Friday, December 10, 2010

I knew this day would come.... RIP TyTy 04/99 - 12/10/10

Back in the day when I was the ripe age of 19, I probably thought I knew everything.

I thought it was a great idea to move off campus and move in with my boyfriend Joe (now my husband) and get my first cat, Alex. Alex was a short hair gray and white cat who was full of energy. I was staying by myself over the summer in my apartment and we got Alex to keep me company.

A few months later I decided that since we left our apartment every weekend to spend it at Joe's grandparent's house, that Alex needed a friend. That is when the tortoise-shell colored Sasha came into the picture and turned Alex's life upside-down. At first Alex hated Sasha, and then they finally settled down and accepted each other.

About a year later I figured, well we have the room, let's adopt another cat and keep him from losing his life. We adopted TyTy, the orange Tabby. There was no missing TyTy (short for Tyler) was a male cat. His testicles were so big that friends would comment on the large size. Luckily that was no longer an issue once we had him fixed!

Finally in 2000, after we graduated college and moved to Royal Oak, Michigan we adopted Kali. I was doing volunteer work at a local cat rescue group and though I had three cats and was fine with my three, I literally feel in love with Kali. She was the cat I would hold in my arms and she would just lie there when I would clean the other cat's cages. She was just so happy and so soft. She looked a lot like Alex except she had a little tabby in her. She quickly made herself at home and became best friends with TyTy and made Alex's life a living hell. If three was a crowd, four was a disaster (at least for Alex!).

Alex was born in 98, Sasha and TyTy in 99 and Kali in 2000. Around 2005 I finally came to the realization that all of our cats would be getting old at the same age and that would probably not be good for us in terms of vet bills.

Fast forward to 2010. TyTy is my kitty that has seen the vet so much that he doesn't even mind the carrier OR the car ride! He had issues with diarrhea that after many unpleasant visits to an incompetent vet, our new vet finally found out it was food allergies. He had diarrhea and vomiting at midnight on a Saturday and had to go to the after hours emergency vet for fluids. He's had teeth removed and this year he started to lose weight and eat cat litter. We took him to the vet who suggested trying different cat litter. We did this and the problem didn't resolve itself so we just dealt with the issue by keeping him isolated from the other cats and giving him non-toxic, non-clumping cat litter.

As the days went on he lost all fat and was just skin and bones. He ate and drank fine. Just this week I took him to the vet. Christmas is coming and I wanted to make sure he was in good health before I left him in the care of my 15 year old neighbor.

My wonderful vet listened to me and thought at first it was hyperthyroidism. Then he did a organ exam where he felt underneath the belly and his eyes widened and he told me there was a mass in there. The first thing that came to mind was a huge blockage of cat litter in his stomach. He quickly dismissed that thought and said it was a mass attached to an organ.

Mass? Mass? You mean a TUMOR?

My vet said, 'Yeah, you can call it a tumor as well' and ordered an x-ray to see where it was.

The x-ray came back showing the tumor was very large and crowding TyTy's organs. I asked him what to do next. He said next we should get a blood test. If his kidneys are failing or liver is shot, we shouldn't even pursue the next option.

His blood work came back fine. Kidneys were slightly elevated but he thought it was because he was dehydrated. He had lost 2 lbs since July and was now 7.7 lbs. Very, very skinny.

Later that day we took him back to the vet for the next step - an ultrasound. They found that this was a tumor attached to the spleen and that if we wanted we could do a spleenectomy to remove his spleen and this tumor.

We talked about it and agreed to do the surgery the next day.

That night I spent some time with TyTy and in the morning I took a photo of him in his favorite place, on the clean clothes pile. I don't know why, but I thought this may be the last time he was home with us.

That morning I overslept so I was running around trying to get the kids out the door. I had TyTy in the car and Justin and I dropped him off at the vet. I wasn't able to see TyTy because he was so far back in the carrier but I opened the cage door in the lobby of the vet office, even with dogs in the lobby waiting with their owners to see the vet, and stuck my arms back in there and gave TyTy a pet and told him I loved him.

I do regret not looking him in the eye but I'm glad I decided that, even though it seemed silly at the time, it's one thing I am glad I took the time to do.

I waited until about 1pm and missed a call from the vet.

I called him back and told them I missed the vet's call. They quickly patched me into the vet. He started out with a sigh and I knew something was wrong. He said, 'TyTy made this decision very easy for us. He wigged out before we even got him into surgery, during the time we were putting in his IV. He started flopping around, drooling and wouldn't calm down. I called you to see if you wanted me to try heroic measured and he passed away slight after. Because we hadn't done the surgery yet and it didn't look like his tumor was bleeding on the ultrasound yesterday I wanted to see what killed him. I remembered yesterday that the x-ray had shown some fluid in the lungs so I did a lung aspiration and it came back all blood. The tumor had obviously spread throughout his entire body and to his lungs, which killed him. It was just a one in a million chance that he was here at the vet office when he died.'

