Saturday, February 28, 2009

Grilling Goodness #20

Yes, I know it's now Saturday, but I still wanted to join in. I had so much to do yesterday, that I just couldn't squeeze this in until just now! So, I am pretending that I still have a couple of hours left of Friday and do this anyway. Besides, it is technically still Friday in California, right???

Anywho, if you would like to join in on this pretend it's still Friday and head on over to Golden Goodness and join in on the fun! Don't forget to link up!




1. What is your favorite thing about Springtime?

Everything! I love the beginning blooms of the flowers and trees, the grass turning green, animals coming out of hibernation, and the temps warming up! Spring time is one of my favorite seasons! The other is Summer!

2. Do you prepare special, maybe even fun, meals for your kids? Example, please.

Not really.

3. What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Lots of family time!

4. Within driving distance, where do you like to go for a little getaway?

I would go to my uncle's property in Greene County. I love spending time there because we use it as a camping spot for a weekend. If it was warm enough right now, I'd probably be there, but it's still a bit cold yet!

5. Laundry detergent: liquid or powder?

My family used powder when I was a kid. I prefer to use the liquid though.

6. What does your spouse do around the house that you appreciate the most?

He does a lot around the house, really. Especially on his days off of work. I have to say that I appreciate him taking out the trash the most!

7. Do you converse with the grocery checker or pay and bolt?

I'm not much of a talker. I will chat with the grocery checker if he/she speaks to me first, but I mostly just pay and bolt...

8. Have you ever had an MRI? (If you feel comfortable sharing why, please do.)


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wordful Wednesday!

Making Ants on a Log with Cream Cheese! Yummy!

You'll need celery, cream cheese, and raisins!

First, scoop out some cream cheese....

Double A Trying a New Recipe 


Next, spread the cream cheese on top of the celery....

Double A Spreading Cream Cheese


Finally, add some raisins on top of the cream cheese....

Princess T adding raisins to Ants on a Log 


You have Ants on a Log! So easy to make, so good to eat!

Enjoy! Double A and Princess T most certainly did!


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Horrible Cold!

I'm sick! Everyone in this house is sick. As I sit here typing this, I am hearing Double A cough, the poor guy! We all have a horrible cold! Double A and Mr. Wiggles have it the worst though. Double A is vomiting and both Double A and Mr. Wiggles had to have breathing treatments this week. Yuck, I tell you!


What bothers me the most is the fact that I know where this yucky cold came from. It came from Tater's house, it did! His girlfriend had her two sons spend the night at Great Aunt B's house this past Friday and Lady J was over there, too. (Remember, Lady J is my niece.) Tater's girlfriend knew her two boys were sick and she still let them stay and by Sunday night, Lady J and Great Aunt B had their colds! Lady J brought it over here since she stays with me until Chatterbox (aka Skinny) is finished remolding his house.


In my opinion it was completely inconsiderate of Tater and his girlfriend to allow their two boys to spend the night at Great Aunt B's house knowing that they were sick with colds. Mainly because they know that Great Aunt B visits with Aunt J and they know how bad Aunt J is right now. She has been hospitalized over and over because she's caught the common cold and needed to be isolated before. I have talked to them about this the last time they passed the cold on like this, but apparently I was talking to the walls instead. I should have known that, of course!


I know I sound like a horrible person right now, but this really irks me! When one knows the problems a common cold will cause others, why purposely pass it around? I mean really? Couldn't they just keep the boys at home until they got over the cold?


This cold isn't just a regular cold! It's an extremely hard cold! It settles in the chest, nose, sinuses, and have mercy, the ears! Princess T, Lady J and I all have ear aches with this cold! Well, Princess T and Lady J don't now, but they did. I am the only one with the ear ache now!


Thank you for letting me rant and complain!


On another note, I noticed yesterday that I had three less followers than the day before. At first, I thought it was because a few people had gotten offended with me dropping the f bomb on my blog. I am glad that wasn't the case. Apparently, blogger is in the process of integrating with Google Friend Connect and they had to set some users as "anonymous". This means that I still have all of my followers, but some are now following anonymously. See, I do notice each and every one of you!

