Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Yes, I procrastinate. I have homework due by 10 tonight. I will work on it at 8ish. Why do I always wait until the last minute?! I have about 15 quilts I need to finish by the 16th of December. I am starting them now. Because that's about a quilt a day!! HOLY CRAP! I think I work better under pressure. I get so easily distracted otherwise. I am sitting here thinking that I need to go put the last two pieces of border on my neice's quilt. And I need to switch out the laundry. And mop the floors. And clean the bathrooms. And take out something for dinner. And do I really have only 2 hours left until I need to go pick up the kids?! Wow.

Ok, I'll go finish that quilt. But not before I load the dishwasher!

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Lucy is HOME!!!

She came back Friday morning around 9am. She just strolled up to the door like nothing... what a stinker!! I was sooo excited to see her. I really thought she was gone for good.
Now if we could just get Princess to do her business when we take her out instead of 5 minutes after we get back in, we will be golden in the pet department!

Here is a picture of our doggies!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a wonderful day full of friends, family and more food than you could possibly eat! We had a good day. We went to our friend's house and had a great meal and some good socialization! Best of all, we were all there.

Since it's a day to give thanks, here are five things I am thankful for:

1. My husband and children. I don't know where I would be in my life without them. I appreciate all the joy they bring into my life.

2. My extended family. With all their quirks and crap, I love them all. it's easy to get frustrated with them, but I know they all have helped to shape me into who I am.

3. Our home. We have been in this house for almost a year and a half. I am so thankful that we were able to buy a house, and make it a home. We have wonderful neighbors and a great community.

4. All the luxuries in my life. I realize just how much I have. I don't think I ever imagined I would be this blessed in life.

5. Health. My health, my kids health, Mike's health. The fact that my Mother isn't as sick as they thought. The fact that my Mother in Law is doing much better.

And on a sad note, my dog Lucy is missing. I let her out last night when I took our puppy out. She didn't come back in. Usually, she would be waiting at the door in the morning. It's been 21 hours and we haven't seen any sign of her. I am sick with worry... I pray she comes back.. I miss her.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Saturday was Jacob's 7th birthday!! I can't believe it's been 7 years since I gave birth to him. We had cake and ice cream with a few friends on Friday night, and he had two friends spend the night. On Saturday we got up and I took Jacob, his two friends, Matthew and his friend to see the new Harry Potter movie. Yes, I took FIVE boys ages 6-8 to the movies. It wasn't too bad. The 6 year old got scared at some points as did one of the 8 year olds. The kids really enjoyed the movie although Matthew kept whispering questions to me throughout! My only peeve with the movie is that Dumbledore's character is being butchered!!
All in all, he had a great birthday. He even raked in some cash! He said it wasn't his best because last year he got more presents! Oh well!

Here are a couple of pictures of the birthday boy!

I've included this one because of the boys... They coordinated at school that day so that they would all wear cammo jammied that night!! And I thought only girls were like that! hehe

I love this one of Mike and Jacob building with the erector set!

Only 14 days until we get to do it all again for Matthew's birthday!

Friday, November 18, 2005

Makin' Me Look Bad...

Progress reports came out today. I was reading over Matthew's and noticed he had a C+ in Art... I asked him about it, and he said
"Mom, they said they messed up those grades. They are makin' me look bad."

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Livin' the Bad Life

So what dictates a 'good life' versus a 'bad life'?
We have all heard people say they are livin' the good life or that someone has had a hard life. Haven't we all experienced hardships? How much of our idea of a 'good life' is based on perspective? I do understand that some people experience hardship after hardship. I also see people who, despite those hardships, walk with their heads held high and they keep going. Others, just lay down and quit.
I've had my share of hardships. I was molested. I had a miscarriage. My exhusband left me when I was four months pregnant with a child we tried to have. I have been divorced. I have filed bankrupcy. If you asked me how I would classify my life, I would tell you, without hesitation, that I've lead a good life. I'm happy with where I am, and mostly happy with who I am. I can't imagine that I would be happier if those things hadn't happened to me. I don't think I would appreciate where I am without those things that ground me.
I wonder if people's ideas of the kind of life they have lead matches what kind of life people think they have had. I mean some people may look at the things I have been through and say, Man, that bites... and someone else may say that's not too bad, it could be much worst. Perspective is an amazing thing.

Monday, November 14, 2005

My Little Artist

Matthew loves to draw. He has even drawn his own Comic Book Character! Mike and I found his latest "trading card" on the kitchen island the other night... Behold! It's Captain Wegy Pants!

Mike was especially impressed by Matthew's proper use of 'ies' in the place of 'y' for the plural wedgies!

UPDATE: I have been informed that the above drawing was NOT done by Matthew. Jacob is the wedgie genius! Matthew only helped with the spelling part!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Rifle Tower

Jacob just came running in here..

