Our 7 Qtpies

May 29, 2008

Thirteen Things products I recieved for review
or as a gift.
I frequently get free products, sometimes with
gifts, to review. It is a fun job sitting at home
waiting for the FedEx truck to stop by!

1. Kaboost. A super boost for a chair so your child can easily reach the table, no yucky mess in/under a booster seat!
2. Boon products. I love the Flo, and Samuel loves the modware utensils.
3. Norton 360 2.0. This was a great product to get to review! We already use it, love it, and my husband works for the company, but in another department.
4. A Plumm Summer movie to review, before it came out in theaters! This is a cute movie, and I love that I have a copy already.

5. One of my favorites of all time, an otoscope from Dr. Mom! I've given two away, and plan to give another one away soon!

6. I do a lot of book reviews, but one of the best ever was Do Hard Things, a book challenging teens to reach beyond expectations.

7. Organic Milk from Horizon. Who doesn't want free milk? I have 7 kids, I loved this one!

8. Kellogg's has become my new BFF. Kellogg's Frosted Flakes Gold Sample.

9. Kellogg's Bliss Bars, two packages! Yummy! Plus a large tote bag.

10. Wild Animal Crunch Cereal and a DVD of Meerkat Manor!

11. Today I recieved a package with awesome vintage bowls and a plate, mug and bowl set from Kelloggs. They are so nice, not the plastic stuff.

12. Yoplait Yogurt for kids, I got great samples and a cool tote bag.

13. My most recent is Clorox Lavendar wipes. I am a Clorox wipe user already, it is fast and easy, making it easier to get the kids to help. Plus no chemical pouring, etc. for the kids to deal with.

Coming up: Schlag Locks! I can't wait for this one!

Cleaning Spree With My New BFF

For the last, oh, 11 days or so I have been sick. Coughing, sneezing, achy, stuffy head stuff. The nose blowing doesn't seem to ever want to leave!
Well, it is time to take things into my own hands! Clorox sent me a tub of their new, thicker Lavender scented whips to try out, so I got to work.
Lavender Clorox wipes are my new BFF! I am a huge Clorox wipes user already, and have 4 tubs of them throughout my house, but the Lavender scent is a joy to use.
Now, I am disinfecting my house while giving it a fresh spring scent. You really can smell it after you are done using it. With Clorox, you know it is clean, too.
The new thicker wipes are great for picking up dust and dirt on many surfaces. The low-streak formula makes cleaning the faucets a one-step job. The disinfecting wipes kill 99.9% of germs, including cold and flu viruses, Staphylococcus, Salmonella (my all-time paranoia) and E.coli.
Good-bye germs, hello new BFF!

May 27, 2008

Does this make sense to you?

So, in the very rare instances of my husband's sister visiting our home, ONE time we didn't have a towel in one of the bathrooms. So now they pack a towel with them when they come over. Every time. Even though they have never needed it.

Skid~ A book review

I received a copy of Rene Gutteridges new book, Skid, to review. I enjoyed the last book I reviewed of hers in the Boo series, so I was really looking forward to this one.
Skid, the third book in an occupational hazard series, is about a flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam that goes a bit wrong, and then right. There are a lot of characters to learn, but a lot of fun goes with it. Skid is a great book, fun to read!

Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.

On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service.

But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.
Author Bio:
Rene Gutteridge is the author of twelve novels, including the Boo series, the Storm series, and the novelization for The Ultimate Gift (which I LOVED), as well as Scoop and Snitch, the first two Occupational Hazard novels. She lives with her husband, Sean, and their two children in Oklahoma City.

You can purchase your copy at Amazon: Skid.

BBQ Season is Upon Us


We are about to enter the summer and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it's the only type of cooking a 'real' man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

(1) The woman buys the food.
(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:


More routine....
(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:


More routine....
(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed 'her night off.'

And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women....

May 26, 2008

Apparently I am neglectful

Sam drank (apparently) some Mr. Clean the other day, while I wasn't there at the time, I still take some of the blame. The cleaner was in a cupboard WITH A CHILD LOCK, though, so not sure what else we could have done.

Last night Sam was caught drinking out of the toilet. We've caught him drinking out of the dog's water bowl, too.

I must neglect to give him enough to drink.

I refuse to take the blame for him eating poop, though, because I do feed the kid enough. I figured out why he loves cat food so much, though. We had Talapia for supper last night, and he snarfed it down! He loves fish.

