Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Supermom gets the leopard print heels out.

I took this silly test on Facebook. Which TV mom are you????

Here's the result:

Michelle took the Which TV Mom are You? quiz and the result is June Cleaver.

You are a blissfully happy stay-at-home mom who is completely dedicated to the care of your family. Your life is too good to be true. Really!

I always have said I was June Cleaver in my leopard print heels and pearls!!!

I even posted about it here and here and here.

June Cleaver in heels and pearls.

Then Lil O wanted to try on the pretty shoes and necklace.

June Cleaver in heels and pearls.

Give me back my baby, you warthog from hell!!

***FYI!!! The title is from the CLASSIC movie Raising Arizona! The movie has sparked several quotes at our house.

I love him so much!

Give me that baby, you warthog from hell!

They have more than they can handle.

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I had the worst dream in the early hours of the morning.

My sister had taken Baby M and wouldn't give her back. I was begging for my baby back telling my sister, "I cannot believe you are doing this. She hasn't nursed in three days!"

I remember feeling so confused in the dream. Hurt. Wondering what in the hell was going on.

Then I remember all of us are at the table. Her husband is telling us how sorry he was about what happened and she only took Baby M because she couldn't have anymore children.

Baby M was ALL SMILES when they handed her back to me.

I remember thinking if she would nurse because it had been two weeks.

This is where Lil O woke me up THANKFULLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Breastfeeding isn't for the weak.

~before the title starts any controversy, just know it's ONLY a TITLE~

I breastfeed...

in my bed.
while taking a bath.
eating.
sleeping.
in a PARKED car.
while shopping at the mall.
in a restaurant.
in church.
on play dates.
in the bookstore.
while cooking.
while playing with the kids.
while blogging.
while playing SCRABBLE.
while talking on the phone.
sitting in carpool.
at other houses.
outside.
at the hospital.
at the doctors.
after I had surgery.
with one hand.
with help.
around strangers.
around my kids.
around my friends.
around my family.
I almost had to breastfeed while typing this blog!
while playing on my Blackberry.
while cruising the Internet.
in DISNEY!!
at the movies.
on the beach.
by the pool.
while grocery shopping.
while enjoying my coffee.
while working on a crossword puzzle.
during a school program.
while sitting under the Christmas Tree.
at the Grove Park Inn.
while crocheting.
while writing a letter.
during a party.

Insert 100's of other places here.

I guess the title should be, "Where HAVEN'T I breastfed?"

PS. Thank you to those who left a comment for my daughter H about winning the cell phone. If you haven't left a comment for her, what are you waiting for? You don't have to join anything. It only takes a minute. Please stop by and leave a comment. Go HERE. Thank you! Thank you!

Monday, March 30, 2009

I laughed. I cried. I about wet my pants!

I love Two and Half Men. I was watching a re-run earlier and about wet myself laughing.

Charlie was dating an ex with a baby. He came home with a dirty shirt. Here's the conversation they had.

Alan: Hey, what's that splattered all over your shirt?
Charlie: Coffee and breast milk.
Alan: (laughing) What happened? Did Starbucks merge with Hooters?
Alan: Hooterbucks! I'd like a double D cup latte please.

It was H I L A R I O U S ! ! !

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Superdad said the D word!

He wasn't talking dandelions or dominoes either!!!!!!!!! ~giggle~

We were talking this morning. In bed. While I am laughing hysterically he says, "You better not blog about this or I'll divorce you!" HA HA!! I know Superdad would never divorce me. Like I would never divorce Superdad. Even if Jason Statham had the hots for me.

He loves me way too much! It was very comical.

Wish you'd have been there to hear the discussion. Well, no I don't. That would have made an uncomfortable situation.

Tell me some thing exciting that happened at your house this weekend! Don't leave anything out!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Angels are singing.

~The clouds parted. The sun rays came to earth. I even think I heard angels sing.~

H admitted that I am always right!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I did hear angels sing.

This morning I was sitting in my comfy chair in the living room feeling so blessed. All four kids were hanging out with me. Talking. I sometimes cannot believe they all belong to me. They make me so happy. Make my life so fulfilled. Make me who I am.

As a parent welcoming a second child you may wonder if you can love the second child as much as you love your first?

I am here to tell you that you cannot believe the love that will pour out of your heart for each of your children.

I love H.
I love B2.
I love Lil O.
I love Baby M.

No more or no less.

I just LOVE.

Friday, March 27, 2009

I have a block of some sort.

What's wrong with me? Why can I not think of a topic to write about? I have one good hand and one hand that needs work BUT I want to type up something witty that you will enjoy.

Here is it a Friday night. Lil O is passed out on the couch. H and B2 are watching the telly. We are getting ready to watch Carolina basketball. GO HEELS!!!!!

It's been raining for D A Y S ! ! ! ! ! !

Tomorrow H is going to spend the night with the grandparents. She will enjoy that grandparent love! I want to do NOTHING tomorrow!!!!

I decided to make Easter lunch this year. I figured the Saturday before we could dye the eggs. Sunday have some family over for an AMAZING meal. Ham, pineapple casserole, peas, sweet potatoes and corn. I can make my famous homemade pumpkin pies for Superdad! Then we can have a major egg hunt with the couple hundred plastic eggs I have. I am super excited about Easter!!!!

Then I have to plan Baby M's first birthday. Yes, you heard me. FIRST!!!! I feel like it was yesterday that I shared her very first picture with you. ~sniffle~

Wait. ONE MORE THING!!!

B2 turns 11 in April as well. Goodness, life is speeding by.

Time to watch our team play some basketball.

