Sunday, August 2, 2009

Little girls

When i had my first child, I didn't care the sex. We had a boy. When i was pregnant with my second child since i had a boy, i wanted a girl to just make me complete with one of each. We had another boy. So when we (I) decided i wanted another child, I knew it was my last chance to have a little girl. I tried a bunch of different ways they say on the internet to sway your odds. Finally i just got frustrated and just was trying. and then finally i just said "screw it" and thought i will never get pregnant and gave up. BAM that is when i got pregnant. the most worst time too as we were building our house and moving. Morning sickness and moving don't go good together. So when i went in for the u/s and they said girl. i was over the moon. finally in the sea of blue i will have a pink bundle of joy. i got a pink carseat, pink bouncer, pink pink pink. Her room is a honey dew green though we didn't know the sex when we were painting it but it goes so well with pink. I thought of some cute girly names. Ahhh a Girl. well my husband veto'd my girly names and pouted until i gave in and said "fine you name her" what does he name her...Samantha. yes, while it is a girl name. What do i call her for short....SAM Ok, so i think girly stuff. pink cups and now that she is 3 and has started getting a mind of her own. what does she want to play with, swords, cars and what ever her brothers play with. What is her favorite color? GREEN Not pink, not purple. but Green. and when we went out shopping for cloths i asked her opinion on various things and what is the one shirt she decides she wants. Not the cute one with the butterflies. but a blue shirt from the boy department that has lightening McQueen. while i am glad she isn't a girly girl and will hold her own with the boys. She does let me dress her in girl cloths and isn't all that tomboyish. You need to learn that sometimes what you have pictured in your head, isn't what you will get in the end. Though i don't know what i would do with out my Sam.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Living with ADHD

Well living with a child with ADHD isn't a walk in the park. Lately it has been a walk down a walk covered with tacks. We are off schedule and it is not working. tomorrow I will have to get C up when i get up. as much as i enjoy my quiet time while kids are sleeping, i enjoy my sanity more. i need to get him taking his pill at a normal time. Right now i am trying to find a cabinet lock that will work on my side by side frig. Why you may ask? Cuz of Camden. I would love to go to sleep without worrying is he going to go down stairs and take the milk out to make his own strawberry milk after i told him no more. only to either leave the milk out, leave the frig open or waste so much milk and strawberry mix to get the right flavor. Or how about sneaking in the frig (had to done a sneak as i was right there in the living room and didn't hear a thing) to take out FIFTEEN eggs and proceed to crack them all over the playroom, desk, keyboard and little hall. This just after replacing a keyboard on my main computer. The results is me having a breakdown and all kids loosing privliges to the computers. I am missing an H key becuz of camden and his eating crap by my computer which caused something to get stuck and me pulling it off wrong and breaking the plastic clip. I may let Hunter play the computer for an hour a day if he stays in my room with door locked and only after he does some chore first. i will get a new keyboard in a month for when the kids start school and Hunter will probably need it but not till then. The other day i went to water fitness only to come home to a loaf of bread eaten. a WHOLE LOAF. I just bought it the day before. Today i was going to run out and get some stuff from Sam's club but after the egg thing there was no way i could go out and leave them with their dad sleeping and there was no way i was taking Camden out. He just don't think before he acts. when he has his meds he is fine but in those dreaded hours of coming on or going off them. it is crazy. this morning it was just after he got his pill so it hadn't kicked in yet. I should have had a clue when i caught him at age 2 on the table with hot sauce spilled all over. at the time i thought scrapbook moment. but i think that was the beginning of the end for me. i also can't fill the dog continuous water dish cuz it never fails that after i do, someone comes and fills the bowl with dog food. LIFE sucks somedays. Oh and shortly after the egg thing Camden comes down stairs (sent him to his room) and says " i love you momma" as he gives me a hug. there are days i could throttle him and then he goes and pulls that. Sigh what can you do

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Swingset

So after much going around and around with swingsets. what I wanted i couldn't get as my dh is not Bob the Builder and FiL is too far away to come help put it up. also despite my friends husband saying he would help. we went with a swingset that included assembly. While it is half of what i was looking at for the same price. i must say it is an ok swingset. (still want the one at Sam's club though woodridge i think it is called) We got this from Crown of MN. it is the same set as the neighbors. We originally were going with just swing and tower but dh said might as well get the monkey bars also. it came with also a larger rock wall and then the picnic table which we didn't install. The bottom will be a playhouse when FiL gets here to wall it in. (not sure when that will be)
This is Sam waiting and watching the swingset go up. it took the workmen 5 hours to put it up.

