Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Had a Facelift ! ! !

Look at me!
Look at me!


My Blog just got a facelift!!!!!!!!!!

So, whatcha think?!?!?!
Am I purdy, or what?!?!?

And it didn't cost a thing!!! Thanks to this lovely blog !

Give a Kid Responsibility and This is What Happens

The dog goes hungry!!!!!!!!!!

( My poor little boy. I feel so bad for him, but he's not my dog. He's Monkey's and it's her responsibility. She's a bad mom, that Monkey)

Their bathroom is such a mess, they try to use mine!!!


(Notice the word try... it ain't happenning, they have their own)

Their homework is finished the minute they get off the car to walk in to school!


(Only on Tuesdays, I swear. At least that it's my fault, lol. On Mondays we have Girl Scouts right after school, then get back home by 5:30 to make dinner and leave again at 7:10 to go to Cheerleading and get back at 8:30 which of course is bedtime. Not much wiggle room for homework, lol.)

They don't take a shower for.......... mmmm, actually I can't remember the last time Princess took a shower. I tried asking her, but she can't remember either ! ! !


( Can you say stinky kid??? I threatened her this morning that if she didn't shower tonight, I'd be making her a sign to wear tomorrow at school that said " I haven't taken a shower in such a long time, I can't remember where the bathroom is. Smell me, don't I stink?!?!? )

Their teeth don't come in contact with a toothbrush until they see food particles stuck inbetween every tooth!!!


( Now this one, they wish! I am actually very on top of their teeth brushing. Have you seen how expensive that dentist is??? I'm making sure they stay away from him! )

and last but certainly not least

They get A's on their progress report card for every single subject ! ! !


I must be doing something right!

=0D







Monday, September 29, 2008

This Leader is Going Bananas ! ! !

As if I didn't know it before, this weekend has only helped me confirm that being a Girl Scout Troop Leader is...Way tooooooo much responsibility!
Not so sure if I can continue to handle it.

I love my girls (at least all the ones that were in my troop last year)
We've made great memories together.
The new girls that I accepted into the troop I'm sure will grow on me with time too.
It's just that we've only been together for 2 meetings so far, love needs time.
I try my best in all I do for the girls, but (big BUT) I am a new Leader.
I've only been doing this for a bit over half a year.
I know that I'm not perfect.
I have no previous experience at all.
But I try my absolute best for them, so they can get the best experience ever.
And so far, the girls love it. They always tell me how they can't wait 'til next week. Some even say meetings should be every day!
That's nice I tell them. Shows they like what I do for them. But there's a big difference between like and appreciate...

So again, thanks to this weekend, this volunteering thing... I'm not so sure it's working out.
I have a luv/hate relationship with it. Yesterday I just had the worst scare of my life thanks to this volunteering obsession of mine ! ! ! Thank God things turned out fine in the end, but that moment of panic, I do not ever want to experience that ever again!
That terrible experience made me realize how much responsibility I really do have on my hands when I have the girls with me.
You always assume things will never happen, everything's under control. But if something did, I am responsible ! And you always think that cannot and never will happen to you, but yesterday I received my wake up call. It can happen!
Do I really need that additional responsibility?!?!?
Not so sure I can continue to handle it. Like I said, things turned out fine in the end, but what if they hadn't?!?!? What if ..... Oh God, I don't even want to imagine!
I think I need to have a talk with my Council person and get lots of questions answered... then and only then will I know if I can continue to volunteer.

I know that when I've previously thought it wasn't worth it, I'd read this poem. I can really relate and it touches me in a very special way each and every time I read it. Especially in the area where I volunteer, the girls don't get many experiences, and I know thanks to me, they've done things they never would have imagined. So I will continue reading this poem until I can talk to my mentor over at GS.



Girl Scout Leader
Contributed by Deborah Gaudier

"I must be crazy,
I'm out of my mind,"
I say every week
Before meeting time.

Four will show up
And eight will not call;
I really don't know
Why I do this at all.

We make plans for camp.
Two nights and three days.
It takes them an hour
To choose grape Kool-Aid!

Not worth it, I think.
Do they care, I ask?
It's just what I need,
One more thankless task.

Then one of them smiles
And rolls out the dough.
"My mother won't let me
Bake cookies, you know."

We mop up the paint.
And I hear from one,
"Let's do it again
I had so much fun."

The first time away
In tents in the rain
One hugs me and says
"I'm so glad I came."

So when I feel low
And ask myself "Why?"
I try to picture
The look in that eye.

The grin on that face,
That one homemade card
-A leader's reward -
A little girl's heart.


Isn't that such a nice poem? It fits me to a T.

Anyways, I'm sorry for this little rant that probalby doesn't make much sense... I just had to get it out of my system. And well, this here is my outlet . . . . . . . . . . .


Saturday, September 27, 2008

I *LUV* ME SOME FREE STUFF ! ! !

Well, I’ve started this post many different ways because I don’t know how to really explain myself. I feel like if all I’ve typed previously I’m just rambling on and on , so I’m not sugarcoating anything anymore. I’m just coming straight out and telling you…


I AM A COUPON CLIPPER


There, I said it. I admit it okay? I am a coupon clipper… Yes, I know you hate to be behind me at the checkout. But who cares?!?!? I don’t. I’m saving my family $$$$. Actually, I’m lying. I AM a coupon clipper, but then I always forget to actually use them and they just expire lol.

But beware people. From now on, I’m going to actually start using the coupons I clip and I’m going to get me a folder to organize them like the one
Jen has and then I’m really going to be the lady you hate to be behind of. hahahhahahaha!!!!

Thanks to my coupon clipping (and using) and to Jen’s wonderful tips, I just recently got a free deodorant!!!!! WooHoooooo! Sounds the horns ... a free deodorant!!! What?!?!? That's not making you jump up and down with excitement?!?!? WT? Well, I must be one crazy chic 'cause I love me some free stuff, even if it's just a deodorant. (but come on people, I just saved 5 bucks) Believe me, my loot was gonna be better, but stupid CVS ran out of some of the stuff that I was going to get for free, them dummies.


Now for the fun stuff. I'm sharing my secret! Ok, you all are just gonna *luv* me!!! ( and I *luv* to be *luved* so it's perfectly fine with me for you to do so) I have found this amazing blog that I am about to share with you guys. It's called Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and it's written by this wonderful chic named Jen. She has a family of 7 so she really knows how to maker her money stretch and she's sharing her secrets with us. And no, I am not getting absolutely anything for referring you all over there or anything like that. I just recently found her, and I followed her tips and that's how I got the free deodorant!!! (stop rolling your eyes, I know it's juts a deodorant. But it was also going to be a free nivea body wash the big size, and 2 nivea creams (regular size) all for free, but like I said, they had run out, so for next week's sales I'm going the day the sale starts to make sure I can get them all!!!) I already added her to my blogroll, and if you like saving money or better yet, getting things for free (yes, you heard me right, f-r-e-e! like my deodorant), then you should definitely check her out too! I suggest you start here, it's her post about CVS Pharmacy. And I wouldn't be sharing this with you all if I hadn't already proved for myself the authenticity.