At that moment in time I was so glad I said goodbye to TyTy that morning. I was glad I took the photos of him in his favorite spot.

It didn't hit me until later that afternoon how much I missed him. I had orange cat hairs on the sleeve of my jacket. I saw orange hairs all over the clean clothes and in his favorite spot to sleep. I saw the food bowl he'd never eat from again and the cat litter box he'd never use again.

I would miss the times I would sit on the recliner and he'd climb up next to me to sleep. Or the times I would sleep and he would lie next to me. When I woke in the morning he'd jump on the counter and meow at me until I petted him. He'd be the one meowing like crazy in the evening when it was time for me to feed him his wet food. He'd meow for me to run the water from the faucet and he loved to drink from it.

It's all these ways that he intertwined his way into my daily routine that will make me miss him. He may have been a cat but he was part of the family. He was part of ME and my memories.

TyTy was a special friend. He has been with Joe and I since we were dating and through multiple moves, through the birth of both of my children and he has been a wonderful friend.

I will miss him every day he's not here. He is our first pet I've ever lost and been attached to like this and his death was sudden and hit like a ton of bricks. I knew this day would come and though I tried to mentally prepare for it, I was not prepared.

I am very thankful he was with the vet when he died and they made him comfortable. I am thankful he's not suffering. I am thankful that I adopted him and he was part of my life and I was part of his.

As you can see the photo above and this photo was when he was younger and much healthier. I love these photos of him. He was so happy just laying around in the sun.
<3  RIP TyTy 04/99 - 12/10/10 <3



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Remembering this day 5 years ago....

The 8th of the month marked the 5 year anniversary of Grandpa's death. It's unreal to believe I've actually been blogging for 5 years this year and that was the entry I wrote up when Grandpa died. It's hard to believe five years have passed since he's died. It seems like yesterday he was here with us.

**This is my favorite photo of grandpa. Back when I was in photography class I had to take a photo without flash and I took this one of Grandpa with my camera on a tripod and he never even realized I was taking this photo. It is grandpa warming his feet by the fire (his feet were always cold) and enjoying a magazine. 

People say that 'time heals all wounds'. I don't think that is accurate. I think time makes it easier for us to cope with our feelings. I think we are still raw and always will be raw. I think time hardens us. It allows us to learn how to turn off feelings. It allows us to not cry every time a memory is triggered of that person. It makes us realize that that person will never share another new memory with us and it is that realization that makes us break down. Once that realization is accepted and dealt with, we harden and it makes it easier to live with those happy memories of the person we loved that has passed without crying or dying inside.

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of grandpa. He is triggered at random moments of my day. I still get tears in my eyes to know he never met Justin, that he never saw Joey grow up and he'll never be there to see another one of my scrapbook pages. He was such a huge supporter of my passion to document my family's lives through scrapbooking. Once he died, scrapbooking just wasn't the same for me. When I scrapbook I miss him.

Do you know how some people see something you made or did and say, 'It's nice'? Grandpa was never like that. I miss him reading every word on my pages and looking intently at the pictures. I miss him saying how he loves how I did the page. I miss his genuine love for my work. Or the questions he would ask me or how he would laugh at certain memories. He would show me how much he loved me through his appreciation through scrapbooking. I hope that one day my children will appreciate my scrapbooking as much as grandpa did.

Grandpa, I miss you every day I'm alive and I'm not with you. Though you were never my biological grandpa you blessed my life by being in it. I'm a better person because of you.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Secret....

I wish I knew the secret to blogging more often. I can't say I don't have the time since we all have 24 hours in a day. We are all given the same amount of time in which to do our tasks. I can say my days have been full of working late hours to prepare from some major upgrades at work, cleaning my too big of a house, taking care of the kids and doing errands. I admit probably some of that time is texting or doing email. I have to have SOME down time. Soooo I guess my blogging, which should be near the top of the list, has dropped down to the bottom of the list. And every time I think about this I feel guilty. Then I feel guilty I'm not cleaning the house. I swear I can not relax. I feel like I need to be doing something constructive with my time every waking hour of my day or I feel like I'm not doing enough. And I feel bad for not scrapbooking, or cleaning my scrapbook room, or listing the old toys we promised to sell on ebay or craigslist, and what about working out, and the list goes on.

So that is what has been rattling around in my mind. Scary isn't it?

Joe and I have been talking about looking in a few years at a home in the country. We love our town we are in now, but we miss the country so much. Sometimes when we are driving out in the country I feel like crying. It's just so serene and peaceful. I would feel so bad ripping my kids out of the school and away from their friends. I understand how that feels. My parents ripped me out of the city and from a school where I was in the third grade and knew most everyone and put me in the middle of 5 acres and virtually no neighbors to play with. I resented them pretty much until I became an adult and realized it was probably the best move for me, but I wasn't old enough to appreciate that. It's funny what you appreciate as an adult that you didn't as a child.

Thanksgiving was nice. We went to our neighbor's again and had a nice dinner. The boys were very well behaved and ate a good dinner.

