Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where did it go?

I think Mother Nature had a brain fart this year and forgot about. . .SPRING!

We had about two days that the season flew by and I have to say, I think I missed it.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Show Me The Money

MBB and I decided to change our cell phone provider, which resulted in four new / refurbished cell phones.

MBB, OB and I ended up with the same phones.
I just cringe when thinking about OB answering the phone and hearing a Japanese voice asking for SassyMarie-san!
The solution? Phone covers!

Now, when one of the kids asks for money - I'm handing them OB's phone!


Thursday, May 21, 2009


I have found, on occasion, that it takes a funeral to bring things back into perspective.

In 2000, I decided that I refused to have the words "She always wanted. . ." said at my funeral.
I only wanted "Do you remember when. . ."
That lead to some major changes in my life.
I traveled more and crossed many items off of my "Want List - Great and Small".
I began making memories that I cherish to this day.

Today, I went to another funeral.
It wasn't someone that I was close to, but it was someone who was extremely close to a few people with whom I am extremely close.
It made me stop and look at some things again.
It made me evaluate if I am still following my "Do you remember when. . ." plan.

It made me realize that though I am on the right path, I am not quite living up to my dream.
It made me realize that I need to find a way to enjoy every moment, even if I am doing something that I really wish someone else would do.

I need to fill the car with good music / books on CDs to make the daily car rides more productive. . .
I need to praise more and find creative ways to correct. . .
I need to call without caring that they might not call back. . .
I need to email even though it may never get read. . .
I need to learn how to type with a cat laying on my hands (shame I can't get a picture). . .
I need to let things roll that aren't about me. . .
I need to be there when those close to me need me. . .
I need to create and enjoy. . .
I need to live in the now.

Rest In Peace Chief.
I am proud that our lives touched, though rarely and briefly.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Love / Hate Relationship

We are dog-sitting for MBB's parents right now.
JoyJoy has invaded and YeagerBomb is NOT happy about it.

He has learned though. . .JoyJoy is not allowed to go anywhere in the house without YeagerBomb "supervising".
I believe this is the begining of a Love / Hate Relationship - JoyJoy loves. YeagerBomb hates.
Maybe I should change their nicknames to Garfield and Odie.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fun Stuff

What did we do on Sunday night?
Why "Blox", of course! :)


Friday, May 15, 2009

Hard. . .

It's hard to say goodbye to a loved one.

Sometimes, it's even harder when a loved one has to say their goodbye to someone they love.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

SPOILER ALERT - Biggest Loser


Are you sure you want to look?


OK, I think I'm down far enough that no one got a sneak peak who didn't want to. :)

I am extremely exhausted today.
Why, you may ask?
Well, I stayed up until 11pm last night to watch the Biggest Loser finale.

I was excited to see Bob and Tiffany from Biggest Loser Australia.
I must say that I really like the Australian version with the twist and turns that America doesn't have.
On my "To Do" list: Check out Biggest Loser England! lol

I was so rooting for Mike. He did a fabulous job losing 207lbs (53.35%)!

He looks healthy and ready to take on the world!!!

The winner (Helen) lost 54.47%.
Congrats to her.
Really. . .
I mean it.
But. . .
I think she lost too much and looked on the sickly side.
I am concerned that some of our youth will think they need to get "that" skinny.
I think Biggest Loser needs to find a way to balance weight loss with healthy.


I restarted my transformation journey on Monday.
Wish me luck as I struggle to get back into a routine that will allow my clothes to fit nicely again. :)


Monday, May 11, 2009


What did we do on Mother's Day???

Experimented on Gummy Bears.
Or was it Gummy Surgery?
Or was it Gummy Cloning?
My camera seemed to be a fan of the dashboard and not our new and improved Gummy's (I didn't have my camera in the restaurant. . .Yes, our laboratory was a restaurant table). . .
But you get the idea. :)

Can you find the Gummy who wants to pose for PlayBear?


Tuesday, May 05, 2009

War Time #2

The next move in the on-going war in our house that started this weekend. . .

After we finished breakfast and the kids started helping MBB in the basement, I went upstairs to put some laundry away. I saw the "gift" that MBB had received laying on the floor and I knew what he was planning on doing with them, so I decided to be his "delivery person" and take care of it for him. I moved the socks into MaBell's room - specifically into her pillow case (smoothed out real nice so that they weren't obvious).

Later that night as we were crawling into bed, I mentioned to MBB that I delivered for him. He looked at me funny and said that he did it soon after she admitted to leaving him a gift. We started laughing (OK, MBB laughed and I got into another giggle fest) and figured that MaBell caught him and put the socks back in our room.

Very quickly, MBB grabbed his pillow and started going through his pillowcase.
What did he find?
Yep. . .Smelly Socks.
After a bit more laughter (and me quickly checking my pillowcase), we called it a night.

The next morning, MaBell came out of her room with smelly socks in her hand yelling at MBB.

If MaBell didn't know MBB had made his move, who put new socks in his pillowcase????

And the war continues. . .


Monday, May 04, 2009

War Time #1

There has been an on-going war in our house that started this weekend. . .
Primarily between MaBell and MBB.
OB and I have dabbled a little bit, but this one really belongs to the two of them.

I forget what started the whole thing while we were out and about Saturday, but I think the moves since then are more interesting anyway.
You see, this war is more like a chess match. . .
The motto of this war is: "I don't get even, I get ahead!"
My rule for the war - No one can be harmed physically and it can't cost me money (no messing with food that will cause it not to be eaten).

You also have to remember that we have someone in the house with uncontrollable foot odor.

Saturday evening, we learned that MaBell had done something to "get ahead" that wouldn't cause 'immediate' poisoning and wouldn't impact me. . .

Saturday night (I had forgotten all about the war), I get into bed and in arranging my pillows notice something under MBB's pillows. . .
Smelly socks.

I couldn't stop laughing.
I couldn't stop my eyes from leaking.
It seriously took me about 15 minutes to stop my giggle fest.

And that was just the first move.
(MBB acted like we didn't notice them when MaBell mentioned it the next day - let me tell you, there was NO WAY we wouldn't have smelled those socks!!!)