Thursday, August 30, 2007

Oh to be snuggled by a 9 year old!

I was in bed this afternoon trying to not feel sorry for myself when my son came and got in bed with me. We were like 2 spoons in the drawer. It was nice. It got even better when he started talking about what a good mother I am. Then he left me to go for a walk and I took a quick power nap.

And now it is almost 11pm and guess who is wide awake?????

That would be me. :)

I have been a total bum! Nothing new to type. No progress on the quilt. I haven’t picked up a book. I haven’t cooked anything to share. Nothing….I’m sorry. LOL

Tomorrow we might join all the other families and purchase a minivan. How exciting eh? LOL I’ll post later on this matter.

Well, think I’ll play a few games and then try to get my beauty sleep. Night Night.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I’m really not that woman.

I finally was able to read the text book link on his page and I am so not that woman. LOL I am going to mark out the things that do not happen at our house and (add some comments). LOL

HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE
Home Economics High School Text Book, 1954
Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal, on time. (A couple nights a week we have take-out, to which he brings home or goes back out to pick up.) This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. (I cook because everyone is hungry.) Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed. (He never expects that I will cook. I am happy to cook.)
Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so that you’ll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift. (Most days I am in a clean pair of pj’s and no make-up what-so-ever.)
Clear away the clutter. (Since I am a clean freak this is done more for me than him. I don’t like clutter.) Make one last trip through the main part of the home just before your husband arrives, gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc. Then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift, too.
Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair, and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. (In fact I’ll let him change that dirty diaper.)
Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, dishwasher, or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him. (How can one quieten 3 kids??? Is there a secret to that I do not know?) Greet him with a warm smile and be glad he is home. (I am glad he is home. I have missed him.)
Some don’ts: Don’t greet him with problems or complaints. Don’t complain if he is late for dinner. Count this as minor compared with what he might have gone through that day. Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Allow him to relax and unwind. (I cannot think of a comment for this one.)
Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first. (We both talk about the day together.)
Make the evening his. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax. (HA HA!!! We always go out to eat and for entertainment.)
The Goal: Try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. (And everyone else that lives in the house.)

My husband read the article and said, “WOW, where do I find a wife like that?”

Thank you stay at home dad for the humor today. I so needed it. I wonder if I changed it to be more masculine; would you fit the part? (smile)

I was compared to a 1954 text book.

I was wondering why so many hits on a certain post of mine.

A stay at home dad who blogs has compared me to a 1954 text book.

Take a look for yourself.

How To Be A Good Wife

Where has Michelle been?

On the couch or in bed whenever she could be!

That’s where I have been. I have been under the weather and I don’t see any relief in sight for a bit. UGH.

I have only left the house to get a few groceries and pick the kids up from school. I am living in my comfy pj’s as well. LOL

What has everyone else been doing?

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Survived The Weekend

Hello Hello…..

H & B2 really liked school Thursday and Friday. I know they are going to be fine. Since school has started the house phone will not stop ringing due to H handing out our number. Lucky us!

Saturday we got up and decided on a trip. We headed to Mount Mitchell. We knew it would be cooler up there and a nice drive. Of course H & B2 weren’t thrilled but I knew once we got up there, they would be fine.

We were unable to walk up the trail to it this trip. Be open in September. So, we had lunch at the restaurant there. It was really nice. There was a Gospel (sort of) band playing.

It was breathtaking looking out and seeing the mountains. It made me feel very blessed to live where I do. Just a quick drive and I am at the highest spot this side of the Mississippi. And having lunch there. :)

Then we had a birthday dinner to go to at Olive Garden. I just don’t like their food. The past few times I have been made to go there; I wasn’t happy at all. Anyway…

Today has been very lazy. Just like I wanted it to be. Minus some housework and laundry.

I have baked 2 kinds of cookies. Chocolate Chip and Snikerdoodles. So I think I will go make a cup of coffee and grab some cookies.
I hope that everyone has a lovely afternoon and Monday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Might as well sign over my unborn child.