May 24, 2008


Yesterday I needed to take my mother in law to the grocery store, and it took awhile, she is adjusting to some meds and it is slow going. Devon had stayed home from school so he was babysitting along with Hope-Anne.
About the end of the trip Donnie gave me a call on the cell, but not much of anything was going on.
I get home and the house smells clean. But it isn't. So I wonder what happened that they needed to clean things up. Was there a poop blowout? Nope. OK, then. I soon found a white cloth diaper on the changing table that was now a pretty shade of pink, but we don't have any koolaid to spill on it. OK, then.
A long while later I went in the kitchen and found an open bottle of Mr. Clean Apple scented multipurpose cleaner open, and that is what I was smelling. Hey! That is the same color that was on Sam's diaper! Kids!!!

"Did Sam get into the cleaner?"
"How do you know he didn't drink any?" (my voice went up a couple of octaves there)
"He did drink it."
"What?!?! What do you mean he did drink it?"
"He only drank a little bit. And besides we gave him water."
"What???? How can my child drink POISON and you not TELL ME?!?!?!?!?!"
"We gave him water just like it says to on the bottle."

Turns out that Donnie knew about it and didn't bother calling poison control or ME to tell me about it because he was "busy with something." The all ignored the part after making him drink water, the part that says "CALL A PHYSICIAN OR POISON CONTROL."

At this point it has probably been an hour. He wasn't acting drunk, or sore or funny at all. So they said I didn't need to bring him in.

Oh, and no more TV while I am gone.

We went to karaoke at church again and we even sang. We got Donnie up there singing "The Streak" and then there was no stopping him, he went on a roll with old silly songs. I sang "Manic Monday" with two of my friends. Unfortunately our friend Jody didn't come, and she won't answer her phone to any of us harassing friends trying to drag her pregnant hiney out of the house on the night her hubby comes home for a business trip. She still won't answer the phone, but thankfully her hubby answers his cell so we know she is alive and not in early labor. (Jody, since the harassing voice mails aren't getting a response, I'm taking it public! LOL)

Today was a birthday party for a friend's son. Trinity and Sam had a great time. I think it was the first Sam has been to besides his first birthday. He was running all over looking cute as could be in his big boy clothes.

But we all missed Jody and the boys, again. Thankfully her husband answers his cell phone so that we know she is alive and not in early labor.

Then, tonight, we had the THIRD day in a row of trying to fix the kid's new cell phones. Somehow the knuckle heads can't tell the difference between unlimited texting and watching tv online on their phones. And while we were on that call Donnie's mom called the cell and said that Donnie's dad had fallen and she couldn't help him up. Devon booked it over there and Drew and I followed in the car so we could bring him to the hospital.
By the time Drew and I got up there Devon had just picked him up and set him on his feet and he was off. No problem. I think he is a bit off and may have a virus, but he wasn't walking like he was in pain, so no broken bones. He probably didn't fall, just slid off the couch while trying to get to a standing position. Now we have to worry about him at home alone with no phone while Donnie's mom goes out of town almost every week.

Oh, and Donnie is NOT going to lose his job! But we are still going to work our way out of a job by going into our own business. It is going pretty well so far!

May 23, 2008

Contests anyone? Free stuff?

I have been on a bit of a giveaway fast lately, but I just have to tell about this one because I have been wanting one and the contact guy doesn't ever respond to me requests, so I guess I have to go through all the entering to get one for free. Come on, Ryan, let me do a review of your Zoobies!

An Island Life is giving away a Zoobie Pet! I would love to get a couple for Trinity and Samuel. I think they would make fantastic gifts for nieces and nephews, too. Wouldn't I be the best auntie ever??? They are amazing stuffed animals with a very large blanket stuffed inside! Great for traveling. The ones I want to buy are not available to buy on their online store, either. Bums me out! If only that contact guy would answer my emails I would be able to own one and give one away. Wouldn't that be awesome??

Sassyfrazz is giving away a set of Around the Table Games. Very neat idea for family bonding.

May 22, 2008

OK, Then...

Two cars. It is a step in the right direction.
We have the Jeep in a shop where 3 registered mechanics are unable to figure things out after hours and hours of testing. I'm beginning to wonder if it is the shop or the Jeep. We can't afford the hours they are putting into it.
My Geo is working now, so that is a plus. But I am still without a vehicle while my mom and Donnie are both at work. Maybe they can carpool, though, as Donnie can drive past her work on his way to work and back. It just means she will have to kill some time while he comes to get her after work.

Last night there was an award ceremony for the high school seniors. Drew was honored for joining the military. A couple who lost one of their sons in the military had coins made and gives them to the enlistees. It was very touching. It is nice to know that people support our troops, even families who lose a child.

