Feb 26, 2007

Big News at PayPerPost

Can you guess what it is?

I would love for it to be something that would make life easier on us posties, but I am guessing it is either a new domain added to the mix, it going out of beta, or upgrades of some sort. Whatever the news is, I look forward to how it will affect all of our blogs.

I think the critics will criticize, but they always do. I think the advertisers and posties will complain, but let's be real here people, we always do... just because you cannot please everyone. I think overall there will be a buzz of excitement as there always is after a big roll out.

However, I would love to think the big news is something fun and sweet like someone at PayPerPost is getting married, or having a baby, and plan on broadcasting it live (much like Julie's wedding). But I think I am just a sentimental sap that loves all things family related, and would like to think that Ted sits in a nice roomy office being fanned by palm tree leaves while being fed grapes by scantily clad women while the other people at PPP put in 4 fun filled hours of work and take home a ton of money and no one has to work long hours, and work their fingers to the bone. However I do know how hard the people over at Pay Per Post work, which is why I try to be happy with any upcoming changes.

Now, if only I could be so productive with MY blogs!


Big News at PayPerPost

Can you guess what it is?

I would love for it to be something that would make life easier on us posties, but I am guessing it is either a new domain added to the mix, it going out of beta, or upgrades of some sort. Whatever the news is, I look forward to how it will affect all of our blogs.

I think the critics will criticize, but they always do. I think the advertisers and posties will complain, but let's be real here people, we always do... just because you cannot please everyone. I think overall there will be a buzz of excitement as there always is after a big roll out.

However, I would love to think the big news is something fun and sweet like someone at PayPerPost is getting married, or having a baby, and plan on broadcasting it live (much like Julie's wedding). But I think I am just a sentimental sap that loves all things family related, and would like to think that Ted sits in a nice roomy office being fanned by palm tree leaves while being fed grapes by scantily clad women while the other people at PPP put in 4 fun filled hours of work and take home a ton of money and no one has to work long hours, and work their fingers to the bone. However I do know how hard the people over at Pay Per Post work, which is why I try to be happy with any upcoming changes.

Now, if only I could be so productive with MY blogs!


Feb 23, 2007

DirecTV sucks balls!

Sooooo, a few months back we buy a DVR from Best Buy. It's the DirecTV DVR brand and not my nifty neato TiVo one from Hughes that I love. The fast forward button sucks and I spend more time rewinding than I do FFing through the commercials. If the show is a rerun, I can't just push one skip button to get to the "do you want to delete?" function and the ONLY way to get to the "DYWTD?" part is to fast forward to the end (which half the time does not even work).


So, skip to last week.... I get one identical to my Hughes one from Ebay and cancel the other one and all is fine. I figure I did not want to waste the old one, so I give it to our friends. Well, tonight they try to activate and DirecTV says it is leased....? WTH, I bought it, I have the receipt, I did not sign a lease, I OWN it!

So I call DirecTV and speak to some woman who speaks English only half the time and she does a crappy job explaining anything... she did not even know what "an Ebay is". I get pissed with her attitude and tell Bobby that I should call my dad and see how the law relates to this (he is a lawyer) and she says "Call Best Buy, call your legal team, You can call ANYONE you WANT!" so I ask to speak to the manager... what a shocker, she hangs up on me.

So I call back, determined to request the manager from the getgo. After fussing with the stupid automated system which apparently does not understand "Customer Service" or "operator", I get another woman who barely speaks English, but is nice. I explain I wanted to speak to a manager, and had a bad experience last time and she types some stuff and immediately transfers me to a manager (wow, a call from USA to India, gets transferred BACK to the United States... THAT must save them a bundle)

Anyways, apparently back in March '06 they made all their DVRs in the stores leased, but did not put it on the box, in the manual, on the shelf displays or anywhere else...and if I do not return it in 7 days to DirecTV I get a $200 charge. So, when I purchased the DVR Best Buy should have told me it was leased. When I activated it, DirecTV should have told me it was leased. When I deactivated it they should have told me it was leased and sent a box for me to return it in. When I called them a SECOND time to deactivate it again because they never did the first time they should have told me and sent a box, and they didn't. In fact I was being slated to get the lovely $200 charge. F'in lovely!

So the manager did feel my pain and ended up crediting $50 to my account (half the price of the DVR) and my kids now know the valuable lesson that when Mommy calls DirecTV to cover their ears unless they want to learn new words. This whole experience has put a sour taste in my mouth for DirecTV... too bad the alternatives (Dish, cable, etc) suck even more. Thankfully I DO outright own my two DVRs, the one we got 2 years ago, and the one we got "from the ebay", but my friends now don't get to keep it.

Oh, and to top it off, my bill has been raised AGAIN, without service being added... isn't their slogan all about them keeping their prices from going up unlike cable??? Hmmmm, can we say "false advertising" all together now?? Am I crazy to think that three $5 increases in less than 3 years is excessive? Sorry if this is as clear as mud, I am waiting for my blood pressure to regulate... can I sue DTV for my hospital bills if they make me have a heart attack?
So, learn from my mistake, if you got your DVRs from a retail store (or the company) in the last year and paid $99, you do NOT own the thing... they own you... muahahaha

*This is all just my opinion and in no way shape or form defamation of DirecTV

DirecTV sucks balls!

Sooooo, a few months back we buy a DVR from Best Buy. It's the DirecTV DVR brand and not my nifty neato TiVo one from Hughes that I love. The fast forward button sucks and I spend more time rewinding than I do FFing through the commercials. If the show is a rerun, I can't just push one skip button to get to the "do you want to delete?" function and the ONLY way to get to the "DYWTD?" part is to fast forward to the end (which half the time does not even work).


So, skip to last week.... I get one identical to my Hughes one from Ebay and cancel the other one and all is fine. I figure I did not want to waste the old one, so I give it to our friends. Well, tonight they try to activate and DirecTV says it is leased....? WTH, I bought it, I have the receipt, I did not sign a lease, I OWN it!

So I call DirecTV and speak to some woman who speaks English only half the time and she does a crappy job explaining anything... she did not even know what "an Ebay is". I get pissed with her attitude and tell Bobby that I should call my dad and see how the law relates to this (he is a lawyer) and she says "Call Best Buy, call your legal team, You can call ANYONE you WANT!" so I ask to speak to the manager... what a shocker, she hangs up on me.

So I call back, determined to request the manager from the getgo. After fussing with the stupid automated system which apparently does not understand "Customer Service" or "operator", I get another woman who barely speaks English, but is nice. I explain I wanted to speak to a manager, and had a bad experience last time and she types some stuff and immediately transfers me to a manager (wow, a call from USA to India, gets transferred BACK to the United States... THAT must save them a bundle)

Anyways, apparently back in March '06 they made all their DVRs in the stores leased, but did not put it on the box, in the manual, on the shelf displays or anywhere else...and if I do not return it in 7 days to DirecTV I get a $200 charge. So, when I purchased the DVR Best Buy should have told me it was leased. When I activated it, DirecTV should have told me it was leased. When I deactivated it they should have told me it was leased and sent a box for me to return it in. When I called them a SECOND time to deactivate it again because they never did the first time they should have told me and sent a box, and they didn't. In fact I was being slated to get the lovely $200 charge. F'in lovely!

