Friday, June 30, 2006

Underwear is important!

Got this in an email from my BIL and I had to share it!

If you don't laugh out loud at this one, call the morgue and reserve a tray, because you are dead.

Always wear clean underwear in public, especially when working under your vehicle.

From the Northwest Florida Daily News comes this story of a Crestview couple who drove their car to Wal-Mart, only to have their car break down in the parking lot.The man told his wife to carry on with the shopping while he fixed the car in the lot.

The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection, she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones.

Unable to stand the embarrassment, she dutifully stepped forward, quickly put her hand UP his shorts, and tucked everything back into place. On regaining her feet, she looked across the hood and found herself staring at her husband who was standing idly by.

The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his forehead.

Let's talk Maeve.....

Maeve is now 14 months and oh is she a stinker! Kyra was never into this much trouble! My house is a wreck and it's no use cleaning it because Miss Maeve will wreak havoc on it again in no time.

She's into cabinets, reaching on top of tables, reaching on top of countertops, opening drawers, into trashcans (yuck!), trying to climb out of her crib (you should see her try to hike her leg over!), and trying to climb onto furniture. I absolutely cannot keep up with her and breathe a sigh of relief when she finally goes to bed.

She's still taking 2 naps a day....probably because she just wears herself out.

She's gotten very picky in the eating department and her appetite has slowed waaaay down (as the doctor said it would at her 1 year appt.).

She says, "Dada" or "Daddy", "Mama", "Yeah", and "Night, Night". When she sees Mia or you tell her, "Doggy", she pants like a dog! LOL! She loves to play with Kyra, but she's also a bully and loves to take things away from Kyra!

She's walking everywhere.....almost running in fact (some of you will see this on Tuesday). She is very vocal....babbling all day long and even screaming at times (my ears!). She does not like to sit still or cuddle with mommy anymore at all. *sigh* She wants to be put DOWN.

Some things that make her really mad are mommy leaving the house without her, daddy walking out the back door without her, taking away anything that she's not supposed to have, and closing doors so that she can't go into certain rooms (she bangs on the door as if someone's in there! LOL!).

So you see, I have my hands full these days. Maeve and Kyra are like night and day. It's so hard to be tough on a cute little girl with the bluest of eyes and the blondest of hair. Ugh. Richard and I both struggle with that. She's so adorable and melts our hearts!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

No Thursday Thirteen.....

Actually, I HAD one typed out, but then Blogger decided to eat my post. Grrrrrr!

Instead, I'll direct you to new pics of the girls. There are 3 new albums.


Monday, June 26, 2006

Stolen from Jen....

Name Meme!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet and current street name) Mia Roseberry (LOL!)

2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your father's side, your favorite candy) Clara Butterfinger

3. YOUR "FLY GIRL/GUY" NAME: (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your last name) K Spi

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite animal, favorite color) Dog Black

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born) Anne Victoria

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your last name, last 3 letters of mother's maiden name, first 3 letters of your pet's name) Spiannmia

7. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom's maiden name spelled backwards)Enna Nnamhcsteg

8. HOTTY NAME: (middle name, School street) Anne Red River (LMAO!)

9. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, the automoblie you drive) The Black Suburban (Jen, I agree. Not funny!)

***Oh, and if you took the time to read through this and smiled/chuckled, consider yourself TAGGED!


Am I the only one whose husband doesn't know the difference betweeen a pad and a tampon? Geez!

(I dare you to ask this question and see what kind of response you get! LOL!)

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Monday Memories....

The picture above is of a window air conditioner (or as we like to call it, a window unit). My Granny had no central air/heat, so her house was full of these. There was one in the living room, one in her room, and one in the spare bedroom. I still love the humming of those air conditioners. We have a window unit out in Richard's shop so that I can work out out there if I want to. Richard also put a window unit in a side window of our house just in case our regular a/c can't keep up (it's a unit that's supposed to be for a smaller house). I take naps on the sofa and put it on and it puts me right to sleep. I love it. It just takes me back to Granny's house. I took many a nap and slept many a night in that back room. Now Mike, Megan, and Haylie (cousins of mine) live in her house since she's passed away. I hope that they sleep well to the a/c buzz too! I found that it also drowned out the noise of the trains when they whizzed by. Oh did I tell you that Granny lived right by a train track? But that's another post! ;)

More Kyra funnies....

Lately, I really can't get enough of this kid's philosophical outbursts. They are hilarious!