Finally the up. this is actually a few days later. i moved the sandbox over. i started to stain it only to find the stain wasn't matching. so i removed the seating on the sandbox(was cracked anyway) I stained the inside of the sand box so i at least could fill it and will do the outside later. the box was made by FiL. I wanted a wooden box that went on the end for sand toys but what FiL made was WAY too big. so that has been moved. the bottom of the set will eventually be floored and three walls added with a door to make the bottom a playhouse for Sam cuz right now she won't go up the stairs. Funny story is I went up there to see how it was and Bailey (seen in picture) followed me up. she climbed the stairs. it made me laugh so hard, i never saw a dog climb the stairs before. oh and the monkey bars. i thought, hell why do we need those the kids won't use them. oh i was wrong. camden is climbing on them all the time. also when it was going up, i thought man i should have done it on an angle but now that i have the sandbox there it is shaded by the building so it works great cuz Sam loves to play in the box.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This is the stairway to HELL. It goes up the side of the mountain and I nearly died. This is the group waiting for my sister and I to catch up. they had to do this alot. I being over weight and out of shape and she carrying a 2 month old baby. (but also out of shape but not over weight)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Tasteless joke

Farrah Fawcett arrived in heaven and God granted her one wish...she wished that all the children in the world was safe. So God killed Michael Jackson.

sorry I told you it was tasteless. but come on..some of you chuckled

Saturday, June 6, 2009

just some meanderings

Well i got the swaps done. Sorry i didn't take pictures of them to post. i was just cutting it so close. ALSO my camera is MIA. yeah i know how shocking that a scrapbooker is without a camera. i do love my camera but i could use a new one. I set the camera aside as the battery died and i couldn't find the charger. so a week or so later i found the charger but lost the camera. i did charge the extra battery so if I do find the camera i can charge that battery and put the charged one in. Maybe that is what i can do on this rainy day but am a little tired this am.

Sam had a fever yesterday, came on all of a sudden. 103.1 called the ped at urgent care. said to give her meds and watch her. if still feverish in am, bring her in to U.C. So i had her sleep with me which made Camden want to sleep with me and then he couldn't sleep, kept bouncing around, was going to knock sleeping Sam off the bed and kept bugging the dog who was also trying to sleep. finally got him in with his brother. So i am a bit tired. also don't help that it is cold and rainy out. i have to cover my veggies from the cold. Average high around these parts is in the 70's and it is a fridged 50*. tomorrow is suppose to be 60. Feels like fall outside and while we need the rain this cold isn't good for the gardens. thankfully i have a patio garden and can just cover it up. Found some clear plastic so they can get light but not the wind.

My sister isn't doing very well. I feel sad that i can't be there for my family but it is what it is. She is in the hospital after having several strokes. Still no end insight. You see on the news about getting to the hospital and people making recovery from these things and she isn't getting better. actually got worse. No one is telling the family anything and in turn I don't get any information. I believe her smoking has a direct cause in these strokes and so please if you smoke, stop. You may seem invincible at the moment and think you aren't doing any harm but you are. We never expected any of this to happen. She just started scrapbooking 2 years ago and now she can't even feed herself let alone scrapbook.

Well i think that is it from here. i better go clean or something. even though i really don't want to

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ablation Finally the bleeding has stopped

for the first day in 24 days i feel normal. no bleeding no spotting. Now to see how successful the ablation went. this is going to be a long 29ish days to see what happens next cycle. the total for my ablation is abour $7000. my out of pocket is approx. $400. for those of you thinking about ablation you can get it done cheaper by doing it in the doctor's office but that also means that you will not be under general (something i couldn't do) Some say that it is a little more uncomforatable and some say that it isn't that bad. if you want to learn more there is a website you can go to for answers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

