This week has been a tough one. I have been working very hard to meet my deadline of the 31st to be done with every last touch of my book. I've had to sacrifice not blogging very much, spending time with the kids, visiting other blogs, and pretty much anything else in my life. It was hard, but I did it.
How was I rewarded?
Emily was up all night with the flu, puking every half hour.
Happy New Year's Eve to me.
I think I'm going to have to drink lots of coffee today to make it to midnight tonight.
I have some posts that I meant to get up this week, but I promise to put them up in the next couple of days.
In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with this slideshow I made from photos I've posted through out the year-I was pressed for time, so I just used Smilebox. Sorry, if it's not all professional looking.
Have fun tonight, kiddos' !
Happy New Year!
Same Blog-New Place
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Santa was very good to me.
I guess some people like a white Christmas.
I do when I don't have to drive in it.
I promise that I won't post anymore snow photos-at least for awhile.
Now that all the presents are opened, I can relax. Emily got that Nintendo DS she wanted and Jordon got a crap load of video games. Jessica's favorite present was the thingy-job that allows her to get digital TV and Zach was just happy to be able to rip things open.
I had the hubby fooled big time this Christmas. I had him thinking that his present wasn't coming until Christmas morning. He was all worried. He was all freaking out. He just KNEW that nobody delivers on Christmas day and he wasn't getting anything. Poor thing. Little did he know, I had his new four thousand feet long keyboard hidden in my son's closet.
I'm so bad, I'm good.
But, what have I done?
Now, I get to hear a husband try to learn how to play a keyboard all the time. I think that he'll be getting a nice pair of headphones for his birthday.
Now, I'm going to go put my new vacuum together that the hubby also got me.
Good thing he got me the laptop too or he'd be playing that keyboard in the garage.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Is it Christmas yet?
Please say it's so. I'm not trying to turn into the Grinch, but I'm ready for Christmas to be here because...
I'm ready to take down the tree that's been up since Thanksgiving.
I'm ready to get my living room back and be able to use the dvd player without moving twenty presents to get to it.
I'm done using "Santa won't bring you any presents if..."
I'm tired of emptying the bank account by buying present after present.
I'm ready to find out what that special present that the hubby got me and hope it's not a new frying pan.
I'm done eating Christmas cookies and watching as my tummy starts to hang over my jeans.
I'm ready to have a day off.
I'm done watching every Christmas movie possible-ok, that one's my fault.
And finally, I'm ready for Christmas to be over so I can have some much needed champagne on New Year's Eve!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Would your kids get this close without ripping each other's heads off?
If you met this little guy, you would hide him in your purse and take him home.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Christmas is almost upon us. Part of me is glad and part of me is sad. I plan for the best presents and I take pride in seeing the expressions on the kids' and hubby's face when they open their presents Christmas morning. No socks and underwear from me. No way. No how. I've also been one to over spend, with presents stacking literally as tall as the tree. Something I started when my first born was just a toddler. Back then, it was just her and I and we had to get a three bedroom just so we could fit the rest of her toys-no lie.
Monday, December 14, 2009
I ended up getting this shot before my son came outside and slammed the door shut, and in the process, knocked all the icicles off the awning.
At least one good thing about all the snow is that we can now finally find our black chihuahua when she goes outside to do her thing-and know where she did it at.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I'm sad to say that my last giveaway is over, but I'm glad to announce that we have a winner!
My friend, Random.org, picked me a number. That number was................8!
So, I counted down the list and came to this blogger:
Oh! They made Mama Lotion new again!!! Brilliant!!!!! I would also love to try the Kinerase C8 Peptide Intensive Treatment from SkinRX!
Please come claim your prize, fellow blogger and soon, you shall have smooth, lovely skin like mine. Everyone will want to touch your face. You'll start having seventeen year old bag boys asking you out. Men will flock to you. Ok, I'm done now.
Don't fret, you other bloggers, I just got contacted by another company that was interested in having me do another giveaway. So, now you must come back to my blog again and find out what it is. You poor thing, you. I make you do such horrible things just to get something free.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
While I was shoveling out the driveway, she was running around like a kid on Christmas day. She was so excited, she didn't know what to do. In the process, I spent alot of time getting back up from her knocking me down in the snow. I feared if I stood still long enough, she was going to make a snowman out of me-or would that be a snow woman?