"Hey Mom, with Imaginext Extreme, you can make the Rifle Tower."

"No bud, it's the EIFFEL Tower"

"Rifle Tower!"

"No, it's EIFFEL Tower"

"Not rifle tower"

"Eiffe Tower"


Saturday, November 05, 2005


Lauren had a dance performance today. There was a huge expo at the civic center and both dance schools performed. I was taken aback by how provocative the girls from the other school danced. Not just the older girls either. It really made me appreciate the school we are at for dance.
It was fun to watch them all perform. The girls were super cute! Lauren really got into the dance, especially the part where she got to shake her tush at us! I am really looking forward to their Nutcracker performance next month.
Of course when Lauren wasn't performing, she was sitting on the sidelines. BORED.

It was funny watching her. She kept asking me how much longer until she could get up. I finally went over to sit with her...
Doesn't that girl standing look bossy?! She was telling the girls they needed to back up so they didnt' get trampled by the next routine.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Update on Mom

She called the drs office to see if they had any news. The "spot" is on her lung, not her rib. And it's the only spot. On Monday, she will call to get her appt time to proceed. They are going to do a biopsy to find out what it is.

We went through something simular in May with my step-dad. They found a spot on his lung, and told us it was either cancer, TB or an infection. Turns out it was an infection. He has been on meds since. Of the three, infection was the most treatable, therefore best "option" if we had to choose one.

Can you guess which one I would choose if given a choice? It hasn't been easy to treat my step-dad and it took over a month to get a diagnosis on him and get the right treatment. They said he had to be on the meds for 6 months. At 4 months, his liver enzymes when through the roof. They took him off the meds and waited for his counts to level off again. One more week on the meds, and his liver went crazy again. So now, where does that leave him? We are waiting for answers now.

Each of the things that can be wrong have serious implications. I just have to remain positive and pray that she is getting the best possible care in her unique situation. The news we received today is far better than I dared hope for. And I only pray that it gets better.

Thankful for...

I'm sitting here wondering what the doctors are going to tell my Mom today. A few weeks ago, I was so content with my life. And now, I feel so much turmoil because of the illness of my Mother, my Mother-in-law and my Step-dad. They say things come in threes. Well, my plate is full, so any other emergencies can just go away, right? I sure hope so.

Here are some things I am extremely grateful for, in no particular order:

1. My Mom... the fact that I have gotten to have this much time with her. Her autoimmune disease could have taken her 5 years ago when she was 'diagnosed'. I'm thankful that I get to talk to her on the phone numerous times a day. I can pick up the phone at any time and just call to say hello or get an update on my siblings.

2. My kids... the fact that I have three healthy, beautiful and smart kids just amazes me. I look around at all the things that my kids 'could' have. All the diagnosis the doctors are making in kids today, and I thank God that my children are 'normal'.

3. My husband... he is the most caring, selfless person I know. That man would sacrifice his own happiness to ensure that my needs are met. And while I really hope he wouldn't, I am grateful knowing that he loves me THAT much. Because of him, I know the meaning of a wonderful marriage.

Some things that I am so blessed to have:
1. a wonderful home
2. great neighbors
3. a wonderful network of women I can lean on whenever I need them
4. enough money to get us all the things we need and a lot of stuff we don't need, but enjoy just the same

Count your blessing everyone. Especially when things look gloomy. Right now it would be so easy for me to just sit and wallow in self pity because of all the stressful things in my life. Instead, I am chosing to be positive, see the good in whatever comes, and just live my life to the fullest. Because without the hard times, I probably wouldn't even think twice about those things that make my life so good.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Martial Arts

So, the boys are taking karate. Or Martial Arts. Whatever. They are really enjoying it. Matthew earned his first stripe last night, and he was pretty proud. I'm pretty proud of him. He has picked up the moves very fast, and he executes them really well. Jacob is doing well too. He is not quite as coordinated as Matthew, but he is learning fast.

I hope this is something they will continue to do for a while. I think it will help them to learn disipline and respect. They are really big on being responible for your belongings and keeping your uniform neat and tidy. The boys can't blame me if they lose something. They have to take responsiblity for their own things. I think this is a great concept for them to be learning.

What I want to know is when did my boys get big enough, old enough, to be out there going to karate. When did they learn to read for that matter. I can clearly remember rocking them. And changing their diapers. And holding their hands as they walked beside me. And now they are these two independant people. People who make choices for themselves. People who still need Mom, but don't really need Mommy. And it's heartbreaking. When they were babies, I remember people would tell me that they would grow so fast. And man, I couldn't wait for them to walk, to talk, to potty train. And now, I look back, and I can't believe that I wished all that stuff away. Don't get me wrong, I want them to be independant and responsible. And I think they are well on their way. But I can't help but miss the little people they were.