Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Mother of All Posts

WARNING! This is going to be the mother of all posts here. Probably so long you may fall asleep. Lots of pictures too....

It has been days since my last post(well before my blizzard update), but you will soon see why...

Friday evening, we emptied Kobi's room. YES EVERYTHING came out.... now this is a before picture of her room....



Well this is what it looks like now. It took a little longer than we thought it would.  You see, once we got all the stuff out of the room, we were totally grossed out by the carpet. SO out to the curb went the carpet... We also took out the baseboards and thought oh we will repaint them and put them back.  NOPE not that easy, they cracked on the way out and so all new baseboards had to come in.  My poor hubby stayed up way late on night and did the chair rails and baseboards.  We painted the floor with a porch/concrete paint...glossy black. So what normally takes me 2 days at the most, took 4 days.











During those 4 days, we took a trip up to my Mother's place for Christmas.  That was 4 hours driving.  I feel for those that have to drive a long way during the holidays.

He loves to sleep on my lap, on his scooby doo blanket when we go on long trips....


She pretends to hate to have her picture taken...


My niece Tara :) My oldest niece and her family couldn't make it.  She is to close to having Great - Nephew #2 .

I also had to take a break and go get my book signed.  YEAH!  The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond came to Oklahoma City for her last stop of her book signing tour.  I was so glad she made another stop on OKC, I missed the first one.  I got there at 11:30.  Stood in line til 12:30(start time) and was out by 1:30.  Not bad, I so thought it would take longer.  I now need to ship books out to those that shipped them to me to have them signed.  Yes, I am a good blogger/facebook friend and let them send me their cookbooks to get them signed. :)


This is the traffic around the area of the book signing... HORRIBLE! - This was th eline I was in to get to a stop sign.... took a while.





I also made Kobi go shopping with me, to pic out things for her room.  She hates shopping. BUT she is too picky and I would have not picked out the "right things" for her room.  With it being so close to Christmas, what would have been a 2 hour trip, turned into about 6 hours. YEAH :( LOL Really not so much fun. 

OK, so this is not a nice picture.  But I laughed.  Yes, it was bad.  So wrong in so many ways.(Going to offend some here) ANYHOW, Kobi and I were looking to purchase BUZZ and WOODY blankets.  OKAY FOLKS, could you please package these differently.  When you hold these dolls up, the blanket FLOPS out.  YES I went there.... it FLOPS out!  Seriously, I laughed I snorted, right there in the middle of the store.  When Kobi held the doll up, yup, there's WOODY alright!




I totally finished Kobi's room at about 10 pm on Tuesday night.  Great time for bed!  OH WAIT!  Nope, I decided to go ahead and re-do the bathroom too.  Yes at 10pm I started in on the bathroom.  I already had th epaint and glaze, so I thought, what the heck....
2 hours later, the bathroom was done.  Yes, 2 hours.  That is all it took.  Midnight.. YEAH BED!

This is a before.  The blue just isn't the right color, but Kobi liked it, so I left it for a while....



And now.... it looks like this.







SO, Wednesday morning it is rise and shine!  We were hosting a Christmas dinner at our place at 7pm.  It was only with Kyle's Mom and Brother and my Sister - in -Law(My favorite Sis-In_Law - She totally gets me!)



So, combine that with all the normal Christmas stuff, and a few appointments and NOW we are caught up to present time... Well kind of...





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Blizzard Warning? In Oklahoma?

OK, I am working on a post with pictures of the new room and all the other fun stuff that has been going on the last few days.



Hope everyone has a great Christmas Eve and a very Merry Christmas!




There must of been alot of people asking for a white Christmas here in central Oklahoma.  Here it is, Christmas Eve and WHOAH,  we have a blizzard warning today. Blizzard? In Oklahoma?  Seriously?








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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Buried Alive

I am buried alive right now... not really, but kind of...


Work was slow... it's "off season" and kind of boring...