Why yes, I still look like Orphan Annie!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

I tested Superdad. He passed.

After reading a recent post from another blogging babe I put Superdad to the test.

I sat down on the couch with my paper and pencil and made Superdad really uncomfortable.

What's my favorite color? Blue. (I look at him) Green. It's one of those.

Correct answer: I really don't have a favorite color. I would go with green though.

What color are my eyes? Green. Correct.

When was our first date? December 1, 2002. Correct.

What's my middle name? Lynn. Correct.

Where was I born? Here. Correct.

One thing I never liked about myself? Freckles. Correct.

My favorite food? Mexican. Correct.

My favorite hobby? Computer. Correct.

One of my favorite movies? Love Actually. Correct. I have this movie but I cannot find it. Wahhh. I have been wanting to watch it since Christmas. Have I let someone borrow it????

What's my shoe size? 71/2. Correct.

As you see Superdad did rather well. I couldn't think of anymore questions to ask him. He then turned it around on me. I answered his questions perfectly I believe. I do listen to you honey!

Okay, must go feed the kids. They frown on having to fix their food themselves.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I don't think we resemble poodles.

This is me:

Supermom Perms Her Hair

This is H:

H's Perm Hair

Superdad said that picture reminds him of Cousin It.

Guess who's back, back again?

Guess who's back, back again
Supermom's back, tell all your blogging friends
Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back

Supermom IS!

~I just took my wrist brace off and going to try out some two hand typing~

WOW, it has been a very long two weeks. Even more for my family and friends. I have been a total grumpy bitch. Yeah, I have been. Sorry guys. I am allowed though. I had wrist surgery. Have been in pain. Frustrated. Wearing this hideous bandage cast thing. On different medications. I could go on and on with this.

Anyway, I am sorry.

I am also sorry to my readers. Have you missed me? Thank you for enjoying the scheduled "fluffers" and the few assorted guest bloggers that helped when I needed them the most. I am still looking for guest bloggers as well. I am not sure how my wrist is going to like all this two hand typing so I am still going to take it easy from the computer for the next couple weeks.

You are pretty much up to date about the going ons at our house. I have been playing lots of Scrabble. Trying to cook still. Take-out is not for the compacting family. Today I am going to make some muffins for the family. I still need to make bars for Superdad with the cashews I bought in bulk the other day.

I was able to take a bath yesterday with my arm in the tub and even in the water. Ahhhhh, that was rather nice. Baby M is getting more teeth. Poor baby only let ME get THREE whole hours of sleep the other night. I was running on fumes yesterday. Thankfully I dosed her up with Tylenol and we both went to bed at 8:50. Ahhh, it was heavenly. We didn't crawl out of bed until 8:30 this morning.

Today is H's big day. I am taking her to get a perm in her beautiful long hair. I just know she will love it and make fixing her hair much easier. I'll post pictures in the next day or two. I am even going to have some body added to my growing hair. I might even post a picture of that as well. Might be the key word there.

Okay, I am not going to push my luck. Time for my brace to go back on. I look forward to blogging more. I hope you do toooo.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Guest Blogger Anna ~ Scrabble Addict.

I have become a Scrabble addict. My game of choice is Scrabble online. I can just sit down, play a few words, and then go on about my business. I love it. I’m terrible at it, but I love it.

I am unceasingly amazed at my capacity to learn new skills and cultivate new interests. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The truth is I used to hate Scrabble, as well as crossword puzzles. About two years ago, a friend forced me to work a crossword puzzle with her, and that’s when my obsession began. I guess you could call it my mid-life crisis. I found myself buying those books that are filled with only crossword puzzles and working on them at nearly every spare moment. For an entire summer, a crossword, a cigarette, and a cup of ice from Sonic were my lunchtime requirements during the work week. All the stress would just fall away. I somehow managed to get through the weekend without that midday repast…..most of the time. My family didn’t know I smoked, so I had to sneak. I wonder what the other grocery store patrons thought about me. And yes, I quit smoking.

I don’t know why these two word games are so relaxing for me. It’s as though my brain is working in a completely different mode than normal. I can literally lose time playing Scrabble online. I think to myself, “I’m only going to play a few words,” then I look up and an hour has gone by. My four year old daughter has gone strangely silent, so I am forced to investigate her possible mischievousness. If I ever become employed again, how will I adjust? I think I might just have to go back to the lunch hour crossword puzzles…or carry a laptop to play Scrabble online. A girl has to do what a girl has to do. I’ll leave out the cigarette.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Supermom and her growing hair.

I have been letting my hair grow since November. It's longer than it has been in YEARS!!!! I made us (me and H) a hair appointment for Wednesday. She is going to have curls added to her long beautiful hair. I might as well. Not really curls but some body!

I searched around for a hairstyle generator. LOL This is what I found and how I might look! LOL









Don't worry I am not dying my hair blond! :)

My two week shopping trip. $193.80 ~ All Organic

I was able to grocery shop on Saturday at Earth Fare. I spent $193.80 total. All organic. I was able to break it down to explain where the money went this trip.

bulk ~ $10.56
cheese/diary ~ $30.82
meat/fish ~ $36.54
produce/veggies ~ $28.95 Lots of fruit. Kiwi, mango, avocados, bananas and strawberries.
grocery ~ $57.60 Water, cookies (ON SALE), tuna, pasta, mac & cheese and assorted other things not worth typing since I am using only one hand.

rotisserie chicken ~ $6.99 I made some awesome soup with the stock. I threw in dried pinto beans, dried white beans and dried split peas. Carrots, celery and onions. Salt & pepper. Chicken. Remember how I told you about cooking potatoes before they go bad? I had some in the fridge. I cooked the above until the beans were done. I got some of the potatoes out of the fridge and diced them. Added them to the soup and let it simmer for 15 more minutes!! IT WAS YUMMY!!!!!!!!!

sushi ~ $11.20 That was our lunch.