I cannot explain the process since it's somewhat complex. It does involve clipping coupons and signing up for the CVS card (which costs absolutely nothing). She has a video up on her blog which explains absolutely everything. So go over to her blog now, and see what she has to say....

Come on, go on now...
When you come back, I'll show you what I got.

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Pretty amazing stuff, huh?!?!
Weren't you surprised with her $60.00 bill that came down to $14.00?
Well, here's my experience. (Not as much savings as her, but I'ma learning people. Baby steps, remember?)


They have the adidas deodorant for $4.99
I had a $1.00 coupon, so I paid $3.99 for it.
They had a special where they give you $4.oo back using your ExtraCare card,
so this dedorant was free for me!!!
In a nutshell, I paid 4 bucks (thanks to a coupon), they gave me 4 bucks back = FREE!
So it's a combo of ExtraCare card sales plus coupons, you can get things for free or very, very cheap ($1.00 if you didn't have a coupon!)


They also had a Nivea Men's Body Wash that was $4.99 and then you get $4.99 extra bucks back, so in essence you get it for free, but they were all out of that one. Jen, who's been doing this for a while, says that every week they have something for free! Every week!
Plus some really cheap things. Like right now, crest tooth paste is $2.99 and you get $2.00 extra bucks back, so it's like getting it for 99cents, plus, if you have a coupon, then even less!!! Even if you don't use that brand, if it's free, just get it. You could either use it if you run out of the one you use, or donate your winnings to a women's shelter or a homeless shelter, after all, you can get them for free!!! And what price is better than free?!?!?!

Well, I hope somebody can use this information that I passed along. Believe me, it's been a God-send to me! Plus, she has really good tips on the right way to use coupons. Even if you hate coupons, if they save you bunches of $$$$$$$, you'll grow to love them.
But, if you're just too rich and have no time to cut coupons and they're just a part of your Sunday paper that you just do not need, then please, please send them to me. I will take all your coupons! I don't mind saving $$$$$, especially when the end result for me is free!!!

Oh, and their sales start Sundays, so I can't wait to see tomorrow's paper and check what's on sale and what item they're giving away for free this week! I'll keep you all updated!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Writer's Workshop Thursday

If I Could Take Tomorrow Off Work I'd...
Well, I don't work outside the home because I am a Stay at Home Mom (sahm). But who's to say that us SAHM's don't work. Of course we do! A lot! The only difference is that in our line of work we don't bring home any of that lovely green stuff that helps pay the bills. That and we get to do our job in our pj's, lol. But get this, we're on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and here's the killer . . . without pay, without benefits, no vacation or Holidays, no Sick days, no personal days and you can forget about that lovely 401k. Not that I'm complaining because I loooooove staying home with the girls and I'm so sad that I soon have to find a 'real' job that pays with 'real' money to help pay the oh so real bills that are piling up. I'm just describing my current 'work' situation.

So if I could take a day off from work (being a sahm) then I really wouldn't be able to do a damn thing!

Cook breakfast= working!
Pick up breakfast dishes= working
Make beds= working
put in a load of laundry= working
Clean here or there=working

Anything I'd try to do, well I'd pretty much be working. So I guess I'd just have to leave the house, or better yet, I'd just stay in .... yup, stay in and not lift a finger.
The only time I'd be lifting my fingers is while I'm typing up some comments for you all because I'd spend my day off from work reading everybody's wonderful blogs! I've discovered waaaaaaay too many new blogs that I just want to read and keep up with, but I can't find the time... but if I took a day off from 'work' that's what I would do.

Can we say ADDICTED?!?!






Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Proud Momma Here

ok, I just HAVE to type this before I forget...

So I'm cooking dinner and Monkey is acting totally out of character today & is helping me cook. There we are, chatting away. I just *luv* these moments that we share together. We just talk, and giggle, and learn from each other. Well anyways, she was busy doing her thing and then it hit me. I just looked at her and for a minute there I had to stare at her. Then it came to me. I actually realized what a beautiful & great young lady she's turning into. She is sooo big already! 10 years old my baby is!!!
Do you ever have those moments (and I'm sure all moms out there do) when your kids are busily doing something, and you just have to stop and look at them? LOVE oozing out of every pore in your body...
that was me today!

So of course I have to tell her how amazing and adorable she is!

Monkey, do you know you are so amazing and adorable and I love you?

Yes.

Why, oh why are you so adorable?!?!?!?
(rhetorical question here, but her being 10 yrs old and stuff knows nothing about rhetorical questions so she went ahead and answered me)

Because of you and Daddy. You both must be contagious or something and made me adorable just like you two !!!

Awwwwwwww! Hear that? We're contagious!

WW- Here They Are ! My Crafting Pictures

I have to preface this by openly admitting that I definitely know that I am getting old(er) because I just *luv* to craft so much! And not precisely 1 thing in particular, I go in each and every direction possible (except scrapbooking (too expensive!) & knitting/crocheting/quilting(I'm not that old!)
And a fair little disclaimer here for me. Although I *luv* to craft, that does NOT mean that I do it well or perfectly or anything like that. By no stretch of the imagination are you allowed to think that, ok? ok!
I just do it!
It relaxes me.
I feel a sense of accomplishment.
And not to mention that my little girlies think that I'm an awesome, creative genius when they see my latest projects ! ! (I know, it doesn't take much to amaze them, but I'll continue to bask in all my glory of them adoring me, 'cause I know once they become teens, it'll be all gone!)
On to my crafts.
The 1st pictures are of the mantel over my fireplace. The only thing I really crafted was the frame. Well, not the actuall frame (I bought that at the Dollar Store) but the BOO letters in it. I know, I know. Big WooHoo! But believe it or not, it is a big WooHoo for me, and my girls. It really helped change 'the look' into more of a "fall" look (now I'm trying to figure out a way for the weather to be more like fall, but it ain't listening) For instructions on the boo frame, go here. Ain't it cute? For only $1.00?!?!? Come on now, you know it is! And while I was at the Dollar Store, I picked up the little black vase, the white pumpkin and the little flower arrangement. So thanks to Joy's inspiration I have livened up my mantel with a cute little fall look for only $4.00 total.


and here it is from another angle =0D


basically, I just added it to complement other things I already had on there,
and I'm very happy with the result (especially with the price!) =0D



And the other little craft was to liven up a little side table that I had nothing on. So after reading Joy's blog, I discovered how to find the beauty in some ugly things, because ultimately spray paint is the cure for anything ugly, lol.
Let me prove my point. That cute little black basket on the table, it was an ugly yellow basket that when you saw it, you'd think WHO would EVER buy this thing, EVEN if it's ONLY a dollar?!?!? Well I did. Then I just spray painted it black!!! And I also got a black little vase & little flower arrangement, put it together with something I already had, and my lonely little table is tranformed thanks to shelling out $3.00 at the dollar store (plus the spray paint)


I know. I know. I get excited over not much, but I really got a kick out of 'changing' the look with so little money, finding the creative ways to do things. Not that I'm creative! But I love creative people that share their ideas, and then I'm really good at copying them! lol

=0D

The next pictures to come later on are the bows and clippies that I've been working on. btw, my girls love them. Even my big Monkey that originally said she was too big for them, now wants me to make some to match her clothes. Apparently, big bows and ribbons are in right now. Especially if you're a cheerleader, lol. Ooh, ooh, ooh... Since I have pictures, I guess that means I qualify for the Wordful Wednesday! Woohoo!

