Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I tag, Julie over at coolmomguide, Heather at ItSpewsForth, Jennifer, Amy, and Ryan at cooldadcentral.
2. I started working a 'real' job as soon as I was of legal age, prior to that I babysat some children that went to our church, or worked little odd jobs at the church office, or for a local business office with filing or key entry. I never felt like my parents were mean for requiring that I work in order to pay for gas, etc., for the car I drove (and also helped pay for!)...
3. I've only had 4 jobs in my life (and have been working since 15.5 legally - that was when 'work permits' were issued!), and worked at each place for no less then 2 years. The longest employment was 8 years, and I still work for them.... just from home, independently.
4. When I was little, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. Somedays, I still do.
5. Growing up I was a Prissy Tom Boy.. I say that because I'd play chicken w/ my brothers on REAL motorcycles... and I had a hard time being the chicken. I climbed trees, shot bb guns, and had no problems at all keeping up with the big boys.... but I did tend to love my dolls, cabbage patch kids, and ballet slippers. I guess it was a good mix.
6. I have never been overseas - but want so bad to go to Ireland, England, and Greece. Maybe someday.
7. I love Capn Crunch... and Im not ashamed.
8. The first car I 'financed' was a red Geo Storm. And I rocked it. HA.
9. I was named after Hall&Oates Smile Sarah... most people who know my family think there was some deep biblical meaning behind my name. But really, it was all about Hall&Oates.
10. I am a preachers kid (number 9 makes more sense now, right?)
11. I know more about automobiles then the average man.... not bragging, it's just true. I work for Ford and Toyota, and once worked for Goodyear - and it's sortof a prerequisite. I do administrative work and it requires my being familiar...
12. I'm quite frugal - most wouldn't know it but it's so... just ask Julie, and Jennifer....and my husband. HA.
13. I like pimento cheese.
14. I also like dipping Wendy's fries in a Wendys Jr. Frosty.... HA - the inner child in me will live FOREVER.
15. I didn't weigh over 100 pounds until after I turned 23, not sure why - genetics, metabolism, etc. I tried my best to gain weight, and never could... sometime around 23 my metabolism changed!
16. I had chicken pox twice, and the 2nd time was 2 weeks before my Junior prom. That rocked. Thank goodness for Glamour Shots makeup!
17. I didn't go to my Senior Prom - I went to the beach with friends instead.
18. I almost became a widow at 29. A miracle happened, and my husband survived a massive heart attack and triple bypass surgery - 5 short months later we had another miracle to be thankful for - we were pregnant!
19. I'm living proof that the .01% chance of becoming pregnant while on birth control is not a lie. (see #18)
20. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a Veterinarian.
21. My vision is so poor that if I'm not wearing my contacts, in order to read something, it LITERALLY has to be pressed to my nose to read it. No Joke. My contacts prescription is -8.50 and my glasses are so thick AFTER the super thin lens option that I still get wise cracks like 'you could burn ants with those things'...
22. I love funnel cakes. I haven't had one in several years... but MAN they're good!!! Thank goodness they're not regularly available... I'd be a fatty.
23. I have never rode a Ferris Wheel. They scare the heck out of me... but I've rode pretty much everything else there is at a theme park!
24. What scares me? The thought of something happening to my kids, petifiles, cancer, heart disease, and anaphalaxys. Otherwise, I'm not very fearful.
25. The best and worst things I've experienced in my life.... best - becoming a mother.... worst - losing my brother.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A few random things from our interesting lives....because I haven't been 'into' blogging lately. (been more into taking care of the sick, catching up with my work, and my health... oh - and in my bath, reading books as often as possible - HA!)
- I officially missed 2 of my families Christmas gatherings, because of that stupid virus,
but I'm not bitterwe'll make it up sometime hopefully... we did get a little time w/ my family (just E and I) I don't think the parents of 10 other small kids would have appreciated the virus.
- little J is becoming such a little 'guy'... conversations are becoming 'conversations' and it's weird and wonderful all at the same time.
- big E moved from a 7.5 to an 11.5 reading level in AR... this means he's reading at a grade level equivalent of an 11th grader... and we're proud for him! he's helping other students in his class who struggle with their reading skills.
- little J turns 3 in just over a week... that's unbelievable...
- it was 5 degrees here last night
- our dryer broke... $162.00 later, it turns out a 29.00 belt was the deal... but there was no way we could have fixed it ourselves so that's that.
- while the dryer was broke, I hung close in to dry (yes, IN) on our banister... thank goodness no one came by to see our undies lined up the 2 sets of stairs!!
- little J has some creative language substitutions for words... gas (sorry) is grass... ?? and kiss... is piss. funny huh? give me a piss? I think its hilarious. he says kiss on occasion, but mostly defaults to piss. oh well.... there could be worse things he says....