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In the next day or two I am going to make bars with cashews and muffins.

~more one hand typing for you while nursing Baby M~

Off my camera card:

~more one hand pecking~

I went to doctor today.

I am wearing this snazzy wrist brace! Still have to take it easy and not use wrist!!! I go back in two weeks.

wrist surgery ~ after

I found this picture of me taken when I was dating Superdad. This was our first Valentine's Day. Look how in love I looked.

our first valentines

PS. I still look that way!! In love that is!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Adventures of Supermom gets a substitute.

This is H filling in for Supermom today, at first I did not know exactly what to write about but I'm just going to share on how it feels about having Supermom as my mom. First of all I would have to say that she is always there for me and I can tell her anything but I haven't told her everything (shhhhhhhhhhh).

As I was saying she has taught me many life skills like cooking and helping with my brothers and sisters (I have no clue how she does it alone). She has given me plenty of advice for being a teenage girl but the thing is that I can never get it through my head to learn what she said but then once I get hurt from not listening I then understand and well then it doesn't help me very well but that's just how teenagers are, I guess.

It's very interesting having her as a mom because if I have kept something from her she comes in my room and says something like,” So H I saw so and so and I found out so and so" and by then I'm like oh crap, and I end up spilling almost everything out, but I guess that's how moms are suppose to be and everything.

I love having Supermom as my mom because it's like I can always ask her about something and she's going to tell me the truth maybe not the whole truth but most of it. Sometimes I want to tell her some things like first kisses between me and my boyfriends but then I'm afraid that I'm going to get a lecture or get in trouble or told that I shouldn't do that or something close to that but then I remember (sometimes) that Supermom is like my best friend and that I can tell her anything but then I have to remember that she's also my mom that I can't tell her things that she doesn't want to hear.

Well I'm running out of things to talk about. So I guess I'll go. Bye everyone!!!
-H

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Live in Asheville, NC? Have kids? You must see this!!!



I got this email and think it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!

Essay Contest Encourages Kids to Cash in on their Creativity

What happens to a dollar bill during the course of a day? Does it spend hours crumpled in a pocket? Does it travel in a car, on an airplane, in a spaceship? Is it deposited in the bank or spent at a store? An essay contest running through March 27 invites students in grades 2 through 5 to cash in on their creativity by writing about a day in the life of a dollar bill.

The grand prize winner will receive a family trip to Washington, D.C., as well as a $100 Dimeasaurus savings account and a family membership to The Health Adventure. The trip includes a four-night stay at a Washington, D.C. area hotel with free admission to top attractions. A second place winner will be selected from each grade, and will receive a $100 Dimeasaurus savings account and a family membership to The Health Adventure.

The contest, presented by Star 104.3, Asheville Savings Bank, and The Health Adventure, is being held in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, Moneyville. The exhibit uses the fascinating subject of money to build math skills and promote economic literacy in a fun, immersive setting. Hands-on activities range from creating your own “money” to running a lemonade stand to seeing what a million dollars looks like. Throughout the exhibit, guests will discover how money is made, spent, earned, and saved, and how it connects people around the world.

A panel of judges will narrow down the entries to 12 finalists. Those finalists will be invited to Star 104.3 studios to be videotaped reading their essays. The videos will then be posted on the station web site, where the public will vote for the winning essay. Winners will be announced after April 10, 2009.

Entry forms may be picked up at any Asheville Savings Bank location. Essays may be dropped off at any Asheville Savings Bank location or The Health Adventure. Essays may also be mailed to: The Health Adventure, Attn: Essay Contest, PO Box 180, Asheville, NC 28802. Entries must be dropped off or postmarked by March 27, 2009.

For more information, visit www.thehealthadventure.org, or call (828) 254-6373.

Baby M is afraid of a toy.

We discovered this yesterday. So what do I do? Torture her today so I can video it for you. Ha Ha!

This is where I try to type up my plan for next week with one hand.

I went through the food we already have in the house. Made a menu. Printed out coupons. Now I have to find some one to drive me to the store tomorrow. Or possibly Saturday.

The Menu:

Cheeseburgers

Chicken Tacos ~ I will use the breast meat from the rotisserie chicken. I am also going to make some soup this week with the rotisserie chicken.

Veggie night ~ Which will be sweet potatoes and whatever else is in the house that is good for you.

BBQ Chicken ~ Homemade BBQ sauce cooked in the crock.

Baked Tilapia

That should last awhile. I will also make muffins and bars over the weekend with the help from amazing H and Lil O.

I go to the doctor bright and early Monday. I hope this thing comes off and they don't replace it with a cast like last time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

~one hand typing just for you~

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I just read that Natasha Richardson has died on CNN.

I have been following this story. Praying for a wonderful outcome. I have chill bumps and tears in my eyes while typing with my one hand.

Natasha Richardson fell on a beginners' slope in Canada.

Richardson's family released a statement saying, "Liam Neeson, his sons, and the entire family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Natasha. They are profoundly grateful for the support, love and prayers of everyone, and ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

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The Supermom Sandwich

I have found my all time FAVORITE sandwich ever!! I "invented" it all by myself! Go make yourself one and let me know what you think!!!

2 slices of bread, I use white.

Spread lots of mayo on bread. Add some lettuce leaves to one side. NOT ICEBERG.

Slice up an avocado. Put on bread.

Sprinkle with a garlic salt and pepper.

