Friday, February 27, 2009

When you leave the boys home alone . . .


No matter how hard you try, 4x4 tractors can not climb trees!

Without getting really really stuck.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

How Well Do You Know Me?

A few weeks ago, Darla sent me this e-mail, which was a twist on the usual "Getting to Know Your Friends" e-mail that you get about once a month or so.

This one asked the recipient to fill out what they know about the sender, and then send it back. Some of the answers are spot on - some are funny - some are a bit scary! But, regardless, it was fun to see what my friends thought of me! I'll allow them to remain anonymous, while you are allowed to join in the fun . . .


Where did we meet? My House
Take a stab at my middle name? Marie
Do I speak a second language? Yes
Am I a cat lover or dog lover? Dog
Do I smoke? No!
Color of my eyes?: warm Brown
Do I have any siblings? Yes
What's one of my favorite things to do? Camp with your family

What's my favorite type of music?: Christian, Country
Am I taller than you? Way
Am I shy or outgoing? Shy
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules? Totally a rule follower
What is my birth month? April
Do I want to see a woman or man as next president? A republician
I am a member of which political party? Same as above
Am I Liberal? Moderate? or Conservative? Conservative
Have you ever heard me sing? Maybe a little
How many children do I have? Two
Have we taken photographs together? No
When is the last time you saw me? Last night
When will I see you again? Tonight
Have we ever had a falling out? No, Thank goodness.
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? Scapbooking things.
Am I right handed or left handed? Right

What type of work do I do? Office work


Where did we meet? at Waterville School
Take a stab at my middle name? Marie
Do I speak a second language? yes - Spanish courtesy Dan Lopez
Am I a cat lover or dog lover? dog
Do I smoke? no
Color of my eyes?: brown
Do I have any siblings? yes
What's one of my favorite things to do? scrapbooking (carnie touring too)
What's my favorite type of music?: contemporary Christian and country
Am I taller than you? yes
Am I shy or outgoing? neither - assertive
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules? rule follower extraordinare - although she may want to believe she is sometimes rebellious
What is my birth month? May
Do I want to see a woman or man as next president? Woman
I am a member of which political party? not formally - but Republican
Am I Liberal? Moderate? or Conservative? Conservative
Have you ever heard me sing? no
How many children do I have? two and Matt but the most demanding family member is the dog
Have we taken photographs together? yes one you gave me as a gift that is in my living room
When is the last time you saw me? hockey game - December
When will I see you again? camping season Dell said because you didn't invite us to your SuperBowl party
Have we ever had a falling out? no
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? Bible I bet and a Starbucks drink
Am I right handed or left handed? right
What type of work do I do? run the world or at least Wilbur Ellis
One food that makes me want to puke: onions
Favorite drink: anything on a Mexican beach



Where did we meet? We were doing something with Matt, right?
Take a stab at my middle name? Louise? lol
Do I speak a second language? Does hockey count? Otherwise no.
Am I a cat lover or dog lover? Both
Do I smoke? No way! You’re too smart!
Color of my eyes? Yeah right. You’re so tall I can’t see them. Brown?
Do I have any siblings? Yes
What's one of my favorite things to do? Scrapbooking
What's my favorite type of music? Christian
Am I taller than you? In an alternate universe, maybe.
Am I shy or outgoing? Depends on the situation and how well you know people but I’d say shy.
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules? Follow the rules.
What is my birth month? May
Do I want to see a woman or man as next president? Man
I am a member of which political party? Republican
Am I Liberal? Moderate? or Conservative? Conservative
Have you ever heard me sing? Yes
How many children do I have? 3 counting Matt
Have we taken photographs together? No, you’re usually behind the camera.
When is the last time you saw me? Christmas
When will I see you again? Probably next Christmas!
Have we ever had a falling out? Nope
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? Dessert
Am I right handed or left handed? Right handed

What type of work do I do? Everyone else’s on top of your own because you are the only one who really knows what’s going on.


Where did we meet? Scrappin
Take a stab at my middle name? Ann
Do I speak a second language? pig latin??
Am I a cat lover or dog lover? dog
Do I smoke? no yuk
Color of my eyes?: brown
Do I have any siblings? yes
What's one of my favorite things to do? scrap
What's my favorite type of music?: gospel
Am I taller than you? YES
Am I shy or outgoing? Outgoing
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules? A little rebel
What is my birth month? May?
Do I want to see a woman or man as next president? woman
I am a member of which political party?_____________
Am I Liberal? Moderate? or Conservative?____
Have you ever heard me sing? yep
How many children do I have? 2
Have we taken photographs together? Yes
When is the last time you saw me? Jan 2nd
When will I see you again? Hopefully not to far from now
Have we ever had a falling out? No
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? computer
Am I right handed or left handed? right

