Friday, December 11, 2009

Hellmanns Real Holiday Giveaway Winner


The Hellmanns Real Holiday Giveaway winner is MOMFOREVERANDEVER!
Congratulations!


Thanks to everyone who participated by commenting, blogging, following me, and even tweeting about this giveaway. I hope you all truly found their site useful. I know I liked it and will be putting it to good use for the holidays. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season. Please keep checking back here for some more great giveaways!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Little Brute

Yes, she sure is cute beyond belief but she is a handful and a half. Don't be fooled by the picture. Look away and do not make eye contact. She is rough, tumble, sugar and spice all roll up into one big package. She makes me laugh and pull my hair out all the time. One thing I noticed lately is that she really needs a lesson in how to play nice with other kids. She is not so much for sharing her toys. She pulls them away and makes the little kid "that's mine" grunt. Now, I know she gets it from her older sister who is always trying to steal the toy she is currently playing with. What I do not know is how I am going to begin to change the behavior. I want her to play nice and not be the mean bully kid. I know it will come with time and we will just need to work harder at it. The doctor said since she is the second child she will act out more and boy was he right. All we need to do is try to harness her inner hugger and all will be right with the world.

Anyone else have this same issue? Is so, how did you deal with it?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Custom Photo Italian Charm Giveaway

I am expanding my current inventory over at Giliena's and adding custom photo jewelry items. I decided to host a giveaway over there for my newest custom photo item. So, if you are interested in a beautiful custom photo italian charm bracelet just head over to http://www.gilienas.com/blog and enter.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Disney on Ice - Worlds of Fantasy

In my honest opinion, I think this was the best show so far. The show starts with Mickey and Minnie. Their car breaks down and they are in search of a tow truck. Who better to help with this situation than Mater. Mater comes out followed by Sally, Ramone, Flo and eventually Lightning McQueen. It was so awesome to see the actual cars driving around on the ice. My daughter is a HUGE Cars fan and when Lightning McQueen hit the ice she screamed his name so loud you would have thought some teen heart throb had just arrived. I watched her as she watched the show and there was no doubt she was soaking it all in and loving every minute.

The next part of the show consisted of the Little Mermaid and The Lion King. The skating was fantastic. The costumes were beautiful. The special effects were fantastic and left nothing to be desired. The Little Mermaid undersea adventure was nothing short of enchanting. The Lion King Circle of Life was amazing and left you on the edge of your seat. The last part of the show was Tinkerbell and the faeries of Pixie Hollow. The show was magical and everything you could hope for from Tinkerbell and her friends. My daughter and I are huge Tinkerbell fans so for me this was my favorite part. At one point she turned to me and said, "Mommy I have never seen a real faerie before". I loved every minute of it and it made for an awesome finale. I was so impressed at how the stage transformed to spring at the end of the show. All of my favorite Disney moments did come to life on the ice last night. It really left me wanting to see the show again.

If you are located in the Denver area you should take advantage of this awesome deal.

Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows or receive $4 off weekend tickets by entering the coupon code: MOM**

There is also a special Princess pre-show event available to all ticket holders. Arrive up to one hour early to tour the display of gorgeous gowns and meet a real princess!

Here is the schedule for those that may be interested:

Pepsi Center


(Purchase Tickets from http://www.tickethorse.com/)

Dec. 4th: 7:30pm
Dec. 5th: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30am Dec. 6th: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm

The Denver Coliseum

(Purchase Tickets from http://www.ticketmaster.com/)

Dec. 11th: 11:00am, 7:30pm
Dec. 12th: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Dec. 13th: 1:30pm, 5:30pm

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the promotion code box on ticketmaster or tickethorse respectively. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional Tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Offer not valid on Rinkside or VIP seating. Note: Denver Coliseum Box Office opens on Nov. 23rd. Cannot be combined with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.

Hellmanns Real Holiday Helpings - Giveaway

Let's just say, I am a huge Bobby Flay fan and my family is also a fan of Hellmanns. So, when I was contacted by MomSelect to review the new Hellmanns Real Holiday Helpings site I did not hesitate one bit. I browsed the site and found lots of cool features. I entered to win free groceries for a year, printed my coupon, and signed up for their facebook page. My absolute favorite part of the site though is the recipe section. I watched Bobby's recipe videos and my mouth watered the entire time. My favorite is the Turkey Cuban sandwich. We have sandwich night at least once a week and are always looking for new recipes. We will be making this one sooner rather than later and I cannot wait to give it a try. I also cannot wait to try the twice baked potato and ham with our leftovers. There are so many great recipes you are sure to find several that make your mouth water.

So, MomSelect is giving me the opportunity to giveaway a $25 American Express gift card. This is sure to help with all the upcoming holiday shopping that needs to be done. I will be giving away one of these to one lucky winner. To enter all you have to do is head on over to Hellmanns Real Holiday Helpings and take a look around. Leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite part is and how you think this site will help during the holidays.

Want additional entries?? Just leave me a comment for each of the following:

•Subscribe to my blog
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This giveaway ends on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 10:00 pm MST. I will choose the winner using random.org. The winner will be notified via email and will have three (3) days to claim their prize. If I am unable to email you I will have to choose another winner. If your prize is not claimed within three (3) days I will have to choose another winner.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

OMG! Is that my kid??

That kid. You know the one. The one screaming at the top of her lungs. The one in the middle of a full on fit. This is only the second time this has happened to me and I have to say all I wanted to do was curl up and hide. I could not believe it. I had no idea how to get it to stop. I was certain others were thinking I was beating her and soon I would be carted off for being the worst mother ever. All I could do was hold my ground and not give in.

It was the night before Thanksgiving and we were in the middle of a long drive to our final destination. We always stop in this particular town in order to use the restrooms. It was late this time so there was only one place still open. My daughter is deathly afraid of the automatic flush toilets since one flushed on her at Walmart while she was sitting on it. I knew this one had one but I immediately tried anything and everything to diffuse the situation in advance. My efforts had failed. The moment we got into the stall and she noticed there was no "handle" it was on. The screaming began. These were screams I was certain everyone within a 5 mile radius could hear. I tried to reason and assure her that I would hold her and nothing would happen. She was not buying it and was determined not to go. I just figured we would be camping there for a while because the only other places I knew would be open also had the automatic flushing. I knew if I left without her going we were certain to have an accident. Needless to say, after much screaming and crying I was finally able to get her to go. It was not easy and I wish I could say the problem was now solved. The insane part was how once she finally went everything changed. She went from being a crazy screaming kid to one laughing and filled with pride that she went. When we finally left the bathroom I made sure she let everyone in the store know she was okay. I was horrified and completely embarassed but there was that part of me that wanted to be redeemed. I know this is not the last incident I will have like this. I just hope with time and patience we can overcome this fear. For now we will always be in search of the "handle".

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life. I have an awesome family and some wonderful friends. My husband and my girls bring me so much joy and laughter. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Eat lots of great food and enjoy time spent with your family.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - New Style


V with her new much shorter hair style.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Disney on Ice - Worlds of Fantasy!


So, it is that time again. Yay! Vic and I are planning to attend the December 4th showing of Disney on Ice. I am really looking forward to this one because she is a huge fan of the movie Cars and we both love Tinkerbell. They are also featuring The Little Mermaid and Lion King. It should make for a fun night. If you are located in the Denver area you should take advantage of this awesome deal.

Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows
or receive $4 off weekend tickets by entering the
coupon code: MOM**

There is also a special Princess pre-show event available to all ticket holders. Arrive up to one hour early to tour the display of gorgeous gowns and meet a real princess! My daughter is so excited for this. We had so much fun at the last event that she cannot wait for this one.

Here is the schedule for those that may be interested:

Pepsi Center
(Purchase Tickets from
http://www.tickethorse.com/)
Dec. 4th: 7:30pm
Dec. 5th: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30am
Dec. 6th: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm

The Denver Coliseum
(Purchase Tickets from
http://www.ticketmaster.com/)
Dec. 11th: 11:00am, 7:30pm
Dec. 12th: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Dec. 13th: 1:30pm, 5:30pm

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM” in the promotion code box on ticketmaster or tickethorse respectively. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional Tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Offer not valid on Rinkside or VIP seating. Note: Denver Coliseum Box Office opens on Nov. 23rd. Cannot be combined with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Layoffs suck!

