Friday, April 20, 2012

Love Thy Neighbor

I need to get something off my chest.  I am having a real hard time loving my neighbor.  And it's getting harder and harder.  I have tried very hard to take the high road.  To be the better person.  I know I need to lead by example and lately my example has been poor.

A couple of days ago, Kristin came tearing downstairs to tell me that the neighbors kids plus a couple other kids from down the street were wrecking our Christmas lights(yep we've gone redneck!).  She said they were pulling the bulbs out and smashing them.  These are little kids mind you.  No older than 10.  I jumped up to see/catch them but it was too late.  And the damage had been done.

As you can see, the lights are gone.  There are many other places along the fence where they were pulled as well.  I just chose not bore you all with the pictures.
This is only part of all the damage done to my fence.  On the other side is a green belt.  They go back there constantly.  I am afraid they will get hurt.  They also climb my tree.  Also worried they will get hurt.  When I talked to the mom, the girls claimed their innocence and said that they were trying to get the boys to stop(the boys from down the street who also have a history.)   Mom, of course took their side.  I would too.  I have no proof, so I to avoid drama, I let it pass.  I took the names of the boys and found out where they lived.  We talked a little about my tree...interestingly enough...the mom said she has seen "L" another kid climbing it all the time and she is always after her.  Really?  And what about your kids???  They are always in it.  I said I tell them to get out too because I don't want anyone to get hurt etc...THEN she says, "Yes, because then you know it will be your responsibility..." oh it gets better....she adds...."You should just cut it down."  What!???  Oh I don't think so.  No.  People should just tell their kids to stay off of other peoples property!!!!  Am I wrong?

So yeah, I am having a real hard time loving my neighbor right now.  What problems have you had with neighbors? 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Proud Mommy Moments--It's Screaming Time

I love this Meme as it gives a Mom a chance to boast, or to share some humiliation hoping she is not the only one.  Today, I am the latter.  So what is it?  Well after two weeks of free play, it's hard to get back into the routine of school, class, teachers and work.  

On Ryan's first day, I told him to have a good day and go for "blue" for his behavior color.  Blue would be "good."  He came home telling me he was on yellow.  Yellow is only a warning color.  I asked him what for.  He said, "For spanking butts."  At this point, I am a little shocked, but then I realize we do this at home as a form of play.  I quickly told him it's not a game for school.  It's our game at home.  I had to suppress the laughter that was building up.  It still makes me laugh.

On Emily's second day, she created a stomach ache.  We have been dealing with this for a while now.  Well, I put my foot down.  She did too, "I will just call you."  Nice.  I told her I would simply tell her to go back to class like last time.   She screamed.  Like a two year old.  Yeah that was a proud moment.  But guess what?  She still went to school.

Do you have a boasting moment?  A moment of shame?  Or a funny?  Link up with Emmymom and KMama.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DWTS Latin Night

It's Latin Night...and thus far, I do not have any pictures.  ABC won't let me use them?  I do not know.  I give credit where credit is due.  Hopefully before this post is ready to go out, the pictures will be there. Anyway, we are now at the halfway point!  Wait what?  We just started!  But here we are....

Jaleel & Kym
Jaleel and Kym are dancing The Samba  ...Jaleel says he will shake it for Carrie Ann and even Bruno!  The he added he will get the technical down for Len.

He listened to the judges, because he brought the technique to the dance floor.  Plus he just has lots of fun. 

Len said the Samba must have rhythm and that he had it in abundance.  And as for his hips, "hip hip parade."
Bruno told him, "You got the party started.  It was unstoppable. You've done that before.  Get out of here!"
Carrie Ann said he came out with attack and fire and that he is  a good dancer but warned him to watch his arms when he is out of holds.

Carrie Ann:  8
Len:  8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

Melissa and Maks
Melissa and Maks  Salsa  after her injury, the doctor released her with rest and not to do anything that would cause headaches.  She teased Maks a lot.  He put a helmet on her head and gave her a neck brace.  Their Salsa is good, but something about it bugs me....can't put my finger on it.