Today we were on the way to the gym. If you are in or around the Austin area, you know that there are bums on every street corner holding signs and wanting money. Sometimes they write things to make you feel sorry for them and sometimes they are blatantly honest (need booze, smokes, etc.) Anyway, we get to the light and this guy is waving at everyone that's driving by.

Kyra: "What is he doing?"

Me: "He's waving, Kyra."

Kyra: "Why is he waving?"

Me: "Because he wants people to give him money."

Kyra: "Well he must have bought something that was really expensive and ran out of money. I guess that's why he doesn't have any money now and needs to wave."

OMG! LMAO! I guess Kyra has heard my "expensive" talk one too many times! *blush*

Here's another one for you. Richard, Kyra, and I were all sitting here in the room where we have the computers. I started this conversation.

Me: "Kyra, aren't you glad that you have two great parents that love you very much?"

Kyra: "Yeah, so I don't have to live out on the road."

Geez, this kid kills me!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Proud mommy moment.....

Today, we attended Seth's swimming party in Round Rock. The girls and I had a blast. Maeve is now super used to the water (she cried the first few times) and Kyra is a little fish! WOW! I can't get over the difference in her since the beginning of the summer. And we've only been swimming a handful of times!

Today at the party, the kids took turns hitting the pinata (a favorite of Kyra's). After it was all over with and each kid had a loot of candy, Kyra came over to show me hers. A little girl named Taylor was standing by us and her mommy said, "She doesn't do that sort of thing. She's bothered by crowds of kiddos." Well my Kyra must have heard that and saw Taylor standing there with her bag, so what did she do? She started taking candy out of her bag and putting it into Taylor's. I was shocked. Kyra is generally pretty stingy when it comes to pinata candy. What's hers is hers. She even got a few "Oh how sweet!" comments from the other mommies. I was so proud. I hope the trend continues!

***Susan, thanks for all of the pics! I hope that you don't mind me using one of Kyra on here. Our new camera came in the mail today, so we'll test it out tomorrow. Richard and I didn't have the time or energy to learn a completely different camera, so we ordered the same one! LOL!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Weather forecasts.....

I visited the National Weather Service page a whopping 3 times today and all 3 times, the forecast had changed. It went from a 20% chance of rain to a 40% chance of rain and then back down to a 20% chance of rain for tomorrow. Idiots. Every notice how they cover their asses by always throwing in a 20% chance of rain? They predict the weather like I predict Maeve's poopy diapers! LOL!

Yesterday there was a 20% chance of rain and at 4pm, the skies opened and it poured.

I seriously need to stop blogging about the rain. I'm starting to sound like dear ol Jen! (kidding!)

Amount due: $0.00.......

OMG. We got the lovely bill from Richard's surgery and hospital stay yesterday. Sweet Jesus, thank God for insurance. I know that insurance companies are sometimes a little on the crooked side, but when I saw that bill I was thanking my lucky stars for them. The bill was about $50 short of $20,000! Yes, you read that right! Richard's CardioSEAL device alone costs $12,000! I teased him this morning that his value has gone up yet again! LOL!

This is a very good article about what Richard had done on his heart.

I felt bad spending over $150 at Walmart this morning, but I guess things could be worse.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

How is this any different?

OK, so all of the Golds Gyms (9 in the Austin area) are getting cables for the stereo systems so that instructors can now hook up their ipods and create a playlist to mix their music. As many of you know, we teach our classes using the Les Mills programs. That music is copyrighted. Fine. Dandy.

As a Flow instructor, we've been told that we can only teach tracks 1-5 of one release and 6-10 of another release if we want to mix our music. But since the little ol ipods came into the world, one could load all of the music on there and mix away....leaving that rule behind, right?

I don't have an ipod, but I'd like to create a mix on CD. How is that any different than what those are doing with their ipods? It's still copying music onto a device. Everyone does it.

I'm shaking my head here. I sooooo have a playlist made of the perfect Flow songs and would LOVE to teach it.

(And I'm too much of a wuss to email the GGX managers to ask them! LOL!)

Jen, where are you?

Thursday Thirteen.....

13 of my favorite words at the explanation needed on any of them. ;)

1.) Sleep
2.) Quiet
3.) Breathe
4.) Exercise
5.) Sweat
6.) Vacation
7.) Beach
8.) Rain
9.) Food
10.) Water
11.) Family
12.) Friends
.....and last, but not least
13.) Blog ;)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Vintage Prince....

