Sunday, June 29, 2008

What A Way To Start A Vacation

My vacation officially started tonight when I got off of work. My day ended kind of early tonight. I got hurt at work tonight. The doctor said I strained my shoulder with damage to my rotator cuff. He gave me a prescription for vicodin. I can just see me on vicodin. It's bad enough I don't tolerate pain meds very well. But now I am supposed to take vicodin. Woohoo. I am so happy I am off this week on vacation. Now the question that comes to mind is.... how the heck do you cook dinner with only one arm?

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Could This Be A Money Maker For Me?

I wanted to share some information on a site I came across not too long ago. It is not a get rich site or even anything that requires you to solicit sales. You make money by looking at paid emails. Basically they send you a email with a paid advertisement in it. You view the ad, read it or not read it it is your choice. As long as you confirm that you have looked at it, you get paid for it. I get emails from them everyday. And I have already made almost $30.00. I know it is not a lot of money, but it is cash none the less.

The name of the site is Inbox dollars. Give it a look if you like. There is an ad for the site on the right side of my page.

And as always enjoy every waking minute of your day. For today is truly a gift from God to us.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mental Vacation # 4


This week I am off to Holland. I can't wait to frolic amongst the windmills. And to enjoy the smell of the tulips. I am not quite sure what to expect from Holland. But I do know that wherever my adventure takes me I will be at peace.

So Disappointed

I am so disappointed in my oldest child today. Being that he is my oldest son, I have grown to depend on him to always do the things I ask. I have never worried about whether or not he has done something.

Well yesterday that changed. It was his day off from his job. He was at home all day with nothing to do. So, I made him out a little honey do list if you will. Nothing difficult or time consuming, just simple things. And I left and went to work. When I returned from work I found that not only was the list not completed, but the house was a mess. I have come to expect this kind of thing from my nieces and nephew, but not my son. I was so ticked off at him. I ranted and raved for about an hour. Just venting all of my frustration. And my husband so wisely kept his mouth shut and let me go.

As it turns out, he decided to stay up all night the night before and then sleep all day. Now, this does not bother me in the least. Hell some days I like to stay up all night. But I also know that I have responsibilities that have to be done. I can't just blow off my job at home because I made that kind of decision. And it is his thinking that bothers me. I guess I have to remind him everyday of the need to fulfill his responsibilities at home.

So,today is supposed to be my day off from my job. But as usual I am working overtime again today. I only have to work another two more days and then I am on vacation. If you want to call it that. I still have a ton of work to get caught up on here at home. At least I can get a little more sleep than usual.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

What A Wonderful Night



We had a great time at the concert last night. Stevie Wonder was fabulous. He sang more than 2 hours worth of music. And it wasn't sing a song or two and take a break. It was nonstop song after song. I enjoyed it so much I hated to see the evening end. I really can't wait to see Al Green in two weeks. I hope he is as great a performer as Stevie Wonder.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some Quiet Time For Mom And Dad

Mom and Dad are off to a concert tonight for some much needed quiet time together. My husband managed to get tickets to see Stevie Wonder in concert. I can't wait. I have always wanted to see him perform. It should be a wonderful night. I have some much needed work to get done today also.

At the top of my list today is to get my hair fixed. Some folks might remember me talking about how I screwed my hair up. By trying to color my hair myself I ended up with multi-colored hair. A section of gray hair, light colored hair, and very dark colored hair at the bottom. Needless to say I have been very uncomfortable with this look since I did it. And today I have to pay someone to fix it for me. Look for some before and after pictures to come.

Monday, June 23, 2008

A Day With Mom

I recently took my sons to a museum. My nephew and my youngest son had never been to this particular museum. I took them to a Museum of Natural History. I stood and watched my babys face as he walked up to a model of a dinosaur. He was so unsure of whether it was alive or not. It took some coaxing to get him close enough to get the one picture. But I think my baby boy had the most fun out of all the boys.




