Friday's Favorites...a mom's "I Never"

Published on 7.30.2010 in ,

If you're a mom...or if you have a mom (the answer is yes)...or even if you feel the need to ignore the fact a woman bore you and just "know" a mom...check out this link:

My favorite part of this?  M. Sindy Felin's comment on July 22 at 8:42 a.m. Classic. (by the way...checked out her profile and she's a single mother of triplets.)


Random question...

Published on 7.29.2010 in

...is anyone having problems viewing my pictures in the blog posts.  For example, do you have to click on each individual picture to get it to come up and view it?  

If so...let me know in the comments below!  Thanks!!


Thursday Things I Never Thought I'd Hear...and then a non-mommy came to the house...

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At a recent Monday night Bachelorette viewing party, a girlfriend of mine saw one of  Mini #1's toy penguins he got in a kid's meal.

She proceeded to ask...
"Is this 'Flippy Flop' or 'Hippy Hop' or...?"

"You mean, Happy Feet?"


Hey! Check it out...

Published on 7.28.2010 in

Random...I know, but did you see the new tabs on the top of the blog? 

I ditched my Twitter feed, 'cause well, frankly I don't use it that often...

And I also ditched my flickr feed, 'cause well, you can click on it at the bottom of the page...


...I added a cool new link to my 30 before 30 so you can watch me track my progress (or non-progress) and...

...I also added a new "About" tab that takes you to an edited version of my very first post on the blog.

Count that as my post for the day...  :)  I'm being lazy!


A mini (#2) grows up...

Published on 7.27.2010 in ,

One tradition I had for Mini #1 I've continued with Mini #2.

I took a picture with Mini #1 every month-day (short for "monthly" birthday) for the first year of his life to commemorate his growth.  Mini #1's pictures were with a bear he received from Engineering Man's parents the day he was born.

I've continued the tradition with Mini #2, only this time I'm using a monster I bought when I found out I was pregnant with him.


And now...to date...a mini #2 in review:


Mom fail.  Yea...that's right.  I forgot I wanted to take a picture of Mini #2 with the monster until month two.  Yes...I know I just blew the mom of the year prize...





Holy hell...life goes by so quickly...

(mom tear)


Monday's weekend in review...

Published on 7.26.2010 in , , , , ,

The past week included...

...riding a go-cart...

...riding in a tractor...

...riding on a horse...

...Papa trying to kill himself to make the horse go higher...

...playing with Great Grandma...

...a BBQ'd pig...

...great uncles telling tall tales (this one included his giraffe named Jerry)...

...cousins making kids giggle...


...fishing with daddy...

...and showing a monster who's boss...


Friday's Favorites...a random e-mail...

Published on 7.23.2010 in

Received this from a friend of mine this week...Found it to be quite intuitive.

(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine (Refer back to #1 for the meaning of fine).

(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').

(8) Whatever: Is a woman's way of saying GO TO HELL.

(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.


Thursday Things I Never Thought I'd Hear...and then I bore a superhero...

Published on 7.22.2010 in ,

Mini #1 is notorious for saying he "isn't" something.

"You're a stinker butt."

"No I not a stinker butt.  I Mini #1."

"You're a fruitloop."

"No I not a fwuitwoop.  I Mini #1."

 The other night he changed tactics.

"You're silly Mini #1."

"I not Mini #1.  I'm IRONMAN!"


The other half of the "Buried Life"

Published on 7.21.2010 in

Now, the guys from "The Buried Life" aren't egotistical about the adventure they're on.

As they cross something off their list, they help someone else with something on theirs.

So...what do you want to do before you die?

And...how can I help you achieve it?


30 before 30

Published on 7.20.2010 in


As things are "crossed" off my list...I'll cross them off the list below and link to the page where I explain what I've done.


MTV's "The Buried Life" is a show about four twenty-somethings that decided they wanted a purpose to their life.

They started a list of 100 things they wanted to do before they died.

And started to do them.

This got me thinking about my own "bucket list" of sorts, and I decided that with the impending 3...0, I should start on that list.

Without further ado...my 30 before 30.