So the manager did feel my pain and ended up crediting $50 to my account (half the price of the DVR) and my kids now know the valuable lesson that when Mommy calls DirecTV to cover their ears unless they want to learn new words. This whole experience has put a sour taste in my mouth for DirecTV... too bad the alternatives (Dish, cable, etc) suck even more. Thankfully I DO outright own my two DVRs, the one we got 2 years ago, and the one we got "from the ebay", but my friends now don't get to keep it.

Oh, and to top it off, my bill has been raised AGAIN, without service being added... isn't their slogan all about them keeping their prices from going up unlike cable??? Hmmmm, can we say "false advertising" all together now?? Am I crazy to think that three $5 increases in less than 3 years is excessive? Sorry if this is as clear as mud, I am waiting for my blood pressure to regulate... can I sue DTV for my hospital bills if they make me have a heart attack?
So, learn from my mistake, if you got your DVRs from a retail store (or the company) in the last year and paid $99, you do NOT own the thing... they own you... muahahaha

*This is all just my opinion and in no way shape or form defamation of DirecTV

Thank goodness it is Friday!

Getting 5 hours of sleep at night is starting to wear on me and I look forward to another four day weekend. In fact, this morning I overslept and Austin had to let baby A. & mom into the house. I do apologize for being a bad blogger, I have been so busy this week.

Christopher's diagnosis appointment is finally set for Tuesday, I am really looking forward to getting answers.

He also will be receiving speech therapy again at school, this time to help him gather and get out his thoughts. He will often start speaking, pause, start again, pause, etc. The speech therapist said what he is doing is similar to stuttering, and the treatment is much the same.

Austin got a progress report this week, and he still has mostly A's and some B's.

I also have been in contact with the Charter School I want him enrolled in, and he is #15 on the waiting list. Here is hoping that 15 kids move between now and the school year.

Matthew has some new words (and signs), like grandma (maaa-mah), and grandpa (pa-pa), and juice (deuce).

Bobby started his new semester and these classes are a bit harder than the other's. I have faith he will do fine.

Isis got her shots, and weighed 44 lbs at the vet's scale at petsmart and 39 lbs at the scale at the vet where she got her shots, so I am not sure which one is closer.

I have been up to the normal same old, same old. Later today I am going to post on my other blog about my great day yesterday, so stay tuned!

Thank goodness it is Friday!

Getting 5 hours of sleep at night is starting to wear on me and I look forward to another four day weekend. In fact, this morning I overslept and Austin had to let baby A. & mom into the house. I do apologize for being a bad blogger, I have been so busy this week.

Christopher's diagnosis appointment is finally set for Tuesday, I am really looking forward to getting answers.

He also will be receiving speech therapy again at school, this time to help him gather and get out his thoughts. He will often start speaking, pause, start again, pause, etc. The speech therapist said what he is doing is similar to stuttering, and the treatment is much the same.

Austin got a progress report this week, and he still has mostly A's and some B's.

I also have been in contact with the Charter School I want him enrolled in, and he is #15 on the waiting list. Here is hoping that 15 kids move between now and the school year.

Matthew has some new words (and signs), like grandma (maaa-mah), and grandpa (pa-pa), and juice (deuce).

Bobby started his new semester and these classes are a bit harder than the other's. I have faith he will do fine.

Isis got her shots, and weighed 44 lbs at the vet's scale at petsmart and 39 lbs at the scale at the vet where she got her shots, so I am not sure which one is closer.

I have been up to the normal same old, same old. Later today I am going to post on my other blog about my great day yesterday, so stay tuned!

Feb 18, 2007

Yuck, she is one sick puppy!

Isis got sick all over floor the night before last, I was sleeping and she did not even whine, I woke up to the sounds of doggy diarrhea, oh fun! It took 15 times of running the Spot Bot to get all 5 messes clean. Yesterday she had one more accident in the house before we sequestered her to the great outdoors until this blew over so to speak. Last night she slept in our room without incident. Thank goodness that is over with!

Yuck, she is one sick puppy!

Isis got sick all over floor the night before last, I was sleeping and she did not even whine, I woke up to the sounds of doggy diarrhea, oh fun! It took 15 times of running the Spot Bot to get all 5 messes clean. Yesterday she had one more accident in the house before we sequestered her to the great outdoors until this blew over so to speak. Last night she slept in our room without incident. Thank goodness that is over with!

Need a date night, but have no date?

No problem, Just Say Hi!

JustSayHi.com is a 100% free online dating website, with all the online features of the other paid websites. No credit card is required, but I am sure they would appreciate a little word of mouth referrals to your friends and family.


Like a lot of other websites, on Just Say Hi you can search by gender, sexuality, age range, and distance from a specific zip code. You can also read bios, which include a picture, their physical description, profession, interests, and lifestyle choices.

I found the lifestyle choice questions were great, things you want to know like if they have been married before, if they have children, if they want children, if they are a drinker, a smoker and what religious preference. I feel those questions there tell a lot about a person. When I was dating Bobby if he said he never wanted children, that would have been a deal breaker for me. However I know people who are looking for a partner who does not want children, because they chose to live childfree by choice.

*This is a sponsored post.

Babysitting Etiquette

Going out and making date night is an essential part of keeping a strong marriage, but remember, keeping the babysitter happy is a great way of making sure they will give you a helping hand when you need a little time to yourselves. If you mistreat the sitter or ignore some basic principals, you may find that the sitter is not so willing to watch your little darlings. Here are some basic ideas:
Plan ahead, if your child is not up to being left and your plans allow it, reschedule; leaving a crabby or sick child with a sitter is stressful on the sitter, as well as the child itself.

Make sure you include everything your child needs, from necessities like diapers, milk, and a change of clothes for younger children; or snacks, and entertainment for the older child. Also, if your child is young, or prone to missing the parents, include any comfort objects like special blankets, toys or pacifiers.

Find out ahead of time what your sitter would like you to do for meal times, if your children will be there for a meal, and feed the sitter too, it gives them energy to run after your children!
If your child has been feverish, or gassy, include a fever reducer, or simethicone drops, along with written instructions on dosage and the time the child can take it again.

Include phone numbers (or cell phone numbers) and locations you will be going, as well as show times, if you know them.

Give notice, at least 24-4 hours, to the sitter so they know what time to expect you, or what time to be at your residence.