You can easily fix this by clicking "Manage" under the list of blogs you follow and switching your settings back to public.


Now I'm off to take some cold medicine and take something for this horrible ear ache!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Not Me! Monday!



Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.


Since Double A and Princess T had no school on Monday, I wanted to take them to the Children's Museum so that they would still learn something. I had asked another family member if she could take Great Aunt B to visit Aunt J so that we could spend the entire day there and was told that she couldn't because she had to help out at her local food pantry as she did every Monday. So, I know it was NOT ME who seen her with her own children at the Children's Museum on that very day at the time she said she'd be helping out at the food pantry.


When this same family member invited me to take Double A and Princess T to Chuck E Cheese on Wednesday, I told her that I couldn't because Aunt J had a dentist appoint, which was true. It was nice of her to invite me and my children and I surely would NOT have taken them on Saturday without returning the invite to her. Nope, that would be completely rude and I'm just NOT that rude. Not even when it comes to being lied to.


I DID NOT catch up on reading all the blogs that I was behind on last week. I have to much to do during the day to have gotten caught up finally! I just DID NOT have the time!


I DID NOT suggest to Skinny aka Chatterbox that him and his soon to be fiance needed to watch "Fire Poof" before they get married because of all the bickering they'd been doing all week towards each other. If I would have done such a thing, I absolutely WOULD NOT have laughed when Skinny's soon to be fiance said, "I don't need to watch any fuckin' movie!"


These are just some of the things I DID NOT do this week. What did you NOT DO this week? Please share!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Grilling Goodness #19


It's finally Friday and I love participating in this meme! Tina at Golden Goodness always seem to come up with fun questions (or as in the case this week a fill-in) to be answered! If you would like to join in or see what others answered then go here! Now on to my answers!


1. What is your favorite family activity?

Anything that has to do with moving around outdoors!

2. Do you know how to play poker?


3. Have you ever been to a chiropractor?




4. Have you ever slopped pigs or milked cows?


5. How are you doing with the goals you made for the New Year?

I think I have been sticking to them pretty well.

6. Is there something you dread doing every day?

This really isn't an "everyday" thing, but when S needs to go to work early and I have to take him, I dread getting up extra early in the morning to pick him up from work.

7. What room in your home would you most like to buy new furniture for?

My living room....

8. If I had a dollar for every time I hear "I forgot!", I'd be able to buy a new home, a truck, a car and I'd still have money left over.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Venture Out!

Aunt J has been extremely sick and in the hospital since July 2008. She was moved from the hospital to a rehab center at the beginning of November 2008. When she was first admitted into the hospital, she was unable to sit up on her own, much less do much of anything else for herself.

Every single day that Aunt J has been in the hospital and the rehab center, my Great Aunt B has went to sit with her for at least 5 hours a day. Most of the time, I take Great Aunt B to see her and every night I take Great Aunt B home when she's ready.

On the way home last week, Great Aunt B told me that the rehab center had scheduled a dentist appointment for this week and the only problem was that Aunt J's insurance wouldn't cover the transportation that it would take to get her there. The rehab center had suggested that she'd pay for a taxi to get her there.

I instantly wondered why we would pay for a taxi when I have a perfectly capable car that would be easy for Aunt J to get in and out of. We weren't really sure exactly how she would do sitting up in a vehicle anyway, but if the rehab center felt she could handle sitting up in a vehicle, without ever trying it, then why not try it in one that she was already familiar with, with family she was comfortable with. I instantly asked Great Aunt B to find out if we could take Aunt J to this appointment instead. They agreed to let us take her.

Yesterday was Aunt J's dentist appointment venture. We got to the rehab center a bit early, but we wanted to be sure that she was ready to go. Aunt J wasn't entirely excited about going since she'd only be going to the dentist and not home as she really wishes she could. We ventured out without really knowing how she would handle getting in and out of her wheelchair and my car. I was prepared though and knew what I needed to do in case she couldn't do it since I worked as a CNA before, so I wasn't to worried about the "what if she can't do it" part of the whole thing.