One of the first things we were asked when our friends found out at the ceremony that Drew is enlisted was if he would have to go to Iraq. I really do not think much about that. He is going in the military, it is highly possible. We do not know what his job will be yet, so we can't say for sure. But he is trying for a medical field. He will probably be in training for a few years, and if he does go after that, it won't be on the front lines. But that is fine, too. Drew belongs to God, and nothing will happen to him outside of God's control. We are not going to worry about the war, because it isn't in our line of sight and it isn't in our control. We couldn't be more happy with his choice to join the military.

That is our goal with all of our boys. We just never really state it as an option. It is their duty to serve their country, then they can get on with their lives. One of them may not choose to do that, and that is their choice, of course. But they will gain so much by doing it.


Mom's Jeep is fixed! It is going to be a tight end of the month, but it is running!

May 21, 2008


Not sure how it happened, but we will possibly have THREE or even FOUR working vehicles by the end of the day today! And we have an offer to replace our van's engine for $600 if we find the engine, I'm not sure how that would work out.

I took a walk to the doctors office today. It was quite pleasant and great exercise! I didn't want to go in, but Donnie made the appointment and ordered me to go. I need to have an MRI or MRA, but have to wait until my next cycle to be sure there is not baby in the making. That is just the way it goes when you don't use birth control. Last time I scheduled and MRI for after my cycle, it never came, I was pregnant with Sam. But hopefully we will find out what is going on with my brain soon. I think after the MRI I will be going to a neurologist and an opthomologist.

Drew's Shirt fiasco

Remember prom? When Drew bought a shirt much too small? Remember how I said I might even post a video of it? Well, here it is. Just for kicks.

The Car Saga

In the recent past I have jokingly renamed my blog "Car Killers R Us" or something like that. Yep, that is us.

The van does need a new engine, just like we thought. Not going to happen at their prices. We are looking elsewhere for that. Though they want to buy our van for "cheap." I don't think so. At least if we keep the van, we have the option of having a vehicle that fits us for $4500, if we don't have it, we'd have to buy another one for at least $16,000, but more likely $25,000. I don't want to go into debt ever again.

Mom's Jeep still isn't working. Despite me actually helping to pull parts out of the engine, lol. I actually helped work on it because my hands are smaller than our neighbor's. Another guy is coming out to run some tests on it today. Still no luck getting the kids' car running. I'm hoping today is the purple moon that it decides to start for because I have a doctor's appointment that I really don't want to walk to, but will. Exercise is good for me.

I'll take pics, as a reader requested, when we bring the van back home. I want to take pics anyways to remember this time in our lives. Our one working car has a missing side view mirror, a missing piece of the plastic in front, and a smashed windshield, lol. The van has a cracked windshield, too. I want to remember this so that I can see how far we've come when our business is doing well. We plan to be able to support ourselves on it in a year. The plan is going well, so far! We made a $300 bonus yesterday alone! Woohoo!

So, I'm going to the doctor today to see about the whole dizziness/fainting and migraine issues. Not sure where that is going to go. I won't get an MRI for at least 2 weeks, if then. I'm sure the doctor is going to love me showing up with a horrid cold today. Still can't breath out of my nose, my throat hurts, I cough a lot, but at least the throwing up is done, and I think the fever is gone, not sure though.

May 20, 2008

The Qtpies go Redneck

It happened rather slowly. One day we just woke up and realized that we must be rednecks.
We had a van and a car when we moved here. Then I got a job commuting and needed a car for the gas mileage. So there we were, three vehicles. No prob. Drew got his licence and we needed all three vehicles, and then Kaytlin got hers.
Then the van died. After long while we were able to get it running. Then it died again. Not a chance could we afford to replace another engine in the same year. So there it sat. Then the Geo went.
Donnie's parents moved to our town and we used their car as they rarely needed it. But that soon broke down, too. ($1200 in brake work!!!) So that sits in our driveway instead of in their apartment complex not running.
We got the Geo running again, but that was still hard to work things out with me working and Drew working and Donnie working. So the kids bought a car. Not that it ever really worked. It only starts when the moon is purple and waxing the car. For no apparent reason it doesn't start the rest of the time.
They fix something and then it works, then it stops.
We got the Geo running again recently, but then the brake lines started leaking and it was too cold to deal with, so it sits in the garage waiting for help.
Then my mom moved in with us so we had her Jeep to use occasionally.
Today, well, you know the drill. It doesn't start. We now have 5 vehicles in our yard that don't work. One that does. And 10 people live here.

Our neighbor is an unemployed mechanic, so we are hoping to give him some work today. We took the van in to the shop this morning, it does run, but it ticks, so we'll see what is really wrong with it.

