Friday, October 31, 2008

I am glad tomorrow is November 1

Today has been a crap day. Well, most of it anyway. Lil O had a tantrum that lasted over an hour. I just know my neighbors think I am abusing her. I promise I haven't touched her. I did raise my voice and shout NO a couple of times. To calm down I went to my bedroom with Baby M and let her cry it out in the living room. Eventually she made her way back there and crawled in bed with me and went to sleep.

I think maybe I am an awful mommy. I try my best to be patient with her. She is sooooo trying my patience though. Nothing I say or do helps when she gets this way. It is very frustrating.

So we ended up not going trick-or-treating tonight. She wasn't having it. My two oldest kids went to a fall festival while me and the babies stayed home. My sis even came over to try to get Lil O out of the house but she wasn't falling for it.

I just put Baby M to bed and I have demanded about 5 Spongebob's on TV. I am ready to turn in myself but she is WIDE awake. Of course.

At least she was able to enjoy yesterday at Growing Young Cafe in her costume.

My other blog Kid Friendly Asheville was approved for BlogHer ads so I am excited to see all this great progress for my new venture. I was really excited about starting KFA then I became worried that I had bitten off more than I could chew as they say. Tomorrow I have to devote a GOOD HOUR to typing up posts for KFA! I accidentally changed the layout for KFA the other day, what do you think about it???? I was really upset about the change and I admit cried a few tears. I guess I am okay with the change. I want to work on adding some color to the sidebar and then I think I'll leave it alone.

Okay I hope that everyone had a better night than I did. November 1 is my sister's wedding anniversary. So,

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS. I totally failed at the food challenge. With things being so crazy I have broken down and made a grocery list. A very small grocery list but one nonetheless. I am sorry I didn't do my best at something. Maybe next time. :)



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Happy Halloween

Be sure that you don't eat tooo much candy tonight and over the weekend.

Things here are pretty calm. If you call a 3 year old messing with her baby sister calm. No one is screaming so it is considered calm in my book.

I have many things to do. I hope that you enjoy this candy filled holiday and I'll post pictures later of everyone in costume.



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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Tonight is Grey's Anatomy!

Which is what I need I suppose. This morning I got up pretty early and took Lil O and Baby M to a Halloween party at Growing Young Cafe. It is a very kid friendly place in the area and they are mentioned on Kid Friendly Asheville all the time. If you live local and have young kids go to Growing Young Cafe. :)

Sooo, tomorrow is Halloween and we are trying to come up with a plan. I really don't want to go trick-or-treating but Lil O wants to go now. I was hoping to get out of it. Lil O is going to be a cowgirl and Baby M is a fat pumpkin. I am going as Supermom. Really I am. I have a cape that came with my Superhero book.

Supermom* Starter Kit

I can wear that pretty red cape and be Supermom. Oh wait, I am Supermom every day. :)

I am not sure what B2 is going to be. I told him he could go through all the Halloween costumes and come up with something. I also told H that since she is in high school that she is toooooo old to trick-or-treat. At what age is it time to stop trick-or-treating? I told her she could help with Lil O and of course have her candy. We are really lucky that Lil O doesn't know that much about candy. It's just a special treat. As it should be.

Okay, I have a kick butt headache. I am going to veg on the couch and maybe try to nap it off.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Food Challenge Day 3 and 4

Day 3 was pretty easy. I know it will take a good week for it to get interesting.

Yesterday my grandmother treated us to lunch out after we left the nursing home. For dinner I finally got the Chicken Chipotle Burrito in my tummy. Thank you honey for bringing it home. Then Superdad and Lil O had leftover pancakes from Sunday. There were a bunch leftover in the fridge. YUMMY!

Day 4:

I just made egg salad for lunch. Superdad is stopping to pick up bread for the sandwiches.

For dinner tonight I am going to get creative. I will tell you all about it later!



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This and That.

Good Morning. I actually feel rested this morning. Which is rare. I am enjoying a hot cup of coffee typing up this post like all the other mom bloggers. In a sense we are all enjoying coffee together.

We are still watching The Prisoner, I am half way through Superdad says. I doubt we will get the other half watched by the week. Maybe over the weekend.

I found a Honey To Do note yesterday on the computer monitor. Look what is says:


Honda To Do Note

This confirms that my husband wants me to have a breakdown. I responded, more like begged, "don't make me take TWO babies to the Honda dealership for them to inspect, change the oil and rotate the tires." He will have to do it on his lunch one day. :) Won't you honey?

I know I am a bad ass blogging mom with a pretty decent blog. I call my blog "A blog about nothing, like Seinfeld". I just write about crazy things that happen in our house. This morning I got an email from Alltop. My blog is now in their mom section!!!! Pretty cool. I hope that this will bring new people to my site so they can enjoy it like my other readers. Thank you for reading Supermom. :) You rock!

Alltop, confirmation that I kick ass

Off the camera card:

I think I can I think I can.

Sisters Playing

I thought I could I thought I could.
Standing Baby

Supermom

Thanks for reading my blog. Come back ya hear!



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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tag I am IT!!! TWICE!!!!!!

I've been tagged TWICE!!!! This one is from Maggie:

Here are 7 Random Things About Me:

1- I have always hated having freckles.

2- I am a terrible speller. THANK goodness for spell check.

3- I like to watch old game shows.

4- My husband is 11 years older than me. I like it that way.

5- Talking under your breath, when you have something to say, ANNOYS the crap out of me.

6- People that think they know us and think my daughter has problems because she likes boys with darker skin than her.

7- Oh Oh people that give me dirty looks because my kids are enjoying themselves when we go out to eat, shopping or other things. Kids do make noises by laughing and talking.


Green Meme #1 From Mon
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1) Name two motivations for being green?

I can name four. H, B2, Lil O and Baby M.

2) Name 2 eco-UNfriendly items you refuse to give up?

I am going to copy her answers. The family car and bottled water. We have to drive the mini van with four children. My husband adds minerals to our water so we buy it by the gallon.

