Wednesday, June 30, 2010


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!