Boys have been good lately. Both are into beyblades, bakugan and pokeman. Justin is already playing Joey's DS. Christmas should be fun for the boys this year.

I had the first tree up the first week of November and had family photos done with my parents visited in late October.

For Halloween Justin was batman. I got a great costume off freecycle! Joey was obi-wan kenobi again. We told the boys if they used an old costume that they could get a beyblade since it would save us money. Both boys agreed that they would just want a new beyblade so Joey recycled his costume. Justin was going to be a transformer until I got the free costume from freecycle and he was very happy to be Batman.

We went to Scare on the Square this year downtown. The boys walked from business to business getting candy. They seemed to have a nice time.

We had all the house decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving this year. Joe has mentioned a few times he's really in the Christmas mood this year. I've been listening to Christmas music since Nov 1st as well. I love this time of the year!



Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Scam - do NOT fall for it!

This is a first. Got a phone call from a 'Microsoft support person' (with a hidden number) that they have reports that my pc is downloading malicious software and they want me to get on my pc and fix it.

OK - yeah fricking right!!! What do they think I am? STUPID? Hell no you are not touching my pc! I wonder how many people actually fall for this scam?!

According to this URL (below)- from Microsoft's forums it IS a scam and they most likely want your activation code or will install malicious software on your pc. DO NOT FALL FOR IT. HANG UP!!

Microsoft will not call you out of the blue for this. Banks will not call you out of the blue to get updated account information. If you didn't initiate a call - it's a scam!!

Am I being Scammed?


Saturday, October 16, 2010

40 Fun Facts

  1. Favorite meal of the day….Dinner - it's the only one that we spend time on and isn't usually rushed.
  2. Longest you have dated someone…4 years
  3. If you could, what plastic surgery would you have done…maybe
  4. Most spontaneous thing you have ever done...Can't say I'm overly spontaneous...
  5. Who would you call first if you were in jail…Joe
  6. What do you want to be doing in 10 years...taking care of my 3 boys :)
  7. How many states have you lived in…2
  8. Would you rather be married or single…married
  9. Favorite season…Spring
  10. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be…Weight
  11. Favorite thing to cook...Dinner
  12. Do you text or talk more on the phone…text
  13. Party hound or Home-body…Depends...some days it's home, some it's party
  14. What was the last piece of clothing you bought for YOU…Actually my friend bought it for me...:) A green dress.
  15. Did you go to prom with a date or friend… Well, it was an ex-boyfriend. What a fiasco.
  16. Favorite age so far…16 :)
  17. How many majors did you go through in college…1
  18. Favorite subject in high school…Science
  19. Favorite condiment…idk ketchup?
  20. If you could change the past, would you…maybe
  21. Do you still talk to your best friend from high school…yes
  22. Pedi, Mani or both…Pedi
  23. Do you like your in-laws…more like LOVE my in-laws!
  24. Favorite video game…Not into video games.
  25. Ever had a surprise party thrown for you…no
  26. Snow skiing or water skiing…water. I hate snow with a passion
  27. Favorite time to exercise...lunch
  28. Beef, Chicken or Fish…beef
  29. Cook or take-out...take-out
  30. Have you ever been on a blind date…no
  31. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning…not long
  32. Favorite Halloween costume…anything the boys are is super cute to me...I used to be a punk rocker every year so I could dye my hair.
  33. If you could change your first name, what would it be…I used to want to be a Jennifer. Now I like my name.
  34. Do you like your neighbors…So far. The others haven't moved in yet.
  35. Worst gift you have ever gotten…Can't think of one. I'm usually pretty easy to please.
  36. Favorite adult beverage…Anything that tastes good.
  37. Coffee or Tea…coffee
  38. Dream job…Nurse
  39. What star would you like to meet…Ben McKenzie.
  40. How many clocks are in your home…Seriously? at least 10...

Previous week....

Last Saturday this was my facebook status:

Community Garage Sales, Dry cleaning, Post office, Park to play, Lunch, soccer game, meeting Damon and Catherine from Vampire Diaries today with my girls!!! then having a bunch of girls over for scrapbooking/craft night tonight with most likely a fro-yo run in there some where. Ready....set...Go!

Yikes it was a busy day!! I was able to meet Damon and Catherine from the Vampire Diaries - for a whole 20 seconds. We stood in line for about 2 hours and met them for about 20 seconds. LOL. At least I got to meet some new friends of Vicki's.

Later that night Vicki, Melody and Amy came over and we scrapbooked until about 11pm. It was nice. I worked on my high school album. It's a scrapbook I made when I graduated high school but it was done in a sticky photo album which is really bad on your photos. So back in 2001 I worked on moving all the photos out of the album and into an actual scrapbook. Obviously I never finished it. Sooo since I don't have any photo paper for my printer I have been using existing photos I already have. Therefore I decided to finish this high school album. I can't believe the memories it brings back. I'm getting close to having it done and it feels so good to know that it's almost finished! I also scrapbooked yesterday and worked on it at the church that I scrapbook at. I love all this scrapbooking I'm doing!!