Today seemed just like any other day. That is until I signed on Facebook only to see multiple posts from so many of my friends being laid off from my former employer. So many good people. It was so hard to watch it all unfold. It is so hard to wrap my brain around why. I understand that layoffs are a part of how things happen. I am no stranger to it as I managed to survive many. As I watched the people today I just did not get it this time. So many quality individuals and I was left feeling stunned and sad. All I can do is hope they all hold their heads high and land on their feet in a better position than they were before. *hugs* to you all

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Time for a Challenge

For a very long time now I have been extremely frustrated with my weight and the way I look these days. A couple of times I have attempted to do something about it by either going on a diet or pretending to start an exercise program. It is hard and to be honest I was never really willing to put in the necessary effort. I have finally gotten to the point now where I am serious about this. If you are not truly motivated to do something you will never be successful. I have given this a lot of thought over the last week. I recognize my previous downfalls and wanted to make sure I was truly ready to give this another shot. It hurts my self esteem even more when I start something like this and fail at it. It makes getting started again that much more difficult. I get on a vicious cycle and finding the motivation seems almost impossible. I was not willing to start it this time unless I dug down deep and found that motivation to keep it going longer than a few days. I think I found it and I am willing to give it a shot. Tomorrow morning seemed like a good day to start. I will fire up my new 30 EA Active challenge. I have my meal plan set. Working now on purging the house of all the junk food. Going to hit the store tomorrow to bring home some healthy food options.

Anyone interested in partnering up with me? We could compare notes and try and keep each other on track. I will have weekly updates here and we will see how it all goes. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cancer Sucks!

There really is no other way to put it. It is a devastating disease that has brought much pain and misery to so many people. Yesterday we lost a neighbor to liver cancer. She tried to fight it. She fought so hard to be a survivor. I know she is in a better place and her suffering is over now. Her family and friends are now struggling to move on. My heart goes out to them as they mourn their loss. They are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was always so friendly. She always greeted you with a smile no matter what was going on with her. I saw her one day when I was out and she asked me about my little one's first birthday. I was completely stunned that she would remember that when some of my own family had forgotten. She was a strong and remarkable person that will be missed tremendously. She is an angel now watching over her family.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Fisher Price Infant Toy Review

Thanks to the great people at MomSelect I have the opportunity to review two wonderful Fisher Price infant products. The first is the Laugh & Learn™ Fun With Friends™ Musical Table. The second is the Laugh & Learn™ Smart Bounce & Spin Pony™. When these toys arrived both of my girls were so excited. Both products were super easy to put together. I sat on the floor while both of my girls watched impatiently.

The Laugh & Learn™ Fun With Friends™ Musical Table was the first one ready. As soon as I snapped it all together my girls took it from me and played TOGETHER for such a long time. They had so much fun with it. My oldest is 3 and was actually taking an interest in it as well. I thought for sure she would be too old for it but she played with her younger sister like a champ. She was extremely interested in the Spanish setting and the ABCs and Counting. She kept relating it to what she was learning in preschool. She also liked helping her sister figure stuff out. There is definitely fun and learning. There is music, colors, counting, letters, english and spanish. It comes with a little telephone and pretend laptop. My little one is 18 months and loves the telephone. She keeps pretending to talk to everyone. There are songs they could sing along to and lights and music to dazzle them. It is so much fun to watch them play and I laugh at all the funny things they come up with. Both girls were fascinated with the music and singing along with the songs.

The Laugh & Learn™ Smart Bounce & Spin Pony™ is really quite awesome. My little one hopped on and immediately started bouncing away. She started spinning the little play wheel on the handle over and over. The music played and she giggled the whole time. All of this was before I had even gotten the chance to hook it up to the TV for the games. This toy comes with a box that hooks up to your TV. It includes interactive games for your kids to play. There are multiple levels depending on the age of your child. Both of my girls had a lot of fun with this. There is counting, ABCs, shapes, colors and so much more to entertain them while helping them learn. I was able to set this up and while the kids played and learned cool stuff I got some work done around the house. My 18 month old loved all the bouncing. She kept repeating everything she heard and she was calling out all the animals she saw.

If you are interested in any of these items you have an opportunity to download and print an in-store coupon that entitles you to $20 off a $100 purchase of Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn™ and/or Go Baby Go!™ Infant Toys. To download the coupon just head over to Fisher Price Coupon and register there. It is easy and simple. This offer will be ending soon so hurry so you do not miss out!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Brownies!

Seriously! Brownies rule the world. Have you ever met a brownie that you did not like. I have not. When you crave chocolate, brownies are always there to do the trick. They never let you down. They never disappoint. Sometimes they do leave you wanting more but most times they leave you completely satisfied. Right now as I write this I can smell them baking. I sit anticipating their yummy goodness. I cannot wait to get my hands on one and sink my teeth into all that chocolate. They are certain to be worth every minute I have to sit here smelling them and waiting for the timer to put me out of my misery.

Best Mood Ever

Yesterday I got some really great news and ever since I have been on cloud 9. I am not ready to share it yet but I will soon enough. I have not been this happy in a long time now and it feels really great. It is one of those things that makes you aware that things are changing for the best. I now feel that 2010 is going to be my year and things are only looking up.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Patience

I have to face it, I do not have any. In my opinion it is my worst trait and I try really hard to improve on it. No matter how hard I try though I still feel like it is an uphill climb. My husband is awesome because he recognizes potential situations and we work together to avoid them. My kids on the other hand just learn from my behavior. I see it in them and I wonder if they inherited it or learned it. It is a constant struggle each day to be more patient with them. If they inherited it from me I cannot really control that. The part I want to control is learned behavior. I do not want my kids to grow up the same as I did. I did not have a bad childhood and my mom was a good mom. She just has some quirks that I feel I learned from her and I want to break that cycle. I want my kids to have a better childhood than I did. Like I said, not because mine was bad but because there is always room for improvement.

Today is the day I really recognized it in my oldest. Today is the day I take change a step further, buckle down and work even harder than ever. I have to. My kids deserve the very best I can give them. Their daddy is so patient and compassionate. If they got those traits from him I do not want to break that. I do not want them to learn how to be any other way.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blessed

I have really had a couple of crappy days recently. I have been feeling down and not able to shake the feeling. This morning I woke up to my oldest sweetly running her fingers on my face in order to gently wake me up. How could that not make for a great start to any day? My heart melted. I may not always feel like the best mom in the world but today I do. I like to think that somehow she learned how to be so sweet by knowing and feeling how much I truly love her. It was the perfect beginning to a not so perfect day.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bad Day

I am not sure exactly what is the cause for it but today I seem to be in a funk. My mood is really just blah and every little thing is getting on my nerves. It is like the smallest thing in my mind is completely blown out of proportion. I cannot blame it on the weather because today it was sunny and in the 70s. Absolutely perfect. Tomorrow on the other hand it is supposed to be cold and raining. I just hope whatever has me down goes away when I wake up in the morning and does not carry over to tomorrow.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Potty Potty Potty!

When Vic was about a year and a half I decided to start trying to potty train her. I was not successful for a while after that. She just was not ready. Izzy just turned a year and a half and I am tempted to start training her. The difference is Izzy is acting like she is ready right now. She is obsessed with the potty. She sees all of us go and wants to go too. The part that gets me thinking is when out of the blue she will say she has to go potty and heads for the bathroom. I had such a hard time with Vic and I just do not want to make that mistake again. I tried to rush her and she was not ready. This time though I feel the little one is the one insisting. I am not sure if I should wait a bit longer or give it a try and see.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Zing Zang Zoom!

I have never been to a circus before and I have always wanted to go. I wish I had the opportunity to go when I was a child but my parents never took us. Last night my husband and I took the family to the newest Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Show- Zing Zang Zoom. We received some tickets for opening night from MomCentral. We left there amazed and fully entertained.

My daughter was so excited to go and had been looking forward to it all week. We got her a little set of binoculars and she was all set. There was no shortage of "wow" factor during the show. The magic tricks and illusions left you feeling stunned. One show character was suspended in a cage above the arena and turned into a tiger. At the beginning of the show an elephant disappeared right before our eyes. The high wire acrobats left you sitting there with your mouth open holding your breath while you watched in amazement. The trapeze artists left you completely awestruck. At one point they shot two women out of cannons across the arena. This was amazing because I honestly thought they would not really do it. When the cannons fired and the women flew through the air my husband and I looked at each other stunned.

