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  • Monday, January 31, 2011

    Hungry Much?...

    I don't know who this boy is that is living with us, but I'd like to know where he put my son. Jack has done a complete 180, as far as eating habits are concerned. This boy eats like a man now. All those years of picky eating and now he eats like a teenager, even though he isn't even six years old yet.

    We go through so much food in one week, it's not even funny. Now that Jack has become a serious eater, he's eating everything in sight. It's foreign territory for us because he ate like a bird for years. Now, we can hardly keep enough food in the house for him. He tries all kinds of food now. I had him eating crab rangoon yesterday afternoon. He even tried an egg roll. Who IS this kid?

    For breakfast, he'll probably have four waffles or four slices of peanut butter toast. He'll get a mid-morning snack before school. At school, he'll have a PBJ, some Goldfish crackers, and some sort of treat for lunch. For dinner, he tries whatever is made and usually eats it. If he doesn't eat it, he lets us know what he has a taste for, which we're more than happy to make for him just so he eats. One night last week, he'd eaten THREE grilled cheese sandwiches at dinner. He grazes a lot, too. And then he shits like a man. He LOVES going poo and has become quite efficient at it.

    I don't know who this kid is, but I can't wait to see just how much he grows after this. Seriously, we've thrown out four pairs of socks this week because his toes have poked through them. It's not like the socks were old; he'd only had them a month! He sure needs some more meat on his bones, so I welcome this new appetite of his. And I could care less about the grocery bill. It's par for the course.

    I just never knew a kid could eat so much.

    Sunday, January 30, 2011


    I have 364 more days until my 40th birthday. I'm going to need one helluva party for that one. Heh.

    Yesterday was a good day. Family, fun, Chinese food, flowers, my Nook (and cover for it), gift cards. It was a wonderful celebration. By the evening, I was stuffed and needed a nap.

    Today, Livie and I are venturing off to our favorite craft store for beads, bendable wires, and more fun stuff to make jewelry with. I'm thinking we should make necklaces for their teachers with their names on them for Valentine's Day. Good idea?

    It's been a lovely weekend, so far. Maybe 39 won't be so bad, after all.

    Saturday, January 29, 2011


    Happy 39th Birthday to me! I'm halfway to dead. Heh.
    (Can you tell I'm not happy about 39? Really? I didn't think it was so obvious.)

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Ed, The Hen...

    Ed came home drunk one night, slid into bed beside his sleeping wife, and fell into a deep slumber.

    He awoke before the Pearly Gates, where St. Peter said, "You died in your sleep, Ed."

    Ed was stunned. "I'm dead? No, I can't be! I've got too much to live for. Send me back!"

    St. Peter said, "I'm sorry, but there's only one way you can go back, and that is as a chicken."

    Ed was devastated, but begged St. Peter to send him to a farm near his home....
    The next thing he knew, he was covered with feathers, clucking and pecking the ground.

    A rooster strolled past. "So, you're the new hen, huh? How's your first day here?"

    "Not bad," replied Ed the hen, "but I have this strange feeling inside. Like I'm gonna explode!"

    "You're ovulating," explained the rooster. "Don't tell me you've never laid an egg before?"

    "Never," said Ed.

    "Well, just relax and let it happen," says the rooster. "It's no big deal."

    He did, and a few uncomfortable seconds later, out popped an egg!

    He was overcome with emotion as he experienced motherhood.

    He soon laid another egg -- his joy was overwhelming.

    As he was about to lay his third egg, he felt a smack on the back of his head, and heard...

    "Ed, wake up! You shit the bed!"

    Getting OLD just ain't what they said it would be!

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    I Hate Goodbyes...

    Yesterday was a very hard day. It was my principal's last day and my assistant principal will be leaving tomorrow. There's a new sheriff in town, so they say. My new principal is a woman who seems to have a good handle on things, so far. We don't know if she'll be bringing in a new AP or doing it all on her own. Change is coming, that's all I know. While I usually embrace change, I'm also saddened by this particular change.