3) Are you at peace with or do you feel guilty about number 2?

I guess I am OK with it because that is just how it is.

4) What are you willing to change but feel unable to/stuck with/unsure how to go about it?

My husband is set on the water. I asked about getting a water service to cut out the gallon jugs.

5) Do you know your carbon footprint for your home? If so, is it larger/smaller than your national average? (http://www.carbonfootprint.com/calculator.aspx)

I am not sure and I am on my Blackberry so unable to check it right now.

6) What's eco-frustrating and/or eco-fantastic about where you live?

We recycle. I just joined Freecycle.

7) Do you eat local/organic/vegetarian/forage/grow your own?

I buy local, organic and grow some of my own.

8) What do you personally find the most challenging in being green?

I cannot think of a challenge.

9) Do you have a green confession?

I do use disposable diapers. It is child number 4 so it is TOTAL convenience. I will buy paper plates for get togethers totally out of convenience. I buy paper towels. I don't use green cleaners. ~hanging head~

10) Do you have the support of family and/or friends?

Some support and some don't understand. People are afraid of things that they don't understand.



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Getting Old SUCKS

Today I did something totally depressing. I took my grandmother to see her daddy in the nursing home. Yes, you did hear me correctly. My grandmother went to see her daddy. He is my great grandfather and my kids great great. Is that correct? There are 5 generations of us. Pretty amazing.

He is 98 years old. He got sick a few months ago and had to go to a nursing home so he could have round the clock care. The nursing home is a nice one but totally depressing. The smell of it just turned my stomach. I know it wasn't a bad smell just a ummm old smell. They were lined up today looking out the window at the rare occurrence of snow. It was cute yet sad.

I began to wonder if they had visitors or were left there to die sort of thing. Make sense?

I could tell my papaw didn't want to be there. He wanted to be home. His home with his things. Not sharing the room with a man that slept the whole time we were there even though he had the TV on watching the future president speak. (I over heard him telling the nurse that he was voting Obama! WTG!!!)

I happened to see the schedule today for the nursing home. They get a sheet everyday. Today they were going to vote. It had their lunch and dinner menu on it. The back of the sheet was a search a word for them to do. Pretty good idea if you ask me. I am always buying my mamaw, great aunts search a words at the 1.00 store.

I have to run, my MIL just called and is stopping by. Here's a picture of me and my great great papaw.

October 28, 2008 Papaw

I have a signature.

I came up with it all by myself. It is very true.

Without you, I'd just be talking to myself. Supermom 2008

With the help of Maggie I was able to make Supermom all pretty!



Without you, I'd just be talking to myself.


Look what I found this morning:

First Snow, Asheville NC

Can you see the light dusting of snow?

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Food Challenge Day 2 (Yesterday)

Well, I am sure you know day 2 is pretty easy when it comes to food. I failed to mention yesterday that the last grocery store visit I made to shop for my "menu" planning was 8 days ago. So the meals I will be preparing are with what is in the house as I am typing this us. There will be a few exceptions. Like milk, cheese, bread and beer.... HA HA! I drank my last Corona Light last night while watching the season finale of Mad Men.

Breakfast- Cereal
Lunch- Leftover Shepherds Pie (Superdad and Lil O) and Leftover Artichoke/Spinach Dip(me)
Dinner- Homemade Veggie Soup that I made last week

The Prisoner

My husband again is showing me one of his FAVORITE TV shows.
The Prisoner (1967). It has been re-made but not shown yet. I admit it, I am hooked. I cannot wait to see the last episode to find out the big REVEAL! I know I could just pop in the last DVD while Superdad is at work and watch it already BUT my guilt would get the best of me.

So, I will have to wait until the time is right to watch the very last one.

He has toyed with the idea of being #6 for Halloween even. I told him I could put white around his black jacket for him.



I think he would look handsome playing #6.

Any Prisoner fans out there??? Care to comment??

I discovered something new last night. Not only is Baby M getting her 1st tooth she is also getting her 2nd tooth. I can feel them both coming in on the bottom. I also felt them very well this morning when she bit me while nursing. I think my scream scared her to death. I could tell by her crying. HA HA!

Lil O is walking around the house in her pj's and dress up skirt this morning. Along with her Dora slippers. Ahhh, to be 3 again and have awesome fashion sense! I wonder if she would give me some dress-up tips.

H & B2 are back in school today. Back to their friends. Having the weekend to spend with their family that loves them is so hard. ~rolling eyes here~ At first I would be sad to hear them say they were looking forward to going back TO school. Now I just think, I will be glad too!!!

I cannot believe that the season finale of Mad Men was last night!?!? I have to wait another year NOW to watch this great show. I guess I can drown my tears into Big Love when it starts? Maybe it has already started, I don't know. Just checked, not starting until January! WOW!!! I guess I'll just have to play mommy more or read a book. I am reading The Hitchhikers at the moment.
When I am not working on Kid Friendly Asheville.

I have a Blogger question. Is there an EASY way to add a signature to all my posts? I looked around and didn't find an option and I really hate going to the boards to look/ask for help. I just want someone to give me a YES or NO. Then tell me how to do it. Yes, it really is that easy.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Challenge Begins.

I am on a mission. Or a quest. Does it really matter what word I use for this? It has been something I have wanted to try before and never got around to it. How many times do we go through that? LOTS!!! Could of, would of and should of type thing.

Here goes my master plan!!!! I am going to see how long I can cook with the food I already have in the house. (Not including the bread, cheese and fruit that will be bought tomorrow. Oh, and the Chicken Chipotle Burrito from Urban that I have been craving for over a week and haven't had in my tummy yet.)

I will be going through the freezer, fridge and cabinet making up gourmet meals.
~insert amused look here~

Really, I am going to do this. I am not Julia Child but I am confident that I can do lots with what is already in the house. I know that I may have to purchase something along this test run and I will be brutally honest with you what is bought and the cost of it. I will type up every meal that I prepare so you can see how far our stash will go.