I prayed to the "in-box Gods" above that I would get some work... just a little to do, just to keep me from getting bored.







Now, this is what I feel like... I am buried alive at my desk.  I have stacks and stacks of work.  I really do want to go on vacation next week. 







This may be what I look like by the end of the day tomorrow.....






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Monday, December 14, 2009

IT IS MONDAY!

It is Monday...

Things are starting to get piled up...
There are so many things on my TO DO list that must get done for Christmas.
The whole paint the room thing is WHOAH...
I will get it done. I know I will and things will go back to normal.
Then I will find something else to do and things will get crazy again.
HEY - it's a never ending cycle around here!
Always a project to be done.

Tomorrow! YEAH! I am excited about tomorrow. I have cookbooks all ready to go, and a magazine.... Ready for signatures at a book signing tomorrow night. YEAH, I missed her the first time, but the Pioneer Woman is coming back to OKC.

OK, now back to work ( a tax return), lunch is over. I am so totally off balance today... unfortunately, in more ways than one.


UPDATE! Thanks to my niece... I have now figured out PW changed her schedule. BUMMER! So now it will be Tuesday of next week. I would have been mad if I would have drove up there. I checked the B & N website and it says the 22nd. I hope they are right!
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Getting to Close

I look at the calendar and I just do not believe that it is only 16 days until Christmas…. I look at my shopping list and think – OH! MY! I have so much done… but yet so little. Is that possible? I am down to crunch time so it seems. I have what I can get so far… I am down to waiting for my Dec. 15th payday to get the rest of the presents I need. No panic attack yet... but I feel one approaching.

I am lucky enough this year, to get to take off the whole week of Christmas. 9 days off of work – that is a huge present itself. During those 9 days, I am going to be re-painting and re-decorating my daughter’s room. AGAIN! I told her this year it had to be something that would last until she finished high school. She/we chose a black and white theme. Yes I am painting her bedroom walls black. This may freak me out a bit…. Black walls… I don’t know if I can handle it…. I think I have a ton of ideas… we are really going to try and get everything out of there that is not needed and re-organize the room. I am hoping to complete the project in 2-3 days. I am a stay up all night until it gets done type of person, so it may be possible. I hope the weather cooperates… I am already thinking about painting things. I will take before and after pictures.



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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Back in Time

I have decide, that I would like to travel back in time, rewind the age clock or what ever you want to call it... I would love to be a teenager again, so I would know it all! I would also not have to worry about house payments, car payments, utilities, grocery bills and work. Another perk of being a teenager, it that I was not raising a teenager. Parents of teenagers.... I think you understand.

Sometimes I truely wonder if we are going to make it through the teenage years. I really do wonder! I have been researching some "fresh ideas" - something new to try to help us through this phase....

I found some helpful hints HERE that I thought I might would share for the whole "smart mouth / disrespecting" situations....

First, calm yourself. The natural response to back talk is anger. You might notice that your pulse has picked up and the muscles in your face, hands, and chest have tightened. ( I thought I was going to have a heart attack the other night) Your body is preparing to fight, but fighting with a mouthy teenager usually just makes matter worse; both of you are likely to end up resentful and exhausted. Instead of lashing out, take a moment or two to calm yourself down. Take three deep, relaxing breaths and notice how your shoulders soften as you exhale. Now you are ready to respond effectively.


Give clear feedback. Let your teen know what he has done and how it makes you feel. Try to be specific, and keep your comments simple. For example, you might say, "When you use that tone of voice with me, it makes me angry." For maximum effect, speak quietly but clearly and look your child squarely in the eye. This sort of response does several good things: It lets your child know precisely what he did that was unacceptable; it lets him know that he does not have the power to shake your self-control; and it teaches him to use words to communicate emotions like anger, rather than acting out the emotions.