The only thing missing is the washers and dryers in the yard, right? They are in the basement, folks. It is only a matter of time.

May 19, 2008

Cold break

I'm taking a forced break from blogging due to a nasty cold. Fever, vomit, snot, the works.

I want to blog about my trip to the Looney Bin on Saturday. Hey, I'll give it a try while I'm sitting up.
My cousin, who is much older than I am, her kids are grown and out of school, though not out of the house, graduated from college. Saturday was an open house to celebrate. Mom and I drove the nearly 2 hours to get their with Trinity and Sam. By the time we got to Elk River, which is 20 minutes away, Trinity was car sick. It is hit-and-miss whether she will get it or not. But we had to pull over to the drug store to get her some Dramamine. As we were getting to the turn we saw a truck with a heavy trailer up the slope on the side of the road. There were some police cars up ahead, too.
Apparently the truck had some trouble stopping and hit a boat in front of it on the way to the ditch and swung the boat all the way around on the trailer and the motor was in the back seat of the car, still attached to the boat. No one was hurt.

We got the meds and headed out. They didn't help. Trinity puked a couple of times along the way. We had to stop at Target to buy some new clothes, even. Nice way to get a new outfit. She was fine the rest of the day.

So, at the Looney Bin it was about normal. Loud voices, cussing, arguing over stupid things. Derek, my cousin's son, wasn't there, but his current girlfriend, who may or may not be pregnant, and his ex-girlfriend with her son who may or may not be Derek's, were both there. The boy looks just like him, but the paternity test was high match, but not enough to rule him the father.
Then there was the tattoo display. Debbie got one for a mid-life crisis. Her daughter has several. Her son's girlfriend and ex-girlfriend have them. My cousin Dori's husband has them. It was a big tattoo fest. (I'm not judging them for having tattoos, I actually want one, but not all over, or where people are going to see them. This is just what was going on at a graduation.) Then I found out my aunt, who is over 60 and just recovering from breast cancer, wants to get matching tattoos with her daughter and granddaughter; three intertwining hearts on their breasts. That is shocking from my aunt.

There was lots of talk of my other cousin needing a breast reduction, and more talk of boobs. Like her dad being a boob man. Yes, it was a sweet graduation celebration.

Somehow it led to talk of strip clubs. Even the girls were talking about the strippers. "All the girls there are so ugly, they are from Duluth!" I don't get how casually they took the guys talking about going to strip clubs. It would be a deal breaker in my marriage. Looking at another woman in lust, that is adultery. It would be over. That was super sad to me.

I have to say, though, it was probably the least crazy event in some time. Less swearing than usual, even.

May 16, 2008

Aloha Friday #1

In the spirit of memes everywhere, the ones I have ignored the last few weeks (or months), I am going to join Aloha Friday at An Island Life. Just post a simple question, nothing too thought provoking, that's it!
Here is my question:

If you could be doing anything you wanted to do today, what would it be?
Just leave a comment!
I would be going with my friend Sassyfrazz to her first ultrasound today. But my car isn't working right, so I can't go. Or I'd be going to my own ultrasound today, and finding out I am having twins, if I could make the world what I wanted, lol. But, no, I am not pregnant.

May 15, 2008


This is Trinity and her friend, Anna. I watch Anna and her sister, Ashlynn, on Wednesdays for a couple of hours. It is a lot of fun for Trinity, so we look forward to it each week.

Yesterday I had no food in the house to cook for lunch, so we all walked to the DQ, hoping that they would be tired enough to nap when we got back home. Stopping to pick every dandelion on the way there and back is exhausting, after all.

Well, we stopped to pick a billion of them and Trinity found one that had gone to seed. As she was blowing it Anna said "No! You have to say 'I wish, I wish, with all my heart'" So Trinity did that and then blew on it. Anna went and told Hope-Anne about it and she asked Anna "What did she wish for?" Anna said "For her HEART!" It was so cute!

On Monday I was actually up when the teens were getting ready for school. Usually I try to sleep in, but by the time they are leaving for school I am wide awake, they come in and wake me up for so many things that it is pointless to even try to sleep in. But on Monday I was up, and I was so glad I was, too, because something funny happens every few Mondays. Drew and Devon realized that they were both wearing a Skillet shirt, and they said "Oh, man, I hope Kaytlin isn't wearing hers." Sure enough, she was! They do that often, and always on a Monday, lol.

Feeling a little run down?

Have I ever said that I have the best "job" in the world? I sit at home with my kids and companies send me products to try out. I really have not received a bad product. And this one is one of those great products that I can't wait to keep buying!

