Our 7 Qtpies

August 31, 2008

Quick update

I'll post pics tomorrow, but I had to say that we did not go to Brainerd, we went to the Renassaince Festival!
So much fun!
We saw joisting, and WAY more men in tights than I EVER want to see again. Some guys can carry it off well, but let me tell you, the old dude in the purple tights with NOTHING on underthem, NASTY. NASTY!

I've had way too much sun and way too little caffiene, so I need to take my sunburned self off to bed to nurse my headache.

Pictures tomorrow, I promise. (or today if you are reading this early on Monday)

Sunday Musings

Yesterday my friend Sarah was kid-free, so she grabbed me and we went shopping for HOURS and HOURS. We have a little plan up our sleeve, so the shopping took a fun turn for us.

On Friday I "won" a bunch of stuff from a time-share company. Yep, I know. But we are going to go take the tour anyway. Don't worry, we already have a travel company that is nice, not a time-share, so we won't be lured in. Because we were going on short notice we get a $30 gift certificate to a restaurant near Brainerd. And Donnie and I have not done our August New Year's resolution of eating in a new restaurant, so we will take advantage of that and have some fun in Brainerd today. Sans kids.

I'll update tonight, maybe. ;-)

August 29, 2008

Supper Time!

I'm not sure what got into me. But I guess since I was going to all the trouble of fixing a very detailed, LOOOOONG supper, I figured I may as well go all out fancy-schmancy.
Or maybe I was depressed and wanted some fun. Or maybe I was celebrating that Drew was gracing us with his presence. (his friend ditched him, so for ONCE he was around all evening)
At any rate, I made a masterpiece.
I even brought out the china and the chargers, the wine glasses and Princess House crystal pitcher, even the salad was in a crystal bowl. China gravy boats, and more.
This is across the board everyone's favorite meal. I call it French Dip. I fry beef in caramelized onion and cumin. Then I put it on a crescent roll braid with Monterey Jack cheese. After it is cooked I top with sour cream and dip it in Au Jouis. Seriously yummy.

Everyone went to town on supper.

Then I had an hours worth of dishes to wash.

But we all enjoyed it. Hope-Anne said food tastes better on fancy dishes, lol. She is so right. Even pizza would have tasted better than normal on that table.

Action shots are HARD

I find it very hard to get good action shots on digital cameras. At least on the affordable ones.
Last night I wanted to get pictures of the little kids on the swings. This is what I got.

Nice feet, Sam.
Where's the face?

I wanted to capture the laughter and joy in their faces as they sung "high in the sky!" You can see how much Trinity enjoyed it.

Nice shoes! Love the face, too.

Another close one, but still, not a good face shot.

Then there are the random weird pictures I find on my camera when I go to download my pics.

Like this screen shot of my favorite game. Trinity turned it on and was playing and taking pics of it.

August 27, 2008

The FUN in dysFUNctional

That's us, or so I've been told.

Devon's nick-name around here is wererabbit "Valium." No, not because he takes it, but because he is like Valium for babies/toddlers. Seriously. If we can't stand Sam anymore Sam is grouchy, we give him to Devon, and within minutes Sam is out cold. Every time.
Yesterday, Sven, whom I am babysitting this week, got grouchy. So Devon stopped cooking and took over with the baby. Out he went in 3.2 seconds. OK, maybe it was a minute, but you get the drift. Look how he crashed! LOL
Devon decided it felt good to have a little baby around again and it might be nice if we had another one. So, as we were sitting down to eat dinner Devon looks at his dad and says,
"Dad, I give you permission to knock up my mother."
Straight face. I kid you not.
On the slightly more normal area, Kaytlin was given any plant she wanted at the end of her horticulture class last year and she planted zucchini and cantaloupe. The Zucchini plant grew huge, and we've recently seen flowers, but didn't see anything else.
Monday I did a check wondering if there were ever going to be any zucchinis in there and found a HUGE one! This is Kaytlin holding the half she hadn't grated up for zucchini bread.
We also found 2 cantaloupe growing, though they are the size of bouncy balls, one a small one and one a big one, lol. And there are 4 more zucchini growing. Well, there were, until Kaytlin watered them and one fell off. But they are tiny.
She is so excited to have actually grown something, lol. We are planning to go ahead and make a garden next year. Not that we actually have the room for it, but we'll make it.

Wordless Wednesday #64 Look what I found lurking in a bowl.

What kind of an idiot

does it take to spill coffee on your keyboard









two days in a row?

August 26, 2008

Baby fix!

I get to get my baby fix this week! I'm babysitting for a 4 month old little boy. (with a name Donnie would LOVE to have for our kids, Sven, totally Norwegian) He's adorable and sleeping in my arms right now. It's only for a few days this week, but I think I could do this all the time. He is sweet!

I also resume babysitting for my friend Cindy this week. I have her girls for a few hours on Wednesdays while she works at church. Our girls get a play date and love it. All the girls are excited about it! Well, until Cindy has her baby, then I'm done for a long time. We will have to make play dates, and then I can even snuggle with another baby, lol.

I am surrounded, or will be soon, by babies. My friend Jody recently had her little girl, my friend Sarah is pregnant, and my friend Cindy is pregnant, and my friend Nikki is pregnant, due SOON.
This is the very first time in Nikki's pregnant life that I have not been pregnant with her, lol. Her first child is a few months older than Trinity. Her second child was born on the SAME DAY as Samuel, they were 12 hours apart.