She still managed to play with her basketball.
When it was time to go in, she hung her head low and I swore she was pouting.
Kids can make you feel so guilty sometimes.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I wanted to announce the winner of the CSN Store giveaway. I can't believe I only got 10 comments. I'm sad. I'm pitiful. Oh well.
Michelle from Eight Helping Hands!
Friday, December 4, 2009
My CSN Stores contest ends tomorrow! Go vote-your mom wants one for Christmas.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Just thought I'd let you know that I'm doing a Holiday Food Gift Guide over at my food review blog. I've searched far and wide (I've always wanted to say that) for unique and tasty treat ideas for that hard-to-buy for relative, friend or even the mailman-hey, he might actually close the mailbox lid if you give him something for his tummy!
27 Baby Witch Brownies Gift Tin from Fat Witch Bakery. (Retail: $45) Assorted Selection: 9 Fat Witch Babies, 9 Blonde Babies, 9 Walnut Babies.
Balsamic Vinaigrette with Dark Chocolate from Ravenous Chocolate Vinaigrettes (8oz bottle $5.50)
Monday, November 30, 2009
Everyone left earlier then usual, for my brother and daughter had to work in the wee hours of the morning, so I was able to get to bed at a fairly decent time to get some sleep before getting up early for our traditional JCPenney's Christmas globe.
We made it though, loaded up on coffee with my kidneys threatening to bring on a very large kidney stone if I drank anymore caffeine. Afterwards, we headed off to Target to try to score some door buster deals-door buster? They should call it ball crushing, leg pulling, face smashing deals, cause that's what it looked like to me.
I've never had the chance to be at a store at opening time on Black Friday. It was crazy. They were lined up like hungry tigers that hadn't been fed for a week and the zoo keeper was at the front of the line, holding up one big juicy New York steak on a fork. Then, they opened the doors and said, "Come and get it."
In about five minutes time, the movies were gone, the electronics were snatched, the appliances were dropped in carts and the lines to check out started forming. It was a nightmare. Everywhere you went, a check out line appeared out of thin air and continued all the way to the back of the store. I looked at my one item in my cart-the one thing that I was lucky to get, and wondered if saving money was worth it.
We (my mom, sister, Emily and I) decided to go wait over at their Starbucks area and get some drinks and wait it out. After about a half an hour, the lines were only getting worse, so we decided to just get it over with. My sister had spotted a new checkout area that wasn't long, so we ran over to see if we'd get lucky. No such luck. Apparently, news travels fast when it comes to mad shoppers. We still waited about an hour to checkout and I tell ya, when you have alot of time on your hands, you have to get creative to keep your sanity. I casually leaned towards the people in front of me and listened to their conversation-I'm bad, I know. Oh also, I mentally counted how many times the lady behind me could hit her cart into mine every time we moved.
We ended up at one last store and I found a very cute holiday dress for Emily for a great deal and after a tiny bit of protest from my mom over the color, I won, and now Emily will be paying the price this holiday for my love of the color black.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I love it when we get to put the tree up, because I get to take bokeh photos. For those of you who don't know what that is, this definition is taken from PW's site:
Bokeh, which is pronounced bow-kay or bow-keh, refers to the wonderful out-of-focus light and shapes and colors you find in the background of many photos taken with a digital camera.
Here are some photos to show you what I came up with.
Ooh, the brown bulbs are so pretty.
And here is what happens when your five year old helps.
You don't know how badly I want to move those two bulbs that are touching. I won't though, in the spirit of Christmas.
I hope this lands me an extra present under the tree this year.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
As Thanksgiving Day approaches, I've been running around, trying to get things together. I have most of my supplies for the big dinner, but I still need to get the table cloth, plates and utensils. I also have to do the heavy duty cleaning yet, so I may give the illusion that I have a perfect house.
It's been hard to fit the holidays in this year with all the projects I've given myself. I've had to let a project go, due to technical difficulties-meaning, I ran into some snags along the way. That project would be the magazine. It was a hard decision to make and I might be able to start it back up next year. I'm sad about it, but it may be for the best.