Cranergy Energy juice drinks are made by Ocean Spray, which means to me that they are a top quality juice product. I opened the box to a bottle of each flavor, Cranberry Lift and Raspberry Cranberry Lift. I opened the raspberry flavor first. I don't know about your kids, but mine have radar for me opening something yummy and they show up like magic as soon as I do. That was my first clue that this was going to be a delicious drink. My second clue was when I tried to get a drink but Sam would NOT let go of the bottle. It was a tug of war, people! I got exactly 1/8 of the bottle.

I got smart with the second bottle and waited until he was asleep. But Kaytlin caught me. So I still had to share, but I was able to feel the benefits this time. We are not talking caffeine, hyper, soon to run out energy, just a nice boost, a nice feeling of no being tired and worn down.

Cranergy uses natural energizers, like green tea extract and B vitamins, in place of caffeine. Boasting only 35 calories per serving, it is much less than leading energy drinks, and half as much as traditional sodas. The only thing I do not like is that it is made with Splenda. Most of the time Splenda makes me nauseated, so I was a bit concerned, but I had no problem at all.

Cranergy makes a great addition to breakfast to give you a natural, lasting energy boost to start the day! Just hide it from the kids, trust me.

Healing Promises review

Healing Promises, a novel by Amy Wallace, is such a great book! A Texas FBI agent, a doctor, some drama, some challenges, mix in a pregnancy..... exciting stuff!! This couple struggles with life issues and stretching their faith in God. I will not spill the ending, so I will just say, go get this book!

Facing a new threat.
When FBI Agent Clint Rollins takes a bullet during a standoff, it might just save his life. But not even the ugly things he’s seen during his years working in the Crimes Against Children Unit could prepare him for the overwhelming powerlessness of hospital tests revealing an unexpected diagnosis. If only Sara weren’t retreating into doctor mode…he needs his wife now more than ever.

Frozen in fear.
Sara Rollins is an oncologist with a mission–beating cancer when she can, easing her patients’ suffering at the very least. Now the life of her tall Texan husband is at stake. She never let the odds steal her hope before, but in this case, the question of God’s healing promises is personal. Can she hold on to the truth she claimed to believe?

Faith under fire.
As Clint continues to track down a serial kidnapper despite his illness, former investigations haunt his nightmares, pushing him beyond solving the case into risking his life and career. Clint struggles to believe God is still the God of miracles. Especially when he needs not one, but two. Everything in his life is reduced to one all-important question: Can God be trusted?

Author Bio:

Amy Wallace is the author of Ransomed Dreams, a homeschool mom, and a self-confessed chocoholic. She is a graduate of the Gwinnett County Citizens Police Academy and a contributing author of several books, including God Answers Moms’ Prayers and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living Series: Diabetes. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.

Pick up your copy today! Healing Promises at Amazon.

Norton 360 2.0

I recently received a copy of Norton 360 2.0 to review. It couldn't have been more timely as two of our computers needed it. Conveniently, Norton 360 is able to be used on up to THREE of your computers with one subscription!

Donnie works for Symantec, the makers of Norton software. He doesn't have anything to do with Norton in his job, but we always buy their software because it is the best and we get a discount, of course.

Norton 360 Version 2.0 delivers industry leading protection and performance in an easy to use all-in-one solution. While Norton is on, it is constantly safeguarding your family by verifying trusted Web sites, blocking fake ones, and securely managing user names and passwords so that they can do all the important things online without the risk of identity theft, such as banking. Norton 360 V2.0 also keeps your computer running at peak performance and protects your data by automatically backing up and restoring files on your computer or to a secure location.

Norton 360 version 2.0 provides an all-in-one solution that is automated, comprehensive protection for your PC. It defends your PC against a broad range of threats, such as:

  • Safeguards against online identity theft
  • Protects important files from loss
  • Keeps your PC tuned up for peak performance
  • Provides a hassle-free user experience
  • Protects against the latest online threats
  • One-click access to expert support right from your Norton 360 product
  • 1 year protection for up to 3 PCs
When we installed Norton on my computer, replacing the junk that my computer came with, it cleared out several problems that had escaped the former virus protection, and now my computer works fantastic again! Never again will we leave what comes with the computer installed. We will purchase Norton for all of our computers. We have been a fan for years.

You can purchase Norton 360 2.0 by clicking here. $80 for protection for THREE computers!!

May 11, 2008

What a great weekend!