Don't change your plans without notifying the sitter. If you say you will only be gone 2 hours, don't change it to 4 or 5 hours without letting them know. An impromptu visit to the diner for steaks and eggs after a late night show may be fun, but remember, as parents, your responsibility to your children come first... and your sitter may not be too thrilled about your change of plans also.

Remember, sitters are people too and deserve a little common courtesy.

Feb 17, 2007

Traveling on the Cheap

Bobby and I have been talking a lot recently about flying down to the most South Eastern state to spend a week with Mickey & the gang, maybe when Matthew is 2 or 3 and before we lose the boys to hormones. I came across a website today that was offering some really good rates in Orlando, like $35-55 a night within 10 miles of the park.

Honestly, I expected to spend twice that for Hotel Reservations, especially to such a big city, but then I noticed the sign:



Well then, I guess I can understand why some of the rooms are so much cheaper than going directly to the website. As can be expected, some of the rates are exactly the same as going to the hotel's website itself, but who wants to do through all that trouble searching hotel websites on by one to get the best rate.

The other nice thing about this website is that you can click on the picture of the hotel to see more pictures of various things such as the room, the amenities, the grounds, etcetera. I also liked that you could find vacation suites. For something like $20 more a night I found a "one bedroom" suite which had a bed in the main living area, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and two double beds in their own private room... a VERY nice thing to have when traveling with kids. Having a kitchenette would also have us a lot on food since we can make our own meals at least once a day to save on food costs.

The website was easy to navigate, easy to sort, with a lot of information about each property, a lot of pictures, and a clear breakdown of the nightly costs and fees with your total. I also liked how it would tell you what you were paying each night, since some hotel rates went up on the weekends, or down after the 2nd or 3rd night you were there.

Overall, I really enjoyed this website and have put it in my favorites to revisit when we get ready to take the plunge and plan our family vacation.

*This is a sponsored post.

Traveling on the Cheap

Bobby and I have been talking a lot recently about flying down to the most South Eastern state to spend a week with Mickey & the gang, maybe when Matthew is 2 or 3 and before we lose the boys to hormones. I came across a website today that was offering some really good rates in Orlando, like $35-55 a night within 10 miles of the park.

Honestly, I expected to spend twice that for Hotel Reservations, especially to such a big city, but then I noticed the sign:



Well then, I guess I can understand why some of the rooms are so much cheaper than going directly to the website. As can be expected, some of the rates are exactly the same as going to the hotel's website itself, but who wants to do through all that trouble searching hotel websites on by one to get the best rate.

The other nice thing about this website is that you can click on the picture of the hotel to see more pictures of various things such as the room, the amenities, the grounds, etcetera. I also liked that you could find vacation suites. For something like $20 more a night I found a "one bedroom" suite which had a bed in the main living area, a kitchenette, a bathroom, and two double beds in their own private room... a VERY nice thing to have when traveling with kids. Having a kitchenette would also have us a lot on food since we can make our own meals at least once a day to save on food costs.

The website was easy to navigate, easy to sort, with a lot of information about each property, a lot of pictures, and a clear breakdown of the nightly costs and fees with your total. I also liked how it would tell you what you were paying each night, since some hotel rates went up on the weekends, or down after the 2nd or 3rd night you were there.

Overall, I really enjoyed this website and have put it in my favorites to revisit when we get ready to take the plunge and plan our family vacation.

*This is a sponsored post.

Infertility Bites

It is no secret that I have suffered from secondary infertility for a number of years. Bobby and I started trying to get pregnant again when Christopher was 6 months old in July 1998. In early 1999 I started seeking help from the OB/GYNs on base at Ft Hood and kept getting little or no help. Bobby had surgery to fix his problems, but we still could not get pregnant. In 2000 we finally got a referral to a Reproductive Endocrinologist after being turned away from several doctors who could not help us. In 2002-2004, while Bobby was overseas in Korea and Iraq, I got on birth control pills to help regulate my cycles when he was gone.

I have PCOS, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This is an endocrine disorder that causes a plethora of symptoms, such as high testosterone and estrogen, weight gain, ovarian cysts, male hair growth & hair loss, heart disease, infertility, menstrual problems (irregular, infrequent or absent) and many many more problems. Right now there are several treatment options, such as insulin controlling medicines like Metformin, or Birth Control Pills to mask the symptoms. There are other surgical options or medicine therapy, but the above two are the most common.

The biggest heartbreak of infertility is how unfair it all is... my insurance will cover 100% of Viagra, birth control pills, surgical sterilization, abortion (all with a copay between $15-30), yet just for the initial consult with a Reproductive Endocrinologist I am looking at $700 out of pocket. Each visit after that would cost almost as much and I could be looking at being seen as many as 4-5 times in a single month. Also, why is it abusive parents, drug addicts and people who do not want children can pop them out right and left, where moms like me are lucky to have any at all.

In June 2004, 2 months after getting off of birth control pills, I learned I was pregnant for the second time. Matthew was born 10 months later, healthy, happy, and without complication. We started trying for #4 in August 2005 without any success. Because we just cannot afford advanced treatment from a Reproductive Endocrinologist, or even an OB/GYN we continue to just pray and hope that it will happen again.

If you are also suffering from infertility, be is primary, or secondary and in the Chicago or Naperville Illinois area, I urge you to seek treatment through a Reproductive Endocrinologist like Dr. Randy Morris at Chicago IVF. You do not have to suffer in silence, there are treatment options out there to help you achieve your dream!

*This is a sponsored post.

Valentines Day

LilyI have never been one for Valentines Day; I think it is a made up holiday to celebrate commercialism. I usually swear off all gifts, but this year DH was moved to get me something, either spur of the moment or planned... whatever the case may be, I think it was super sweet on the part of all my boys.


I had been getting sick on the 13th, and had laid down for a nap when Bobby got home from work. The older boys needed cards for their classroom the next day so he loaded up all three boys and headed to the store. He ended up getting fixings for dinner and he got me a teddy bear (from Matthew), a rose (from Christopher), chocolates (from Austin), and a beautiful lily plant from Bobby (pictured to the left, click to enlarge) and a balloon. When I came downstairs they had already made dinner and had arranged my gifts for me.


Of course, then I felt bad about not getting anything for Bobby, but he insists it is "my day" not his. He knows I hate Valentines Day so I know he did not expect anything. I have always loved how Bobby is romantic all year long and not just one day a year, so usually for Valentines Day I ask for time together. We joke that last year we went to the gun store for V-Day, but I loved it! I love just hanging out with him, spending time with him, commercialism aside. So thank you to all my men (big and little), for making this Valentines Day special... I love you all.