Today:

Breakfast~ The usual. I always make pancakes on Sunday. Throw in some blueberries and you have a tasty breakfast. H had company last night so she enjoyed this with us as well.

Lunch~ Shepherds Pie. With ground chuck, onions, garlic, beans, corn and mashed potatoes. I also cooked up some yellow squash in buttah.

Snacks~ Leftover JUNK food from last night's game night. SOMEONE COME TAKE THE DORITOS AWAY FROM ME!!!!!! JUST LEAVE THE PUMPKIN OF CANDY PLEASE!!! HA HA!

Dinner~ We haven't had this yet but I AM NOT COOKING. It will be Lucky Leftover night!

After cooking lunch and such I was beat. I did something very unusual. I grabbed up Baby M, crawled into my comfy bed under my down comforter and took a nap. A drool all over the pillow nap. See:

Sleeping Baby M + Mommy

Apple Banana and something down your pants, huh?

Okay, Applesauce making was a stretch for the category "Household Chore that starts with an A". It wasn't as crazy as putting something down your pants though like Superdad tried to get on us. I think it was "Game that starts with F". I'll have to ask him again.

Last night was LOADS of fun. The adults were outnumbered by the kids I think. Let me do a head count. Adults: 6 Children under 10: 7 Girls that are 14: 2

Yes, we were outnumbered but I believe we were the loudest!!! We played Scatagories. If you haven't played this game you are missing out. I think I made myself feel yucky with all the sugar/junk food I consumed. I even grabbed a bucket of candy to munch on when I was watching SNL. Which was a huge disappointment I might add. We are HUGE Mad Men so we were hoping for a bit more.

Today I am going to veg and come off this sugar high. I'll leave you with a few pictures off the camera card:

Silly Goose

Sister Love

Highlighting Hair

Highlighting Hair

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Game Night is on!

I cannot wait to play games and munch on JUNK food! I even bought sugar cookies iced in sugar and sprinkled with more sugar!!!!!!! YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!

I am excited to play games as well! I love to play games!!!!! I am not sure who will actually show up tonight but that is okay. We will have fun no matter the size of the crowd.

About compacting. I am so proud of myself this morning. I was cleaning the hall bathroom. The shower is in need of makeover show. Superdad was all excited and said that he could get the bathroom finished in a month. To which he meant NEW EVERYTHING. Tile, shower, floor, vanity, mirror and everything else in the bathroom. Do you know what I said??? "We just need to have the shower "re-bathed" and a new toilet tank (ours has a crack that scares me, I just know one day I am going to come home to a flooded bathroom, hall and maybe more). Everything else is usable." That is TOTALLY something a compacting person would say. Now to talk Superdad into that and be happy with the results.

I must be on some sort of sugar rush at the moment. I am hyper and probably in need of a break or something. I haven't stopped since I got out of bed this morning.

Okay, must run. Will post pictures of game night later.

**I can add something else to my list of things that I can do----I highlighted my daughter's hair last night. Boy, it was a pain in the rear to pull strands of hair through the cap but I got it done and we both are happy with the results.**

Friday, October 24, 2008

TGIF!!!!!!!!

I thought today was never going to get here!

I have been on the Compacting Quest in our house. I told everyone my plan last night. More like my vision with it. My 14 year old wasn't happy and left the dinner table in a sour mood.

Again, I told them about everything going on and how there is LOTS of room for improvement in our house. I talked about the difference between WANTS and NEEDS. Yes, you need a new pair of jeans or socks--no problem. You see a neat top with 40 at home--no, you can do without. I know it's hard from them to understand. We all need to be in this together. My husband admitted he wouldn't be able to not buy magazines and books for a year. Maybe make a magazine book budget and stick to it. Which is okay I guess because there are things I wouldn't be able to do without as well. Like my Blackberry. It raised our cell phone bill an extra 30.00 a month but I am able to spend less time on the computer than before. However, I do have to update my blogs on the big computer.

I joined freecycle yesterday and once I get my ducks in a row I will be posting somethings on there and craigslist. There is so much in our basement that can go bye bye. I am all for giving away. I want to go through the house. Using the clean out the closet method.

"Will I use this in 6 months? No, then LET IT GO!"

Sounds kind of catchy huh?

So right now, this very instant, I am going to set an example to my children and my husband.

~I will no longer buy buy and buy some more. Not that I ever really did. I promise to not buy anything on a whim. If I really need something--then I will find the lowest price.

~I will not go to Target to just have something to do. I can just get out the play-doh and let the kids play at home.

~I will work on my meal planning and work on a cheaper way to prepare foods. I will not give up organic though. We are firm about that. I can make our food budget last longer.

~Eating out. No more eating out due to being tired and not wanting to cook. There is always something to cook in this house. It may take a joint effort and everyone joining in to prepare an easy meal. I will not say NO MORE EATING OUT. It is a treat and should be treated as one. I do think that ALL lunches should be at home. Sandwich, soup or leftovers from previous meal.

Okay, I am going to make a cup of coffee and plan on cleaning house. Tomorrow is Game Night and I have so much to do. Tomorrow I am going to get up and clean the house then make the Spinach Artichoke Dip and Snack Mix. I am excited to see everyone. :)

Have a lovely night and fabulous weekend.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I feel very motivated! I know we can do this! Can't we HONEY?

With the economy like it is, everyone is in a panic over money. Including us. My husband is the only one working while I stay at home and take care of the kids, house and him. :) I have ads on my blogs but they don't bring in any money at this time. HA HA!

Yesterday, I was reading though my favorite blogs and came across this from Mrs Furious. Then I went to the link at the bottom of her post. Let the Compacting Begin More about it here. We could TOTALLY do this! I think I could more than Superdad. I can give ANYTHING to Goodwill and have! I sent a request through Yahoo Groups to join Freecycle this morning. I already browse Craigslist. I am set. This is the list that Sara made herself to get started.