What type of work do I do? wilber ellis paperwork


Where did we meet? Work but really got to know you at Diddy Janes Retreat
Take a stab at my middle name? Ann
Do I speak a second language? Does F bomb count???
Am I a cat lover or dog lover?_Dog…. Big Dogs
Do I smoke? Not unless you do it in the closet
Color of my eyes?: Brown
Do I have any siblings? Yep
What's one of my favorite things to do?_Camp (every available weekend) Follow your kids sports
What's my favorite type of music?: Christian Rock
Am I taller than you? Hello.. I’m only 5’3 on my tippy toes
Am I shy or outgoing? Shy…. Until you get comfortable
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules? Follow the rules but I think there is a rebel dying to get out *lol*
What is my birth month? May (Mother’s day ) you always get jipped *lol*
Do I want to see a woman or man as next president? Probably a man.. I don’t know I’d have to ask you *
I am a member of which political party?_Help… I can’t remember what you told me to write down
Am I Liberal? Moderate? or Conservative? I’m not a very good student
Have you ever heard me sing? Yep!!
How many children do I have? 2
Have we taken photographs together? Lots.. you are very photogenic__
When is the last time you saw me? right now
When will I see you again? when I peer thru the window at you
Have we ever had a falling out? Don’t think so…..
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? _You are turning girlish on me…….NO.. Your lists, you never leave home with out them…
Am I right handed or left handed? Right

What type of work do I do?besides blogging, the school, mom, wife , oh yeah… Clerical


Where did we meet? Kindergarten for sure, probably sooner.
Take a stab at my middle name? Marie
Do I speak a second language? a little spanglish?
Am I a cat lover or dog lover? Gotta go dog.
Do I smoke? Incredibly doubtful.
Color of my eyes?: Brown
Do I have any siblings? yes, 3
What's one of my favorite things to do? Be a mom
What's my favorite type of music?: Christian
Am I taller than you? Yep!
Am I shy or outgoing? Going to say shy/quiet at first, then definitely outgoing.
Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules? Haha!!! FOLLOW THE RULES!
What is my birth month? May
Do I want to see a woman or man as next president? Does that matter?
I am a member of which political party? I have no idea, democratic?
Am I Liberal? Moderate? or Conservative? Going to guess moderate...
Have you ever heard me sing? Most definitely.
How many children do I have? 2
Have we taken photographs together? Most definitely. Some unfortunate.
When is the last time you saw me? Too long ago.
When will I see you again? Not soon enough. Facebook doesn't really count!
Have we ever had a falling out? I do recall one, over a GUY, of all stupid things.
If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? Hopefully a fully charged satellite phone.
Am I right handed or left handed? Right.

What type of work do I do? Raise and care for 2 boys. As far as paid job... I really can't recall!

So, how would your friends do if you sent this to them? If it isn't already obvious, I've got a few people fooled on a lot of things!! Give it a shot - or rather, give your friends a shot - their answers will both surprise and delight you!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Quotable Quotes


Jane, I am so ready for your circle journal. It will be my easiest one, once it finally makes it's way to me. I've been saving quotes on scraps of paper, on my computer, in my notebook, ever since I knew what your topic was. Can't wait!


This one came to me yesterday, though, and couldn't wait.


It is from Dr. Adrian Rogers, the late pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.


"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."


Monday, February 23, 2009

No wonder I haven't been eating so well lately.

Sometimes my friend Max just hits the nail right on the head.
......PS - Can I be your friend, Max?


Dang it.


Check it out for yourself, and see if it doesn't adjust your attitude a bit. It did mine.


“Treat Me As I Treat My Neighbor.”
by Max Lucado



Are you aware that this is what you are saying to your Father? Give me what I give them. Grant me the same peace I grant others. Let me enjoy the same tolerance I offer. God will treat you the way you treat others.



In any given Christian community there are two groups: those who are contagious in their joy and those who are cranky in their faith. They’ve accepted Christ and are seeking him, but their balloon has no helium. One is grateful, the other is grumpy. Both are saved. Both are heaven bound. But one sees the rainbow and the other sees the rain.



Could this principle explain the difference? Could it be that they are experiencing the same joy they have given their offenders? One says, “I forgive you,” and feels forgiven. The other says, “I’m ticked off,” and lives ticked off at the world.



It’s as if God sends you to the market to purchase your neighbor’s groceries saying, “Whatever you get your neighbor, get also for yourself. For whatever you give him is what you receive.”



