Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sidney's Hilarious 4 Year Old Mind


I asked Sidney what she wanted for Christmas tonight and this is the list. It's very specific and I'm not sure where she's even seen some of this stuff.

1)2 Baby Ponies exactly like the ones she has with a stroller just like the one she has. I asked her why she wants the same thing she has and she said, "Because it doesn't make the sounds anymore." I guess I could go the easy route and just replace the batteries and wrap it up. Merry Christmas!!

2)Toy Jewelry box with a sparkly ring that says, "I love Mommy and Daddy."

3)Hannah Montana Lamp and if it breaks she wants the High School Musical one.

4)A skateboard with white and purple flowers on it that says, "Go Slide." We questioned this one too and she said, "....cause it's like sliding on the street."

5)Hot Pink Scooter with purple and white streamers on the handles.

"And that's ALL," Sidney says.

Sidney's Dictionary:

"drug" -- to think
"bluck"--lathery soap
"propertunity"--as the super girl when she fires all the bad guys and witches
"bunkin"--someone who is not doing what she wants her to do

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Random Thoughts, Funnies, and Ironies

1) Jennifer was a very popular name in the late 70s and early 80s; however its only ranked #6 of the most popular first female names, but i know more Jennifers than any of the top five names. I can name about 8 or 9 right off the top of my head, but that number even seems a little low to me. I was thinking I knew more Jennifers than that. So, just for the heck of it, count all the Jennifers you remember from kindergarten til present and comment back with your number. If you are really ambitious, you can try and guess the top 5 I didn't mention without looking it up. There's no prize, just wasting time mainly.

2)I've caught myself doing really stupid things as a parent. I've actually said, "Now, you can't have any fruit snacks or candy until you finish your food, which sometimes happens to be "Deep friend chicken nuggets and French Fries." I mean really, fruit snacks have to be healthier than that stuff, right? There's this mentality that just cause it's sweetend it worse for you than regular food. I myself even feel like I have to eat "real" food before eating something sweet like a chocolate chip granola bar. The only problem is the "real" food may be a chili dog with cheese......"real" healthy, right? I wonder if I wouldn't be better off going straight for the granola bar. I don't understand my logic sometimes...........maybe I'm logically challenged :)

3) My son made a mess in the bathroom today. The only problem was how confused I was about it since the mess consisted of spilled.......liquid SOAP.......oooooo. I mean, how can you get mad at your kid for CLEANING everything! It was all slippery afterwards, but all I needed was water and hey, my bathroom and my son are clean. The funniest part was putting the rug in the dirty clothes pile. I had a confusing moment trying to figure out if I was doing the right thing. I mean TECHNICALLY it wasn't DIRTY...........it had soap on it.

4) Sidney asked Justin on the way home from church if when she gets big she can go somewhere by herself. Justin said yes, that when she turns 16 she'll be able to drive anywhere she wants (well not literally, but you know what he means). She thought a minute and said, " But, I'll have a wreck." Like she knew she didn't know how to drive. He kind of skipped the drivers ED. part.

5)I muted the the tv for a minute during commercial and Sidney said, "Why did you turn it down, do you need some peace or something?"

6)We were in the drive through at Sonic the other day and I asked Lachlan(2) if he wanted tator tots he said, "no." Then I asked him if he wanted chicken or french fries (normally I get him both but it was late and I didn't think he'd eat that much). Anyway, after I asked him twice if he wanted chicken OR fries, he put his index finger over his mouth and said, "Hmmmmmmm." I laughed so hard cause I know he got that from me. Then he hollered out, "I want both," which made me laugh again that he knew he was making a decision. I'm so surprised at how much he will say when given the opportunity. I just forget that he learns new words and how to converse everday and just needs the opportunity to use it. Normally I don't, ask I just order. I'm glad I did this time or I wouldn't have this funny story to tell.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Mystery Cleaning Fairy