  1. I will not buy any NEW items for one year.
  2. I will only buy items that I NEED.
  3. I will not buy any convenience foods when grocery shopping with the exception of bread and chips. I will strive to eat in season, buying as local as possible. I will bring cloth grocery bags to the store, and I will create a weekly menu/grocery list EVERY week.
  4. I will not go out to eat at a restaurant if I have the option of eating at home.
Not a hard list to go by. Lets look a bit closer. Not buy any NEW items in a year. My mind is screaming, "NO WAY". Sure we can though. Cut out the IMPULSE buying. Even the 1.00 section at Target adds up as someone already calculated what you spend a year letting the kids buy something every time you visit Target. Okay, number 2. Buy only items that I NEED. Believe it or not there IS a difference between NEED AND WANT!!!!!! I have always tried to teach my kids the difference. They would be watching TV and see a commercial. MOM, I NEED THAT!!! No, you want it, there is a difference. I think EVERYONE in the house could learn a valuable lesson between wanting and needing. Maybe this compacting would be good for all of us! No convenience foods. Well, I think we are pretty good about this sometimes. We do buy granola bars, cereal and pop tarts. I already make a menu before I grocery shop. Cloth bags--CHECK. Eating out. We already have talked about this before. We are working on it. Sometimes I just CRAVE a Chicken Chipotle Burrito from Urban though.

I want to come up with a Compacting list for my family. Sit down with them and come up with a plan! I KNOW WE CAN DO THIS!! Think of the money we will be saving and the valuable lesson we would be teaching our children.

This is an update on her story:
When I committed to The Compact in October of 2006, I had no idea how radically it would change my life. I set out on a mission to simply stop buying new stuff…but instead the experiment changed my entire view of our consumerism-obsessed culture, marketing, wants vs. needs, giving vs. selling, the poor…the list goes on and on. While I did not complete the entire year of Compacting by my “rules”… I will be forever changed by this experience. I have blogged in the past about my journey, but here are some effects of The Compact that are still with me today:

I LOVE buying used. It’s almost physically painful for me to buy things new/full retail cost. I could spend hours and hours at Goodwill…especially if I have a list of things I’ve been looking for. The thrill of the hunt is so fun. Whenever we need something, whether it be RV related, clothing, kitchen gadgets…we always turn to eBay, Craigslist, or Goodwill first before ever looking for it new. I would have to say that this ONE THING has been the biggest change for us.

I’ve become appalled at the price of things…and have started to realize the crazy profit companies make on our purchases because we are just too lazy to search out the alternative. My current pair of jeans (yes I only have one pair) were 99 cents at Goodwill. Matt found them for me in the men’s section and said “here honey…these will be cute on you”. I LOVE them! And now, when I go in and I’m browsing the jeans, a tag for $3.99 seems ludicrous! Ha ha! How dare they think they can charge $3.99! :) This also happens when I’ve been to too many garage sales…I get used to the LOW prices and it’s hard to go back to eBay or consignment stores after that!

I started to give a lot more stuff away. I think that when you come to the realization that it’s the STUFF that is bogging you down emotionally, mentally, and physically…you just want to get rid of it! So I got very good at filling boxes and going to Goodwill. Is there anything that feels better than handing over boxes of stuff that has been cluttering your home to the Goodwill attendant in the back of the store? I love it…a natural high!

Handmade gifts are where it’s at…if it’s a handmade/recycled/found object art gift, even better! I think it was during my Compacting days that I discovered Etsy. Oh my goodness. How can you not love Etsy?!I am so much more sensitive to the marketing teams whose main goal is to make me feel like my current state of being is not good enough. They want me to want something. They scheme all day long on the by putting “want creators” on TV, Internet, billboards, junk mail…it’s rampant.

Because I am more sensitive to these things…I can hardly stand to set foot in a mall. The bright lights, the busyness, the insane amounts of money being exchanged. It’s overload.

I can now walk into a Target or any other store and actually only buy what I went in for. Prior to The Compact, I almost felt like a zombie as I walked out of Target…wondering what just happened in there! Last night, we went as a family to buy a few items that we’ve had on our list for weeks. And it felt so good to come out with just a few things on the receipt.

Now that Bella is at the age where she can understand purchasing, money, wants, etc…it has become more time consuming to go into stores because I need to discuss everything with her as we go. She amazes me with her self-control though. When we walk by the $1 section in Target, she likes to stop and look, but is not thrown into a frenzy if we decide not to get something there. We talk through it and it becomes a teaching moment about consumerism, money, and priorities. We talk about whether or not we need it…does she already have something similar in the RV? And if we were to get that item, would she be willing to give something else in her toy box away to make room for it? Young minds are hungry for teaching…I try as hard as I can to teach her things that aren’t in a normal school syllabus! :) Of course, it’s pretty rare that we even go to Target, so I think this is the key to success. Keep children focused on the abundance they DO have…not what they don’t have. Gratitude breeds contentment.

And oh what JOY will come if we can learn contentment! Pray for it…Christ wants to give it to you!


I have already come up with one thing for our Compacting List.

  • No more buying until the basement is cleaned of things that can go to Goodwill, Craigslist, Freecycle or need to be to thrown away. Our basement is packed full of things that I know we don't need and will never need. I use to have a motto for cleaning out my closet and I should make one for the basement.

