Monday, April 30, 2007

11 yr. olds & TP'ing

Well, I survived my weekend. Hunter had a birthday sleepover on Friday night with 13 boys invited! People tell me I'm crazy...but how many times after your kids leave home will you say to yourself, "I wish I would've let them invite more people over, and worry less about how my house looks?" I can honestly say I've always been the crazy mom and let them have a ton of people over for sleepovers. Hunter begged me to take him tp'ing for the first time...and of course I caved. I've taken Belle and her friends for so long that I can't remember when it started. Then I started taking Selena and her friends.....and how could I say no when it came Hunter's turn to do it?

So there they were, bunches of boys getting dressed in black & camouflage and looking at me with pleading eyes. I caved. So out we went around 12:30 am driving around the countryside looking for the perfect place to hit. When I've taken the girls, there were always some of them that were scared or chicken out. The rest would run out and decorate the trees, the fence, the shrubs. and I mean decorate. Now...I thought this would hold true with the boys...... no way! I no sooner had stopped for them to get out and the doors were thrown open and they were running up to the house like they'd been doing it forever! Of course Belle & Selena just had to help them. By the time I had turned around to pick them up, these "amateurs" had plastered the trees like professionals! Belle said they were just winging those rolls up there like they do it every weekend. None of that "decorating the bushes" stuff! That just shows the difference in the sexes. They all can do things...they just do them differently! After the toilet papering, I took them on the annual Panther Hollow/Angel drive...they loved that. Then it was on home to pick up a game of Poker.

Boys.......so different from girls. No make-up, or toe nail polish painting sessions. No screaming all night about cute boys. Just some hardcore fun...........and I love it!

Monday, April 23, 2007

life & soccer

Life goes on in an endless circle. Whether we have or have not...whether we're happy or sad...it just keeps on going. Sometimes it would be nice just to step off that circle and watch everyone else go around. My favorite saying right now is this, "When you come to the end of your rope .... tie a knot and hold on." Or maybe it should be tie a knot in Jesus' robe and hang on.... :)

I think things are looking up around here. That knot of anxiety I've been living with for the last six months seems to have loosened up just a bit. I started a new job...again....but this time I love it! I am officially an "opener" at the Berlin Village Inn. Who would've thought that getting up at 4:45 a.m. three days a week would appeal to me? Not I. But here I am and I really like it. I set up the continental breakfast and tend it...and I check people out of their rooms, and I'm done by 10:30. It's fun, and the people are super. Thanks for telling me about it, Teresa...:)! It's good to feel like I'm accomplishing something.

The weather is changing and I'm feeling like summer is here. We sat outside all weekend and watched the kids play soccer in the backyard. All three of my kids have become soccer maniacs now.....oh excuse me...FUTBOL! They correct me and tell me I have to use the name that the "rest" of the world uses for it. Hunter and Selena even put on opposing Brazil and Mexico jerseys the other night and had a shootout. I'm excited to watch them all this fall.

Thank you God for summer.......
for my children......
for my husband......
and for helping me to keep the faith
when it seemed to much too bear.....


Friday, April 13, 2007


Did you ever stop and think about clothes? Why we need them....how many we need? How much we should not spend on them? During this past winter, I've realized how much I don't need new clothes. It used to be that whenever there was an occasion, I.E.: birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving....that I thought I needed a new top or an outfit. I guess it would make me feel good about myself. When you don't have alot of money, you begin to realize how foolish buying new clothes all the time is. You see those ladies walking in the mall with bags from Aero, Gap, and everything else in between. Don't get me wrong, I love to shop. But is all that money well spent? When someone tells me they got a deal on shoes for only $40 dollars I cringe. I have a hard time spending more than $2.50 for flip-flops at Old Navy every summer! No that's not true....I have spent $10 on shoes before...:) I'll tell you though, those occasions would come and go and I wore something...GASP...old! Or at least old to me. I'm sure no one else even noticed. I have to say that I am a cheapskate when it comes to shopping. I'm always looking for the best bargain, be it food or clothing. I always want to be in style though, or at least look like I'm trying. I don't think the trendy will ever go out of me... I'll shop at Gabe's until the day I die, for myself and my whole family. You can put together a super outfit there for $10.....and I'm so not kidding. I guess my mentality has changed. Yes you can put expensive outfits on your credit card...but you just have to pay them off then. MY ADVICE FOR THE DAY: THROW ALL CREDIT CARDS OUT THE DOOR!