Monday was a federal holiday so Joe and I had the day off. Joe went golfing with the guys from work somewhere out in Fort Worth. Joey had school and I took Justin to daycare so I was able to relax. I came home and slept until 12pm. It felt so good!

I like days where I can do nothing - like sleep until noon. Then I feel bad for doing nothing! Seriously? Why can't I just take it easy and enjoy it instead of feeling guilty?

After I picked up Joey from school we went and picked up Justin and went to the local fire station to get a tour. We got to see where they eat, sleep, weight room and, of course, the fire trucks. They were so good to the boys and I! We had a great time. The boys got a fire hat and sticker for coming. Kevin, the fire fighter that gave me the tour said they wear the long bill in the back of their head so the fire doesn't go down their neck. I never knew that. The kids kept trying to wear the hat like a baseball cap. It was cute.

Joey stayed home from school on Thursday because he was sick and could not stop coughing. Justin stayed home too. Later that afternoon I walked into my bathroom and Justin is standing in the jacuzzi tub with about a 1/2 inch of water at the bottom, pants down, peeing into the tub. Really? Sometimes I just shake my head! Earlier they thought it would be a smart idea to dump the entire box of cereal into the Ikea egg chair and make their beyblades race through it. *shakes head*.... Oh and yes THEY cleaned it up, NOT mommy!

I recently updated to the Droid phone. I absolutely love it. It does so many things. The one thing I miss TERRIBLY is the blackberry messenger from my blackberry. I have tried finding a chat client like it with no luck. This week I finally searched the internet and found a chat client called 'kik messenger' and it is very much like the blackberry messenger except 1. It doesn't do photos and 2. You can't tell when someone is typing. What you CAN do is see when a message is sent, when it's delivered and when it's read. That is one function I missed a lot so this new chat is great. Plus it is always online so I don't have to worry about the other person starting up their chat client. It's not BBM but it's close enough for me to be happy!

The other cool app I like for my droid is the kindle. I recently tried it out and then paid $10 for a book and I'm reading Shrink Yourself on my kindle app on my droid. It's great. When I have a few minutes I can read a few pages of the book on my phone. Granted it's not a kindle, but it's also FREE on my droid. It works for me!

Joey sold a few of his Wii games on Amazon and got paid $25 for them today so he had money burning a hole in his pocket today. He's so sweet. He told Justin he could have $10 of it! He's such a sweet, caring brother.

Joe went with some guys from work to a golf course way out in east Texas - 2 1/2 hours away. He was gone the entire day today.

I took the boys to Walmart where they bought 3 beyblades (their new toy obsession). They are like tops that you can activate with a ripper stick. They battle in this arena and the top that is the last one to go down is the winner. They are built with metal and some are better at defense and others attack or stamina.

While I was at Walmart I stocked up on a few more swim trunks for the boys for next year since they were only $3 a piece. We swim a LOT in the summer when it's 100 degrees plus so having at least 4 pairs of swim trunks is crucial! On top of those deals they had Toy Story swim trunks and shirts selling for $1 as a pair together. You can't beat that deal! Justin is all set for next year!

We went to the library after that to get our books and movies. Every week or every other week we will go to our library and stock up on new books to read. We had a new library open not even a year ago and we use it all the time. Reading is very important in our family and I make sure the library is a fun place for my kids to go with the hope that they will love books like I did when I was a kid. When I was a kid my mother would take me to the library faithfully every single Saturday. I have very fond and happy memories of this time with her every weekend. I want my kids to have that same experience.

After lunch Joey had a soccer game. He played great again. He is so fast. I think he is definitely one of the fastest kids on the field and he's great at playing defense. He told me today that he loves soccer. It's his favorite sport. I'm so glad he found something he likes! We have an excellent coach too. She's so wonderful with the boys and is so patient with them. She is a great teacher and each of the boys on the team have done so well this year. I would have to also say we have almost won all of our games and I know it has to be from her great coaching. Her son, who is 27, also helps coach. He used to play select soccer so he works with the boys as well. We were so lucky to get on this team this year!!







Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Elmer's Buzz

It's good to be a bzz agent. We get all sorts of products to tell you about for FREE!!

Here is the latest items we got:


Scrapbook supplies!!

Anyway I am still playing with all the goodies but my friends were here this weekend and Melody was using the corner rounder and said it works wonderful and a lot better than the one she has.

Try their new products out. I'll update buzz as I use them more!

The latest

Friday, October 8, 2010

Soccer goals!

This past Tuesday night Joey had a night soccer game. He came running over to us between plays and said, "If I get a goal can we go out for ice cream?" We all laughed and told him of course we would.

He takes the ball and runs it down the field for his first goal. I guess ice cream motivates!