Feb 16, 2007

Doctor Ditch, Part 7 - Finale

Well, after the suggestion of a mom in my local mothering group I chose a female doctor on the opposite end of town who she said she loved. I had an appointment for Wednesday and as usual, I arrived early to do paperwork. Turns out the paperwork was SUPER easy and fast and took me no time at all. By 15 minutes past my appointment I was in the office, and did not wait more than 5 minutes between the nurse being there and the doctor coming in. The doctor was super nice and she did not comment once about me trying to have another baby, breastfeeding still, or my weight. She did tell me that the blood pressure med I was on was NOT a good one if I were to get pregnant and gave me a different one. We did not agree when it came to the flu shot, but she only tried once to talk me into it once.

We also discussed getting back onto the insulin lowering medicine which is also good for helping with the symptoms of PCOS. I will start back on them in 2 weeks, and I will continue to monitor my blood pressure to see how my new meds work. If I do not see a change in 30 days I go back; if I do see a change I go back in 60 days.

In related news, I got a peak reading on my fertility monitor today, so I ovulated either today or yesterday. Yay!

Doctor Ditch, Part 7 - Finale

Well, after the suggestion of a mom in my local mothering group I chose a female doctor on the opposite end of town who she said she loved. I had an appointment for Wednesday and as usual, I arrived early to do paperwork. Turns out the paperwork was SUPER easy and fast and took me no time at all. By 15 minutes past my appointment I was in the office, and did not wait more than 5 minutes between the nurse being there and the doctor coming in. The doctor was super nice and she did not comment once about me trying to have another baby, breastfeeding still, or my weight. She did tell me that the blood pressure med I was on was NOT a good one if I were to get pregnant and gave me a different one. We did not agree when it came to the flu shot, but she only tried once to talk me into it once.

We also discussed getting back onto the insulin lowering medicine which is also good for helping with the symptoms of PCOS. I will start back on them in 2 weeks, and I will continue to monitor my blood pressure to see how my new meds work. If I do not see a change in 30 days I go back; if I do see a change I go back in 60 days.

In related news, I got a peak reading on my fertility monitor today, so I ovulated either today or yesterday. Yay!

Cell Plans

Finding the right cell phone plans can sometimes prove difficult, there is no "one size fits all" plan that fits everyone, so it pays to shop around. Before you start comparing plans, it is helpful to get your priorities in order... will you go with a carrier with limited coverage for the right price? Or do you need a carrier with a large national coverage. How important is price? Will you pay more money for a carrier who has a reputation for better customer service? What type of plan do you need, a family plan; a single plan, but with unlimited minutes to a certain carrier or certain people? How many minutes do you really need?

It is common to comparison shop for your phone to save money, or search for certain features in a phone; but sometimes people forget to do the same with their plans. It is helpful to have a side by side comparison of different companies so you can figure out what features you need and which carrier has them and how much you will pay per month.

Remember, some plans may seem like an exceptional deal, but you may have to sign a contract. If you are o.k. with a contract; that option may save you the most money. But if you don't plan on staying with that carrier for a term of 1-2+ years, you may incur stiff penalties to break your contract. Others may need a month to month plan, or even a prepaid plan... in the short run you may pay the least for these types on plans, but remember, you will pay more in the long run per minute.

Helper websites like Wirefly can be very helpful in the search of the plan that fits you or your family. Very few wireless stores are all inclusive making all major carriers in one spot with details about the phone offered, plans offered, coverage area, and terms. To truly comparison shop, you need all the details at your finger tips.

*This is a sponsored post.

Cell Plans

Finding the right cell phone plans can sometimes prove difficult, there is no "one size fits all" plan that fits everyone, so it pays to shop around. Before you start comparing plans, it is helpful to get your priorities in order... will you go with a carrier with limited coverage for the right price? Or do you need a carrier with a large national coverage. How important is price? Will you pay more money for a carrier who has a reputation for better customer service? What type of plan do you need, a family plan; a single plan, but with unlimited minutes to a certain carrier or certain people? How many minutes do you really need?

It is common to comparison shop for your phone to save money, or search for certain features in a phone; but sometimes people forget to do the same with their plans. It is helpful to have a side by side comparison of different companies so you can figure out what features you need and which carrier has them and how much you will pay per month.

Remember, some plans may seem like an exceptional deal, but you may have to sign a contract. If you are o.k. with a contract; that option may save you the most money. But if you don't plan on staying with that carrier for a term of 1-2+ years, you may incur stiff penalties to break your contract. Others may need a month to month plan, or even a prepaid plan... in the short run you may pay the least for these types on plans, but remember, you will pay more in the long run per minute.

Helper websites like Wirefly can be very helpful in the search of the plan that fits you or your family. Very few wireless stores are all inclusive making all major carriers in one spot with details about the phone offered, plans offered, coverage area, and terms. To truly comparison shop, you need all the details at your finger tips.

*This is a sponsored post.

Nap, glorious nap!

Both babies are napping... dare I sigh a breath of relief?? I am afraid if I exhale too much they will both wake up screaming.

Well, I have been somewhat productive... I put the childproof knob covers on the guest bathroom, Austin & Christopher's room, and my bedroom. I also started a load of laundry and picked up the kitchen a bit. I would like to take a picture of my lilies to share, but that is far down the list of priorities right now.

Bobby, Austin & Christopher are belt testing tonight in Taekwondo. Because of this Bobby is crazy busy at work trying to get finished by 3pm so he can come home and practice with the boys. Because of this I am trying to get all my blogging done before this evening and then try to get my house put back together. I would love to be cleaning now, but I need to vacuum and put away dishes, and both are noisy chores. I know, I know.... "excuses, excuses..." Well yes.. I am tired! LOL

Nap, glorious nap!

Both babies are napping... dare I sigh a breath of relief?? I am afraid if I exhale too much they will both wake up screaming.

Well, I have been somewhat productive... I put the childproof knob covers on the guest bathroom, Austin & Christopher's room, and my bedroom. I also started a load of laundry and picked up the kitchen a bit. I would like to take a picture of my lilies to share, but that is far down the list of priorities right now.

Bobby, Austin & Christopher are belt testing tonight in Taekwondo. Because of this Bobby is crazy busy at work trying to get finished by 3pm so he can come home and practice with the boys. Because of this I am trying to get all my blogging done before this evening and then try to get my house put back together. I would love to be cleaning now, but I need to vacuum and put away dishes, and both are noisy chores. I know, I know.... "excuses, excuses..." Well yes.. I am tired! LOL

Television

Anyone catch Grey's Anatomy last night? WOW! Talk about DRAMA!! You would think as addicted to that type of show I am, that I would be into Daytime Television. If I were to get into a Soap Opera, like All My Children, I love that I can go onto soaps.com and catch up on the characters, the back story, previous episodes, ask questions on the message board, and see spoilers. I am so impressed on how well written this website is, how thorough and how professional soaps.com is. All of the daily updates are well written, complete and easy to understand. They also include screen shots from the show itself so you can see what is going on. Soaps.com also has thumbnails of professional pictures of some of the actors/actresses and boy are the actors on that show YUMMY!