First time here! Please be gentle with me, I bruise easily, lol. =0D

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sunday Shopping Bliss!

I know it's Tuesday already and here I am blogging about Sunday, a WHOLE TWO DAYS AGO!!! I know, I know. I'm behind. But I have a good excuse, I promise. I was going to post this yesterday, but as you know I received my very first award from Joy so that definitely got pushed to #1 blogging material over this. So now Tuesday, here you go... All about our Sunday Shopping Bliss!

So Sunday morning while we're having breakfast, I get a call from my big sis. Her sweet self is calling to remind me about those $25 too-bucks from LimitedToo she had given me over a month ago. They expire today so be sure to use them.

Arghhhhhh! What?!?!?

Yes, those (2) $25 too-bucks I gave you. You told me you'd use them, or else I would have kept them to use them myself. So go use them. Bye!

Again, ugggghhhhhh! Do you not KNOW I cannot be spending any $$$ right now???

So of course, hubby being the nosy hubby that he is asked what my big sis wanted. So I explained how she gave me those coupons. Basically, I pick up $50 worth of merchandise and only pay $25. Since I had 2 I could pick up $100 and only pay $50... Pretty awesome deal! Plus, my girlies LOOOOOVE Limited Too, but it's just too expensive sometimes! So I told him how I was just gonna let them expire 'cause I knew I shouldn't be spending $$$ right now... and guess what he said?!?!?

You should go.

What?!?!

Really, you should go. Take the girls, let them pick something up. As long as you dont get more than $50 worth that you have to pay for. ( ha! have you ever been to l2? Pick up 1 shirt and socks and there goes your fifty, lol)





So anyways, Hubby had basically given us the green light to go Shopping. Woo Hoo !!!... Malls, get ready! Here we come!

So my choices were amongst 3 malls.
1) The closest one to me (easiest although I don't really like to go to that one)
2) My favorite which has lots of the stores I like, but a little bit farther.
or
3) The Classy Mall, in the rich part of town, with all those fancy shops & boutiques (aka, for the rich, aka, not really for me)...


So from experience I have learned that when you're looking for a good sale, go to the Rich People Mall. Yup! That's where you get the best deals. Doesn't sounds right, huh? But it is.
See, at the regular mall, when they put something on Clearance it'll fly off the rack at the 1st markdown. After all, everybody's looking for a sale. They might be shorts on that rack and it's now winter, but they'll still go. Why? Well, just go up a size and use them for next summer. (for the kiddos of course! You don't want to grow a size, lol.) Makes sense!

But for whatever reason, at the rich people mall, they tend to stay away from the Clearance Racks. So they eventually get marked down many, many times. When I've been there, the racks are full!!! And I.AM.IN.HEAVEN.! ! !

Well, my intuition payed off. We hit the L2 at the expensive, outdoor mall and they had a huge Clearance rack that already had markdowns, PLUS they had a sign for 'take an additional 50% off lowest ticketed price' . Now that's what I'm talking about!

Woohooo!!! Jack Pot!!!!

Are you curious to see what we got ???? Well check this out

This is Princess' stash
( and the pics suck 'cause my camera is not cooperating with me so I took these with my lovely cell phone. Very blurry and stuff, but you get the point!)
She bought a total of 5 shirts ( only 4 are shown in the picture because she of course wore the other 1 to school today! 2 pairs of sandals AND a bracelet, which she is also wearing at this very moment. And the grand total........

$28.01



for all of this!!! Can You Believe it???


Now onto Monkey's stash!!!
She also bought a total of 5 shirts ( again, only 4 shown as she is also wearing 1 today! ) 1 pair of sandals and a necklace ! Her grand total...

$28.02

For everything pictured here, and some ...



My economics teacher would be so proud!!! What a way to make the $$$ stretch, don'tchathink? I wonder when they'll have these type of sales for MY type of stores?!?!? lol

So as you can see, I'm still all giddy with my great finds from the weekend! I mean, come on! Who doesn't love to shop? and then love the experience even more when you make out like a bandit???
So tell me, what's been your best find?

Monday, September 22, 2008

You like me ! You really, really like me ! ! !

Wow! What an absolutely, awesome way to start off the week !!! I cannot believe it! I have been awarded my very first BLOG AWARD!!! omg! Compliments of a wonderful blogger friend Joy who I just *luv* to stalk! Thank You Joy! No wonder you got the award, 'cause girl, there's no doubt in my mind that you're a Kick Ass Blogger, lol!!! And now thanx to you, so am I. =0D








Can I hear a WooHoo?

Woo00000-Hoooooooo ! ! ! !

I wasn't expecting this, I swear! . . . I don't even have an acceptance speech ready. Sheesh! I'm amazed I even have any readers, lol. And now I have an award ?!?!? How frieking amazing is that?

So here are the rules:

Choose 5 bloggers that you feel are "Kick Ass Bloggers"
Let 'em know in your post or via email, twitter or blog comments that they've received an award.
Share the love and link back to both the person who awarded you and back to
Mammadawg, the inventor of this award.


The five Kick Ass Bloggers I pass this award to are:
(drum roll please )

First award goes to my absolutely awesome blogging buddy Rachel over at
Livin & Lovin, come on down & collect your award! You definitely Kick Ass my friend, and deserve this award!

Second award goes to another blogging buddy, Tabi over at
Tabi Rambles On... . She tackles the hard questions in life, like how many loads of laundry do you wash a week? lol. She's funny like that, that's why I think she also kicks ass!!!

Third award goes to Kirsten over at
The Soccer Mom Files. If you're in need of a laugh, all you gotta do is head on over to her blog. She funny! And dont' be fooled by her name. She's not your typical soccer mom.

Fourth award goes to Joy at
Joys of Home. I'm very new to reading her blog. I actually just found her blog 3 days ago, but I became addicted to her crafts!!! Thanks to her I spruced up the mantel over my fireplace & even spray painted a basket for 1 of my little tables, lol. I'm going craft crazy! ( and I know I promised pictures... they're coming, they're coming! I'm just a #1 procrastinator like that, lol)

last but definitely not least, Ashley from
Ashley's Closet. If you've never been to her site, you might just hate me 'cause as soon as you click on her blog, you will get addicted. She doesn't sugar coat anything, she tells it like it is & I just *luv* to stalk her blog (yeah, me and thousands of others)

So there you have it folks. You've all been witness to my 1st award! Thanks again Joy! You made my day, no wait... You made my Week! Be sure to check out her blog & all the other awesome winners of the "KICK ASS BLOGGER AWARD"

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Find of The Day

So right now I am really, really, really addicted to reading many different blogs, and I'm sure lots of you can relate with me on this one. I mainly enjoy family type blogs, where us mommies talk about anything and everything under the sun. I also like funny ones, or the crazy ones that swear alot, or the modest ones that would never swear. I don't discriminate... I like them all.