Friday night was Ladies Night Out, I was exhausted from being in the ER for several hours and the doctors inducing a migraine and drugging me up, but I still had fun playing Quelf with my friends. I learned something new this month. My friend Paula tops my boys' willingness to eat their own poo for money, she said she would eat anyone's poo for the right amount of money. And she didn't bat an eyelash at their $50 level, either. And my friend Sarah announced her Christmas present this year is going to be a little bundle of poo making cuteness!

Saturday morning came much too early. The women's ministry put on a women's spring banquet that morning, and I on on that committee, so I had to be there bright and early. We had a terrific speaker, Tracey Finck, who wrote the book Love Letters to a Child. She spoke on her book and journaling to your children. There is one rule, the entries have to be GOOD and TRUE. She spoke of the ways it has encouraged her children, like one time when her oldest daughter was on the receiving end of some cruelty and felt like she was just the ugliest and worst person in the world. Tracey pulled that big teenager into her lap and read her the journals and showed her just what a wonderful and beautiful daughter of the King she is. And I just cried and cried through the whole thing. Truly an amazing experience. I write a lot of true things about my kids on my blog, but they are not always nice, I tell the bad things they, do to. They need something that always uplifts them. I am going to go pick up some journals and do it. Even at this late in the game with the older kids.

And then came Mother's Day. I was woken up with my traditional breakfast in bed. The one day a year I eat breakfast. It is always a bit off in flavor, and I really dislike breakfast to start with. But usually I have a little secret that gets me out of eating it. I call him "Honey," but today he slipped out of bed and took his mom and my mom out for breakfast and left ME to eat the food myself. I was going to slip the food to the dog when Hope-Anne left the room, but the dog followed her and I couldn't call her back without getting busted!!!! I enjoyed the coffee, though, weak as it was. And then she brought in a rose and a home made card and gave me a fantastic foot rub with lotion. A little later she brought in a bag of candy. After awhile longer she brought me a glass plaque about mothers, lol.

Drew brought me a card and every flavor of Whoppers candy that they make, I think, and the movie PS, I Love You.

Kaytlin brought me a stolen piece of cheesecake from her job, lol. They were giving them out to mother's who came in today, but they had extra, so the workers all snagged a piece for their moms.

Trinity made me a card, too, but the rest of the kids didn't do a thing, and that was fine, I'm not all that into Mother's Day.

Donnie and I took our mothers out for lunch. That was an adventure. We tried to go to a 50's style cafe, but it was closed, then stopped in a bead store with a somewhat ditsy owner, and then headed to the Rockwood but it was PACKED solid, so we didn't even park the car. We ended up at Buffalo Wild Wings, which was surprisingly empty for being a sports bar on Mother's Day. Then we went to a movie. We watched Iron Man. Yes, we went to Donnie's choice of a movie for "our" day. It is a fantastic movie, too, btw. Then we came home and watched PS, I Love You. I cried my eyes out through almost the entire movie. I'm not sure I'll ever watch it again. It was awesome, but my eyes are burning!

And here is a picture of Sam and I that really reflects the whole Mother's Day theme. Or at least shows the love between a mom and a child that should bring on some sort of appreciation from the fruit of our loins. Donnie took this picture with his cell phone. That is how we sleep. I love the snuggling!

May 10, 2008

Even stranger?

I spent some time in the ER last night. I had called to make an appointment with my doctor, and long story short, I had to go to the ER to be seen, do not wait until Monday, do not pass go.
At first it was "Vertigo" even though vertigo doesn't come with vision problems, so he thought I was coincidentally getting migraines with the vertigo. Well, we shut the lights off, which stopped the vision issues right away, but then within minutes of him leaving me and having the nurses treat the vertigo, the migraine pain hit hard and my blood pressure went up.
That seemed to turn on a light bulb moment and it appears that the whole thing is migraine related. A basal something migraine. There is some sort of basal stem or something that connects to the cerebellum that controls thoughts and words and balance. That is messed up somehow and is causing the near fainting and dizziness.

Next step, an MRI or MRA with my regular doctor.

When I was done getting the IV meds for the migraine that they ordered after the second diagnosis, the IV kicked into high gear, BUT there was still 45 minutes to go! Ugh!!! I have to be at ladies night out!!! The doctor came by to check on me on his way off duty and I asked him (with 30 mins to go) if I really had to have ALL of the IV??? So he called in a nurse to discharge me so I could get my butt to Ladies Night!!!

And I am glad I did. Not only was it FUN, but my friend Sassyfrazz made a special little announcement!!!

May 09, 2008


Getting smart HURTS!