21 days after ablation

I want to say I have good news but sadly right now i don't. it isn't a failure, just have to wait I guess 4-6 months before we know if my ablation was a success. Here is what I do know. I haven't been intimate with my dh for 21 days. When we got to the 2 week mark that I was off of "rest" i ended up getting my PAP (for those of you who don't know what that means. Post Ablation Period) i got it a week early. Started with spotting for 2 days then light bleeding. now moderate bleeding and now it is 1 week and counting. I guess this is completly normal. One gal i talked to on the EA board says she had spotting for a week then PAP for 2 weeks. I will discuss this with my OB on the 28th. Needless to say dh is feeling a little neglected. I just want to get back to normal. I don't mind getting a period still. as long as it isn't heavy and normal length. i have gone through a package of light pads already. So this is where I am at right now. I am not enjoying this as I hate waiting. but i will have to wait for result. oh and the gal i mentioned above, she said after her PAP, she went 3 cycles with out AF and then now it is just a pantyliner period. oh i would love a pantyliner period

Friday, May 1, 2009

Day 2 after ablation

Well yesterday i crashed at about 9pm. I started watching Bones and then was falling asleep so I started to read some and then was out. Slept till 1am when i started coughing again, went down got a throat drop and more advil. I didn't hurt but the nurse said to take it every 6 hours. I slept and woke up again at 2 from a disturbing dream and then finally was up for the day at 5:45.

This morning brought me some discomfort in my abodomen. It feels like I did a too many sit ups. my back is achy (like a gazillion). the inside of my thighs hurt like I walked too much (don't really want to know how far they had those puppies spread and what else they did while I was out), my throat by my chin area is a bit tender and the back of my neck is sore (like i was watching a tennis match from center court). My voice is still hoarse with some cough. All very very minor. I don't know what my discharge from my women bits are but i think it is very minimum. All i really would love to do is soak in a bath but no baths for 2 weeks, some kind of torture, they make you feel beat to hell but then tell you that you can soak the pain away. This sucks as I really don't like to take a shower. Showers it is hard not to get your hair wet and i dont like washing my hair everyday. and since the only time i get to shower/bathe is at night that means wet hair to bed and poofy hair in the am. i don't know where my hair dryer is either. i haven't used that is years.

tomorrow i plan to relax and do some scrappin. it is National Scrapbook Day after all

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ablation update

I was done about 9:30-10. i could have gone home at 11 but they called my cell number to tell dh and well it was dead in my bag and I thought they called dh's and so by the time I tried dh it was already like 1 something.
Anyway it went ok, i am hoarse from the tube that was in my throat. i won't know the full result until 4 wks when i see my ob, but she said in her report (didn't speak to ob only what i learned from nurses via report) that my uterus was normal size inside, she did a d&c and then the ablation. no mention of polyps. I had some discharge in hospital that i felt when i coughed cuz of the tube, then mild cramping like AF cramping. those have since went away on advil. but my head. OUCH. i have a serious headache and am counting down the clock for bedtime. I been up since 4am. I only got like maybe 5.5hrs sleep. I seriously meant to get to bed early but the minute I started to sleep the dog barks at something. (i think it was camden)
I was nervous but mostly about the General i was going to be under. i haven't had that since my wisdome teeth at age 18. then when they mentioned tube, i freaked more. but i got to the OR, laid down, they put a warm blanket and that was all i remember. next thing I had a mask on and they were telling me that coughing is good cuz of the tube and how i was feeling.
I have had some light spotting. but all in all I am good. Praying that I am going to be one of the bloodless. but even if it is lighter i will be happy

Super tired right now and hoping bedtime is soon. feeling a bit warm but it could be cuz i was just out in the cool breeze to help my headache

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Uterine Ablation

Well after going back and forth with what to do with my heavy Monthly flo. Having a uterine biopsy and u/s. it is the week of the procedure. I was planning on doing the IUD not for birth control purposes but to deminish my monthly flo. The other choice is uterine ablation. This is where they cauterize the lining of your uterus. I wasn't sure i wanted to do that, it just scared me, so i thought IUD would be good and then i can decide about the ablation in 5 years. then I saw an episode of The Doctors. It had a lady on there that got the Novasure. I called my mother and asked her what she thought. she said go for it. So hopefully i am able to change my mind about the IUD to Novasure. I left a message with my OB but she hasn't got back to me yet. i hope she has gotten the message. Just let me know she got it and it is ok. But now that I am so close I am getting so scared. i will be put under for the procedure. I am having a hystroscope too, they think i have polyps. the last time i was put under was when i had my wisdom teeth removed when i was about 18-19 years old. According to the lady on The Doctors she was up and out to dinner with her friends that nite. and her bleeding is just mild spotting now. that would be AWESOME even normal bleeding would be great. but having to wear overnight pads during the day and changing those ever hour or so is insane. even though it only last that heavy for 2 days, it is debilitating not being able to move, change your cloths 3 times a day cuz you bled through, worry about sitting on a chair so you put a towel down.