She did do it though! She did a lot better than either I or Great Aunt B had thought she would. She held most of her own weight moving from her wheel chair and the car when she needed to. The last report that we had, she had only been able to hold about 30% of her weight and I had been prepared to hold the other 70% when moving from wheelchair and the car, but I have to say that she doubled that yesterday! Once we got her into the car and we were on our way, she started enjoying the car ride. The smile on her face the entire time was priceless! She was going somewhere and even if it was for a short time, she enjoyed actually sitting up instead of laying down as she normally did on her trips to dialysis.

When I first found out how sick Aunt J was, I made the decision to relocated and leave the life that I had grown accustomed to and loved. We, as a family, have had to make a lot of adjustments, but I really wanted to be around my Great Aunt B to help her through this hard time for her. Aunt J may be just Great Aunt B's niece legally, but in the heart, Aunt J is more like Great Aunt B's daughter. This has really taken a toll on Great Aunt B. I wanted to be able to help her in any way that I could even if it meant that I'd be the only one helping her and no one else did. Seeing the smile and the joy on Aunt J's face just because she had been able to get out of the rehab center and go for a car ride to her dentist appointment has been totally worth all of the adjusting that we have had to make in the last seven months!

We are trying to help Aunt J get well enough to come home and with yesterday's trip, we know that she is getting closer every day to coming home! Thank you, God!

Monday, February 16, 2009

It's Been A Week Already!

It's been a week since my last post! What a stressful, busy and crazy week it's been for me!

By last Monday afternoon, I was completely stressed out and at my wits end. Instead of going completely off the deep end, I decided to use my extra energy to clean out the room we have been using as a basic storage room and turn it into an actual bedroom. Once I finished that, I spent three days rearranging it and the rest of my house. I would arrange a room one way and then turn around and arrange it another way just for the heck of it. It actually took me that long to get most of my frustrations out of my system. The entire time, I hadn't turned on my computer.

By Friday night, I decided to catch up on the tons of emails I had waiting on me and all of your blogs. As of right now, I'm up to last Wednesday.

I would have been farther if I would have spent time on the computer on Saturday, but of course, it was Valentine's Day and I chose to spend it with my loving hubby. We had a great Valentine's Day and night. I spent most of the day with my husband, kids and my Aunt J. Then I spent the evening and night with just my husband. We didn't really do anything other than watch a few movies, but that was okay with me. That's all I really wanted to do anyway. I was still trying to relax after being so frustrated during the week. One of the movies we watched was Fireproof and we decided that we would have to buy the DVD. We absolutely loved it. I totally cracked up at my husband because it made him cry, but I had to hide the tears the movie made me shed, too. I'm totally weird like that. I usually hate any tear jerking movie, but I absolutely loved this one! I hope you all had a great Valentine's Day! Remember, I'm still trying to catch up with all of you!

Today, I took Double A and Princess T to the Children's Museum and the three of us made a full day of it. We had a great time! We spent about five hours there and it was pretty crowded. I'd have to say that it was great for me. I was able to withstand a crowd that big without having a big freak out session and curling myself up into ball within a half-hour of being there, as I normally would. Princess T and Double A decided to try rock climbing. It was pretty cute. I let Double A take pictures of Princess T climbing and then let Princess T take pictures of Double A. Princess T didn't get very far up the rock, but she did get a lot farther than Double A. He didn't even make the first step up. Seriously! Both kids learned a lot and they looked up extra information about some of the things they learned there, when we got home. I love it when their little minds want to continue to work like they did today!

I am now off to catch up on reading the rest of your blogs! It's so good to be back!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Nicknames #2

About a week ago, I posted about the nicknames my brothers, cousins, and I were given. I asked at the end of my post if someone could guess what nickname was given to me. Blueviolet at A Nut in a Nutshell tried to guess what it was and I thank her very much for trying!

Anyway, I hated this name and was glad that it didn't stick with me as long as Tater's stuck with him. (He's still called Tater sometimes!)

My horrible nickname was "Puppy Dog".