    "Will I use this 6 months from now? No. Then LET IT GO.
    In the mean time I am going to needlepoint a pillow that says something like this,
    "We don't have to keep everything". ~gentle smile here~
  • I will look through Craiglist, Freecycle and Goodwill FIRST. After the basement is clean, of course.
  • No more impulse buying for me. (I guess the watch I bought Saturday will by my last impulse buy for the foreseeable future. I have always wanted a big chunky black watch and could never find one I really liked. I was in Steinmart to buy my niece a little necklace for her birthday and saw this great looking chunky black watch and bought it.) I think that would be an impulse buy even though I have been looking for one.
  • What about toys for kids? I have no problem with this one. I can say NO and do say NO. I will no longer allow 1.00 Target bin shopping though. That adds up.
  • What about books, magazines and bike stuff with my husband? He'll have to come up with a system on that because it does add up as well. Perhaps go ahead and sell the pinball machine in the basement? I don't know. He'll have to decide if he wants to get on the Compacting Wagon himself. (Plus, most of the stuff in the basement that I don't have a problem getting rid of--belongs to him. So, he will have to decide on that himself. I do know if he'd let things go he would have a great big list to add to Craigslist and then Freecycle if he couldn't get rid of it.)
Okay, I have to stop and go fix the girls a nice hot breakfast. I hope that this post, Mrs Furious's post and Sara's post has motivated you to do something. I know it has ME. Now to talk to the family and get everyone on board. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Supermom, that's ME, is featured in a book!

My son B2 wrote a book at school. I AM IN IT!! HE EVEN DREW A PICTURE BY HIMSELF. ~snicker, I didn't say WHAT book I was featured in, now did I?~

His book was about time travel and meeting a pirate. As you know we are HUGE Doctor Who fans!!!! I took a picture of me in the book to show you.

Supermom-Thats a picture of me.

Don't I look AWESOME!?!?!?!?!? He apologized that I had long hair but he had trouble drawing me with super short spikey hair! I LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU B2!!! You are my hero!! I love you.

Are there any Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy fans out there??? I never knew about the radio show until I met my husband. He has introduced me to some great things and he continues to do so. I have listened to the whole BBC version of Hitchhikers on many road trips!!! Then we went to see the movie. So now I am going to read this:

I HEART HITCHHIKERS

His brother brought the book by here today and I am snagging it to read.
I HEART HITCHHIKERS!!!!

Watch out!!!! I'm a NINJA!

WOOHOOOO!!!!!!! This is my 500th post!!!!!!

I am a NINJA!!!!!!! No, I haven't lost what is left of my MIND! Let me explain.

Yesterday I joined AdBrite. It's one of the online ads sites. You can place an ad or have ads placed on your site. This morning I get up and find Ninja Swords are running in the 3 ad spots I have on my page. What's up with that?

Does anyone else use AdBrite? I thought I could approve the ad FIRST before it was placed on my page. I don't mind the Ninja Swords. I just don't see how it fits into the whole "The Adventures of Supermom" theme?!?!? If you do, please fill me in!!!!

**UPDATE ON ADBRITE!!!! I didn't have the option checked to approve the ads. Be Patient please while I work on the ad spots on my page. Thank you.**


In lieu of flowers, gifts or candy for my 500th post please donate to The Breast Cancer Society.

It's that time of year...

...that I am NO longer a slave to fashion. Would it even be considered "fashion"? How about a slave to routine? You tell me.

About this time of year, every year, I retire my razor. The razor that shaves from my ankles to right above my knees. Since the weather is cooler and I will no longer be wearing shorts, there is no need to worry with that silly fashion statement. Now if I am forced to wear a dress, like for a special occasion, I will bring it out of hiding JUST for that occasion.

What about Superdad you ask?

He doesn't mind. Really he isn't just saying that. He doesn't care. He gets a kick out of it I believe.

So who else is with me??? RETIRE YOUR LEG SHAVING HABITS until the weather warms up a bit!!!!!! WOOHOOO!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

You're Crazy Beautiful~Dedicated to my Crazy Beautiful Daughter H

I heard this song yesterday and thought of my Crazy Beautiful Daughter H.

Song by Chasen~ Crazy Beautiful

Everybody’s been there everyone’s the same
but mostly we don’t care isn’t that a shame
We bring us down face after face
the inside is beautiful but the outside we want to change.
We want to change.
Whoa you’re oh so beautiful, you don’t need anyone’s approval
You’ve got to believe in your self you know you are
You’re crazy beautiful
Well every new year you say your gonna change
From the way you live to how much you weigh,
we don’t want to change.
Whoa you’re oh so beautiful, you don’t need anyone’s approval
You’ve got to believe in your self you know you are
You’re crazy beautiful
Take a look it’s all around you
See the world from different views
The way you shine from the inside
I know with out a doubt
It’s more than what you’ll be
In the world’s eyes.
Whoa you’re oh so beautiful, you don’t need anyone’s a approval
You’ve got to believe in your self you know you are

You’re crazy beautiful

I am a ROCK STAR!

Yesterday Supermom received a great email.

There is a website called Sound Off South.

They were writing to inform me that they liked The Adventures of Supermom blog and were posting it on their blog listings. I looked and COOLNESS I am listed TWO TIMES.

Under Asheville and Family/Parenting.

I just wanted to share because I think it's cool that you think I am cool.

**Remember without you, I'd just be talking to myself!!!!!!!**

Thank you Sound Off South.

Monday, October 20, 2008

PS.

I think I am caught up on new comments. I always comment back on the post that you left a comment on.

I just wanted my readers to know that I do care what you have to say and I DO take the time to read and reply to them all!

Without you I'd just be talking to myself.

Supermom :)

Don't make ME spank YOU!

You know what I am talking about with the above statement, don't YOU?!! Come on now admit that you have actually said that as a parent to a terrible acting 3 year old!!!! I hate spanking. In all honesty it does nothing to Ollie. Like I have posted before, she laughs at the face of authority. MY FACE!!! I am going crazy with her and her tantrums. This morning while at the doctors office for Mads 6 month check-up I ran across an article in a magazine.