Enjoy! It just so happens that Maeve's birthstone is a diamond and Kyra's birthstone is a pearl! LOL!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The beginning of the end.....

Well it's been a glorious 23 months, but I think that AF (Aunt Flo) will be making an appearance soon. *sigh* Richard asked me yesterday, "WTF is wrong with you?" I've not been myself lately. I'm moody. I've yelled at him. Every little thing that he does sets me off. Ugh.

Today my back hurts. I know she's coming back. I'm a bit frightened of how bad it will be. When we decided to get pregnant, I quit the pill in June of that year. In July, I had one of my "own" AFs and then in August I was pregnant. That AF was really bad. It made me realize how lovely my AFs where while I was on the pill.

Since Richard is "snipped snipped", there will be no more pill. That sucks. I have to endure this forever for a lost cause. Ugh. I'm not looking forward to it. In fact, it's now my mission to find an herbal concoction to get me through this time of the month. There has to be something out there.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The effed up foot....

Richard took this pic to send to his work friends. Lovely, isn't it? It looks MUCH WORSE because he's on blood thinners because of the surgery. It's so swollen though. I told him that it looks like a swollen pregnancy foot! LOL! He goes back to work on Wednesday. He said he's wearing a thin sock and asking for a bigger work shoe! LOL! Yeah, I think he might need one. ;)

Uh, thanks?

The phone to the right is what Richard came home with today. He got it from someone that posted on Craig's list, so it's used. It's a Motorola Sliver L6. Whatever that means! LOL! And yes, it's pink (or salmon if you want to be technically correct). It's pretty and has a lot of bells and whistles that my previous phone didn't have. But, a few things bother me.

1.) My lovely husband has played with this thing more than I have today and therefore I know NOTHING about it. I don't know how to turn it on and off. I don't know how to scroll to find the people that I want to call. I couldn't find "silent mode" when we went into the library today, so I left it in the car. Ugh.

2.) When Richard put my SIM card into the new phone, I lost some names and numbers. Great. One of the numbers was his mom's cell phone number. Who knows what else is gone.

3.) Richard sets the ringtone to a song that he thinks I'd like to hear. WTF? Dude, that's a song that YOU want to hear! Not me!

4.) Since this phone is "so badass", it better have some awesome reception. That last phone sucked. I'm tired of people saying, "You're breaking up." I'm HOME for goodness sakes! I don't live out in the boonies either!

5.) How the eff do you charge this thing? I'm almost positive that the other chargers won't work on this phone. And what about a car charger? I bet that's nonexistent too.

Lord, he can never leave good enough alone. I'd let him have it and take my old one back, but this one is pink and there's no way he'd take a pink phone! LOL!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Tooth tales....

We have a permanent tooth! And we have a loose baby tooth too! LOL! As some of you may remember, when Kyra was 2 years old, she had one of the bottom front ones extracted because it was chipped down to the pulp. Well, the gap has gotten bigger lately and sure enough, there's a permanent tooth pushing through the gums and the other bottom baby tooth is loose! She's so excited.

She's getting so big. *sniff, sniff*

A new week!

I'm sooooo glad that last week is behind us. Good Lord. I don't know how much more I can take of my husband and his stupidity.

Last Tuesday was his surgery to repair his PFO. That went great. Fabulous, in fact. We left the hospital around noon on Wednesday. Then the trouble began.

My lovely husband DID NOT read his post-op instructions, so he came home, ripped his gauze off of his incisions at his groin and took a shower. Dumb move. By that night, he was bleeding badly from one side. Lovely. He gauzed it back up again and put pressure on it throughout the night. By the next morning, things hadn't changed, so off to the ER we went. We went to the same hospital that he had his surgery at (even though it required a LONG trip across town). I'm so glad we did. To try and stop the bleeding, they placed a sand bag on top of his groin for an hour. That didn't work. It soaked right through. Great. They called the doctor that did his surgery. He was at another medical center performing a procedure. So, he sent a tech that witnessed Richard's surgery down to the ER to help. The ER doctor gave Richard some shots of Epinephrine and placed a lot of pressure on it with his own hands. Finally, the clot formed. Thank God. What a fiasco. The reason why his blood had a hard time clotting is because he's on Plavix (a blood thinner) and will have to continue it for 6 months post-surgery. We got to the ER around 9:30 that morning and didn't leave till around 2. I was soooo ready to come back home. I did not want to have to spend another night at the hospital (especially since this could have been avoided because Richard was so stupid).

