Saturday, March 20, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I saw something on the news that I found totally ridiculous and downright disturbing.  If you have a little one in your life, whether she/he is your own son/daughter or your niece or grandchild, I am sure you know and love the book:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?  Don't you love this book???  And who is reading it?  We are.  To our dear little ones.  And what does it teach?  Colors!!  I remember discovering this gem when Kristin was less than two.  Oh how we loved this book.  It's still in our house.  Ryan likes it too!  It's in pretty good shape, considering it has survived 3 children.  So far there is nothing disturbing or ridiculous about this is there??  Of course not.

What is ridiculous is that (sorry Texans)for now this book and another one called Ethical Marxism:  The Categorical Imperative of Liberation are not being included in the state of Texas' curriculum. Why?  Well apparently it is because the author's share the same name.  Bill Martin Jr.  wrote our beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear book along with many others.  He wrote(past tense here) many children's books.  Past tense because, I didn't know this, but he died in 2004.  The other author, Bill Martin had his work published in 2008.

Can anyone please explain to me the reasoning behind this?  My kids do not know or care what Marxism is.  Ryan wouldn't even know who wrote any of his books he loves to hear.  Except maybe Dr. Suess.  And even that is a stretch.  And what are the odds he or any other kid would confuse the two?  Seriously, can somebody explain this to me. 

What are your thoughts?

Come back tomorrow for the first look at DWTS!

Friday, March 19, 2010

20 questions answered

I invited you to ask me questions, and you delivered.  Here are the answers everyone wants to know.  Okay maybe not everyone.  Read on and enjoy!

Do you remember the name of the song we chose for a radio dedication to our three "friends"? ;) 

Honestly, no.  I don't even remember doing it.  Did it get played???  LOL

Good or bad or funny - Are you turning into your mother? How?

Good:  It is good that I am turning into my mother.  She is a smart lady.  
Bad:  Darn knees and then there is that whole senility thing.
Funny:  We share a brain.  Which is sad, because we always lose it.

When have you/do you most feel like you are a good mom?
When I can stay calm and keep my voice even in one of those situations that you might otherwise be screaming.  When they are sick, and I can put everything BUT them on hold.  When I can make them laugh.  Those are my "good mom" moments.

what are 3 things you NEVER want to do? 

Bungee jump
scrub a bathroom with a toothbrush
ID a body (I think I watch too much TV)

What is the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? 

Oh the tales I could tell!  But I want you all to respect me in the morning. ;)  So when I was about 20 ish...and skinny for the first time ever...I was shopping with my mom and trying on clothes.  It was the one time I enjoyed this activity.  I grabbed a pair of pants that were supposed to be stretch jeans.  Stretch jeans that were the precursor to skinny jeans.  I didn't like the way they looked on after.  No big.  Just take them off right?  Right.  Except, when you have big feet those slim fitting pants don't give up to easily.  No where to sit and no where to go.  I sat my butt on the floor.  Luckily I was in the last stall so I was tucked away in a corner.  I was pulling and tugging at these stupid pants.  In my mind, I am seeing a salesperson cutting them off my body, and then I would have to pay for cut up pants.  Luckily I got myself out of them.  My mom was wondering what was taking me so long.  Well that would be it.  

If there is one thing you could go back and do over what would it be?

I really wish I would have tried out for more plays in high school.  I really enjoyed acting.  

If someone gave you $1000 what is the first thing you would buy/do with it? 

 If I wasn't afraid of pain, I might consider some plastic surgery.  Correct my nose.  Or lift the face a bit.  Depends.  How about some lypo? The thing is, I would have guilt if I spent it all on myself.  I would make sure everyone got a piece of the pie.

At what point in your full days with your kiddos do you finally say: "calgon take me away"? :)   

Hahahaha!  That's a loaded question!  Sometimes it's first thing in the morning! I have been known to lock myself in my bedroom and sit in the dark.  It's those days when the 4 year old is asking 20 million questions, while I am trying to keep the nine year old focused on homework, and the TV is on but nobody is watching, and the phone rings and then I get a text message.  And since I am not answering the boy fast enough he has to come over and yank on me to make sure I am hearing him while I am on the phone, texting, helping with homework and trying to hunt down the remote to turn the tv to something the boy likes so he will be distracted for five seconds.  Yeah, those are the times when I need a moment.  