Refocus on your goal. One of the reasons teens talk back is that it diverts their parents' attention from whatever it was the parents wanted in the first place. Let's say, for example, that you've just told your child that he needs to remove the dirty dishes from his bedroom. If he succeeds in engaging you in a shouting match, chances are he won't have to deal with the mess in his room, at least for a while. Part of your response to back talk, then, should be to repeat whatever it was you said in the first place. "I know it makes you mad, but you still need to clean up your room."


Resist the temptation to retaliate. When a child talks back, it's natural to want to put him in his place. Often this involves words like "spoiled brat," "ungrateful," "smart mouth," and so on. None of these is helpful. All name-calling does is deepen your child's resentment and allow him to feel justified in calling you names.


Try to hear your child. Even though your teen chooses to respond in an obnoxious fashion, what he has to say might actually have some merit. In any case, it's helpful for you as a parent to know how your child feels about things, even if that's not always positive. For example, imagine that your teenager has just called you something completely unacceptable (and unprintable!). Once you've calmed down and given him feedback, you might reflect his statement back, using more civilized terms: "So, you feel that I am mean and unreasonable? Why, exactly, is that?" You have taken a confrontation and made it into a conversation. You've also shown your child that you are willing to consider his point of view, as long as he expresses it appropriately.


When it's over, it's over. Back talk can be upsetting, and it's easy to let the upset linger. You may think that reminding your child that he has been disrespectful will help him to act more appropriately in the future. It won't. A more helpful response is to just get on with life and focus on positive things you and your teenager can enjoy together (not always an easy task!). Punishments for back talk are usually not necessary, and it may be wise to save punishments like grounding or removal of privileges for more serious offenses. Once teens see that back talk is unnecessary and not helpful, they tend to use it less and less.


Hopes this helps someone else... I knew this...it's not new information. Sometimes I just get so frustrated, all rules go out the window and it is all out war with the child....

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Morning Drive

I have made a decission.

I need to go get some valium from my doctor.

The script should read: Take one pill 30 minutes before making morning commute.

People are rude and crazy and usually have their head up their...
Well let's just say they aren't paying attention.


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wasted Hour

Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one…

I work in a professional office. We deal with a lot of clients on a daily basis. You never really know when a client is going to call with an issue and you have to meet them.

I am always so indecisive on what to wear to work every day. It does not help that recently in the office, a magazine article was passed around (their way of hinting) that was called “Dress to Network – Every Encounter Counts”. I usually wear slacks and a sweater, a dress, or a pants suit. The article suggests skirts for women, for basically every occasion and they are skirts that hit above the knee.
Well, to avoid issues in the morning, I always pick out what I am going to wear the night before. I actually pick out two “outfits”, because I don’t know what mood I will be in that day. Last night I spent an hour. YES AN HOUR, trying to figure out something to wear. With the tummy shrinkage, I was able to fit back into some of my cuter skirts (yes, that hit above the knee). I had to try them all on because I was so excited that I could get them to zip! YEAH! So I picked out just the right outfit.

As usual, I was dragging my tired rear into the bathroom this morning; I casually glance at the TV and see 40 degrees. I think cool it’s already 40 degrees this morning… then I noticed that was the forecasted high for the day. SO, I spent an hour last night for nothing. I was not going to wear my short skirt with panty hose. Nope, not gonna do it. I pulled out the sweater turtleneck and long heavy skirt with boots.

A whole hour wasted…. *sigh*

Do you ever put on twenty different things before deciding what to wear?

Or is it just me and I am totally crazy?

Or both...





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Monday, November 30, 2009

OOPS!

So, it has been so long since I last posted. Almost 2 weeks. WOW! I did not mean for that to happen, it just did. Why is it, the older we get the faster time passes? Things have been crazy busy around here, but that's normal.

My jaw surgery went fine. I went back for my one week check up only to find out that I have to wear a splint in my mouth at least until January 6th. I have lost 20 lbs and gone from a size 10 slacks to a size 4 or 6 in two weeks time. It's crazy. I am restricted to only food that I don't have to chew. Soup,slim fast, pasta, and potatoes have been my main staples. I did manage to get a cheese enchilada down tonight. I have got to figure out something soon though, I don't want to loose any more weight.