I don't know if it is because I am getting old, or because of the fog in my brain right now, but I am trying to cram tons of learning into my head and it is over whelming. Painful!! Now I remember why I couldn't wait to get out of high school and did NOT want to go to college.

I am motivated now, if I can stop nearly fainting I would do better, lol. And maybe I'd remember things better, like the fact that I am babysitting this afternoon and I just agreed to go somewhere with my mom and now can't, lol.

Well, maybe I can get some more articles written and another super product reviewed today.

May 08, 2008

Cha cha changes...

Weird things are happening around here.

I am having weird "spells" going on in my head. Kind of like I am going to faint, well, pretty much I feel like I am fainting, but then come out of it. Not quite dizzy, but I don't know what else to call it. Not so much the room is spinning as everything goes black in waves, or my head gets really heavy and I can't stay balanced in addition to the blackness crashing in. It is really bad when I am laying down. Could be vertigo, I guess. Could be an ear infection, but I had my mom check my ears and she couldn't see anything. Could be my blood sugar. I had that tested, but since the doctor did not contact me, I assume that it was normal. I DO have near fainting spells with my low blood sugar, and this is like that a LOT, but I can't fix it with diet! It was much better today, all day, until a little bit ago when it was the worst ever.

Another weird thing: I am learning some technical mumbo jumbo that I don't understand but am desperately motivated to learn. I am actually going to BUILD a website (elsewhere) and monetize it, writing articles about things I know little about but will be an expert at, lol. I will be an expert, but boy, it is difficult to learn things when you are being taught with the assumption that you have at least some basic knowledge. Thankfully, Donnie and I are partnering up, and I don't have to learn it all. Along with some GREAT software and curriculum, we are getting there. Total leap of faith here.

Donnie's job interview went smashingly, but there is a little glitch, not sure exactly what it is yet, but we are hoping it is small enough to take care of quickly. Otherwise it is the door closing we prayed for.

Oh, another REALLY weird thing... I went to this clothing party tonight, and I about fell out of my chair at the prices! However, I tried on this dress that I nearly spent $70 on!!! I don't pay more than $5 for things, people. I don't. But I did spend $50 on a classic skirt. The skirt will last forever. Classic shape, great material, neutral color... perfect wardrobe piece. But I am still drooling for that dress!!!!

I better head to bed, hopefully this weird dizzy/fainting stuff will go away soon. I have a ton of things to do to get ready for a women's banquet on Saturday, plus some business to do, plus it is LADIES NIGHT OUT tomorrow. You know what that means... QUELF!!!! I'll bring the camera, don't worry. I will also ban drinking at the table, so I don't spit on Anna again.

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After parenting for the last 18, almost 19, years, I can tell you that with my 7th child I am pretty worn out of Itsy Bitsy Spider and the Barney theme song. Poor Trinity and Sam were not getting a lot of music for them because we were all sick of it, so they had to listen to whatever we like.
I recently was given a copy of That Baby DVD and CD. This is not your traditional kid's music! I can not only stand it, I can enjoy it! That Baby is made up of acoustic rock classics from singers like Neil Diamond and Peter Paul and Mary.
Samuel doesn't usually get into TV that is not cartoon, but he loved That Baby DVD. It brings a combination of cartoon, kids and fun while listening to acoustic guitar with gentle and fun singing. He was bouncing along and dancing to the music in no time.
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May 07, 2008

It's a Golden Day when Tony visits for Breakfast!

Kellogg's, my new bff, sent me a box of their new Frosted Flakes Gold cereal to try. As a mom of 7, I was a little frighted of the claims on the front of the box. You see that little ad below the word "Gold?" The line in all caps? LONG-LASTING ENERGY? Yep, that frightened me a bit.
But then I got smart and fed it to them before they left for school, you know, so they can be someone else's problem if it blew up in our faces or something terrible like that.
However, it did not turn them into raging, energetic lunatics.

Actually, Frosted Flakes Gold is made of whole grain and baked with honey. The whole grains deliver long- lasting energy from the complex carbohydrates that take longer to break down helping to prolong energy in the body. In the nutritional arena, it provides 10 grams of whole grain and three grams of fiber in each serving, making it an excellent choice for breakfast for your family. The honey adds a delicate sweetness that you and your kids will love.
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May 06, 2008

Whoa! What is THAT???

Last night I had my back turned to Sam and I heard him coughing/choking so I turned around and he was walking away from me with his hand in his mouth.
"Sam! Are you OK?"
He turns around and looks at me with his fingers in his mouth, a distressed look on his face and white foam coming out of his mouth. What on Earth could have happened?!