How do you do all this blogging and still get the kids off to school, fed, bathed, homework, dinner, etc.?

Have you seen my house?  haha.  Seriously...I do not blog until after the kids are gone.   From dinner until they are in bed, I do very little with the computer.  I read a lot of blogs throughout the day and comment.  Sometimes, I am gone all day and I cram in my reading after the homework is done.  I try really hard to respond back to comments I get.  I don't always get to everybody.
I am a stickler about certain things...dinner, bed, and baths are right up there.  And well, the kids need to go to bed so that I will be nice to them the next day.  ;)  My BFF's mom told me, her kids always had a bedtime because it was either her or the kids.  Hahaha!
What is your true passion, and what are you doing about it?

It's here.  I love to write.  I love that there are people out there who read the things that I write.  I don't know if I will get that book published, but for now this is good enough for me.

What are you top 5 favorite films of all time?

1.  The Wizard of Oz
2.  The Outsiders
3.  The Princess Bride
4.  The Breakfast Club
5.  Pillow Talk

That's all the questions we have time for today.  This was lots of fun.  I may have to do another part to get more questions.  

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Everything was Green

Yesterday for Saint Patrick's Day we all wore our traditional green.  Did you know the reason you wear green is so that the leprechauns can't see you?  If you don't wear green, then they can see you and they will pinch you.  Which is where pinching people when they aren't wearing green comes from.  Well none of us wanted to be seen so we all wore green.

I felt my food was in danger as well.  So I made us a cake.

 green of course.  Then I frosted it...
                                  Green frosting of course

How about.....

Kristin was in awe that I actually dyed the rice green.  She was a little uneasy about the safety of the rice.  I assured her it was safe to eat.  The picture doesn't do it justice.  The rice was bright bright green.  It was quite the sight.  It made the broccoli look so blah and sad.

What did you do for St.Patrick's Day? 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

A game of sorry with a 4 year old...interesting.

Remember to ask me a question.  I will be answering on Friday.

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I Forgot!

I knew it was coming.  I kept meaning to check the date.  But life just gets in the way of things, and I forgot.  Maybe if I had taken two seconds to look...I would have realized.  Well, better late than never I guess...

It's my blogoversary!!  Technically, I started it August of 2007 with the intent to make an account of our journey across the country.  That didn't pan out to well.  In fact, only 2 entries were ever posted.  Which is too bad, since it really was quite a little (long) adventure!!!  And then, my cousin and his family moved here.  Our sons, and his wife and I all became fast friends.  I am talking about Emmy.  If you haven't been to her blog before, go and look around.  It was through her that I was brought back into the blogging world.  I began posting and haven't stopped.  I thoroughly enjoy it.  The connections I have made, and the freedom to write a little something each day.  So, thank you Emmy for giving me that push.  

As I said, I missed the actual date.  See, I thought I got back into it closer to April.  Turns out it was February.   This will mark post #242.  Over the past year and change, my blog has grown and changed.  I have no idea where I will be with it next year.  All I know is, I plan on hanging around.  I picked a few of my favorite posts for you either revisit or enjoy for the first time.  Thanks for coming to visit me and leave all your great comments!!  Keep them coming.

Life's Little Surprises


Writer's Workshop:  Cinderella

Monday, March 15, 2010

20 Questions

Last week I posted about Rich's birthday, and mentioned I made a cake with diet coke.  There was some interest in that recipe, so here it is in a nutshell.  You can buy any box cake and replace the water and oil with a can of diet soda.  For the chocolate, I used diet coke.  For a white cake I would recommend diet cream soda.  For a spice cake, diet ginger ale.  Aside from the diet soda, follow the recipe and the cake turns out yummy and it is now very low in fat.  Bonus!  I also have a recipe for a poke cake.  You can find that one here.  It is very tasty and again, very low in fat!  The serving size is quite big.  The poke cake needs to stay in the fridge.

Now normally on this day I would pose a question. However in the light of the fact that I have gained some new followers, I thought I would turn over the questioning to you.  I have seen a few other bloggers doing this and it was well received.   So, ask away my friends.  Ask me anything.  Just remember this a family oriented place, and my mother reads it!  Fire at will!