Voila!!

Even Superdad likes it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's what I had for lunch the past couple days and what I am having for lunch today!!!!!!!!!!

I'll post a picture later!

~yes, I am still typing with one hand~

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

~pecking with one hand just for you~

Good Morning! I would like to say THANK YOU for all the well wishes and emails sent my way. It's really awesome that bloggers stick together like this! Just know I miss blogging and reading your blogs while I am away.

Here are a few random things for you.

~My great aunt went to the breast cancer center. She has to decide on a lumpectomy or have her whole breast removed. She goes back next week. The lump wasn't cancer but would be the doctor said. I am so glad she goes for REGULAR mammograms!! Make sure your loved ones do this! It is very important.

~H is still here. She got her report card yesterday. 5 A's and 1 B. She is amazing. She has been the biggest help to her one handed mommy. Even when I fuss she tells me,
"I am not listening to you because that's the medicine talking!"


~B2 went to his first boy scout meeting! He is tickled!! I am so proud of him. I know becoming an eagle scout will be easy for him!

~Lil O is officially FOUR!! Her party was really nice even if Superdad messed up my ice cream cupcakes that I worked so hard on. ~gentle smile~

~Baby M is just adorable like always. Walking. Talking. Her vocabulary is ma ma, da da, hello, uh oh and bye bye.

Wow, this is hard work. Tap. Tap. Tap.

~I want to share parts of these great emails I got really when I needed them the most!!!

Hey. Recently found your blog and I am finding it very helpful. I live in Greenville SC and I have a 7 and 3 yr old and an almost 3 mo old. My husband spends 11 days at a time in Arkansas and I have been feeling very isolated and lonely. Thanks to your blog though I realized that I don't have to be perfect to be a good mom.

and

Hi, Just wanted to say I stumbled upon your blog by accident but I am so happy I did!! You inspire me and I learn something from you every day! You truly ARE a supermom with your children all spread out in ages like they are!


THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really did get these emails just when I needed them the most.

Okay, time to go hold the couch down.

Have a wonderful green filled day!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

I don't want to brag but I am!

I am married to the best man ever! Here it is 1 pm and I am finally up from our bed. Superdad got up with the children and told me to stay in bed.

He made me coffee.
Brought my meds.
Fed all four kids.
Brought me breakfast in bed.

He even changed THREE poopy diapers! Baby M was on a roll it seems. Here is a bit of our conversation as I was sprawled out on the bed.

Him: This makes 3 dirty diapers I have changed today. I've fed the kids. Brought you breakfast.

Me: Yes, it's super sexy. You will get laid for this. Well, in a day or two.

I will hold true to my word too!!! I'll try to shave and be all sexy with one arm all bandaged up!

~more one hand typing~

The making of a Candyland birthday party.

You start with ice cream cones.

Candyland Cupcakes

Add your cupcake.

Candyland Cupcakes

Ice with tasty icing.

Candyland Cupcakes

Sprinkle with sprinkles!!!

Candyland Cupcakes

Candyland Cupcakes

Don't forget the gumdrop tree.

Gumdrop Tree

There were ginger cookies. Lollipops. Candy bracelets. Juice boxes. Treat bags.

Candyland Party

Blowing and making a wish.

Candyland Party

Candyland Party

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More one hand typing.

We had Lil O's birthday party today. Lots of fun. I'll post pictures tomorrow.

Then we had dinner at APC.

Now I am in bed with the baby.

Friday, March 13, 2009

S O S

I'm trapped in the house with an edgy, OCD Supermom who's not getting enough rest but won't stop vacuuming, washing clothes, etc. and seems genuinely surprised that her arm hurts. Some people make good patients. Supermom, however, is not one of them.

Honey, it's okay. You really can take a rest.

Sincerely,
FrazzledDad

Superdad is awesome.

~one hand typing~

Superdad just came home to tell me his company made him Vice President!!!!!!!

I am so proud of him.

Never throw out your potatoes again!

Sometimes I would have to throw out the potatoes. I would forget there was a bag in the kitchen. Same with sweet potatoes.

First, I set the potatoes out so I see them in the kitchen.

Second, when I notice they are loosing their perkiness I do this:

Wash them off and throw them in water. Boil until tender. About 25 minutes. Skin and all. I drain the water off and put them in a bowl. Once they have cooled I throw them in the fridge for when I want to use them.

For sweet potatoes I do the above or go ahead and bake them. Then just put them in the fridge to use during the week with my meal planning.

So, last night I got the already cooked potatoes out of the fridge and made this tasty dish! This is one of my families favorite.



I just quarter the potatoes, skin and all. Melt some butter in the skillet then add the potatoes. Sprinkle with lots of salt, garlic and chives. Just cook until brown.

YUMMY!!!!!!

That way you aren't throwing out potatoes anymore!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A youtube clip for your viewing pleasure.

I realized that I could open my vicoden, which is in a childproof bottle, with my one good hand.

Guest Blogger Anna ~ She talks about her astute observations on the state of current affairs.

Yesterday, as I was explaining my complaints to the sixth person at a credit card company, I began to wonder whatever happened to customer service. Does anyone remember what that was? When I was younger (yes, it is going to be about the good old days when I was younger), it seemed to me that people actually cared about your business enough to treat you like a human being. I think the good old days began to wind down when I was sixteen and overheard a woman on the phone say, “Listen, woman, I don’t care what you say….” to the party on the other end of the line. The woman I overheard was the customer and I would imagine that the “woman” in question was a customer service provider. When the customers became surly and entitled, I’m sure the customer service associates followed suit. So who or what is to blame? The world has certainly changed from “back then”!

