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Pass the cold beer please.

Today I get to hang out with my gal pal, partner in crime Anna.  We are going to munch on pizza and drink cold beer while venting about our weeks.  She wanted me to make Japanese for her but I'd rather not be in the kitchen or clean up a mess so pizza it will be.  I will make it another night for her.  :)

I cannot believe tomorrow is August 1 ! ! !  Seriously!!  It will be that holiday that no one likes to mention until after Thanksgiving before we know it.  THUD!  Why is it that with age times speeds by???

I bought a pattern yesterday!!!!  I was in love when I saw it so of course I bought it.

Aren't they adorable??!?!?!?!?

I think so!!!  So, today I must make a pair!  I will let you know how they turn out!

Week in Review.

Baby M is napping so I thought I would try to belt out a Week in Review.  Lil O is your background entertainment.

Blog2Print invited me to their Blogapalooza in August!!!  A blog post every hour for 24 hours!  WOOT WOOT!!!

I finished a book this week.  Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby.

That's all I got.

Supermom Sews

Yesterday I had a lot on my mind and I wasn't feeling well so I thought I would escape into my own world and sew.  Seeing Renee Saturday inspired me to drag out some bright fabric and sew Lil O and Baby M some skirts.  Renee told me about making them with elastic but since I was tooo lazy to leave the house yesterday to buy elastic so instead I made them drawstring. 

Here's the fabric ~ purple floral, a back to school funky print, a purple, teddy bears and Noah's Ark. 

Drawstring Skirt

My very first one.  This floral print was see through so I paired it with some white fabric underneath.

Drawstring Skirt

Lil O liked it:

Drawstring Skirt

Then I moved on to make one for Baby M.  After I made the bear skirt she hugged me and told me I was her best friend EVER!!!

Drawstring Skirt

Each girl has 5 skirts a piece.

Drawstring Skirt

Drawstring Skirt

So, that is what I did all day yesterday.  What about you?

Don't look at me.

Laughing Teenager ~ Mom, Baby M just said 'dang it'. 

Me ~ Well, she didn't get it from me!!!!   I say MUCH WORSE!!!

More laughter.

I've been feeling icky and have been in bed a lot.  Before you ask, "No, I'm not pregnant!".

Today, my plan is to take it easy.  STOP LAUGHING!!  I do know how to rest on occasion.  On a rare occasion that is.

I do have exciting news though.  I was asked to participate in Blog2Prints FIRST BLOGAPALOOZA in August!!  One blog post EVERY HOUR for 24 HOURS!!!!!  Yes, you heard me right.  One blog post every hour for 24 hours.  The excitement begins August 17, 2010; 11:00 am - August 18, 2010; 11:00 am EDT.
To add to the difficulty to this, those days are when kids start school and I have meetings to attend. 

So, this should be interesting. I'm looking forward to it!!!  I hope I don't drive you guys crazy with all the posts.

Supermom Cooks

I know that everyone loves a good Japanese restaurant!!!  Japanese is often for those special occasions because of the prices.  I am here to tell you that you can do it at home at a fraction of the cost and it is super EASY!!!!!!

I gave it a whirl.  I thought I would make some teriyaki chicken for the family Japanese restaurant style. 

Ingredients I used:

teriyaki sauce
soy sauce
sesame seeds
salt & pepper
chicken breasts

Then of course ingredients for the famous yummy white sauce that they serve.  (I will tell you that in a minute.)

First I threw my rice in my Zojirushi rice cooker to get that started.  I then cut up the onions and zucchini. 

For cooking this food I brought out my griddle.  Most commonly used for pancakes in this house.

I poured some olive oil on the griddle then added the zucchini, onions and sesame seeds.  Sprinkled with some salt.

Cooking until tender and brown.  Stirring pretty constant.

Once done I placed in a bowl and covered with foil.  I then placed the chicken breasts, whole, on the griddle.  As they began to cook I started cutting them into chucks.  I then poured teriyaki sauce on the chicken.  A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!!!!   I sprinkled a tad of salt and added more sesame seeds.  You will need to keep stirring this mixture. 

