.

Computer Plans

Ever since I saw these neat Water Cooling computer cases in the electronics market in Seoul, Korea back in '02. Now that we are thinking of upgrading Bobby's PC we are seriously looking into unique cases and a water cooled computer case.
Some of the cases, cooling system, and equipment on this website are quite amazing. They are quite complex, yet beautiful and I can totally see it in our office. They are also functional, as Bobby is a serious gamer, and overheating can be a major factor in a game crashing, the chip set overheating and burning out, or permanently damage the hardware in your computer. Since a water cooling system can bring down the temperature faster than a fan, it is more efficient in keeping a computer cooler; and thus making it more efficient.

There are also really neat looking Power Supplies on Xioxide.com, the power supply pictured here is also on sale, so you are really not paying much more to "pimp your PC" so to say. This ULTRA X2 550 Watt Power Supply is not only beautiful, but functional. It is made of titanium for an elegant look, while being quiet, maximizing air flow with a 120mm fan, and safe with Thermal overload cutoff protection.


They also have some neat cases to fit any interest. From Aliens to clear cases, Dracula, transformer, fireball, etc. I also found a beautiful chrome case, and painted cases. With so many choices, it will really be a difficult choice. Somehow I think Bobby will chose something like this Nikao Dragonfire Gaming Case.

Photo Hunter: Week 1

Ok, I am going to try out this nifty photo of the week website I found, where you post pictures of a specific topic, old or new, as long as they are origionals. This week's topic is annoying, and I felt this picture expressed Matthew's feeling so well for the baby jail. He was always annoyed by being placed in hus little cubicle. So, this picture was taken by me, 13 months ago when Matthew was only 8 1/2 months old.





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Photo Hunter: Week 1

Ok, I am going to try out this nifty photo of the week website I found, where you post pictures of a specific topic, old or new, as long as they are origionals. This week's topic is annoying, and I felt this picture expressed Matthew's feeling so well for the baby jail. He was always annoyed by being placed in hus little cubicle. So, this picture was taken by me, 13 months ago when Matthew was only 8 1/2 months old.





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Dec 15, 2006

Someone ring this kid out!

Matthew is teething again, so he is a drool monster. This time he is getting in his second set of molars, also called his 2 yr molars. Don't let the blank look on his face plus the drool let you think he is less than bright. He was watching Sesame Street, just minutes before bedtime, so he is less than attentive. Even the flashing of the camera did not get his attention away from "Eh-moooohhhh". I cannot tell if he is getting just one tooth, or two.

Someone ring this kid out!

Matthew is teething again, so he is a drool monster. This time he is getting in his second set of molars, also called his 2 yr molars. Don't let the blank look on his face plus the drool let you think he is less than bright. He was watching Sesame Street, just minutes before bedtime, so he is less than attentive. Even the flashing of the camera did not get his attention away from "Eh-moooohhhh". I cannot tell if he is getting just one tooth, or two.