Thanksgiving has came and gone. I did my usual thing and cooked for both Kyle's family, as well as my own. It was soooooo hard to cook things and not be able to eat them... kind of like rubbing salt in an open wound. Aside from the fact that I couldn't eat much, I think we had fun... all 26 of us :) I did figure out that I could mix pumpkin pie (w/o crust) and cool whip to eat. MMMMMMMM

I also got to enjoy my great nephew on Thanksgiving. He is the funniest, cutest little guy! Kobi loved entertaining him. He is getting ready to have a new brother a few days after Christmas. I am sad that we won't get to see him/ them again for a while.


While home for Thanksgiving, I also was able to put out all the Christmas decorations. I love decorating for the holidays! Kyle got up on the roof and put out the new lights. This year we went with all red LED lights. I hope they last a while. The last set of lights only lasted a few years.

We also had to say good bye to our dear friends, washer and dryer. They were not totally dead, but they were about to give out at any given moment. We made the decision to go ahead and replace them with front loaders. Smack me for what I am about to say.....but I am liking doing laundry now. Okay, not the folding and putting away part, so the hubs is still taking care of that for me :)

The second job (scentsy) went CRAZY during November. It was a full time second job. I am thinking it was mainly due to the holidays coming up and everyone wanting to get their Christmas gifts purchased. I have made two long trips (4-6 hours total drive time) to host parties for people. I am actually getting to drive up to my hometown this weekend (2 hours away) to do another party. I am kind of excited that I will hopefully get to see some familiar faces this time around.

So, I guess now it is time to get back to my evening routine and continue to try to catch up on things. Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was wonderful!



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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Really? The Food Network?

I am totally lame. I know it. I have been reading ya'll blogs - YES I am from Oklahoma AND YES I say ya'll. I just haven't had the extra time to comment. I am a drive by blog reader.... or would that be a "click-by" instead of a drive - by?

I have been running my rear off trying to get things done before my surgery today. I am now reduced to having a LIST that I really do hope I can finish before Saturday evening. I did take off today for the procedure and Thursday and Friday to recoup.

Last night we went and had a great meal again at Louie's with our friends. Good times AND good food! Was truly my last good meal for 6 weeks. The surgery went very quick and was not as bad as I thought. They had a little problem putting me under... LOL Evidently I take more anesthesia than a person my size would normally need. I now have to wear this splint thing in my mouth. I can talk. LIQUID/extremely soft foods only.... nothing I have to chew up. - for six weeks.

After my surgery, Kyle and I ran to academy. Kyle had to get peanut oil to fry up the turkeys next week. I stumbled along pushing the cart. Someone really should of pulled my cart over, it was obviously that I was driving my cart under the influence. I ended up buying 2 pairs of shoes, a pair of wind pants, and a wind suit. UMMMM at least I THINK I did...I found them in my room by my purse later on during the day....it really is still a blur...

We then went to Walmart to fill my prescription. They said over an hour to fill, so we bought something, I don't even remember what, and left. I did go back to walmart tonight and picked up all the things on my list that I needed.

Once home I ate what everyone would want for their first meal after surgery -- Pea Soup! MMMMMM I also guzzled a Dr Pepper or two ... maybe three. I hurt, but I am not that sore... but it does hurt.(I have been told by many doctors that I have an extremely high pain tolerance) I went and visited my neighbor this afternoon ( and ONE of the most adorable babies in the world) and took her some scentsy stuff. Less than 4 hours after surgery I was out selling scentsy and scheduling parties... THAT is so SAD! For supper I had a slim fast and mashed potatoes. (OH YEAH! - Slim Fast is one of the items we purchased at walmart this morning)

I am having issues remembering things for a few hours after my surgery. Yes, yes I am.

