Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sprinkles Anyone?

My little love thought it would be fun/funny to shake a container of sprinkles while deciding on a snack...the result...Sprinkles all over the kitchen!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Blog Award!!

I recieved my 1st blog award!!! Thank you Ashley at For the Love of Shoes.....and A Baby, too. I love her blog, she's so cute!

Beautiful Blogger Award

The rules:

1) Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2) Copy the award and place it on your blog.
3) Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4) Tell us 7 interesting things about yourself
5) Nominate 7 bloggers.
6) Post links to the 7 blogs nominated.

My 7 interesting things:

1. I'm addicted to chapstick and have been for at least 15 years. I have to have it with me at all times, if I don't I panic.
2. I only like homemade sweet tea, none of that store bought ick.
3. I was a vegetarian for 13 years.
4. I was hit by a car when I was 13.
5. I home school my son and I love it!
6. I have a license to drive an ambulance and save peoples lives!
7. My Mom, my Aunt, my brother, my two sisters and I all went to the same high school. Four of us had the same principal.

I pass this award on to...

1. Cheryl
2. Becca
3. Mommy in the Making 
4. Jenn
5. Rebecca
6. Brenda
7. Randi

I nominated these lovely ladies because I love their blogs! If you've been nominated and have already done this then just skip it, I'll still love your blog. :)

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, January 8, 2010

Funeral Home turned Mexican Restaurant?

The other morning we woke up to snow on the ground (again) so I had Alex drive me to work because I don’t like driving in the snow, and he didn’t mind anyway. We made plans to go eat at this really good Mexican restaurant right around the corner from my work, he picks me up and we drive over to the above mentioned restaurant. The place recently moved to a new location so it was our first time at the new much nicer location. We park on the side of the building and walk to the front and I notice we have to walk under a weird drive through type overhang thing, we reach the “grand” front doors and it hits me like a 200 lb dead body…this place eerily resembles a FUNERAL HOME!! Ewww! We went in and had dinner anyway, even the inside reminded me of a converted funeral home owned by the mafia. I could totally see this place in a movie, drug trafficking through the dead bodies in the funeral home gets busted so they turn it into a legit Mexican restaurant cover and continue the trafficking. lol Sick, I know.

Moving on…we finish dinner and we are back in the car. We decided at the last minute to go to the mall since we were so close to tax free shopping! We start driving out of the well lit parking lot and get out onto the “main” dark desolate road and yep, it’s dark alright (we don’t have street lights around here)! Alex asks, “Do you have your head lights on?” I reply, “Of course silly, I never turn them off” we both say, “why is it so dark then”! I pull into the next shopping center a minute further down the road and double check to make sure my head lights are in fact in the ON position and they are, so we both get out to check it out and…NOTHING, darkness! GREAT! We are over an hour away from our house! Obviously we decided not to go to the mall and just go straight home instead…using the high beams the entire way! It was quite comical really, I mean, what are the chances BOTH of my head lights would go out at the exact same time?? I know what you are thinking, duh! If they were both put in at the same time they would likely go out at the same time! But that’s not the case here; my head lights have NEVER both go out at the same time! I’m convinced it was the cursed mafia drug trafficking funeral home turned Mexican restaurant. Anyway, we made it home safe and sound, blinding everyone we passed along the way with only 1 person flashing me their high beams. In conclusion, the food wasn’t as good as it once was (I was so sick when I got home) and we ended up going to the non-tax free mall last night.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

My 1st wordless Wednesday...

Oh how I miss warm summer nights...

Photos taken by an old friend in the back yard on an island in Florida.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Cost of Raising Children

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition.

BUT $160,140.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
- $8,896.66 a year,
- $741.38 a month,
- $171.08 a week,
- A mere $24.24 a day!
- Just over a dollar an hour.

Still you might think the best financial advice is: don’t have children if you want to be ‘rich.’ Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do you get for your $160,140.00?
- Naming rights. First, middle and last!
- Glimpses of God every day.
- Giggles under the covers every night.
- More love than your heart can hold.
- Butterfly kisses and velcro hugs.
- Endless wonders over rocks, ants, clouds and warm cookies.
- A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
- A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
- Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.

You get to:
- Finger-paint
- Carve pumpkins
- Play hide-and-seek
- Catch lightening bugs
- Never stop believing in Santa Claus

You have an excuse to:
- Keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh
- Watch Saturday morning cartoons
- Go to Disney movies, and
- Wish on stars

You get to frame rainbows, hearts and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.

For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck.

You get to be a hero just for:
- Retrieving a frisbee off the garage roof
- Taking the training wheels off a bike
- Removing a splinter
- Filling a wading pool
- Coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
- Coaching a baseball team that never wins, but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
- First step
- First word
- First bra
- First date
- First time behind the wheel

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.

It’s the best investment you’ll ever make.

-- Authur Unknown --


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