August 24, 2008

Moving on from the gross worm....

Yesterday Hope-Anne and Kaytlin were talking about how Hope-Anne is planning to play the clarinet this year.
Kaytlin said "You can be Squidward now."
Hope-Anne said "No, I can't, I don't have testicles!"

Hahahahahahahahahaha! Don't you meant TENTACLES????

I'm a total spaz about my boys having girl friends. I hate it. I don't even like them talking to girls on the phone. (not to say this is one-sided, my girls haven't pulled anything in the way of boys, so I don't know how I will react there) Drew has made things worse by sneaking around behind my back on several occasions with girls, breaking our house rules.

Right now I am trusting Devon. Until he screws up. (my gut tells me he isn't messing up right now, and my gut is uncannily right on in this area with Drew)

Devon has been texting and talking to this girl late, late at night, and ALLLLLLLLLL the time. Thankfully she doesn't live close by, or I'd be really upset. I keep telling him that I am trusting him. If he screws up I am coming down with an iron fist.

So this morning I am getting ready to shower and I look down at the open closet door in the bathroom and see a button with a picture of a cheerleader on it. Not from our school. Ahem. What could this mean???

So, I redressed and went out to the living room in full confrontational mode.

Ok, Devon. Now I am suspicious!


Do you have a secret girlfriend?


Who is THIS then?

Kaytlin pipes in then. That's Leica. Our cousin. It must be Grandma's button.

Fine, Devon, you are off the hook. But I am watching you.

I don't know Leica, she is my mom's ex-husband's granddaughter. The kids met her because they went to Maine to stay with my mom. Now mom lives here and the button migrated to our bathroom closet somehow.

August 23, 2008

Oh man, I was SO right!

I was so sure that there was a worm in the kitten's neck. And it was sticking it's gross head out.

I was right!

We tried a tweezers, didn't work, the kitty cried. Turns out there are rings of sharp claws it uses to dig into it's host.

We tried to suffocate it with Vaseline. Didn't work. The kitten would move and smear the Vaseline, and it would stick it's ugly head out to get through the thin layer that was left to breath.

We tried to drown it. The boys held the kitten down in water with only it's face above water. Until I made them stop. (my husband would be one of the boys.)

Then Drew's friend came over and saw it and said their pets have gotten them a few times. They just take a long tube and suck it out.

I KNOW!!! Nasty!!!

But don't you know it, my guys thought it was cool and had to try it. All four of them, Donnie, Drew, Devon, and Cody, held the kitten tight while Donnie sucked and sucked with a REALLY long tube. It took a long time, and a rinsing out of the tube in case the wetness was worm guts, ahem, but the worm is out! The kitty is free of it's parasite! The poor kitty has been called the runt of the litter, but really it was being eaten alive. Poor guy.
You can thank me now for not video tape them sucking the worm out and posting it on my blog.
You are quite welcome.

August 22, 2008

My qtpies are a changin'

This morning changed so many things in our family. Not that anything really changed, but my perception of it did.

Drew got THE call today. The call that determined his life's path. The call that told us what his near future holds for him, and possibly most of his life.

Drew enlisted in the Air Force some time ago but they haven't been able to assign him a career. He is a super smartie and can have any job he wants that doesn't require a degree first, as he is going in before college. They haven't had any of his top seven picks available. So they bumped his enlistment date to mid-October when all the careers open again.

But yesterday Drew's recruiter called. He had 7 openings in a career field that wasn't on Drew's list and Drew could get in there if he wants to. We thought about, discussed it and said prayers for Drew's choices. He delayed many hours, but decided to apply and leave it to God to choose. There really weren't that many slots to fill. It is a great career choice, and there will always be a need for it, and the pay isn't too shabby.

This morning the recruiter called and told Drew that he leaves on October 7th to become an Air Traffic Controller.

I sobbed. I don't know what came over me, but I just sobbed. And I'm about to cry just writing it. It isn't a hard thing to have him do that job, and him leaving isn't something new. As a matter of fact, over the last year I've been near pushing him out the door myself many times, so leaving shouldn't be an issue, lol.

But there you have it. My son is leaving in a little more than a month to be an Air Traffic controller. Just don't talk to me about it because I will cry.

Children's books

The author and illustrator of the God Gave Us Heaven book, Lisa Tawn Bergren and Laura J. Bryant, have put out two more books, God Loves Me more than That! and When God Created My Toes.

God Gave us Heaven is my favorite book in this series. It touched me, and it moved my mother, also, to see God's love and provision for us. Sam and Trinity love God Loves Me more than THAT! the best. They are three fun books and help to open communication about God and how much He loves our children.

I highly recommend them all. You can purchase them on Amazon. God Gave Us Heaven, God Loves Me more than THAT!, and When God Made My Toes.