Well today, I stumbled upong this really super cool
blog (thanks to Becky ) Ok. So the writers are a married couple: a self-made home designer and her husband, lol (she kids on a post about how her husband typed in 2 sentences while she stepped away from her computer and now hubby insists that it's their blog since he writes too! Plus, he helps her with some of her projects ). If you're into crafting and/or looking for good ideas to decorate your home, I encourage you to go visit her. Her blog is awesome!!! And I LOOOOVE craft projects. I'm such a dork, I swear. I don't know if it's due to getting older or the fact that I finally have my own house and am looking for ideas to decorate it, but as soon as I read a couple of the posts on her blog, I had to run to the store! And I got some really good finds, thanks to her ideas.

Just don't tell hubby, 'cause I'm not supposed to be spending any money right now!!!! Shhhh!Well, I'm off to craft.
I'll be sure to post pics when I'm done!
=0D

** edited to add: a little bit of advice. Be sure to take off your Wedding Rings before spray painting anything!!! just thought I'd save you a little heart attack or something! k?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Writer's Workshop Thursday (Formerly WWWednesday)

The lovely attention craving poodle has given us another assignment for today, our Writer's Workshop Thursday. Previously done on Wednesdays, but to be done on Thursdays from now on. Not my decision, but the attention craving poodle's decision. And even though she didn't ask me, I am 100% okay with that, 'cause I just *luv* her blog too much to complain, plus it gives me an extra day to complete my assignment, plus it's her blog and she can do whatever the hdoublehockeysticks she wants with it! okay? OK! =0D


The topic I chose was about the reoccuring dreams. I actually had this dream last night (wouldn't you know!)... And I've had it before. LOTS OF TIMES! ! !

TheDream Where My Teeth Fall Out!!!

Yes, 1 by 1, my teeth keep falling out until I have a handful of them!
Weird I know.
At least I thought it was weird, but I looked this info up online and it turns out that "your teeth falling out are the most common dreams we here at Dream Moods receive."

And the dream last night was so real, so vivid. I actually remember saying in my dream "omg, I can't believe this is really happening. I always dream about this but now they really are falling out!" And I was frieking 'cause it was so real...

There's many reasons why I think I might have dreamt of this...


1- Monkey lost a tooth that very night & I could have had that on my mind... which by the way the toothfairy forgot to collect the tooth!!! We need to fire that toothfairy. Oh wait, that's me! I'm fired... Good, 'cause I don't like paying that much for teeth anyways!

2- I've heard dreaming of your teeth falling off means MONEY is coming your way. I sure wish that would be the case because we don't have any of that right now and could sure use some! But wait, maybe it just means MONEY PERIOD, which then I would translate my dream into money problems, which would definitley hit it right on the nose!

3- I've also heard that it means that you feel like you talked too much, like gossiped or something that you now regret. WHAT??? Me regret gossipping??? Never! ! ! I love to gossip, j/k Actually, I don't like to talk about people behind their backs. If I have a problem I'll tell you straight out OR keep it to myself (which is mostly the case because I don't like confrontations), but I won' t go bashing you behind your back. I'm just not that kind of person. Although now that I think about it, I do feel bad about 1 of my previous posts where I talked about how my neighbors didn't feed their kids and how bad I felt for the kids. I HAVE had that pots on my mind A LOT 'cause like I said, I don't like to talk about people behind their backs, and this kind of feels like I did. Hmmm...

Well, that's what I concluded from my dream, so I decided to lo0k it up. I went to Dream Moods and this is what they have to say ( Kind of long! Sorry )




"My Teeth Are Falling"
Dreams that your teeth are falling out are the most common dreams we here at Dream Moods receive. Common dream scenarios include having your teeth crumbling in your hands or your teeth falling out one by one with just a light tap. (That is exactly what was happenning!)�Such dreams are not only horrifying and shocking, but often leaves the dreamer with a lasting image of the dream. So what does it mean?One theory is that dreams about your teeth reflect your anxiety about your appearance and how others perceive you. Sadly, we live in a world where good looks are valued highly and your teeth play an important role in conveying that image. Teeth are used in the game of flirtations, ( Because apparently nothing about me is as cute as my teeth, yeah... that must be why I dream that) whether it be a dazzling and gleaming smile or affectionate necking. These dreams may stem from a fear of your sexual impotence (ha, ha, ha! Remember the phrase, don't believe everything you read? Well apply it here. ) or the consequences of getting old ( at 28, puh-leez ). Teeth are an important feature of our attractiveness and presentation to others. Everybody worries about how they appear to others. Caring about our appearance is natural and healthy.�Another rationalization for these falling teeth dream may be rooted in your fear of being embarrassed or making a fool of yourself in some specific situation. These dreams are an over-exaggeration of your worries and anxiety( nah, I could care less ).�Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and gnaw. In this regard, teeth represent power. And the loss of teeth in your dream may be from a sense of powerlessness. Are you lacking power in some current situation? Perhaps you are having difficulties expressing yourself or getting your point across. You feel frustrated when your voice is not being heard. You may be experiencing feelings of inferiority and a lack of self-confidence in some situation or relationship in your life. This dream is an indication that you need to be more assertive and believe in the value of your own opinion.In the latest research, it has been shown that women in menopause have frequent dreams about teeth (maybe I'm going through menopause @ 28, you never know ). This may be related to getting older and/or feeling unattractive and less feminine.Traditionally, it was thought that dreaming that you did not have teeth, represent malnutrition which may be applicable to some dreamers.Other PerspectivesA scriptural interpretation for bad or falling teeth indicate that you are putting your faith, trust, and beliefs in what man thinks rather than in the word of God. The bible says that God speaks once, yea twice in a dream or a vision in order to hide pride from us, to keep us back from the pit, to open our ears (spiritually) and to instruct and correct us ( I sure do hope I'm not misunderstanding my sign from God!!! ) .In the Greek culture, when you dream about loose, rotten, or missing teeth, it indicates that a family member or close friend is very sick or even near death. ( This last part is the one that makes more sense, or at least what ties in to what I thought my dream meant. )According to the Chinese, there is a saying that your teeth will fall out if your are telling lies.�It has also been said that if you dream of your teeth falling out, then it symbolizes money. This is based on the old tooth fairy story. If you lose a tooth and leave it under the pillow, a tooth fairy would bring you money

So out of all those interpretations, I choose to believe the one about the "old tooth fairy story" because that would mean my dream symbolized MONEY. =0D
I'm gonna go check under my pillow now!

Funny Pic of Head of Our Nation


I'm sorry but I couldn't help myself. I was checking my email when I happened to stumble upong this picture of our dear old President on the YAHOO frontpage!!!