I came home after church today my house was totally clean my HUGE mound of laundry was gone. I knew right off it had to be my mother-in-law cause, as Justin said, "She's the only would who could have humanly possibly done it," (speaking from his experience living at home). So, I called her and sure enough I was right. She cleaned my entire house and took my laundry to her house to wash, dry and fold. I was in complete shock at this wonderful surprise. Now, I have to say, a couple of years ago that might have made me mad or frustrated. I have sort of a complex when it comes to people helping me. Especially when it's the one person I feel like I'm being compared to daily by my husband. (He says he doesn't do that, but I'm not convinced). Anyway, I tend to take other people's help as an insult as if they think I'm not doing a good job or just don't know how to do it effectively. Surprisingly, I did not feel that way today at all. I felt blessed, humbled, and grateful that someone cared enough to lend a hand. She knew I had a bad day yesterday and wanted to do something for me and I am thankful.

I've been trying really hard to accept and ask people (other than my parents or my aunt) for help more and this was a true test that I've matured (even if just a little) in marriage and motherhood. I think having 3 children have something to do with it. I've decided that once you have more than 2 kids that are pre-schoolers, the game plan changes. It's not so much getting everything done, it's just making sure you have something clean to wear the next day and no major accidents occur. I may not be super mom, super nanny, or super clean, but I'm me and I'm learning to be ok with that. I'll take all the help I can get and I'm ok with the fact that I'm not always able to do everything perfectly. So, thank you Sugar (what my kids call my mother-in-law), that was a great gift!! I knew that key I gave you would come in handy one day and it did.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Are You Oppressed or Depressed?

If you're like me, you either have way to much to do and stressing out or you are depressed and looking for something to satisfy you. I rarely find myself in a state of complete contentment. It's kind of like when taking a picture. You zoom in and out trying to find the perfect angle and distance and it keeps going too far one way or the other. Do you ever feel like that in life?

What is your picture of complete contentment? Mine is sitting quietly alone by my fireplace (an imaginary one since we don't have one) in December sipping on a cup of hot chocolate while enjoying a good book. This scene also includes my house being perfectly clean with no laundry or dishes to do and, of course, all of my scrapbook albums up to date. I know you're probably saying, "Yeah, good luck with that." It's just a dream, but I long for that day to come. I may be nearly 100 years old when it happens, but I hope not.

I don't believe my problem is really the unrealistic dream. It's this life cycle I've put myself into that is making it impossible. It usually starts with over committing myself into severe anxiety and exhaustion then once my commitments are fulfilled one by one, I tend to get depressed. I get so used to the crazy fast pace motion of life that when it slows down, it gets me down. After a while of wallowing in self pity, I start looking for ways to lift myself up and then just end up with too much to do again and the cycle starts all over. When I'm oppressed I don't have time to do the things I enjoy doing and when I'm depressed I don't want to do the things I enjoy doing. It seems like no matter what I do I'm either up or down; there's no middle ground. Maybe I need to see a psychiatrist, I don't know. I may be wrong, but I think we all get stuck in this cycle sometimes. We're not comfortable unless we're miserable which makes no sense at all.

We need to be careful not to overextend ourselves, but at the same time be mindful of the needs of others and willing to make sacrifices to help. Don't say yes to every opportunity that comes along, but don't say no to them all either. When you are feeling oppressed, ask for help, but when you are depressed, do something for someone else. I'm no expert, but I think this is the best way to find some emotional middle ground.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