Book: God Gave Us Heaven
Summary: Little Cub awakens one morning with some important questions on her mind: What is heaven like? How do we get there? Will we eat in heaven? Will we be angels?
During a delightful day spent wandering their arctic world, Papa gently answers each question, assuring Little Cub that heaven is a wonderful place, “a million times better” than she can imagine. He explains how God has made a way for those who love him
to enter their heavenly home forever after their lives on earth are over.
Reuniting the best-selling author-illustrator team from God Gave Us You, this gentle story provides satisfying answers for a young child’s most difficult questions about heaven. Parents, grandparents, childcare professionals, librarians, Sunday school teachers, and others will appreciate the gentle approach to a topic that’s on the minds of so many “little cubs.” Through captivating, full-color illustrations and tender, biblically sound storytelling, young readers and those who love them will find reasons to rejoice in knowing that God Gave Us Heaven.

In God Loves Me More Than That, children learn that God loves them deeper than a wishing well, wider than a semi-truck, louder than thunder, and softer than a kitten’s sneeze. Each question, presented with charming child-like faith will help young ones grasp the great love of God through comparisons and descriptions they can easily understand. In short, they’ll discover that His love is bigger, wider, higher, and deeper than anything they could imagine!

In When God Made My Toes, kids are drawn into the wonder of their creation by God. Their masterful artist who fashioned them just right for amazing and delightful adventures, such as roller skating, finger-painting, doing flips, and drinking cocoa. Children will come to an understanding that God shaped each part of their amazing bodies with joy, delight, and humor.

The blogability never ends in a family our size

Recently Devon has come up with a way to help himself remember things, like words and such.

He'll be talking and it will go like this:

I think we should .......

(he whips his head to the side and his wrist to the front of him checking his watch, the watch he has never owned and doesn't exist)

have pizza!


It was some kind of fish, what was it!!! Ugh! I know it was some kind of fish. It was ......

(whips head to side and looks at non-existent watch)


He won't pose for me so you can see it, though. It is quite silly and endearing.

August 21, 2008

Cake for supper?

At our house, oh yes!!! You see, I'm a part-time cake decorator and have to practice occasionally. And my family gets to eat the triall versions. So, here is tonight's supper at the Qtpie house.

Looks delicious, no?
Mmmm, creamy, yummy goodness!
Or not.

You see, this is not your ordinary cake. It is a meat cake. Made of meat loaf and frosted with mashed potatoes and topped with a ketchup glaze.
You know the men in my house were drooling. It was a big hit. But I am SO full!
Here is where I got the idea.

The power of the vet

One of our kittens has a HUGE hole in it's neck. Like big enough to fit a pencil's eraser in. So gross. And yesterday something was sticking out if it that looked like a worm. So disgusting! You can see what it looked like on video HERE or HERE if you are brave. And not eating. And don't have a tendency to puke at gross things.

Well, we called the vet and she said that it probably got a bite or something that got infected and created an abscess. So, rather than bring her in we could wash the wound with peroxide and water mixture and put Neosporin on it 2-3 times a day. We did just the peroxide/water wash last night, even in the hole, and today it is soooo much better!

It turns out it wasn't a worm at all, because when we tried to get it with a tweezers, the cat cried. So we didn't try hard. So gross, though. I nearly lost it cleaning her up. She did not act like she was in pain or sick at all. Poor kitty! But she is on the mend!

Thursday Thirteen Worst Baby Names Edition

Thirteen Worst Baby Names as registered on

1. Uranus Stukey
2. Stud Duck
3. Acne Fountain (why????)
4. Lust T. Castle
5. Mary A. Jerk (this one is at least funny)
6. Mutton Bucker
7. Hugh Jass
8. Fanny Whiffer
9. Envy Burger
10. Bum Snoddy
11. Mule E. McCart
12. Emma Royd
13. Naught E. Bishop

Got any other ones??? How about Harry Pitts?

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August 20, 2008

Silver Platter

Sometimes things are handed to you on a silver platter. That, my friends, is what happened tonight.

Kaytlin: Knock, Knock
Trinity: Who's there?
Kaytlin: Banana
Trinity: (crickets chirping)

That went on for some time before I decided to step in and "teach" Trinity how a knock-knock joke should go.

Mom: Trinity, Knock, knock
Trinity: Who's There?
Mom: BOOO!
Trinity: Hahahahahahahaha!

She thought that was hysterical.

I tried again. Same thing.

So tonight we tried again with Donnie's help.

We did some role playing and showed her that she needs to say "Boo who" and that is it funny, etc.
So she tries it.

Trinity: Knock, Knock.
Mom: Who's there?
Trinity: Boo who!! hahahahahaha

(repeat 50 times)

OK, then...

Mom: Knock, knock
Trinity: Who's there?
Mom: Olive
Trinity: (crickets chirping)

Trinity: Knock, knock
Mom: Who's there?
Trinity: Appleman! hahahahahaha

(repeat 50 times)

Apparently, knock knock jokes and 4 year olds have their own relationship.

Green Works Cleaners

Clorox is expanding their line of Green Works cleaning products to include dish soap. I have to be a critic when it comes to dish soap because with 10 people in my house, the dishes NEVER end. Seriously, I do not remember a time in the last few years that ALL the dishes have been put away.

The scent is mild and pleasant, and it does the job well. I haven't had any greasy residue even with the kids washing the dishes. I don't go nuts about conservation and eco-friendly products, but I do want to be using products that are not going to be causing major problems for the future. Green Works Natural dish soap uses all natural, plant-based ingredients like coconuts and lemon oil, making the soap sustainable and biodegradable. So I can still have my squeaky-clean AND not hurt the environment.

