Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I need a translator

My original idea for this post was to talk about how you're a big boy when...  Like today when Dozer (2yo) went round and round and round on the Sit n Spin.

But instead I got distracted first by this weirdness

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(The boy needs a pet or something, doesn't he? That's just really sad...) 

And then by this gobblety-goopy-talk that I just could NOT understand!  I can usually kinda figure out what he's saying, but not this time...  Anyone care to translate?  Anyone?

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PS Is anyone going to the Texas Above Rubies retreat this year?   It's in April and southwest of Dallas...just wonderin... I'm not sure if I'm going but a blogger friend in attendance might encourage me to make time for it!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

This struck me as particularly funny this morning...

Early Monday morning, as President Bush got out of the helicopter in front of the White House, he was carrying a baby piglet under each arm.

The always-squared-away Marine guard snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "Nice pigs, sir."

The President replied, "These aren't just pigs.  They're authentic Arkansas Razorback Hogs.  I got one for Senator Hillary Clinton and I got one for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

The Marine, still at attention, said, "Excellent trade, sir!"  

Friday, February 23, 2007

Be a part of THE club!!!

Nope, not Country Club.  But the HSB Literary Club

C'mon, all the cool people are in it... Gena, JenIg, Kate, AnneMarie, SuperAngelJaybird, redmom, creech7s, workinprogress, Maria, Jenn and moi...  Plus a bunch more!!!  You don't want us to have all the fun without you, do you?

Don't worry, we won't charge dues or make you do some silly initiation stunt or dare... (right, Jen?)

We'll be starting our first book Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth in March, so please join us!!!


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Quality time, ALONE time! :-)

I am very blessed to have some very thoughtful (and patient and kind) in-law's!  Seriously.

They had agreed to take the boys to their house tomorrow and we'd pick them up on Tuesday (they live 2 hours away).  Well, they just left tonight with them and asked if they could bring the boys back on Wednesday!!! 

So not only do I have TWO extra nights alone with hubby, but we also do not have to go pick them up.  Oh, and dh is actually off of work until THURSDAY.  Could it get any better?!

YEEEEHHAAAAWWWWWW!  (not a word I use IRL, but it seems to fit this auspicious occasion, don't ya think?).

Okay, I'm going now.  BUH-BYE!!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

I'm getting old...er...

Okay, I realize that almost 32 is not very old, but I think you jump to Old-dom when you get WHITE HAIRS! 

Actually, m
y older sister takes great delight (a little too much if you ask me) in finding and plucking these scraggly-straggly-wirey-completely-white-from-root-to-tip hairs from my head.

It's one thing for my big sis to notice these things, but it was bad today when my dear sweet blind-to-all-things-that-require-attention-to-detail husband suddenly blurted out to me: "OH MY GOODNESS!  What is that?!" 

Huh?  What?!  Is there a spider on me?  Did you finally find that set of extra eyes in the back of my head?!  Am I going bald?!!!

Nope, he noticed (apparently was shocked actually) that I have WHITE HAIRS!  Aggghhh!  It was noticeable enough for HIM to notice???

That's just not cool.  And on Valentine's Day Eve...  (just kidding...I'm with the dancing queen on that one).

Several questions now BEG to be answered:

1.  Will I end up with completely white hair like a Q-tip?  Or will I end up looking like Pepe Le Peeeuw?

2.  Should I color my hair?

3.  If so, should I go really dark?  I like mamaduso's black hair.  We're sisters, ya know...well, not biologically but we're both halvsies! 

4.  Or should I go that crazy asian red color?  Or I could stick with my boring doo-doo-brown color...

5.  Do YOU color your hair? 

I am completely UNtalented in the hair department.  I'm lucky to get a plain old ponytail done without lumps!  I might get it colored professionally the first time (and ask for LOTS of advice) and then do it myself after that.  Tis waaay to expensivo for me to visit a salon more than say...twice a year (which is currently how often I squeeze in a regular old haircut!).

I imagine that it will take me a loooong time to actually do something about the aforementioned white hairs that have attacked my head.  There are just too many other pressing needs... Like the little booger boys that probably gave said white hairs to me in the first place! :-)

But to look on the bright side, at least my darling hubby noticed white hairs on my head and not coming out of my ears and nostrils.  Now that would've really been depressing!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Urgent Prayer Request for Fellow Blogger

This in from the Company Porch...

A prayer request came in this evening for Katie of TeamBettendorf and her daughter Jillian.  

Jillian is 4 years old.  She was taken in Thurs morning for what they though was an enlarged spleen.  She was found to have a football size tumor in her chest, that is squishing her heart on one side and filling her left lung completely with fluid.

A biopsy was done on Friday, and chemo is supposed to start on Tuesday.  Jillian will be an inpatient for one month, then she will be on in/out patient chemo for 9 months to 3 yrs.  

Jillian's heart is very weak and they don't know if she can survive long enough for the Dr.'s  to shrink the tumor enough to remove it.

Please keep this family of 11 in your prayers!"

UPDATE - Jillian is now intubated and sedated and has received her first round of chemotherapy.  There is a preliminary diagnosis of Pleuropulmonary Blastoma.

There is much hope now, as her heart has moved over to the center again.  A catheter and ventilator are helping her lungs clear and has reduced the size of the tumor enough to stop 'smooshing' her heart.