A little later in the game he asked if he could have sprinkles too. I told him sure, get another goal. He did - his second goal of the season. We were so proud of him. Coach was proud of him. The parents were laughing and telling him he could get two scoops. It was exciting since it was about our 5th game this year and his first two goals. He was so excited he was beaming with pride.

I got my hair done this week. I went from blonde back to brunette with red and blonde highlights blended in. I love my hair lady, Beth. She's wonderful!

Thursday nights I've been hanging out with Vicki. We go to her house and watch Vampire Diaries. Tomorrow we are supposed to go and meet Damon and Catherine from the tv show. Should be fun. Vicki, of course, dragged me along with her. She loves to meet celebrities.

Justin is doing wonderful. He is learning how to play video games and is so proud of himself. He's working on mastering games on the leapster and vsmile and loves to play the games on my new Droid phone. I found out he's really good at memory, puzzles and knows most of his alphabet. He's a smart cookie. I really need to stop underestimating him. I know he's my 'baby' but I tend to underestimate what he's really capable of sometimes.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Those over 30 will appreciate this...

If  you are 30,  or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every
 morning....
Uphill...  Barefoot... BOTH  ways. yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay
a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia!
And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If  we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!


2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen!
Then  you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the  mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there!  Stamps were 10 cents!

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass! Nowhere was safe!
 


4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!


5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it
 useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby!  Dig?


6) We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal,  that's it!


7) There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY
GOSH !!!  Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone  24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.
 


8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the  collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!


9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We
had  the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and  'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square!  You actually had to use your imagination!!! And  there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died!  Just like LIFE!

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing!  You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to  change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!


11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait
ALL  WEEK for  cartoons, you spoiled little Brats!

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat  something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!
 


13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electro nics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly,  and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place! See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in the 1970's
or any  time before!

Regards,
The Over 30 Crowd









Monday, September 20, 2010

Keeping on routines...

I find that keeping the kids on a routine is the easiest way to a stress free evening.

I'm very glad to know the kids are back in school. I don't feel the guilt of my kid's brain rotting over the summer because I'm not a perfect parent and having my kid's do worksheets to keep their learning sharp. Plus, because they are in school now, they have to be there at a set time every day so I know they have to be up at 7am in order to get everything running smooth in the morning.

Since school started at 9 last year and it's 8 this year we've had to tweak our previous timings and we've had to put the boys to sleep earlier. We've been getting them down around 8 - 8:30. This is different from the 9:30 - 10pm time we had over the summer. When we first got them down around 8:30 Joe and I looked at each other and didn't know what to do with all the extra time to ourselves in the evenings!

The boys recently had their allowance revoked because we didn't appreciate their bad attitudes lately. They are not happy about this. They realize that with no allowance they can't buy their toys at the store every other week. I also instituted a new rule - any toys left out and not put away go in a toy timeout and they have to do a chore or something good without being asked to get it back. Up until today they were on track to get their allowance back. They've been listening and picking up after themselves. Then today Joe asked Joey to pick up the toys left in the driveway so he could get into the garage. Joey said, ok, and then ran after Christopher (the neighbor) and never picked up. Joe was calm and told Christopher to go home and told Joey to get inside as he started to scream because he was so mad. This screaming and yelling went on for about 10 minutes in which we made him go to his room. He cried that he doesn't like the dark, so I opened his blinds. Then he started to scream he hates the silence. So I put on the radio and he said that doesn't count and started to wail again. At this point I told him he lost his allowance again this week. It was ridiculous. It was only 6pm and yet I think he was tired.

Now that Joey's in the first grade we need to work on words and reading for at least 15 minutes every evening so we've had to build that into the routine as well.

Another crazy thing is Joey has recently decided he doesn't like to eat animals. We have chicken for dinner and he won't eat it. He freaks out that it's an animal and it's been driving Joe crazy. I've told him that it's fine if he doesn't eat animals but that means he has to eat more fruits and veggies. Tonight he ate a bunch of broccoli, something he normally eats very little of. Perhaps this is a great way to get him to try new things?

Justin has been doing good. He's very excited that he's 4 now. He's a very good eater and will try just about anything I put on the table now. He's so cute. When he eats vegetables he shows me his muscles like they are instantly growing on his arms.

I've been trying to do better at cleaning the house and making sure it's picked up every evening. I actually took a break from cleaning to come blog since I actually wanted to blog for the first time in weeks. I've come to my blog a few times, started to write and just couldn't think of what to write. I have to be in the mood to write and I just wasn't. Yes, it's bothering me that I'm here writing when I should be cleaning the kitchen.

I've been hanging out with my neighbor Michelle quite a bit lately. She makes me want to be a better person. She's born organized so she's been giving me some tips to make things easier. One thing I've been doing is folding the laundry as it comes out of the dryer. She actually got me using my iron again. I hated ironing and now I iron. She makes me care what I look like and has been giving me tips on what fits and what doesn't. She's a great friend to me.

In July we re-landscaped the backyard and covered all the crab grass by expanding our flower bed and planting some new shrubs and flowers. The grass has been creeping over into the flower beds so I've been working like crazy trying to maintain it. When it gets overgrown it drives me crazy so I have to go out and pull it all up.