He was so happy to just be spending time with mom. It seems that even on my days off I am always running in circles trying to get things done. And I don't always get to spend the time I would like with my kids. So, after the museum it was a short walk to the corner store to get some ice cream. We were at the union square on the campus of a big ten university. So, we sat on a park bench, enjoyed the ice cream and relaxed. My two older boys sat and watched the college girls walk by. Now that is what they enjoyed more than the museum. I was just happy to spend quiet time with my boys.


Lesson for today: Slow down and take the time to spend time with your kids.




Summer Vacation..... What's That???

I was remembering my younger days yesterday. The summers spent at the cottage or summer camp. The long days spent at the lake. Or even spending the entire day outside playing with friends. I asked myself the question, why as adults are we not able to take the entire summer off from life and just be a kid again? Would I even want to?

Well, I guess you could say that in my house I would be happy with just a summer of being able to sleep in. But, with seven kids and a full time job, there's about a slim to none chance of that. My husband and I are supposed to be able to sleep in all next week, since we are on vacation. But, we have to take turns chauffeuring my niece "Ms. TT" to summer school. You would think that summer school would mean classes start late...Nope. Classes are still at the crack of dawn. So, there goes my summer vacation. At least my husband and I agree to take turns to get up and take her to class. That's at least a little break.

So, ask yourself today.... What are my best memories of childhood. And then drift off into La La land and just be a kid again.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mental Vacation Week #3


This week I am off to Rome. A city of unbelievable beauty. I can't wait to walk the streets that are filled with history. To stare in wonder at the works of art by the great masters. To tease my taste buds with fabulous cuisine. And most important of all just relax.

Until next weeks vacation. Find a good book, sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the mental relaxation that a good book provides.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I Just Want Peace And Quiet

Once again we have had a house full of kids all week long. We have had four additional kids staying with us since Sunday. I have worked everyday since. I come home exhausted every night to a house that is messed up. All I want is to come home to a clean house, but the end result is always the same. Tonight when we got home, I discovered that someone had been swinging off of the ceiling fan in the kids room again. I couldn't believe it. It looked like a house party had gone terribly wrong. I don't think that it is too much to ask that I come home to a quiet, peaceful and clean house. But instead it's always a certifiable disaster area.

All I want is to come home from work one night to find dinner cooked, the house clean, and everyone in bed asleep. Ya right. Like that is gonna happen. I only have 16 more blissful years until my youngest child turns 18, and I can once again reclaim my house. That is if I make it that long.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Today is the day that we give Dad all the credit he deserves. He works hard all year long. So, he deserves a day all his own.

I never really go to know my father as a child. My parents split up when I was 8 yrs old. And I have spent the rest of my life looking for a person to fill the void left in my heart by his absence. I have not spoken to my father in almost 10 yrs now. Not that I don't want to. I would so love to speak to him. But, I am afraid that all the hurt and emotional strife would come pouring out.

So, to all the dads out there. I pray that you remain an active part of your children's lives. Stay close to them. And always strive to play a key role in their life. Children today, more than ever need the guidance of their fathers.

For my husband. I couldn't ask for a better Father for my children. I watch in amazement as they run to you for comfort when they are scared. Or just want to cuddle up to Dad to fall asleep. Or the joy on your face as you watch them play at the playground. Or, for all the times that you have to be the disciplinarian to the older children. And you try hard to guide them down the right path, and steer them from going astray. You have a hard job. I Love You and I am so happy to have you working beside me day in and day out. Because, without you I could not get many things accomplished. Thank you for all you do.

Fire up the grill Dad, maybe go play some golf. Or just stay home and let the children cater to you today. For today is your day. You deserve it.

We Love You DAD!!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Mental Vacation Week #2

As you can see I am on yet another much needed mental vacation. And I have returned to one of my favorite places to hide....the beach. there is just something about the peace and quiet that totally relaxes my mind. So, once again close your eyes and take a deep breath. Enjoy the smells and the sounds as you drift off into total relaxation.

Enjoy your mental break today......you deserve it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Not My Week !!

This has not been my week. And it just keeps on getting worse. It started last Saturday. I had a minor accident in our truck. And now that is gonna cost me over 500.00 dollars to repair the damage. Then tonight my laptop that I use just crashed. The hard drive quit. I imagine I have a worm that ate through a file some where.