10 Things To Do When Your Child Throws a Fit

I asked our nurse to make me copy of it. Instead she stuffed the whole magazine in Mads diaper bag. See, I could have done that myself but the guilt would have eaten at me. Stealing a magazine from the doctors office. HA HA!! I am such a goober. Later when I get a chance to read the 10 things I will post them on here for your viewing pleasure. Cause I am nice like that. :)

We have had a crazy busy weekend. My niece turned 8. Which meant a cool birthday party with a YUMMY Sam's cake. I love their sugar and lard icing. YUMMY!!! Does a body good. My sister was being nice and sent some cake home for the two older kids. But... Ummm... I ate them both. So, no cake for them. I think I won't even mention the cake at all. Why throw myself under the bus as they say. ~whistling~

Then we had Superdads work picnic. It was nice! I think I may have said I wouldn't blog about anyone there. BUT, I have to mention I met Cheech & Chong and they were freaking hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing!!! I'd post their picture but I won't. Hi Cheech & Chong! Hurry up and go on tour so I can blog about it! **I am not talking about the actual C&C. Just two equally funny guys!**

I also think I may have arranged two of my daughters marriages on Saturday as well. Let me introduce you to son-in-law number 1.

SIL #1

Wouldn't him and Mads look great together?

Beautiful Baby M

When Mads saw him she squealed and squeaked. It was adorable.

Then Ollie met a cute little boy that may be son-in-law #2. This is them walking up the road from feeding the horses.

SIL #2

Awwwwwwwwwwww. Isn't that the CUTEST picture EVER!!!!!!?!?!?!?!?

I told you I have been busy!

Then we've had company because Superdads friend is in town. He is coming by again this afternoon to say goodbye.

Baby M, or Mads, went for her check-up today. She weighs in at 17 pounds 14 oz and 26 1/2 inches long. She got two shots. SNIFFLE. That always chokes me up. Hearing them scream with getting a shot. You cannot help to tear up and cry with them. Such is life. Right now she is all bundled up and sleeping in my lap. My beautiful Mads.

On more thing. My sis and I have been dealing with this for a long time. People think we are a couple. We don't look anything alike. We are always together. HA HA! So, if you see me with this hot chick in the near future, SHE IS NOT MY GIRLFRIEND. Not that there's anything wrong with that. :)

Hot Sister

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I know I know

I actually call myself a mommy blogger and I haven't posted a decent blog in days.

I promise to write all about the wild and crazy weekend as soon as I get back from Mads 6 month check-up tomorrow.

It was all about boobies, a birthday party, hub's work picnic, an out of town visitor and Ollie's multiple tantrums.
I think I may have arranged 2 of my daughters getting married on Saturday too...

Night Night.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

More boobie talk.

~overheard~

Those are just for decoration. They don't do anything like mommy's.

And...

O told Superdad, "The baby doesn't have hair and Daddy doesn't have hair."

Thankfully I think the hair gene comes from the mother because I have a headfull. Well, I would if I didn't keep it super short.

Sent from my Blackberry while still in bed. :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thank you Charter for On Demand!!!

With a temperamental 3 year old who is obsessed with Jon & Kate plus 8, I am so glad I can demand one to get 43 minutes to myself.

Let's see. I can make a cup of coffee, go to the bathroom ALONE and then catch the end of J & K + 8 with her.

So thank you Charter!! Today you are actually my hero.

All is right in the world.

Know what I mean?

As you know I am crazy OCD about NO shoes on in the house. Not for people that visit here BUT people that live here. Sooooooo, 2 days ago I vacuumed, mopped and waxed the floors. My aching back!

So as I walk around barefoot and feel the clean floor underneath them I think, "Ahhh, all is right in my world". Even if it's only for a moment, I will enjoy it!

Enough fooling around I have been busy doing other things as well. I made my menu and grocery list. It is something like this:

~Soup
~Quiche
~Spaghetti (With HOMEMADE PASTA SAUCE!)
~Roast (the recipe I said was the best roast ever!!!)
~Fried Rice (I know I have posted this a few times but have never actually made it!! I still have the ingredients and hope to actually make it this time.)
~Veggie Night
~Salmon Loaf

I think I remembered them all. The menu is in the kitchen and I am to lazy to get up and actually get it at the moment.

Today I am meeting my new friend at Fun Depot so the kids can run, play, scream and run, play and scream some more. Wear them out is what I say!!!!! Then off to do my most favorite thing ever! Grocery shopping! Ha Ha! JOKING!

It's every woman's dream to take 2 kids to the grocery store.

Okay I leave you with 2 things:
~Out of Ollie's mouth yesterday, "I love your boobies. I have boobies too."
~Have you checked out my new site?
http://www.kidfriendlyasheville.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy 6 Month Birthday Baby M.

Today my little itty bitty baby turns 6 months old. I was trying to come up with something perfect to show our love for this great present we received 6 months ago. So I made a slide show. Starting at one of our first pictures of Baby M, my beautiful growing belly, and leading up to today. The last picture is right after she sat up all by herself this week!

Happy 6 Months Birthday to YOU!!!


We love you Baby M.
Daddy, Mommy, Big Sister H, Big Brother B2 and Big Sister Lil O.


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Down's Syndrome, something that tugs at my heart.

I just read this article on Babble.



Tears were/are streaming down my face. No one really understands this unless you have been told there is a chance your unborn child has Down Syndrome.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 19 weeks pregnant and we were getting our ultrasound. I was 33. Pregnant with my 4th baby. (Actually 5th if you count my miscarriage.) I had even picked up the 2 older kids from school early so that they could see the ultrasound as well. We were so excited.

Laying there on the table while the ultrasound tech was checking out our unborn baby, I knew instantly something was wrong. She got quiet and kept trying to measure something. Over and over again I watched her. It wasn't the happy ultrasounds we have had in the past. We weren't shown fingers, toes or really much anything. She was focused. I was near tears. Trying to be brave because my other children were in the room with us.

I knew. We knew.

We waited to see the doctor. I asked that the kids wait outside this time. Then I heard these words out of my doctors mouth, "There is a chance your baby could have Down Syndrome."

I don't think it really hit me until I was driving home. I don't even remember checking out. I just thought, "OMG, our baby could be handicapped". Then I started thinking selfish things, "Will I have to care for a child for the rest of my life?".

I too had never gotten the tests. With any pregnancy. I requested no more. I would love our baby no matter what. With Downs or without it.