- worse things he says : holy crat (holy CRAP) because I said that once when I slammed on brakes recently and it stuck with him. now, everytime I have to tap the brakes the slightest to stop quick, he says 'holy crat'... we're doing our best to ignore it and hope that it goes away. we've tried telling him to say 'oh goodness' but that has it's own story. I'll take my mother of the year award now, thanks.
- I do think that little J wants to be just like his big brother most all of the time... sometimes big E gets frustrated w/ that... but the video below I call "copycat" is too funny to us.... little J mimics every word and sound that big E makes during video game time. When big E plays game, it's usually for only about 30 min each day and that's before little J's bedtime. Little J wants to sit beside his brother and participate somehow... we always think it's fun to watch how he focuses on big E's every move.
That's about it for us for this week.
I plan to get back into blogging someday soon. I need to journal in order to remember stuff!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This week has been filled with crazy schedule changes, time with my family (husband was off 1/2 day Weds - Friday) and then the grinch that stole Christmas came to visit us late... how is that possible you may ask, well here's how: MY family did Christmas THIS weekend, it's just the way scheduling worked best for everyone. The grinch = the FREAKIEST stomach virus EVER! Little J got hit with it. Thurs night middle of the night woke up puking (sorry for that, but it's how it goes) did that for about 2 hours and then was fine... all day the next day - FINE. Then, Friday night, midnight - blam, puking again and the OTHER TOO.... 2am-5am, sick boy. Then the next day FINE AGAIN!!!! Saturday was planned w/ my dad - 20+ people to attend. We didn't go, husband and I both cleaned puke and the OTHER all night for 2 nights, so we were exposed and didn't feel right carrying that over. It was appreciated by the family with kids (12 kids or so there under 16 years old!) So I felt bad, went over with E and he spent some time w/ them before all of the family arrived... Came home, and ALL night little J was FINE... then 6am - BLAM puking again!! 6am-1030am.... We did go to the doctor on Sat, was told it was a virus that could last 1-2 weeks . I've been so distraught about this freak virus that I polled moms on a local forum that I frequent and hear that this is very common in my area right now.
Today, mom/stepdad and neice/nephew came over around noon - all afternoon little J has been FINE again!! Weird freak virus. He's been puney from all of the puking, but in terribly good spirits overall... even during the sickest moments he told ME it would be ok.
In the photo below you'll see what I've named as the the "sick bed"... it's where I've put extra clothing, several diapers for (THE OTHER sick) wipes, cold wet wash clothes for after puking soothing on the neck, puke can, blanket for me and boy, pillow for boy, and a towel for him to lay on in case the OTHER is a blowout...
One last note... this has been a rude awakening to a spoiled family... little J will be 3 in just weeks and has NEVER EVER had "the OTHER" outside of teething changes with that, and has NEVER puked outside of reflux as an infant up until about 11 months old... insane. We've been very fortunate.
So darn you stupid virus, you stole our Christmas with our family.
Above: daddy and boy snoozing... daddy stayed up til 4am to make sure little guy was ok...
Friday, January 2, 2009
I figured if being a little more environmentally conscious means being a "hippie" or being a "tree hugger" then sign us up. It's no secret that it's easy to be wasteful, and reckless with our environment, and I'm guilty in so many ways! We're trying our best little by little to make a difference in our house, in our little world... hopefully what little bit we do somehow makes a dent in the big picture. When I read 'The" Green Book' I found some more simple ways to do our part. I thought I'd post 5 interesting bits of the book:
- Dishwasher - By running full loads and not pre-rinsing you can save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load, or 7,300 gallons over a year. That's as much water as the avg. person drinks in a lifetime!
- Refrigerator - Don't linger in the fridge! It's the single biggest energy-consuming kitchen appliance, and opening the door accounts for between $30 and $60 of a typical family electrical bill per year. The amt. of energy saved in a year by being more efficient with the fridge could be enough to light every house in the US for more then 4.5 months straight!!
- Dryers - Clean the lint screen (daily!) and don't overload the dryer. You'll save up to 5 percent on your power bill. If everyone did this, we'd save the energy equivalent of 350 million gallons of gasoline per year.
- Organic - Lower your exposure to pesticides by 90% just by choosing organic varieties of certain fruits and veggies. If just 1% of the Nations farmlands converted to organic (non chemical) agricultural systems, it would remove 26 million pounds of pesticides per year from the food we eat AND from the environment! Each time you chose organic, you encourage this type of farming!
- Toys - Look for toys made from materials other then plastic. Many plastic toys are made from PVC and contain toxins known as phtalates that are potentially harmful to both the environment and children's health. If every child under 12 received just 1 alternative-to-plastic birthday gift this year, not only could an estimated 25 million pounds of plastic toys be diverted from landfills, but the total energy savings could bake 31 million birthday cakes!
The book is loaded with nifty and thrifty ideas on how just taking simple steps with choices makes a huge difference in both our health and environment! We already eat organic mostly, and do alot of recycling, and buy natural soaps and cleaners, but this book opened my eyes to even more possibilities that are costy worthy!