The people that perform these acts are so talented and brave. It was truly a great show and an excellent family night out. If you live in the Denver area check it out. Do not forget to use the "MOM" MC promotion code for a great discount. Please see my previous post for all the details surrounding that promotion.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Laughter

I mean seriously, is there really anything better than hearing your kids squeal with laughter? Nothing can put a smile on my face faster than that sound. As I sit here now I listen to my girls chasing each other and laughing so hard. It is so nice they are both at an age now where they enjoy playing together. The age gap between them is getting shorter as the little one grows up and understands more of what is going on. I love to hear her say in her crazy little voice "tickle tickle tickle" as Vic tells her "I'm going to get you". They have such great laughs too. Hearing them I cannot help but laugh too. Now, it is time to go add more laughter and chase them until I wear myself out.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Reconnecting

My husband and I have been married many years now and have 3 kids. We take all the time together we can get and work really hard to make the best of it. This last week we had the opportunity to vacation in Puerto Rico just the two of us. It was so very hard for me to leave my girls for that long. I have never been away from them for that long. My sister agreed to watch them while we were gone so I had no doubt they were in good hands.

Apparently a week in Puerto Rico is just what the doctor ordered. We talked, laughed and reconnected with each other. We toured the hot spots. We drank tropical drinks. All around it was just a great week. Yes, I missed my girls something terrible but dad and I needed some alone time. We talk to each other all the time about our day to day experiences. This gave us the opportunity to really talk to each other though. No interruptions. Just the two of us.

I highly recommend though for any parent taking a vacation without your kids to get yourself a couple of webcams. My sister hooked one up and I hooked one up to my laptop. It allowed me to see both of my girls every night face to face as opposed to just hearing their voice. It was great for my oldest because she missed us the most. It made all the difference in the world for all of us.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Temple Touch Thermometer Giveaway Winner!


The Temple Touch Thermometer Giveaway Winner is Beejax!

Thanks to everyone who participated by commenting, blogging, following me, and even tweeting about this giveaway. Please keep checking back here for some more great giveaways!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Temple Touch Thermometer Giveaway!



Early this year there was a lot of sickness that went on here in this house. I felt like just as one got better the other got sick. It was an insane time and very stressful. When I took one of my girls to the doctor they had this awesome new thermometer that they used. They touched it to her head and that was it. When I got home I told my husband we had to have one.

A couple of weeks ago the awesome people at MomSelect gave me the opportunity to review the ReliOn mini Temple Touch Thermometer. Crazy thing is shortly after it arrived both my girls got sick so I actually got to put it to good use right away. My husband even had fun running around putting it on everyone's forehead. I have to say the absolute best part of this thermometer is you can put it right on their forehead while they are still sleeping. I was able to better monitor their temperature throughout the night without having to disturb them. It is extremely easy to use and gives accurate results very quickly. I usually have to wrestle my girls to the ground in order to get their temperature. They never hold still and always make it difficult.


Win one!


The people at MomSelect are also giving you the opportunity to try it for yourself and see. I will be giving away one of these to one lucky winner. To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment. Tell me why you want to win this thermometer.

Want additional entries?? Just leave me a comment for each of the following:
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  • Tweet about this giveaway (Please include @tejasangel in your tweet and leave the link in your comment)
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This giveaway ends on September 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm MST. I will choose the winner using random.org. The winner will be notified via email and will have three (3) days to claim their prize. If I am unable to email you I will have to choose another winner. If your prize is not claimed within three (3) days I will have to choose another winner.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Circus Comes to Denver!


I have never been to the circus and have always wanted to go. I have been waiting for it to come to town so that I can take my little ones. I told my oldest yesterday that we would be going and she could not be more excited. Are you planning on attending? If so, I have a special offer for you. Take your family and enjoy all the excitement. These details are for the Denver performances so please check your local area for show times. I will post a review after the show with all the wonderful details.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are presenting
ZING ZANG ZOOM at the Denver Coliseum.

A SPECIAL OFFER FOR YOU!

Purchase a 4‐pack of tickets for only $44 for weekday shows, or receive $4 off weekend tickets by logging onto ww.ticketmaster.com and entering the coupon code: MOM.**

Denver Show Dates:

Wednesday September 30: 7:30pm
Thursday October 1: 7:30pm
Friday October 2: 7:30pm
Saturday October 3: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday October 4: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Wednesday October 7: 7:30pm
Thursday October 8: 11:00am, 7:30pm
Friday October 9: 7:30pm
Saturday October 10: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday October 11: 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm

**Get 4 tickets for $44 Monday‐Friday matinee, or $4 off weekend tickets by entering the code “MOM”in the MC promotion code box on Ticketmaster. Minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Not valid on VIP Gold, VIP, and Circus Celebrity seats or combinable with other offers. Service charges and handling fees will apply.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets! - Coming Soon

By now I think most kids have seen the commercials for these cute little hamsters. I know mine has and she immediately put in her request for some. Little did she know mommy already had a plan in motion. In just a few short weeks I will be hosting a party for my girls and their friends. My daughter was there when I opened the box and she is about to bust at the seams. Every day she thinks that is the day of her hamster party. She is absolutely excited and cannot wait to play with them. My plan is to also give one of these away on my blog in the coming weeks. So, everyone stay tuned for that giveaway!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Internet Addiction?

Do you spend a lot of time on the internet and feel as though you have an internet addiction? I was watching the Today show this morning and they covered this issue. They specifically referred to a young man that ended up going to a retreat to address his addiction to the video game World of Warcraft. I love video games and especially love World of Warcraft. I have spent many hours a day playing. I have also spent many hours blogging and hanging out on Facebook and/or Twitter. While I was watching this I could not wrap my brain around the idea of consdering my game play time as an addiction. When I was younger I spent so many hours obsessed with one video game or another. That said, I still got the important things in my life done. I realized when I needed to stop in order to address my life's responsibilities. For that matter, I even worked for a video game company for many many years. At no point did I ever consider I had some sort of addiction and that I needed to search out help. I still play World of Warcraft and spend a lot of time on the internet doing various other things. It is actually something my husband and I do together. We have at least one night a week where we get together with my sister and some really close friends. We all play together and do a lot of laughing along the way.

What about you? Do you play any games? Are you addicted to something else like Twitter or Facebook?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - My Little Ninja


This last weekend we attended her first karate tournament. She did awesome and got this trophy for her participaton. So proud!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Zaboomafoo!!!!!

I do not know of a parent out there that is not with me on this one. All of our kids have their favorite shows that they want to watch over and over and OVER. The latest in our house is Zaboomafoo. I came across it one day and had no idea what it was. Much to my surprise it was not a cartoon. Instead it was two brothers and a fake lemur teaching all about animals. The girls are so hooked now. They both constantly want to watch it. They run around singing the theme song and getting it stuck in my head too. My all time favorite though was when we went to the zoo this past week. Vic had random facts about so many of the animals to share with us. All of which she had learned from the show. She even convinced herself that she got to meet Zaboo at the lemur exhibit. It was so sweet to watch her. You would have thought she just met some movie star on the red carpet.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The big let down

My gut told me that something was wrong and the news I was waiting for was going to be bad. I tried not to listen and think positive but it is one of those things that never fails you. When you know deep down things just are not right it is hard to ignore that instinct. I, of course, prayed for the decision to go my way but it appears there is another plan for me. I feel angry, extremely sad and a whole truckload of other emotions right now. I feel a bit like I have failed and let down my family. As we all know, life does go on but I am taking my moment. This is my moment for a pity party for one. No one else can heal me or make me feel better. I am down right now but I am certainly not defeated. If anything I am more motivated than before.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Waiting sucks!

I made a life changing decision several weeks ago and now I am here waiting for an answer.

Waiting . . .

Waiting . . .

and more waiting!

Why must I wait? I was told it would be another week and that was almost two weeks. It is driving me completely insane. I just want a simple answer. The fact that I have not heard anything makes me worry. It causes my mind to convince me that the news is going to be bad. I cannot sleep. I have been trying to keep myself busy so that my focus will not only be on the waiting.

Ugh!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Happy Birthday to me

Yes, today is again another birthday for me. I honestly have mixed feelings about my birthday in general. I love the attention but sometimes when I think about it I get ill to my stomach. I think "Ugh! Where is all the time going". I feel like a huge chunk of my life is now gone and it is all slipping away from me way too fast. Last year I turned 40 and it was rough. This year though seems to be a bit more difficult to deal with. I am no longer 40 and I am now in my 40s. It is like something inside of me changed and now I am all grown up. Things I did so many years ago still seem like just a few years ago in my head. The good friends I have right now have been my friends for more than 10 years. My 20 year high school reunion has long since past.