    It's hard to say goodbye to good people. I'm really going to miss my AP, as she and I became good friends over the last eight years. Both my principal and my AP shared in my joys when I had all four of my children. We've all grown together, so it's hard for me to process that I won't see them daily ever again.

    Goodbyes really suck. I didn't think it would hurt this much, but it does.

    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    Second Verse, Same As The First...

    Every day is the same thing.

    -Wake up without enough rest
    -Take a fast shower in time to bring Jack downstairs before he wakes up the whole house with his singing, knowing I'll have to rush around even more if he wakes up Leia, who will be very surly
    -Fight with Livie about waking up and about what she's going to eat (or not eat) for breakfast
    -Try to keep Jack from waking up Leia, who's been sleeping in the playpen in the living room for the last several hours because she's nuts like that and does this every single night
    -Pretend that the morning rigamarole doesn't stress me out, faking a smile the rest of the day
    -Drop Livie off at school and watch her cry her eyes out because she doesn't want to be there
    -Arrive at work with ten minutes to spare
    -Bust my ass at work, not sure if it's ever really appreciated by the adults and children, alike
    -Come home and mediate all four children who are jockeying for my attention
    -See Leia crying as soon as she sees me walk in the door, before I can even get my coat off or take a piss
    -Listen to Jack tell me he did or did not get a sticker at school for his behavior and read his behavior sheet, wondering what went right or wrong
    -Watch Livie desperately try to get my attention after she's been in trouble with her father all day
    -Get angry at Jack for smacking Livie for the twentieth time that day
    -Yell at the dog for getting in my way
    -Listen to Hubby complain about who did what when and how they didn't listen and how the babies did or did not nap
    -Feed the babies dinner and try to shovel food into my own mouth in record time
    -Argue with Livie about what she will or will not eat for dinner
    -Argue with Jack about what constitutes a "real" dinner
    -Get upset by the time the tenth piece of food is thrown from whichever high chair
    -Get mad at the dog when she doesn't deem crumbs worthy of cleaning up
    -Get Liesl and Leia out of their highchairs and practice walking, talking, and reading with them
    -Bathe the children and get them ready for bed
    -Sit at this computer, grateful that all the kids are asleep, feeling guilty that I worked all day and then came home to count the minutes until bedtime.
    -Go to bed not early enough and repeat this list the next day

    I don't feel like such a great mother sometimes and I don't like this neverending rut! Gah! I'll be glad when the weather gets warmer and we can shake up our routine. Cabin fever during winter is the worst. I'm soooooo ready for spring.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011


    I feel unsettled lately. I don't know why and I can't put my finger on the reason. I just feel...unsettled. I have trouble concentrating and my moods are all over the place lately. While I have lots of reasons to be happy, I also have lots of reasons to be sad. It's hard to separate the two sometimes. I don't even know if I'm making any sense right now.

    I just know that there's something inside me that feels very restless. I don't know what it is, where it came from, or how to get rid of that gnawing feeling. I just know that it is there all the time lately.

    Food for thought: could I be perimenopausal? I'm wondering. I have several signs pointing me in that direction and I think I might be onto something. Fuck.

    Monday, January 24, 2011

    The Sleep Gods Hate Me...

    OMG. I am so tired. Even though I'm off on the weekends, I just can't seem to sleep late anymore. Late, to me, is 7am. I desperately want to stay in bed, but I just can't and wind up waking up at the crack of ass with the kids. I just want one day where I can sleep past 5am and not feel guilty about it.

    Is that so much to ask for?

    If I can't start sleeping late on the weekends, then I need to go to bed when the kids do at 7pm. And that's just going to suck. I just can't seem to win. Sigh.

    Sunday, January 23, 2011

    Something To Ponder...

    It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish...all before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners.

    There are great clues as to what foods help what part of our body!

    A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

    A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
    Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

    A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

    Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

    Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

    Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

    Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

    Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

    Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

    Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

    Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

    What are YOU going to eat today?

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    Insert Sarcasm Here...

    To me, the above cartoon sounds about right.

    Friday, January 21, 2011


    The other night, Liv asked me how dogs get together to make other dogs. I told her to ask her father, who was speechless and distracted her quite quickly.