so that is where I am at. i will let you know how it goes after the procedure

Friday, April 10, 2009

Cuttlebug Challenge Spa Days

So I started a new blog to highlight my playfood shop

Since blogging seems to get news and info around faster. i thought heck it is free, why not. So here is my blog

i can update it as i make more things.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My child...UGG

well i guess I am going to have to make an appointment to have Camden see his Shrink again. i kinda let it slide as we were having success with the sleeping but... My dh wants me to get him in again becuz he does things and i don't know why. like playing in the dirty kitty litter with poop in the toilet. i have told him DON"T do this. over and over and yet there will be a lull and then he will do it. I remember back one christmas he hit his head really hard on a table and dh thinks something might have happen and he wants me to get his brain checked too. So now I have to make an appointment for him and that means me driving around taking them to these. If there was a shrink at the Somerset clinic it wouldn't be so bad but there isn't. so that is going to be about 2 hours out of my day dragging him in. 30 min there, 1 hr waiting and what have you, and 30 min back.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

More swaps

Due to some members leaving our little happy group. A few of us have signed up for swaps that were now left (and unexpectedly) open. instead of having empty spot, Everyone signed up for the spots. (love that group) Anyway, I took three spots. Kindergarten and Elementary Handmade surprise and Middle school deco squares.

Here is Kindergarten handmade surprise. this used the cricut cartridges Tags, Bags, Boxes and more and Locker Talk. the Scissor blades are paper sprayed with spray adhesive then covered with aluminum foil, the glue is white glue pen with Diamond Glaze over the top to mimic the feel of glue. It isn't in this picture but i did finish the holes on top with eyelets

This next item is for the Elementary Handmade surprise. again used the Locker talk but here i cut the tag part myself. the one on the right is the original store bought that i copied for the one on the left. Again i used the same aluminum foil technique on the pencil silver part. This stitching is just white gel pen

This last item is for the Middle School Deco Squares. the pink cardstock is just what i temporarily mounted them too. i was stumped on this one as my child isn't in middle school and i wasn't sure what to do. so again i went to the Locker Talk cartridge and cut out the items. the Ipod i used embrodary floss and circles punched out to add headphones (not included with on the cartridge.)

Thank you for looking. if you are in this swap i hope you enjoy the items.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pizza Hut Lasagna Thumbs down

Ya know the commercial "where's the Beef" my question for Pizza Hut is where's the cheese. I barely see any cheese, and it definatly don't look like the picture. 3 lbs of nothing. My kids didn't even touch it. they loved the breadsticks though. their Mac and cheese is good though. i don't like any mac and cheese beside the Kraft Deluxe and the occassional blue box Kraft. So for me to say the Pizza hut one is good is saying something. I think I will stick with my Prego homemade (sort of) Lasagna that the kids like.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Why fear the MiniVan?

I don't understand why there is such a fear of driving a mini van? Families who get larger have few choices when it comes to transportation. but when you ask some ladies they say "oh no we are going to have to get a van?" "oh i am pregnant but I don't want to think about having to get a van?" is there something wrong with a van. When we got pg with Camden we were driving cars. Yes, we were going from 3 to 4 in family size and it would have been ok to have a car and seat us just fine but we went with a van. Why? cuz we had 2 dogs also. When we went to pick out the van i was skeptical. i didn't drive it. it was so big. i was scared. the guy said "here borrow it for the night, let me know what you think?" so that weekend we had to take my husbands car back as the lease was up which meant....I HAD TO DRIVE THE VAN..... I was frightened. it wasn't a small trip. it was 45 min to Madison from Beloit. on the freeway. not something i wanted to do. but i had no choice. So off we went and you know what. it was a smooth nice ride. i had no problems. i loved seeing above everyone. it wasn't too bad. So that weekend we became owners of a mini van and i LOVED IT. i love the power doors, i loved the power lift gate. i loved it. now mind you this was back in 2001 when entertainment packages weren't the norm. and no fold and go seats or seats that turn backward and options for tables. We have since traded the Van in for an SUV. i miss my van. i wish i could have got another but the 2008 chrysler town and countrys were UGLY. i hated that boxy look to them. i miss my electronic doors and while the SUV still seats 7, it seems more tight inside. not as open and airy like the van was. it also seems like it has less cargo space inside. i don't know why but they are the same size on the outside just the inside is smaller. But we are stuck for awhile. unless in a couple years we trade in the wagon for a van. i am just going to have to deal with it.

