My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Answers, responses, goals,stuff.....ya know, a blog post.

Well, when I enabled comment moderation I found it easier to answer comments by email. Since all my spam came on OLD posts I've changed the moderation to only the OLD posts. So, I guess I should respond to y'all, huh?

About that job, we're waiting for a start date and a couple book keeping details. So keep praying. I love what SherryTex said in my comments about this job opportunity:

"God draws straight with crooked lines. I met Shelley because Zoe (Shelley's daughter)had a trach and I had had one. Zoe and Faith (Sherry's daughter) became fast friends at the school and Shelley and I did too. I met you because of the blog and the story of Paul (Sherry's son with Down's Syndrome) and your children, and so when she moved to your neck of the woods, I wanted you two to meet (via facebook). Now, providence, Zoe needs a nurse --and Shelley could use the break! and lo, the two of you have met --The Holy Spirit guides us in all things. I've had my day made."

Good Lord willing I will be one of Zoe's full time night nurses. I AM excited!! (Keep Praying!) The awesome thing is that this job, unlike most, will be an enormous blessing to both me and my employer (Shelley)!

Linda mentioned the size of my Mommie Quilt. Yes, it IS huge-E-mongus!! It's between queen and king size, but long. Long enough to go from headboard to the floor, over the pillows! When I made it I didn't pay attention to size, more to fitting all the elements of my kids' infancy into it and making it look balanced. I expect it to take a year or so to quilt!

To Lisa, this job and potty training my younger two has been my novena to St Terese!! :-) always glad for the added prayers. And don't worry, my kids aren't allowed ANYWHERE NEAR the tool box. But thanks for the mental picture ;-P

Funny thing, my hubby says he remembers playing "Jesus" in the same way...complete with loin cloth/ about that age. Right up until his Dad told him to quit it because he was freaking his Mom out....

So, I figure this year's Christmas gifts will take 5 steps to complete
1) cutting the little pieces
2) cutting the big pieces
3) gluing
4) assembling
5) quilting

I am now about 1/2 way through step 1. yippeee!!

So, my goals for this week:
finish steps 1&2 on Christmas gifts
get to the gym at least once (I haven't been since 9/12!!!)
post a Thesaurus Thursday game
answer the 2 meme's that I've been tagged for recently

We'll see how I do. And how about you? What are your goals for the week??

Monday, September 27, 2010


I guess I could call this Friday fragments on Sunday night....

Sorry I've been away folks.

I have read EVERYTHING in my Google Reader, but some blogs, particularly the wordpress ones wouldn't let me comment so just know I've been by and loved everything you wrote.

I got my flu shot Friday morning as I left work. Therefore I've been feeling flu-y for the last 2 days. This is NORMAL after getting a vaccine, any vaccine. And I'm sick and tired of listening to people use it as an excuse not to get a flu shot each year. Get a grip people. Unless you spend 10 days in bed thinking you'd rather die and wondering if anyone saw the TRAIN that hit didn't get the flu from the flu shot. Any questions??

I am very very excited about a new job opportunity, but I'm very very nervous that SOMETHING will go all prayers are appreciated! It's SOOO good and SUCH a prayer answered beyond my wildest hopes that I probably won't believe it's real till AFTER I've worked there a couple weeks!!!

I FINALLY started feeling like working on my projects again! I have gotten my Mommie Quilt all pinned and ready for quilting. Now it gets set aside while I work on Christmas gifts. In October I'll start assembling the Halloween costumes!

My next door neighbor got a new dog about a month or so barks/howls ALL.NIGHT.LONG. every night. loud enough to drown out my movie/music! sigh.

By the children are a bit...well....enthusiastic....about Sunday School these days.

disregard Subvet talking at the end there, he walked in talking about something totally unrelated and wasn't aware that I was filming....

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Let the sun shine in"

So, Tuesday night I put on facebook:

"It's always darkest just before dawn."

And man oh man was it DARK just then!!
work = hard and crappy
home = hard and crappy

Late yesterday afternoon we found peace at home and the first rays of light started to glow.....

Then out of nowhere, for no *apparent* reason I asked a facebook aquaintance (you know one of those a friend of a friend folks) if she was looking for a nurse.....and the sky became colorful.

Today before work I called the lady and we talked for over an HOUR!

The clouds are breaking and the horizon is full of rich hues in every color. I am basking in joyful anticipation of the glorious sunshine that's growing ever brighter and clearer.