When chicken is done just place in a bowl and cover with foil.

By this time your rice will be finished so pour it onto the hot griddle.  Pour more olive oil into rice and mix.  Dab just a tiny amount of teriyaki sauce and soy sauce onto the rice.  Mix well. 

Voila!!  You are finished!!!!

Here's the white sauce recipe that I used.

Japanese Steakhouse White Sauce - Chuck's Easy Recipe

1-1/4 cup    Hellmann's mayonnaise *
1/4 cup    water
1 teaspoon    tomato paste
1 tablespoon    melted butter
1/2 teaspoon    garlic powder
1 teaspoon    sugar
1/4 teaspoon    paprika
dash    cayenne pepper

Using a fork or a whisk, blend all ingredients together thoroughly until well mixed and the sauce is smooth. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Bring to room temperature before serving.

The sauce will NOT taste right if you don't let it sit overnight. And please don't try to substitute ketchup for the tomato paste! The water is needed to bring this to the right consistency.

I don't know how long this keeps in the refrigerator; I've kept it 7-10 days, but I always wind up eating it all before 10 days so after that - anyone's guess.

* Hellmann's is called "Best Foods" west of the Rockie Mountains. Use other mayos at your peril - many cheap brands make the sauce taste too much like mayo.

This meal was just awesome!!  Everything was gone rather quickly!!!!!  I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did. 

I'm outraged and crying.

Has anyone seen this story:

Blind Couple Reunited With Baby Taken Away by State

 Erika Johnson and Blake Sinnett of Missouri had a baby. For two days. Then they had a nightmare. State authorities took their baby away because both Johnson and Sinnett are blind.  Read whole story by clicking here.

I am so angry and so in shock.  I just want to take these two parents and rock them in my arms. 

O. M. G.  This mother will not get those 57 days back with her infant daughter.  It made her unable to breastfeed her baby.  I cannot believe this happened in the United States of America.

I am furious right now as I fight back tears!!!  This is the most ridiculous thing I have read in a long time.  All I can say is, "What the fuck?"  Really???? 

Even if the people that caused this are punished it will still not bring back that infant/mommy/daddy bonding time. 

I'm sure that their families would have been there to help with the baby just like when every SEEING baby is born and sent home.  There would have been people there in the home to help these two blind people. 

This has really hurt me.  ~shaking head~

It's HOT!!!!!

We've got some strange heat thing going on and I hate it!!!!!  It's so very hot.

The bad part is that we live in a 50's ranch house that doesn't have AIR!!!!  We do have a portable air conditioner in the living area so we have a cool place to hang out in but when it's bedtime, we just suffer the no air consequences. 

Yesterday it was like Chinese water torture.  I  had sweat dripping from every single part of my body.  It wasn't pretty.  I'm not liking it at ALL!!!!!   When you have to wring out your bra you know it's tooo HOT!

I long for cooler weather.  Then when the cooler weather gets here I will complain about how I wish it was warm again.....

Comme ci, comme ca...

That seems to be my mood these days.  Not that it's a bad thing. 

I'm just stuck going through the mommy motions.  I knew it was bound to happen this summer.  I do this every day.  I do that every day.  I do all of this every day.

I've come to some realizations.

~ I'm not going to have anymore children.  I'm actually okay with it.  Now.  I have four wonderful children and I am so blessed that they are in my life.  They make me try to be a better person and for that I thank them.  At first I was sad about not having anymore because of the point of my life it meant I had reached.  Now, I am going to welcome the change and look forward to what's to come. 

~ I work so much to make everyone happy.  I take care of everyone in this house the best to my ability which leaves me totally exhausted by bed time.  Does this make sense?  I take care of our home.  I take care of the kids.  I cook.  I do laundry.  I do things for Superdad.  Dammit, I am June Cleaver with leopard print heels and pearls.

What do I do for myself to make me happy?  Besides crocheting and blogging?  Not a hell of a lot.