Christmas is coming. I can't wait. The kids are excited about Halloween this year. They are finally to an age where they BOTH are excited and have been talking about what they are going to be.

That's about all for now. <3


Saturday, September 4, 2010

The start of a long weekend

Friday was a lot of fun. I went to a party at my neighbor Michelle's house. Had a great time. Had about 12 ladies there and I had a few drinks. I laughed and just had a great time mingling with a bunch of crazy ladies. It is so nice to be in Texas and have friends here and to meet new people.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Time in a bottle

I wish I could capture time in a bottle. Especially time that I spend with my children where they are well behaved and just sweet little boys.

The boys started back to school on the 23rd so we're finally back into a routine. Joey has to be at school by 8, which is a new time since it was 9am last year. I take Justin to daycare right after and then I start work. Every day the boys are in bed by 8:30 and so they are tired normally at that time now. In the summer they were going to bed at 10 and that was just getting really old.

The 8:30 time must be ok with them because they are waking up on their own at 6am. *sigh*. In my opinion that is a bit early but at least I don't have to wake them up in the morning and have them mad at me because they wanted to sleep.

School has been going well for both boys. We've had a few incidents though. Joey is having issues with his FM radio ear piece (he's deaf in one ear so he has an ear piece that allows him to hear the microphone located on his teacher's shirt) and he says it hurts so I had to call on that today. I'm having Justin evaluated for speech to make sure he's saying everything the way he should. Joey said he was cold two days ago and had issues with his teacher because he wasn't listening and then rolled on the floor angry. I sent him to school with a jacket today and she said he did behave better.

I got a call from Justin's school today. Justin has a lovely habit of touching himself - all the time. He really does look like Al Bundy from Married with Children. I have honestly caught him sitting on the couch with his hand sticking out of the top of his pants. So I guess at school he was touching himself and then taunting children with his now not so clean hand. We had to have a discussion about that tonight at the dinner table. Seriously? I feel like one of those mothers that think to themselves, do I really have to tell my child, 'No touching your penis and then running after other kids in your class with your dirty hand.'. *sigh* is all I can say. Just one big *sigh*....

Joe recently sold his transformer collection. Now we had them out for the longest time for the boys to play with and all they did was break some of them and never really got interested in them. So we sold them on ebay. Joe was hoping for about $600. We ended up getting $1300 before fees and shipping. I can't believe it.

That said a week ago my canon digital rebel finally died. It's been doing some funky shaking thing when I take pictures with it and then when I started to use it the shutter closed and would not open back up. It finally died a slow death. We went to Target, Costco, Best Buy and Walmart and finally got the 12 megapixel one from Walmart and so part of the money he got from his toys we are paying off the camera. The new Canon Digital Rebel I got is awesome. It takes wonderful pictures. Even Joe was impressed with it.

It rained here yesterday and today and we needed it so badly. We've hardly had any rain all summer here and everything is quite parched. The other nice thing about it raining is it brings down the temperature so it isn't blazing hot. For awhile there in August we had 103 temps every day. I like it hot but that gets old after awhile. When we visited Michigan in the end of July through the beginning of August we had mid 70s temps and it was sooooooo nice. I almost didn't want to leave.

That's about it for now. :)


Friday, July 2, 2010

Eclipse!

Going to see Eclipse tonight with my girls Vicki, Marann, Michelle and Kimberly. I can't wait to see it!! What a fun Friday night! ♥

 Marann, Kimberly, Me and Vicki



 Marann, Me, Kimberly and Vicki


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Great Day

Great day. Got a TON done at work, the house keeper came and the house is clean and hung out with some happy friends tonight. It was a good day! There is nothing like working at your job and someone else is spending hours cleaning your house so you don't have to. *sigh*... so so so nice. ♥

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Traits...

Sometimes I wish I could fix problems that just aren't mine to fix... Wouldn't that be a good trait to have?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sonic

Can't wait for Friday to see Eclipse. So jealous of those of you going tonight. On that note I wasn't feeling good this evening and my wonderful friend Michelle brought me a soft ice cream from Sonic to soothe my stomach. I love my friends.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Texting

I admit I am a dork. I like to text Joe who is sitting right next to me. ♥

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Update on us...

Let's see what has happened this week...

Sunday we all went on a walk down the street in the evening like we normally do. Joey and Justin were racing ahead as usual. We told them not to go too far ahead, and what do they do? They go about 10 houses ahead of where we are walking. Justin fell off his scooter and started to cry. We did not walk faster to get to him because we told them this would happen and not to go too far ahead! He fell of his scooter the day before and scraped his knee a little bit so I figured he just got another minor scrape. He wasn't even crying that hard.

We caught up to him, finally, and he had blood coming down his chin. We looked at his chin and it's busted open. Joe asked me if it would need stitches and I said the way it looked there, yes but it may look worse then it is. We need to get home and get a rag and wipe it off.