for all you ladies who are freaking about the future and driving a van. They aren't something to fear. when you have a large family they are neccessary.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

It's done

It is done... the pictures don't really do it justice but it is much more open than it was before. i even have some wall space to put up a couple wooden shelves. It also needs some tweeking with putting things away and getting rid of things. below is a few from the door.

this picture is of the computer wall. those boxes above the computer still need to be sifted through and what ever don't belong either tossed or moved down in the basement. also around the printer needs to be cleaned out. i kinda just put stuf there temporarily.

this picture shows my chair and you can see the wooden shelf crooked. it will be straight I hope to put jars of flowers on it. i have been saving odd glass jars from spagetti sauces and pickles. there is also a few things I need to straighten. i would like to pack up anything not needed in the big drawers of the plastic drawer thing. and I want to cover the front with deco paper

this is the new spot for the tv. i love how i can scrap and look up and see the tv. before it was on the side of me. i would like to put another wooden shelf up above the tv to hold dvd's i watch most often and VHS tapes. first is to reclaim a VCR from somewhere in the house.
this is the view from me sitting at my desk now. i do have to figure out where to put my sunlight lamp and i need a clamp to clamp it to the table. I also have a shoe box that i plan on covering with paper and using for a scrap paper holder. Anyway, that is it. just a little more cleaning up and tweaking things and I am good to go. now don't ask about the rest of the house.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Well the room is almost done

the first hard part is done. that is moving the furniture around. i got everything moved some things are in a temporary spot but over all I am LOVING the new layout. this is going to be a quick post as my battery is dying on the laptop.

second big task. putting everything in it's place. i was going to do some tonite but I am starting not to feel well. could it be from dropping the air compressor on my head. it didn't hit hard but i think my brain is making up pains from it. also i have a headache. had one all day. so the compressor hitting my head didn't help. actually it hit the back of my neck area. Anyway, i think i just need to lay down and relax. i got my paper put away and now it is just going through some things and putting them in their place. then I will take a picture of it. thinking maybe i will just move everything in there and go through it box by box. i did find that I won't be able to put my two meanards totes together but oh well. i will put the most used one next to me. well i better go before i loose power. nite

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

It has begun...

i started on the room. first step was the table. I went through the boxes underneath the table. have two boxes to go down. one more started to go down. the whole table is cleared off with everything moved to the front room. I came to realize that the shoe shelf (long one) won't fit along the short end of the table like i envisioned. so i think I am going to have to use two of the smaller 12 inche shelves that i have. Funny thing is when i pulled the long shelf down and put it in the living room my son decided to play with it. he put it down and proclaimed this is my rummage sale. HA HA. think we go garage saling a bit too much hey. tomorrow i need to clean my house and then i will do a little bit more in here. i may miss the first few day of the VC but i can catch up. i think once i get everything out. it won't be too bad getting everything back in.

i will post pictures later. i have to wait till after the 6th when my txt messaging resets. i think i am at my limit right now. if anyone knows how to set up my photobucket so that it don't send me a txt everytime i send a picture to tell me my picture went through that would be GREAT. it wastes txt messages for useless things like that

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Before the redo

it was requested that I post pictures of the before shots of my room. now please excuse the cluttered mess. like i mentioned before, my room has become a catch all of sorts. when in doubt throw it in there. there is alot that will be taken out. like the boxes under my table. the boxes on top of the microwave shelving unit. the boxes above the computer desk. the computer desk will stay where it is but I may or may not redo the place where the printer sits.
This is the computer wall. I am really not on it much as it is slow cuz i need to delete a bunch of crap off it. maybe i will get dh to fix it up once he is done at circuit city.

