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Monday, January 31, 2011

1 Month Birthday & Give Away

My blog is now 1 month old. I have had 2,641 views! I would say that is pretty good :) I want to thank everyone for reading, even though alot of time it is just me ranting :)

Mean Mama Monday

Mean Mama On Bad Language
I HATE swearing. I hate when you are having (or trying to have) a conversation with someone and the "F bomb" is used just as much and as casually as the word "the" or "and."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Home Made Bread

I LOVE bread. Actually, I love any kind of carbs available to man. If you were to offer me a loaf of bread with some butter or an ooey gooey chocolate bar, I'd take the bread hands down.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Snow Day @ Gram's

Today the boys and I went to Gram & Grampy's for the day. They have a big snow covered hill in their back yard and we spent all morning outside!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Color Blind

I was talking to my cousin this morning and she was telling me a story about her 7 yr old that I just have to share.
Because Martin Luther King Day was January 17th the kids were learning all about him in school.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Stupid Ovaries

If you are a male, now is where you should STOP reading :)
I HATE my ovaries. They, like me, are crazy.
I don't know if you have heard of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) but my ovaries sure have.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

A special shout out today for someone VERY special to me. You know who you are & I love you and am so blessed to have you in my life. It IS going to happen for you. Try not to get too discouraged. xoxoxo

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

16 Months


Parker, you are 16 months old.  Look how much you have changed in 1 short year!

Monday, January 24, 2011

MIA


I aplogize for the little blogging hiatus. I have a good excuse, really :)
As mentioned in last Thursday's post A) I missed the city and B) my best friend turned 29 SO it would only make sense to hop in a car and head to the big city for a big surprise :) My sister, our friend "B" and I made the 3 hr trip early Saturday morning.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Romance In The Waiting Room

 Last Wednesday I had to take Gram for an appointment. While in the waiting room I was reading my book and got the feeling of eyes on me.When I glanced over I met eyes with a man who I would say was in his early 30's.  He smiled and I went back to my book. About an hr later Gram's name was called so she went in. Back to my book I went...and back to the awkward stares. By this time I was thinking "do I have a boogie on my nose or something?" Next thing I know he says "hey, wanna go grab a coffee?"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Missing The Big City

I have to say, I miss living in the city. It took us moving back home to realize how much we dislike living in Y-town! Don't get me wrong, Y-town is a BEAUTIFUL town. But a BEAUTIFUL town that I would like to come visit.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Biggest Loser

Well, the time has come. I am ready. Ready to kick these 40 lbs in the butt...well off of mine anyway.
I went to Zumba last night for the first time since last summer. That was enough to put me in the "I NEED to lose weight mindset."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mean Mama Monday

Mean Mama on "Crying it out"
I did not "ferberize" my children nor am I a "baby whisperer". When they wanted to eat at 2 in the morning at 4 months old, I got them up and slapped them on the boob, they did not cry it out.
This being said at 12, 13, 14 ,15, 16......months at 2 in the morning if they woke up, they cried it out. Their "get up with Mom, eat and watch DVR'd Grey's, Desperate Housewives and Private Practice card" had expired.

Out To Lunch

As per usual our family and friends headed out to a local restaurant for some lunch yesterday after church. When we walked in we were told there was a child's birthday party where we normally sit so we would probably be more comfortable in the bar. Not a problem!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bookworm

I admit, I am a bookworm.

I am currently reading "House Rules" by Jodi Picoult. I must say it is a "dangerous" book. Once I start reading I am in a whole other world. A world where there is no laundry, dishes, beds to be made, floors to be swept, diapers to be changed or kids to be played with. It truly is an amazing book! It is a book that grabs your attention within the first paragraph of chapter 1.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Mac & Cheese

I decided to make homemade mac & cheese for the 1st time. After searching many recipes online, Paula Deen came through once again :) I changed it around a little bit as her recipe was for the slow cooker, I baked mine in the oven.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Signs In The Stars?

"A new report from the Minnesota Planetarium Society suggests that the moon's gravitational pull on the earth has created a one-month bump in the star's alignment and that could mean a change in your astrological sign." (More Info Here)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The "D Word"

I was just shy of 22 when my parents decided to get a divorce. Riley was just 4 months old and I had just recently gained the title of "Single Mother."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's a WHAT?