Green Works has also joined with the Sierra Club to support their efforts to conserve clean air, water, and wildlife. All Green Works products carry the Sierra Club logo. The EPA has also recognized Green Works dish soap for using environmentally preferred chemistry.

Green Works Natural Dishwashing Liquid comes in five scents: Original, Water Lily, Tangerine, Free & Clear, and Simply Lemon. I am looking forward to trying the Water Lily next. (or better yet, my mom should be back from her vacation by the time this bottle is gone, and I won't have to wash dishes much, hehe, love you, Mom!)

I also plan to check out their other products, especially the toilet cleaner, I DO want a safer product there because of the kids.

Wordless Wednesday #62

Admit it, you wish your head was still small enough to fit in there!

August 19, 2008

Held Hostage

Our mama cat decided it was time to take the kittens out in the living room to torture the dogs explore. The Boogie Cat mama has been so mean to Oreo, our new dog. She hisses and attacks him on a regular basis. Chases him into a corner and makes him stay there a quivering mass of fur.
Sometimes she tortures my mom's dog, Mika, but mostly leaves her alone.

But the kittens have picked up on mama not liking Oreo. So they hiss at him, too. And then mama gets mad and come flying and attacks him. It doesn't matter that he is across the room and peeking out around the couch to see if they are there. He does not belong in existence.

Poor Oreo. He is hostage in his own house.

Last night, as I held the quivering Oreo on my lap, Mika starting barking and snapping and I freaked out! It scared me! One of the kittens decided to use her hind leg as a tree. She didn't like that. Especially not knowing it was coming. Then she was a quivering mass sitting between my legs for protection from the evil fur balls.

Poor Mika. She is a hostage in her own house.

August 18, 2008

Back to school madness!

I've gone out school shopping 3 times in 2 days. I was out for about 6 hours today! And it was exacerbated with the car overheating twice. We did make it home, though.
Kaytlin hates shopping. Seriously, she hates it. She likes nice clothing, but doesn't like to go hunt for things. Oh, and to even DARE suggest a thrift store...... NOT.
Hope-Anne is easy. She love to shop, she loves most things I pick out, and is not at all picky. She even likes thrift stores! So easy. But she has WAY too much already, so I didn't need to do much for her.
Devon is a difficult subject. He is not at all picky about his pants. He doesn't care if I pick up $8 jeans from Wallyworld, but his shirts are another story. I bought his favorite name brand shirts at a thrift store for $.75 each. But they were last year's styles. Well, Cody didn't care, he got double the shirts. So I took Devon shopping. He gets all sullen when out shopping. "How about this? Do you need this?" Devon says things like "Sure, maybe, whatever, I don't know." JUST GIVE ME A YES OR NO, DUDE!!!! And he stays pretty sullen the whole trip. Like I drug him out of bed after 2 days of solid work and no sleep.
Cody is great. He doesn't care. He tells me to just pick up his clothes for him. But I want him to try on the pants and shoes. He claims not to need shoes and he claims that his skinny butt fits into a size 32 inch waist pants! NOT! But he doesn't want to go shopping. At least he doesn't complain about the clothing I bring him.

I got to do the happy dance! I no longer have to buy school supplies and clothes for Drew! I am no longer responsible for him financially! Woohoo!! Woohoo!! Yes, he thought I was a little weird for that spontaneous dance.

Trinity can't go to public school this year, and she is really ready for learning. So we are going to homeschool her. I've been buying her all sorts of school workbooks, crayons, lefty scissors, etc. She is excited!

For Sam, well, lets just say he is not going to like what he has to learn this year. It is potty training boot camp first full day I can stay home with him. I bought him undies, and he loves them, but he pees in them. He doesn't like the wetness, so he stops, gets changed and then lets the rest out, lol. Yesterday he pulled his diaper down to go pee. On the floor. Later he looked like he needed to go, so Donnie asked him if he needed to go in the potty. He ran to the potty, but couldn't let it out. That is the problem. He doesn't feel good about letting it out in the potty. He has perfect control, and knows when he needs to go. Boot camp it is.

August 17, 2008

What did you say?

We've had a couple of funny miscommunication conversations in the last couple of days.

Drew, my nearly 19 year old son, said to me "I found the cheapest place to get naked." It sounded SO wrong!
But, as you can see, it is all natural! (haha! I kill me!)

My husband was diagnosed with Paranoid personality disorder several years ago. Mostly it is under control with meds, but sometimes innocent things can set him off.

Like yesterday. My brother was here and Donnie was helping him load his van. Chris said "Your wife asked me to bring her something, here." And he pulls out a pistol from under his seat.

Donnie knew nothing about me asking for a pistol. So why would I ask Chris for a pistol and not tell Donnie? Could it be the 1.5 million dollars he is insured for??? Hmm???

Actually, I didn't ask Chris for the gun. He called and asked if Donnie was bear hunting this year and needed his pistol for backup. I said he wasn't hunting bear, but I love shooting a pistol and haven't done it in years. He just left that part off, lol. Of course, he also said the gun wasn't loaded as he handed Donnie the gun and a loaded clip, but the gun was loaded with another clip. Knucklehead!