Do not get me wrong, I still act like a kid and try to have as much fun as possible. I just feel like things are really different starting this year. We are headed to a family reunion this weekend and I was trying to decide what to wear. I was out looking for a new outfit and all I could think was "im too old to wear that". Those thoughts would have never entered my mind before. I am just not sure how to take it all. Am I overreacting or is this really the time when things change? My husband tells me that 40 is the new 30. Seriously?!? I am not sure I even know what the heck that means. Either way you slice it I am officially in my 40s and 40 whole years of my life are a part of my past. I guess that is just his way of trying to make me feel better.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Berry Picking Fun!

The other day I drove past a sign for The Berry Patch Farms and it hit me how much fun that would be. I looked them up online (http://www.berrypatchfarms.com/) and my sister and I decided that would be an awesome adventure to add to our Summer fun. This last weekend we loaded up the kids and headed out. We were not sure what to expect but we knew we would have some fun. I love raspberries and the black raspberries are what is ready for picking.

When we got there we had no idea what to do. We were greeted and welcomed by the nicest lady. She explained everything and pointed us in the right direction. The berries were a ways out so we hopped on the trailer they had set up to take people out. When we got to the right spot we went to town picking as many of the black ones as we could find. Even though we came out of there with a couple of pounds of fruit there were still more red ones than the black ones we were there to pick. We got the insider information from the nice man who took us out there on the train. He told us Tuesday morning was the best day to come because all those red ones we saw would be ripe for the picking.

We want to make some jam with the berries we picked and realized that we got a lot this weekend but not quite enough for what we wanted to do. This morning we got up early and headed out to the farm again. Last night we had some crazy storms so the ground out there was a mess. By the time we finished our shoes were covered in mud. I took the little one in her stroller and the wheels were covered in mud. Thank goodness my friend bought us the "hummer" of all strollers a long time ago. It definitely came in handy out there. Not many other strollers would have made that trek. The gentleman was right though. The berries were ready and there were tons of black ones to pick. We grabbed what we needed and headed home mud and all.

The whole experience was so much fun. Victoria had a blast picking berries and putting them in her little blue pail. They had so much stuff out there and everything was certified organic. We have already made plans to go back in just a few weeks to pick strawberries and red raspberries.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Great Pool Adventure

I was determined this Summer to have a pool available to us in the backyard. I started looking around at them and found an inexpensive above ground one for the patio. I talked to the hubby and he convinced me to get the biggest one. Well, when we got it home it just barely did not fit due to a curve in our patio. We decided to give it a shot anyways and see how it would do. It was filling up nicely and we were all so very excited. It took hours to fill and we waited patiently. I had such a hard time keeping Victoria out of it when we were setting it up that I finally just gave up and let her have fun.

The pool hung over the patio by maybe 6 inches and we supported it in the beginning stages to help it along. We figured once it go up there it would end up okay. Well, that was the case until it was almost full. After many hours I went out to check on it and I heard this funny noise. I knew what it meant and ran to grab the hubby to help. I figured if I could hold it and just let a little of the water out it would be just fine. Well, let's just say I was so very wrong. I had to end up jumping out of the way to keep from getting washed down the hill from the wall of water that rushed down my backyard, smacking up against the fence and then flooding my neighbors backyard. It just so happens too that my neighbors were eating dinner at their table when the water came rushing towards them. They were so very cool about it and no damage was done. It was one of those moments were you are so embarassed you want to crawl in a hole somewhere. Imagine looking out your patio door to see 3500 gallons of water coming through the fence towards you. We stood there watching it all with our mouths open in disbelief.


The whole experience was crazy and one we can now laugh about. I am just so thankful that my neighbors were so awesome and understanding.

The waiting is over finally

Back in June I went for my very first mammogram. I had not heard anything back on the results but I started to think no news was good news. Then the other day I was watching TV and they were talking about labs messing up as far as getting back to people and not to assume no news was good news. Well, I finally got in touch with my doctor and the result for me were normal.

What a relief!

Friday, June 19, 2009

My baby is growing up fast

This week has been crazy as we all try to get settled into a Summer routine. Big sister Panda is here for the Summer so it has been a bit hectic getting things ready. The day before yesterday I went to get Vic signed up for preschool in the fall. Once I did it the emotions hit me so hard. She is growing up so fast. I cannot believe how big she is now. I almost feel afraid to close my eyes. I am afraid I will open them and she will be a teenager. I imagine I will be a complete wreck by the time she starts school. She is so excited and is convinced she is all grown up now that she gets to go to school.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Waiting Game

Last week I posted about my first mammogram. Here I am sitting a week later wondering when I will get the results. I have a bad habit of not worrying about things until a test is completed. It drives me crazy. My mind immediately tries to convince me that the results will be positive the moment the test is completed. I hate it and I wish I was not like that. I know it is not true. I know I am just fine. I just cannot help myself. I tell myself I am being silly and that everything is normal. I have tried really hard to put this test out of my mind for the last week. Every day I wait for a phone call and check the mail for some news either way. I am not sure how much longer it will be before I hear either way. I just hope I hear something soon.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Cowboy Up

I think I was in desperate need of a getaway. I was feeling cooped up here in the house and itching to get out. Our family has a small ranch in northwest Colorado. It is nothing super fancy but we sure do love and enjoy it. This time of year Daddy is extremely busy going back and forth to tend to our cows and help Grandpa tend to his and ranch stuff. I decided that just like I was desperate to get out of the house the girls were desperate to play in the dirt.

I am always reluctant to go because the drive is so long. That is probably the only thing I really do not like. I wish we lived closer. It takes us 5-6 hours depending on how many times we have to stop for the kids. It is not just how long it is but a lot of that drive is through the mountains. The roads are steep and winding and so much of it freaks me out. My hubby is a really good driver. Most of it is just the fact that I am not behind the wheel and in control. That said, the drive is absolutely gorgeous. I just look out the window and find myself in awe of the Rockies and all their glory. There was still some snow on them. On the drive home we got a bonus and it started raining which quickly turned to snow. We were laughing at the thought of snow in June. Victoria wanted us to stop so she could taste the snow flakes on her tongue.

The trip for us this time was a little rougher because we had to leave after the hubby got off work on Friday. The drive is worse at night and the girls were definitely more irritable. Aside from all that we made it in one piece. The ranch is literally in the middle of nowhere. It is about 90+ miles from the nearest town. There are no luxury items that we are used to having here at home. There is no TV, no phones (unless you want to walk to the top of the hill and hope for a signal), the beds are extremely uncomfortable and there definitely is no internet. Instead we traded all of that for wagons of dirt to play in, horses to ride, a very bumpy ride out to the pasture in Grandpa's rusty old jeep, fresh air, and peace and quiet. It turns out though it was just what we needed. The girls love it there and it does not take much to entertain them. Give them a wagon and shovel and you have enough for hours of fun. For me it was awesome. The only thing I HAD to do was sit in a lawn chair and watch my girls have fun. I grabbed my crochet and sat down to make some dish towels. It was so peaceful and relaxing. There were none of the stresses that I usually had. No feeling like there were so many things to get done and not enough hours in the day to do them. There was no planning and definitely no agendas. The entire weekend was spent winging it and doing whatever the heck we wanted.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My First Mammogram

As women we are always told that early detection is the key to having a fighting chance when dealing with breast cancer. Along with regular breast exams we should be getting regular mammograms. I have to admit I was never looking forward to this moment but I knew one day it would be my turn. Well, today it was my turn.

The thought of the entire process really caused me to have a lot of anxiety. I was slightly nauseous for the entire day yesterday leading up to the test today. It was the fear of the unknown. What to expect. What would it be like? Would it hurt? On top of that there was the added anxiety of dealing with private parts of my body. Here I would be putting these private parts in the hands of some stranger. It was all new and scary. I knew the importance and I knew that no matter what this had to be done.