I am currently typing on a personal computer that was unimagined by most people when I was at the tender age of 16. When I have completed this essay? Observation? Rant? I will “attach” it to an email that will be sent through cyberspace to the computer of Supermom, who will then post it to her blog. What is the definition and etymology of “blog”? I mean, how in the world did someone come up with that word? But I digress. So, my opus will arrive, it will be edited (I hope) and then posted for the world to see. The program I’m using even checks my spelling and grammar! Too bad it doesn’t correct bad composition. Does anyone even remember what it was like to type on a typewriter? I do. I especially remember typing in triplicate and using those little strips of corrector, which, by the way, were the technological wonders of their day, after a three cocktail lunch with my co-workers. Whatever neurons I had disabled at lunch were revived by a challenging afternoon of trying my darnedest not to make any mistakes. Ah, the memories! That was 22 years ago. TWENTY-TWO! If I had made a kid back then, they’d be old enough to drink now.

Anyway, PC’s were just the beginning. They gave birth to ATM’s (remember actually having to go inside the bank to get your money and plan ahead?), cell phones (remember actually having to set a time and be there if you were meeting someone?), and credit cards (remember when children didn’t have them…or just about anyone else for that matter?). We used to have to know how to count change, speak to people we didn’t personally know in a pleasant manner, make eye contact with strangers, SMILE! Please excuse the shouting, I have strong feelings.

So, here I am, the mother of a four-year-old. I enjoy many of life’s new conveniences, as I’m sure my grandmother enjoyed the convenience of indoor plumbing when she left the farm where she was raised. Imagine what life must have been like for her! From riding horses and plowing the fields to watching a rocket take off from Earth and land a module on the moon. It must have been mind-blowing. Still, I long for the world to be more as she described it: simple, self-sufficient, slower (unless I’m online, of course), solid. I long to teach my daughter the values of self-sacrifice and patience. These two values more than anything else, carried an entire generation through a devastating depression and a world war, both of which ushered in unprecedented advances and societal upheavals. Do I even understand those values enough to pass them on? And what kinds of challenges will I face as a parent when my daughter gets older and more autonomous?

I can barely understand the text-speak now! God knows what it will be like when my sweet little girl is a teenager. I shudder at the thought. My hope is, however, that should she ever be in a position to provide customer service, she will remember that it is a fellow human across the counter or on the other end of the phone, and take the time to listen and at least try to offer assistance. That’s really all I wanted yesterday. Miracle of miracles, four of the six people I talked to gave me the attention I so desperately craved. I guess there is hope after all.

Tide Loads of Hope

From Tide's Loads of Hope Website: Tide Loads of Hope helps in the aftermath of a natural disaster by providing clean clothes and a sense of comfort to families in need. Partnering with Feeding America, we travel to disaster affected neighborhoods with the Tide Loads of Hope truck or vans, our free mobile laundry service.

Tide Loads of Hope truck:

* 32 high-efficiency washers and dryers stationed on the truck
* Can do 300 wash and dry cycles a day -equal to one year's worth of laundry for a single family
* Will wash about 9,000 loads of laundry over a four-week period
* Leveraged during massive disasters where electricity is unavailable in the region

Tide Loads of Hope vans:

* In partnership with a local laundromat, the Tide Loads of Hope vans provide free laundry service at the same load rate as the trucks
* Leveraged during disasters where neighboring communities still have a source of electricity

To date, Tide Loads of Hope has washed more than 35,000 loads of laundry for over 20,000 families. Most importantly, the Tide Loads of Hope program means we're equipped to take action whenever and wherever there is a need in our country.

Tide Loads of Hope Vintage Tees:

Tide Loads of Hope can also be supported through the purchase of a Tide Vintage Tee. All profits go to support families affected by disaster.

Where it all started

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the need for clean clothing became critical, and Tide found a way to help. So in November 2005, the Tide Loads of Hope truck headed to Camp Hope in the Metairie, LA area and cleaned over 10,000 loads of laundry. The spirit of this first venture informs and inspires everything Tide Loads of Hope program does.

This is an awesome program!!! You can go here to buy a t shirt to help Tide Loads of Hope!


Supermom Cleans House

Organizing a small closet. Wonder how to keep your shoes in view so you can remember what shoes you actually have??? The shoes I don't wear a lot I took pictures of and taped them on the box. No more guessing!!!!

Organizing your Shoes

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sitting In For (and a tribute to) Supermom

Supermom has requested that I (Superdad?) fulfill my promise to be a guest blogger. In light of her condition, I could hardly refuse. And as she tends to recover from everything so quickly, I figured it would only be temporary.
I can certainly attest to the fact that she really is worthy of the title. Supermom, even in pain, does not like to sit still. And in the time we have been together she's suffered her fair share: two (more) children; twice as many kidney stones; and various other issues to deal with, none of which she's ever really complained about. She has a certain strength of character. (You just know that if she got shot she'd sterlize the wound with whiskey, take a swig and dig the slug out with the paring knife...not because she's tough or trying to prove anything mind you but because it's just what has to be done.) But she's also very kind, patient and loyal. I have learned a great deal (especially about parenting) from her. I feel very humbled when she refers to me in this blog as Superdad because I can't begin to see myself in the same way that I see her (LuckyDad, certainly.) I've got a long way to go to be able to live up to such a high standard. But I married into the title so I'll take it.

Happy Birthday Lil O!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday LIL O!!!!
Happy Birthday to you!

Feb 11, 2009

We wish you the best 4th birthday EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Fun Meme. Are you game?

