Friday, March 5, 2010

Random Friday/Confessions



It's been beautiful all week long.   A little chilly at times...well chilly by CA standards.  They kept talking about the rain that was coming.  And it kept getting bumped back further and further.  So we had a gorgeous week and tomorrow and Sunday we are going to get slammed.  It's a trade off.

Speaking of trade offs...having the kids at school offers a nice break from the chaos and kid shows.  But the trade off is homework.  By the time summer rolls around I am dancing with joy because I get two months without any homework.  That joy lasts for about a week.

And speaking of time off for good behavior, Spring Break Easter vacation is just around the corner.  We get 2 weeks here.  In VA it was 4 days.  But then they started later and ended it way way later.  It doesn't make sense to me really since they are supposed to go to school a specific amount of days.

Which reminds me, remember when summer vacation was like 3 months of total freedom??  My kids get exactly 60 days.  What is that???

I do not put my TV shows before my kids. 

I do not get angry when the phone rings at 9PM on MONDAY NIGHT!

I do not buy my son a hot wheels car every week at the grocery store.

I do not dance in the aisles of the store when a song comes on that I like

I don't sing along with said song either.

I do not eat cookie dough or cake badder.

I do not hide the good candy.

And that's the truth!

And now for something totally random and completely true:   Come back on Monday for my very first giveaway!  I am very excited about this.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Nothing to Fear

There is nothing to fear, but fear itself.  Quick who said that?  I don't usually have pop quizes in my blog, but if you said Franklin D. Roosevelt you were paying attention in class that day.  That's a great saying really.  But the truth is, we all have fears. 

I am afraid of elevators.  I have bad knees.  And even on their hurtiest days, I will opt to take the stairs instead of getting into the box of doom.  I am afraid of closed spaces.  My kids--all of them--sleep with their heads under their blankets.  Oh how can they do that!?  I couldn't breathe.  I need AIR!   I am afraid heights.  I am not deathly afraid of them, but you also won't see me walking out on the glass floor at the Grand Canyon either!  I am afraid of flying.  Ironically, I love to look at the ground below.  Go figure.  I am afraid of being sick.  Like puke sick.  Like I would rather be set on fire than be sick.  No really.  I will fight it with every fiber of my being.  I think most people in the world would rather not be sick.  But for some reason I truly have a nearly irrational fear of it.  A true phobia.

Today, the kids were outside while I was cooking dinner.  I was browning the ground beef when Kristin came tearing in telling me that Emily had a bee on her shirt and that she was "freaking out."  I headed outside fully expecting to find her in total hysterics and no bee in sight because the thing would have been scared honeyless.  What I found was Emily frozen in the middle of the driveway.  There was indeed a bee on her shirt.  Right on her shoulder and nestled under some hair.  it was a happy bee.  He found a place to rest.  Emily told me to smash it.  haha.  I told her I was just going to brush it off her shirt.  I used my slipper and the bee buzzed off.  Emily was shaking.  Her legs were literally trembling beneath her.  Rich and I told her go inside and relax.  She did.  She cried.  I told her the bee thought she was a flower because she smelled so nice.  She laughed.  We talked about bees and how they really don't see well, and since she didn't move the bee felt safe.  She felt better, but chose to stay inside.  I told her that was fine.

We all have things we are afraid of, and we all have true phobias.  What are your fears and phobias?  And how have you tried to rise above them?

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Pictures of the Day

 
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Ryan sitting in the middle of Grandma's "grass"
Picture taken with my phone.
Edited with Paint Shop Pro X

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New Beginnings

Last week for Wordless Wednesday, I posted this picture.  Some of you knew exactly what it was.  Some of you thought I took it that day.  Some of you wondered what it was.  The picture of the Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, was taken in July of 2007.  If you go all the way back to my very first post, you will see we moved from VA after Rich retired serving 20 years in the United States Coast Guard.  We made our journey a road trip and visited family, friends, and visited as many Temples as we could.  That particular one was Houston. 

Another thing that happened last on Wordless Wednesday, was Kristin went to Young Womens.  This is a program for the young women in the church ages 12 to 18.  Each week they have a lesson, spiritual thought and an activity.  Last week they had a special meeting called, "New Beginnings."  It was aimed at the the girls just coming into the program.  They talked about each of the Young Women's values.  Kristin represented knowledge.  She had a little speech prepared:  "Last year in my science class a poster on the wall read:  '33 years from now it won't matter what jeans you bought or how your hair looked or what you wore what matters is what you learned and how you use it.' My mom says knowledge is the one thing you take with you forever so never stop learning.'  Knowledge is a good thing to have. It helps us through thick and thin so always use it whenever possible.  Never stop learning."

I was very impressed by this.  She has got it more together than I ever did at that age.  I only hope that she can live by that always.  What do your kids, nieces, nephews or grandchildren surprise you with?

Monday, March 1, 2010

What Do You Think?

As you can see, I have a brand new look.  I get restless in the cyber world so I like to play.  I have Incredimail which is a really fun email program.  I change its look regularly.  My Yahoo is also changed on a regular basis; as well as my avatar for it.  I suppose if I had the means and the drive, I would paint my house at least once a year, changing the look entirely.  Since I don't have either, I live that dream in the cyber world.

I spent most of the weekend working on it.  Here is what I did...

The Header:  For the header I used the picture below.
 
I opened Paint Shop Pro and did a panoramic crop.  Then, I copied a section of the picture with no people, and pasted it wherever there were people.  The lettering I selected inner beveling.

The Background:  The background is from The Cutest Blog on the Block.  The link can be found in the upper left hand corner.

I have been wanting a three column blog for ages.  Finally I found a very simple -- and by simple I mean SIMPLE--tutorial on how to do it.  You don't have to speak computer.  I have no clue what all that HTML stuff means.  I just know that after did what the tutorial said, I had three columns.  You can find the tut here.
The same site will link you to another post to adjust the margins.  This one was a little bit trickier, but I did it!!!  

Now, did you notice that cute CA GIRL button on the left?  Isn't she darling?  A dear bloggy friend of mine made her.  Thank you, muah!  I love it, but it didn't have a code.  So how do you do that?  I love those.  I want one.  Most of you have one.  So I found another simple tutorial here. 

So tell me, what do you think!?