Once I arrived I was still very nervous. I knew everything would be okay and I just kept trying to tell myself that. The ladies there were all very nice. Since it was my first time they came in and explained to me exactly what they were going to do. They did everything possible to try and put my mind at ease. They took 4 x-rays and the whole process took less than 30 minutes. The part that really struck me the most was when they asked me after they were done what my thoughts were. They wanted to know if it was so horrible that I would never come back or even tell my friends not to do it. I will admit the process was uncomfortable and not something I will look forward to again. It was definitely not the horrible pain I feared but there was some discomfort. It did not last long at all though which made it much more tolerable.

All in all, everything went just fine and I had nothing to stress about as far as the exam was concerned. As women it is something we need to endure. I recommend it to everyone on a regular basis. If you are reading this and going for the first time please take my advice and lose the stress and anxiety. It is definitely not as bad as I convinced myself it might be. One tip is to take some pain meds like some tylenol right before you go. That might help ease some of the discomfort you will feel.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Nose Picking

This is one of those disgusting things that is really driving me crazy. I know all kids pick their nose but I feel like I am always saying "Get your finger out of your nose". Even as I sit here to write this I have to say those dreaded words. When will it end? How can I get her to stop? Recently she was sick and I told her that the germs that make you sick can come from picking your nose. I was quite proud of myself thinking maybe this would do the trick. Instead all I get is her picking her nose and then pretending to spit out all the germs. I hope this is something she will outgrow at some point.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I have seen others do this and I figured it looked like fun and today was a great day to start it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Karate Lessons

We have been talking for a while now about getting Victoria involved in some sort of activity. We went through a lot of options. My husband had mentioned Karate. At first I was reluctant because to be honest I was not familiar with it. The other day I came across a booth set up for a learning center right down the road. I made an appointment for an initial examination. I was trying to explain to Vic what it was but I knew she would just have to wait and see.

Today we took her over there for her initial appointment. They were so great with her. I was pleasantly surprised. She took to it right away. Right off the bat they started teaching her discipline and respect. She has always had good manners. It was awesome to see that reinforced. I had my doubts as to whether she was ready for something like this. After watching her with the instructor I knew she would do good at it.

She goes back tomorrow and Thursday for a few more classes to evaluate how she does. I think this will be great for her and I cannot wait to see how she does with it.

Monday, May 11, 2009

My Sweet Girl

Our sweet day was coming to an end. Everyone tired . . . everyone cranky. We fought all the way up the stairs for bed. She fought all the while through bedtime routine. I was angry. I was frustrated. You were angry. You were frustrated. I left you for bed while I sat on the couch in a huff. It was not long before I started to miss you but I knew you were sleeping. Just like every other night, I checked on you before going to bed. I quietly sat down on the edge of your bed watching you sleep. Wishing we had not had such a rough night. Hoping you know how much I adore you. Then out of the blue you reached your arms up to hug me and said, "I love you mama". Startled, I hugged and kissed you. You drifted back to sleep without missing a beat. It was as if you could feel me watching you and loving you. Knowing exactly what I needed to hear.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

I would like to wish all the Mommy's out there a very happy Mother's Day. We absolutely deserve this special day. Sure we do what we do each day out of sheer love for our family. I get so much love and joy from my kids each day and I would not trade being there mommy for anything in the world.

This morning I woke up as usual with the kids yelling for food. My husband works nights so on Saturday night he has to transition back to his night time schedule from the weekend. That means he ends up staying up until like 4am. This morning I came downstairs and he was no where to be found. A little while later she shows up with my favorite coffee and breakfast tacos in hand. He had set his alarm to get up before me to get all this stuff done and get the kids up. He almost made it in time to get the kids up so I could sleep late. I was blown away. He had gotten maybe 3 hours of sleep in order to get this done for me. It was so incredibly sweet and I felt so special.

Later for dinner he made a special beef tenderloin with lobster. This was the first year we had our own beef available for the ranch. It definitely made a dinner like this much more affordable. A long time ago we used to go to this wonderful restaurant called Gumbo's in Austin. We had our favorite dish there and he has mastered recreating that dish for me at home. It has a cajun sauce with the beef tenderloin on top of that. Then he adds chopped lobster on top of that with a tarragon cream sauce. It is crazy good.

The best part was my girls. Victoria was not sure I was telling her the truth about Mother's day. I think she thought I was just being silly to get extra hugs and kisses. It took a Mother's day episode of Dora and her father walking in with flowers to convince her I was serious. Izzy is a completely different story. All she ever says is "no". It is her favorite word. We laugh all the time because all she ever does is answer every question with "no" and a shake of the head. I asked her if I could have a Mother's Day kiss. Then I asked if I was the best mommy in the whole world and if she loved me. All were quickly replied with no, no and no. What can I say. My sweet little crazy girls love me so much.

I was thrilled with everything. All in all it was an awesome Mother's Day thanks to my wonderful family. I hope everyone had an equally special day.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Rude

I really do not understand why people have to be so rude. It seems like lately every time I turn around I am faced with rude people. I was driving down the road the other day singing songs with my kids and having fun. I looked up in my rear view mirror and there was a truck full of young kids behind me flipping me off. I had no clue what the deal was. I was doing the speed limit and minding my own business. They sped around me on a road they had no business passing on all the while still flipping me the bird.

Today I went to the grocery store and some lady almost ran us over with her car. She pulled down a row and stopped. Then out of the blue she decides to back up and almost ends up hitting me and the girls. She had the nerve to roll down her window and proceed to yell at me. I was stunned. She was the one driving the car and not paying attention. I think when you are driving in a parking lot if you pass a spot you should just keep on going and get the next one. There are too many people coming in and out of the store to worry about that one spot that is just a little closer. I even went out of my way to avoid her but she was not looking and turned her vehicle towards us to get a better shot at the parking spot.

It is just crazy I think. So many angry people out there. The kids and were having a good time and minding our own business and someone has to come along and rain on our parade.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Clean bill of health??

Lately I have been feeling like crap. That is outside of all the viruses we have contracted in the last two months. I sleep all night but yet still am exhausted in the morning and cannot seem to wake up to get out of bed. It has been going on for a while now. Plus my feet ache to the point sometimes that makes it uncomfortable to walk. You would think I had been on my feet for hours. It is actually when I have been sitting or laying for a long period of time and gets better the more I walk around.

I decided to break down the other day and head to the doctor. All this time I had been stressing about all of this thinking there was something really wrong with me. I dispise taking medicine and just knew there was something wrong that was going to require me to take pills for the rest of my life. I had put it off long enough though.

So, I got there and had explained all my symptoms. They took some blood to check my thyroid levels and sent me home with a list of vitamins to take. I thought, "wow, who gets to leave the doctor with just vitamins as a prescription for health"? I was shocked and as happy as could be. I still had to wait for the results of my blood test but that was no big deal. A couple of days later I got word my test was normal and I could not have been happier. There was only one problem. I have been taking the vitamins now for a couple of weeks and I still have all of my symptoms. I am tired all the time and my feet are still bothering me. What am I to do now? Make another appointment? Just live with feeling like this? Try another doctor? I was so excited to be left with a vitamin regimen. I felt like I had left with a clean bill of health just lacking a few necessary things. That is obviously not the case and now I am at a loss.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Operation Diaper Free

Victoria has been potty trained for a good while now. I still had her in "night time" pants because I did not feel she was ready. Lately she has had several mornings where she woke up completely dry. It got me thinking maybe she was finally ready for the final step in diaper freedom. I also figured the best way to get there was to just do it and work through all the accidents. Two days ago I went out and bought a plastic cover for her mattress and I got some extra sheets. She was so excited and picked out some new panties to celebrate. There is no time like the present so we decided to give it a go. This is the second morning and so far we have not had any accidents. I think this is a really good sign. She is such a big girl now and she has been so very proud of herself. I too am very proud of her. Hopefully we will have many many more dry nights. Now I just need to get her sister potty trained and we will be completely diaper free.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Get your paws out of my garden missy!