August 15, 2008

The kidnapping

Jody, Sarah, Jeannie and I have a tradition of kidnapping each other for our birthday. We all have summer birthdays, so it makes for a fun summer! It is harder to get together in the summer, so it really helps keep us together.

My mom is in Arizona taking care of her sister for a few weeks, so she wasn't with us this time.

Well, Jody told Sarah that she was going to her mom's for her birthday Wednesday and would be home on Thursday. After many, many attempts to reach her we finally decided we needed to take drastic measures. Thursday was the only night it would work, so she HAD to get home. Sarah and I were clueless, so we called our trusty Jeannie with the photographic memory. (OK, maybe not photographic, but she remembers everything) She came up with Jody's maiden name, the town her parents live in and even remembered her dad's name, and sure enough, found the phone number!
We couldn't kidnap her, but she did come home and we met at her house with pizza and soda and a chick flick. We didn't end up watching anything, we just talked and talked all night. It was a lot of fun. We didn't get a waitress to snap our picture together, of course, but we did take the baby's pic!

And then for fun we decided to do the Drano test to see what Sarah is having. We all think it is a boy, but we had to do the test anyway.
Sarah believes the test is determined by the amount of reaction it gives, the bigger the reaction, it is a girl. I think that the color is the determining factor, brown is girl and green is boy. By both of our requirements she is having a BOY! I will say that ONE TIME the test was wrong, but otherwise we've been right on.

Today Hope-Anne and Trinity decided to amuse themselves by playing dress up. With Sam.

He is a gorgeous kid, but there is no mistaking him as a girl, even in a pink tutu! He is 110% boy.
Donnie and Devon freaked about the pic, lol. That makes it even more fun, of course!

The Crazy Bunch

A friend of Drew and Kaytlin made remade a song for our family and posted it on Myspace. I thought it was pretty good, so here it is!

Here’s a story of a kid named AnDrew
Who has 3 brothers you just have to know
If you had that many it’d drive you crazy
The youngest stole the show.

Here’s a story of his sister Kaytlin
With these siblings it was becoming quite a crowd
When she found out that they were really related
She wanted to scream out loud.

Til the one day when Drew discussed with Kaytlin
That they knew it was much more than a hunch
They are stuck here: this blonde family
That’s the way they became the crazy bunch.
The Crazy Bunch
The Crazy Bunch
That’s the way they became the Crazy Bunch!!!

By Sarah S.

Banana Split, Anyone?

The Banana Splits, the hugely popular costumed rock band from the ‘60s, is back!
Starting Sept 2, The Banana Splits will star in brand new comedy shorts and
music videos on Cartoon Network. This Fab Four – Fleegle (a dog), Drooper (a
lion), Bingo (a gorilla) and Snorky (an elephant) – is ready to introduce
their unique style of humor and catchy music to a whole new generation of
young fans.

This is a comedy show for kids from around 4 to 7 years old. The humor is not funny to me, but I am not known for my tolerance for corny jokes. There is a great website to check out with your young child to see hear some of those corny jokes, watch some music videos and play some games. It is really interactive and fun for the young ones.

Trinity enjoys shows with costumed characters, and really enjoys silly jokes. What 4-7 year old doesn't just love telling goofy jokes and then crack up at them when they tell them? LOL It is really cute, even if the jokes are dumb!
If you like vintage shows and you are looking for kid-friendly, this is a good show to look out for in September.


Changes are good!
I love my new header! I love being back in new blogger!
My internet browser is old news, apparently and I don't see things the way they are, though, so I'll be changing browsers tonight, too.
If you only see two columns, then you might need an update, too.

Last night was our 4th and last birthday kidnapping of the year, and Jody blew it by not being home. But we hunted her down and got it done anyway! I'll post about it, and what we did, later.

Right now, off to clean house and take my super frustrated anger out on cleaning instead of the companies that I am ready to hunt down and go postal on. We'll leave it at that, m'kay, bye.

August 13, 2008

Speeding along

I got stopped for speeding yesterday.......

I thought I could talk my way out of it until the cop looked at my dog in the back seat..........



Wordless Wednesday #61 Brothers

Brothers. Drew is nearly 19 and Sam is nearly 2. Leaving Sam is one of the hardest parts for Drew in joining in the Air Force this fall.

August 12, 2008

Sam's New Babylegs

We are Babyleg fanatics over here. Sam absolutely loves them. I pull them out and he would wiggle all over and stick his legs at me to put them on. Babylegs sent me their new Scarecrow style that is coming out this fall. Watch this great vid of Sam seeing them!

I think the video shows how thankful Sam is for his new pair of Babylegs! Thank you to Babylegs for this cute pair!

Babylegs has a new site at .com instead of .net and they have gotten a little interactive with some message boards. You can enter to win a pair of Babylegs a day on the forums! The new live customer service chat is a great new feature! You can upload a pic of your little one wearing Babylegs for the Gallery, and get ideas on how to wear Babylegs beyond baby legwarmers, even. They are great for camping to keep the mosquitoes off your arms or to keep you warm without a coat as the night gets a bit cooler.
I use them for Sam to keep his legs warm during diaper changes, and even during the summer he loves to wear them. Our house feels cool after being outside, so he feels comfortable in them. I can't even fold them from the dryer without him having to put them on if he sees them, lol.