    It looks like I'm going to be having "The Talk" with her at the ripe old age of four (three months shy of five). I'm going to have to break it down into age-appropriate language, which won't be too difficult. I just didn't think we'd be discussing this now.

    I can't lie to her, though. I'm no liar, nor can I sugar-coat it and make it all mushy. I know what I'm going to say and the analogies I'll be using, but I never thought the prospect of saying it would make me so...nervous. She's only four.

    I feel so...old. Sigh.

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    Food Habits...

    What do chicken, ground beef, ground turkey, raw oysters, eggs, cantaloupe, peaches, prepackaged lettuce, cold cuts, and scallions have in common? Well, they're considered the ten dirtiest foods we eat. If you don't believe me, read this article.

    After I read the article, I could definitely understand why these foods are ones with which we should exercise caution when eating. It all makes sense to me. Will the article stop me from eating chicken? No, but it will make me very careful in the my practices in the kitchen when washing the meat, using a cutting board, etc. Will the article keep me from eating cold cuts? Perhaps, especially after finding out that Listeria lives on the deli slicer. Will the article stop me from eating prepackaged lettuce? Probably not; I always make sure I wash it whether it says it's been prewashed or not. Isn't that common sense?

    At least I don't have to worry about raw oysters. Those things are highly repulsive to me. Ick! What precautions will you take when or if you eat these foods? Did you learn something from the article that you didn't already know? Did you know that mustard can kill Listeria, E. coli, and Salmonella? I say bring on the mustard!

    Wednesday, January 19, 2011


    The number in the title of this post is, not only the exact number of posts I've written on here to date, it also happens to be the numbers of an old address I had. Coincidence?

    I think I'm coming down with a cold. I had a bit of a stomach bug over the weekend and now I just feel like there's cotton in my head, congestion, and I'm a bit disoriented; all signs that I've got a bug that wants to take over my body. I hope the kids don't get it. For all I know, they're the ones who probably gave it to me!

    Oh, the joys of having school-aged children! I absolutely can't wait until all four of them can bring home germs from FOUR different classrooms. Heh. Our house is going to be a petri dish someday, as if it isn't already.

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    Following My Heart...

    I've postponed Liesl and Leia's MMR vaccine, much to their doctor's dismay. I had to sign a form that basically covers his butt, just in case the girls get measles, mumps, or rubella before they're vaccinated.

    I know that the research about the MMR's relationship to autism has been debunked, but I also have lived with a child who was adversely affected by the MMR and all the medical professionals denied it was related to the vaccine, forcing me to report it to the CDC myself. I'm not letting that happen again.

    So, whether they get the vaccine at 18 months or 2 years old, shouldn't really matter. If autism was to rear its ugly head on either one of them (or both), I want to make sure the MMR isn't the catalyst, like it was for Jack. I'd like the girls to be walking well and talking well before the MMR enters the picture, since a loss of skills or speech would be much more noticeable than it would be now.

    They are very healthy and within just a few ounces of each other. At fifteen months old, Liesl is 31.5" tall and weighs 22lbs., 10oz. Leia is 30" tall and weighs 22lbs., 6oz. Of course, after I told the doctor that the girls are too scared to take independent steps, but they cruise all over the house and Leia climbs everything, even going up the stairs and back down, what does Leia do? Yep, she took three independent steps right in front of him. It figures.

    He didn't seem all that concerned that they aren't articulating their words well and that they're still cruising. He says they have the tools they need, so he's not too worried yet. If, at their 18-month check-up, they still aren't independently walking, he'll refer them for physical therapy. We'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Their adjusted age is one month less than what they are anyway, since they were preemies and twins, at that.

    He didn't put up much of a fight about the MMR. He just kept getting louder and louder with me, making sure I heard what he kept repeating. He's got to cover his own ass, I guess. Whatever. I know in my heart that what I'm doing is the right thing for us. The odds of them getting measles, mumps, or rubella in the next few months is pretty much nil, so I'm not stressing about that. I just wanted my voice to be heard and it was. Signs of autism are usually prevalent by the time a child turns two years old; I believe the window where it's recognized is between 18-24 months of age. I'm okay with holding off the MMR until the girls are two years old. It can't hurt to wait and see, especially knowing what our family has already been through with our son after his MMR.