So, I am not sure how long I will be stuck using the community computer. That is the computer that the kids use along with my husband. So, my chances of getting on are almost slim to none. I will try to keep up my posting and my linkreferral duties. Hopefully I can gt my laptop back up and running soon.

I have some new pictures of the kids that I will post soon. And today is th last day of school. YAAAA !!! That means I get to sleep in. No more having to get up at 7 a.m. with the baby. Yes, two months or more of sleep. What is a girl to do.

Remember no matter happens today or what goes wrong....any day above ground is a good day!!!! And boy am I glad I am alive today !!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Mental Vacation


This weekend I have run away to Stonehenge. Here I will contemplate the history of man. And his significance on this planet. I will also take a much needed mental break.

So, just sit back and relax today. And contemplate your place in this world.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thanks To My Cousin

I had an opportunity today to spend some time with my computer genius cousin. As a result I learned a few things about HTML. And was able to do some editing to my blog. I do hope that the changes will be good. Not major changes, just some minor things. Like for example I moved an adsense ad.

So A big THANK YOU to my cousin for teaching me a few things. LUV YA MICKEY!!!!

A typical Morning

I made it to Friday, thank goodness. Normally it would be my day off, but I am still working a ton of overtime. And I am feeling it. The last 6 weeks have been a blur because of my work schedule. And there is no sign of letting up in sight.

My morning started off as usual. I found myself teetering on the edge of falling off of my bed, because my two children crawled into bed with us again. So, dad ended up sandwiched in between the kids and I of course was falling out of bed. One wrong move and....BAM onto the floor you go.

What a great weekend this is going to be. I get the house back. All of the kids are going away this weekend. I am not going to know what to do with myself. Maybe I will sleep in. Maybe I will finally be able to tackle the mountain of laundry. Or my favorite, just pull up a chair and cop a squat outside and just relax. Hmmm, decisions, decisions, which one should I do.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A Sad Day

Let me start off by saying that things have been as busy as ever in my house. With the approach of summer and the end of the school season, it has been insane. But the insanity became craziness and sadness last Wednesday.



I mentioned in a earlier posting that at one time we did have guardianship of 3 nieces. And that back in February we had to let one of the girls go because of her behavior. Thinking that we were doing the right thing, we sent her to live with her mother. But, when we went to court to terminate our guardianship, the judge reprimanded us for doing so. The judge then made her a ward of the state and said she was to be sent to the foster care system. They handed us some paperwork and told us to take it and deliver the papers to juvenille hall. So, I followed through, and was told that we no longer had to do anything, that they would pick her up and do the rest. Well that was back in April. And she was never picked up. She continued to live with her mother. Until we received a phone call last Wednesday telling us that we had to deliver her to the foster care system before Monday.



Now mind you, she was living almost four hours from us. So, we had to take our only day off this week to drive up to her and bring her back. The drive was nice but long. I was not at all happy when we showed up at the intake center only to be told that they could not help us that night. And at 1 a.m. the last thing you want to hear after a 8 hour trip is, we can't help you tonight. So, another 20 minutes later we get home only to go straight to bed. On Saturday we were told we had the wrong paperwork. We had to wait until Monday before we could get everything straightened out. It only took almost 2 hours on the phone but we got it taken care of. The only thing left to do was complete the delivery of my niece.

When we arrived at the intake center, we had to wait for what seemed like ever to speak to the case worker. And for the life of me I can not figure out why my niece was happy bout being there. I could see the hurt in my husands eyes. He did not want to let her go. But we had to. I know how hard his mother fought when she was alive to keep her grandchildren out of foster care. So, that made it even harder for us to leave her behind. We just wanted to save her. But, we had to come to the understanding that she needs to learn the hard way, that life in the system is not easy.

We will miss her. And I know her siblings miss her. And I do hope that one day we will be able to bring her out of there. But for now we must maintain our lives as is.....missing a child. And for now I just want to be sad.