HOWEVER...I do know that my the phone call asked me to be there at 9:15. I do know that I could not have anything to eat 8 hours before my surgery. The Oral Surgery Center that I went to had these wonderful big screen tv's to watch while we waited an hour for me to go back... we caught a full hour of some guys cooking show. REALLY? ARE YOU THAT FREAKING CRAZY? Come on people... you are already torturing us by not being able to eat AND by cutting on us...THEN you want us to sit and watch the food network while we wait? My stomach was growling so bad by surgery time.




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Monday, November 16, 2009

REALLY?

Really? Seriously? Is it Monday?
The weekend just happened? I missed it I guess.
Today we are back to rainy and drizzly PLUS cold. What a way to start the week.

I received a couple of emails today… They made me laugh. I thought I would share.

A nice, calm and respectable lady went into the pharmacy, walked up to the pharmacist, looked straight into his eyes, and said, "I would like to buy some cyanide."

The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"

The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband.. That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not! You CANNOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now, that's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."



Things children say…
A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, “I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter.” Her mother told her that was wrong and she must say, “I’m Jane Sugarbrown.” The next day someone spoke to her and asked, “Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?” She replied, “ I thought I was, but mommy says I’m not.”





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Saturday, November 14, 2009

THE WINNER & LOST MY MIND

We drew names out of a cup and the LUCKY winner of the Scentsy Plug-In System is HEIDI over at From 3 to 5 Congrats Heidi!! Please contact me at my email address in my right column. A big thank you to all that entered. I will do some more giveaways I am sure.

It has been a few days since I have last posted. Life is just crazy busy! I have a full time job and the scentsy is now turning into a second full time job. Tomorrow I am making a 2 hour & 15 minute drive to do a home party for someone. I think I have lost my mind.

I was up and showered on a Saturday morning - then out of the house by 8:15am today. We went to purchase new Christmas lights. We had to hit several stores to find the right ones and also to get enough. My husband has started putting up the lights, it is a two days process (at least). I CAN NOT believe I used my only day to sleep in and got up and went shopping. I think I have lost my mind.

Teenage years are GRRRRRR. I got a phone call from one of Kobi's teachers. She dropped the F bomb in Spanish Class. This kid in her class messes with her just about everyday until she snaps. The teacher told me she told him to shut the F up. She did punish the other student too. AND from what I understand, she may have spoke it Spanish and well, the teacher knew what she said....I think I am loosing my mind.

Today I was digging in the draw for some tongs. I picked up a few items so I could have a better view. I got frustrated because I couldn't find the tongs in the drawer. HHHMMMM they were in my hand. I think I am loosing my mind.

I was talking to my mother on the phone last night. GOD BLESS her retired self with tooo much time on her hands. We were talking and making sure all my aunts and uncles and relatives had places to go thanksgiving.

MOM- Why would you want to add more people, you already cook for 35-40 people?

ME- What is a few more at that point, we have the room AND I don't want anyone home by themselves on a holiday.

MOM- It wouldn't hurt my feelings to stay home by myself on a holiday.

ME- Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind?

MOM- UM NO WHY?

ME - Ten minutes ago you told me you were tired of sitting at home and wished you could be on the go more.

MOM- *laughing* OH

ME-SO what is it? Do you want to sit at home by yourself, or go somewhere?

MOM-You're confusing me....

I am loosing my mind....

Last night at 11:30pm I was working on the computer. My daughter came out of her room and asked what I was still going up? Apparently she thinks I am never up that late? Anyhow, I informed her that just because she goes to bed early, doesn't mean that I do... She just doesn't realize I am up, because she is sleeping. She didn't believe me...I am loosing my mind.

Get the point?
I AM LOOSING MY MIND!
TOTAL CRAZINESS!!