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Television

Anyone catch Grey's Anatomy last night? WOW! Talk about DRAMA!! You would think as addicted to that type of show I am, that I would be into Daytime Television. If I were to get into a Soap Opera, like All My Children, I love that I can go onto soaps.com and catch up on the characters, the back story, previous episodes, ask questions on the message board, and see spoilers. I am so impressed on how well written this website is, how thorough and how professional soaps.com is. All of the daily updates are well written, complete and easy to understand. They also include screen shots from the show itself so you can see what is going on. Soaps.com also has thumbnails of professional pictures of some of the actors/actresses and boy are the actors on that show YUMMY!

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Terrible Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day!

I am ready to just go to sleep and call it a day.

I am still sick and when I am not pulling my hair out I am in the bathroom. I started taking my new blood pressure medicine and it is making me dizzy. I have the baby for 8 hours today and she is whining and crying (Bobby said it sounded like someone was trying to kill a cat in my house. I got MAYBE 3 hours of sleep last night. Matthew is into everything, he has gotten in some sort of trouble in every room of my house today. As soon as I bring him in here with me, he wakes up Crybaby who then gets pissed she was disturbed. My house is TRASHED.... after company on Wednesday, being sick yesterday and having both kids and both dogs being needier than normal and my patience being shot to hell, it's taking all my strength to keep from snapping.

Calgon, take me away!!

Terrible Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day!

I am ready to just go to sleep and call it a day.

I am still sick and when I am not pulling my hair out I am in the bathroom. I started taking my new blood pressure medicine and it is making me dizzy. I have the baby for 8 hours today and she is whining and crying (Bobby said it sounded like someone was trying to kill a cat in my house. I got MAYBE 3 hours of sleep last night. Matthew is into everything, he has gotten in some sort of trouble in every room of my house today. As soon as I bring him in here with me, he wakes up Crybaby who then gets pissed she was disturbed. My house is TRASHED.... after company on Wednesday, being sick yesterday and having both kids and both dogs being needier than normal and my patience being shot to hell, it's taking all my strength to keep from snapping.

Calgon, take me away!!

PodCasts

I guess I should first admit that I am from another planet, because I am the *only* one on this planet who does not own an iPod. I do understand the hype because my husband has a really nice iPod that he loves and I have got him all sorts of neat accessories like a car adapter, two sets of speakers and some useless software *grumble* *grumble* more about that later. However, I have not let him download much from Apple, because I hate the idea of spending more money on this obsession. Thank goodness for sites that offer Free Podcast hosting and retrieving with unlimited bandwidth! I was just listening to some of the podcasts, and they are pretty interesting.

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PodCasts

I guess I should first admit that I am from another planet, because I am the *only* one on this planet who does not own an iPod. I do understand the hype because my husband has a really nice iPod that he loves and I have got him all sorts of neat accessories like a car adapter, two sets of speakers and some useless software *grumble* *grumble* more about that later. However, I have not let him download much from Apple, because I hate the idea of spending more money on this obsession. Thank goodness for sites that offer Free Podcast hosting and retrieving with unlimited bandwidth! I was just listening to some of the podcasts, and they are pretty interesting.

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Confession: Court Shows

Lately I have been addicted to these daytime drama shows; Divorce Court, Jude Joe Brown, The People's Court... I love them all!  Now I am not bad enough to where I have to watch them, but if they are on... I am hooked.  I cannot believe how ignorant some people can be... it reminds me of the women I saw on Cops last week... One woman said "She took my $10!  I tried to buy crack from her and she took my money and did not give me my drugs".  The second woman said "I did not take her money, I don't sell drugs.. I am a prostitute!" OH MY GOODNESS!  What kind of defense is that??  Is one evil lesser than the other?

Paid Blogging

I have been getting paid to blog for four months now. Some months have been more successful than others, but my pay has always been fair for the amount of work I put into it. To this date I have been paid for 200 posts and made $1270.18. If I took more opportunities (or opps for short) I would actually have a higher earning potential of up to $1000 a month.


I won't lie to you, there are some days I chose not to do any opps, or any blogging for that matter... and that is OK! How many people can tell their employer that they just don't feel like working today and have their boss not care? I also don't know many employers that don't expect their employers to put more than 20 minutes of work (or less) at a time, saying and doing what they please, and picking their own tasks they wish to complete.


So far, Pay Per Post has partially paid for my new kitchen table, partially funded Christmas, and gone towards paying Credit Card Debt. My goal for my money from here is to put it into our savings account to go towards either fixing our fence, paying off Credit Cards, or a down payment for our next home.


About a boy and his boo

Matthew is now 23 months and 6 days; I can barely believe he is going to be two years old in less than a month.  Before I got pregnant with him I knew that there were some things I wanted to do differently with him.  For one I wanted to try cloth diapering, and I wanted to try natural childbirth, and I wanted to wear him in a sling... but none of those were set in stone.  In fact I ended up being induced and 5 hours into the induction I was begging for an epidural.

However there was ONE issue that was non-negotiable for me; and that was breastfeeding.   I knew that  I would nurse Matthew until at least his first birthday, but I never dreamed I would be able to make it this close to his second birthday.  I am not sure we will make it much farther, I cannot even predict if we will actually make it to his 2nd birthday (he only nurses a few minutes every 1-3 days), but I do know I made the very best decision for my family and I.

Matthew now asks for more "moo" (cow's milk) than "boo" (mama's milk); but boo offers comfort and cuddling that moo cannot.  I regret not trying harder with Christopher, who nursed for 5 months.  I took the advice of others who told me to supplement with formula; and I feel that was the beginning of the end.  We also had other issues, thrush, low supply, inexperience and lack of a solid support team.

If you are breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding make sure you have a solid support team in place (friends, family, medical staff, La Leche League, etc), read up on it (the internet, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding book), and have a goal set in place... the AAP recommends exclusively breastfeeding until at least 6 months when you introduce solids, but still making breastfeeding the main source of nutrition until at least the first birthday; and this was my goal.  The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding for as long as mutually desirable between mother and child.  If we have another child, my goal will be 18-24+ months.

Review My Post

Review My Post is a new program from PayPerPost to increase blog traffic for the blogger, introduce non PPP bloggers to Pay Per Post, while both get paid for doing so.


Pay Per Post, in my opinion, is a great way to earn some extra cash while doing something I love, blogging. Recently they just rolled out with a new Beta and with it came some new features, upgrades, and programs. Sign up is easy, and the earning potential can be large or small, however often you chose to blog, and how many blogs you chose to use Pay Per Post on.