We carried Justin home, I carried his scooter and Joey rolled ahead with his scooter. I ran inside and got a rag and Joe brought Justin inside. We wiped his chin and we both looked at each other and said, 'ER'.

We buckle Justin in the car, who has ceased crying, and give him the rag and let him put it on his chin.

We tear out of the driveway and on our way I called my friend, Vicki, to see if the local after hours acute care kids is open. We find out it is not. We were going to go to a local hospital but had a lot of billing issues after Joe's accident last year. She called one close to our house that JUST opened and they didn't even KNOW if they accepted our insurance. So we decided to go to another fairly new one close by.

I am so glad we decided to go to the Craig Ranch ER. Their paperwork was organized and quick. They got Justin back in less than 5 minutes. They agreed that they couldn't clue his chin together because the rip was too irregular and by this time it had stopped bleeding.

The poor child had to endure two pokes to the chin to numb it, and I don't really think it was numb because he was not so happy about getting the stitches. They were super quick and he was back to normal as soon as he was off the gurney.

He got two prizes from the toy chest and Justin was a new little man with two stitches in his chin. Joey, who was also there, was not phased in the least by Justin's ordeal because he was happily playing brick breaker on Joe's phone.

June 18th I went scrapbooking with the girls and had a blast. I got a bunch of pages done for my scrapbook. It was like my mojo was back and I was so happy. I believe I had 8 pages completed from just a few hours of scrapbooking and I was happy with what I did. It was so nice to hang out with the girls, talk and scrapbook.

We also hired a house cleaner to come in every other week. It's been quite challenging for me to keep up with this big house, my full time job, the kids and the laundry, etc. She came on Monday and spent 7 1/2 hours DEEP cleaning the house. She doesn't speak very good english so her sister in law called and asked if we knew the first clean was more. We didn't but we understand why. Now we have to work out a bi-weekly rate. She agreed to $75 but because of her limited language she may not have understood? Her sister in law said her rate is $90 so I told her we agreed to $75 so I am waiting to see where we stand on that. I'm sure it will get worked out and I'm not worried about it. She did an awesome job. She was up on our ladder, 20 feet in the air cleaning off our ceiling fans in our living room that we thought were too high for US to clean ourselves. She got on the counters in our bathroom and were cleaning our light fixtures. She did the baseboards, she did EVERYTHING. She even got the soap scum off our shower door that I have never been able to remove on my own. It was so worth the money. Even Joe agreed the house looked unbelievable.

You know your 6 yr old is growing up and thinking about things when a conversation about ghosts today leads to, 'Mom, why do they call it a ghost town if there are just no people in it, and no ghosts?' - This came a few weeks after the realization a fork is because it has FOUR(k) prongs and that a sucker is because you suck on it. The things that adults just take for granted. It's nice to see in the eyes of a child.

This week Michigan experienced an earthquake that originated in Canada. I was talking on instant messenger to someone at work and he typed, 'We just had an earthquake'. He knew, without a doubt, that is what it was. He said it shook the building. How crazy is that? I remember the one from, I think it was 1998. I worked at Dow Chemical and I was sitting in my chair and it felt like someone came up behind me and took my chair back and shook it back and forth a few times. I looked behind me and there was no one there. I went into the hallway to see if someone was playing a joke on me and a few other people were doing the same thing and we concluded there was an earthquake. It's rare to feel an earthquake in Michigan!

Wednesday we took the kids to the splash park. We couldn't go to the pool because Justin was not allowed to get his chin under water so we let them cool off in the splash park. We had Chickfila for dinner before that so it was a nice family night out.

Today we had a birthday party at a gym (that does gymnastics) for our friend Holden. Tomorrow we have one for Justin's friend Lucas. Wednesday Joey has a party for our neighbor Braxton. It will be a busy week for birthday parties!





Birthday parties

Busy day. So far slept in, errands, then a birthday party for Justin and Joey's friend Holden (Vicki's son). Now naps, then grocery shopping and maybe a pool trip. We'll see. Whew! :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Dinner

Having a wonderful dinner tonight with Joe ♥ We had the kids eat and leave the table - told them they could pick out whatever they wanted to eat for dinner. Then we had our dinner without much noise :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

GNO

Off to go with my fellow Twilight crazed friends Vicki Kynard Shapiro and Marann Crouch Norris to get photos done with Bella's truck and then off to eat dinner. GNO!! ♥

Had a wonderful GNO with the girls tonight. Got to see and sit in Bella's truck from the movie Twilight (so cool!), had a wonderful dinner and stayed out late girl talking and then dessert and more talking with the girls. I had sooooo much fun. Thank you Vicki, Marann, Michelle and Melody. I had a great time!!! I needed a GNO! ♥

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

HOT

My NOAA Radio/Thermometer reads 119 in the sun on the west side of the house and 97 on weatherbug. I guess you can say it's HOT outside....jeez.

Kids are at the splash park enjoying the water.