So, I'm going to start trying to do a few things for just me.  Things that Michelle enjoys.  If that means leaving all the kids at home with Superdad and heading downtown to enjoy coffee and a book store then that's what I'm going to do.  If that means I just find a park bench and read a book then that's what I'm going to do.  If that means dinner with my girlfriends WITHOUT kids then that's what I am going to do.

I think you get the idea.  So, more Michelle time it is. 

~ Life is an adventure.  Just live each day the best you can.  Enjoy it.  Cherish it.  Live without regrets.  Dance like no one is watching.  Sing in the shower.  Stay up all night.  Eat your favorite things. Just be happy and live in the moment. 

My point  ~ Stop and smell the roses.  Live each day like it could be your last.  Really, do this.  You will reach a certain point in your life and wonder where the hell did all your years go. 

That's all I can think of at the moment.

How do you make time for yourself???  What do you like to do to make you feel complete?

I live in a wonderful area.

I'm native to these parts which is very rare to hear these days.  I love Asheville.  It's a wonderful place to live IMPO.  A bit on the expensive side, taxes and such, but we are such a diverse little town that  I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home.  Except Charleston, South Carolina.  That's where I want to live.  That's another blog post though.  Back to my great town Asheville.

Saturday I went to see my friends brand new studio in the River Arts District!!!! 

This brick building has so many wonderful studios in it.  I'm so glad that my friend has moved there.  I know she will feel right at home. 

Candy Stick Lane:

I've blogged about Renee and Candy Stick Lane several times.  I'm just so happy for Renee making this huge step with having a studio space outside of her house.  A place that people can visit and see her in action.  A place that just screams how creative she is.  I told her she needed to have a studio warming party. 

I took her a small present today for her new space.  A broom.  Yes, I'm a big spender!!!  In my defense she didn't have a broom there and was taking hers from home back and forth.  Now, she doesn't have to. 

If you are in Asheville you need to stop by Candy Stick Lane and check out handmade boutique clothing at its best!!!  You can also find Renee on ETSY.

We HEART Earth Fare.

I've blogged about Earth Fare before on another site of mine but I wanted to share the love over here now. 

Earth Fare is where I buy most of my groceries.  They are lucky enough to be able to hear my kids pitch tantrums every two weeks.  Sorry about that Earth Fare, really I am. 

So anyway, Earth Fare launched Itty Bitty Bites March 19, 2010 and they invited the Supermom Family to come that night for music, face painting AND healthy meals for the kids.  We had a blast!!!  The kids loved the meals which is a bonus for parents that have picky eaters. 

Since I know that every Thursday after 4:00 pm the kids can eat free I have tried to plan my grocery shopping on that day.  Sometimes I am successful at it and other times I am not.  Then this week Earth Fare did something totally awesome!!!!  I knew Superdad was going to Earth Fare after work to pick up a few things and I mentioned this to Earth Fare via Twitter and I asked them if we could get the meals to go for Superdad to bring them HOME for me.  They said, "YES!"  The meals can be enjoyed there or to go.  SWEETNESS!!

I'm glad that they know I have four kids so getting the meals was easy breezy.  I went to their site and printed out the Itty Bitty Bites menu and circled everything so all Superdad had to do was hand them over. 

Earth Fare couldn't make it any easier for our kids to get a healthy meal!  FREE at that!!!!  Yes, you heard correctly.  Kids eat FREE on Thursday night with a $5.00 purchase on an adult meal. 

So, be sure to remember Thursdays at Earth Fare!!  Mark your calendar!!!  Who wouldn't want a night off from cooking????? 

Thank you Earth Fare!!!  We love shopping at your store!!!  I'm also sooo tickled to be seeing more Earth Fare brand products!!!!  You rock!!!!!!! 

Week in Review.

I'm a lousy Week in Review updater. This one is all about the kids wanting to be in front of the camera. So, don't expect much from me. Sorry I'm not more entertaining. I need a life.

Bele Chere is going on and WE will not be there. B2 has been at Scout Camp and will be home tomorrow.

That's all I got. You still love me right?

Dinner time is family time.

Last night while we were at the dinner table I started to watch everyone.  It was awesome watching my family.  I am so glad that I took the time to notice the details.  