1. Get scuba certified. (Check!)
2. Actually print pictures of the boys and make a photo album of them. (Check!)
3. Ski the bowl of a major ski resort.
4. Learn more about my digital SLR and get good at taking pictures. (Check!)
5. Work from home. (Check!)
6. Be in a live theatre production (again!). (Check!)
7. Take the boys camping.
8. Run an actual race. (Seriously, if you knew how much I hate running, you would be shocked by this one.) (Check!)
9. Visit Europe.
10. Be debt free from everything but the house.
11. Own a boat. (Check!)
12. Crochet a hat. (Check!)
13. Bake a souffle. (Check!)
14. Sleep in until 11 a.m.; just for one day! (Check!)
15. Visit 5 more states in my quest to visit all 50.
16. Swim in the Pacific. (Check!)
17. Get my Master's degree.
18. Plant a garden. (Check!)
19. Grow my own herbs. (Check!)
20. Learn how to tat. (if you don't know what it is, that's OK.  It's like crocheting, only harder.)
21. Take the boys on a tour of a dairy farm. (Check!)
22. Visit a foreign country. (I know this is kinda like #9, but I want to do some other traveling too; like Canada...ooo, or Mexico!) (Check!)
23. Find the perfect shade of lipstick. (Check!)
24. Organize the basement storage room. (Check!)
25. Get another tattoo.
26. Find and buy the ultimate little black dress. (Check!)
27. Stop drinking non-diet pop. (Check!)
28. Learn how to play tennis. (Check!)
29. Try snowboarding.
30. Find and memorize 5 Bible verses to help me with my inadequacies. (Check!)


Monday's week in review...

Published on 7.19.2010 in , , , , , , ,

The past week and weekend Engineering Man's dad and brother came home from their tour of duty in Egypt.

Pictures really are worth a thousand words...

...after meeting with Grandpa, we went in one car to lunch and Grandpa went in another car.  Mini #1 was NOT happy about this...

...then we went to lunch again, and Mini #1 wanted to ride the motorcycle...

...Sunday, Engineering Man's family came to town and Mini #2 went surfing...

...Mini #1 drove his tractor...

...Sissy came to visit...

...mommy got a new phone...

...and so did Grandma, Grandpa and daddy...

...and, well...I tried my hand at family pictures.  I took approximately 650 pictures in 1 hour...

Let's hope they at least like one of them...


Friday's Favorites...

Published on 7.16.2010 in , , ,

...brought to you by Engineering Man's father.

Meeting your grandson for the first time.


Thursday Things I Never Thought I'd Hear...

Published on 7.15.2010 in , , , ,

Engineering Man's father and brother have been deployed to Egypt on a 12-month tour of duty for the National Guard.

Tuesday, we went to see Grandpa B as he returned to Kansas.

Mini #1 was STOKED. The entire drive up he kept saying over and over..."I WANT GRANDPA."
Even eating breakfast with Grandma J wasn't enough. He wanted Grandpa.

Upon arrival to the Welcome Home Ceremony in Topeka, and being told that this is where we would finally get to see Grandpa, Mini #1 turned to Engineering Man and asked...

"Is this Egypt?"

If only it was that easy...


I'm corrupting him...

Published on 7.14.2010 in ,

I've been corrupting Engineering Man.

My constant companion (the D60) hasn't exactly been kind to him.

He doesn't like being constantly photographed.

But he recently made a comment that surprised me.

Apparently he's caught the "photographer's eye" and can't help but notice places/things/people that would make good photos.

And he's good.

All photos in this post...courtesy of Engineering Man.

Maybe...just maybe...I'll turn him into an artist yet.
AHAHAHAHAHAHA...yea, I know.  I even crack myself up.


My evolution of decorating...

Published on 7.13.2010 in , ,

I've been trying to decorate the wall in my entryway since we moved in.

It's the first thing I see as I walk up our stairs from the basement, and it's the wall I see as I walk from the garage/kitchen to the rest of the house.

Needless to say, I see the space a lot.

Doesn't look like much...

Fourth of July weekend, Engineering Man's grandma took me out shopping at the local craft fair and bought me a bench.

Perfect fit...but something was off.  I started changing the space.

To highlight why EM hates watching me decorate...here is every thing I tried in the span of 30 minutes.

Quilt on bench...


Decided the quilt was the wrong red.  The bench/quilt were clashing...

Tried the new American flag I'd gotten on the quilt rack.


Tried the sign that had been above our door where the quilt rack was.

WAY too bland...

Tried the quilt rack by itself as a mirror.

Not bad...still a little bland.

Different quilt.

Better quilt.  Still not right though...missing something on bench.

Stole wreath from nearby end table.

Now we're getting somewhere...

Put quilt I liked on bench.

Um...well...OK, still not right.

Moved quilt slightly at an angle.

Yea...that's a no.

Refolded quilt so only the inside blocks show.

Ding...ding...ding...I think we have a winner.

Yes...I am this anal with everything I decorate. Yes...Engineering Man will accept your sympathy.