School starts tomorrow!!!!!

So today has been busy. Going to two different schools, meeting 2 great teachers. Let’s not forget signing a boatload of papers. I wouldn’t doubt it if I signed over my unborn child in them.

Both kids are excited about school starting. I am as well. But I am sad as well. Who will entertain me during the week now??? Oh, I know. Lil O can and my wonderful HB. Lets not mention the new exciting changes going on in our family.

I noticed yesterday some of my flowers are dying for the season. I think this weekend I will go through them and give some of them a good burial. Then I can bring the pots into the basement for next spring. WOW, where did the summer go? I still didn’t get to lay on the beach this summer. Maybe me and hubby can do that later this year or very early next year before April. (HINT HINT HONEY!)

I have my sisters quilt laid out and it is ready for me to sew. I am not that thrilled with it. Maybe it’s the kiddie colors. I know it will be beautiful when I am finished. Her poor hubby with a Tinkerbell quilt on his bed! LOL

Well, I think I’ll venture outside and enjoy some quiet time before lil O wakes up. Tonight book bags have to be packed, clothes laid out and in bed at 9pm.

I hope that everyone has a lovely night and see you later. :)

Monday, August 13, 2007

Don’t Panic!

I wish I could grab a towel and travel the universe with Ford and Aurthor at the moment. Or even better have The Doctor come by in the Tardis and take me away to a far away land!

I guess you can guess the kids are driving me crazy at the moment. I even took them out to burn off some energy and spray themselves with the hose. All they could do was bicker about he got me wet–she said I could–stop spraying me–I am all wet now. Ya think? What about lets go spray ourselves with the water hose and not getting wet come into question?

I took them out this morning to buy last minute school things. Notebooks, shoes and some shirts. I think they are set now until it turns chilly and I have to buy jackets and long sleeve shirts!

I am not really that excited school begins. I am a little sad they will be going back and not hanging out with me all day. It just means they are another year older and then I am another year older. Then to think about the news I learned last week and cannot share it until few more weeks with everyone. Some know and can read between the lines….lol

Anyway….wonder what interesting tv show I can watch that will totally bore them to leave me alone and go to their bedrooms? LOL

Nahh, I wouldn’t do that or would I?

I hope that everyone has a wonderful afternoon/night. :)

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Here are five tips for going organic for less:

~My husband emailed me this about 2 weeks ago. I am not sure where he read it or I would link it.~

Set some priorities
You’ll get the most bang for your buck by buying organic apples, beef and spinach. That’s because the conventional counterparts to these foods are laden with pesticides and potentially harmful additives (see chart below). Produce like papayas, bananas and broccoli require less pesticide to grow, thereby retaining little to no residue after washing. (The peels on bananas and other tropical fruits further reduce your exposure). Also, read the label. Seafood, cosmetics and cleaning products can be labeled “organic” without having to face the same requirements that the USDA imposes on vegetables and meat. “There is no system, no real oversight,” warns Kimberly Stewart, the author of “Eating Between the Lines: The Supermarket Shopper’s Guide to the Truth Behind Food Labels.” You’ll pay premium prices with no guarantees.

Should You Buy Organic?

Worth It:
Fruits
Apples, cherries, grapes, pears, berries, peaches, nectarines, plums

Vegetables
Celery, potatoes, spinach, bell peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans

Meat/Dairy
Beef, pork, poultry, eggs and dairy

Other
Baby food

Not Worth It
Fruits
Bananas, kiwi, mangoes, papaya, pineapples, oranges

Vegetables
Asparagus, avocados, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, onions, sweet peas

Meat/Dairy
Seafood

Other
Processed food (chips, pasta, etc.), cleaning products, cosmetics

* Data from “Eating Between the Lines,” Environmental Working Group and Consumer Reports.