Why Puppy Dog? Well, because I would pretended I was a little puppy dog! It was my favorite game when I was younger. I would entertain myself for hours just pretending I was a little pup. Not long after my given nickname, I stopped pretending I was a puppy. That's how much I hated that name! Not that it was the most horrible one given out, it wasn't, but I thought it was pretty darned close!

Princess T was nicknamed "Puppy Pooh" because she followed in my footsteps and likes to pretend that she's a puppy. The thing is, she LOVES her nickname. Hmm. Maybe I would have liked mine better if mine was "Puppy Pooh".

But then again, maybe not. Her's sounds a bit close to "Puppy Poop"! I know my two mean brothers would have thought of the "Puppy Poop" thing and that would have been my new nickname. I'll take "Puppy Dog" over "Puppy Poop" any time!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Toys, Parties and Books! Oh My!

I like to reward Double A and Princess T for good behavior and from time to time, I take them to the store and let them pick out something that they'd like. I decided to do this for them yesterday. It had been a while since I've done this for them and they really deserved it.

While we were there, S noticed the new Nascar collectibles that are out. When I noticed that he was checking them out, I said, "Don't you even think about it, mister!" I didn't realize that I had used my bossy mother voice until after I said it. Princess T, walking right beside me said, "Well, I guess daddy doesn't get a toy!" I couldn't help but to laugh when she said it because by the end of it, she realized how silly it sounded. Then she said, "Mom, you are going to blog about this, aren't you?" Hmm... Maybe she's trying to tell me that I'm starting to blog a bit much!

Princess T and Double A were invited to their cousin's birthday party today and Princess T was invited to spend the night afterwards for an all girls slumber party. After I explained to Double A why he hadn't been invited to spend the night he sighed heavily and said, "Girls these days!" Ha! Oh, son, if you only knew!

To make up for the fact that Double A hadn't been invited to spend the night after the birthday party, I decided we would take a trip to the bookstore. Double A loves to read, so a trip to the bookstore was perfect for him! I didn't make it to the original bookstore that we set out for because on our way there, I spotted a new bookstore called Books On Sale and decided to check that out instead. While looking around, Double A remembered that there was a new book out in a series that he has been collecting, A Diary of a Wimpy Kid. He decided to ask the cashier if they had the new book in that series there. (When he's looking for a certain book, he's not shy at all when it comes to asking someone if they have it!) They did and he was so excited! Then he noticed that the bookstore also gave out free bottles of water and that was it for him! "I am very impressed!" he exclaimed, pretty loudly. I think we found him a new favorite bookstore, which is fine with me because I think I can handle the prices of the books. The prices were very reasonable and they have a "trade books" policy, which I think is pretty cool.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Grilling Goodness #17

Tina at Golden Goodness has a Grilling Goodness meme every Friday. Click here to join in on the fun!





1. Have your children corrected you somehow this week?

I had to laugh at this question! Princess T has to correct me at least two times every week and this week was no exception! I have this bad habit when I say numbers that have a hundreds value in them. For example, when I say 106, it comes out as "One hundred and six.." She is always saying, "Mom, there is NO 'and' in it. You need to say one hundred six! You only say the 'and' when there is a decimal! Do you see a decimal point in there? No! So, there is NO 'and'!" Okay kiddo! No 'and'! Got it! Until the next time I try saying 106 or 112!

2. Are you waiting for a particular something to happen?

I'm waiting for the temperatures to rise outside! I can't wait until spring!

3. Do you chat online?

Sometimes I chat with friends online. I am always chatting with my mom online!

4. What is the oldest thing you own?

My wine glasses. They are really old. They belonged to my grandmother and she purchased them before I was born. I love them!

5. What's for dinner tonight?

Chicken, boiled potatoes and broccoli and cheese!!

6. Are you artistic?

Hmm. As in drawing? No way! My dad is though!

7. Are you getting an income tax refund?

We are planning on getting an income tax refund.

Plans for it?

Paying debts owed to a great brother-in-law, getting a Wii game and a Wii fit with some Wii fit games! (Can't wait for that!) Maybe even get a digital camcorder. Then spending the rest on Double A and Princess T.