We still have some details to work out so I won't go into specifics just yet. But know this:

In our every day lives same as in every day's sunrise, God is in control.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

this'll make ya smile!

If you don't smile at this...

you definitely will at this!!

Hey, Adrienne, don't you think we need another BIG dance movie???

**we've been having a rough time the last week, ....I'll be back once things settle down**

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Technical difficulties

A friend emailed me and said that when she pulled up my blog she got a virus warning that shut down her Internet and rebooted it.
Now, Lisa mentioned in a post that she got a similar email from a friend of hers, even though several of us had NO troubles at all accessing her site. I'm thinking that there must be a virus going around that is bringing this screen. A virus on the viewers computer.
I know that before we ditched the POS antivirus and went back to Norton hubby got something similar on our comp that no one else did when accessing a particular site. PC doc visit (cookie deletion etc) switch back to Norton and all's been well ever since.

So if you can pull me up without having to dodge spyware bullets would ya leave me a message? I've lost so many regular commentors lately I'm getting a little lonely put here! (most due to either family or computer issues)


Thursday, September 16, 2010

on my computer desk sits an envelope....

on the envelope is a list of numbers.....which correspond to pictures.

I know they haven't been blogged or the envelope would be thrown away....but it's sat here so long I don't remember what the pictures are of.....

shall we take a look?

Oh yes! The Heard Museum!

We DID finally make it there a few weeks ago and had a great time!

Sonshine really liked the life sized, moving, roaring Ice Age Mammals that you see above....however my other 2 were scared poop-less of the noise. Fortunately a nice lady heard my delimma and offered to walk Sonshine around the room and read him the names of each animal! She couldn't have been more sweet and I couldn't have been more grateful! I grabbed this one shot from the doorway with a kid screaming and dangling off of each of my legs!

We were much happier outside at the small zoo animal area. As you can see we got there right at feeding time.


an albino Racoon....

ring-tailed Lemurs (my favs...don't know why)......


On through the butterfly garden and then it was time to hit the trails and burn off steam!

Stupid me, I just let the kids wander onto any old trail without looking to see how FAR it was first! Turned out we were on a 1 mile hike!! nice and downhill across the prairie....but it WASN'T a loop! you reached the end and had to turn around and go UPhill all the way home!

For most of the trail, (at least the first 3/4 of it) this was about all I saw of Gator-boy...

blow it up and see if you can spot him!

There were, however lots of nice companions to keep us company as we walked...

This girl loves her sticks! I'm telling ya.

Once we made it back to the building (and A/C) after a forced sit down we decided to head towards that scary room from the other end and see what we'd missed by screaming standing in the doorway.

Lots of very cool stuff over here!! (that doesn't make noise!)

I was shooing the troops away from this clam shell when I stopped and read the sign again!

Then we decided it was time to get some LUNCH!

Except two of us were otherwise occupied when it came time to place our order.......

(psst. extra points to the person who can deduce what restraunt we were at by looking at that picture.....closely)

It was a great time for me and my hooligan clan. We will definitely go back there. There's going to be a life sized roaring moving DINOSAUR display coming next month...and the weather should be great for trail blazing by then too!!

and now the envelope is gone....
it has been replaced by the receipt from OXO for EIGHT 5.5 quart air tight containers that I just bought, so we can buy flour in 50 lb bags.

Someone introduced my hubby to Costco...I won't name names...but SHE has TWO blogs....

Time for me to head to bed and try to get over this damn bronchitis. I've called in 2 nights so far this week. 1 was my overtime night and 1 I'll have to take PTO for. I'd really rather NOT call in again tonight. However, since I hear through the facebook-grapevine that JACHO (aka Joint Commission) has been at the hospital the last 2 days I'm not toooooo upset at missing the fun and games!!

click the pic to see some other wonderful places to visit!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I's sick.

Hey there folks.
Well it looks like once again my allergies have turned into bronchitis. Blech.

Had to call in sick to work tonight and have a doctor apt in the morning. So here I sit with an unexpected night off and I don't even feel good enough to work on a project!!

I now have all the stuff for Halloween costumes and Christmas presents, now I just have to get motivated to DO them!
Gator decided he wanted to be a black and white cat
Sugars didn't care so she'll be a grey tabby cat
Sonshine, however, wants to be "a brown scarry tree"!!!


But I have a plan and just need to sit down and assemble the outfits.

I did go to the gym Sun and made it 12 miles!!

So, my goal for this week will be to finish pinning my Mommie Quilt
Next week will be Halloween costumes and then the Christmas presents

I'm gonna try and get Thesaurus Thursday up this week so stay tuned......