Bruno likes it, "maximum thrust, wild and untamed."  He said that she has to be on it, because otherwise she loses control. Hmmm maybe that is it.
Carrie Ann praised her for how beautifully she has come along and gained her confidence, but like Bruno said is lacking control. She added that she needs to make her steps fit  her body.  Yes!  That is it.  It is like she is dancing to keep up with Maks rather than match him.
Len said that at times there was great rhythm and feel and at times it was untidy and rough. But that overall he enjoyed it.

Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 7
Total: 21

Maria and Derek
Maria and Derek are dancing the Salsa this week...Remember she has a stress fracture??? Welll..... this week she fell on her face/chin in practice.  Hard enough that she was afraid there would be blood every where.  Luckily there was not.  Just a nice red mark.  As a joke she wrapped herself in bubble wrap.  As for their Salsa, wow.  There was a kiss in there.  And a lot of noise was made over it.  Big woo!  Whatever.  The dance itself was amazing. I see contender here.

Carrie Ann is fanning herself and then she says, "Oh!" She says that Maria's upper body is elegant & still and her lower body was hot, but that the kiss  was a sell out!  GO for the illusion! She said.
Len said 2 things were revealed:  Derek's body(he took off his shirt) and your(Maria's) talent.  He said he was definitely more impressed with Maria's talent. Good job!
Bruno is such a naughty boy!  He was licking his lips and he asked, "Was it legal, want me to get you a room.  Can I join!??  Saucy and hot!    That is the way I like it!?"

Carrie Ann:   9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Katherine and Mark
Katherine and Mark have the Argentine Tango. This dance has sharp, fast kicks between the legs...of both partners.  Well Katherine kept getting him in his, "naughty bits."  Mark started wearing a cup, Katherine said that just gave her an aiming device--he wore it on the outside!  Their dance is awesome.  Another contender!

Len compared their dance to a rose: beauty on the surface, and  underneath sharp and menacing; bittersweet.
Bruno said that the dancing and choreography was of the highest quality and the roles were played to perfection.
Carrie Ann said that Katherine had the best legs, and that her first lunge was perfection. The dance as a whole, "Poetry in motion."

Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 29

Gavin and Karina
Gavin and Karina are dancing the Samba and Karina is really working Gavin this week.  And this one is way out of his comfort zone. It still amazes me when celebs have these boundaries like this.  The dance doesn't go well. He needs fan love.

Bruno is really are a naughty boy!"You should have stayed on the boat(the dance started with him in a small boat)... are you suffering from tropical fever?"  He said that despite the madness, he enjoyed it.  He noted that Gavin just let go and enjoyed himself.  And yes, he did.
Carrie Ann was of the same opinion.  That he just goes for it, but he was lacking form. Gavin said it was "More of a struggle, than a Samba."  Tom Bergeron turned to him and said, "Don't do their job for them." Haha
Len called it  Shamba rather than a Samba (When the booing ensued, he told the audience to "bring it on!") He said it was a hard dance, and Gavin made a gallant effort. 

Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total: 19

William and Cheryl
William and Cheryl have the Argentine Tango and William has an ankle injury, but he was dancing on it anyway.  Crazy like all the rest.   You can't tell.  No major foul ups this week.  A major come back for the Latin hottie.  Did I say that???

Carrie Ann said "Wooooo!  The Latin dancing James Bond, is in the house!"
Len said it had mood, passion, sensuality and color.  "Well done."
Bruno said there was "pulsating passion and throbbing intensity!"

Carrie Ann:10
Len: 9
Bruno: 10
Total: 29

Gladys and Tristan
Gladys and Tristan are dancing the  Samba and Gladys has three shows in three cities plus rehearsals.  And somehow she pulls it all together for the show.  She looks like it's easy for her to do.  That isn't to say, she is fabulous at it, just that I couldn't do it better than she.

