Friday, August 31, 2007

Ta Dah!




At the end of September I am going in for highlights. I think she did a good job on the cut. She was nervous whacking off all my hair but once she realized that I wasn't nervous, she had fun. Now earrings will be a must:0)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

20 year anniversary of a MIRACLE!

I never hijacked Misty's blog, but here it goes...

20 years ago today, I did not know who God was, but He knew me and decided to do something wonderful in my life. It was a miracle, here is the story: I was a new recruit in the Air Force stationed at George AFB in California. There was a newer very beautiful recruit named Misty Johnson also stationed at George who I had wanted to talk to for some time, but I was chicken. On this day 20 years ago, after much pacing in my dorm room and much hesitation as I walked up the stairs to Misty’s dorm room, I finally got up the nerve to knock on the door (my fingers are tingling right now as I remember how it felt that day). Misty was spending her Friday night playing “I Need Love” by LL Cool J on her stereo so she could memorize the words (if you know Misty, you know she has a knack for music and yes, she can sing I Need Love to you still today if you like). Being the suave NY cool guy that I made myself out to be (even though I was a wreck inside) I asked her if she wanted to see a movie. What movie you ask? That romantic first date classic...“Born in East LA” (it hurts to even type that). First miracle: She said YES! Ok, so we leave in my rockin’ black VW Scirocco to the Victorville Movie Theater. When we get to the ticket booth (this is killing me) I let Misty know we were going Dutch (Arrg!) Can you believe it? Second miracle: she didn’t laugh, she didn’t tell me to take a hike, she (amazingly) paid and went in to see the movie with one of the biggest dorks to walk the planet. Finally, here is the third miracle: she married me, has stuck it out with me, carried 4 of my 5 wonderful children, and most of all she loves me - me the idiot who did a great job trying to ruin my chances with such a wonderful woman. Misty, you are the love of my life, you are my best friend, you are a blessing from God which I do not deserve. Happy First Date Anniversary! I love you Misty!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Toontown

Does anyone play Toontown? If so, e-mail me or leave a comment. My entire family plays and it would be fun to have some more "secret friends" to play with. We actually have two Toontown accounts so we can play together. It is a great family friendly game that you play online with others. Check it out and if you sign up, let me know.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Funnay

I stole these pictures off another blog because it was way too funny.

Some names should not be hyphenated:







*Remembering Nattie

*Books to be read

*These videos. They will make you smile. Especially the last two:)

*Charlie's Soap!!

*New lip liner

*A schoolbus driver that calls me to tell me she will be late. I am in love with her now.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Free Chick-Fil-A and Coke

For those of you that have a Chick-Fil-A in your area, go here to get a free sandwich and Coke.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Skeptical by nature


That's me...always the skeptic. The cynical one. So when I read on NUMEROUS cloth diapering forums that Charlie's Soap is simply the best detergent ever and it only takes one tablespoon per load, I was very, very skeptical. I mean, ONE tablespoon per large load of clothes?? C'mon. Now for those of you who do not know, I love doing laundry. I mean, I love, love, love it. I am the laundry Nazi. I currently have five open containers of detergent that I use (Tide powder, All Free and Clear, Dreft, MelaPower, and Charlie's), two fabric softeners (Costco brand and Snuggle. I usually have Downy but I recently ran out.), two boxes of dryer sheets (Bounce with Febreeze and Bounce Pure Essentials) not to mention the Spray and Wash, Clorox, baking soda and vinegar. The Charlie's soap says to not use any fabric softener with the detergent. Oh, put a spear through my soul! So, last night I put Simon's dirty diapers in the washing machine, put in one tablespoon of Charlie's and they not only were clean, they smelled clean. No fragrances are in the detergent but somehow when they come out of the dryer they smell CLEAN! It is so weird. OK, so today I put in a large load of colors. I have a front loader so a large load is a LARGE load. Again, one tablespoon. No softeners, no fabric sheets. FABULOUS! I get absolutely nothing for this glowing report, but when I like something I just want to share. Especially to those of you that use cloth diapers. Oh, and the best part? If you order on their website they ship it for FREE! Yes, for free my friends.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Thank you Jeff and Eileen

Simon is wearing an outfit that my friends, Jeff and Eileen, bought him. He fits into it nicely now. I was propping him up trying to get a cute shot when he started falling. This is what Simon looks like falling:


It looks like he is thinking, "Ummm...a little help?"

Olaf was sick this weekend with some sort of a stomach bug or food poisoning. That made for a fun weekend.

There was a first for my precious Camille this weekend. We let her spend the night with her best friend for the first time. It was Molly's 12th birthday and she asked Camille to stay the night. With great trepidation, much prayer, and advice from a friend we allowed her to go. It was her first night away from us ever. She had a blast and we all missed her terribly. They went to Dixieland Fun Park on Friday night then Molly got her ears pierced on Saturday. Camille got her ears re-pierced a few weeks ago so Molly got the same earrings that Camille has. They match now. Isn't having a Best Friend fun? At the suggestion of the Claire's Manager, Camille got her ears pierced this time with earrings that have an extra long post. Camille has thick earlobes and the last time she got them pierced they got very infected and we had to let them heal over. The manager said she would have better luck with posts that were long so the solution could better penetrate into the piercing. So far so good.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

I'm thinking Princess Diana

I was watching a docudrama (is that a word?) on Princess Diana tonight and I realized that I really liked her hair. I think I am going to get my hair cut like that. I haven't had bangs in 18 years. I already made my appointment for the afternoon of August 31st which, as I typed that, realized it is the day she died. Can you believe it has been ten years since she died?