A peek in the delivery room at YRH, June 17, 2006, 1823 HRS

"You have a beautiful baby BOY!!" Those who know me on a personal level know how big of a surprise the BOY part (literally!) was! We were told at 23 weeks we were having a girl so all our new little bundle had was pink...pink onesies, pink blankets, pink sleepers, pink shoes...pretty much everything was pink!! (Thank GOD for one of my bestest friends EVER, the Superstore chick! She exchanged pretty much EVERYTHING for me...brought it home, washed it and brought it back to the hospital! Thank you D.S. :)
I mentioned Post Partum Depression (PPD) in a Previous Post and told you all I would discuss it in a later post...here is the later post.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mean Mama Monday

Mean Mama On Yelling
I have a problem. Either I am deaf and can't hear myself or I think my kids are deaf and cannot hear me. My problem is "raising my voice". I get SO frustrated sometimes with Riley & Jack. After telling them the same thing over and over day in and day out, they must be deaf right? I must HAVE to raise my voice so they can hear me....right? SO WHY DOESN'T IT WORK? They clearly LOVE my voice, so much that they act up just so they can hear it. I ALWAYS said I would never yell at my kids......man, I was SUCH a great Mama before I had kids.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Free Junk

So during my daily blog lurking, I found us some deals :)
Any body shop at Zellers anymore? Or has Walmart took over?
If you do, you can get your coupon for 20 000 points here Coupon
Do you like Lean Cuisines? Want a free 1? If so...sign into your facebook and check it out! Click Here
"Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone." If you sleep alone you might want to check out this free sample: SNORE
Smart bread? Save $1.50 if you click here HERE . For this one you need a save.ca account, but really, you should have one anyway.
Theres a few for ya ;) It's the weekend so I don't have the brains to blog about anything "deep." Keep an eye open though...
Mean Mama

Friday, January 7, 2011

Fat Talk

I feel grose. I feel the furthest away from sexy a woman can feel. I feel fat. I feel huge. I feel too exhausted to do anything about it. I feel like I am in a "rut" and I cannot get out. Every year at Christmas (more so than New Years for some reason), I promise myself that next year I will feel fabulous in a nice (slinky?) holiday dress. I have never been "skinny". The smallest I have ever been was when I was pregnant with Riley (and  for about a yr after). I left the hospital in size 5 pants weighing 132 lbs.

 Lets just say in order to get back down to that weight I have 32 lbs to lose...40 would be ideal. What would it be like to just be able to shop for whatever kind of clothes you want to shop for? To not have to worry about anything "hugging your fat rolls" or "accentuating" them?

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goldfish

Dear Pepperidge Farm,
Hi there! I am writing from Nova Scotia, Canada in regards to the Goldfish crackers. I am putting in a formal request (BEGGING!!) for ALL of the different flavors (colors) that the US residents have! For example: From the "Goldfish Graham's Collection"; Chocolate, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Honey, S'mores Adventure. From the "Flavor Blasted Collection" ; Slammin' Sour Cream & Onion, Mix-up Adventures (pretzel fishies AND cheese), Xtra Cheesy Pizza Mix-Up Adventures, Racing Ranch. From the "Goldfish In Bags" collection ; Pretzel, Parmesan, Garden Cheddar, World Treasures, Baby Cheddar and COLORS!!!! COLORS c'mon!!! US residents even get the option of the little milk carton containers filled with fishies. How is this fair?Why are us Canadians getting Goldfish jipped? Please please please can we work something out? I can guarantee you sales....how about I will make a petition? PLEASE is there anything you can do? Is there anything I can do? Maybe you should hire me as part of the promotion team? I get pretty excited over kid friendly snacks.
Sincerely,
Mean Mama
(Yup, this was sent tonight :)
PLEASE leave a comment ON THIS BLOG if you are as excited as me...I left my blog addy with these guys too :)

Who Am I?