Toward the end of my pregnancy there was another ultrasound done to check on her growth. Everything looked great we were told. We knew we really wouldn't know about our baby until she was born. The cesarean was planned. We were as ready as we could be.

I will remember April 15, 2008 for forever. I remember the nurse tell me that I would get to see my baby in 2 minutes. I started to cry. Baby M was born. She did not have Down's Syndrome. We would have loved her no matter what.

In the hospital I kept asking her doctor if she was sure. Did our baby have Down's. She did not.

I cried happy tears when my baby was born. I cried for every mother who was waiting just like me. I cried for the mothers that had Down's babies. I just cried.

Tomorrow my Baby M will be 6 months old. Check back because I have something big planned.

I Heart Richard Dawson.

Here recently my husband has been watching Hogan's Heroes on the weekends because it is on the HD channel. Sounds just like a man doesn't it?

Richard Dawson is such a cutie. Plus we all know how I feel about British men. HA HA!!!! I have been reading all sorts of things to learn more about him. But not stalker-ish reading...lol I read that he met his wife on Family Feud. How cool is that?!?! They are still married and have a daughter I believe.

I remember watching him on the Family Feud thinking,

"That old perv kissing E V E R Y single woman on the show".

Now my opinion has changed.
Richard Dawson, how about a kiss my way???

Isn't he just adorable in this picture?? With his blue hat on....



So if you are reading this and know Richard Dawson, have a friend that knows him or your friend has a friend that knows him, please pass this along! I want a smooch!!! :)