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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Last Supper

This was SO not the "last Supper" that you know about. This was my last supper for SIX weeks.
SIX weeks. HOOOOOLY SCHMOOOOOLLY ---- SIX WEEKS! AND Not by choice! (well maybe kind of)


Anyhow, our friend Bob (his wife was out of town) met The Hubs, Kobi, and Me at one of my favorite places to eat -- Louie's! Oh their wraps are just totally to die for.... and the fried green beans, oh and the chips and salsa.... AND you can not get out of there without eating their fries... MMMMMMMM If you are EVER in the Oklahoma City area... I strongly recommend, it's not fine dining, just a "sports bar" bar type of place that is geared more toward the family type of atmosphere. (I have no issues taking a child there-so really not a sports "bar" to me) Anyhow, it's good - try it if you are ever in town...


SO, I am writing this post with a TOTALLY FULL belly on Tuesday night. (not posting it til Wednesday though)


I ate at my favorite place Tuesday night because I am having a surgery done on my jaw Wednesday morning. I am so totally thankful that my jaw will not have to be wired shut for 6 weeks, HOWEVER, I will have to wear a splint at all times, and it does not allow me to eat normally. I have somehow, torn and/or moved the disc in my jaw and they need to repair that and clean out the left joint of the jaw. FUN! They told me soft foods only. I tried to eat soft foods (noodles) the other day with the splint in my mouth...I nearly choked and gagged to death! Seriously, it is going to be soup and protein shakes.


I was recently asked, why don't you just use a blender or food processor to mash the food and then eat it. Alright folks, seriously, I was so over that by the time I turned 1. The thought alone is enough to make me gag.


So, if you do not see me around, or hear from me.... Sorry, I don't know when I will make it back to the computer. Who knows, I may blog hop around and leave totally random comments on all of your blogs....I am telling you now, in advance.... So sorry, it was the meds that made me say it...


T he million dollar question in the house that my daughter is asking ( I am sure the Hubs is thinking, but will NOT ask) ---Are you ready?


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Figured it out yet?


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Come on... it's a teenage daughter wanting to know....


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Okay, here it is......


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*drum roll please*


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"Hey Mom? So how long do we have before you will be able to speak again?"




My child LOVES me!




PS: The giveaway is still going on... I am donating from my "side job". It is such great stuff, I just have to share it with you... ANYHOW, go back to this post to ENTER.

UPDATE- So I am a complete idiot... We got to the appointment to have the surgery AND my mouth splint was at home on the dresser.... Totally had to reschedule... So next Wednesday, I will be having my surgery... disregard the whole last supper thing... it was all a hoax to get our friends to go eat with us. Also, I didn't want to cook... In honor of my rotten day, I leave you with this.

My forgetter's getting better,

But my rememberer is broke

To you that may seem funny

But, to me, that is no joke

For when I'm 'here' I'm wondering

If I really should be 'there'

And, when I try to think it through,

I haven't got a prayer!

Oft times I walk into a room,

Say 'what am I here for?

'I wrack my brain, but all in vain!

A zero, is my score.

At times I put something away

Where it is safe, but, Gee!

The person it is safest from

Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone,

Say 'Hi' and have a chat,

Then, when the person walks away

I ask myself, 'who the **** was that?

Yes, my forgetter's getting better

While my rememberer is broke,

And it's driving me plumb crazy

And that isn't any joke.






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I've Been Tagged

So, I've been tagged! Samantha over at Apple Juice and Milk tagged me, and I thought it would be fun to continue the process! As part of the "tagging" process, Samantha, who was tagged by Theta Mom, has asked that I write 5 experiences that have helped shape me into a Theta Mom (a true, authentic Mom), and then tag some other, really AWESOME theta moms! So, here it goes, here are 5 experiences that have molded and shaped me into a Theta Mom.







1. My Dad passed away when I was 7 years old. My Mom is so awesome and was able to raise all 3 of her kids on her own. She always worked non-stop to get things done and we always had what we needed AND wanted. I believe seeing her strength as a child is why I am so stubborn and pig-headed why I take charge and get the job done. I can't stop until the project is complete.

2.I was a single parent for a while and I was not afraid. I did what I had to do, to make sure my baby girl had everything in the world! -*sigh* and now she is spoiled rotten! I don't think I ever had a second thought about being a single parent...I was use to only having one parent, but under different circumstances.