It's now Friday and I want to rest before chaos ensues with Kyra's party on Saturday. No such luck. Richard was cleaning (!) the house and straightening things up outside when I hear him holler loud and come running inside saying that he needs some ice. He had dropped a boat weight (small boat anchor) on his entire left foot. It looked bad. It was black and blue and swollen immediately. He couldn't walk on it at all. Lisa and Nathan got her on Friday night and Nathan decided that he wanted Richard to go into the ER (Nathan and Lisa are PTs and PTAs, so they know a lot about this sort of thing). So, Richard and Nathan left around 8 and didn't get back till after 11. It wasn't broken. Thank God. Richard was so upset with himself. Finally, we all got to bed around midnight. We were going to get up early the next morning and get things ready for the party and head for the park. Or so we thought.

I woke up around 6am on Saturday morning and my first thought was "Crap!" It was raining. I'm talking torrential downpours here. Ugh. I came in here, turned on the computer, and looked at the radar. There was no chance in hell that this would be over with by 10am. So, I called some mothers and told them that the party was moved here at the house. Richard and I looked at each other that morning and said that there was no way we were going to break Kyra's heart and cancel it all together. So, Lisa and Nathan got up and so did Debbie (my mother-in-law) and we all cleaned house and moved furniture around to prepare for the party. I must say that with even so little time to prepare, the party was a success! We ordered too much pizza and had a ton leftover, but that's ok. We sent some with Dean and Melissa and my mother-in-law will take some with her tomorrow. Richard and Kyra will have some to eat off of all week. The rest I can freeze. Kyra had so much fun with all of her friends and got some neat gifts. The pull-string pinata was a hit, even though the strings came off and the candy didn't come out. LOL! Richard had to pull the hole open a bit more so the candy could come out.

So no park for the party. I'll get my deposit back. I wonder if I can get the rest of my money back since we didn't use the facility at all. I'm going to call this week on that.

After everything settled down yesterday, I took Kyra to see "Over The Hedge". Very cute movie. Kyra loved it and I did too. We laughed a lot. She was happy about her party and getting to spend some time with mommy. That's all that matters.

Richard is spending his days on the sofa. I won't let him do much for fear that we'll have to change our address to 601 ER Drive. LOL!

I'll post party pics soon, I promise!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

7 kinds of sex....

Thanks to Richard's Aunt Carlyne for sending me this in an email! I love it! ;)

The 1st kind of sex is called: Smurf Sex.
This kind of sex happens when you first meet someone and you both have sex until you are blue in the face.

The 2nd kind of sex is called: Kitchen Sex.
This is when you have been with your partner for a short time and you are so horny you will have sex anywhere, even in the kitchen.

The 3rd kind of sex is called: Bedroom Sex.
This is when you have been with your partner for a long time. Your sex has gotten routine and you usually have sex only in your bedroom.

The 4th kind of sex is called: Hallway Sex.
This is when you have been with your partner for too long. When you pass each other in the hallway you both say "screw you."

The 5th kind of sex is called: Religious Sex.
This means you get Nun in the morning, Nun in the afternoon and Nun at night.

The 6th kind is called Courtroom Sex.
This is when you cannot stand your wife/husband any more. She/he takes you to court and screws you in front of everyone.

And last, but not least, the 7th kind of sex is called: Social Security Sex.
You get a little from time-to-time, but not enough to live on.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Ah, the words a woman loves to hear....

Kyra: "Daddy, you have to clean the house and be nice to mommy today because it's MY BIRTHDAY!"

LOL! I can already tell that being five suits her well! ;)

*sigh* My "baby" is FIVE!

Five years ago, on 6-16-01, this beautiful little angel came into my world and changed it forever. I will never forget the day that she was born. I was in total disbelief that I was "a mom" and was very unsure of myself. But I was in love. I looked down at this tiny creature and couldn't believe my eyes. She looked exactly like me as a newborn. Even my dad felts pangs of "deja vu". Her daddy took one look at her and his heart melted.

Life with her was not easy those first few weeks. She was very "colicky" and cried a lot. She wanted to be held, then she wanted to be put down. I was a mess. Richard said that he couldn't deal with both of us crying! LOL! But around the 6 week mark, I felt better and we finally found a formula that suited her. Then life was golden again.