It is hysterical!!!
And I just HAD to share it with you guys!!!
The caption under the picture reads (get this),
'Bush Says He's Working Hard On Economic Turmoil"
poor thing! I hope his head doesn't hurt from all that thinking!!!

I'm A Follower a.k.a Stalker

I had been too busy lately ( lazy actually ) to take advantage of that wonderful thingy that blogger put up. You know, the one where you actually admit that you're somebody's "Follower" as they call it, but everybody knows it really means stalker. I finally got around to doing it, after all, it is a lot of work to look for all my favorite blogs (which I do on a daily basis anyways) & do all that copying and pasting, and opening all these windows . . . but alas, I did it now!!!

I am now an official stalker . Woohoo! And this thingamajing is so easy and convenient! I can automatically see when you all post new posts ( hehe, that sounds funny! Post new posts) Ok, maybe it should be write new posts, publish new posts... you know what I mean~
And I know I'm still missing some of my daily reads, but baby steps people. Baby Steps.
After all, it's the first time in my life that I am an official stalker.
Let's not jump in all at once.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I'm Gonna Be Selfish & I Need Your Ideas to Accomplish That

Just to bring even more honor to my status of being the SuperMom...Not! I decided to do a little somethin' somethin' for myself. Yes, that's right... MYSELF ! (the shock! the horror!) It is still in the planning stages, but it will have nOtHinG to do with

gIrL scOuTs !!!
or CheErLeaDiNg with Monkey!!!
or cHeErlEadInG with Princess!!! (yes, they both chearlead for different teams!!!)
or going to the LiBraRy, or the mOviEs, or on a pLaydATe.
It won't involve having friends over so 'tHe KiDs' cAn PlaY or sWIm.
Nope, and it won't be a fAmIlY MoViE nIGhT either!

What I need to plan is a playdate . . .
fOr mE !
Yes. . . me !
Not for the girls.
For mE !

Ok, seriously. I know most of you moms out there can relate with me on this one. Almost everything we (I) do revolves around my girls (you not so much my girls, but your own). Or my husband. Or somebody else. But never me. Just me. Little ol' me. NOpe. NevEr. And really I don't mind. I'm used to taking the backseat in my own life. My girls are my world! and they are my #1 priority. Hubby's a very close 2nd. Nobody really makes me volunteer so I can be even closer to my girls & spend even more time with them. And there is no law out there that says that I have to actually spend quality time with my girls, but I do. Because I love them. And I love doing things with them. And I choose to do those things!

But then there comes a time when you think to yourself;
the girls are having fun.
Good job Momma!
Hubs is having fun ( I think ) actually,I kNoW he is (wink, wink)
Good job Wifey!

But you...
are you having fun?

Yes, it's fun being a mom (except for the cooking & cleaning part).
It's fun being a wife (except for the cooking & cleaning part).
But am I having fun being a wOmAn... just a plain and simple woman?
Not with my kids. Not with my hubs. Just me?

aNswEr No. not really!

because I'm not sure I really have a life outside of being a 'mom' or a 'wife', especially now that I stay home and don't see adults during the day, and I'm sure lots and lots of you out there in blogland are in the very same boat as I am. Well guess what honeys?
I abandon ship! Yes, let me off right now!
Woman overboard.

For once, I will take myself into consideration. I won't get all crazy & stuff, like going to a strip club or out bar hopping... naaah! I'll leave that to the teenagers & college kids. That stuff doesn't rock my boat anymore. I'm not exactly sure what I'm planning yet, but it'll probably be something along the lines of a gIrL's nIghT In or something. I'm not sure of all the details yet, but it will involve lots of girlfriends, lots of alcohol =D, lots of laughing & talking & lots of fun. ...

For those of you with any experience in this, all suggestions will be greatly appreciated. You know, like "how do you make jello shots?" or "do you know any cool drinking games?" or any other type of games for adults? I heard of the Jenga Truth or Dare, but haven't tried it. Has anybody? Or give me all you got, please!!! I could sure use a fun night with friends . . . and I can definitely use all the help I can get!

*** edited to add : Maybe you're not into the whole getting together with your friends and drinking kind of thing (why, oh why wouldn't you be??? j/k) so if you're not, what I'm basically trying to ask is everybody is What do you do for fun? I just want ideas of what I can do with friends. Like hosting bi-weekly or monthly adult get-togethers to relax and have fun! Please, give me all your ideas. Ask your friends, your friends' friends, and then their friends and so on. thank YOu!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I am sooo bad!

Breakfast today is a nice, big piece of Chocolate Cake (with lots of chocolate topping!) that my girls and I baked over the weekend and a big, hot cup of coffee ............ mmmmmmmmmmmmm! I. AM. IN. HEAVEN ! ! !

I'll be paying for it later, but who cares!
It's delicious and I'm enjoying it!
Plus, I'm too busy learning how to make cute, girly bows. I have no time for cooking right now. . . These craft thingies are addicting! I made 2 little clippies from ribbons & stuff I already had & they are oh so cute! ! ! Princess *luved* them. Monkey didn't 'cause she said they're too girly, so I'm off to Michael's or Walmart to buy some funky ribbon to make her 1. Maybe with those skull thingies that are so in right now. . . I just *wish* I had my digital camera working so I could show you, but alas, that thing broke (maybe due to all those times it fell). They just don't make things like they used to anymore! ha!

Once I have some done, I'll take some pics if even with my cell phone camera and post some up soon. I'm just so excited! lol

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday . . . Last Fun~Day

This weekend hubby left on a trip without us. Next week it's my turn! The week after that, it's the girl's turns. LOL, just kidding.

Hubby DID leave, but that's because he had a family Wedding he HAD to go to or his family would never ever forgive him and never, ever talk to him ever again. EVER! We would have all loved to go, but our wallet would not budge for all of us to fly out there, so he hopped on a plane all by his lonesome and flew out there for the weekend and left us girls all. by. our. selves. So we decided to have fun and have a Girl's Only Weekend ! (not like we had a choice, hehe)

Friday was a girl sleepover. Girlfriends, what can I say, automatic fun!
Saturday we got in the pool, watched a movie & baked a cake ((chocolate, mmmm!)) Then at night we all cuddled up together in my bed and we all slept together. Sorry daddy, but I did not miss you one bit last night. I had my beautiful girls to snuggle up with!

It was kind of sad though, standing at an airport and saying good-bye to somebody you love so much, even if it's just for the weekend. We do miss hubby lots & he'll be back later tonight, so we have vowed to take advantage of what is left of Girl's Only Weekend. The girls and I decided to have a SUN-DAY FUN-DAY without Daddy. That way when he gets back later tonight and starts bragging about his wonderful trip and how he saw everybody and how beautiful the ceremony was, and blah, blah, blah... we can overshadow his story about how much fun we had this weekend and today, without him! Just us girls!

So I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and make the best of what's left of it. Us girls are off to have us some fun for the rest of the day!

=0D

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Full House with Little People

Everytime I've tried logging in to start up a post or something, I. Get. Distracted!!! Why?
Well, because I have 5 kids running around my house right now.