I am very excited about the new holiday designs coming out this fall. With 5 people having babies near me, I have lots of gifts to buy. Babylegs is one of my favorite gifts to buy for people.

What is your deadly sin?

I found this little "test" on someone's website and had to share it. I guess it is probably accurate. The Gluttony thing is a bit weird. I'm a glutton because I don't choose environmentally responsible food sources and I eat out. There really wasn't any question about how much I do or don't eat. My kids wouldn't agree with the lustful thing after this weekend, but thats another story. (we got walked in on in the middle of the day! *gasp*)

Lust:Very Low

Take the Seven Deadly Sins Quiz

August 11, 2008

Should I be concerned?

My mom bought a few more school supplies today, including some Hannah Montana Notebooks and folders for Devon, our 15 year old SON. Yes, we love to tease him about having a crush on Hannah Montana because we've caught him watching her a few times when no one else was around, lol. He takes the teasing well.
But should I be worried that he intends to use the folders "to prove" something? LOL He sleeps with his Hannah Montana pillow that Drew's friends bought him as a joke, lol.

My new baby, Oreo, wasn't around cats at his former home. They thought he might be afraid of them. Well, we figured he'd do fine because our two cats have been great with 3 different dogs. No problems at all. Even the lost dog we had for a couple of days. But Oreo was not loved by Midnight, our mama cat. She chases him around the house and traps him in rooms by hissing at him if he tries to come out. She even attacked him like a tornado with claws for walking into my bedroom the other day. She looked like the Tasmanian Devil all whirring around him!
So last night one of the kittens ventured out into the living room and saw the dog and wandered over to him. He kept running away and the kitten kept following him, lol. He was even scared of the kitten now! I'm starting to call Midnight "The Boogey Cat."

Now, I better go learn to play the Wii. Devon's friend is sleeping over and brought it with him. I need to kick some kiddie butt! (like that will happen)

Too much yard saling

We are going through our clothes to give some to our church's community clothing giveaway. Let's just say that there is a bit of an excess at our house. I'm trying to be ruthless on my clothes.
I'm giving away all, or most, of my baby clothes, too. Hope-Anne is going to be the worst, though. She has WAAAYYY too much. She is just so easy to buy for! Kaytlin is ridiculously hard to buy for, so she has nothing to give away, and has very little to wear. Because I can't, or don't dare, buy for her, and she HATES shopping, her pickings are slim. The boys pretty much destroy what they own, so very little there, lol.

I'm guessing Hope-Anne won't need school clothes.

Oh, so cool! I used some gift cards I had for school supplies, and I had purchased a bunch of notebooks on sale for $.05 recently. I am almost done shopping and I spent less than $5 out of pocket so far on supplies. Oh, wait, Donnie bought some backpacks, so we spent $19 so far. I just can't believe how little I need to spend out of my pocket! I may even be a conformist and buy the kleenex that our schools think we should supply for them. (I draw the line at supplying the teachers with staples, baggies, correcting pens, whiteboard pens AND hand sanitizer!)

Dangerous Days book review

The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson, a kind of fantasy novel, was written with the intent to interest young boys in reading. I think they hit the mark, if you can get your child to start it. It was nearly impossible to get Cody to pick up the book, so I started reading it out loud.
At first it was lame. Really, really dumb. But as I kept reading I started to find it funny. And long after the kids moved on to other things for the day, I kept picking up the book until I had finished it in one day! I did not expect to enjoy it myself, but I did.
Daniel X is an alien hunter on a mission to get the alien that killed his parents. There is so much fantasy in the book that young boys dream of, like having the power to create things or to be able to change themselves into things. Not to mention being incredibly smart and creative.
It turned out to be sort of like Men in Black, very humorous and full of action that boys love. It is also fast reading as each chapter is only a couple of pages long. I liked that it was easy to put down and do something in between chapters.

Description: The greatest superpower of all isn’t to be part spider, part man, or to cast magic spells–the greatest power is the power to create. Daniel X has that power.Daniel’s secret abilities — like being able to manipulate objects and animals with his mind or to recreate himself in any shape he chooses — have helped him survive. But Daniel doesn’t have a normal life. He is the protector of the earth, the Alien Hunter, with a mission beyond what anyone’s imagining.From the day that his parents were brutally murdered before of his very eyes, Daniel has used his unique gifts to hunt down their assassin. Finally, with the help of The List, bequeathed to him in his parents’ dying breath, he is closing in on the killer. Now, on his own, he vows to take on his father’s mission – and to take vengeance in the process.

The book is available at Amazon HERE.

August 09, 2008


Trinity intercepted the ToysRUs flyer that came in the mail yesterday and thought it was for her.

"Grandma! Grandma! Can you take me to the tlay store? Can you take me there and buy me whatever I want?" (play store, aka toy store)
"OH, Trinity, I don't have enough money to just buy whatever I want."
"No, Grandma, not whatever you want, whatever I want!"

Good thing she clarified that. She has not let up, either. She keeps asking me to take her, too.

Curse the mailman!