Yesterday, George and I were going through our closets trying to piece together outfits for Chris & Tessa's wedding on Saturday. I pulled out nasty dresses from 10 years ago and tried them on. Not bad, just not in style. George was being positive and telling me how nice they looked. I just looked at him and said...."Yes, they are nice.....for 1995!" I do have a nice red dress that I got for Jonni's wedding....but I've worn it to every wedding in between also. I tried on some black skirts with a billowy red top.....too winterish. Then I tried on another dress that made me feel like the church lady. Sigh. Weren't those things nice when I bought them awhile ago? Maybe they were trendy then....but now they made feel like I was on the "worst-dressed list" in people magazine! Hmmmmmmm........ there's always the clearance rack at Wal-Mart.....it's just that everything from there shrinks after you wash it once! Maybe we'll have to make a Wal-Mart-Save&Serve-Goodwill run this afternoon?.......that might be nice.

Now if I could just get the girls to wear those girls size 10 skirts that are still hanging in their closets from eons ago...! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

OKAY...I feel my movie itch has been scratched. I rented 6 movies yesterday evening (oh yes...I had coupons! only ended up paying for like 2 of them...nice), and so far we have watched 5 of them as follows:

HAPPY FEET....good movie and so funny!
THE HOLIDAY....oh my gosh...so good and romantic...I cried..
CHILDREN OF MEN....so thought-provoking..loved it..
PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS....cried again...
BLOOD DIAMOND....can we just say LEO?
THE GOOD SHEPHERD...haven't watched it yet....tomorrow afternoon

It's been a couple weeks since we've rented movies because our DVD player has been acting kooky. But we got through them okay. It is now 11:59....one minute officially away from Easter. Looking forward to tomorrow. Church, then our family get-together. Lots of good food! I made 48 cupcakes today with pastel frosting on the white ones, and mocha frosting on the chocolate ones.....yummmm.

Time for bed.......


Friday, April 6, 2007


Okay...I know...it's been like weeks since I've posted. I'm not sure why I haven't....I've been looking at everyone else's blog. I just got used to the warm weather from Heaven the beginning of the week, and now there's a blizzard outside! Honestly, I love snow...just not over Easter break. I want the kids to be able to play outside...not be cooped up indoors.

Things seem to be looking up for us a little more now. This winter has been rough financially....so rough that I was ready to pack up everything and move to Mexico. I wanted to crawl in a hole and move slowly into a fetal position. Being self-employed has it's pros and cons. These last two years were total cons..... It first started with George's accident, then with everything that happened with Belle. George just couldn't seem to pull himself out of it after the latter happened. I think Belle's situation put him more in a funk than his accident. So now, after major despair, stupid financial decisions, and sometimes looking at a bare refrigerator.....I feel that we're moving on. I'm tired of worrying about things so much that I can't function....it's time to grab my backside and go. George feels the same way. There's only so long that you can stay in that situation before you go crazy.

I have a new job for one. I'll be opening at the Berlin Village...BEHIND A DESK....no more housekeeping! I function better behind a desk than sweeping behind one! Now...the question is can I get up a couple of days @ 5:00 am to be there at 5:45am? Oh yes...I think I can. I'll be done by 10:30 or 11:00am, and that's just sweet. I'll have my whole day yet. I'm excited about it. George is working steady too.....so that's a big help for our frame of minds. I feel the spring and summer coming. It's surging through my veins......and everything will be all right. Although I have to say that I've laid all this at Jesus' feet so many times.....one of these times we'll get it right and be doing what he wants us to do.

Gotta go buy some Easter candy this morning.....yes...I procrastinate until the last minute. I think that's when it's the most fun, though. Who wants to go 3 weeks ahead of time? Not I....