What? No, I don't have 5 kids. I really am the mother to only 2 out of 5 of those kids. I didn't miraculously have 3 more over night nor did I do the Brangelina thing of going out and adopting me some. Nope! See, my daughter's had a school friend stay the night (such a sweet, sweet girl) and then they went knocking on the neighbor's door this morning and brought 2 more kids with them. So now my house has been invaded by 5 little people under the age of ten.

And I am the only adult here . . . getting about ready to pull my hair out! ! !

Plus, I think they're gonna get hungry at some point, which would mean I have to feed them. And I just cleaned up my kitchen from breakfast. I don't want to mess it up by feeding them again. It just seems like it would be a whole lot easier & faster to go out and get pizza or something, but I'm broke and can't afford that right now. That sucks! Being a SAHM doesn't pay enough for the little 'extras', like eating out when you're too lazy to cook. *Fudge*!

Do you think the parent's would mind if they came to pick up their kids and found me with a nice, big bottle of tequila in 1 hand and a lemon in the other???

Friday, September 12, 2008

Tiffany's Paying it Forward

Ok, so there's this very pretty, smart, generous and funny blogging lady... we'll call her Tiffany. She's getting ready to go to Vegas and strike it rich ( no, not really, but she should) because she's on a winning streak being that she won 2 contests in blogging land!!!
Not 1, but 2!!!
Talk about lucky! Well, being the giver that she is, she wants to share the love. So she's paying it forward...
Tiffany is now holding her very own contest for an awesome prize.
So you better go check her out.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ms. Kathy's Writer's Workshop Wednesday

Ok, so today is Writer's Workshop Wednesday.
It's the day I pretend I'm back in school and Ms. Kathy is my super nice teacher that assigns my homework.
My mission this week, shall I choose to accept it (and I did!) is to write a letter to my present self from 20 years in the future... Here goes.

Dear 28 yr old me,
Hey Sexy! This is your 48 yr old self . Yes, you do make it this far, WooHoo! That Hurricane Ike that has you all worked up & scared 'cause it looks like it's coming your way did nothing to ya, so just relax. You're fine. Your kids are fine. Hubby made it to the airport fine. Your house is intact. You'll get some rain, but you'll be aight.

So guess what? I know that right now, at 28, you're at a very happy place in time. You & Hubby just bought your very first house, both girls are in a great school & love their teachers. Hubby has an ok job, but you... you're looking & looking, but the right job hasn't come along yet. You're overall happy, yet stressed moneywise. After all, who wasn't? The economy sucked! Bush was still President, need I say more? But again my young self, relax.

I'm here to tell ya that when you fast forward your life 20 yrs from today, you'll wonder where the hell time went. After all, you're almost 50!!!!!!!!!! Aaaah! Scary I know. (Good thing hubby's 4 yrs older so he hit fifty 2 yrs ago. that'll help soften the blow for you) But don't get too scared. After all, 5-0 is just a number. You're still H.O.T., in fact, you're still a 'MILF' . (lol)

Monkey and Princess are doing great.
You know how Monkey loves to sing & has always dreamed of being famous? Except you never really understood exactly how she'd do that. Yes, she has a great voice that you just looooove, but she is sooo shy. How will she overcome that? Well don't worry young me. She did! And she is a super-uber-famous superstar that is known & adored world-wide. She's sold kajillions of records & ultimately ended up marrying her first love, Nick Jonas. She's as happy as can be.

Princess. She's doing pretty good herself. You know how she has this weird way of matching her clothes that make no sense to you? You are always so tempted to make her go change her outfit, yet you don't because you know how important it is to let her express herself. Good job younger me! She has since been a fashion trendsetter which enabled her to become a super famous designer. Her designs are wanted worldwide as well. And guess what? You get them for free!!!!!!!! Monkey on the other hand, not so lucky at getting her sister's designs. . . let me just tell you. Some things never change. That sibing rivalry is always there.

Which leads me to the next great thing to look forward to. Those gift bags that are always given at awards. Well Monkey and Princess always, and I mean always send them to you! They still compete over you, but little do they know that you love them both just the same, wether or not they give you things. But shhhh! You love your Chanel sunglasses & all the other bling bling too much . . . so just let them keep on competing.

As for you and hubs. You are still happily married. Not just married. Happily married. You both go through a lot, just get ready to stand by his side & he will surely stand by yours as well. You make it through thick and thin, together. The happy times definitely outweigh the sad times. And you'll be so lucky he's there with you through it all.
You are both now emptynesters. . .
What? How? When?
Yes, I know. It sucks. The house is lonely without your girls. But you are both now retired. (yes, you're too young to be retired but you hit it big with all your real estate investing, you're pretty much loaded) You travel a lot. You finally have your fancy cars, each your own. Your house is completely decorated just how you like it. Everything is pretty much great! You have lots to look forward to. Your future is awesome!

But above all my 28 yr old self. . . if there's anything I wish to tell you in this letter from the future is this:
Time goes by too fast. When you're here (20 yrs from now) you'll look back and wonder just how you got here. How did your babies grow up so fast?
And you'll want to go back and do it all over. You'll give anything to be able to do that. Believe me. So since you're there now, please... enjoy your daughters like nothing else. Soon, they'll be young adults and will go off to college and it will be too late.

Tonight when you're tucking them into bed like you always do, cuddle with them just a little bit longer. And although I know you already smother them with hugs & kisses on a daily basis, please give them just 1 more from me, your 58 yr old self that wishes she could go back and do it all over again.

Love,
58 yr old you






Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Lunch Date, part 2

*if you didn't read the 1st part, I suggest you scroll down to the post below and read that one first. This here is the 2nd part... thnx!
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My lunch date today was WON-DER-FUL !
(I was even asked on a 2nd date already!!! omg)
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I hate to admit it but I was pretty nervous before going. I even felt a little bit out of place once I arrived. But in the end, the date was WON-DER-FUL ! ! ! I'd do it again in a heartbeat. And I think I will. After all, I was asked on a 2nd date already AND for tomorrow none the less. Should I go again???
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Maybe 2 days in a row is too much! But then again, there is nobody else in this entire world I would have rathered have lunch with. Yes, that's right, nobody. Not even hubby. . .
oooh, and guess what? I even got a k.i.s.s., 2 actually ! I didn't expect that to happen at all. After all, we were in public. People could see us . . . And that's just not cool. But we kissed. And we talked about how our day had gone so far. We laughed a little. We even saw people from our neighborhood, and they saw us ! Sh!t... I've been caught. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to 'fess up to hubby and tell him the truth before he hears it through the grapevine. And I'm really thinking about doing it again tomorrow . . .
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I hope he doesn't mind sharing me. After all, sharing is caring.
And who would be selfish to not share their wife ? ? ?
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with their very own daughters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ha!ha!ha! =0D
My lunch date was with my very own daughters at school!
What did you think? I'm a hoochie momma who messes up on her hubs AND actually writes about it on her blog, leaving written proof of her infidelities? Come on! I'm smarter than that, no proof will be left behind. All incriminating evidence will be discarded... =0D
So onto my date : Originally, Princess was the one that invited me to have lunch with her, since she saw other parents doing it. I.HAD.NO.CLUE!!!
Apparently, their new school allows parents to come over during lunch & buy their lunch from the cafeteria (YUCK!) or bring your own & sit with your kids at a separate table, aka have a lunch date. Frieking awesome!!!
So I met Princess for lunch & Monkey saw us and joined us. Wow~ She knew I was going, but never did she invite me to have lunch with her! Who can blame her? I sure didn't. In 5th grade, you wouldn't want to have lunch with your mother, especially not in school where all your friends can see. That's embarassing! But she did! and she even introduced me to her bff. Oh yeah, I forgot, I'm the cool mom . . . So I guess it's acceptable!
lol

Off To Lunch

Today I'm meeting someone very special for lunch. It will be FANTASTIC ! ! ! Just the 2 of us...