Sam did it again

Sam broke my glasses not too long ago. He had bent them pretty badly and we were able to get them fixed. But a few weeks later he did it again, apparently he was bored in our bed one night.
Now my eyeglasses are broke on one side, but only partially. So I can wear them, but will need new frames soon. I like these frames from Zenni Optical.
Their eyeglasses are so affordable! I can't get another pair of frames from our insurance next year, so I have to get new ones out of my pocket. Their frames are as cheap as $8, and some are as high as $24. Even the lenses are affordable. You do need your prescription.
I think I will be ordering the memory titanium frames so that WHEN Sam gets my glasses again they will not break or stay bent.
The reason these are so inexpensive is that the company sells directly to the consumer and has very little advertising spent. And they do what you need, bifocals, tinted lenses, sunglasses, progressive lenses, so it seems like a waste to me to get glasses anywhere else.
Well, except the every other year I get them free from our insurance company.
The Clark Howard Show has bought them and endorses them.

What to do, what to do?

All our plans for the weekend are pretty much toast with sick kids. Kaytlin and Hope-Anne are battling high fevers, over 103 degrees.
Drew is planning to take me to the smash-'em-up derby at the fair tonight! He felt bad that last year when I planned to go Devon had a tantrum that prevented me from going. His goal is to make sure I get there this year. (hopefully he is planning to pay for it, lol)
Other than that, I'm just cleaning my bedroom. I have lots of laundry to wash and clothes to get rid of for a community clothing giveaway at our church.

The kittens are super-curious and venturing out to play with us. But all they do when they get out of my room is climb on us and cry. They are cute, though.

Oh, and I am so excited! I accidentally came upon my Go ogle pa ge rank and saw that I am no longer a ZERO!!! I am a 2 now! I would love to get back to my 4, but I'm sure it will take time.

What is your financial IQ?

I went to and took a financial IQ quiz. It was really interesting to see what the questions were. I got a C, by the way. Finances are not my strong point, but I do think that it would be higher if the questions/answers were worded differently.
So many people need Credit card debt help, but we don't really have a lot of that. Other than our mortgage, we have little debt compared to most of America. I would love to be debt free in the future. I think my score was a bit influenced from not being a career person. I don't have career goals and do not need them, so that lowered my score. I don't invest at all, my husband does a bit, and there was no option to choose about not personally investing.
Overall, the test was neat, though. And the website offers advice on how to fix the answers that are causing problems in your financial life. Like knowing your credit score and paying off high interest cards first, then picking off the other cards.
I like that it also encourages people to have life insurance and wills. We have both. In fact, if Donnie died, we'd be pretty well off. But that's another story. We made a will long ago, and need to update it, but we tried to make it pretty general, like any kids we have and will have in the future are covered, and who gets any property we have, without listing it so we don't have to change things. We even discussed if one or both of us died and who would get the kids and be in charge of the money in all scenarios.
I really encourage everyone to have a will if you are married and especially if you have kids! I don't want my kids split up and I don't want them in a home that does not share our religious beliefs.

So, what is your financial IQ?

Not camping and some funnies

Anyone who knows me knows I don't like to go camping. It isn't camping itself, it is the being outside, and around spiders and mosquitoes, and the fresh air. Maybe even the whole not having a real bathroom thing. Sure, even the ones that have actually plumbing are bad to me. They are still open and bugs get in there, and PEOPLE get in there. They run out of toilet paper, the get nasty dirty, I just hate it.
Every year Donnie's Promise Keepers group takes the family camping. And I do enjoy it. The socializing part, not the actual being outside. I dread going but I always have fun. And I love how much fun the kids have.
But this year we didn't go, again. Right now they are camping and we didn't go. Every weekend for the last 5 weeks our kids have gotten sick. Two to three a weekend. So far this weekend we've had 4 sick. Devon and Cody have had horrid pain in their abdomens. Hope-Anne and Kaytlin are trading high fevers. Hope-Anne was 103 yesterday. Kaytlin threw up early this morning.
How can it be that we have such a sickness that strikes someone in our house every 5-7 days? And what could we possibly do about it? (just so happens to be keeping us out of church every weekend, spiritual attack?) Oh, Kaytlin works every weekend, and she doesn't get sick, until this weekend that she took off work to camp, and here she is sick.

Well, I chose well in our new dog. Donnie likes him a lot, even though he is a scraggly small dog, lol. He doesn't come when called, but otherwise he has been great. At first he didn't like any of the boys older than Sam. He growled at all three teen boys. Donnie he was scared of but didn't growl. (see how smart he is!) But they were patient with him and he now loves them all. He really loves Sam, who drops food, on purpose.

Yesterday Sam was feeding the dog his lunch so I put Oreo in the kennel so Sam would finish eating. Then Sam spilled him milk on the floor. So I let Oreo out to lick up the milk for me. (hey, I'm lazy and didn't have paper towels) I turn around and Sam is on the floor licking up the milk, too! Haha! I ran for the camera and turned around to see Sam had moved on...... to the kennel. Yep, he was in the kennel with his tongue out like a dog. LOL It was so cute!

In Kitten news, they are getting bigger and now can't be contained easily. The other day I was walking into my room from our bathroom, the room is dark in the day, and I stepped on the mama cat's leg. What? So I turned on the light and found she had moved the kittens to my pile of darks to be washed right in the doorway to my closet/bathroom entrance. Not gonna happen, mama. So we moved them to Kaytlin's room. She left them there until this morning.

