Awkward and Awesome

Monday, March 25, 2013


1) Going to bed with a heating pad for stomach cramps.....and waking up the next morning completely bound by the cord.  I felt like Samson or something.

2) Getting up at 5:15 am to babysit.....and having the very cute four year old ask, "What is that red burned stuff on your face? Why didn't you put on your makeup? I like you better with your makeup."  Pimples, my dear.  Because it was TOO EARLY.  And, thanks alot!?

3) Getting flowers from the guy that is....a little...STUCK on you at the church I go to in the morning. This probably tops my list as the most awkward thing I've had happen in a long time.  It was so embarrassing.  Apparently he has a crush on me.  The feeling is not mutual. AT ALL.  

3) Walking through K-Mart and having a guy stop me to ask my opinion on which stuffed teddy bear he should buy for his girlfriend.  The brown one or the white one?  Um, how about neither?  Stuffed animals are not high on my gift list.  Just so you know.

4) Buying nail polish in the brightest pink I think I've ever seen ( I love pink) and wondering why the brand is called Sinful Colors?  Is hot pink really so sinful?  Really?  It's a very cute color, but morally wrong? Don't think so! :-)

6) Being told by a giggling four year old brother, "I don't love you!"  Apparently that was supposed to be funny.  I didn't find it so.  Plus it was said in the midst of an incredible tantrum he and Isaac were concocting together.  When they make it a joint effort to disobey and then laugh because they both think it was hilarious.....well, things get a little annoying.    Needless to say they both ended up apologizing later, for being "bad and goofy", in their words.

7)  A certain five year old looking at his plate of cranberries and saying, "Hey look, it's a bloody nose!".  Yeah.  I was not impressed with that one.  And then later, when we were talking about spiders, he piped up, "I don't like spiders, but I really don't like Jezebel spiders."  Jezebel spiders? Really?


1)  Chocolate-strawberry-banana smoothies with a scoop of Green Drink powder for the healthy kick.  It does have a twang, but I'm coming to like it.  Makes a super duper breakfast or lunch on the go, AND it's completely healthy.

2) Finding the dress pants I've been admiring forever priced down to $5.  Used to be $16.  I was so excited, I bought two.  They are perfect for my volunteer days at the CPC (need to look professional) or  other music related events where I just need to look classy.

3) The fact that I am DONE with the SAT forever.  FOREVER.  Never to be tested again.  Ever.   I took it for the second time last Saturday, and am so relieved to have that behind me.  And I actually think I did pretty good, too; better than the first time.  I was much more relaxed and prepared.

4) Planning a short trip to see my sis in Alabama!!! Dad and I are going to get to see her induction ceremony into the honors program in a few weeks. I can't wait to see her and stay with her in her dorm....she is going to give me the campus tour and I will even get to sit in on a few of her classes.  Very fun.

5) Going to play three hours of live piano at a local Italian restaurant and making $96...that's $50 as a flat rate and $46 from tips.  Not bad!  It was fun and I got a free meal thrown in to boot.

6) A free Starbucks from a coupon I printed off.  I love free things.


Qoute of the Day

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Me: "I love this weather. The sun feels so good."

Isaac:  "Not me.  It's too hot."

Me:  "You don't like the weather?"

Isaac: "That warm sun is burning my spine.  I can feel it."

(Points to back and tells me to look at "all the red"..... of which I see none.)

Just made me laugh.  We had the flu here today.....oh the joy.  Thankfully it was a party I missed. :-) Just Isaac and probably Josh tomorrow, since their germs are pretty much inseperable.


Life Goes On

Friday, March 1, 2013

It seems like the last few weeks have just screamed by way too fast.  Sometimes I feel like life is just racing by and I hardly have time to enjoy it.  Some days are spent simply in "survival mode" - trying to get stuff cleaned up, dragging myself out of bed way too early to babysit, packing lunches, making sure I get places on time, always catching up on laundry, brainstorming ways to make more money somehow......(forget saving up for college, life is getting expensive these days).   Goodness.  