I feel kind of bad though. See, Hubby has no idea of my little lunch plan rendezvous! I feel like I'm being deceitful, but I'm not. Yes, I am now a SAHM & I'm sure he expects me to 'stay at home', not go out & do lunch with somebody other than him... I just couldn't resist the invitation. Plus the person that invited me is JUST. SO. CUTE ! ! ! I could not say no.

So I'm going to go get ready for my big lunch date (that isn't with my hubby). I guess I'll just have to fess up when he gets home later tonight. If he ask what I did today, that is. After all, don't ask... don't tell.

Right?
;0)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Welcome Back My Dirty House

I just had to jinx myself, didn't I?
Turns out I did have company over after all (un-announced) and my house did get messy again ! ! !
WTF ?!?!?!
Not even an entire day!
Just an afternoon and there we go again getting her dirty.
Again, wtf?!?!?!
Let's just face it !
I'm a great person to be around.
Hubby's not that bad himself.
And as an extra added bonus, toss in my girlies in the mix, sheesh...
no wonder friends can't keep away! We're awesome!
So I guess my friends just couldn't help themselves from visiting us again, after all, it had already been 6 days since last time we had them over. I was kind of forgetting what they looked like. Good thing they stopped by.
( being extremely sarcastic here, jic you're wondering!)
And I was soooo right.
They just fell in love with my purdy clean house,
they didn't want to leave back to their dirty shack. I made them leave though.
Yes. I have a guest room.
Yes. It's available.
But no. You cannot stay.
So I woke up extra early this morning to get my purdy house back into the shape it was yesterday, and guess what?
They're coming back over later today to make a mess of my house again just 'cause they can't stand how much more my house rocks than theirs.
Can you believe that?
Swimming in the pool might also be part of the reason they're coming over.
Clean house, I loved you when I had you.
Too bad it couldn't last longer!

Friday, September 5, 2008

That's What I'm Talkin' About !

You know that relaxed feeling you get when you really don't have anything to do? But in a good way. Like no errands to run, nothing that really needs to be cleaned or be done right away or at this particular moment in time.

Yup!
That's what I'm talkin' about!
I got my @$$ into gear yesterday & did what us SAHM's are "supposed" to do.

My house rocks right now!
That's right. No need to run and hide things under the couches or inside of closets if someone came a knocking on my door ( not that I do that of course) ;)

Hell no!
On the contrary my friends...
I actually feel like going outside and calling all the neighbors over just so everybody can see how clean my house is, but inviting all them over would just make a mess and I'd have to clean again, so nah!

Plus, they'd all be sooooooo jealous of my purdy house that they' d all just want to stay 'cuz they'd never ever want to go back to their dirty house! lol
i even got the pool clean! oh my, I'm so proud of myself...

and now for my reward...
after all, I deserve it!
and it is friday and most definitely after 5 0'clock...
(lucky co-in-key-dink 'cuz i'd be drinking even if it was Monday before noon)

Salud everybody ! ! !


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Staying at Home isn't all It's Cracked up to Be

Or is it?

Sure, as soon as the kiddos are dropped off at school I get to come straight home to make myself a delicious cup of coffee ! That makes me happy !!! So happy you dont' understand. I cannot survive without my coffee!!!

Once my delicious cup is made, I get to plop myself down in front of my 'puter and read blogs, check e-mail, read blogs & such. I just *luv* that.

But then as I see the clock heading closer to 3 o'clock, yikes!
Almost time to pick up the kiddos.


Aaaaaaaaaah!

I haven't picked up the breakfast dishes.

I haven't made the beds.

I haven't done the load of laundry.

I haven't swept or mopped.

I haven't cleaned the bathrooms.

I haven't grocery shopped.

I haven't paid the bills.

I haven't made them an after school snack.

I haven't even started dinner.

I haven't done a damn thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sh!t...

I wonder what hubby's reaction will be when he gets home, sees the gi-normous mess & proceeds to ask me " What have you been doing all day?"
Should I pretend to be sick?
Just jump into bed and use that as an excuse.
Cause if the truth came out, that I've just been on the 'puter all day, holy
cr@p!

It's sad to admit that my house was cleaner when I worked!
Why?
Like many mommas (I'm sure) I believed that I could do it all.

Work.

House.

Kids.

Husband.

Bills.

Extracurricular activities.

Volunteering.

Done!!! No questions about it. Tired as hell at night, but it all got done.

I am woMAN, hear me roar!!!!


But now, now that I stay at home, it's like I don't even try.
Oh, I'll do that later.
Then later comes & goes and nothing really gets done.

The house should really be a 'model home' type clean, being that I'm left home alone for 7 hours. no kiddos to be bugging me. they're both at school bugging their teachers.

Surely 7 hours is more than enough to get things done, but I don't.
Is it that these blogs are all just so interesting and addicting?

I think I need to go into rehab....
"Blog Readers Anonymous"

Seriously !




Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Growing Pains

We've all heard the phrase, right?

Now please correct me if I'm wrong but I was under the assumption that the term Growing Pains referred to that wonderful show in the 80's. Kidding! Well, not realy. I loooooooved that show growing up, that Kirk Cameron was a hottie. But really, I thought growing pains basically was a very literal term.

Kids that are growing = growing pains... in the Legs/Calves area, right?

Well, today Princess (who is only 7 yrs old ) is experiencing said growing pains, except..... there's a biiiiiiiiiig except.... it's not in the legs.

Anybody care to guess where she's feeling said growing pains????
Not in the legs, that's for sure. Try going up North... Norther you little pervs.

Well my little Princess' flat little 7 year old breastases are the culprits that are causing her to experience Growing Pains. Actually, only her left little breastases is hurting. Not the right, just the left. And it is a tiny bit raised..... hmmmmmmm!

A 7 year old that will soon be in need of a training bra!!! Mother Nature please!

I just recently took off the training wheels on her bike, what makes you think her breastases need to be trained now. If it's just to keep the balance of things, that she just needs to have a training something, I'll gladly put the training wheels back on her bike. Just please, don't make me go bra shopping with my 7 year old. Mothers should be doing that with their teenage daughters, not their Barbie loving, doll playing, tea party hosting 7 year old daughter!