Review My Post is just one of the exciting ways for bloggers to be paid... some other ways are posting, referrals, and now Review My Post where you can split your referral amount between your readers. Once you have an active blog (or more) you may take 3 posts per day per blog earning between $5-15 (more or less) per post. At the end of 30 days you will receive a cash payout sent to your PayPal account. To sign up you will need to provide your Tax ID (Social Security Number) since you will need to claim your earnings on your Federal & State Taxes. Pay Per Post provides you with the appropriate 1099 tax forms to make this easier.


Feb 15, 2007

Yuuuuck

We are all sick with a stomach bug... I will update you all about my Valentines Day and new doctor once I am healthy.

Yuuuuck

We are all sick with a stomach bug... I will update you all about my Valentines Day and new doctor once I am healthy.

Feb 13, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday Meme: Week 5

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

No pictures yet, maybe I will put one up later of the new bookshelf, even if I don't have any before pictures. My tackles today are not visual.

To Do:

  • Pick up Prescription
  • Plan and Buy Groceries for Dinner Tonight and Tomorrow (and Paper Towels)

Done:

  • Pay off Visa
  • Laundry
  • Spot Clean Carpet
  • Call in Prescription
  • Pay Property Taxes
  • Pay State Taxes
  • File Tax Amendment
  • Pick up Valentines Day Cards for Christopher

Tackle It Tuesday Meme: Week 5

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


No pictures yet, maybe I will put one up later of the new bookshelf, even if I don't have any before pictures. My tackles today are not visual.

To Do:

  • Pick up Prescription
  • Plan and Buy Groceries for Dinner Tonight and Tomorrow (and Paper Towels)

Done:

  • Pay off Visa
  • Laundry
  • Spot Clean Carpet
  • Call in Prescription
  • Pay Property Taxes
  • Pay State Taxes
  • File Tax Amendment
  • Pick up Valentines Day Cards for Christopher

Wah wah wah!

No, it's not baby A. crying, (though she IS on the floor loudly complaining) but the big baby... me!

I did not want to get up this morning at all. I woke up at 5:20 after a bizarre dream that I just cannot seem to remember right now; but instead of going back to sleep I laid awake thinking maybe I should get up and shower a few minutes early, but I could not bring myself to it and went back to sleep... that was my first mistake. I did end up falling asleep for 10 minutes and then when my alarm went off I felt like I had just been hit by a semi-truck. I hurriedly dressed just knowing baby A. would be here early and got the kids up and going. It would just figure she got here late, I would have loved to hit the snooze button, just once.

So now the dogs are at my feet, the baby is on the floor (she rolled over last night, yay! But now that means no more naps on the chair.) and I am yawning my butt off trying to get up the gumption to make a fruit smoothie for breakfast and figure out what I should tackle for today....if the baby ever naps that is!

Wah wah wah!

No, it's not baby A. crying, (though she IS on the floor loudly complaining) but the big baby... me!

I did not want to get up this morning at all. I woke up at 5:20 after a bizarre dream that I just cannot seem to remember right now; but instead of going back to sleep I laid awake thinking maybe I should get up and shower a few minutes early, but I could not bring myself to it and went back to sleep... that was my first mistake. I did end up falling asleep for 10 minutes and then when my alarm went off I felt like I had just been hit by a semi-truck. I hurriedly dressed just knowing baby A. would be here early and got the kids up and going. It would just figure she got here late, I would have loved to hit the snooze button, just once.

So now the dogs are at my feet, the baby is on the floor (she rolled over last night, yay! But now that means no more naps on the chair.) and I am yawning my butt off trying to get up the gumption to make a fruit smoothie for breakfast and figure out what I should tackle for today....if the baby ever naps that is!

Feb 12, 2007

Days

Of all the daytime television shows, if I were to watch any it would be Days of our Lives. One of the main reasons is because the show is so timeless. My mom, who used to watch this show, was off work on day when I was about 9 or 10. We were watching television and flipped to Days of our Lives where my mom was able to tell me the story of almost all the characters and be able to keep up with the show even though she had not tuned in for years. My son Austin was even named after a person on the show according to his birth mother.

I was really impressed with how thorough the Days of our Lives section is at Soaps.com. Not only do they have an entire page dedicated to that days show with pictures, but they also have forums connecting viewers to other viewers. They also have spoilers for the next days episode at the bottom of the page. I was very impressed with all the work put into this website.

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Days

Of all the daytime television shows, if I were to watch any it would be Days of our Lives. One of the main reasons is because the show is so timeless. My mom, who used to watch this show, was off work on day when I was about 9 or 10. We were watching television and flipped to Days of our Lives where my mom was able to tell me the story of almost all the characters and be able to keep up with the show even though she had not tuned in for years. My son Austin was even named after a person on the show according to his birth mother.

I was really impressed with how thorough the Days of our Lives section is at Soaps.com. Not only do they have an entire page dedicated to that days show with pictures, but they also have forums connecting viewers to other viewers. They also have spoilers for the next days episode at the bottom of the page. I was very impressed with all the work put into this website.

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There be Elephants in my Ceiling…

Oh my goodness, my kids are hyped up on sugar or something, but they sound like elephants playing hop-scotch right above me. How is it a 50 lb kid can make so much noise just getting ready for bed. Heck, the 25 lb one is not much lighter on his toes, I can hear him stomping around up there too. Don't call them twinkle toes, they won't answer to it!

There be Elephants in my Ceiling...

Oh my goodness, my kids are hyped up on sugar or something, but they sound like elephants playing hop-scotch right above me. How is it a 50 lb kid can make so much noise just getting ready for bed. Heck, the 25 lb one is not much lighter on his toes, I can hear him stomping around up there too. Don't call them twinkle toes, they won't answer to it!

Please, let them know!

I am a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and I am planning on eventually becoming a Registered Nurse. I cannot stress enough how important Medical Alert jewelry is for almost anyone. Even if you don't think you are at risk because you are young or healthy. If you cannot give your healthy history to a doctor in an emergency situation, medical alert jewelry can be your voice when you have none. Many of the clients I worked with are alive today because of their medical ID jewelry.

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Since this jewelry is beautiful and comes in many different types of precious quality medals, and styles (bracelets, necklaces, pendants, watches, and many more) and offer Free personalized engraving, this is jewelry you will be proud to wear because they are both stylish, and could potentially save your life.

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Please, let them know!

I am a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and I am planning on eventually becoming a Registered Nurse. I cannot stress enough how important Medical Alert jewelry is for almost anyone. Even if you don't think you are at risk because you are young or healthy. If you cannot give your healthy history to a doctor in an emergency situation, medical alert jewelry can be your voice when you have none. Many of the clients I worked with are alive today because of their medical ID jewelry.

People who will especially benefit from medical alert jewelry are those with allergies (medication, food, insect), any kind of heart, kidney, breathing, seizure, blood, or memory (Alzheimer's) disorder. Anyone with an impairment, such as hearing, sight or mental, or communication (Tourette's Syndrome). Anyone with diabetes, cancer, hypertension, a high stroke risk, a transplant or implant, any rare disorder, or special needs children. Anyone on blood thinners, participating in a clinical medication trial, or anyone who takes multiple medications.