Let’s take this a step further. Suppose your neighbor’s trash blows into your yard. You mention the mess to him, and he says he’ll get to it sometime next week. You inform him that you’ve got company coming and couldn’t he get out of that chair and do some work? He tells you not to be so picky, that the garbage fertilizes your garden. You’re just about to walk across the lawn to have a talk when God reminds you, “Time to go to the market and buy your neighbor’s groceries.” So you grumble and mumble your way to the store, and then it hits you, “I’ll get even with the old bum.” You go straight to the skim milk. Then you make a beeline to the anchovies and sardines. You march right past the double-chocolate ice cream and head toward the okra and rice. You make a final stop in the day-old bread section and pick up a crusty loaf with green spots on the edge.



Chuckling, you drive back to the house and drop the sack in the lap of your lazy, good-for-nothing neighbor. “Have a good dinner.” And you walk away.



All your brilliant scheming left you hungry, so you go to your refrigerator to fix a sandwich, but guess what you find. Your pantry is full of what you gave your enemy. All you have to eat is exactly what you just bought. We get what we give.


Some of you have been eating sardines for a long time. Your diet ain’t gonna change until you change. You look around at other Christians. They aren’t as sour as you are. They’re enjoying the delicacies of God, and you’re stuck with okra and anchovies on moldy bread. You’ve always wondered why they look so happy and you feel so cranky. Maybe now you know. Could it be God is giving you exactly what you’re giving someone else?


If you don't have anything nice to say . . .

Come on, finish it with me. You know you've heard it from your mom a kazillion times!



. . .don't say anything at all!



That's where I've been with this silly blog for the last couple weeks. I've had a few crappy things happen, and every time I'm in the frame of mind to blog again, the next wave of yuckiness hits. So, I'm going to purge the yuckiness, find the goodness, and blog again. Thanks for understanding.


All the yuckiness, all at once:


Two weeks ago, our shop was broken into. While I was home alone with the kids. Matt was literally on the other side of the country, and it was scary. The guy, who was running from the police, ditched his car and decided our quad would be a better way to go. It sucked.


When you are stressed out and not in your best negotiating mode, a hotel room in our town will cost you $119 plus tax.


Matt got home safely, and I planned a fancy dinner for us on Valentine's night. Except the country club overbooked, and after an hour of waiting, we had to declare it our worst dining experience ever and move to another restaurant. I have a whole post bouncing around in my head about how many ways they screwed up that night, but this will have to do.


I had to work on President's Day. Not that this was different than any other year, but I still had to.


Early (pre-crack-of-dawn) the next morning, I got sick. A funny, dizzy, woozy kind of thing, added to the headache I'd been sporting for about 2 days.


The next day, also pre-crack-of-dawn, Chance started not feeling so hot, and by 6 a.m. commenced to emptying the contents of his stomach approximately every 1/2 hour, while moaning and wailing (he coulda been a great Jewish boy) the rest of the time in between. Another day shot.


Saturday, Chance and I travelled to big town for two hockey games - or so we thought. Colton was playing in town, so Matt stayed behind for those games. Turns out, we (our whole team) were there on the wrong weekend, didn't have even one game scheduled, let alone two!


Add to that the mundane, everyday stuff of laundry, dinner, dishes, cold hockey bleachers, early Saturday mornings, and adding a bit too much winter fluff to comfortably fit in my clothes, and I was close to a walking basket case.


And, no one wants to read the blog of an almost basket case.


Now, for the silver lining part:


We are all SAFE. I would not have known our 4-wheeler was gone, except for the Deputy that found it and alerted me it was mine.


I don't think the quad had much gas in it. SUCKER!!


My wonderful little Colton thought staying in town at a hotel on a school night was the best night of his life. They even had free breakfast! And whatever kind of cereal you wanted! And toast! And yogurt! Oh my!


Chance's team won a hockey game. I think this is the first win for this season, against kids that were actually their age, and not the other team's "B Squad". Way to go, Chance!


When we finally made the decision to leave the restaurant on Valentine's Day, we called another restaurant in town to see if they could squeeze us in. The hostess is a friend of ours (thanks, Anna) who worked us into a table. By the time we got there, she had informed the owner of our predicament, who was ready with roses, chocolates, and a table overlooking the lake. Thanks, Jordan - you saved what would have been a bummer evening.


Darla and I snuck away 3 hours early on President's day to make some fun cards with Deb and Jane. Thanks, gals. You will never know how much I needed that day. You guys are wonderful friends.


Our coaches ended up making some quick calls, and got a team down the the arena to play one hockey game. In addition, the rink couldn't fit us in for about 2 hours, so there was plenty of time to head to Michael's Craft Store and spend my gift certificate. It ended up being a win-win!


My house is clean, and the kids actually did EXTRA chores yesterday, because they both wanted to earn some money. Let's all hope we can keep that trend going!