Len said there is a naturalness about her and it is simple and effective.
Bruno loves the way she plays to the audience. "You are magic!"
Carrie Ann said there were some tiny mistakes, but that there's a reason why she is the legend she is.  "You command the stage!  The flavor was great, but the mistakes took you back a notch."
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total: 22

Roshon and Chelsie
Roshon and Chelsie are dancing the Salsa and to channel his inner Latin hottie, Roshon says he is going to copy William Levy. He actually gets tips from William. It was cool.  Their dance was great.  He is growing up.  *sniff*

Bruno said he is  wired for the Salsa and that his timing is unbelievable!
Carrie Ann said he was  sexy in a totally age appropriate  Disney way.  She claims she isn't a cougar!  She added that she loved all the styles he brought to the dance.
Len said he really likes his enthusiasm, but likened it to a young guy with his first car.  He advised him to slow down and enjoy the journey.
Carrie Ann:  9
Len: 8
Bruno: 9
Total: 26

Donald and Peta
Donald and Peta  have The Argentine Tango.  He acts like the teacher during rehearsal this week and she lets him play.  He is a long time fan of the show, and studies each dance like a football play.  It pays off.  Their dance is hot!  And wow the lifts are A-MAY-ZING!!! 

Carrie Ann called it divine. She said there was so much technique, and that he mastered it.
Len said the lifts were spectacular, but  the rest, nearly, but not quite.
Bruno said the build up was amazing. "The predator preying about w/ a little animal ready for the I going to do it?  He said there was so much build up that it interrupted the flow, but that it was good.

Carrie Ann:  10
Len: 8  ( somebody must have spit in Len's coffee!)

Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Last night the bottom two couples:  Gavin and Karina and Jaleel and Kym had to do a side by side dance duel for the judges--not sure I liked this for the final decision of who was going home.  It was nearly impossible to focus on the split screen.  In the end, it was Gavin who went home.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Random Is as Random Does...

I have the mind of a 12 year old.  Why?  Because when I get words like "pee" "poop" and "overflow" in Draw Something I use them.  I only wish I saved them.  For pee, I drew a dog peeing on a tree.  For poop....well I can leave that one to the imagination.  I will say there was steam and flies.  Overflow involved a toilet.  So is that a 12 year old mind or a sick one? 

Yesterday the kids went to back to school.  I will be talking a little bit more about that on Thursday.  Let's just it was a pretty good day.  Not great, but not awful.  Today was the challenge.  Again, that will be left for Thursday. You know...those Proud Mommy Moments!

There are just 7 little weeks left of school.  Seven.  How did that happen?  It also means the dreaded state testing is coming.  No matter how much we tell the kids, the test is more about the teacher they still stress.  *sigh*

My neighbors had a party for their daughter who turned 9 over the weekend.  Complete with a bouncy house.  I am not one hundred percent sure who the party was for.  Rich told me the adults were up past midnight.  I was asleep.  Had no clue.  But he heard them.  LOUD and clear.  So, who was that party for?

I was super productive yesterday.  I either got really sick, or was abducted by aliens.  It was weird.   Maybe I will be productive again today.  Then again maybe not.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Call Me Crazy...

Friday was the last day of Spring Break at our house.  So we were going out with a bang.  We decided we would go to The Living Desert.  We saw only a small portion of what this place has to offer.  The parking was free and the price was reasonable for a tight budget.  We ate lunch in the car when we got there and then got started on our journey.

Once inside, I armed myself with my camera on auto as usual and thought...hmmm....why not try manual.  What possessed me?  I have no idea.  But I did.  Maybe it was the cool train layout.

Ryan was in boy heaven....
I was picture taking heaven....
I wonder how many other angles and photos I could have taken....
But there were animals to be seen....
We saw a real live Pumba....he was sleeping....they liked this statue more.
There were crazy cactus....
Ornery old goats

 And just plain fun....

So where does the crazy come in?  It was crazy weather that day.  Luckily...the severe stuff was at home.  And just as we were leaving, it hit the park.  I had to drive in some of it, but for us we only got a little wet.  The drive was a little nail biting on the way home, otherwise it was a great day.

What crazy adventures have you had!?