She slowly progressed into the most easy going baby ever. She didn't get into much and was perfectly happy sitting in front of the TV and watching "The Wiggles". She also did everything early. She cut a tooth at 4 months, crawled at 6 months, and walked around 11 months. Yep, this kid had it all together. But did I? ;)

Her toddler years were wonderful too. She was such a sweetheart and adapted well to people and social situations. She loved school. She grew to really genuinely care about her family and friends. She loves to talk, but remains quiet when she's supposed to be.

As a preschooler, she found her artistic and imaginative side. She loves to draw. She loves to pretend. I catch her doing the cutest things and just sit there in awe and smile. She's made friends.....lots of them. She now has a sister that she adores. She's worried about how *I* will adjust when she goes off to Kindy in the fall. That's just how she is though. She puts others before herself and I'm very proud of her for that. She very seldom worries about herself. She's always concerned about others.

I can't help but look back at these last five years and marvel at how far she's come. She's gone from this tiny little baby to this very grown up and independent individual. I never dreamed that she would be the wonderful person that she is today. But she is. And I love her for it.

Happy 5th Birthday Kyra Marie! Mommy, Daddy, Maeve, and Mia love you more than words can say!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Tomatoes, anyone?

This is about 3 days worth of tomatoes. Richard has a huge tomato crap, oh I mean *crop* outside along the fenceline. We are up to our eyeballs in tomatoes. The cherry tomato plants are slowly taking over my backyard. There's just too many darn tomatoes on them, so they've given up and grown outward instead of upward. *sigh*

What do we do with so many tomatoes you ask? Well, we have given lots to friends and family. My dad took some to my sister the other weekend and kept some for himself. I usually get Richard to make some fresh salsa for us and we eat it with chips or on salads.

Kyra really likes picking the tomatoes. When my sister and I were little, we couldn't wait to go to my grandma's house to pick eggs that the chickens had laid. I think that Kyra gets that same excitement from picking tomatoes. ;)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Oh happy day!

The girls and I went swimming with Dean (their Godfather) and Jake (his little boy) today. They all had a blast. Maeve was a little timid at first, but she soon warmed up to the water. Kyra was all over the place. She had her floaties on and was all over the pool. Their neighborhood pool is really neat because it's very shallow on one end (like 1-2 ft.) and slants slowly to get deeper. We'll be meeting some friends in Lakeway tomorrow, so we are going again! Kyra is so excited. This afternoon, both girls crashed hard on the way home. I love wearing them out! ;)

Then I get home and check the mail and my new Body Flow and Body Step releases have arrived! I swear it's like Christmas when those things arrive! So I have my work cut out for me within the next two months. I've never learned two releases simultaneously. It will be interesting.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

A lot on my mind....

I was going to do a "Thursday Thirteen" today, but blogger wasn't working for me, so I gave up. :(

Richard's mom is coming on Sunday and probably staying through next weekend. Richard is having surgery on Tuesday morning. We have to be at the hospital by 7 and surgery is supposed to start around 9. This time we'll probably be there overnight. His mom will be here with Kyra and Maeve. I'm pretty relaxed about the whole situation. I know the kids will be fine. As for Richard, he'll be nervous, but maybe it won't be as bad as it was last time because he'll know what to expect. For those that want to read up on what's going to happen, go here. Richard's condition is called a PFO or Patent Foramen Ovale. I'll update on Wednesday when we get home. Just keep him in your prayers.

I also have to get everything together next week for Kyra's party on Saturday (the 17th). We are having it at Buda City Park in the morning. I hope for good weather. I wish it would be overcast that morning. We're having pizza and cake. I got Kyra a pull-string pinata. The theme that she chose is Hello Kitty. We have like 13 kids invited. There will be lots of adults too. I just hope with Richard's surgery next week that I still have time to get everything together.

I was supposed to have my teeth cleaned in March, but with everything that went on with Richard, it got overlooked. I still have to make that appt. July is coming up and that also means it's time for "the annual". Lovely.

Kyra has to go in for her 5 year well check this month. She'll be getting the Hepatitis A shot. It's a series of 2. It's not required to go into Kindergarten, but it is recommended. The school nurse told me that sooner or later, the state of Texas will probably require it. At the end of July, Maeve will be 15 months and she'll go in for a check and some shots, so I might get Kyra's 2nd Hep A shot then.

Kyra's also due for a dentist appt. in July. Ugh.

In August, it's time to recertify for AFAA (fitness certification). I'll probably send my stuff in in July to give them a month to get everything processed and sent back to me. So, I have to get that together too.