South Carnleyrica Is Gaining Ground

The Civil War in Carnleyrica has not let up over the past several weeks. Due to constant explosions in the northern and southern regions, the media has not been able to report on the current activity until now. The troops in the south have gained much ground over the North, but seem to have finllay retreated temporarily to their bunkers. This has given General Kacie Carnley the opportunity to speak with reporters on the current situations. According to the General, the explosions over the course of the past several weeks have been set off by the infamous Colonel Lachlan Stone. Troops from both sides ironically discribe him as a "Lose Cannon" as he has set off the explosions in both regions. His chaotic war tactics are posing a problem for both the North and South due to the lack of time between these catestrophic explosions. The General said, "His unconventional explosives have ranged from giant tubs of sugar to a large can of Lt. P.J.'s rations. Captain Sidney Pearl has not taken any steps in reigning in her "lose cannon" of a troop despite the destruction he has caused in their own territory. Her incompotence is really making officials from both sides wonder how she's managed to lead in this war. If it were not for the up and coming Lt. PJ, they might not be so far ahead. Her forces have gained strength daily and she herself has caused some disturbance in the North by spilling a full glass of water that covered the Northern region. She's constantly looking for new ways to create more chaos in the North to keep the South ahead in this war. General Kacie Carnleyrica says, "We will not surreneder!! No matter how much destruction has taken place, we will never surrender to the South and allow them to take over our land. It is my hope that we can one day put aside our differences and embrace our similarities. There should be no North Carnleyrica or South Carnleryrica. We are Carnleyricans and we should come together and try to live like civilized members of this great country."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Civil War: Carnleyrica


General Kacie Carnley of North Carnleyrica, declared a Civil War today. Captain Sidney Pearl of Sidneyland and Colonel Lachlan Stone of Lachlanville, both in South Carnleyrica, are not letting up. They joined forces today and set off an explosion of, what appears to be, an entire can of Altoids. The explosion occurred at exactly 1630 hours in the central region of Sidneyland. Officials are trying to determine why the explosion occurred on their own land and are investigating the possibility of a power struggle among these southern troops. No casualties have been reported, however two young ladies, ironically both named Barbie, appear to have some minor skin discolorations from the excessive white powder that covered this southern region.

There have been reports of a militia being formed for the South today, as well. The militia is being led by the very young and ardent patriot, Paisley Jewel or "Lieutenant P.J." She has not posed a huge problem for the North yet, due to her lack of knowledge and experience in war, but the strength of her forces are increasing daily, and she could end up gaining more ground over the North in a very short period of time.

Stay tuned for the latest news on the the Civil War of the Ununited States of Carnleyrica. Current activity will be reported often.

(Who said a Mom doesn't have the experience to run a country?)

Monday, September 8, 2008

I laugh to keep from crying (or yelling)






Around 9:00 this morning, as I was getting ready for the first MOPS meeting of the year, I heard an interesting noise coming from the livingroom where Sidney and Lachlan were supposed to be quietly watching PBS. It sounded like something was being torn, so I called out to Sidney to inquire and she said, "Come look what Lachlan did." I always cringe when I hear those words......my mind is reeling....... are pictures being torn, important papers from my desk, pages out of books!!! Much to my surprise as I entered the livingroom I did not find any important papers destroyed, but I did find my ENTIRE livingroom floor covered with dry oatmeal. Yes, my clever little son got the HUGE tub of Quaker Oats out of the pantry and used them to create a giant snowstorm. It was all over the furniture and floor and took me about 15-20 mintues to completely clean it all up. I think there is still some I missed, but it was getting late so I had to just stop. So, anyway, here's the funny part. I actually didn't get as mad as I thought I would or should. I told Sidney she had to go to the corner for not telling Mommy what Lachlan was doing. Then, before I proceeded to clean up the mess, I realized I might want a picture of this incident. So, I go back to the kitchen and got the Quaker box, sat it down beside my kids among the mess and took some pictures. Then I sent them both to the corner while I cleaned the mess. What can I say? It's the scrapbooker in me. So, here it is. I'm sharing it with you all, just don't judge the rest of the mess in the house.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Just an update.......





Yikes!!! It's been forever since I've blogged so I thought I would update. Here's some current pics of the kids that I've promised no telling how many people that I would post. Life's been busy and isn't stopping. Justin and I are going on year #7 as of July 7th!!! He took a two week vacation in July and for one week we went to Denton and vistied friends shopped at Grapevine Mills and Bass Pro Shop............ It was fun, but we had all the kids so it was still hectic.