8. Do you use 'zero payments/zero interest for XX months' to buy things?

Not really. I like to pay for items in full when I buy them if I can. I save up money until I have enough to purchase whatever it is that I get.


What are your answers to these questions? Please share!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordful Wednesday!

A Full Seigh

Another picture of fun in the snow! There were four people on the sled in this picture. Tater Tot, CJ, Princess T and MJ. They had a blast going down the hill! Tater is pushing them all down the hill!

Click here and join in on the Wordful Wednesday fun!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Once Upon A Baby Story....

Warning Sunny, Double A and Princess T: This is a meme about the first born baby. I do have a picture in this post. Continue at your own risk! Love you!


I saw this meme at A Nut in a Nutshell and I thought I'd play along.


1. Where you married at the time?

No. I didn't marry my husband until I found out I was pregnant with our second baby.

2. What were your reactions when you found out you were pregnant?

I was thrilled!

3. How old were you?


4. How did you find out?

A home pregnancy test.

5. Who did you tell first?

My husband (boyfriend then) and then my mother.

6. Did you want to find out the sex?

Yes! I wanted to make sure I bought the right kind of clothes, but didn't want to get "neutral" clothes.

7. Due date?

May 21st.

8. Did you deliver late or on time?

One week before the due date.

9. Did you have morning sickness?

Tons of morning sickness! I thought I'd never get past it!

10. What did you crave?

Everything with kool-aid!

11. Who/what irritated you the most?

The morning sickness!

12. What was your first child's sex?


13. How many pounds did you gain throughout your pregnancy?

About 25. It wasn't much at all.

14. Did you have any complications during pregnancy?


15. Where did you give birth?

Bedford, IN

16. How many hours were you in labor?

12 hours.

17. Who drove you to the hospital?

My husband.

18. Who watched?

My husband.

19. Was it natural or C section?

All natural!

20. Did you take medication to ease the pain?


21. How much did your child weigh?

6 pounds 5 ounces

22. Did your child have any complications?

No, he was perfect!

23. What did you name him?

Ronnie James (AKA "Little Man")

24. How old is your first born today?

He would have turned 13 years old this year.

He passed away suddenly at 2 years and 2 weeks old. We miss him very much, but know that he's with us everyday.

Below is a picture of him at a year and a half. This was taken on my wedding day.

Little Man, we love you!


May 14, 1996 - June 28, 1998

Monday, February 2, 2009

Not Me! Monday!

It's Monday already and it's time to list all the things I did "not" do this past week! This carnival was started by MckMama. If you would like to to list all the things you did "not" do this week, then go here and link up!

I DID NOT laugh at S while watching him try to maneuver his way through nine inches of snow to our back door. If I would have done this, I would NEVER ask him to do walk in circles so that I could continue to laugh at him! If I did do such a thing, S would NOT have done it! He so DOES NOT love me that much!

I DID NOT get irritated at Chatterbox (previously known as "Skinny", my younger brother) because he kept yakking away when he clearly seen that I was trying to read blogs! I DID NOT attempt to use the selective hearing I DID NOT inherit!

I DID NOT get a bit ticked off when S decided to use our rare alone time to take back a converter box that we just bought last week. If I did get ticked off, I most certainly WOULD NOT walk behind him saying, "I told you to wait until they got the other brand before buying one last week. You were happy with it last week. So, happy with it, in fact that you just COULDN'T wait to buy it, so why return it now?" With every step we took just to tick him off, too! That would be completely childish! Who would be that childish? Surely, NOT ME!!

If I would have been that childish, I WOULD NOT have stopped repeating those words with his simple suggestion of going to the nearest bookstore!

I DID NOT just realize how often I use exclamation points in my posts!

What did you "not do" this week???

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fun In The Snow!

Snow is still on the ground today. The roads aren't as bad as they were, but there is still snow! It was warm enough to melt some of it today, so I decided to take advantage of it before all the snow melted. (Of course, I doubt it will all melt anytime soon since it's supposed to get cold again tomorrow and snow again either tomorrow or Tuesday.)