3. I dropped out of college my first time around, after the first semester. Once I learned that I was pregnant and would have to "be responsible"... I not only went to school full-time, but I also worked. I felt guilty about leaving my child...but I had to do something to make a better life for us. I ended up getting my degree in Early Childhood Education so I could maybe have a better understanding of why my child did certain things and how I could teach the right things as she grew.

4. I was that over-bearing, over-protective mother. As an infant, anytime my child went outside she had her ears covered... I followed the charts on what and when to feed her certain foods... I was constantly wiping her face and hands.., She always had on BIG bows and if her outfit was dirty, it was changed immediately. (I can say she was RARELY sick & did not have an ear infection until she was almost 2) Yes, I know that was OCD, but at the time, I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right!

5. My daughter is a teenager now and OH HOW TIMES ARE ROUGH! When there are troubles, I smack my child around really try to follow the behavior back to the source. It's not easy at all - but I try to have an understanding of what my child is going through and what is causing the behavior. (good or bad)

I have shared with you just 5 of the many experiences I have had, that have helped shape me into a theta mom, now please grab this tag and share with all of us, your experiences. Make sure you tag others as well!


Rayli at 4 Kids and a Large Coffee


June at The Butler Family

Tracy at A Journey Through Loss

Kimberley at Ranch Momma



Sheila at A little Dirt Never Hurt





PS - While you are blog hopping reading about all the theta moms, please don't forget to go enter in the scentsy system giveaway! - HERE is the INFO!





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Monday, November 9, 2009

As Promised....A GIVEAWAY


I am running short on time today, SO this works out perfect. I mentioned before that when I reached 25 followers, I would do a FANTABULOUS GIVEAWAY!! Well, guess what folks, over the weekend.... IT HAPPENED :) SO...Here we have it. Up for grabs is a SCENTSY plug in system. This is a plug in & 3 bars of wax to melt.


The plug in system is being donated from HERE.

Rules of the GIVEAWAY - Entries will be taken until Friday, November 13, 2009. WOW, Friday the 13th will be LUCKY for someone instead of unlucky...


You will need to leave a separate comment for EACH entry to be counted:

(this means you may have to make up to 10 comments)



1. Become a follower, if you are not already.

2. Visit the Escential Consultant website -
Nicely Scented, then come back and let me know your favorite product / scent.

3.Become a follower of the
Nicely Scented Blog.

4. Blog & Link to the giveaway.

5. Add the Nicely Composed button to your blog.

6. Make a purchase or
join my team to earn 5, yes FIVE, extra entries.



The winner will be announced Saturday morning :)

If by chance we make it to 50 followers by the time the giveaway closes on Friday at midnight, there will be two of these to giveaway. YEAH!




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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Birthday Cake

Some friends of ours are celebrating the big 40 tonight... Both the hubby & the wifey.... I got to make the cake :) - It is an ADULT party, so I figured I was safe to make a play of words....




This is going to be a FUN night.



PS-1 more follower and it will be giveaway time :) YEAH!


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Thursday, November 5, 2009

You Did What?

And here is how it MIGHT have gone...

911-"911 what is your emergency?"

caller - I need help

911- help with what?

caller - we just had an accident

911 - is everyone alright?

caller - the car is damaged, the family is ok.... however, the elephant may need some help

REALLY NOW.... or it may have gone like this....

Random guy - I need to file a claim on my insurance

Insurance agent - ok, what is your claim?

Random guy - I had an auto accident

Insurance agent - With another auto or single car accident?

Random guy - Single car accident.... with an elephant

Insurance agent - I hear that all the time... what really happened?

OK all kidding aside.

Can you imagine, driving home from church and WHAM car hits elephant in the road. Seriously, an elephant. What a story! I don't believe anyone was seriously injured and the elephant is basically ok. I know it is serious, but I crack up every time I think of it. I can't stop laughing! I feel for the family AND the elephant. To read the actual news article you can click HERE.