Oh, and I keep having to remind my forgetful husband to take his medicine. Since it's a week before surgery, he's on baby Aspirin and blood thinners. He'll have to be on them for 6 months afterwards in order to avoid blood clots. This is so hard for him. He's not very responsible in the pill department.

We are thinking of going to Corpus for a few days in July. I'm excited to be able to take the kids to the beach and maybe to the Aquarium. Kyra will love it.

OK, I'd better quit now. My head is spinning. ;)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Dear Kyra,

Thank you so much for teaching your little sister how to scream today. The joy that I experienced by listening you two go at it all day today is immeasurable. I never knew that a 13 month old's scream could be so loud and high pitched. As a result, my head feels just lovely tonight. I'm sitting here thanking God that He blessed my children with such wonderful sets of lungs. Here's to an even better (and louder!) tomorrow!

Sarcastically yours,

Gym gems....

I kid you not. This entire conversation was loud and overheard by me while I was in the bathroom stall in the ladies' locker room at the gym today.

Girl #1: (Obviously looking frantically in her bag) "Crap! I forgot my (tennis) shoes!"

Girl #2: "You what?"

Girl #1: "I forgot my shoes. I guess you'll be working out solo today." (By this time, I had concluded that they were co-workers and workout buddies)

(At this point Girl #2 is starting to freak out)

Girl #2: "But you HAVE to work out with me today. Hey, why don't you just work out in your socks? We are only doing chest and triceps anyway today."

Girl #1: "No way. I AM NOT going out on the gym floor in just socks. That's embarrassing."

Girl #2: "No it's not. (Probably only thinking of herself) Just do it."

Girl #1: "No."

Girl #2: "I think that I have a pair of gym shoes in the back of my car. I should go get them."

(By this time, I'm thinking that they are both stupid.)

Girl #1: "We should just go grab a bite to eat, grab the shoes from the car, and then work out after work today."

Girl #2: "Okay."

LOL! It was so "junior high" how these girls had to "hold" each others' hands. Geez. I wish I could have been around to see if their workouts are indeed intense of if it's just "social hour".

Monday, June 05, 2006

Earworm Monday.....

I'm participating! YAY!

Go here to hear something that's sure to be stuck in your head for a while! LOL!

And if you remember the earworm above, go here. I'm sure you'll remember this one too!


Sunday, June 04, 2006

It's Jen again! ;)

I was tagged.

2 Childhood Fears:

1.) Gorillas

Yeah, laugh all you want. It all started one Halloween in Schulenburg when we went on a hayride around town to trick or treat. I must have been 3 or 4 years old. There was an older boy dressed up as a gorilla. None of the other costumes bothered me, but this gorilla one did. I was horrified. My mom kept saying, "Kim, there's someone under there. It's not real." and I just kept on screaming! LOL! To this day, I can't stand Halloween and all that comes along with it. I'm a total grinch about it. I think people dressing up in costumes is just stupid. I don't understand all of the hoopla surrounding it either. I'd just rather put my kids to bed without any candy and call it a night. I guess that one bad experience totally ruined things forever.

To make matters worse, I had yet another gorilla encounter in Schulenburg soon after that. We would go to the Schulenburg Festival parade every year and the Shriners out of Houston came and one of their floats was a big cage with a gorilla in it. By the time the float got to where we were sitting, the cage was open and the gorilla was gone. He was roaming the streets shaking peoples' hands and scaring the living daylights out of little kids. Everyone knew how I hated gorillas, so they were like, "Hey buddy, come over here!" Niiiiiice. Gotta love family that's looking out for you. :(

2.) The "Boogie Man"

To this day, I have no idea who the "boogie man" is/was. I just used to always hear, "The boogie man is gonna come get you if you don't behave." WTF? What's amazing is what parents can make up to scare little children AND the fact that the little children will believe anything they say! We were so naive. We weren't those kids that said, "You're just making that up....there is no boogie man!" Nope. We were stupid. Richard has even told Kyra that if she doesn't eat right, the "junk monster" will come and get her. She believed in the "junk monster" for about a week. Now she refers to her daddy as the "junk monster". *sigh*

So if anyone knows who the "Boogie Man" is and what he does, please let me know. ;)

***I tag anyone else who reads my blog who hasn't participated in this one yet.

Friday, June 02, 2006


Now this is absurd. WTF? I heard that the website sent one to the new "Jesus" aka Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. $17,000 for a pacifier? Are they nuts? Don't they know that the dog usually gets a hold of that thing and that pacifiers require frequent washings? Pacifiers aren't JEWELRY for goodness sakes!