That said, my 10 year old Monkey is perfectly flat, just the way she's supposed to be. Puberty shouldn't be knocking on her door for at least another 3 years, more if I'm lucky. So why does it seem like you are wanting to skip 10 year old and go for the 7 year old. Seems to me like you got the wrong kid. Although you haven't missed Monkey completely. You have cast upon her some unslightly blackheads &/or pimples for about 6 months now. Let's just leave it at that. Don't try to go making her feel those growing pains too. Just skip on over this household & go on the next unsuspecting victim.

Just don't let it be my daughters, especially not at 7 years old.
So go on with your bad self.
Just not here!

You are NOT welcome to make my daughter's breasteses any bigger than they are now, at least not until 5 more years or so.
However, if you just feel like it's your job and you just have to make some breasteses bigger or you won't meet your quota, then let's do a tradeoff. I will sacrifice myself for my daughter.

Yes. you heard right. You can make my breasteses bigger.
Yes. I know. I am brave.

I am sacrificing myself for my daughters, but for my daughters, no sacrifice is too big or too small. So go ahead, make mine bigger if you must, but hands off my daughters. (after all, it seems like the mother nature I got when I was a kid didn't care much about meeting her quota so she didn't fully finish her job when it came to my growing pains.)

As for Princess & Monkey, leave them alone.

We'll call you when we're ready!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Testing

Great.
Yesterday was homework.
Today it's testing.

just kidding.
I'm not taking an actual test.
just testing writing posts, but not actually posting.

trying to learn to save them to post later.

I've already got 3 for the day, so I would like to spread the love in case I'm busy or in not such a creative mood.


lOOks like i've got it... Cool!



Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?


Ok, that game show rocks!!!
And you know why?
Because we are all obviously unintelligent human beings that are not smarter than a 5th grader, 'cause really, has anybody actually been smarter than a 5th grader on that show?

Which brings me to my following point. And to make my point clear I am writing my 5th grade daughter's teacher a letter.

Dear Monkey's 5th grade teacher,
How lovely that you are already giving my Monkey homework on her 2nd week of school. Thank you! Really, thank you because apparently Princess' teacher has felt no need to assign her any homework as of yet except for the 30 min of reading. You are much more responsible Mr. Monkey's 5th grade teacher. A lot more responsible than Mrs. Princess' 3rd grade teacher. So for that I truly thank you!
Now, I do hope that you did notice that I thanked you for giving Monkey homework. Right? Then why, oh why do I feel like if you're assigning me homework?!?!?!
Ummm. I would like to point out, I am not in your class. Ok. Just for the record.
Now, my beautiful daughter Monkey is. So it is absolutely fine with me that you assign her homework, I would just appreciate it if you left me out of it!
Now don't get me wrong. I am an active parent. I was there for 'Meet the Teacher' night, remember? I signed up to help out during field trips, remember? I even signed up to provide your entire class with paper plates, napkins & cups needed for class parties, remember? All this involvement from my part and my daughter has really only been in your class for 6 days. Pretty impressive, huh?
However, I do not ever recall signing up for homework. See, the problem is this:
Monkey comes home with algebra problems to solve. You impress me! Algebra in 5th grade. Wow! Again, thank you for challenging my daughter. That speaks very highly of you, your teaching method & your high expectancies from my daughter & her classmates. She can do it! I know she can!
However, she's under the impression that when she gets stuck with a problem, she can turn to me for help. Umm, yeah! ME.
That Mr. Monkey's 5th grade teacher is not cool! See, up until now I've been the all mighty, all knowing, turn to with problems mom. I could help her with everything ! Yes I know, I rock! Luckily Monkey agrees. But I have a feeling that you, yes you Mr. Monkey's 5th grade teacher will be the ugly black force that will change that. After all, I did have to think really hard, and I mean really hard on 1 of those problems I helped Monkey with today. And it's just the beginning of the year, so from experience I know they will only get harder. And harder. And harder. Until it gets impossible for me to continue with my supermom powers & I will no longer be able to help my daughter with her homework. After all, along with many americans in this wonderful country, I am not smarter than a 5th grader. So you see Mr. Monkey's 5th grade teacher. This is a problem that needs to be addressed. Sure, I could pick up a book and refresh my algebra, but as stated earlier. Why should I get stuck with the homework? Know what I mean?
So I propose that .... well, I'm not so sure what I propose. Just solve this problem so as to not, I repeat not send me homework. And just for the record, let's set this straight.

Monkey is in your class.
I am not.
OK?

homework for Monkey= yes
homework for Monkeys Mother= no! NO! no!

There. I feel much better.
Now that this problem has been brought to your attention I very much expect that you as the teacher will be figuring out a way to resolve this issue. And Pronto!
Kapeish!

Sincerely,
Monkey's SuperMom

No Stinking After-School Program Here


So I've been thinking...
and thinking...
and thinking some more ! ! !
(Money troubles can do this to you, you know.)

And as much as I want to go back to work asap ( for my own sanity, for money reasons, etc.), the truth of the matter is that that might not really be an option for me at this time.
See, Monkey & Princess' new school has NO after school program. Ugh!
And I don't trust anybody but family &/or school to take care of my daughters while I'm at work.

So where, Oh where am I going to find a job that lets out before 3pm??? Please do tell !
I guess that's what we get for moving to the other side of town.

So what?
Is this side of town not supposed to need that extra help with the kiddos after school?
Yes, I am aware that we now have the privilege of living in a *nicer* neighborhood than before, and as a result we don't get the advantages that the people living in the rough part of town get, ie. after school programs...
But why???
Why am I getting punished or losing benefits (persey) for pursuing a better living environment for my daughters? Now that I really NEED those after school programs so I can get my butt into the workforce, they are no longer available to me. I am now paying even MOOOOOOOOOOORE taxes than before (thanks to the dear old property taxes), which are helping fund these after school programs, yet now I cannot use them because they are not offered in this side of town. (and please, by no means think that I am trying to brag about moving into a better area, because I DO NOT mean to insinuate that we live in a luxurious neighborhood or anything even remotely close, although that would be nice! What it means is simply that we no longer live in the side of town that is full of apartment complexes and older run down houses. Where the kids are running loose in the streets well after 9pm because their parents don't care where they're at. Where cop sirens are heard blaring at least once a week. Where drug busts take place at least twice a year. Neighborhoods where grandmas are the ones usually caring for the kids because mom & dad are lowlife potheads. That neighborhood! We are no longer there, thank God.)

We are now in a neighborhood that has the BEST school district in town.
EXCELLENT schools (with NO after school programs!!!!!!!!!! >()] grrrrrrrrrr!
We have Wonderful neighbors. Your typical pta moms, lol. Basically educated people with good jobs that have these important titles and stuff.
Kinda makes me think, how the hell did WE get here?!?!?!? lol
but here we are.
and the girls are loooooving it !
as for me,
well let's just say we've been here for 2 months now and I have NOT heard 1 cop siren at all!

Go figure~!