A lot of hard work goes into creating a great garden. For me it is a lot of fun though. I was excited to share the experience with Victoria. She had a lot of fun helping me (making a mess) plant. I wanted to teach her all about growing our own fruits and veggies. We spent one afternoon last week getting everything together and getting the plants in the ground. All the little plants were getting settled in their new homes when an unsuspecting character happened along. She happens to be the newest addition to our home. Her name is Zoe and we really have enjoyed having her around. Until now that is. Okay well maybe we still enjoy her but right now she is literally in the dog house. I went out to check on our plants only to find all the rapsberry bushes missing. On top of that, the strawberries were disturbed and I am not sure how many will actually survive. I was hopping mad. I walked around my entire backyard several times looking for my poor defenseless raspberry plants. All the while scolding Zoe for her shameless attack. I managed to find two of the plants and got them back in the ground. They were a bit chewed up so I am not sure they will make it. I am not sure exactly how I am going to solve this issue. I thought about putting up a fence but I am just not sure how I can pull that off in the current location. I did some research and found that there are certain smells that dogs do not like. A couple of them are coffee grounds, moth balls and vinegar. So, now I am on a mission. I have all three items on hand so I am going to give it a go. I hope it works and my plants can now be safe. Anyone else have this same issue and have a solution?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bottle Wars

Aside from the constant snot and vomiting that has been going on around here there is another battle that has been brewing. A battle that is proving to be one of the toughest yet in the war of the strong willed. Maybe she is too much like me. Strong willed. Stubborn. Okay down right obstinate. I have an advantage and definitely the upper hand here. I am older and a lot more stubborn. I have had many more years of practice at this. Let's face it, I am pretty damn good at it and quite the master when it comes to holding my ground and not giving in. She has met her match. The bottle is on the way out the door for good. Sippy cups are all the new rage and all the cool kids are using them.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Izzy Turns 1

My little one is growing up what seems to me like faster than her older sister. Time really does fly by so very fast. She is so big now. She is on the brink of walking. She has taken some steps on her own but has not yet found her confidence. Her birthday was a good one overall. She did catch a virus and ended up with a fever of 103. She took it like a champ though and really enjoyed her cupcakes. My sister and her kids came over to share the day with us. I am so very proud of her. She is growing up into a beautiful and wonderfully loving little girl. She is so incredibly smart. I cannot wait to be there for all the years to come.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Crazy Life

Things around here have really been completely insane. I feel as though I have not had a moments peace for over a month now. It all started out with all of us getting a nasty cold. Having sick kids is bad enough but when you are sick too it seems like it is a thousand times worse. While on the road to recovery we had some family come and visit. That was a lot of fun but sure did seem to be hectic. I think the worst part of this last month was really all the sickness. I think the fact that my kids have not gotten sick in years caught up with them in full force. The girls were non stop taking turns passing stuff around. I cannot even remember the last time I actually got a full night sleep without having to tend to one or the other. I spent more money in doctor copays over the last month than I have in their entire lives. Just when I thought we were out of it something else would hit us. I am hoping that I am not jinxing us but I think it has all finally passed.

All the while, I kept thinking of all the things I needed to get done that were not getting done. I had decided to take on the crazy task of doing our taxes. That normally would not seem like a huge deal but starting last year ours became a really big task and one I was afraid to tackle. I paid a fortune in fees last year to have someone else do it for me. I decided that it was time to tackle that beast myself so that all the money owed to us went into our bank account. I spent a week getting my business in order before moving on. I spent another week trying to decipher what was done last year. I decided it was time to start punching in the numbers and see where i would end up. I had nothing to lose except my sanity. I went slow and it took me several days to figure out each piece and feel comfortable with it. When it was all done I was certain it was messed up but I was so happy it was really over. The next day I received a call informing me of a minor mistake I had made. I was shocked and stunned. More importantly I was so incredibly proud of myself. It was definitely difficult but I stuck with it all the way and got it done. It was an awesome sense of accomplishment.

Once it was all done I suddenly realized I had all this free time. Kids seem to be healthy for now and the taxes are done for the year. I think those two things have taken over my life for this last month. It is so great to not feel the pressure and being able to just sit back, relax and enjoy my girls.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sick Sick Sick

I tell you it has been crazy insane here. We have all been sick for almost a month now. It all started out with a round of colds for everyone in the house. Just when I thought we were all on the down side of all of this Victoria ends up getting a stomach flu. She was vomiting all day the other day. This is the first flu like this she has gotten since she was about 6 months old. She was freaked out because she had no idea what was happening to her. I was freaked out because she was crying all the time, miserable and suffering. I kept taking her temperature because I could tell she had fever but the thermometer was showing normal. Then it dawned on me as I watched it get higher and higher that her normal temp was below 98.6. I figured a temp of 98.6 her was close to 101.6. It was extremely stressful and frustrating for all of us. My sister had brought her a littlest pet shop toy to cheer her up and that brought about the first sign of hope. Then all of a sudden after a really long nap she woke up and all was right in the world again. Now I just have to sit her and worry that Izzy is next. I can only hope we are finally on our way to being healthy again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Disney on Ice was Incredible!

Last Thursday night I had the wonderful opportunity to take Victoria to the Feld Entertainment's Disney on Ice live show here in Denver. I had been looking forward to being able to take her to a show like for 3 years now. It proved to be one of the best nights I have ever been able to share with her. Our evening started out with a special event hosted by Mom Central. We had the opportunity to meet other moms that were involved with helping to spread the word. I got to meet a lot of great people. We talked about the exciting upcoming events, got to meet and take pictures with the Incredible's, had dinner and then headed off to the show.

The show featured the Incredible's family vacation to Disneyland. There was excitement, fun, heroes, villans, great costumes, awesome skating and music to sing along to. In addition to that, there was an appearance by so many of the beloved Disney characters. Mickey and Minnie were there to greet everyone and get the show started. There was no shortage of mischeif and mayhem. Victoria laughed and sat on the edge of her seat the entire show. It was so fun to watch her. She is still talking to this day about how much fun she had.

Feld Entertainment provided high quality entertainment and a fun experience for the whole entire family. I know I created a memory that my daughter will carry with her for a long time. I look forward to many more shows in the future. If Disney on Ice comes to your area I highly recommend it for a family night of fun. You are sure to have a great time.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Disney just two days away!

I am so excited. We are headed to Disney on Ice in just two short days. I know Victoria is going to have a blast and I cannot wait to experience that with her. I will post the details afterwards. I hope others are taking advantage of this. The price really is great for such a wonderful event.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

This morning I was trying to wake up and Victoria came into my bedroom asking me what the bug crawling in her bathroom was doing. I go in there to look and there was a spider crawling around in her tub. I squish it and throw it into the toilet. I go off to get dressed and when I came back to check on her what I found left me laughing. She was squatting on her stool in front of the toilet. I was wondering what the heck she was doing. Then I heard her singing "The itsy bitsy spider climbs up the water spout".

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Always Daddy's Girl

March is always one of the hardest months for me. Growing up I longed to be Daddy's little girl and while I was not always certain about it, I now realize I was. It has been 9 years now since my Daddy passed away. Does the pain ever really go away? I still cannot even think about him without crying. I miss him so very much. I think about all he has missed out on that I want to share with him. His grandkids for one. He never got the chance to meet either of my girls. In some ways I feel so cheated. I get so angry sometimes when I think about it. I know he would have adored them. No matter what they will never know their grandfather. It just is not fair.

There are so many every day things that remind me of the good times we used to share. When i was younger we used to do camping and every year we would go tubing down the river. We also shared a love for the San Antonio Spurs. We used to go to the games together all the time. It was our time and I will cherish those memories for all of my life. Sometimes when I close my eyes I can even still hear his voice. I just wonder if I will ever get past it. After so many long years you would think I would be further along in my grief. I feel like I should be used to the idea now that he is gone forever. I just miss him so very much and I wish he was here with me now. I truly believe he is watching over me and my family. I can only hope he is smiling down on me and feeling pride for the life I have made for myself.

Always in my thoughts and forever in my heart.

Monday, March 2, 2009

When Mom Gets Sick

When Mom gets sick it is business as usual. Taking care of the kids is a 24/7 job with no paid vacation or sick days. I dread getting sick more now than I ever did before I had kids. Taking care of others when you feel like poop makes you feel more like poop. On top of feeling like poop, I am terrified to hug and kiss on my kids because the last thing I want is for them to get sick. I always feel like such a bad Mom. I watch over my kids but do not give them the attention they need and that makes me so sad. I am so paranoid they will catch what I have. A week without tons of hugs and kisses is surely no fun at all. The littlest tasks seem like such a chore when you have no energy.