Baby M had pulled her Dora chair to the dining room table to stand on to eat her dinner.  She looked so adorable just standing on the chair eating.  It made my heart smile.  I didn't care that more rice was falling into the floor than making it to her mouth. 

Then I glanced at Lil O who was at the head of the table.  She booted Superdad out of his spot and took it over a year or so ago.  Of course she was just playing with her food trying to negotiate how much she had to eat before she could have ice cream.  The answer:  Everything.  Once she took a bite she realized that she liked it and finished her whole plate.  I don't know why we go through the same routine every single night.  It still made me smile.

Hormonal teenage was of course talking about totally random things, like she always does.  Smile. 

Superdad was sitting right beside Baby M helping her with her rice. 

(B2 is at boy scout camp so he wasn't at the table last night.)

Dinner time has always been an important time for us as a family.  We have a normal dinner time which is usually 5:30 to 6:30 depending on circumstances.  It's our time to talk about the day.  Laugh at crazy things and enjoy the wonderful food that I have prepared.

I'm so blessed to have this time with my family.  It really means so much to me.  I know that it won't be always this way.  Eventually my dining room table will have empty spots.  The kids will go off to college, get married or just move into their own place.  I just hope that they remember how special dinner time was for them and that they start their own dinner tradition with their family. 

Perhaps even invite me to their table.

Happy Birthday Ernest Hemingway!

How appropriate that today is Ernest Hemingway's birthday.

I just finished reading The Sun Also Rises again.  I love this book!!!  For some reason I wanted to read it again this summer.  I just finished it two nights ago.  It's always a bittersweet moment for me to finish it.  I always block out the ending so through the whole book I hope that Jake and Brett get together.  Then when I finish reading the last page I wonder if they would even make a good couple. 

I'd like to think that Jake and Brett get out of the cab together and just get married or live together, staying faithful to each other.  Then at times I think that Jake deserves so much more.  Then I think of how much Brett reminds me of myself.  Carefree.  Adventurous.  Going after what she wants.  Even if she is a 'player' making some big mistakes in her life.  I like her!

Then I think of Cohn and Mike.  Men that have loved Brett and how she ultimately treated them.  Yes, I think that Jake deserves more.  Yet, part of me wants them together.....

Happy Birthday Hemingway!!!!!!! 

Speaking of reading......

I've gotten myself into a nasty habit!!!

I'm having a terrible time sleeping.  I'm not liking it one bit!!!  Usually I could get in bed with the baby and read for a few or work on a sudoku puzzle then go right to sleep.  Not now.  If I happen to drift asleep the quietest of noises, Superdad, will wake me up.  Then I ache all over and my legs hurt.  It's crazy!  After tossing and turning I will give up and head to the living room. 

I will watch TV, Golden Girls and Cheers, until about 2am then try to go to sleep again.  I usually toss and turn and ache and doze off and on until morning.  It's like this every single night. 

Needless to say I am exhausted during the day.  Who wouldn't be by this point?  I hope my body will get a clue and I can resume my regular schedule very soon!

After the sleepover from hell you would have thought I would have slept like a baby all night.  But nope.  I tossed and turned.  I ached all over.  I had to get up.  I watched this new show Covert Affairs.  I'm liking it I suppose.  It entertains me on a sleepless night.  Then I flipped over to watch Cheers.  Cheers is my usual cannot sleep show.  I'm a sucker for Sam.  Last night was the episodes that Sam is drinking because him and Diane broke up.  Coach gets Diane to come back to talk to Sam.  This was where Frasier was introduced. 

Anyway....  you can see why I cannot sleep.  Late night entertainment!!!

The sleepover from somewhere close to hell.

Ugh, I'm a zombie!!!!  No sleep.  Once I did go to bed about 2 am, I was really needing my sleep.  The two teenage girls had different ideas for us though.  They woke us up every hour!  Every single hour.  Since the head of our bed is a wall we share with the teenager I would knock on the wall.  That would quieten them down for a MINUTE then they were back at it again.