I Heart Richard Dawson!

~~~~~~~

Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been doing this and that. My therapist did squeeze me in today! So, I look all pretty now with my hair cut. Thank you!!!!!!

I am thinking about putting my daughter into a private school. Does anyone want to donate to the cause????

Okay, time to do more of this and that. :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

A Stolen Meme from Mrs Furious.

The stuff that’s true for me is in BOLD.

Appearance:

- I am 5′4 or shorter.
- I think I’m ugly.
- I have many scars.
- I tan easily.
- I wish my hair was a different color.
- I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color.
- I have a tattoo.
- I am self-conscious about my appearance.
- I have/I’ve had braces.
- I wear glasses.
- I’d get/have gotten plastic surgery if it were 100% safe, free, scar-free. Oh you better believe it... I probably will. DITTO!!!
- I’ve been told I’m attractive by a complete stranger. They just wanted in my pants....lol
- I have had more than 2 piercings. 3 in each ear. I only use 1 though.
- I have had piercings in places besides my ears.
- I have freckles.

Family/Home Life:
- I’ve sworn at my parents.
- I’ve run away from home.
- I’ve been kicked out of the house.
- My biological parents are together.
- I have a sibling less than one year old.
- I want to have kids someday.
- I have children.
- I’ve lost a child. I had a miscarriage between H & B2.

Embarrassment:
- I’ve slipped out a “LOL” in a spoken conversation.
- Disney movies still make me cry. Is that a problem?
- I’ve snorted while laughing.
- I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried.
- I’ve glued my hand to something.
- I’ve laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose.
- I’ve had my trousers rip in public.

Health:
- I was born with a disease/impairment.
- I‘ve had stitches. LOTS!!
- I’ve broken a bone.
- I’ve had my tonsils removed.
- I’ve sat in a doctor’s office with a friend.
- I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed.
- I’ve had serious surgery.
- I’ve had chicken pox.

Traveling:
- I’ve driven over 200 miles in one day.
- I’ve been on a plane.
- I’ve been to Canada.
- I’ve been to Niagara Falls.
- I’ve been to Japan.
- I’ve been to Europe.
- I’ve been to Africa.

Experiences:
- I’ve been lost in my city. I have had a children of the corn experience when my sister moved and I was trying to find her new house.
- I’ve seen a shooting star.
- I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas.
- I’ve pushed all the buttons in a lift.
- I’ve been to a casino.
- I’ve been skydiving.
- I’ve gone skinny dipping.
- I’ve played spin the bottle.
- I’ve crashed a car. I had a drunk driver hit me before.
- I’ve been skiing.
- I’ve been in a play. I was in Drama.
- I’ve met someone in person from the Internet. YES!!!!
- I’ve caught a snowflake on my tongue. We get snow in the mountains?? You don't say!?!?!
- I’ve seen the Northern Lights.
- I’ve sat on a roof top at night.
- I’ve seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
- I’ve eaten Sushi.
- I’ve been snowboarding.

Relationships:
- I’m single.
- I’m in a relationship. I guess that goes with being married.
- I’m available.
- I’m engaged.
- I’m married.
- I’ve gone on a blind date.
- I have a fear of abandonment.
- I’ve been divorced.
- I’ve had feelings for someone who didn’t have them back.
- I’ve told someone I loved them when I didn’t.
- I’ve told someone I didn’t love them when I did.
- I’ve kept something from a past relationship.

Sexuality:
- I’ve had a crush on someone of the same gender. I have had a mad girl crush on someone.
- I’ve kissed a member of the same gender.
- I’ve had sex with someone of the same gender.
- I’ve had sex with more than one person at the same time.
- I am a cuddler. Only if I can spoon.
- I’ve been kissed in the rain.
- I’ve had sex outdoors.
- I’ve hugged a stranger.
- I have kissed a stranger.
- I have had sex with a stranger.

Honesty/Crime:
- I’ve done something I promised someone else I wouldn’t.
- I’ve done something I promised myself I wouldn’t.
- I have lied to my parents about where I am.
- I am keeping a secret from the world.
- I’ve cheated while playing a game.
- I’ve cheated on a test.
- I’ve driven through a red light. On accident of course!
- I’ve witnessed a crime.
- I’ve been in a fist fight.
- I’ve been arrested.
- I’ve shoplifted.

Drugs/Alcohol:
- I’ve consumed alcohol.
- I smoke cigarettes.
- I smoke pot. Past tense. But didn't inhale....lol
- I regularly drink.
- I’ve taken painkillers when I didn’t need them.
- I’ve taken cough medicine when i wasn’t sick.
- I’ve done hard drugs.
- I’ve been addicted to an illegal substance.
- I can’t swallow pills.
- I can swallow about 5 pills at a time no problem.

Mental health:
- I have been diagnosed with depression.
- I shut others out when I’m depressed.
- I take anti-depressants.
- I have had an eating disorder.
- I’ve slept an entire day when I didn’t need it.
- I’ve hurt myself on purpose.
- I’m addicted to self harm.
- I’ve woken up crying.

Death:
- I’m afraid of dying. I am very afraid of death.
- I hate funerals. Does anyone really like them?
- I’ve seen someone dying.
- I have attempted suicide.
- Someone close to me has attempted suicide.
- Someone close to me has committed suicide.

Random:
- I can sing well.
- I’ve stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant.
- I open up to others too easily.
- I watch the news.
- I don’t kill bugs.
- I hate hearing songs that sacrifice meaning for sake of being able to rhyme.
- I swear regularly.
- I am a morning person.
- I paid for my mobile phone ring tone.
- I’m a snob about grammar.
- I am a sports fanatic.
- I play with my hair.
- I have/had “x”s in my screen name.
- I love being neat.
- I love Spam.
- I’ve copied more than 30 CD’s in a day.
- I don’t know how to shoot a gun.
- I am in love with love.
- I am guilty of tYpInG lIkE tHiS.
- I laugh at my own jokes.
- I eat fast food weekly.
- I believe in ghosts.
- I am online 24/7, even as an away message.
- I can’t sleep if there is a spider in the room.
- I am really ticklish.
- I love white chocolate.
- I bite my nails.
- I play video games.
- I’m good at remembering faces.
- I’m good at remembering names.
- I’m good at remembering dates.
- I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Yes, she did say that?

My mamaw called to ask me to make some address labels for her sister. The conversation went like this:

Mamaw- Can you make W some address labels?

Me- I am out of them. I used them all making you and K some yesterday.

Mamaw- I'll buy some. Where do you get them?

Me- The dollar store.

Mamaw- How much were they?

Me- Ummmm, a DOLLAR.

Friday, October 10, 2008

I am thankful it is FINALLY FRIDAY!

~dusting off my Supermom Cape and straightening myself up a bit~

Sorry about my rough day yesterday. Superdad got one of the computers running for me. He said the router died. I am sure I could talk the kids into putting it into a shoebox and burying it in the backyard. We could make it a mini tombstone to say "Our Dear Friend, who lets us connect to the outside world".

The roofers are finished thankfully! I seriously thought I was going to go postal if I heard anymore hammering. Not to mention the 3 year old that laughs in the face of authority which happens to be MY face.

I am having trouble making a decision. My oldest is 14, a freshman in high school. Tonight is homecoming. Even a dance that lasts until midnight. I am thinking "YEAH RIGHT" to that one. I know that homecoming if more for Seniors and such. Naming the King and Queen... Since hormonal teen is just a freshman, is it really necessary for her to be at a dance UNSUPERVISED with all those upper class men? Hmmmmm???? Tell me your opinion.

B2 has chess club today. He is prepping for a chess tournament at another school. I never learned how to play chess. I am impressed that he has been playing it for I guess half his life. I want to make me a tee shirt that says,
"My son beats your son at chess". HA HA Okay, better not.

I have Ollie and Mads entertaining each other at the moment so I can type this up real quick. I was up until 1 am working on Kid Friendly Asheville posts. It is starting to take off and I am getting great emails of things people would like me to post. So, last night I typed it all up and scheduled it to post when it needed to post. I am handy like that. :)

I am playing some nice relaxing music....The Girl From Ipanema.

Okay, Mads heard me type out her name and now she wants me. I am always in demand!!!

Have a great Friday and send me a comment on your weekend plans.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I am in a very grouchy mood. This is a warning.

Our internet is not working and I really needed to work on my other blog, Kid Friendly Asheville.

The 2 sick kids are back at school today. Their strep tests came back negative.

To top things off the roofers just showed up to bang some more on the roof.

I am barely hanging on. Like I am slowly drowning with anxiety.

Sent from my Blackberry as I try to keep my happy face on.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

~insert my favorite cuss word here~ TODAY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MY DAY!!!

I had HAD an appointment with my therapist today. IE: My hairdresser.

However, I am taking care of a sick 10 year old boy and a SICK 14 year old.

~insert lots of sobbing here~

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Today I am making changes.

I can no longer be all, DO ALL, get it done Mommy.

It is too much and driving me back into a depression. I am going to sit down and write things that need to be done and delegate them out. You know like UNLOAD THE DISHWASHER every time they are clean, CLEAN UP YOUR OWN ROOM, PICK UP after yourself (IE: YOUR clothes, YOUR stuff and anything else that is YOURS and not where it belongs, dust and other various chores. My kids used to very helpful when I had a chore chart for them. Now when I ask H to help her excuse is always homework. B2 will help but WHINE while doing it. Lil O is my biggest helper EXCEPT when it comes to picking up her OWN toys. She will set the table and even try to dust but you ask her to pick up her OWN toys and she ignores you. Superdad helps but mostly when he is asked.I know he works a job M-F BUT I can honestly say my job is more physical hand on wear you down work.

For moms it's about "how much can I multitask?'.

Well, no more!!

Usually in the morning I do a run through of all the rooms. Pick up and tidy the bed type thing. Now B2 is good at doing this himself before school. He makes the bed and such all by his 10 year old self. That's my boy-scout!

Now hormonal teen is another story. OMG, chaos is what I call her room. SO this morning I walked out my bedroom door and looked to the right to see hers and you know what I do??

SHUT THE DOOR AND WALKED AWAY!!!!!

Change is hard but it had to be done. IT had to be done for me. That's life and now I am going to live mine a bit more for me instead of be a slave to housework.

PS. No one ever has to pick up after me. :)
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