TEN random things you might not know about me:
I never liked my freckles. I was first married at 19. I am a terrible speller. I don't really like to drive. I love black jelly beans. I love menthol cough drops even when I am not sick. I admit it, I watch The Girls Next Door. I am my dads only child. My great grandfather is still living. I used to be shy.

NINE places I’ve visited:
France, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Canada.

EIGHT ways to win my heart:
Be honest. Be caring. Be intelligent. Hold my hand. Write me lost letter. Give me Hershey chocolate. Love me unconditionally. Let me squeeze your butt. Just ask Superdad about that one.

SEVEN things I want to do before I die:
See grandchildren, celebrate 50 years with my husband, perhaps write a book, travel more with the family, live at the beach, meet Ellen and make lots of wonderful memories.

SIX things I’m afraid of:
Spiders, death, snakes, scary movies, flying and being on a boat.

FIVE things I don't like:
Dishonest people. Mushrooms. Country music. Going to the mall. Swimming in the ocean.

FOUR ways to turn me off:
Cuss a lot. Be to cocky. Talk bad about my children and their choices. Smell???

THREE Things I do everyday:
Clean, cook and care for my family.

TWO things that make me happy:
Family and friends.

ONE thing on my mind right now:
Wrist surgery tomorrow.

Eating organic doesn't have to be expensive with planning.

Due to comments to a recent blog post about buying organic on a budget. I thought I would post a few tips.

  • Before you do anything, take a look to see what you already have on hand. Fridge. Freezer. Cabinets.

  • Make a menu using things you already have in the house.

  • Prepare your grocery list. Make it simple.

  • Check for sales.

  • Buy in bulk. For example I checked on Dried Chives. I could buy a spice jar size for $5.00 or I could buy the same amount in bulk for about .40 Yes, the price difference was that much!!!! From now on I will always buy spices in bulk.

  • Check for coupons. I have found that the products I buy the most offer coupons on their site. I also have a few organic coupon links listed on the right side of my blog. I always check those out after my list is made.

  • If it's not on the list then it doesn't go in the buggy.
    ABSOLUTELY NO IMPULSE BUYING!


  • Make more homemade meals. For example I make muffins and bars for snacks. Using mostly what is already in the house. "Convenience" will cost you much more. I blogged about how much I save by making my own granola bars verses buying them by the box. You will want to read about that here.

  • Make enough for left-overs.

  • Buy a rotisserie chicken. You can eat on it for a week. Lunch. Dinner. I blogged about this before. Go here to read what you can do with that one rotisserie chicken. Mrs F gets a big THANK YOU for this idea. She offers many more great ideas on her blog.

How's that as a starter? Due to having surgery tomorrow I am working on getting my house in order. The kids and husband need to be taken care of while I am recuperating! I will leave you with two adorable photos of Baby M. She loves to PLAY with empty BOXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Walking Baby M

Walking Baby M

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Obviously I don't require much sleep.

Because I haven't really had ANY in years! It's okay though. The sun is shining. The mountain of laundry is still waiting for me. The honey nut o's are still all over the floor waiting for someone to pick them up. My To Do list is lengthy before Tuesday.

Yesterday I went to Target to get the birthday girl her gifts for Wednesday. I forgot how much I enjoy walking around Target looking around. I didn't do any impulse buying either! I ROCK! I was tempted for sure!

I am so proud of B2!!!! I am really happy that B2 and his daddy are into Boy Scouts! Last night was the banquet. Be is officially a Boy Scout! It was awesome. I was a teary. I think we all were. B2 and his dad even got an award last night. I wasn't able to hear exactly what for but when I talk to B2 more I will find out. Their names are on a plaque at the church where they have their meeting every week. Something about living the scout life and being an example. Here are a few pictures from last night. The last picture is where B2 is walking over the bridge into Boy Scouts!

My son and all his BLING.

Becoming a Boy Scout

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spending $178.47 on groceries for two weeks for a family of 6.

Yesterday I hit Earth Fare to do the grocery shopping for the next two weeks. I planned out the menu and made the meals easy for the kids to fix while I am recovering.

I spent $178.47 for two weeks. All organic. If you break it down you can see why it was so expensive this time.

$40.00 for meat.
$28.00 for dairy.
$22.00 for produce.
$18.00 for frozen. My impulse buys were frozen veggies. They had a KILLER sale so I stocked up on a few extra bags.
$56.00 for baby food, salad dressings, juice, salsa, crackers, soup, popcorn and oatmeal to name a few.

I saved $14.51 using coupons and buying things on sale!!!!!! WOOHOO!!!

I think I did rather well myself. I was over charged by $7.00 so I am going back today to get that fixed. I was charged 3 times for an item. I only had one. So, I want my $7.00 back.

Today it is going to be 76 degrees!!! Compared to the kids missing TWO days of school last week for snow and now flowers are blooming. Weird weather.

We have B2's scout banquet this afternoon. He will OFFICIALLY be a boy scout after tonight!! I know he is thrilled!!!!!

I am going to go schedule a few posts for when I am away. Have a nice weekend!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Living the glamorous life.

I was driving home from the grocery store a little while ago and realized it had been four whole years since I was in the working field. I was a drug store manager. Dressing up. Remembering safe numbers and security codes. Counting money. Unloading stock trucks. Stocking shelves. Ordering. Dealing with customers and dealing with employees. Ahhhh, such a glamorous life. I tease!!

I go from the above to wiping snotty noses with my shirts. My dress code has changed from heels to clean pj's. Or even semi clean pj's. Stepping on toys. Dealing with tantrums. Managing naps and carpool. I am now a personal chef, art director, nurse, playmate, monkey bars, and insert every thing a mother does during the day for her family.