Kids are washing dad's care, Joe is mowing the neighbor's grass and I am cleaning the garage. Productive night.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Patience

My patience is up TO HERE with the kids tonight....

You know your 6 yr old is growing up and thinking about things when a conversation about ghosts today leads to, 'Mom, why do they call it a ghost town if there are just no people in it, and no ghosts?' - This came a few weeks after the realization a fork is because it has FOUR(k) prongs and that a sucker is because you... suck on it. The things that adults just take for granted. It's nice to see in the eyes of a child.♥

Monday, June 21, 2010

Maid

Joe agreed to let me hire a house cleaner to come to the house every other week. SO far she has done an amazing job upstairs and she has even cleaned the light fixtures in my bathroom and dusted off all the ceiling fans - even the one that is like 15 feet up that we couldn't get to. She is amazing!! Why didn't I do this sooner?!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

ER Visit

Justin took a tumble off his scooter tonight and required an ER visit for a split open chin, which required two stitches. It was an irregular split so they couldn't glue it :( I highly recommend the ER at Craig Ranch for those that are local. I was very impressed - we were IN and OUT and their paperwork process was painless and the doctors and Rns were great. :)

He's ok but I am seriously so used to him being hurt I don't even get worked up anymore. I wasn't happy when they brought out the shot to numb his chin and they put the needle in his chin to add the stitches. He was crying pretty hard and I felt bad but as soon as they were done he was completely fine.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Scrapbooking

Going scrapbooking tonight with the girls. I can't wait to relax and unwind and get a few more pages in the family scrapbooks! ♥



Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tonsils and Graduations

May 25th Justin went in to get his tonsils taken out. He's been having a hard time with allergy like symptoms and even after a round of antibiotics he wasn't better so I took him directly to our ENT. He looked into his throat and said his tonsils weren't just big - they were GIGANTIC. We scheduled surgery to have them removed since they were causing him to snore, possible sleep apnea and general breathing issues. He was so excited to go to the hospital and was great the entire time. They took him back and took out his tonsils, adenoids (second time since they grew back) and put tubes in his ears. They gave me a photo of his tonsils and they were literally each as big as quarters. I couldn't believe it.

The next 10 days were really rough for Justin - especially the first week after. He would wake in the middle of the night sobbing as soon as the meds wore off. The doctor said do NOT wake him up to give him his meds because he had a parent that did that to her son and the medicine made his body relax so much he stopped breathing and died! OMG! So we only gave him the pain meds when he asked thought he was on motrin every 6 hours around the clock. Finally on the 10th day he stopped asking for it. We had prescription pain meds which we gave him for two days and after that he wasn't interested in it's bad taste and preferred motrin/tylenol.

Today he is feeling great. His voice has changed a little bit but that is all. He doesn't seem to snore anymore and doesn't seem congested, which is great.

Joey graduated from kindergarten on June 3rd. I can't believe he's going to be in the 1st grade come August. The boys are growing so fast.

Today we went garage saleing and found a nice toy kitchen and got it for $10 for the boys. They've both been playing with it all day. It talks and makes noises too. What a great find, especially since it keeps them occupied.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Cell Replaced

I got my phone replaced under warranty and I'm so glad to be back up with a new phone. WHEW.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Broken Phone

I wish cell phones could be bullet proof and drop proof. I am so mad right now. I swear I need a nerf case for my cell phone.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Friends

I'm very thankful for my friends. I realize how much you mean to me in the good times, and the bad. ♥

Friday, June 4, 2010

Last day of Kinder

Joey's last day of kinder was yesterday. It's hard to believe my son is going to be in first grade next year... Girls party tonight. I can't wait ♥

(Joey is in the orange at the top)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Baseball Bat

Lovely. Joey managed to hit Justin in the side of the head with an aluminum baseball bat.

Luckily after an ice pack he is ok but it was scary.

I was seriously watching the entire thing. I had the window opening and was yelling JOEY and he swung but not as hard as he probably would have but still cracked Justin in the side of the head. All I could think of was blood flowing from the head but luckily all we had was a nice bruise behind his ear. My 3 year old is so accident prone. Augh!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nerf guns

Joey and his friend Christopher are running around the house with nerf guns. Guess what they are doing? They are trying to kill house flies. So far they've even been successful. It is keeping them super amused. lol ♥

Going tonight to try Belly Dancing with my friend Vicki who talked me into it. Should be interesting, to say the least :) If anything I should get a decent core workout!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Thank you Grandpa Chet and Grandpa Dziekan for helping keep our
country free in WWII. We all miss you Grandpa Chet...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Texting the wrong person - oops

I seriously texted the wrong person last night (I had the wrong number) and they texted me back and were totally cool and we txted back and forth for a little bit (it was 12am). It was a RIOT. Never had that happen before! LOL.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Joey's Kindergarten Graduation

Joey in orange.

Joey in orange on top. Singing in their performance.

Joey and his 'diploma'

His awesome teacher Mrs. Davis!