So, I decided to take the kids sledding today with Tater and his girlfriend. (His girlfriend and I have been friends since junior high.) It was their first time ever going sledding! What can I say? We used to live in Tennessee where there was not much snow! Anyway, they had a blast!

Princess T did not want to go down the hill her first time alone. She was so nervous. In the picture below, she is waiting for me to get in the sleigh with her!

Torie Waiting For Mommy

But, I've learned a trick or two from my dear old dad, and told her that I would have to give the sleigh a good shove before I could get in it with her. Oops! I forgot to jump in the back!

Torie Sleig Riding Down Hill

Ah well, to late! She looks kinda mad, don't she? In the background, Double A has no problem going down that hill for the first time by himself!

Torie Pulling Sleigh Up Hill

Oh, wait... She's not mad.....

Torie pulling Sleigh

She's going again! This time, she's pushing herself down the hill with her hands!

Torie Sleigh Riding Herself

What's that? What about Double A? How did he like his first time down the hill in a sleigh? Well, he obviously thought it was boring and was so ready to do this.....

Alex On Snow Board

But, I wasn't quite ready for that just yet, so he had to continue with just the measly little sleigh that he had at first. And yes, that's Princess T pushing herself down the hill with her hands again! (Also, that's Tater giving Double A a good push down the hill!)

Round 2 Down the Hill!

All in all they had a blast! At one time they even had four people on one of those little sleds! To bad I didn't catch a good picture before they went down the hill!! It was hard to get a good face picture because no one wanted to sit and smile long enough. But, I did manage to get two of them to sit still and smile for a second, once. (Double A and M.J, Tater's oldest son.)

Sleiding~Alex and Mathaniel


Me, my brothers and all of my cousins have nicknames. This had become a tradition in the family courtesy of my Aunt "Attitude". This has also moved down to our own children. Soon after each child was born, they are given a nickname and then it becomes official with Aunt Attitude's agreement. Well, each child is given a nickname soon after each child was born with the exception of me, my two brothers, and four of Attitude's daughters. How did this come about you ask? Well, I am glad you asked such a question! This is how it came to be a family tradition.....

Once upon a time, Attitude's sister was pregnant. This was to be her first niece or nephew, but not the first born child of the next generation. Attitude already had claims to the first born child of the next generation. Anyway, Attitude's sister, Naive, had only one craving the entire time she was pregnant. Her one and only craving was potatoes. Not potatoes cooked different ways. Oh no! There was only one way the potatoes had to be made. Any other way just wouldn't do! They had to be fried potatoes, without exception. Naive ate fried potatoes morning, noon and night throughout her pregnancy. In fact she ate so many potatoes, that Attitude commented to Naive that she wasn't going to have a baby, but she was going to have one big "Tater". And thus began the first nickname upon our generation.

Once Tater was born, this stuck with him and was called "Tater", no matter the true name his mother had given him. For years, he had been the only nicknamed child of our generation. That was until the rest of realized that "Tater" wasn't his name, but just a nickname given him by Attitude.

When we inquired as to why he was the only one with a nickname, she decided to assign the rest of us nicknames, also.  The nicknames she had given to her daughters in order were Ape Shit (Don't know why really), Skeeter, Cry Baby, and Huggy. Seriously, I didn't know Huggy's real name until I was 15 years old! But, I think it had more to do with the fact that they moved away while we were really young and I didn't have the opportunity to learn Huggy's real name. It took them a long time before Attitude contacted the family again, but more do to marital (or I should say ex-marital) reasons than anything else.

As I've said, this tradition has been passed down to our own children. For example, Tater's youngest son is Tater Tot. Double A's is Cuddles and Princess T's is Puppy Pooh. Can you guess what mine was??? Go ahead and take a guess!

Oh and Sunny, you are NOT allowed to guess!

Hint: Princess T has one part of my nickname, kinda like Tater Tot has one part of Tater's nickname. My nickname was two words. Good luck! I promise I will reveal what it was in a few days.

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