Today was a "home" day for me - hence the abundance of pictures.  Dad had oral surgery early this morning, so I stayed home with the boys while Mom drove him to the dentist.   We hit the park later in the morning and had fun taking pictures there......aside from the fact that I received a nice blister on my foot from breaking in new sandals during the walk down was a fun time. AND I even avoided kneeling down on fresh dog poop which  happened during my last visit to the park.

You all know I abhor 'selfies' (like this one).  They are so not original. And so facebook-ish.  But I literally have no one left around here to take my picture - I'm trying to train Isaac, but his shaky little hands just aren't quite doing the job.  Yet.  But I'll make 'm learn.  :-)  So behind me you can see the typical mid-morning carnage of playtime in the living room. 

My poor dog made me move out of my room last night to sleep on the couch because of all the noise he was making (he sleeps in my room at night).....long story short, he has an open wound on his paw that won't heal because he keeps licking it all the time, so I bought one of those big cone-collars for him and he absolutely hates it and kept me awake with his whining until 1:00am last night.  Thus my slumber party downstairs.  I actually never knew our couch was so comfortable.  It really was. 

Isaac and Joshua have now graduated from their booster seats at the table (very big news around here). I asked them this morning during breakfast where Mom had put their old seats, and Isaac was quick to reply, "Oh, she put them in the closet, we're going to give them to the poor people who don't have booster seats."  And then Josh chimed in, "Yeah, poor people don't got those."  That made me laugh. 

 I have another SAT test coming up next Saturday, so this next week will be spent pretty much in full-fledged study.  I took a practice test online this week and my scores were definitely better.  So that's encouraging anyway.  Apparently 50% of kids who take the SAT do better when they take it a second time.   The thing that is a struggle for me is being able to focus on tough questions in a room full of kids who appear way smarter than me and act like they know what they're doing....all while a clock ticks menacingly in the back round.  Ah well.  What will be will be.  I just have to do my best!

 Has anyone out there heard about the Bible mini series beginning this Sunday on the history channel?  From the trailers and previews I've seen, it looks absolutely fantastic.  I am so looking forward to seeing it.  I love that someone in Hollywood was willing to put in the time and money to produce a truly professional reproduction of the Bible in movie-format.  Christians have a bad wrap for putting out "fake" films.....cheesy, unprofessional, poorly done, and interesting only to us Christians.  This series, however, has the fabulous potential of actually having an impact on everyone, because it's so well-done.  I can't wait.

I am stoked, absolutely stoked, about the next piano piece I'm learning.  Anyone heard of the Piano Guys?  I learned their version of Pirates of the Caribbean last year, and ordered last night my new favorite from them, All of Me.  Want to watch it?  Click here.  This is one of those pieces where, when I heard it for the first time, I just got goose bumps and was like, "I have to learn this one, I have to...where's the order button??"  I am so excited about learning this piece.  Might get it together in time for an Easter special music piece at church.  We'll see.   

 Much to everyone's shock, I'm sure, I am thinking about.....about......getting my ears pierced.  *GASP*  I know I've always said I never will because it will hurt and I am such an incredible wimp when it comes to pain....but I'm wondering if it might possibly be a good way to mentally toughen myself for nursing school.  A poor comparison, I know.  But I will eventually have to deal with the needle part of nursing, so maybe I should just start down that road of hardening myself to pain, or rather, perceived pain.  We'll see.  Pity the poor Wal-Mart ear-piercing-lady who will be privy to my passing out afterwards.  And throwing up.  And probably having seizures or something.  They don't have suckers there, do they?  lol

Tomorrow is Saturday.  I truly love weekends, especially Sundays.  Relaxing.  Time for games with the  littles (a rousing game of Candy Land may be in the works tomorrow), eating cookies, having coffee, playing piano, getting ready for Sunday morning worship music, reading blogs, making money...

Yep, I'm working tomorrow.  Babysitting, that is.  For a pretty cute two year old who is insanely polite when she's rude.  :-)  We always have spaghetti for dinner, play with trains, and we always watch Fresh Beat Band.  I actually kinda like that show now.....:-)


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