The first weekend of this month I went to the Creative Memories National Convention in Minnesota and I practically came back home to a full calendar of events. I'm very excited about where my business is going right now, I just can't wait for Lachlan and Sidney to start Mother's Day Out again and get back to a normal routine. This will be Lachlan's first year to attend Mother's Day Out at Carpenter's Way. I dropped him in just occasionally last year and he did very well, so I'm very comfortable with sending him full time this year. Little Paisley will stay home with me, though. It will be nice to have some time with just her during those two days each week. The other two tend to take up all the attention, but I think their bored and ready to get out of the house some, anyway.


I will be temporarily teaching the youth sunday school class this fall. I'm looking forward to it, but a little nervous because I've never really taught a "sunday school" class, just small groups etc....... We are still looking for a part-time youth minister so if anyone knows of someone interested in the area, let me know!!!! I am also on the (Carpenter's Way) MOPS Steering team this year, too. I will be making the newsletter each month.


Whew........It's going to be a busy (school) year. Sidney's last year before Kindergarten, Lachlan will be finishing potty training, Paisley will start crawling, walking,and eating more foods, I will be working to promote from CM Senior Consultant to CM Unit Leader, as well as towards an incentive trip to Ireland in 2009!?! all along with the afore said responsibilities. Some how I'm going to have to make room for Justin, cleaning house, washing clothes, and cooking. With God all things are possible...........but He never said they are all probable, right??? I'll have to do the best I can and do the rest the next day. As crazy as it may sound, I'm looking forward to the rat race. I hate to have things hanging over my head, but it's been that way for so long that I'm constantly looking up and confused if I don't. In other words, I tend to thrive under pressure. I think it's good for me. Only time will tell. Keep me in your prayers.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Most Embarrassing Moment

I really can't believe I'm blogging this, but every time I remember this I laugh and think, " I should blog this."


So........when I was a senior in High School I was taking some college classes at night and I started going with my friend Beth, who had already graduated, to a college Bible study group called "Gen X." Well, they planned a retreat to Pineywoods Baptist Encampment and I signed up to go with Beth. I didn't really know very many other people and a lot of them seemed a lot older than me. Anyway, one night we had a worship and prayer time that lasted all night long except I was too sleepy to stay in the conference room all night so I went on out as some other students had done. Beth, however, stayed in the worship room. Not wanting to go right to my room I stood around trying to figure out something I could do. I was hungry and thirsty and thought I would go to to the cafeteria to get something. On my way there, a group of guys in our group appeared to be coming back from cafeteria. They asked me if that was where I was going and I said yes. They had obviously just come from there with cups in hand. They proceeded to tell me that it was closed. I was a little frustrated and embarrassed now that I had nothing to do but go back to my dorm room. As I headed back to the room, one of the guys called out, "Hey, you can have some of my hot chocolate if you want." I politely refused and he again insisted and I refused again and he insisted again. Not wanting to put myself in an awkward position of drinking after a guy I hardly knew, I had to quickly think of a reason to not take him up on his offer. And yes, I regret to say the best I could come up with was, "No thanks, I might burn my tongue." Luckily I was at the door of my dorm room going in as I said it so, I didn't have to hear their response to my ridiculous reply. In my defense, I love hot chocolate and drink it often, but I always burn my tongue and have this annoying sore for days afterwards................... I know, I know......it was still a stupid thing to say.

Sidney's first attempt at gymnastics

Well, I took my daughter to gymnastics today for the first time. She did pretty well for the most part. I wish I had thought to take pictures, but it was kind of last minute. I meant to sign her up last week and forgot. I called at 2:45 and they said they had a spot open for 3:00 if we wanted to come right then. So, we went. She loved it, but was very nervous on the balance beam. She kept her knees bent and inched her feet along not putting one step in front of the other. She slipped off the rings and didn't want to try that again. Maybe Wednesday will go better when it's not so last minute. I'll try to remember to take pictures to post next time.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

.....The BEST wife in the world, is who you married!!!