We went shopping on Saturday because I like to torture myself like that. I had some major coupon savings and they were all going to expire after Saturday. So, we rushed around to buy for the relatives that you just don't know what to get. Boy, was that fun. I did happen to finish shopping for one of the kids and that's such an accomplishment in it's self. I did the "high-five" with the kids and they just walked away, mumbling something about not knowing me or something like that.
Then, I spent Sunday wrapping presents and seeing what I still needed to get. Of course, Emily who is always with me, seemed to accumulated the most presents so far. I figured that she'd be so excited when she saw them sitting under the tree. I ran and got her and brought her over to the tree and went, ta-da!!
She looked at the pile and said, "Cool."
Cool? That's all I get? I was like, don't you see all the presents? She was like, that's neat. Can I go play again?
I tell ya. Youth is wasted on the young...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Jordon: "Mom! Where are my school books?!"
Me: "Did you put them in your room like I always tell you?"
Me: "Then, I probably put them somewhere when I cleaned."
Jordon: "This is why I don't like you to touch my stuff!"
Hubby: "Tess! Where's my ipod cord?"
Me: "Did you pick it up off of the couch cushion like I told you?"
Me: "Then, I probably put it somewhere when I cleaned."
Hubby: "This is why I don't like you to touch my stuff!"
Jess: "Mom! Where's my jacket I left over here?"
Me: "Did you hang it up like I told you to?"
Me: "Then I probably put it somewhere when I cleaned."
Jess: "This is why I don't like you to touch my stuff!"
Emily: "Mom! Where's my new player I got from Grandma?"
Me: "Did you put it in your purse like I told you?"
Me: "Then I probably put it somewhere when I cleaned."
Emily: "This is why I don't like you to touch my stuff!"
Hubby: (Just laughing from the other room)
Me: "It's so nice that everyone is teaching the five year old such good habits."
Friday, November 13, 2009
You are probably wondering what the heck is going on with me. I mean, I actually posted several days in a row.You may be wondering, Are you ok? What happened?
I'm actually fine, thank you. Well, other than not winning that damn photo book contest. (I will forgive you some day, PW) I found this new burst of energy and I went with it. I think I may even think of some new ideas to spruce up my little blog.
In the mean time, I have yet another task to accomplish-no, I'm not starting ANOTHER business or book (ok, that one's a lie) or trying to become the next President-nothing like that. It's that time of the year when Emily becomes a year older, which means that I have to plan three parties. Why? If you remember from last year, she shares the same birthday as my mom and well, because it's Emily.
Though her birthday isn't until November 17th, our first party will be tonight. This one is for the grandparents and a few aunts and uncles. We will then have the other two on her birthday, one for her friends and one for her and my mom.
She's been running around all week, excited about the party tonight and telling everyone that TODAY is going to be her birthday. I of course, have to correct her and tell her that next week is her birthday and have resorted to threaten to take her other two parties away since, well, TODAY is her birthday.
Yesterday, she asked if I would sing 'Happy Birthday' to her this morning. I told her I would sing 'Happy Friday the 13th' instead.
So, I've been baking cupcakes (not very well, if I may say) finding just the right Strawberry Shortcake decorations, and cleaning house. I didn't even ask for help from anyone else because that would be a total waste of my time and I'd probably drop dead from a heart attack if anyone actually did help.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
They were supposed to leave the nest with their mama when she got her own place. We came so close. She had an apartment that she was going to rent that allowed dogs. Then, she didn't. Then she did. Then, she didn't. I was getting dizzy sending them out the door and bringing them back in.
Well, turns out that the one she ended up having to get doesn't even allow gold fish, let alone dogs-seriously. I would NOT nominate that landlord for pet lover of the year.
So, here we go again. The "kids" are back and apparently staying for awhile. It was either that, or her putting an ad in the paper and the rest of the family hating me forever.
Why are moms put in such positions?
I've decided that I'm ok with it on one condition; Bella gets a professional bath and we hang an air freshener around her neck. I did find out that Petco is having a special orange-cranberry spa with a free "fall" charm for their collar. Do I want my dog to smell like a Thanksgiving dish?
Hmm-this might work.
Labels: Daily Crazy
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The title page.
I thought this was cute.
You should go enter too.
Here is the link:
Try to win yourself a camera. Then, let me borrow it.
Now I must stop typing so I can cross my fingers and hope I win!