Ugh! Stupid, stupid people.

"My boyfriend's back and you're gonna be in trouble...",19736,1200409,00.html

He's mine! All mine! ;)

Let's talk soaps.....

So the one that I'm going to talk about today is "Guiding Light". My mom used to watch it when we were kids, so naturally, we got hooked on it too and I've watched it on and off for years. Now this might not be the case with the soap(s) that you watch, but mine has changed a lot and I don't like it. I hardly ever tune in anymore because it's gotten so ridiculous.

I don't understand why when an actor or actress leaves the show, they immediately decide to recast the role. Hello? Give us a chance to get used to the person being gone first! They throw a stranger into the mix and then I'm all confused. The acting is not the same and it's just so weird hearing a stranger being called by a familiar name. You don't see actors/actresses in primetime being recast. If they leave the show, then the writers must concoct a reason why they aren't shown anymore. And believe me, nine times out of ten, it's better that way. Leave good enough alone and move on.

Another thing that they do that REALLY ticks me off is that they kill off wonderful characters and try to bring them back years later as someone else. WTF? You made the mistake the first time. Live with it. My beloved characters are GONE because of you. Don't bring them back as someone else that I will NEVER get used to. Ugh. This is my biggest pet peeve of all of TV. Dumb executive producers.

On that last note, please stop bringing every Tom, Dick, and Harry onto the show. I cannot get used to all of the new people! And stop firing the veterans! The veterans make the show! It's non-existant without them! We love old fashioned love stories when characters are happy for more than 5 seconds. Quit making everyone sleep with everyone else. The "Who's The Daddy?" storyline has been done so many times. It's over. Done. Finished. If you want to let your creative mind run free, then surely you can do better than that.

What ever happened to Friday cliffhangers? I guess they don't exist anymore. I used to hang onto Friday's episode all weekend long and I couldn't wait for Monday to arrive to see what happens. Instead on Friday after the show, there is a "spoiler" for Monday's episode and you don't even see Friday's storyline on Monday's episode. You have to wait till Tuesday or Wednesday to see those characters again. No fair. So much for trying to be "suspenseful". By that time, nobody gives a damn.

Again, the storylines are ridiculous. Cousins sleeping with cousins? Who's the daddy? Breast cancer, but not telling your family? "Accidentally" kissing your sister-in-law? Come on! These things never happen in real life! If you want to connect with your audience, give us something that we can believe in for more than 5 seconds.

I'm banning this soap from my TV and my mind. I'll only tune in if I'm beyond depressed and need a good laugh. ;)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Tagged yet again.....

It was Jen this time. ;)

6 Weird Things About My Childhood:
(this ought be easy....I was a weird kid)

1.) My sister and I used to have "Barbie weddings". We'd line up Barbie and her bridesmaids and Ken and his groomsmen and have them pose for a group photo (like at a real wedding). My mom was the photographer and to this day, they are in a photo album somewhere.

2.) Like Kyra, I carried my very own "blankie" around. My mom and dad called it my "covers". Only I couldn't say "covers". So I called it my "cawcas". LOL!

3.) Lisa and I also played "church". We would kneel against the sofa and distribute communion to each other. We used to take pieces of white bread and smash them up to form a Host. ;)

4.) The mailman used to call us "little boys". My lovely mother (rest her soul) gave us these Dorothy Hamill-like cuts only they almost looked bowl-like too. *sigh* So we'd be out in the driveway and the mailman would walk by and say, "How you boys doing today?" Lisa would yell, "We're girls, not boys!" LOL!

5.) We had a tape recorder and Lisa and I used to tape ourselves singing into it....pretending to be in a studio and making a record. It was hysterical! One time, we were arguing about who was singing what song and it actually got recorded by accident. Ooops! (See, I told you we were dorks.)

6.) We also played "hotel" and "bank" and would put keys and money in the microwave (um no we didn't turn it on). That was our pretend "safe". LOL!

Thursday Thirteen....

"I figure that if the kids are alive at the end of the day, I've done my job." ~Roseanne
(Thanks for the book Margaret! I love it!)

13 things that will never be the same again after you have kids.....