This is a rebuttal to Justin's post "Who Did I Marry?"

First of all in my defense, I was what 2 years old when this movie first released and then 8 when the last one did. The last I heard they don't let 8 year olds rent movies and back then we had to rent the VCR, too. So, as you can imagine renting movies at our house did not happen very often. Secondly, by the time I got into highschool I, unlike other nerds I know, was not stuck in the past renting old movies. I liked to stay more current and up to date. If it wasn't hilarious or a chick flick, then I probably didn't care to watch it.

And as for the other movies my husband so sedistically brought up that I don't care for, I HAVE seen The Goonies SEVERAL times and don't really get the hype. I guess I didn't realize I married a 12 year old. I can't stand that dang wiggly ear. I had seen some Star Wars movies before, but again was too young to understand and as I recall was scared of the characters.

And another thing. I HATE it when people are made fun of for something they don't know or haven't done. It would be like me being mad at someone for being TALL or RED-HEADED. Imagine that!! Besides I didn't realize there was a pre-requisite to being my husband's wife, nor did I ever get the check list of movies you must see by a certain age. Just for this I'm considering refusing to watch the Indiana Jones movies even if he does rent them. What do y'all think? Is it really worth suckin' up my pride to watch it for him?

Either way, at least come August 14th, when my husband turns 30 I can rub it in that I will still be in my twenties for 2.5 more years. I may be an ignorant and misinformed 27 year old, but I will always be younger, more hip, and way cooler than him.

Friday, April 4, 2008

My Girls






I thought I would post some new pictures of my girls. We went to get Sidney's 4 year old pictures taken at sears as well as Paisley's 3 month pics. (Lachlan will have to wait til he turns 2, once they turn 1 I only take them around their birthday.) Also, I have three new Sidney funnies:




1) She went to get me a towel off the bed the other morning and when she brought it to me she said, "What does black and purple make?" I said, "What do you mean?" She said, "I guess it makes brown." I said, "Why do you say that." She said, "because when I went to get the towel (which was purple) since the light was off it looked brown."

2) Sidney was screaming in her room in a high pitched voice and it was making Lachlan (who was supposed to be asleep) scream. I called for her to come here so I could tell her to stop. She said, " Well, I'm playing with my Barbie car and I'm making the Weeooo Weeoo sound so I'm going to keep doing it."
3) We were at the mall the other day and it's very common for us to get a soft pretzel while we're there. I asked her if she would rather just go get some lunch like at Chick-fil-a and she said, "No I want a pretzel, I only like brown food."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Things that bother me or that I simply don't like

-most all church signs (message boards)
-local commercials (they are always corny, low budget and usually contain an inside joke that only the workers of the company would understand)
-most fruity candy, I prefer chocolate
-unsweet cornbread
-unsweet tea
-rootbear, yuck (Justin and Sidney love it and I think it smells like nasty medicine)
-Larry the cable guy and his famous phrase "Get -r done"
-A street in North Texas named "Coit" ( It makes my teeth cringe to say it)
-The name of a business in Denton called "Shax's" (for some reason that always bothered me.
-when people ask me a question with no intention of listening to the answer and start talking before I'm done answering (I'm trying to be aware of doing this myself since it bothers me so much)
-domino's pizza
-square meat, you know what I'm talking about
-most country music
-Raisin cookies, there supposed to be chocolate chips...so disappointing
-Sugar cookies that look like peanut butter cookies...also disappointing
-Useless email forwards especially the ones that evoke guilt for deleting... I delete in freedom
-"Irregardless", it's "regardless", but so many people say "irregardless "that it's actually in the dictionary as "nonstandard or humorous usage"
-when people can't say their l's and say things like code or showders
-when people say "warsh" instead of "wash"

I'm sure there's more, but I'm getting tired.

one last thought........this isn't something that really bothered me but I thought of it while making this list and thought it was funny enough to blog. There was a business in Denton called J. Hester Poperties and a good friend of mine who lived there when we did almost always called it J. Hester "Pryne" Properties. (for some of you who may not know, Hester Pryne is the main character in the novel The Scarlet Letter.)