I love our house guest, don't get me wrong, but sleep was needed last night.  Poor Superdad had to go to work this morning without any sleep.  Before he left he did mention how unhappy he was and that there would be no more week night sleepovers. 

Can't say that I blame him....

Yes, we're parents and our job is to SUCK the fun from your life.

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Charlie and Ho Ho time.

Baby M has started to like Charlie and Lola.  It's rather adorable because she calls the show Charlie and Ho Ho.  At first I thought she might have been calling me a name.  HA HA!!  JOKING!!!  She could have been asking for a snack cake too.  But she wasn't.  She was just wanting to watch Charlie and Ho Ho.

Kids are so adorable that everyone should have one, two or four.  I'm just sayin...

It's Monday.  Funny how it always rolls around to greet you or bite you in the ass.  You can pick what applies to you.  For me, it is just another day.  Another day I fix food, wipe faces, clean up messes, play the tickle monster, work on puzzles and just enjoy the babes in my house.  So it can be Monday , Wednesday or Saturday because they are all the same to me.

For instance, right now I am sitting at the computer listening to music.  The babies are playing, laughing and dancing to my music.  I cleaned house this morning.  I have bread dough rising and dinner planned.  I have Mt Everest downstairs to wash, dry, fold and put away.  Exciting stuff, huh?

You know what?  I wouldn't have it any other way.

Week in Review.

Sorry I haven't posted one of these in a month. I do have four kids that I am entertaining for the whole summer.

Sorry I filmed this next to the air conditioner and the kids are being loud. Just a normal day in my life.

Exciting things going on!! No, I'm not pregnant.

I hope you are enjoying the summer. I'm off to take the kids to the pool. Lucky me.

Why is breastfeeding so Taboo?

I don't know why this topic came to mind.  But it did.  I've just had one of the best days of my life and I am unable to sleep so I thought I would blog.

And the only thing I can think about is breastfeeding.  Pretty weird.  You'd think I'd be counting sheep or something like that. 

I really think breastfeeding is the most amazing natural thing a woman can do.  It is also a beautiful sight seeing a woman nurse her baby.  Breasts are made to nourish our babies.  Give them warm milk to drink.

The breasts (boobs, boobies, ta-tas, hooters, cans, melons, knockers, tit's and rack) have always been seen as sex objects. I understand that men are aroused by sight, I get that and it is all fine and dandy.

I just hate for people to cringe at a woman breastfeeding her baby in public.  COME ON!!!  It's one of the most beautiful things you can see.  I am very thankful to have breastfed my children and I still breastfeed Baby M.  I love it.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

So the next time you see a woman nursing her child, instead of talk about the situation like she is committing a crime, smile and know that her baby is getting the best nourishment possible. 

I'm going to be very brave and post a picture of me breastfeeding Baby M.  Yes, you will see a nipple.  Big deal.  We all have them.  They come in different sizes, shapes and color.  I want you to look beyond the nipple to see the expression on her face.  Tell me what you see.

Baby Nursing

I just breastfed the baby in the tub.

Yep, a Supermoms got to do what a Supermoms got to do.

I've just been hanging out with the family enjoying summer vacation.  I cannot believe we are already well into July!!!  Why does fly so fast when you get older?  I feel if I blink my eye another year goes by. 

I'm sorry.  I've totally forgotten my train of thought.  All I can think about is the chocolate chip mint ice cream in the freezer.  I will bid you goodnight with a few pictures.

Summer Slide Fun:

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Summer Fun

Beautiful Flowers

Beautiful Flowers

You know it's true!!!

I want one of these for every day of the week in assorted colors.  Perhaps a tank top, pajamas or even a grocery bag!!!   Wonder if I could shoot the company an email so they could hook me up?

We've all been there.  Kids screaming.  Tears and snot running down their face just waiting for you to pick them up so they can wipe it on you.  No matter what you say or do they are still screaming.  At this point you think they are doing it to push you over the edge. 

Some days it's just cRaZy in our house.  Baby M and Lil O will be bickering and then they both cry.  And cry.  And cry.  Play together.  Then cry again.  It's a vicious cycle.