1.) Your sex life- I hate to burst the bubble of those of you that haven't had kids yet, but in all honesty, you have to almost "schedule" it. Really. I'm saying that you have to find time to squeeze it in. You also have to get creative. For example, we got pregnant with Miss Maeve while popping in a Care Bear video for Kyra to watch. You get the picture. ;)

2.) Your potty time- Want to use the bathroom discreetly? Forget it. As soon as I walk in the bathroom, two sets of little feet come trampling in after me. Ugh. Maybe when they are 18 I'll be able to coax them into letting me have some ALONE time in there again.

3.) Your TV time- Three words: Digital Video Recorder or DVR. This is the most wonderful invention in the world for two reasons: 1.) You get to tape all of your favorite shows and watch them UNINTERRUPTED when kiddos are asleep and can FF through the commercials. 2.) You can also tape the kids' shows and provide some entertainment for them in a feeble attempt to get online and check email, message boards, blogs, etc. without any interruptions....if you're lucky.

4.) Your tummy- Unless you are blessed with wonderful skin, your tummy is bound to accumulate a few stretch marks as a result of having those little stinkers. I received a book the other day and in it is a quote from Joyce Armor (who's she?) that says, "Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes." Um thanks, but I'd REALLY rather not have this road map on my belly and have my gorgeous, smooth skin back instead. *sigh*

5.) Your eating time- I swear the kids have a radar. When I try to almost "hide" and eat alone, here they come. Maeve almost "steals" food from me now. Kyra just begs for me to get up and get her something to eat too. Can I eat in peace? No. :(

6.) Your public appearance- Yeah, I like to think of myself as a frumpy mom sometimes. I confess that there have been days that I've put on a t-shirt, shorts, some flip flops, and have barely brushed my hair to go to the store. Makeup? Nope. That takes TIME. And when you have kids, you don't have time. I just want to get to the store, get what I need, and get the heck out of there before a temper tantrum ensues. I don't want to be one of "those moms". However, I'd like to be known as a MILF one day, but that won't happen unless I leave behind my frumpy ways. ;)

7.) Your memory- Oh this is a big one. One word: LISTS. Lots and lots of lists. You'll forget things that you never thought possible. For example, Kyra will come up to me while I'm busy (on the computer) and say, "Mom, I want something to drink." I'll say, "Ok Kyra, I'll get it for you in a minute." I walk away from the computer, put a load of laundry in the dryer, play with Maeve, change her diaper, etc. and about 30 minutes later, Kyra says, "Mom, my drink?" Crap. I forgot. I swear that on some days, I'm losing my mind. Forget alcohol, having kids will cause you to lose a few brain cells. :)

8.) Your bladder- I was lucky (?) enough to have two c-sections, so my babies came out the "back door", but I'm sure those of you that have had vaginal births can relate because we've ALL had kids that have kicked, punched, jumped, and stomped on our bladders while we were pregnant. I still cannot sleep through the night without getting up at least once to use the bathroom. Are you with me? (Please say you are because I DO NOT want to have yet another thing to bring up when I go for my annual in July.) ;)

9.) Your sanity- Once again, I'll confess. With both of the births of my kids, I asked (*coughbeggedcough*) to be put on Zoloft. In all honesty, I think I had mild cases of PPD, and Zoloft was my saving grace for that. And I must say that as time went on, I was glad that I was put on it. It helps me cope with things better. I'm not saying that everyone should be on it. I'm saying that it helped me get through the rough spots when I thought that I couldn't handle another whine or cry from my children. Happy mommy= happy children, right?

10.) Your house- I always thought that I was so neat and organized. Then I had kids and all of that went out the window! LOL! My house is a mess right now, but my kids were bathed, fed, and put to sleep in the most gentle way tonight. They are alive and happy. My messy house will get cleaned sooner or later. The kiddos are what's important. The dishes can wait. The laundry can wait. Their childhoods won't wait though. They grow up in the blink of an eye and I want to be there for every moment of that.

11.) Talking on the phone- Ask Jen about this one. She hears my kiddos in the background when she and I talk on the phone. Usually Kyra is saying, "Is that Papoo? Is that Grandma? Can I talk on the phone?" Maeve is just in awe of the flashing lights on my phone, so she's trying to grab it from me. You get the picture. Many times I've said, "Can I call you back?"

12.) Your pocketbook- The girls each have a closet full of clothes and toys galore to prove it! LOL!

13.) Your heart- No matter how hard things are, that cute smile, that huge hug, that sloppy kiss, and that cheerful "I love you mommy!" make it all worthwhile. :)