Monday, March 17, 2008

I love my child's mind

Sidney's mind never ceases to amaze me. Here's just a few things she has said recently:

1) I need to preface this one first. Sidney hates flies and simply cannot function properly if they are anywhere near her. They must be killed before life can go on..................The other day I told her to go in her room and play. She quickly returned to say, "I feel like there are flies in my room even though there aren't any." I proceed to ask, " Why do you feel like they're in there if they aren't." She says convincingly, "....because it's in my brain!!"

2) I was clipping her fingernails the other day and was having trouble with one of them. She says frustrated, "I think that one isn't cooperating."

3)She now calls all hearts Valentines

4) We somehow acquired a transformer from Sugar's house, one of Justin's old ones and Sidney calls it a Franstormer. I don't correct her b/c she's gotten to where she says most everything correctly and I'm hanging on to all the mispronounced words that I can.

5)Grams took her to Brookshire Brothers the other day and Sidney said they were going to "Brookshire Lachlan," (replacing brother with lachlan.)

6)She HATES for Justin to go to work in the morning. She always gets up about the same time he does and she comes in our room. When she was littler, she would say, "Don't go awork," then she started saying, "Don't put your eagle shirt on" (mailman uniform for those of you who may not know what my husband does for a living), then she got to where she would come in and look at Justin with a sad face, point in the direction of the post office (which is funny that she knows that) and shakes her head no. Now it's come down to coming in with her head hanging low and when Justin asks her what is wrong she just points to the post office and we know. It's like she can't even bring herself to shake her head b/c she's so sad. It's very sweet and sad at the same time.

I know there's more, but I can't think of any at the moment. More later..............

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Random Things I Like

My family
Going out to eat
getting a new hairstyle
The Office
Seinfeld
almonds
Sonic Coke
the smell of rubber and nail polish remover (does this make me a closet druggy?)
Dido
Sbux Latte's
flaky rolls and biscuits
sweet tea
road trips
being organized (rarely am)
being spontanious (more like impulsive)
accomplishing any idea or goal (very hard to let an idea go once it gets so far in process, OCD?)
singing in my car alone
stack of new paper or notepads
thunderstorms at night
water parks
snow
wall clocks (I justed counted four in my house)
Todd's new CD

that's all for now, maybe more later...............

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I think I'm married to Dwight Schrute

For those of you who watch " The Office"-- The other night Justin and I were staying up late and the movie Arachnophobia came on on TBS. During a discussion about spiders and other critters, for some reason I asked him if he knew what animals are asexual. Without even thinking, he very schrutely stated, "Flatworm." I died laughing and as if that was not enough "schrutness" he asked, "do you mean asexual or hermaphroditic?" I died laughing again. I may as well have been standing right in front of Dwight at Dunder-Mifflin, Scranton. I just certainly hope I'm nothing like Angela.

Paisley Jewel




Well, I'm just now getting around to posting some pics of the baby. By now most of y'all have probably already seen her, so I put some more recent pics on here along with one when she was born. She's our beautiful little girl!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

39 weeks and counting



Well, Christmas is over and my tree is the last part of decorations that has to be taken down. It's been a long process between that and opening new toys, putting away new gifts, washing clothes (including baby clothes), and changing out picture frames. My car is still full with a load of gifts from Christmas with my parents. I haven't even attempted to bring it all into the house yet. I keep thinking I'll go into labor and then all the work I have to do will disappear for a few days. However, the idea is to have it all done before Paisley comes. Hopefully she'll be here soon. I'm so ready, well, my house isn't, but I am. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!