Tia Linschied
Senior Editor of HSB

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Finally! Today is over...

It has been the longest day in history for me today...  My poor Tank woke up with a fever this morning, but it was manageable at only 102 or so.  Then dh was sick for a while. 

At the same time, I had one really bored 7yo constantly asking what there was for him to do and a 2yo that could NOT stay out of trouble.  The little blonde-headed booger boy was in the cabinets (literally), hanging on my leg, begging for waffles, begging for popcorn (after we ate a big breakfast mind you), getting mad and heaving the wooden computer stool all the way across the room at a rather surprised big brother (thankfully he missed his target!), blah blah blah blah blah.  *sigh*

Bad news was that dh has now left for work and won't be home until Tuesday.  More bad news came when poor Tank's fever topped 105 and I could not for the life of me find a single drop of Tylenol in the house...I had already given him Motrin.

So what else could I do but cry some and PRAY?  Actually, I did one better...we called family and friends and had them pray too-- IT WORKED!  We prayed, got some Tylenol from a friend, prayed some more, and gave some hefty doses of cool rags, ginger ale and a red-white-and-blue-Firecracker popsicle! :-)

I just love it when my boys get to see God answer our prayers so quickly!!!

Although I was ready for the day to be over around 10am this morning, the day that just wouldn't end has finally come to a close.  Not easily mind you, but close it finally did.   HOORAY!

By the way, here is Tank in better days (but still with a goofy expression:

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I shall now end this rather boring blog post with some little known tidbits about the Lone Star State (my home sweet home!).  Oh, and I am trusting that my dad has verified these statements to be true and accurate. :-)

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas ...

1. Beaumont to El Paso : 742 miles

2. Beaumont to Chicago : 770 miles

3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas

4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos , July 4, 1883.

5. The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.

6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman who was the first full-time coach for Rice University in Houston .

7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America ...

8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America 's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

10. The worst natural disaster in U. S. history was in 1900 caused by a hurricane in which over 8000 lives were lost on Galveston Island .

11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,1969, was " Houston ." 

12. King R anch in South Texas is larger than Rhode Island .

13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a US . rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July 1979.

14. Texas is the only state to enter the U. S. by TREATY, (known as Constitution of 1845 by Republic of Texas to enter the union) instead of by annexation. This allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the US flag, and may divide into 5 States.

15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There is no period after Dr in Dr Pepper.

18. Texas has had six capital cities:
West Columbia

19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U. S which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington D! .C. (by 7 feet). 

20. The name Texas comes from the Hasini Indian word "tejas" meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish for Texas .

21. The State animal is the Armadillo. (An interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is they always have four babies! They have one egg, which splits into four, and they either have four males or four females. Well, I thought it was interesting anyway!)

22. The first domed stadium in the U. S. was the Astrodome in Houston .

Friday, February 9, 2007

My Friday night

I am one wild and crazy kind of girl.

I am literally feeling a bit queasy to my stomach right now for all the activity of this evening.  Seriously.  I just spent an exciting, action-packed half hour watching my new gizmo...  My brand new fancy-schmancy-more-bang-for-yer-buck-than- JenIG's-butternut-squash Cabrio Washing Machine.  Yes, I capitalized it because it is that cool.  I may not be cool for spending my Friday night watching it spin for so long, but IT is still cool.

Not only does it boast energy efficiency, but it requires that new fangled low sudsing detergent and it does not have an agitator.  No more twisted up clothes for me!  You want to know the neatest part?  It is top loading AND it has a completely clear lid!  Oh and I don't want to neglect mentioning that it has a whopping 4.5 cubic feet of space-- that's A LOT of room to shove clothes in!

So Dash and I spent some quality time together...standing there watching the clothes spin...a dash of water being added, and then it stopping and doing other stuff...wondering, actually, how in the world that would actually get the clothes clean. 

*sigh*  My poor kids don't stand a chance.  They are doomed for dorkdom.  But they will enter into dorkternity with clean clothes that required a fraction of the water that is normally required by other washing machines.

So what are y'all doing tonight???


Saturday, February 3, 2007

Fun twist on names

I got this from Cammie's blog (www.homeschoolblogger.com/jumping).  BTW, my hyperlink's aren't working-- is anyone else having this same problem?


2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first three letters of your name, plus izzle)

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three of your last)

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal)
Red Chicken

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, Street you live on):
Ann Andrew (I know, I'll never make it in Hollywood!)

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom’s maiden name)

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (favorite color, favorite drink)
Red Coffee

10. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name)
Hye Dell (Ummm...I thought the point was to not draw attention to yourself!)

You should try this it is fun!  And check out my boys wrastlin' in my previous post, okay?  In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the clickety-click of the keyboard, the ticking of the clock and the absolute peace that currently reigns in my house...at least for the next 10 hours or so...

Hey Cammie, what ever happened to numbers 8 and 9?  And no, I did NOT just notice that...after...ummm...an undisclosed amount of time passing...

Friday, February 2, 2007


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While they are all different sizes, strange how they are all a pretty good match for each other!  What one might not have in size, he has in spunk and determination...

We do have peaceful moments around here, but the ROWDY is definitely in the majority.  Just the way I like it... :-)  Most days anyway...