Tuesday, December 30, 2008
December 2008 - Not only do we not have employees but we no longer own a business. Due to the economy and decrease in new construction and service calls we had to close it. Our file cabinets, phones, computers and any other office equipment you can think of sadly sit in our garage...just a memory of what once paid our bills. That humble little home...we lost that too. We are now "renters". Josh graduated boot camp. He is now living on his own and engaged to be married. The other kids will no longer come home to mommy for I have to go out and get a job. I have put it off long enough and we are now out of time and money. They will soon be latchkey kids. They've learned that they can't always get what they want and that we just can't afford some things. To them, eating out is a treat now...which only happens once every 2 or 3 months. As for my shopping and lunch habits...well, those have changed. I still yard sale and thriftshop but that's about it. And that food storage...it's no longer so stocked up. We used lots of it this summer when not one call came into the office.
Though this is my personal story, it is not much different than most Americans right now. What is different is that I feel very blessed. Blessed to have ever even experienced "the american dream". And though this year has been tough on many, there is light in my life. My kids are alive and healthy. My husband loves me. I have a capable body that can still go out and work. And together, we will overcome this.
What a difference a year makes!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Okay, so my kids aren't perfect!! The real story goes a little something like this...The chitlins and I were headed to Wal-Mart for a little shopping and when we pulled into the parking lot that Coke Truck was all we could see. It just stuck out like a sore thumb (wonder why?). All lit up and people all around it, we just had to go see what all the fuss was. Lo and behold, the big guy was there!! And he was taking pics with everyone...for FREE!! Not only that, but he brought his mailbox...for any last minute requests. Pretty cool, huh? What a surprise it was to find all of this right there in front of the local Wal-Mart!! Good thing I had the chitlins with me. I love Christmas...Oh how I love Christmas. And Coke!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1) A Christmas card with some baked goods before Christmas OR
2) A New Years card with homemade tamales a couple days before New Years
The rest of the gang succomed to peer pressure and ate like pigs! This is Steph wondering how she got stuck surrounded by a bunch of boys and some really immature adults.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
So tell me...am I wimp? Are you using your heaters yet? Can I start using mine? Jana, what would you do? You know, because you are my role model and all?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Thanks for listening!!
Lazy Bums!! Their just like their father!! (By the way, can you totally tell, Jarom was fakin' it?)
Friday, November 28, 2008
This year was no different. I waited and waited, pacing the halls, biting my nails, envisioning my victorious trip to Wal-Mart, getting everything I went for...I was like a druggy waiting for her fix.
Thanksgiving got here, My BFFL and I rushed out and got the paper. We went through it and then we went through it again...no Wal Mart ad? No Jo-Ann's ad? Something had to be wrong!! Since when does Wal Mart not put an ad out? We went through the ads again and there was just nothing that I had to have. There was nothing that I couldn't live without or that I could justify getting up at 130 or 2 for. This made me a bit sad as there has always been a reason for the madness but this year, there was nothing I wanted to get up at 2:00 for. We saw some really cute things and thought well, we can sleep in and hit these stores at 7. So we did. We had a route mapped out. First we would hit Walgreens for an awesome buy on some 4 ft. potted pre-lit Christmas Trees. Then we would hit Michaels for 25% off of our total purchase. Then Target for...well, not really for anything but just to see what we could find.
It was great!! We slept in and still got everything that we wanted. I was kind of bummed not to go out in the wee hours of the morning as I have for the past 10 years but the sleep was well needed. I have most of Christmas shopping done for hubby's family and my 2 younger kids. I also bought some great Christmas stuff for the house. I can't wait to put it all out!!
Have I mentioned how much I LOVE BLACK FRIDAY!!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I tell you this because it got me thinking...who am I? These "new" people in my lives should know who I am and I didn't tell her jack!! My kids should know who I am. I have been horrible about keeping a journal. So I started a new blog. It is nothing any of you would want to read but just my autobiography. Who I am, where I came from, and my life experiences....I was a horrible teenager!! Really, I was. Anyways, once I get enough written about myself I will give you all the link. Right now, I have my birthgiven name, my date of birth and where I was born....totally boring!! However, it will get better. So thanks sister Andrew...you inspired me to write my autobiography!!