    Now, it's just a waiting game: independent steps, lots of speech, and nine more months of crossing my fingers, hoping autism doesn't come to our home again.

    Monday, January 17, 2011

    Not Even Close To The Post That Blogger Just Ate...

    I just wrote a very lengthy post and Blogger ate it. Fuckers. So much for THAT post. WTF?!

    Liesl and Leia have their 15-month check-up today and I intend on postponing their MMR vaccine until they are at least two years old. Those of you who know me know exactly what happened to Jack after he got his MMR. I'm not letting history repeat itself. Let's see if the doctor thinks I'm nuts.

    Wish us luck.

    Sunday, January 16, 2011

    The Digital Age...

    My daughter, Liv, has become so good at playing games on the computer. She's only four, but she's mastered so many of the games on Nick Jr.'s website. She gets computer time every evening after Jack goes to bed, so they don't fight over the computer. It's a great incentive to keep her in check, too.

    My kids were born in the digital age where computers are everywhere you go. They'll never know about quills and ink wells, televisions with dials, and 8-track players in the car, unless they read about them in their history books. It's funny how things change over time. Innovations becomes obsolete in such a short time.

    Both kids love their computer time and they've become so technologically savvy at only five and four years old. I wonder where the digital age will take them. The possibilities are infinite.

    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    The Cup That Runneth Over...

    There's just too much going on right now and I don't even know where to begin anymore. Anything you already know is just the tip of the iceberg. And I won't dare post about any of it. I just want to get off this runaway train.

    Overwhelmed much? That's a gross understatement.

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    So Much Going On...

    There are so many things going on in our family right now. All of us, not just the House of Eatmisery. It's a lot to think about and a lot for any one person to handle. So, we handle it together and support each other and do our best each day.

    That's all we can do. Keep everyone in your thoughts. It's sooooooooo needed right now.

    Thursday, January 13, 2011


    I'm feeling in the dumps. I know why, but I'm keeping my mouth shut about it. It's not important to anyone but me anyway. I just wish I could shake it, let it go in an effort to feel better. It's not easy.

    I just can't stand this feeling and it's all the time. I can't run from it because it's always there. Ack!

    I just want to smile and mean it. How could that be so hard?

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    There's A First Time For Everything...

    Last night, Jack and Liv got showers, separately, of course. Liesl and Leia got a bath together. For the life of me, I can't figure out which baby pooped in the tub. It was, by no means, a lot. I noticed it in my hand after I'd taken Leia out of the tub to dry her off. Of course, there were skid marks on the towel after I dried her. I flung it off my hand, hoping it wasn't what I thought it was, and it went down the drain with the water in the tub. I'm sure what I saw was NOT all of it, so the rest must've been in the tub. Since our tub is a dark blue, it's hard to see a wayward nugget, let alone make one out amongst all that bubble bath! That has never happened before. I know that Liesl, My Little Gaufrette, pooped before the bath, so I doubt it was her. I'm thinking it was Leia a.k.a. Little Miss Stink Eye; Basement Baby; The Party Girl. She's my little stinker, full of energy and spunk. She gives us a run for our money.

    I've been a mother for almost six years now and I have four children. Never once has anyone dropped a deuce in the tub...until now. I'm sure there will be many, many firsts on this journey of motherhood. With four kids, no day is ever dull and I always learn something new.

    Tuesday, January 11, 2011

    How To Fix Congress...

    It's rare I receive a political email that makes sense and is reasonable in its approach. It is time we are part of the solution and if Washington wants to say they are speaking for me then the following is what I'm saying.

    The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

    Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land...all because of public pressure.

    I'm asking copy and paste this blog entry and forward it in an email to a minimum of twenty people on your address list; in turn, ask each of those to do likewise.

    In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around.

    Congressional Reform Act of 2011

    1. Term Limits.

    12 years only, one of the possible options below..