Do I miss working? Not really. I am very blessed to be able to stay at home and tend to the youngin's. Thanks SUPERDAD!!!!

I was feeling pretty this morning and snapped a few pictures of the growing hair. Me like. I really love the first picture.

March Hair 2009

I feel pretty,
Oh, so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and bright!

At last my Friday has come along.

I have been busy getting ready for wrist surgery. That and playing Facebook Scrabble! Tending to the kids. Sort of cleaning. Whatever.

Yesterday I sat down and made an easy menu for the week. Then I printed out the coupons I needed from the organic coupon section I have over there on the right. Later on I will tell you how much I spent and how much I saved with my coupons and buying things on sale.

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Hamburger Pie, which is like Shepherds Pie. I just add a can of condensed tomato soup to the meat mixture. Then sprinkle some cheese on the mashed potatoes before you bake it.


Chicken Stroganoff, which will make enough for two meals and a couple lunches. Plus, it can be thrown in the crock pot and I won't have to try and chop anything up.

Meatloaf, which will be two meals.

BBQ Roast, which will make two meals. One day serve it with sweet potatoes and something green. The next day put it in rolls and you have a BBQ sammich. Serve with chips. Easy!!!!
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The above are fairly simple and the kids can help prepare. I will have ONE good hand and then add their 6 good hands. We should be set.

Monday I plan on cleaning the house and finishing up laundry. I will make muffins and bars so they will have snacks for the week. I will also prepare and cook the meatloaf. We can have it for dinner on Monday and they can heat it up for leftovers on Tuesday. Meatloaf is better the second day anyway.

See, I sort of have it all figured out.

Today H is going to her dads after school for the weekend. I know she is worried that she will be "fussed" at over her decision. I hope that they just let things be and enjoy each other. We will see her tomorrow at the scout banquet for B2. It's a hard situation on everyone in the picture.

Anyway......must get up. Clean house. Grocery shop. Rest. Probably all in that order.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Supermom says WTF and really means WTF!!!!

Found on Neatorama. I just C & P'ed for you to read. I didn't say any of the below. SKILLZ isn't what I would call it. Ignorance. Stupidity. To name a few is what I say!

If you think that talking on the cell phone and driving is dangerous, wait till you hear what else this woman did: she breastfed her baby while driving her other children to school!

Police say it is against the law to drive with a child in your lap. Children under 4 or 40 pounds must be properly restrained in a child safety seat.

In this case, officers said Compton had the child in the lap with the baby’s head up against the steering wheel. They say there is not only the risk of a crash, but deployment of the airbag.

Compton said she will take the advice of the officers into consideration, but she may breast feed her baby while driving in the future if she feels that is is necessary.

If you think about it, she’s got some skillz breast feeding, talking on the phone, and driving all at the same time!

WHIO Dayton TV has the story (and video clip): Link

Supermom Cleans House

Welcome to another segment of Supermom Cleans House!!! Last time I showed you how to organize your bathroom. You can read that here.

I took a picture of the closet in my kids bathroom. Shhhh, don't tell them.

Closet Organization

The top shelf has sheets, pillowcases, blankets and my Christmas towels. Below that I have sheets, blankets and such for the 2 smaller girls. I also have the extra toothpaste, toilet paper, cotton balls, wipes and H's hot rollers. Next I have towels, wash clothes and hand towels. Below that is where their baskets are. For their privacy I didn't show that. Kids have to have some secrets I suppose.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Lost Photos.

Okay, they weren't actually lost. They were on H's camera card. I swiped them so I could have a copy.

Lil O with Baby M. These pictures are priceless.

Picnik collage 7

My Lil O, B2 and H. Also my mamaw. Great pictures!

Picnik collage 6

Supermom is having wrist surgery.

I would like to ask for your help with The Adventures of Supermom.

I had wrist surgery 10 + years ago. Now, I require another wrist surgery. I went to my hand doctor back in December. He wanted to wait 3 months and see how I felt. Nothing has changed.

I am scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Yes, I know that is next WEEK!! Yes, I know that is the day before our precious Lil O turns 4. Yes, I know that is four days before Lil O's birthday party at Growing Young Cafe. Yes, I know I will be all bandaged up unable to move my fingers. Yes, I know I will have to keep my arm elevated above my heart. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes, I know I will be sporting a cast for several weeks. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Supermom has wrist surgery.

That is where he plans on cutting my beautiful wrist. In the total opposite way he cut it last time. So now I will have a + scar on my wrist. :)

I am really not freaking out. YET.

Okay, your mission if you choose to accept it is.....................

I would love for you to email me your favorite mom memories. Or really anything. ASAP! I will schedule them to post while I am recuperating. You'll be my guest bloggers so to speak. I am also going to get Superdad to help with The Adventures of Supermom as well. Right honey????

So get those emails coming please. Thank you!
iheartsupermom (at) aol (dot) com.

Cancer SUCKS!

Not that I am complaining because I am not. I just put on real clothes. Not clean pj's which is what I usually wear at home. I have a few things I want to blog about then you can leave me fabulous comments! Does that sound like a plan? I am glad you see it my way.

H is doing well. Thank you for all your wonderful encouraging words. We've been spending these two snow days just hanging out. Chillin. Up in each others biZness. LOL ~inside joke~

My great aunt that I always blog about found out yesterday that she has breast cancer. It's very discouraging to me. Her husband died a couple years ago because of lung cancer. My grandfather died a little over a year ago with cancer. My other great aunt just had a hysterectomy and radiation for cancer. So you tell me how I should feel when I hear cancer and another one of my family members name?!?!?! I HATE CANCER!!!! CANCER SUCKS!!! We just celebrated her 80th birthday back in September!!!! I have good thoughts about this though. She goes to the doctor today and will schedule an appointment with the women's cancer center and go from there.