Anyways, I didn't get to see the spotlight because I missed church today. It probably went something like this:
Our spotlight this month is on Julie Wright...she is boring!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Oh, one more thing..for my kids ethnicity are they Caucasion or Mexican/Hispanic? White Daddy, Mexican Mama...I know what I always mark but what would you consider them?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Guess I should do my make-up. Just in case.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Steve gave him a new piece. You know, I have no clue where that piece ended up.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I have been in the market for some barstools for our kitchen. Of course these are nothing fancy schmancy, but for $2 a piece I couldn't pass them up. They will do until I find those "perfect" ones...if there is such a thing.This duo (which matches the red in my bedroom) was $5. I liked the vases more than the flowers. Can you see how they are antiqued? Love it!!These chairs were...are you ready for this??? a quarter a piece!! I got 4 of them. I mean, for the backyard, they're not bad. They're great for around the pool.This was one of my favorite buys. I did spend a little more on this but it was totally worth it in my book. It is all ceramic. I don't know if you can tell but it is also "antiqued" or "distressed" looking (which I love). So the whole 3 piece set (tray, the vase and the bowl with the wooden apples) was 20 bucks!! That really is a great deal for this set. This beautiful bouquet was my first purchase of the day...I was so proud of it. You can tell someone had it professionally done. It had a price tag on it from Craftmart but that could have been for the vase. Anyways, I paid $3 for this beauty!! I love her and she goes great in my house. So what'd ya think? Great finds or not? I thought so!! I got a couple of other things but nothing worth taking the time to post on this blog.
Now this next pic is worth the time!! Is that model material or what?!?! Maybe I'm partial but this kid should be on the cover of some studly magazine!!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I bring this up because I have recently moved. And with this new move came a new "freak". At least I think so. I must start by saying that I have not yet met this person or persons but was a little freaked when I decided to take a walk in my beautiful new neighborhood and walked past a license plate that read something satanic. I don't want to put it on my blog just to be safe. Anyways, I did not advise my children of this as I didn't want to freak them out. I did tell my hubby and he didn't seem too concerned. So, I have kept this in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks now. However this license plate really scares me!!
With the cool weather having just hit this area of the country my children have started walking home from the bus stop. Walking with them, has been the child of the "freak" with the license plate. So yesterday, or the day before, he informed my children that he does not go to church, he does not believe in God, nor do his parents and that God is just something his family has chosen not to believe in. Of course, the first thing out of their mouths when they walked thru the door that day was "Mom!! So and so doesn't believe in God!!" Immediately, my daughter said that he was bad and Steve told her "no, he is not bad...we don't know what or IF he has ever been taught about God". But in my mind, I am thinking...uh, read the license plate. They are evil!! Of course, I wouldn't tell this to the kids but honestly, these are my thoughts.
Here's my concern: I've never met them but my son has talked to them when ever he is out there and they are too. They've invited my 8 year old son over to play and I keep making excuses. The fact that they openly have a satanic reference on their car for the whole world to see scares me. What would you do? How would you handle this situation? How would you handle these "freaks"?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Anyways, the whole point to my story is, now that the kids have heard that story (Jared especially), they think every plane is going down (in their words). Jared always tells me how "loud that plane was" and "I thought it was going to wreck mom!!" Today, I was turning into the neighborhood when I heard a really loud plane, and, in all honesty, it sounded like it was coming straight for me. I looked all over for it and couldn't find it...a few seconds later, I saw the trail of white smoke headed over the superstition and knew it was probably just a fighter jet. When I pulled in the driveway though, they all came running...telling me how they almost witnessed a plane wreck!! They all ran outside to check out the noise!! They just knew it was coming down!!
What have I done to their poor, innocent, minds? Will they ever step foot on a plane again or are they ruined forever?!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I believe that Sunday is the day of rest. I use this day to focus on my family, reflect on things I may have learned at church that day, relax, and just avoiding "worldly" things. I do not go out and spend money on Sundays as I believe this is asking others to work and this should be everyones day of rest...not just mine. I do know that things come up and sometimes we have to go the store but for the most part I do not. And this my friends, is the reason I am writing. I would like to know your opinion on Keeping the Sabbath.
Here's the deal. I was given a prescription last night when at the ER. So today, I went to Wal-Mart and turned it in. I was told there was a 3 hour wait so I figured I would just come back later. Well, when it was time for me to go pick it up I had company and was given a hard time about going to the store (jokingly, of course, I know they totally wouldn't of cared either way). I explained it was only for my prescription and was told that I would be blessed for not going and holding off until tomorrow (to sum it up). Sooo, what would you have done? And where do you stand on this?
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Afterwards we have cake and ice cream and if this is the year for a party (we only do them every other year) then they have their big party with friends on the weekend. Unfortunately for Justin, football is still in session...which kind of gets in the way of parties so he will have to wait a while for his party. We decided that when the season is over we'll just invite some of his teammates over and have a Guitar Hero Party. He was cool with that. So anyways, as is tradition in our home, Jarom sampled the cake (thinking he was being sneaky). Everyone licked the candles and most importantly...everyone loved the cake!! even uncle Scott came from Cali...and loved the cake!!Oh...and Justin was happy to be the center of attention.
Happy Birthday Justin!! We love you...hippy hair and all!!