Since this jewelry is beautiful and comes in many different types of precious quality medals, and styles (bracelets, necklaces, pendants, watches, and many more) and offer Free personalized engraving, this is jewelry you will be proud to wear because they are both stylish, and could potentially save your life.

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Pwease?

Matthew has a new word & sign; "please". He is so cute about how he says it, because usually he is begging for something I have that he wants me to share with him. He will come up to me and say "Pwease, mommy, bite, pwease?" rub his belly (the sign for please), open his mouth, stick out his tongue and then say "ahhhhh". Then he will start up with the "pwease, pwease" again until I share. Since he started saying please when I had candy, I was worried that to him candy = please, but when he was asking daddy for "moo" (milk) or me for "boo" (to nurse) last night, he kept adding "pwease" to it.

"Mommy, boo pwease"? I love when they start talking!! At the rate Matthew is going, I hope he does not need intervention like his brothers did.

Pwease?

Matthew has a new word & sign; "please". He is so cute about how he says it, because usually he is begging for something I have that he wants me to share with him. He will come up to me and say "Pwease, mommy, bite, pwease?" rub his belly (the sign for please), open his mouth, stick out his tongue and then say "ahhhhh". Then he will start up with the "pwease, pwease" again until I share. Since he started saying please when I had candy, I was worried that to him candy = please, but when he was asking daddy for "moo" (milk) or me for "boo" (to nurse) last night, he kept adding "pwease" to it.

"Mommy, boo pwease"? I love when they start talking!! At the rate Matthew is going, I hope he does not need intervention like his brothers did.

Get him a babe for Valentines Day

What could be a better gift than swimsuit models for Valentines Day. I know my husband sure would love to receive the February 14th release of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. I am not sure I know a man who would not love to see beautiful young women scantily dressed in provocative poses. I, for one, have never been against men's magazines, especially if they are done tastefully, like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition where all the women are wearing what they would be at the beach.

As if the magazine is not enough, you can also download cell phone wallpapers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models available at SI Mobile, www.simobileswimsuit.com. The images from SI Mobile Swimsuit are only $1.99 each, come straight from photo shoots featured in SI magazine, and are available for all major wireless carriers. With over 50 different super models on the website, such as Heidi Klum, Maria Sharapova, or even classic SI cover girls like Elle Macpherson, or my husband's favorite, Kathy Ireland, it would not be hard to find wallpaper he would enjoy. Make sure you also check out the video clips, screen savers, and more.

So if you are contemplating Valentines Day gifts for him that he will appreciate more than a new tie, look no farther than Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and www.simobileswimsuit.com.

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Get him a babe for Valentines Day

What could be a better gift than swimsuit models for Valentines Day. I know my husband sure would love to receive the February 14th release of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. I am not sure I know a man who would not love to see beautiful young women scantily dressed in provocative poses. I, for one, have never been against men's magazines, especially if they are done tastefully, like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition where all the women are wearing what they would be at the beach.

As if the magazine is not enough, you can also download cell phone wallpapers of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models available at SI Mobile, www.simobileswimsuit.com. The images from SI Mobile Swimsuit are only $1.99 each, come straight from photo shoots featured in SI magazine, and are available for all major wireless carriers. With over 50 different super models on the website, such as Heidi Klum, Maria Sharapova, or even classic SI cover girls like Elle Macpherson, or my husband's favorite, Kathy Ireland, it would not be hard to find wallpaper he would enjoy. Make sure you also check out the video clips, screen savers, and more.

So if you are contemplating Valentines Day gifts for him that he will appreciate more than a new tie, look no farther than Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and www.simobileswimsuit.com.

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Oh boy, something more to worry about.

Take a look at this video, and be prepared to be freaked out how easy it is to break into a home, even with a deadbolt. After watching this, I plan on going to Home Depot, or calling a locksmith to get some new deadbolts. My next home will have an alarm; I am not prepared to sink the money into this home, but I will the next one. Anyways, be prepared to be shocked.







Scary huh?

Oh boy, something more to worry about.

Take a look at this video, and be prepared to be freaked out how easy it is to break into a home, even with a deadbolt. After watching this, I plan on going to Home Depot, or calling a locksmith to get some new deadbolts. My next home will have an alarm; I am not prepared to sink the money into this home, but I will the next one. Anyways, be prepared to be shocked.



Scary huh?

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Looking for something?

If you are in the London area, and are looking for a business, the London Advertising Directory may be just what you are looking for. With a multitude of categories to chose from, such as Advertising Agencies, Market Research, Graphics and Design, Marketing, and Photography.

You can browse links by a keyword Search, New Links, Top Links, Popular Links, Random Links, or you can chose to have the London Advertising Directory help you Suggest a Link or Suggest a Category. With over 900 links in 50 different categories, the London Advertising Directory may have just what you are looking for.

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Got a lot accomplished…

...but only when A. was sleeping.

This weekend we assembled a new bookcase for DVDs and were able to not only move all the DVDs to the basement, but I was also able to fit some computer games, CDRs, and books on the shelf. Today I spent the morning putting them in order and rearrange the placement of some of the items.

I also was able to sort through the piles of papers on my desk, and pulled out the taxes I need to pay (State & Property), and a bill I got from the pediatrician. Thankfully with three quick calls I was able to get it sorted out. I still have been unable to sort though the bank statements. And I need to put away the legal papers, VA papers, and a few other odds and ends; but I feel like I have accomplished a lot.

So, even if I do not get to tackle it tomorrow, at least I feel like I have done a lot yesterday and today.

Got a lot accomplished...

...but only when A. was sleeping.

This weekend we assembled a new bookcase for DVDs and were able to not only move all the DVDs to the basement, but I was also able to fit some computer games, CDRs, and books on the shelf. Today I spent the morning putting them in order and rearrange the placement of some of the items.

I also was able to sort through the piles of papers on my desk, and pulled out the taxes I need to pay (State & Property), and a bill I got from the pediatrician. Thankfully with three quick calls I was able to get it sorted out. I still have been unable to sort though the bank statements. And I need to put away the legal papers, VA papers, and a few other odds and ends; but I feel like I have accomplished a lot.

So, even if I do not get to tackle it tomorrow, at least I feel like I have done a lot yesterday and today.

Feb 11, 2007

While I am on the subject of romance

I wanted to mention these very cute valentines day e-cards on Egreetings.com. Not only can eCards be a lot more fun than traditional paper cards, they are also less expensive. They are either free, very inexpensive, or for a small monthly/yearly fee.
The free funny eCards on Egreetings.com are fun, funny, or risque. They have a large assortment of Valentines day cards, Birthday cards, Thank-You's, Get Wells, and anything else you can think of. Some cards are animated, some have music, and all eCards can be personalized with a message or a picture.
If you sign up for a free 30 day membership you can send unlimited eCards during your trial. If you chose to keep the membership, you only pay $13.99 a year. My favorite benefit of a subscription is you can schedule the date on which your card gets sent, so you can make them ahead of time and have them delivered when you want. You will never miss another birthday or holiday again! Come on now, who can resist cupid??


