Sunday, December 30, 2007


Wrapping Paper: $3.50

Scotch Tape: $1.88

Onyx Ninetendo DS Lite: $129.98

Rendering The Boy Speechless For a Full Minute: Priceless

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Yeah, What They Said....

To All My Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious secular persuasion and or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wisher.

To My Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I'm Dreaming....

.... of a White Christmas


Our mad day of shopping started Saturday for me (the man of the house). The wife and I went to the big city up to the north of us, about a forty minute drive. We left at 9:30 A.M. in the the truck just because we don't ever drive it due to the gas prices. The battery was getting low, plus my doors don't lock in the chick magnet so the truck was the best choice. We started at the mall which was the beginning of the "Happy Holidays" from every retail store we shopped at except one, but I will get to that later. I would promptly spout back "Merry Christmas" with a big grin and they all said "thank you!!" so chipper. Now my beef is, where's the Merry Christmas that I grew up with and whats the problem with it, if the retail store is making so much from this time of year? Why are they worried about saying "Merrrrrry CHRISTMAS!" when everybody and their brother are shopping for CHRISTMAS. It does not make sense to me. So anyway, we went to Payless and I was there to buy a beautiful pair of Air Walks. We got the usual greeting at the door , and replied back "Merry Christmas". I found the sneaks and brought them to the counter. The nice lady at the desk asked me if i needed any socks with my purchase and I in my quick logic of thinking said "no thanks I put a pair on this morning." I laughed, my wife laughed the other lady next to the woman I was talking to laughed until women gave me the worst look I've ever seen, so that cut the fun right in half! Well the only place that said (out of the twelve stores we went to) Merry Christmas was Burlington Coat Factory, I was about to give the greeter a huge hug! but I gathered my excitement back together and gave a BIG MERRRY CHRISTMAS back to them. I love the BCF for that. Traffic was horrible, it was slow and people just kept pulling out in front of us, which by the way can aggravate me in many ways. People have gotten more pushy along with taking Christmas out of... Christmas. Several stores sell "Holiday Trees" or "Family Trees" now instead of "Christmas Trees". Hmm...

When we finally made it home I poured myself a small glass of wine and relaxed and reminisced the night. Well that's my time of shopping and if you missed it I would say my point is Merry Christmas and may God bless you and your families and keep you safe through the New year. HooooRa!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Let it Snow

Christmas is exactly one week away and it looks like we may actually have a white Christmas this year..... Wonders never cease!! We haven't been dumped on with snow like the weather forcasters predicted, but we do have our fair share.... And the other night J came home from work early and we took the kids outside and made these:

A man and his dog... Despite what the man says about the dog, they are best friends....

Monday, December 10, 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Planning Ahead

Yesterday I fixed a roast chicken for lunchsupperdinner. I took the leftovers and made chicken salad for sandwiches and that is what the kids and I had for lun-whatever that is... our evening meal. T, being her sweet and oh-so-mommy-like self, told me that she absolutely LOVED her sandwich, it was the BEST thing I have ever made, etc. "Mom, you HAVE to give me this recipe when I grow up so I can make this for my kids." Ok, baby. I will try to remember. :o) Thank you.

Monday, December 03, 2007

It's Official!

Today J switches from first shift to second and we learn to live life a little later in the day. :o)

"Lunch" will now be our family meal - perhaps we should call it "supper" now? And "dinner" will now be our smaller and "just the three of us meal." Rumor has it that your last meal of the day should be the smallest, so yay for us!! BUT, our family meals will definitely take more planning than I give them since I will be cooking them shortly after I get up. Hmm, I think I'll have to start planning ahead a day. Oh well, organization is good, too.

We gave the kids a new rule. NO ONE is to be out of their rooms before 9:00 am unless it is a bathroom break or emergency. T is already a pro. She didn't like to see the world before that time anyway. Now she is thrilled. Mommy won't start the wake-up process at 7:00 anymore. JT did well this morning. He can get up early if need be and is happy to sleep in, too. J and I will have to adjust our internal clocks. We tried staying up as late as possible last night so we would sleep as "late as possible" (NO MORE 5:30 am!!!!!!!) and be able to deal with staying up until 1:00 or 1:30 at least for today. By next week he will be working until 2:00, so that means he is home at 2:45, potentially sleeping by 3:00 am. And me, being the weird wife that I am, am COMPLETELY incapable of sleeping without him. So I need to adjust as well. Back to last night.... We tried to stay up, and made it all the way to 11:00 pm. How sad are we?? And sleeping in this morning?? Eight o'clock. Sigh. I am sure that after a few days or a couple weeks we will have adjusted.

The kids did great with getting school done at a reasonable time and pace. I was worried that since we would be starting school considerably later, we would finish that much later in the day. Boy was I wrong!! Apparently (at least if today is any model) the kids do MUCH better later in the day and daydream and stall much less. This could work out well!!

T is very excited that she will be staying up until 10:30 - 11:00 tonight. :o) Silly girl. I hope I can make it until 1:00. Wish me luck!