**Plus, my mamaw is a breast cancer survivor!!!! I almost forgot about that. I think I blocked it out of my memory!!**

As you know I am a Facebook addict of sorts. I have reconnected with several SUPER people from my past!!!! But what happens when a bully from your past wants to reconnect with you? I have ZERO tolerance for bully's and I have even blogged about this in the past. I had no idea why she would want to be my "friend" on Facebook. Perhaps she remembers the situation a bit different that I do. I don't see how though. She was abusive to me. Mean to me. Lied to me. Hit me. Mentally abusive to me. Why in the hell would she want to reconnect with me?
So anyway that is the hand I have been dealt.

Do you dream in color?

The other night I had the weirdest dream and have been wanting to share it with you.

I don't recall being a mom or even married in this dream.

I was with Jon & Kate plus 8. I was one of the nannies. We were outside playing with the kids and such. Then Jon kisses me. In my mind I thought since it was a reality show that I guess it was okay for him to kiss me. Not sure about the thinking of this.

Later on Jon was in the hospital. Kate was with him. She called the house and I told her the kids were all fine. I offered to bring her some thing to eat since she was at the hospital.

I get there. We talk. I go in hospital room to tell Jon that Kate went home for a rest and that I would be staying with him. I remember him laying on his tummy in the hospital bed. He sort of flips me over the bed and lays a big deep kiss on me.

This is where Lil O woke me up! Thankfully!!!!

I am guessing since I watched a few of The Bachelor shows and made a comment that he kisses all the girls. I am not sure.

So, yesterday I was talking to Superdad on the phone and told him I was watching my boy on TV. Lil was watching Jon and Kate Plus 8.

So, what do you think this means?

Monday, March 2, 2009

I am in the top THREE!

How cool is that?

Be sure to go add your blog to the list. Is it a great place to meet other mom bloggers!! No joke!!!




I HEART my dry erase boards!

Out with the old. February.



In with the new. March.



Being a Supermom I have to have a way to organize my thoughts, chores, appointments, menus and everything in between. For me I have SEVERAL ways. The above dry erase calendar is on the fridge. It's where I put chess, scouts, speech, doctors appointments and BIRTHDAYS!! Notice the birthday cakes and balloons on certain days? I am pretty artistic. LOL

It is also where I put my weekly menu so I know what I am cooking that day. It never hurts to have a plan.

I also have a dry erase board with just a week on it. I am able to assign each child a chore on certain days. That way there is no guess work. After school they check the board and do their daily chore. Works out nicely.

Then there is a desk calender on my little private desk. It has all the things I have to post on
Kid Friendly Asheville. I try to do that site by the month. Unless I am sent some thing special to post.

Last, I have a calendar in my purse!

Even with all this planning it never fails that I miss one event I am sure.

Do you want to share how you keep your life organized????

To Blog or Not to Blog? That is the question. Or is it?

I am a very public person. Hence this blog. Yet, I am a private person. How can I be both? I am not exactly sure myself. I have only spoken about my divorce one time. Maybe two. And not in a negative way either. I was bringing up how to deal with the holidays when you have children.

We have been dealing with a very delicate situation. I say WE as in my teenage daughter has been dealing with a tough decision. I wouldn't even call it a decision. More like trying to make her life less complicated.

H is 14. Okay, she will be 15 in June. WAHHHHH!!!! She is a freshman in high school. She is a wonderful young lady with the world at her feet. We have taught her between right and wrong. We have been there for her no matter what. I say WE as in me and her dad. Our families. Our friends. Everyone that knows H loves H.

We divorced back in 2001 I believe. We have joint custody of both our children. They would spend a week with me and then a week with their dad. Not a crazy situation. It appears to be the rage these days of divorced parents. ~sarcastic eyeroll here~ The "situation" has been fine with both children. Two houses. Two rooms. Two everything. Even twice the love with extended family. Both of us have remarried and added more children to the mix.

H took it upon herself to go to her guidance counselor last week to talk to her. To which I told her was great when she told me. I wasn't going to pry. She could tell me why she went or not. She told me. I cried. I cried for putting my beautiful daughter H in that "situation" to begin with.

H has decided that going back and forth is too much for her and she wants to stop. She wants to stay at one house and then visit the other parent.

I even went as far as telling H that she could live with her dad full time if that is what she wanted. I want was is best for H. She then told me that she wanted to live here with us and visit her dad.

I cried. We cried. I prayed. We prayed. I told myself that I wasn't going to worry about it. I handed it over to God. I was surprisingly calm. I didn't bring it up to H. I just let her think about everything. She had made her decision and she was sticking to it.

So, we had to tell her dad. Yesterday.

OMG, my heart was breaking. It's wasn't some glorious celebration where I won. It was the hardest thing I had to do. Well, one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. My heart broke for her dad. My heart broke for H. I was barely hanging on.

I let H do all the talking. I was like a silent partner. There for her no matter what but she was in control.

She told her dad. We cried. We cried some more. Then we cried again.

Her dad wants them to go to counseling. I think it is a wonderful idea. H needs her dad. She may not really acknowledge that yet. She will in time realize how much a girl needs her dad.

He didn't make H go home with him. She is here. I just made her some eggs for breakfast. There was no school today due to snow.

I am thrilled she is here yet I am sad for what it means for her dad.

Okay, I was telling you some thing very personal in hopes that you will give great advice. Been through this. Hugs. Whatever!
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