I know that Baby M does things to Lil O to make her cry and Lil O will do things to Baby M to make her cry.  It's that sister thing.  Then add a bickering B2 and a Hormonal Teenager and I'm really wanting a cold beer. 

Please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way.....

What do I do all day?

I thought I would give you the run down about my daily routine.  Yes, it is a routine.  I do it every day. 

The babies have me up between 7-8 for now.  Once school starts my day will start much earlier and be much busier.  I'm only going to focus on my summer routine since that's the one I'm on now.

Okay, I'm up.  I'm starting my life line of coffee while I pour the babies some milk.  I walk into the living room like a zombie and find Nick.  Leave the kids in front of the TV so it can watch them for a few.  I then will turn the computer on.  My coffee is ready by this time so I pour a big cup.

I will use this quiet time to check my mail, check Supermom's mail and, of course, update my Facebook status.  I might even Twitter. 

The phone has rung like 5 times by now.  Hello to my sister, girlfriends and my mamaw.  They are a part of my morning routine.

Then I start to it.  I pick up in the bathrooms by hanging towels, rinsing the sink out and picking up clothes for the hamper.  I make my bed and MAKE encourage the kids to make their own bed.   I tidy up the bedrooms.  Picking up papers, books, clothes and other assorted things that other people will walk around for days!

I then feed the kids breakfast.  Cereal, oatmeal or waffles.  I will either unload or load the dishwasher at this time.  Maybe even start planning meals for the day.  Make bread dough if it's a bread baking day. 

I've already broken up bickering and maybe fighting. 

It's not as easy as I've portrayed it to be!

I might start laundry or drag the vacuum out.  I might not.  I might just even throw them outside to play. 

Then I start thinking about lunch as kids are running around like CrAzY! ! ! They are screaming.  They are running.  They are bickering. 

After lunch I will get the baby to nap.  I will SCREAM politely ask the other kids to be quiet of they will be babysitting.  They will either ask for the computer, watch a movie or talk on the phone.  It's a down time. 

It's way too short I tell you.  I may check mail again or play Scrabble on Facebook.

Remember I may be working on laundry and cleaning during all this too.  Or crocheting or sewing.  You never know. 

The kids will want a snack eventually as they continue running around like crazy. 

I'm probably a wreck by this point and will want a stiff drink coffee.

Before I can sit down I am cooking dinner. 

Then clean kitchen, dining room.  Pick up toys.  Send kids out again.  Then give kids a bath and maybe take one myself. 

Watch some TV.  Blog or whatever. 

Try to sleep and start all over again.   This doesn't include taking them to the pool, Fun Depot, to the park or even just grocery shopping. 

I keep thinking of things to add.  Changing diapers.  Playing and giving love to my babies. :)

Supermom Love:

Now what?? Keeping kids busy this summer.

School has been out and the kids are getting bored.  They expect you to entertain them 24/7!!!  Right?

Yeah, about that.  This one time I'm not playing the part of Julie as their summer tour director.  So, Supermom, that's me, is sharing some awesome advice with you.  These are actual things going on at our house.

1 ~ Have a designated day or two for the pool.

If you can stand the crowd and noise of the public pool closest to your kids school then off you go!!  They can hang out with their classmates!  Don't forget towels, snacks and lots of sunscreen.

2 ~ Visit the library and designate a quiet time.

I hate for it to sound like punishment, "Have you read today?" or  "Go to your room and read." but once the kids find a book they enjoy they will use their imagination and explore far off places.  Leaving you to some QUIET time yourself.

3 ~ Plan a field trip day.

Look for free days in your area.  Local parks.  Indoor play places like Fun Depot. Movie theaters offer discount summer fun as well.  Libraries also offer free story times!!  Grab the paper and see what goodies you can find!

4 ~ Get kids outside.

Like in your neighborhood.  I'm guilty for being a parent with lots of FEAR!  I don't let the kids leave the yard and there is always an adult with the kids at all times.  That's just the way it is around here.  Until this year.  B is 12 and I'm trying my best to give him freedom.  He's actually making lots of friends in the neighborhood and it's really nice.  He goes over there and they come over here.  I cannot let fear control me.  I'm glad that Superdad encouraged me to make this big step.