We went to Ikea today. We ate lunch there and I had the Swedish Meatballs. They were yummy. Olaf and I have decided that will be our next date if we ever go on one. The last time Olaf and I went out by ourselves was when we went to Fogo well over a year ago. Probably closer to two years ago. Anyway, someday...we want to go to Ikea and look around without worrying about the children. That would be a fun date for us.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Round Up

I went to our local homeschool group's "round up" this morning. It is the first time I have ever been. I wouldn't have gone at all but there was this mandatory meeting for all parents who will have their children in any of the co-op classes. Thank the Lord Olaf called and told me the baby needed nursing:) I just really enjoy being home. I don't like being away from my family. I mean, a few hours at Target is fun for me (especially if I can get free babyfood), but to go away for more time than that is just not something I desire to do. There is nowhere else I would rather be than with my husband and children. Even if it means we are just in the house together doing separate things. We are still together.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Thank You Tammy!

Remember my BFF I talked about a few posts back? Look what we received from her today.



Look at these Nike shoes. Aren't they adorable?



Thank you, Tammy! You are very generous. Now go sell some more houses and send more stuff!

Friday Felicities



Baby Edition

*Baby goos and giggles
*Looking at Simon's little hand holding my finger while he nurses.
*Watching my children try to make Simon laugh.
*Watching Simon smile at Olaf when he gets home from work.
*Cloth Diapers
*Pampers Cruisers on clearance at Target and getting to use a coupon on top of that!
*This coupon (Thank you Stephanie) that lets you get almost free babyfood at Target. I bought 70 jars of babyfood--40 the first trip and 30 the second trip--for just a few dollars.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things about my husband:

1. For some reason, the man still thinks I am beautiful.
2. Thanks to a really rough time in our marriage about a year ago, he no longer takes me for granted....ever. (I guess when your wife says, "Don't let the door hit you in the ass" it does something to you.)
3. He gets more handsome to me as the years go by.
4. He is a good provider for us and works hard at a job he doesn't particularly like to make sure we have more than we need.
5. Our family always comes first to him...ALWAYS!
6. He LIKES to go shopping with me.
7. He also likes chick fliks but I am not supposed to tell anyone. We just rented "Miss Potter" (all about the life of Beatrix Potter) and he wants me to buy it for him.
8. He makes me laugh harder than anyone else can.
9. He is a fabulous father and the children adore him.
10. Caleb couldn't live without him.
11. He gives me free reign at Target when I am having a bad day and never complains about how much money I spent on all my clearance sales.
12. He is 10 months younger than I am.
13. He adores newborns as much as I do.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Cuteness


Grace lost her other front tooth last night. She chose to keep the tooth rather than get money from the "tooth fairy." When the children lose a tooth, Olaf goes into their room while they are still awake and does a "fairy dance" around the room, collects the tooth and deposits money, and then dances out of the room. The children LOVE it. They laugh the entire time. However, for some reason only Grace knows, she chose to "keep" her tooth and not have the tooth fairy come. Oh well...

On another note, my baby turned three months old August 4th. Oh yes he did! Can you believe it?


He doesn't look like this anymore:

Not a flattering photo, eh?

I have been using the all in one cloth diapers that I have on Simon because they fit him perfectly right now. I took a picture of him in a Kushie today. It is my least favorite all in one, but they work.


I just ordered two Hugga Buns to see how they will work. I have four Fuzzi Bunz and about four Bumkins as well. He looks so cute in his cloth behind.

Caleb started school today. He was so excited to ride the bus. He loves school. I can't believe I have two children in middle school.

Michelle Duggar had her 17th baby August 2nd.

Olaf and I always said we wanted 10 children but that isn't attainable anymore in my old age. God truly is in control of my womb because I am the woman that wants ten children and only have five. I am so thankful for the five gifts that He has given me though. Each one is a present straight from heaven. I pray that we have at least one more, and that she's a girl. Hee hee.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Oskidee (that's what I sometimes call my husband)

My husband came home from work in pain. His back and hip have been bothering him for awhile now, but he needed to take a pain killer today. The vicodin has done nothing for the pain thus far so he took a muscle relaxer as well. I called the pharmacist to make sure he could take them together and his words to me were, "yes, just don't let him go anywhere." I laughed.

My BFF in middle/high school, Tammy, called me this morning. She is just a fabulous woman. I haven't seen her in about 24 years, but you'd never know it from our conversation. That is the sign of a true friend. You can pick up right where you left off... She told me about this fitness boot camp that she attends in the morning. Sounds pretty kick butt if you ask me. That is why she is thin and I am not:) She also turned 40 on July 17th and I forgot to wish her a Happy Birthday or send her a card. Sorry, Tam!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007