And that, my friends, is that. I'll be back this week, with regular stories and excerpts of our always fascinating lives. Thanks for enduring . . .

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

At least he knows his limitations

Chance had guitar lessons this morning, which means getting him into town by 7:30.



Colton's classroom doesn't open until 8:05, so that leaves us a bit of time in between.



This morning, I had forgotten about the lessons until 7:00, which left us 10 minutes to get ready and be on the road.



The boys were still in their jammies.



Needless to say, the morning was a little rushed.



So, after we dropped Chance off 5 minutes late, I pulled back into the road.



Colton - Where are we going, mama?



Me - I thought we'd get some coffee.



Colton - Oh, I can't have coffee! (followed by a little 'harumph')



Me - Well, I thought maybe you could have cocoa or something.



Colton - That's what I meant, and I can't have that either! It's a school morning!



Me - We have plenty of time, though, buddy. You can drink it before we have to come back.



Colton - Mama, you know that much sugar in the morning with throw me straight into the yellow. I'll have my marker changed in a heartbeat.
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**Update - you know by the time we got to Starbucks, he thought he could handle the cocoa, right? And, since he was being so darned responsible, I had to reward him :)
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But, he stayed on green. The yellow monster did not visit us yesterday. I think he was saving himself for the Valentine's party today - I have a feeling Mr. Yellow will be out in FULL force!

Monday, February 9, 2009

A word of advice - don't take your dog to the spa

So, I got a new alarm clock for Christmas. It's a "spa" alarm clock, complete with several soothing white-noise options, a timer to fall asleep to said white noise, outside air temp, time and temp projector, and amazingly, has a clock and an alarm as well.

Insert Jake.

Some days, I think my dog is very smart. Other days, not so much.

I love the white noise thing. Especially when Matt is out of town. It helps with my tendency to absolutely freak out over every little noise in our rickety old house, and allows my over-active imagination to relax and sleep already.

Except that Jake can't seem to figure out this white noise maker.

He doesn't understand why it's raining in my bedroom and nowhere else.

So, he barks.

Then, he wanders the house, searching for another room that's reporting said rainstorm.

He finds none.

So he barks some more.

Now, white noise or not, I'm hearing all sorts of things and wondering if Jake really hears something, or if the "rain" just has him befuddled.

So much for relaxing.

Stupid dog.

On a more positive note, it appears my dog must dream of running wild and free at the beach. Because the "Ocean Sounds" white noise? It doesn't bother him one bit. It just makes him run in his sleep, and grunt these little playful grunts. I wonder if he's sleeping on the East coast or the West coast?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Worst Dinner Question EVER!

Our dinner question this evening (a brilliant one from Matt) was to describe the worst dinner you could possibly imagine. Course after course comes to the table, and you are starving, but it's so terrible you don't want to eat what's put in front of you.


From drinks to dessert, here's what we came up with:


Colton - Pineapple Juice, Tomato Soup, Baked Potato, Chicken Enchiladas, Peach Cobbler


Chance - Pineapple Juice, Tomato Soup, Broccoli, Cheesecake (he couldn't remember a main dish that he'd tried and didn't like)


Mama - Prune Juice, French Onion Soup, Canned Peas, Liver, Onion Rolls, and Mincemeat Pie


Daddy - Buttermilk, Split Pea Soup, Brussel Sprouts, any Organ or Utensil Meat (tongue, kidney, liver, etc), Dry Rye Bread, and Licorice Ice Cream.


On a side conversation, we tried to pick worst fruits, but there was great disagreement. It seems in this arena, one man's trash is truly another man's treasure.


How about you? Any meals above that you would gladly eat? I admit, I would readily eat Colton's meal, as well as Chance's. What's your worst meal ever?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Picture Flashback

Anita tagged me for the "6th picture in the 6th folder" thing, and I've been absolutely dragging my feet, because it's a silly picture that doesn't even have anyone in my family in it. So, I'm doing kind of my own thing, but I'll still try to at least stick with the theme . . .

5th picture in the 5th folder - the boys taking care of the bees.
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Fourth picture in the 4th folder - Chance (26) taking a shot on goal in a hockey game.
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3rd picture in the 3rd folder - Colton at his Horse Ridin' Birthday last year.


2nd picture in the 2nd folder - Our happy little snowman from last winter.

1st picture in the 1st folder - 2007 portraits of the boys.

Okay, so obviously I've already broken the rules, and anyone whom I tag will wonder why it would be binding, anyway. Regardless, I'm tagging Darla, Tracy, Cali, Ande, and Donna! Oh, and you too Michelle! Post the 1st picture in the 1st folder, the 78th picture in the 78th folder, or anything in between. Photo Freedom, right Darla????