This is the plastic etegere (for those who aren't familar with the word it means An étagère is a piece of light furniture very similar to the English what-not) Basically it is a 5 shelf plastic shelf that I can put together.
this is the microwave cabinet. and the corner of my table and the menards totes. the bin on the floor is full of legos, put in this room to hide it from the kids. they can't seem to keep them picked up. Yes it is FULL of legos. so imagine that spread on your floor

Here is my table. if you look below on the floor plan you will see where i have the bookcase. well on that bookcase i plan to put those metal cubes you see holding my paper and stamp boxes. and various other things from this area on my table. The long shelf with the tackle boxes will stay on my table but will be against the wall on the end of the table (you can see next to the book case) almost everything under my desk will go in storage in the basement or hall closet)
This wall you see the bookcase i mentioned before. as you see it is mostly empty so i will want to take advantage of the shelves. My cricut, P3, TV and such. i am thinking this wall may look the same except that the P3 may move and then the plastic drawer will be replaced by the shelves that are currently on my table now. so that the two sides will be similar in size without having to use my son's building blocks to hold the shelf even. Again sorry for the mess but this is why I am doing a whole over haul of my room

Wrinkle in the plan

now i remembered why i didn't put my tv on the microwave shelf. the tv is too big. crap and i was really digging the new plan for the room cuz that would put the tv right up in front of my desk and I could watch. I could remove the bottom shelf but then i would be loosing a shelf huh. or i could put the tv stand over there and move the microwave stand some where else.

this is the planned floor plan. the room is 11ft 1 almost square. we have that chunk out of the one corner for the door. also there is a large window in the front and it is hard to put anything in front of it as it is maybe 2 feet off the floor. The computer corner has to stay there cuz the window glare don't hit it there and I really don't want curtins on the window.
i guess i could put the white plastic etege shelves in the corner where the microwave thing will go and figure something else for the microwave thing. or i could get a smaller tv which we can't afford. i will ask dh when he gets up if they have small tv's still at Circuit City.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Trying to redo my space

i decided after seeing a couple of OLF's scrapspaces, that mine is in need of a serious make over. so I am looking into possibly revamping my space. since it is winter here and who knows when or if it will warm up, time to think of doing something inside. SO!!!! I guess time to redo my scrap space, get rid of things NOT in use and put in the basement. then move the things i do use around in hopes to utilize it more. I have the plans drawn out, now just to put it in action. i do need to measure a few more things to make sure they will fit but i think it might work. tomorrow I will take pictures of my space before the vamp. then as i go on i will take more. So look for updates. who knows, it might work and it might not. but either way i will be getting things out of my space I am not using and be able to shampoo the rug in here that is in dire need of it. and get me some excercise moving stuff. (bookcases and more)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lovely. SNOW

ok so it is ok and pretty and all but not when 1. i have to get my kids in it 2. i have places to go tomorrow and 3. I have to snow blow the driveway and the wind is whipping.

The snow started about 1pm. I was watching it fall thinking, huh should i get my kids early. I decided not to. Mistake. You see my kids get out at 2:5o. i leave the house at 2:25ish. I was thinking how much snow can fall 1.5 hours. Apparently ALOT. i left the house a few min early due to the snow. There was 4 inches on the ground. what was falling was being blown around and no one plowed the roads yet. After all it had only be snowing for 1.5 hours right. Near whiteout condtions. at the stop sign i could only see maybe 5-6 car lengths away. Drove 20mph the whole way to school and back. thankfully they let the kids out a little early so i didn't have to wait 2o min for them to get out. Camden got in right away and Hunter 5 min later. I got home and my second mistake was not going out right away to snow blow. i waited and then when i did go out, it got dark mighty fast AND the wind is blowing so much that what i did blow just got drifted over again. I did try though. at least i got the deep spots done but it will probably be drifted over but nothing i can do about that now. My husband took the SUV to work but he best be home in time for me to take the kids to school as Hunter can't be late. he has a field trip and I have to take the dog in to get spayed. i hope they plow the roads. thankfully where I am going didn't get much snow, so i may only have a little problem the first half hour or so. but it looks like the snow will stop as soon (only light now) and they will have ALL night to get the roads in order.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here we go again