SAHM--> Stay At Home Mom
Any of those out there? Or am I the only 1? I feel like I am the only 1 these days. I am 6 months shy of 30. I went to school to be a licensed butt wiper (CCA) but the only bums I seem to be wiping these days are those under 5.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Quote of the Day

Dear Mom, I'm sorry for all the bad things I did when I was little. That said, can you please take back the "I hope your kids act just like you" curse, now?

I noticed this quote on FB today (Thanks Terra!) and I had to steal it!!
I remember the fighting I did with my siblings (especially my sister)....I look at Riley & Jack somedays and think "there is NO WAY we fought like that when we were kids"...then I realize I am right, I think we fought more!

Mean Mama Monday

This was supposed to be posted yesterday, I am not just mean, I am also forgetful ;)

MEAN MAMA ON VIDEO GAMES
Riley will be the first to tell you I am "mean" when it comes to video games. "But Mommmmm so and so in my class plays Call Of Duty!!!!" Well that's nice....BUT the only one playing COD in this house is Daddy...after YOU are in bed ;) Do parents not notice the ratings on the game?? They are there for a reason! 7 yr olds (or even 8,9, 10 ,11, 12 yr olds in my opinion) do not need to play a game in which you blow someones head off...curse a few times and then head off to the next unsuspecting victim! I HATE when I hear "Ohhhh it's just a game". It seems odd to me that instead of being penalized for killing someone you get points. That's a great thing to teach our children.
Dr. Phil says "According the American Psychological Association, violent video games can increase children's aggression. Dr. Phil explains, "The number one negative effect is they tend to inappropriately resolve anxiety by externalizing it. So when kids have anxiety, which they do, instead of soothing themselves, calming themselves, talking about it, expressing it to someone, or even expressing it emotionally by crying, they tend to externalize it. They can attack something, they can kick a wall, they can be mean to a dog or a pet." Additionally, there's an increased frequency of violent responses from children who play these kinds of video games.
I TRULY believe that!! My boy doesn't need to see the domestic violence...the blood flying everywhere...body parts flying through the sky...etc nor does he need to hear the language in the "mature games".  He is 7...almost 8, we will OCCASIONALLY allow him to play a rated E for everyone 10+  game but that is as lenient as we get. Mean or what????

Monday, January 3, 2011

Caramel Pecan Cookies

I found this recipe on http://mennonitegirlscancook.blogspot.com/ ....they looked like heaven, so I made them :)

They take a little longer to make then a regular cookie but are SOOOO worth it!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

PCD--> Post Christmas Depression

I am suffering from a self diagnosed (and maybe "mean Mama invented) case of  "post Christmas depression".  I wonder if there is such a thing? It always hits me after New Years, when it's time to "get back to reality." Does anyone else feel like this? I mean you can suffer from post partum depression after you have a baby (I suffered SEVERLY after Jack and will blog about that on a later date!), it would only make sense that there really is "post Christmas depression....right?? (just nod & smile...thanks...)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

1 Mean Ham

So we had our annual family New Year's ham at Gram's. It was amazing and I just have to share the recipe for the "gravy".

1/2 Cup Apricot Jam
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
1/4 Teaspoon Cloves
1-2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Add to a pot....bring to boil...serve over ham...on the side of the ham....over your ham and veggies....heck, eat it right from the pot. It's AWESOME!!!

Happy New Year!

Well, another year has come and gone. It was a pretty lame New Year's Eve around here, I am ashamed to admit it but I was asleep before midnight! My sister and her hubby came bearing tons of food. We brought out the board games, cooked up some deep fryed appetizers (every kind you can imagine!), had a couple glasses of wine....and went to bed.
At 11 pm I started laundry, cleaned the kitchen...even picked up a few toys from the boy's room. Prince charming and my brother-in-law (who I will refer to as "Uncle Dude") played the new COD on the Xbox, my sister (Tauntie) fell asleep with her soggy book in hand (the night before she did the same thing...except she was in the tub) so Mama headed off to bed. Oh well, at least today I am feeling pretty good! Riley is off to his cousin's house...Jack is quietly watching a movie and Parker is having his morning nap. I think Mama bear might just try and grab a quick nap. Then it is off to Grandmother's house we go for our traditional New Year's supper! Hope eveyone has a great 2011!