    A. Two Six-year Senate terms
    B. Six Two-year House terms
    C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

    2. No Tenure / No Pension.

    A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

    3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

    All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

    4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

    5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

    6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

    7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

    The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen. Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

    Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

    If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people with this in an email it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message. Maybe it is time.


    Monday, January 10, 2011

    Just Thinking About Stuff...

    My son Jack will be six years old next month. My oldest daughter, Liv, will be five in early April. Where did all that time go? It still feels like they both were JUST born. And then, of course, there's Liesl and Leia, my 15 month old twin girls. It REALLY feels like THEY were JUST born. They sort of were.

    I had all four of my children within a short period of time. It's as if motherhood happened overnight. These four bundles of energy have changed my whole life in such wonderful ways. They came into my life, one after the other, and swooped up my heart. I love them all so much.

    I guess I'm just thinking about it all and how I wouldn't trade my life for anything in the world. I'm one very lucky Mama.

    Sunday, January 09, 2011

    20 More Days...

    My 39th birthday is in 20 days. Not sure how I feel about that. When I was 22, I thought 39 was old. I was invincible; I was never going to age. Seventeen years later, I'm calling it wisdom. It figures. Isn't that how it goes?


    Saturday, January 08, 2011

    Phishing Schemes...

    I hate phishing scams. And it's that time of year when we're going to be seeing lots of emails claiming to be from the IRS. In fact, I received one yesterday. The IRS has a policy that it never, ever contacts you by email. Any email claiming to be from the IRS is fraudulent and needs to be reported to them. The best thing you can do to combat it is to forward that message to The more scams they are aware of, the more they can do to thwart the crooks. I forwarded yesterday's scam email to the IRS and this was their reply:

    This is an automatic reply from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Online Fraud Detection and Prevention (OFDP) team.
    We have received your report of possible phishing or fraud. Although we review and investigate each email we receive, due to the number of incident complaints, we cannot guarantee a personal response to your message.

    Please note that the IRS does not contact individuals by email. Therefore, if you received an email claiming to be from the IRS it is a phishing attempt and should be reported to us.

    Additional information on IRS phishing can be viewed here:,,id=155682,00.html

    Additional information on avoiding phishing scams can be viewed here:

    The IRS values your report, and encourages individuals to report future IRS phishing/fraud to so that we can handle these incidents and limit the number of possible victims. To limit email volume, you will only receive one auto-response per day for any of your submissions.

    Thank you for your report.

    Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
    Online Fraud Detection and Prevention (OFDP)

    If you get any emails claiming to be from the IRS, before you delete them, forward them to The more they know, the more they can do to stop them. I definitely don't classify them as spam because I want to be able to forward any fraudulent emails I get to the IRS, just in case it will help them stop one crook. I highly suggest you do the same.

    Friday, January 07, 2011

    Mission Accomplished...

    •16,000 BTU PowerBurner
    •Menu-Driven Electronic Oven Controls
    •Auto Convection Conversion
    •Double Oven Range
    •Two-Mode Convection System
    •Electronic ignition and SureFlame ignition protection
    •Cast Metal Knobs
    •Infinite Burner Control Settings
    •Convertible to LP
    •Two 9,200 BTU Burners
    •5 Sealed Burners
    •12,000 BTU Burner
    •5,000 BTU Ultra-Low Output Burner
    •Sabbath Mode
    •Control Lockout
    •Control Setup Options
    •Cook&Hold Option
    •Delay-Start Cooking&Cleaning
    •Electronic Clock with Two Timers
    •Favorite Setting(s) Option
    •Keep Warm Option
    •RollerGlide Rack
    •Incandescent Light
    •18,000 BTU Bake Burner
    •13,000 BTU Broil Burner
    •CustomClean Self-Cleaning with Adjustable Levels and Automatic Lock
    •Variable Temperature Broil
    Yesterday, while I was at work, I sent Hubby on a mission to find a new range for us. By golly, he did! And, yes, that's a double oven! The knobs are on top, which is perfect for TWO toddlers who love to play with things like that. They can't reach them now! Ha!
    The best arrives today! Yay!

    Thursday, January 06, 2011

    What's The Big Deal?...