Consider your alternatives
Prices on organic meats, eggs and dairy products can be some of the most exorbitant. The culprit: A lack of the organic feed for the animals, says Stewart. So if you can’t stomach prices for organics, consider antibiotic- or hormone-free foods. While the animals may have eaten regular feed, they meet the other half of organic requirements — no hormones or antibiotics. At online grocer FreshDirect, a half-gallon of Horizon organic milk is $3.99, while the same size Farmland antibiotic-free milk is $2.19.

Organic goes on sale, too
Conventional discount shopping wisdom also applies to organic goods. Grocery stores frequently put organic foods on sale, so keep an eye out for coupons or discounts advertised in their circulars. Shop Rite’s July 15-21 circular, for example, touts organic bananas for 69 cents per pound (the same price as conventional ones) and organic Stonyfield Yogurt at 10 for $6.99 (a break of 19 cents each off the usual price of 89 cents). Also, buy fruits and veggies that are in season. Pricing becomes much more competitive during those times. At Whole Foods, a six-ounce container of raspberries is currently $3.49 whether you go organic or not. Meanwhile, a 16-ounce container of conventional strawberries is $2.99; for organic, just 50 cents more.

Turn to local farmers
Your local farmers’ market can be a great place to buy organic food. That’s because a combination of seasonality and competition helps keep prices down, says Rangan. At New York’s famous Union Square Greenmarket, organic and conventional tomatoes were both recently $1.50 per pound. Another option: community-supported agriculture programs, or CSAs. For a fee, you’ll be supplied with fresh, organic produce on a weekly basis throughout the growing season. Quiet Creek Farm in Kutztown, Pa., for example, charges $600, or roughly $23 per week, for enough produce to feed three to four people. Depending on the week, you might get broccoli, peppers, zucchini, melons, strawberries, herbs or any of the other 40-plus organic items the farm produces.

Consider generics
Supermarket chain Meijer has Meijer Organics, Giant Eagle has Nature’s Basket and Publix has GreenWise Market. Many supermarkets are adding organic lines to their private labels, a move that allows shoppers to buy organic at significant discounts over big-name brands, says Teri Gault, founder of The Grocery Game, a program that helps consumers match manufacturers’ coupons with store sales. At Safeway, a 20-ounce bottle of store-brand O Organics ketchup is $2.45, a steal compared with the 15-ounce bottle of Heinz Organic at $3.79. Considering price per ounce, you’ll save 49%.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Sick Baby and Lord Of The Rings.

Busy here. H came back from camp with a cold. Hence why lil O has a cold. She is all snotty and using me for Kleenex. TMI, I know. LOL ~Lil O is the snotty one today not H~

We watched the Simpson movie. Not much to brag about IMPO. It was umm like an hour too long. And seeing a cartoon penis is disturbing in a way!

My best friend Mary Jane (and her cutie husband) came by Sunday for a BONUS visit! They live near DC and usually stay here when they visit. This trip they were with his family having the family vacation. So they camped in tents and played tourists in Asheville.

I also bought TINKERBELL fabric to make another quilt. I bought 5 different colors for it. I took a picture but too lazy and snot covered to find it and post. I will later on. (I got most of the squares cut last night.)

My Great Aunt had shoulder surgery yesterday so I sat with my mamaw during that. She came home today and resting rather well. She had a nasty fall 3 weeks ago and did some damage to her shoulder. :(
But now she can recover in time. Months and months of time.

I just got through watching the last of The Lord of the Rings. My favorite of the three. I always cry like a baby during it. The singing, the music, the scenery and lets not forget the end when they KISS!!!! I even watched the ending twice today! I am such a sissy. LOL

I hope that everyone is well and surviving the heat. :)

Friday, August 3, 2007

Why shouldn’t I take care of the one that takes care of me?