PS - I want to say thank you to all my crazy readers... I am excited to have hit a milestone today. Well, it's a milestone to me at least and it makes me feel special... I hit 20 followers today. YEAH! I know that is not a lot to some, but to me it is... Thanks to everyone for reading my totally random "JUNK" about my crazy life/family...

PS again - When I hit 25 followers I may do something crazy like a giveaway.... WOOT WOOT so keep watching, I am sure it will happen eventually :)

PS one last time - YES an actual ELEPHANT!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Glowing

I just spent $600 on a splint for my mouth...to keep it open. All this time, my hubs tries to get me to shut it and here I go buying something to keep it open...

I really didn't by this nasty little mouth piece because I wanted it. You see, I have been having this horrid jaw issue and well it is resulting in surgery on NEXT Wednesday. Bad part: Surgery & $600 splint/mouth piece Good part: Only $42 out of pocket for surgery AND a few days off of work that I don't HAVE to do anything.

My whole "new business venture" is REALLY taking off. I have discovered that shipping is pretty cheap on party baskets, so I have been sending them off to friends and they have been doing SCENTSY basket parties for me. I have started a blog plus I also have a website that people can order from.

As with most teenagers, life is a struggle at times. I am happy to say that my daughter has seemed to have a good last month... Good grades, no missing homework, no major issues, good behavior, good attitude (mostly) and she has gotten back involved in her church youth group. She even helped CLEAN at the house. I about fell over dead! Now if those boys would just leave her alone, it would be perfect.

This weekend my friends (hubby & wife) are having a 40th birthday party. I am getting the honor of making the cake for the luau. I have a million and one thoughts of what I should do...

I am also glowing today because I feel so honored! I am actually a Featured Friend, over on Our B Life, and would like to send a big THANK YOU over that way! Our B Life is a great blog that I have ended up reading on a regular basis and I enjoy every minute of it... I bet you would too. :) Go check it out...


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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween Fun

OH MY GOODNESS! Busy as a bee are wee! Halloween is over. Crazy CRAZY times! Jasper dressed up as a little bee this year. He was sweet as usual. I usually sit out side to pass out candy. Doorbell+blind dog = running into walls + barking in the wrong direction. I just didn't want him to face that humiliation.






Walking around in circles outside...


OK, This is getting on my nerves....





Nope, I am done... no more pictures...



We had a mini cookout Saturday evening. The weather was WONDERFUL! A few friends came over and then it was football time, wait no it was trick or treat time....Kobi left with a group of friends to go roam the neighborhood. We turned on 4 tv's in the garage. Yes, my hubby does have the ultimate man cave. 4 tv's, a pool table, dart board and a fridge. They had the OU Sooners on one tv, the OSU cowboys on another, the world series on another and even had ghost hunters on too. MANY MANY men stopped in our garage that night to catch the scores and drool over the set up.



I hope our neighbor doesn't mind me posting this. He does such a GREAT job every year on scaring the kids and being spooky. Another reason why I set outside to pass out candy... it's a wonderful show. I laughed so hard this year that at times I about wet myself. The greatest was the last group and watching the girl do a backwards summersault and she was trying to get away....



Above is his daughter giggling because she knows he is back there...
Normal looking porch - Yes? Under the plant and pumpkins on the left is actually a 5ft deep whole that our neighbor hid in for the entire night. He covered the hole with wood, then mulch, then placed the plant back on top. Looked like nothing was out of place! He also built a fake portion of the step and covered it with cement. Through this he could reach up into the bottom of the candy dish and grab whoever was getting the candy. An air tank also was his friend in the hole. He would blast the kiddos and scare them. He could see who was coming up and would try not to frighten the little ones. The adults however.... they were fair game.



There he is.... so clever as can be!
Below I loaded a small video and you will see him testing it out on one of his children.
PS - no children were harmed, well physically hurt at least *smile*






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