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While I am on the subject of romance

I wanted to mention these very cute valentines day e-cards on Egreetings.com. Not only can eCards be a lot more fun than traditional paper cards, they are also less expensive. They are either free, very inexpensive, or for a small monthly/yearly fee.
The free funny eCards on Egreetings.com are fun, funny, or risque. They have a large assortment of Valentines day cards, Birthday cards, Thank-You's, Get Wells, and anything else you can think of. Some cards are animated, some have music, and all eCards can be personalized with a message or a picture.
If you sign up for a free 30 day membership you can send unlimited eCards during your trial. If you chose to keep the membership, you only pay $13.99 a year. My favorite benefit of a subscription is you can schedule the date on which your card gets sent, so you can make them ahead of time and have them delivered when you want. You will never miss another birthday or holiday again! Come on now, who can resist cupid??


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Date Night, again!

Well after last date night was such a success, we accepted our friends invitation to join them for dinner & a show.

Last night we ate dinner at Musashi's; our local Japanese Steakhouse. Then we headed up north to the Air Force Academy to watch Bill Engvall... let me tell you, that man is hilarious! I have not laughed like that since Josh Blue.

Date night was a roaring success. Bobby and I got to get all dressed up, since I did not have anything to wear, Bobby took me shopping first and got me 2 new bras, 2 new shirts, a new half sweater, a pair of jeans and a pair of Capri pants. We also got him a pair of really nice dress shoes for work, his feet have been hurting him in his old shoes. Then we went to get him a nice button-up shirt and a sweater. I chose the shirts and I have to brag and say I did good... he looked fabulous in the shirts, they are both blue and really brought out his eyes.

I am really loving this date night thing... I think we will try to make this a habit.

Date Night, again!

Well after last date night was such a success, we accepted our friends invitation to join them for dinner & a show.

Last night we ate dinner at Musashi's; our local Japanese Steakhouse. Then we headed up north to the Air Force Academy to watch Bill Engvall... let me tell you, that man is hilarious! I have not laughed like that since Josh Blue.

Date night was a roaring success. Bobby and I got to get all dressed up, since I did not have anything to wear, Bobby took me shopping first and got me 2 new bras, 2 new shirts, a new half sweater, a pair of jeans and a pair of Capri pants. We also got him a pair of really nice dress shoes for work, his feet have been hurting him in his old shoes. Then we went to get him a nice button-up shirt and a sweater. I chose the shirts and I have to brag and say I did good... he looked fabulous in the shirts, they are both blue and really brought out his eyes.

I am really loving this date night thing... I think we will try to make this a habit.

Alone time is good for the soul.

....and the marriage.

Lately Bobby and I have been trying to make a habit of date night. You can read all about last night's date night on my other blog, but we have been trying to do dinner and a show of some sort. This really helps us connect as a couple; we have really needed this time together, especially since we have not really had alone time since Matthew was born.

Date night is important for couples with children because they often get caught up with work, children, and the daily routines that do not involve connecting as a couple. When you make time for each other and spend one on one time together, without the kids you can get that time back together and insure that you don't grow apart. If we had a babysitter, I would like to have one night each week; but instead we try to do a date night at home when we can't go out.

Do a Google search for "importance of date night" and you will find great ideas of things to do, why date night is important, and other ways for couples to reconnect.

Feb 9, 2007

Sweetness overload

Isis is 14 weeks old today (3 months + 6 days) and is the funniest little pup, she is a long-legged clumsy clown. She flies through the house when she is playing, often falling down because her legs get out from under her.

She absolutely ADORES Chloe, and the feeling is mutual. These two are best buddies, and sometimes act like sisters, or mom and daughter. They play rough, but their bond is more fierce than their bite and can often be seen cuddling each other. Isis will lay on Chloe, and Chloe will wrap her front paws around her.

I also love how expressive she is, always perking up those comically big ears that flop all over the place, tilting her head, and furrowing her brow. Despite how thin she is, she eats a TON (and does not have worms, she is just metabolizing it fast) she is up to five cups a day, 3 3/4ths of those being a high-bulk food which is fed in smaller quantities than a low-quality food.

She is also a REALLY good dog. She has not had an accident (other than the occasional dribble when she gets too excited) in weeks. She comes when she is called, she does not resist when we take her to bed or put her in the bathroom when we leave. She sleeps on a dog bed in our room and does not whine, chew or snoop... if she wakes up before I do and needs to go outside, she will let us know by nuzzling us awake. She can get a bit hyper in the house, especially after breakfast, or when she comes in from outside, but my four year old Golden does the same. We are also having a chewing issue when she is in the bathroom when we are gone; we have a piece of trim that warped and split open and she is "helping it" along. I am not too upset, it needed replaced anyways, but we do need to make sure she has a rawhide bone when we leave and a fresh coat of bitter apple.

So there is the update, we are totally in love with our little girl, and I could not be happier with both of my dogs!

Sweetness overload

Isis is 14 weeks old today (3 months + 6 days) and is the funniest little pup, she is a long-legged clumsy clown. She flies through the house when she is playing, often falling down because her legs get out from under her.

She absolutely ADORES Chloe, and the feeling is mutual. These two are best buddies, and sometimes act like sisters, or mom and daughter. They play rough, but their bond is more fierce than their bite and can often be seen cuddling each other. Isis will lay on Chloe, and Chloe will wrap her front paws around her.

I also love how expressive she is, always perking up those comically big ears that flop all over the place, tilting her head, and furrowing her brow. Despite how thin she is, she eats a TON (and does not have worms, she is just metabolizing it fast) she is up to five cups a day, 3 3/4ths of those being a high-bulk food which is fed in smaller quantities than a low-quality food.

She is also a REALLY good dog. She has not had an accident (other than the occasional dribble when she gets too excited) in weeks. She comes when she is called, she does not resist when we take her to bed or put her in the bathroom when we leave. She sleeps on a dog bed in our room and does not whine, chew or snoop... if she wakes up before I do and needs to go outside, she will let us know by nuzzling us awake. She can get a bit hyper in the house, especially after breakfast, or when she comes in from outside, but my four year old Golden does the same. We are also having a chewing issue when she is in the bathroom when we are gone; we have a piece of trim that warped and split open and she is "helping it" along. I am not too upset, it needed replaced anyways, but we do need to make sure she has a rawhide bone when we leave and a fresh coat of bitter apple.

So there is the update, we are totally in love with our little girl, and I could not be happier with both of my dogs!