I was involved in a discussion yesterday, I think, and I wanted to write about it. I am at stay at home mom. I never like being cast as a SAHM. I am CEO of my family. That suits me better. I by no means sit at home and eat bon bons and watch soaps all day. My house hold consists of 3 kids. Ages 13, 9 and 2 years. One husband, who works a full time job Monday-Friday. AND SOON A MALE YORKIE PUPPY! My guilty pleasure is my online time. My time to chat to other people besides children. I have made many friends online and I treasure each and every one.

My husband works very hard for me to stay home with the children. I don’t ask much of him when he is at home. I occasionally get mad that he doesnt help with the dishes more and I will ask him to give the baby a bath. But other than that, I don’t want him to help with housework. Why should he? He makes the MONEY for me to stay at home. I clean, cook and do the laundry. After all I am home 24 hours a day, why shouldn’t I be doing things around the house? I would never get angry at him for not cleaning a bathroom. Get real. LOL I just don’t understand why someone would question how my house is run. It is his job to leave the house and work to make money and it is my job to take care of our home. Isn’t that the way it should be? Shouldnt a wife be so thankful and blessed she is able to stay at home and care for her children and husband instead of having to work a full time job and have to leave her babies? I am not June Cleaver for sure. To hell with pearls and heels. LOL

I enjoy taking care of our home. It is no burden or chore I dread. Okay, cleaning the bathrooms isnt the highlight of my day but it is what I do. My husband does so many wonderful things for me. He is the greatest man I ever met and will ever know. I am very lucky. Yes we have disagreements like everyone else but I still love him madly. He is my husband and I am proud of that.

Here are a few things he does for me:

~Everyday he offers to bring something home for lunch. Since he works close we eat lunch together almost every day. He offers to stop everyday. How many other people would do that over 2 years?
~When he gets off work he calls to see if he needs to pick anything up, that includes take-out if I am not cooking.
~When he eats all the chocolate cookies and the last 2 cinnamon rolls, the next day he brings me home an organic dark chocolate candy bar to say he was sorry.
~He changes mostly all the diapers when he is home.
~He always asks me if I feel okay. He can tell when I am not.
~He lets me sleep in and he gets the kids up and fed and takes them to school.
~He never complains about my Clinique spending and buying things for my crafts.
~He tells me how beautiful I am and that he adores me. He says he is the luckiest man in the world.
~He encourages me to do things. He paid for my books and training to become a birth doula. He watched ALL the kids for 19 hours straight while I was at my first birth. He even missed work while my client was having her baby. He was nervous but he did wonderfully with the kids. He even made me a sandwich when I got home at 10pm that night.
~He brings me home magazines and books–on things I like. Cooking, Crafts and Gardening.
~He bought my first easel and canvas to paint my masterpiece.
~He helps out with my family.
~He loves me uncondiontally and he will love me forever.
~My husband read this after I first posted it and he sent this to me.
PS – You didn’t say “He corrects my typos when I make them.” :)
~Insert the hundreds of things here that my HB does for me.

Oh, I forgot one. He is going to buy me a Yorkie! :)

So maybe I am June Cleaver without the heels and pearls. But is there really anything wrong with that? (Oh I have the pearls and heels but who would really cook and clean in the them?)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Where is my Mommy award?

I have been to Chuck E Cheese 3 times in the past 3 weeks, bowling, to the movies and don’t forget the Zoo.

Maybe this will give me 5 minutes ALONE in the bathroom. I highly doubt that but I can hope. I would be completely lost if a child of mine didn’t barge in while I was in the bathroom. The life of a mom.

Today my sis and her 2 girls came over. Hence the CEC visit. After a large pizza and 330 tokens we came home.

I was finally able to watch Big Love today. All I can say is WOW. If there are any Big Love fans, I would love to talk about the season! Email me, Comment, Something! I’d love someone to talk to about it.

Well, I am off to make some coffee. I really need the caffiene kick!

BTW-I really want a Yorkie. I would give HIM a good home. A yorkie would make a nice addition to our growing family. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

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