Dancer is now sick. i don't know exactly what is wrong with her but she is limping. I have a vet appointment at 3:30. i am hoping it is just arthyrtis (sp) and an easy fix of some anti inflamatories. i know it don't help with Bailey always wanting to play. then i went to chase after bailey cuz she peed on the floor and to toss her out on her butt which caused Dancer to get excited and wrenched something that was already sore. Anyway, I am looking at this with an open mind. And while i don't want to loose my Dancer, I don't want to go through what we did with Lady. Also it got me thinking that when she does eventually die on us, i don't want her ashes. i know my dh was attached to Lady and I am to Dancer but not so much that I want her on my mantle. I mean shoot. My cat went off to die and I didn't shed a tear. Some may think that heartless but i had him since 92. he was OLD. he spent the last 8 or so years by my mom. She told me he went off and didn't come back so he went off to die. Cats do that and while I am heart broken, it is just life. I would have liked him to go to sleep gently but i wasn't there and i told my mom to let me know and I will send her money to put him to sleep. But I don't think my dh can handle another death. so please pray it is something simple and easily fixed. I will update this post later. her appointment is at 3:30


she is ok, i got some meds to help her with her joints. a suppliment of sorts. then pain meds for her when she needs them. other than that she is healthy and has no signs of anything else. they said it could be lymes but i don't think so.

Monday, February 23, 2009

seasons of Wisconsin

Living in Wisconsin you get the full effect of all the seasons. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. When you have one season you long for the next and so forth. So when you are braving the bitter cold of winter after so many days you start looking forward to Summer and so on. But the thing about Wisconsin (or any other state in the area) is the Tease. The weather teases you and then draws back. Back around Feb 7th, we had 40 degree weather. But apparently someone thought it would be a funny joke and sent snow the other day. I right now just want it to warm up. I am sick of the white stuff, i had my fill and now i am done. I am sick of the below zero wind chills. I am sick of being cooped up cuz it is just so cold. I want to go back to excercising at the Centre. I want to be able to take a walk if i want. I am feeling like a fat cow and it is disgusting me. If it was just me then i would just go but i just am sick of bundling up my 3 year old and go out. It is so much work, got to put on the winter coat, only to find it fell on the floor and the cat peed on it. then grab the other coat and that one you need a hat with, then the boots, oh wait she don't want boots, she wants shoes, or she want her brown fashion boots. while I am longing for the day when i can say "put your shoes on" and she will go put on her crocs herself. just seems like alot of work to drive to excercise, so i stay home. And i know there will be a time when Summer is in it's grips and I will be saying "man why is it so it ever going to cool down." I think this is why there are 4 seasons, Spring and Fall are those transition seasons. of the seasons I think Spring is my favorite, the grass is growning and the birds come back. then comes Fall with the falling of the leaves. Anyway, right now I am in a winter funk. More snow looks like is expected on Thursday. You can't see it but I am so jumping for joy about that. oh and you may ask, why don't I move to a state that gets spring and fall like temps all year round or less summer and less winter. Truth be told. I LOVE WISCONSIN. I was born here and my family all live here. This is my state and I couldn't see us leaving. when my dh found a job in the Twin Cities. and we were looking at moving. i told him look at towns on the wisconsin side.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


They are done. now I just have to start working on the stuff due this summer but march swaps are done. i hope they ladies like them. So here they are. Some pictures were cut off but I will post direct links to those.

These first 5 are for the recipe swaps. I really love how the popcorn paper piecing came out and the stamped image on the cookie recipe. btw it is from close to my heart. oh and i love the cuttlekids monkey. i use him alot

These elephants are for the Zoo handmade surprise set. i saw him on ebay and printed out the picture and copied it. isn't he cute. sorry i don't know who i got it from. i should have wrote that down huh?

See whole picture HERE

This next set is for the Zoo photo mat or journaling box group. i of course chose photomat but I guess you could use it as journaling boxes too. I again saw this on a page that someone was selling on ebay. yep forgot to write the maker down. i did have to change it up as i couldn't find and giraff paper that wasn't HUGE. so we went with Zebra instead. See whole picture HERE

This set was again seen on ebay. it was on an already done page like the zoo one above. they had a pencil in place of the ABC but Michaels no longer sells the pencils or at least the one i was at didn't have them. i added a little binder paper. it isn't actual paper but punched to look like it. i found this could lined scrapbook paper at Hobby lobby. some i had to draw the red line on and then some i was able to use the red line already on the paper. Check the full picture HERE

Anyway, i hope you enjoy looking at my swap item. next post will be the layouts I have been working on. Yep, I actually got to scrap some this weekend.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I been tagged I guess

I been tagged by Amanda.