If anyone knows of a wonder Mom cure or even something that will give you energy and make you feel better during the day I would love to hear about it. I have tried lots of things and nothing seems to work for me. What is your favorite cold remedy?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Disney on Ice

I have been waiting for years now for V to be old enough for me to take her to a show like Disney on Ice. She has finally reached that age and I am so excited. With the economy like it is though I figured I would still have to wait because it would be too expensive. Well, I am never one to pass up a good deal. I came across a great deal for the Disney on Ice. If you login and purchase your tickets through http://www.ticketmaster.com/ you can enter the promotional code "MOM" and get a family 4 pack of tickets for only $44.00. As far as I know though this code only works for the shows in the Denver area.

There are several shows in the area. We are going to the one on March 12th at 7:30pm but here are the other dates and times:

Friday March 13 11:00am, 7:30pm
Saturday March 14 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm
Sunday March 15 11:30am, 3:30pm, 7:30pm* *Spanish Performance

This offer good on all performances, minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each. Not valid on Front Row or VIP seats or combinable with other offers.

My mom is coming to visit during that time. We are leaving the little one home with daddy and us girls are headed out for an evening of fun. It will be 3 generations of girls out on the town that night for some Disney fun. hahah I am not sure who is more excited though. V is excited but I think I have her beat. I will take lots of pictures and share our experience. It will even be that much more fun when I can take both of my girls. Izzy is just too young right now.

Anyone else planning on attending? I would love to hear about it if you are.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

30 Things I Believe

My friend Lil' Mommy over at http://www.lilmomthatcould.com shared this very inspiring story. It really got me thinking about what I believe in. I figured I would share my thoughts:

1. I believe in faeries and magical pixie dust
2. I believe in love at first sight
3. I believe in fate and that things happen for a reason
4. I believe in karma
5. I believe we are all equal
6. I believe in friendship and cherishing your true friends for life
7. I believe kids have a secret language and are plotting to drive us insane and take over the world
8. I believe my kids are leading that group
9. I believe my kids are awesome and wonderful
10. I believe in treating others with respect
11. I believe I am a good wife and mother
12. I believe I have room for improvement
13. I believe in hard work
14. I believe with hard work we can all make a difference
15. I believe in doing what we can to save our planet
16. I believe in unconditional love
17. I believe in butterfly kisses
18. I believe in the power of waterfalls
19. I believe that time does heal all wounds
20. I believe my daddy is watching over me every day
21. I believe in taking ownership for your mistakes
22. I believe mistakes made are life lessons
23. I believe in helping others
24. I believe in the bond of sisterhood
25. I believe that one day my kids will listen to me
26. I believe that nature is a wonderful thing
27. I believe diets are evil
28. I believe coffee is the life blood of my day
29. I believe Yo Gabba Gabba really really weird
30. I believe in world peace

Please share with me what you believe in.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cleaning like a mad woman

I have no idea what has gotten in to me. Maybe it is the fact that spring is just around the corner. Maybe it is just the fact that I am sick and tired of living with all the clutter and mess. I have been trying so hard to get into a routine. One of those wonderful routines where you clean as you go along so things never really get messy. It makes me crazy having to take hours out of my day to clean up the house when needed. We were doing so good but now things have slipped back into that rut that drives me completely insane.

I am certainly not blaming my husband because to be honest I am just as guilty of a lot of things. There is one huge difference though. I do most of the cleaning! So, if I leave a mess I am the one that ends up cleaning it anyways. On top of that I have to clean up after the two little ones and my hubby. Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is clean the house. With that, I woke up and I think I had just had enough. I started cleaning and doing stuff around the house to finish getting organized. I started cleaning just like I did when I was pregnant and about to deliver. On a mission and way too determined to get things done once and for all. Warm seasons are coming and the last thing I want is to have to deal with a messy house all the time or being stuck indoors all the time cleaning.

I just hope it all sticks. I am so tired of feeling this way. Tired of feeling so frustrated all the time.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Recipe Monday - Easy Enchiladas

My family is a big fan of Mexican food. I learned a lot of recipes from my step mother's family when I was growing up. Eating some of them takes me back to those days. This one I found a long time ago on my own and have modified it to fit my own wants and needs.

1 pkg corn tortillas
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can cream mushroom soup
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 onion
1 16 oz Pkg shredded cheddar or mexican cheese
salt and pepper

Chop onion and brown it in a large skillet with the ground beef. Season beef mixture with some salt and pepper. You can also add whatever other seasonings you like to your beef mixture. Sometimes I like to add a little garlic powder. In a sauce pan combine enchilada sauce and mushroom soup and put on medium low heat. Stir occassionally. Add a couple of tablespoons of the sauce to the beef mixture and stir. Reserve the rest for later.

In a small frying pan heat on medium heat enough oil to cover the tortillas (about 1/4 inch). Once it is heated, put tortillas in oil one at a time making sure they are completely covered and cook for just a few seconds (until they start to bubble). Remove them from the oil onto a paper towel to drain and cool. I usually do 2-3 at a time and then fill them. I like to always have a couple cooling while I am filling. It is just easier on my fingers. :)

Put a couple of tablespoons into the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan. Place a tortillas into the baking pan and spoon some of the beef mixture onto it. Roll it tightly. Repeat until pan is full. I can usually get 9-11 enchiladas in there. If you have leftover beef mixture just pour it into the sauce. I prefer to put the cheese on the enchiladas and then pour the sauce over that. You can do it either way really. You can add as much or as little cheese as you like. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven.

These are super simple and so yummy. The cream of mushroom soup adds a really nice flavor to them.

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brother's All Natural Fruit Snacks

I am always on the search for healthy snacks for my girls. I get so frustrated because so many things I pick up and look at are full of sugar. I do not mind my girls having a sugar treat now and then but that is just it. They should be a treat not a snack. I came across these freeze dried fruit snacks yesterday and thought I would give them a try. They are 100% all natural freeze dried which of course got my attention right away. When I got them home my oldest was begging for some. I opened a package for her and she loved them. My husband who is way too picky even opened a bag and had a snack. They are so light and practically dissolve in your mouth. I decided to give them to my 10 month old. She loved them and I had to fight her to keep her from eating them all at one time.

I went to their website at http://www.brothersallnatural.com/ and was happy to see the mypyramid.gov logo up at the top. I did some searching around and you can find them at Costco, Walmart, Whole Foods, and several other locations. They even have a natural fat free potato chip that I am on the hunt for. I love chips and that just has my name written all over it. I definitely recommend giving them a shot.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Reconnecting with my Inner Blonde

I have been a blonde all my life and I absolutely love it. I have never attempted any type of coloring on my hair simply because I did not need it. Growing up the thought of my hair getting darker used to freak me out. I know it sounds crazy and quite vain but it is the sad pathetic truth about me.

Just over 3 years ago I got pregnant with my oldest daughter. Right away I could see it happening. Little by little she was stealing my blonde. Each day I noticed my hair getting darker and darker. After she was born I kept holding on to the possibility of a miracle. I hoped I would wake up one morning and it would all be back to normal. Well needless to say, I was disappointed. Not only did I not get my miracle but my hair continued to get darker from all the lingering hormones. Then I got pregnant with my youngest daughter. Let's just say, things only got worse. Now don't go getting me wrong. I love both of my daughters so much more and I would never trade them for my blonde hair back. I am really not vain despite what you might be feeling about me after reading this. Instead of trading them for my miracle I have decided to swallow my pride and do things the more conventional way. I am hitting the bottle. The hair dye bottle that is. My neighbor knows what she is doing and so I have agreed to put all my trust in her. Next week I am going to take the plunge.

I have to admit I am scared. For whatever crazy reason, it makes me very nervous and a little embarassed. I absolutely hate my current hair color though. I am still blonde but it is really a not so flattering mix. At least that is what I see when I look in the mirror. I long to have my color back and I am very anxious to give this a shot. I never make time anymore to mess with my hair or my makeup for that matter. I always feel so much better when I do though. It is hard to get past some things but I think this is the first step in some much needed pampering.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Recipe Monday - Beef Casserole

Growing up my mom would always make tuna casserole. I am only really a so so fan of tuna so this is my take on this recipe using beef. I have made this same one using a rotisserie chicken as well and it is yummy.

1 lb lean ground beef or ground tukey
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cans milk
12 oz macaroni noodles
American cheese
Salt, Pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Brown the meat in a pan. Bring water to a boil and add macaroni. Cook until it is almost done. I usually look at the directions and subtract 2 minutes from the time they recommend. You do this because you are going to bake it and the macaroni will cook further. Do not forget to add salt to your pasta water once it comes to a boil. This will season the pasta while it is cooking.