This morning she was in the process of moving them back to my closet walkway. She doesn't like the dog, chases him around and makes him curl up in a ball after he can't run any farther away, then stands in the door and won't let him move. He was in the living room where she needed to pass through with her babies. I had him come to me for some love so she could do her work. She has one kitten in there and she wanted to explore. So mama was trying to nudge her toward my room. No dice. Mama took her paw and patted at kitty's leg "Come on, dear." Nope. So she finally just bit her baby's ear and started dragging her, lol. The mama is a tiny cat, she can barely pick them up by the neck now. She was determined and finally got kitty to go where she was told.

As much fun as it is soon going to be with the kitties running around the house, I can't wait until they have homes. I'm going to put them on freecycle, just like how I got me super new dog!

August 08, 2008

I'm a natural........

Your Hair Should Be White

Classy, stylish, and eloquent.

You've got a way about you that floors everyone you meet.

Wow, not what I would choose. I actually would like to do something funky, but haven't done it. My kids scream "NoooooOOOoooo!" when I talk about it. Kaytlin really freaked about pink. Like cotton candy pink. But I would really want to go a burgundy color. I can't find a match, but it is a color that German women wear a lot. I loved it. Here is something close. It needs a little more red to it than that, but close.
Donnie would love for me to go white, though. Like black roots and shock white hair. Or white with black tips. Something dramatic.
So, I stick with brown with highlights.

Back to School with Style!

Thanks to Mom Central my girls are nearly set for school with their cute new school supplies! I quickly grabbed the mouse pad out of the box when it arrived, and tried to get the pens, but they were snagged right out of my purse!
With school starting back up, my desk is getting amazingly cluttered with all the school supply lists, bus sign up forms, and the numerous other notices from the schools. It is only going to get worse when school starts next month. Not only do I want my desk to be more organized, and look good since it sits in the living room, I also want my children to enjoy their new school supplies.
Carolina Pad and Paper and Jacqueline Savage McFee have just launched two incredibly beautiful new lines of paper and organizational products at Wal-Mart, designed just for women and teens. Simply Chic and Eye Candy are both available at Wal-Mart! (doesn't that mean affordable to you!?!)
These folders and papers and magnets arrived and I set them out to take a picture. At that point the girls discovered them. Hope-Anne said "How are we going to divide this up?" To which Kaytlin replied wordlessly by grabbing an armload and running. OK, she didn't run, lol, but she did grab a bunch and said "The rest is for you." Hope-Anne is 11 and Kaytlin is 17, and these designs appealed to both of them, AND to me. In the end, all I managed to keep for myself is the mouse pad. I am convinced I only have that because we share a computer.
Carolina Paper and Pads is having a "Glam Your Office Makeover Contest" on their website. To help women and teens get organized in style, submit your best organizational tip by visiting The 10 most original and creative entries will be featured on the Carolina Pad and Paper website's "Get Organized" page and will win:
Complete Eye Candy or Simply Chic office system
$100 gift card
1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets by Jamie Novak

Where are you buying your school supplies?

Here is where I show what a bad mom I am

Some members of our house are party poopers (Kaytlin and Donnie!), but the rest of us enjoy a good scare now and then. (every day) Even Samuel appreciates a good adrenaline rush! Several times a week my mom hides and scares him and hides and scares him. He jumps and laughs! One time he fell over laughing and my mom nearly wet herself laughing at him.
Well, one day I put on a Halloween mask to scare my mom. We don't do Halloween at all, but I buy the masks on clearance just for scaring kids coming out of the bathroom. It is fun. Unless it is Kaytlin. She is fun to scare, but once she picks herself up off the floor, it isn't fun anymore. She comes up swinging.
Anyway, I didn't scare my mom with the mask. We are both hard to scare, apparently. So, we lured Samuel around the corner and I scared him. He jumped and laughed and laughed! And then he looked up and saw the mask. And he looked not so happy. So I took the mask off to let him see it was still me. I picked him up because he was clearly confused.

And he spit in my face.

Yep, that's what he thinks of scary masks.

August 07, 2008

Help me choose

I'm getting ready to have my header redone and would love some help. Which picture would you want staring at you every day when you come to visit my blog? Please vote!

1. Goofy kids

2. Family at the wall.

3. Family on the tracks

4. Family with Attitude

5. Family on the car

6. Family on the hill

There may be better versions of these poses, but those are basic poses that you can choose from.
Scroll down to see my new baby!

My new baby!

Well, I did it! I lost my mind and got another dog. I'm not sure why I'm doing this, but all I can say is that I have prayed for a Shi Tzu for free for years and I finally found one, I had to take it!
Turns out, Oreo is a ham! I tried to trim his hair around his eyes because he had to look waaaay up to see me from under his hair, lol. But he didn't let me finish. He needs a bath, too.
So, I'm taking a picture for the blog and he gets all super-model on me, lol. And posing.

Yeah, look at me, aren't I shy?
Yep, I'm tough! Ruff!

And by this time, Mika, my mom's dog, is thoroughly jealous.
So I turn her into a model, too.

Sam loves Oreo! It was so cute watching him follow Oreo around and check him out all over, lol, jabbering away. Kaytlin and Trinity think he is ugly. And he doesn't like Devon at all. Not sure why. But the boys who owned him were rather rough, so maybe he isn't comfortable with bigger boys.