Here is what I am suppose to do

Here's the directions : you are to go to your pictures and pick the 6th folder and then the 6th picture in that folder. Post it and explain what it is all about.

my Sixth folder in my picture file is Family photos and the 6th picture is my niece as a baby.

I am sorry for being a slacker

i just haven't had time to scrapbook lately. the mood hasn't been in me. I will be working on some stuff this weekend. So hopefully when I get back I will have some things to share.

Life has been crazy. Health wise I am doing good with the PICA. i have some small slips but stuff I can handle. i can see paper and walk away when before it was taking over my life. Also i have some women buisness problems. Heavy Women Friend. I am going to be going in for a Uterine Ablation. I have already had an ultrasound and Biopsy. all came back ok but my ob thinks i have some polyps and while I was leaning toward an IUD to help the flow of the matter. she says it won't cure the polyps so it looks like ablation is the way to go. Good thing...I think there is a 41% chance that I will no longer have AF. and if I do have it it will be light. oh that would be HEAVEN. Right now I can leave the house for 2 days and go through 9 pads a day, can't even think about tampons. (sorry TMI)

The kids are good. we are getting ready for a trip to my home town. plan to do a little scrappin and see my sister. Mostly it is to bring her all this baby gear i have so that she is ready when my nephew arrives. I still can't believe she is having a boy. I asked my niece if she was excited and she said NO. I said why? she was "cuz boys are messy" LOL I told her well she is messy too so it won't be much difference.

Hunter got his report card back and he got all A's Camden also had alot of good marks. except one minus on the homework. He just won't do it. Well he does now cuz he knows if he don't he has to miss recess and do it with Mrs. Isaac. LOL
My hubby is loosing his second job. He works for Circuit City. So we are scrambling what to do. I am thinking I would like to go and try for Michaels or Archivers or something. working in something I know and love. I know i would buy a lot too but shoot, dh works in an electronic much more expensive things there and that he loves

I never posted on here but we got a new puppy. Her name is Bailey. I think she is a Meagle (Minature Pincher and beagle) she is defiantly not pure Beagle. She has these awefully long legs and her bark is not a beagle bark. She gets along with both Dancer and Skitty. they romp around and play alot. The below picture was when we got her. she is considerably bigger now. I also think she is part rabbit as she hops so much.

Well I think that is it for me. I seriously need some canned air as my daughter likes to eat crackers on my keyboard. CRUMBS

Home-Style Chicken Dinner

I was in the check out line at the store and saw this recipe book called Casserole Recipe cards by Betty Crocker. I was looking in the book and found that there seemed quite a few recipes I wouldn't mind trying. Tonite i did that. I am always making the Same ol' Same ol' chicken recipes. So tonite i did the home style chicken dinner. i must say it was delicious. though the chicken was a tad over cooked as i had put it in longer cuz the potatoes weren't done. I also didn't have the tomatoes (i wouldn't have cared for them anyway) or the sweet potatoes or the green bell pepper. And I added some onion and carrots to the mix instead. Oh and I didn't have the fryer chicken, i used boneless breast and thighs. so that could be also why they didn't finish at the same time. so next time I will put the potatoes in for 10min before the putting the chicken on. Also i think next time i will do a combo of melted butter and olive oil. but i must say it was DELICIOUS

so without further ado. here is the recipe (oh and can i say it was SUPER SIMPLE)

2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
3-3.5 lbs cut up broiler fryer chicken (skin removed opt.)
6 small unpeeled red potatoes, cut into 4ths
2 med dark orange sweet potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
1 med, green bell pepper
3 Roma tomatoes cut into forths

Heat oven to 400* spray 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray. in large bowel mix basil seasoned salt, garlic, pepper and oil. Brush about half of the mixture on chicken. Add remaining ingredients to bowl and toss to coat
Place vegetables in baking dish and place chicken on top. brush with any remaining oil mixture
Bake 45-50 min or until vegetables are tender and juice of chicken is no longer pink when cut. Serve with pan juices.