I look in his other hand and saw a tube of oxygenating bubble whitening toothpaste. He didn't like the oxygenating bubble action one bit. I had a bit of a panic wondering if he ate too much fluoride, but then I thought there was no way he ate much of that with that reaction, lol. I washed him up and gave him two glasses of water, which he downed quickly.

A little later in the evening I was picking up before heading to bed and found TWO full glasses on the coffee table. Drew made tea and let it sit there, still warm. And then there was a very full glass of Tang, obviously had not been drank at all. So Devon walks downstairs for something and I asked him if he wanted the Tang. So he takes a sip and starts this weird thing where he opens his mouth really wide and sticks his tongue out and nearly gags and all that drama, then starts coughing.
A little strong there, buddy? Trinity must have made that herself.

May 05, 2008

No snazzy title today. Oh, wait, there never is, lol.

I've been a busy gal lately, with no end in site, either, but it is good.

Sam is a turd, but a funny turd. He cracks us up all the time. We took the kids and the dogs to the park yesterday and he finally learned to throw a ball. He has been "throwing" the ball for the dog by just dropping it on the ground and squealing when the dog jumps for it. It was cute, but when he learned to throw the ball we all clapped and then he just got so full of joy! He clapped up a storm with each throw.

Trinity got herself grounded today. At 4 years old. She decided she didn't have to stay in the yard. Hope-Anne told her not to leave the yard, but she said "I can go as far as I want to" so she can't go outside the rest of the day.

Donnie has some great leads on new jobs. One company has been contacting him, but we really don't know the salary yet. He will probably be able to make the quotas to stay on at his job, but it means extra hours and staying on with a boss trying to fire you at every turn.

We are really excited about the growth of our business! We are expecting to have a great month!

My dad and my step-mom came to visit over the weekend. It is really strange that now that my mom is living with us they are starting to run into each other at functions for friends they have shared. And entertaining them at our house with my mom here could have been awkward, but it wasn't.

Maybe soon I will have a decent post, even.

May 01, 2008

Bloggy update on a busy day

Devon is going on a youth trip this summer, part leadership training with acts of service for the Salt Lake community thrown in. We are in the process of fundraising to pay for the week long trip. Today was day 1 of our church-wide garage sale. (literally in the church garage) I think we did amazing; with two days to go! It was a long day of being on my feet, so when I got home and sat down by my mom I said "My dogs are barking." And she had NO idea what I meant by that, since the dogs were not barking. Seriously. She had never heard that expression and I had to google it to show her I wasn't making it up.

When I got home today I had a package with one of my prizes! An apron and a bag of pomegranate pucker organic candy. Those are AMAZING! I hope I can find where they are sold because this bag won't last long, despite it's enormous size.

We are still praying and having our church family praying about Donnie's job, but honestly, we can't imagine how he will be able to keep it, and if he did, how he'd be able to stand working for someone who is constantly digging to find a way to fire you. God can drastically change the whole situation, we know that, but it may be better for Donnie to move on. We are trusting God in this. We want His will, not ours, though mine is to not lose our house. (I'm kind of freaky about that)

Speaking of which........ Donnie always pays our mortgage online, but today they said we owed 3 months of mortgage payments!!!! OH, we were not behind. We haven't made a late payment in 12 solid months. We were close to losing the house then, and had to work hard not to be foreclosed on. We have had to go without our van because we can't afford to fix it, our cars come and go on what works and what doesn't. We are pushing through to make it. Finally, finally, we were to be caught up in April! And then this. Now, Donnie could see that every month the payment had made it, and the automatic phone thingy said that the last payment made was April 29th. Umm, we didn't make a payment that day, we were almost broke that day.
After 1 1/2 on the phone and three transfers someone figures it out. They had to finalize things and ended up giving us a refund. But they recorded it wrong and marked one of our payments as something else. It is supposed to be fixed in 15 days. Wouldn't that be fun to go through as you sit there thinking you are about to lose your job?

The great news is that my mom is working now! It may not be a permanent job, but she will feel good about getting a paycheck for awhile, and it may turn into a permanent job. I don't think she likes it yet. That could be because they have a very, very screwed up accounting problem and she needs to help figure things out.

Oh, and I actually donated all my baby furniture to the church garage sale. I've been thinking that if I gave away my maternity clothes that I would turn up pregnant. Didn't happen. So I am giving away my swings and things. We'll see. But now, with the whole job thing, it might not be a great time, ya think?

Another exciting thing in our lives is that we started our own company and are very excited about it! Wouldn't it be amazing if Donnie got a severance package for 6 months pay and we could just devote our time to our business and maybe not need a job at all?

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