    Last week, our oven took a shit. The stove works; the preheat only heats the oven up to 200 degrees and then shuts off; the bake doesn't heat up the oven at all. The only thing that works is the stovetop.

    I keep telling my husband we should just buy a new oven; he wants to fix this one. I say fuck it because I haven't been able to get the stovetop really, really clean in years. Something burned on one of the burners and nothing is able to take off the crap that burned onto it. I say just get a new one. Plus, I'd hate to fix this one and pay out the nose, not knowing if the repair will last. We looked up the model number and saw that there are hundreds of people who have had this same exact problem with this particular model. No surprise there.

    We know this appliance was new when we bought the house; it hasn't even lasted ten years. We've already replaced every major thing in this house: furnace, central AC unit, two refrigerators, overhead garage door, and four of our windows, the washer, and the dryer in the seven years we've lived here. What's the big deal about getting a new oven?

    I don't know about him, but I'm going shopping. Usually, the tables would be turned and I'd be the one saying that we should fix it instead of buying a new one and he's shocked I feel this way. I'm just done with this oven and I want a new one. Is that wrong? I think not.

    Wednesday, January 05, 2011

    Thinking Good Thoughts...

    I'm just thinking good thoughts today. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011


    Sometimes life throws little unexpected surprises your way. Sometimes they are good ones; sometimes they are not. The other day, I was the recipient of a wonderfully unexpected surprise. It was not something I knew about ahead of time and the timing was impeccable. It has given me an incredible relief that just makes life easier these days.

    In the past, I've always hated surprises and never liked the unexpected, whether it was good or bad. I've learned, over the years, that surprises are not necessarily a bad thing sometimes. And once in a while, you need a little surprise in your life to renew your spirit.

    I'm thinking I need to pay it forward now. I need to pass on an unexpected surprise to make someone else feel good like I do. Wouldn't it be a nicer world if we all did that?

    Monday, January 03, 2011

    Why I Need To Win The Lottery...

    Alas, today is the day I go back to work after having two glorious weeks off for winter break. I'm not exactly ecstatic about it. After all, I've had a wonderful time with all my children and my husband. It took Liesl and Leia about a week to get used to me being home all the time. Now, I'm pulling the rug right out from under them. They will NOT be happy today (and neither will I!), but I'm sure they'll adjust, like they always do after I go back to work. Sigh. Naptimes are going to be a bear today. After being able to nap whenever for as long as they want, it's not going to be easy for them to get back into the groove of scheduled naptimes. Poor Hubby will have the honors of dealing with all of that AND picking up Livie from school on time, crabby babies and Jack and all.

    Liv has to get up earlier than she has been for school. Every day was pretty much a jammie day here, so we've all got to get used to wearing "normal" clothing. Ugh. Jack has to adjust to getting back on the bus for school and being able to behave appropriately there. I have a feeling it's going to be a wild day in his classroom. Hopefully, the adjustment goes smoothly. Finger crossed.

    Hubby has his work cut out for him today and all this week. I don't envy him, but he's completely capable of getting these kids back into their usual groove. Vacations suck when you have to go back to the normal routine. This is the part I dread.

    Wish us luck. It's not going to be an easy week at all. And my heart will start to break long before I back the car out of the garage. I'm really going to miss my kids. We had an awesome two-week break together. I wish it could never end.

    Sunday, January 02, 2011


    It's my last day off on my winter break. The kids go back to school tomorrow and I go back to work. Bleh.

    I can guarantee that my babies are going to miss me as much as I'm going to miss them. Adjusting to the new routine is going to be hell on all of us. We had a lot of fun together, lots of jammie days, and some serious bonding. It just makes me think about how much fun we're all going to have again this summer when we're all home together again.

    I had a wonderful two weeks off. I wish it didn't have to end. I guess I'd better buy one of those winning lottery tickets, huh? I hear the jackpot here is over 300 million bucks now. Maybe it's worth a shot. You can't win if you don't play.

    A girl can dream.

    Saturday, January 01, 2011


    We hope 2011 brings all of you lots of happiness and good fortune. Happy New Year!