5 ~ Watch a movie.

In your living room.  Make popcorn and shut the blinds.  It is a nice way to calm the kids down and have a breather.  Nap if you want, just don't spill your drink.

See, it's easier than you thought to keep the kids busy!!!!  I hope that this has helped!!  Comment below with your ideas!

I couldn't have said it any better!

Superdad ~ "The bike race is on!!!!"  Talking about the Tour de France.

Baby M ~ "Oh, noooooooo."

No, I didn't brainwash her into saying that!!!

Yeah, that would be a no go.

Over the weekend at the Great Wolf Lodge we saw lots of kids participating in MagiQuest.  A huge video game that you play all through the lodge.

Here's a cute conversation with the teenage daughter.

Teenage Daughter ~ "He's cute."  Talking to Superdad about a cute boy she spots in the pool area. 

Superdad ~ "I think I saw him with a wand."

Teenage Daughter ~ "Oh."  Be gone with you....

Would you be interested in someone waving a wand with a bunch of kids??

You down with JFA ?!?!?!?

Junk Food Anonymous.

I'm making this up as I go along so I'm not sure how many steps are involved.

The past few days while on vacation, and all my other vacations, I eat junk food constantly.  I walk around in a high fructose and caffeine daze from all the Chex mix, Doritos, cakes, peanut butter cups, buttered popcorn, Coke and coffee.

~ hanging head ~ I'm so ashamed.

Step 1 ~ Admitting you have a problem with junk food.


Step 2 ~ No longer eat the above mentioned funk foods, or anything not mentioned that would be classified as junk food.

1/2 CHECK!!

The vacation leftovers are in the kitchen, taunting me.  When we, I mean as in me, finish eating the junk food that is in there, there will be no more brought into this house.  SO, I will enjoy the Doritos and Cokes to the best of my ability.

Step 3 ~ Do not buy anymore junk food.


It won't be easy of course but I will do my best.

Or something like that.

I don't want to be a cowboy.... I love Jerry Seinfeld

This came to mind yesterday when Baby M used the potty all by herself. 

Picture if you will.

Lil O comes into living room ~ "Baby M took her diaper off."

Supermom ~ Walking through house to find a naked baby.  "Baby M, what are you doing?"  I ask as I see her sitting on her potty.

Baby M ~ "I have to pee."

Supermom ~ "Okay, you just sit there until you pee.  Don't get up and play on the potty please."

A few minutes later Baby M finds me.

Baby M ~ "I peed in the potty."

I go look.  SHE DID!!!  She must have stood up to see for herself and peed in the floor just a bit.  We were all cheering for Baby M. 

I picked her up and set her in the bathtub to wash her off.

Baby M ~ "I don't want a bubble bath."

What a vacation means to me.

As long as I can remember I've enjoyed a vacation with my mamaw and papaw every single year.  It could be a trip to Disney to meet the mouse, flying to Canada to visit my uncle or driving to Pigeon Forge for a long weekend.  I have always treasured this time with my family.  I've made memories that will last a lifetime.  I'm still making memories for my children to re-tell to their children.

I sat down just a minute ago and went through the pictures that are on the computer of my mamaw and some of our vacation time.  There wasn't enough time to go back 28 years of paper pictures to show you more.  You will enjoy the ones I have though.

Hiding from the paparazzi in 2004.

Family Vacation

Family Vacation

Playing with Lil O in 2005.

Family Vacation

Us in 2006.

Family Vacation

Hanging out in 2007.

Family Vacation

My daddy playing in the pool.

Family Vacation

Baby M in 2008.

Family Vacation

Baby M in 2009.

Family Vacation

December of 2009.

Family Vacation

Some of the girls in my family at the Great Wolf Lodge, December 2009.

Family Vacation

I loved going through these pictures.  I am so blessed to have all the wonderful memories with my family year after year.

Tell me some of your favorite vacation memories.