Friday, September 10, 2010

September 11th.

There were a total of 2,996 deaths, including the 19 hijackers and 2,977 victims.[39] The victims were distributed as follows: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon.[40][41] All the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon.[42]

*the playlist has been temporarily removed, please take a moment or two of silence to REMEMBER*

Friday Fragments

Created by Mrs 4444, Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, "Heard" items, and other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post.

oh crap, I only posted ONCE since last Friday! and I wonder why my hits are falling through the basement??!!!!

To Sugars' Preschool teacher....
Me=Momma, you=Not-the-Momma, don't tell me how to potty train my child! This AIN'T my first rodeo people!!!!!!

and I quote "if they're in training pants that's NOT potty training!! when you want to start potty training her, put her in panties. I want this done by January"
give me a freeakkkingggg break!!!!!!

Of course if said teacher would take her to the potty MORE than ONCE A DAY it might help her keep those training pants dry!
Today was Grandparent's Day for First Grade, and Homecoming in my tiny town....
so, we......

Had Grannie come and read Sonshine's FAVORITE book to his class, Epossumondas by Coleen Salley.

Seriously folks, if you've ever known someone from Louisiana, check out these books! Terrific reads for children.

As you can see Grannie dressed up as Epossumondas' Momma for storytime.

Then when story time was over but we were waiting for school to let out she read one of the other five books in the Epossumondas series. Sonshine wasn't the only one who thought these were awesomely cool books!

At home while waiting till time to pick up Sugars from preschool we read another of the books.....

Then it was on to the Homecoming Parade!

Great things about small town parades....

1) chances are you know people on most of the floats, in the firetrucks, in the band, riding the horses etc...

2) you get a curb view no matter where you are on the route.

And, 3) special kudos to the two boys (about 10-12 I'd guess) who stood on either side of us. I've never seen 2 kids go so far out of their way UNASKED to make sure my little guys got some of each candy thrown. To the point of gathering it all up, then dividing it between their, Sonshine's and Gator's bags for them!! Y'all are AWESOME boys!!!! Made my heart melt.

of course, it was hard to tell the melting heart from the rest of my melting body...

Which is why number

4) is small town parades are SHORT! only about 20 min long! Which is all I cared for between the noise and the heat!!


What a wonderful day.

How's your friday going?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

don't be a cow!

driving to and from work I pass a handful of different herds of cattle. The other day I noticed a cow and her calf eating at the fence line.

I wish I'd taken a picture!

Have you ever seen a cow eat at the fence line? Do you know what they do?

They cram their heads through the barb-wire fence and stretch their necks as far as they can while the barbs are poking their shoulders so that they can steal some of the grass from the other side of the fence.

Nevermind that it's EXACTLY THE SAME as the grass between their hooves.

Now, if you took that cow and walked her around the fence to the same spot that she was stretching to eat....can you guess what she'd do?

uh-huh, cram herself through the barb-wire fence to eat the grass that had been between her hooves, all the while trampling the hard earned prize of only moments before.


Because the grass is always greener on the OTHER side of the fence.

In the busyness and bustle of life it's easy to get lulled into a bovine mentality. In the midst of the lazy days of summer we long for the structure of school, during the full school calendar we long for the spontaneity of summer.

and there's always that desire that's just out of reach which will somehow make our lives oh-so-much-better, the grass that is oh-so-much-greener than what's currently under our feet.

Goals are a wonderful way to ensure that you're moving in the desired direction. However, we must remember to take an appreciative look inside our fence. Take stock of those wonderful things that lie easily within reach before we set our sights beyond the barb-wire.

and remember, "if the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, it just means there's a septic tank buried under there somewhere...." John Gray.

So, here's my reminder to myself:
Don't Be a Cow!!

Friday, September 3, 2010

fraggin via facebook!

Created by Mrs 4444, Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, "Heard" items, and other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post.

I am working the next 5 nights in a row. ugh, the light at the end of this tunnel is a brunch on Thursday with a bunch of MOMS from church! yeah ladies!

shooweee, we walked a mile at the Heard Museum and Nature Sanctuary last Saturday. thank goodness for the 95 degree weather!! for the record, Reebok easytones are NOT good for trail hiking!!!

Momma, your legs are spiky! it has these little spiky things on it!
said Sonshine.

So far in the last 2 months I've been diagnosed with hypertension (July) and cataracts (Aug). Wonder what will come in September? Menopause???!!!!

For the record, I'm 35......