While all this is happening mix in a bowl the soup, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder (not garlic salt). I take american cheese and tear it into pieces and add to the soup mixture. You can really use any cheese you want for this. Drain any fat off the meat and then add it to the soup mixture. Once macaroni is ready drain the water and add it to the soup mixture as well. Mix this all together. I take a 9x13 glass pan and spray it with a little cooking spray. Pour the mixture into this pan. Top with a bit more cheese. Cover with tinfoil and bake on 350 for 30 minutes.

Lately I have been using the low fat mushroom soup and adding veggies to this one. Then I serve it with a salad on the side. I am also a huge fan of the Ronzoni Smart Pasta. Lots of fiber and calcium with a great taste.

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Zout Stain Remover

I received a rebate coupon the other day for this and decided to give it a try. With my two girls the stains in this house are literally non stop. My youngest got ahold of the spoon the other day and decided to smear the lasagna on her hands all over her face, hair and shirt before I could even think of getting a wipe. My oldest tries very hard but I think the harder she tries the bigger the mess she makes. It is like it is drawn to them. The funny thing is I used to think there was no way my kids were going to be messy. I would hover while she ate like some insane person waiting for the moment I could swoop in and save the day. Even worse I spoon fed her myself for far too long. In my mind I knew she could do it herself but I was just out of my mind. All she needed was a little darn practice and a ton of messes and she would get the hang of it. Needless to say, I gave up that insanity really quickly. When the second one came along I was not even crazy enough to try and stop the mess. I have moved way past my momentary lapse in judgment.

I am always on the lookout for some miracle product that promises to work wonders on the little disasters my precious ones create daily. This one made all those promises and more. They added a guarantee that all life's messes would become a distant memory. I tried it on some of the toughest stains too because afterall this was my miracle solution. Right? I was sadly disappointed that it took 5 separate washes to get out a fresh stain of chocolate milk that was spilled down Vic's white sweater. I had to wash a couple of other items multiple times too. It certainly is not a bad product and got out a fair amount of stains. When you give me a guarantee though call me silly but I expect more than the average stain remover. No, I did not try to get my money back with the guarantee because I simply have better things to do. I will not be making any future purchases though. So far the favorite in my house is the OxyClean one.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cherished Moments

We all have those wonderful moments with our children that we look forward to and cherish forever. The day they were born, first words, first steps, and especially the funny wonderful things they say. This morning I woke up and found myself in one of those moments I will definitely cherish forever. A couple of weeks back I won an apron in a giveaway they were doing over at Mommytalk. The apron arrived in the mail the other day and it is absolutely adorable. Vic happened to see it and got so excited. She called it her "cooking costume" and she immediately wanted to cook with me. Without really thinking about it I told her we would make pancakes in the morning because what we were cooking at the time she could not help with.

The next morning I woke up as usual and got everyone downstairs for breakfast. I had not slept well the night before and I was tired and kind of cranky. I remember thinking all I wanted to do was get the girls a quick breakfast and get me some coffee. As I was washing a bottle I hear Victoria say "Mommy, I am ready to make pancakes". She was standing there behind me holding her "cooking costume". My first thought was "aww crap me and my big mouth". I was in no mood to make pancakes. I looked into that sweet little face and could not help myself. I grabbed the pancake mix and tied that cute little apron around her waste. She climbed up on a chair next to me and we mixed, giggled and made the best batch of pancakes ever. When all was said and done she wrapped her arms around my waste and said "Mommy, thank you for making pancakes with me". I cried and thought what a wonderful moment. I never even made it to the coffee and we had such a wonderful morning.

Victoria loves that apron and those hot pads so much. She ended up wearing it the entire day which included our trip to Walmart. She got a couple of strange looks but several more smiles. I love everyone over at Mommytalk. If it was not for their awesome giveaway I might not have had this moment to cherish. I wish I had pictures to show for it but I was way too busy in the moment to stop and worry about that. The one here is one I took of her afterwards. I can only hope for so many more of these cherished moments with both of my girls.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Forever and For Always

I am definitely no stranger to love and marriage. I have been married three times now. I like to think that the third time really is a charm. I was way too young when I was married before and had completely ignored the signs that told me those relationships were doomed before even starting. I swore to myself that I would never enter another marriage if there were any issues going in. I met my husband in the parking garage of the building we both worked in. I took one look at him and thought "Wow, he is hot!" So, I struck up a conversation with him. I have always been the type to go after what I wanted. That said, I decided to ask him out on a date. It really just happened actually. Some friends and I were going out to a sports bar to watch a basketball game and drink some beer. Yes, I know it seems odd but I am a huge San Antonio Spurs fan. I asked him if he wanted to join us. He did and we had a wonderful time. It turned out to be the start of the best part of my life. He even later confessed that he was so incredibly nervous prior to meeting me. Then he started thinking, "I am meeting a great girl to drink beer and watch basketball". What the heck did he have to be nervous about. It was every guys dream.

We have been married for 5 wonderful years now. I love him and I love our life so much. He is such an incredible husband and father. He supports me in everything I do. He makes a point every year to celebrate my birthday. Now that may not seem unusual but it is the way he puts it that makes it so much more special. He celebrates it truly because it was the beginning of my journey into his life. How awesome is that! He gave me two wonderful little girls. I believe in fate and that things happen for a reason. I was completely unable to have kids with either of my ex-husbands. When we decided to start a family we had no problem whatsoever. I am truly blessed and loved so very much. I feel it is time now for me to pay it back and make sure he knows how much I love and appreciate him. With time you get comfortable and tend to take things for granted. It is important to me that he knows how I feel and never has to wonder.

I am so excited that this Valentine's Day we are getting to go out on a date just the two of us. We have not done that in such a long time and have only done it twice in the last 3 years since our girls were born. My sister moved here and has agreed to babysit for us. I feel like we are going on that first date again. Since the girls were born he does not get near enough of my attention. He never complains but I know he needs more. I think this is our time to reconnect and spend more quality time focusing on us.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Go Red for Women

February is heart health month. So many people die each day from heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Every minute, someone's mother, daughter, wife or sister dies from heart disease and stroke in the United States. My family is no stranger to heart disease and stroke. My Daddy and my Grandmother both suffered from it. My Mom also had a stroke just a few years back. Donations help the American Heart Association protect hearts and lives year-round by allowing funds for research, education and advocacy programs to fight heart disease. I have decided to donate 10% of all my profits from Giliena's Italian Charms and European Beads for the month of February to the American Heart Association. I plan on picking a new charity each month. Let's all get together and support the fight against heart disease. Head on over to Giliena's and check out all the wonderful new items I have and help me donate to a wonderful cause. The new custom typewriter key photo bracelets are fantastic. You send me the photos and I resize them and create a wonderful keepsake for you.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Crazy Week

I have had some crazy weeks in my life but this one really has to be up there on top as one of the craziest. My sister was moving here from Texas to live closer to me and my family. She arrived here last Sunday evening. Her adventure alone was insane. She rented a Penske truck and was supposed to get a 22 foot one. She ended up with a 26 foot truck and was then towing a trailer with her car behind it. Now if you have ever seen my sister you would realize just how crazy this is. She is barely 4' 11" tall. She had to stretch her leg just to be able to push on the gas and brake. When she was getting ready to leave I kept telling myself if anyone could pull this off it would be her. She woke up early in the morning of the day they were to head out only to find a flat tire on the trailer. After that was fixed and she was finally on the road she discovered that the truck itself would barely go more than 45-50 mph. If she got to a hill it would come to a crawl at 30mph. A trip that was supposed to take 2 days tops ended up taking 4 full days. In the end though, I was right in my assumption. She pulled it off like a champ.

Once she got here it was just the two of us and her oldest daughter to unload everything. We only had a few hours too in order to get it done due to the rules at her apartment complex. It would not have been too bad except for the appliance dolly she rented was just as defective as the truck. The rubber things on it that help move it up stairs was not functioning. Basically I was left pulling and dragging this up two flights of stairs with the heaviest items she had. We were sore and beaten after just a few short hours. You never really realize how old and out of shape you are until you are forced to move furniture.

All in all it was a lot of work but we had a lot of fun. I wish I had a video camera set up to film the 3 of us trying to move her king size mattress. There was a lot of laughter going on for that. It took us a week but she is finally settled and I am so happy to have them here with me. Now I am getting back on track with what I need to get done.
 
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