Saturday, December 20, 2008

OOOHHHH, Desi of the nine fingers!!!!!


So in Hopes of making the holiday spirit brighter I very smartly slammed my finger shut in a car door. Thats right, Oh Joy and all things wonderous. I can now relate to frodo baggins and the pain he felt as gollum bit off his finger. Did I loose my finger? No, but I did break it and ended up with three stitches. I will say that the shots of pain meds in my butt made things a little interesting for awhile. I still hurt but my brain just didn't seem to care. By the way I have discovered that you can type with out your left index finger. Yes, I said left. For those of you who know me you are wondering how I will be able to manage to sign my name or write little love notes to mike, Never fear I can write with my right hand too. It is not very pretty and it takes a long time but I can do it. It was funny in the hospital when people kept saying that at least it was the left hand and not the right until I informed them I was left handed. OH, what a handist world we live in. I am now on vicatin and an antibiotic. I never would have thought that one tiny bone could hurt so much but it really does. This does give me a free pass on some of the messy diapers and washing dishes but I have a funny feeling that I will not like not being able to bend my finger. The splint is not fun. Well, I will keep you all posted and I hope that you have a great weekend. Maybe I will watch the lord of the rings this weekend and share in frodo's misery.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

chess boy and fun weekend


So Beau had his first chess tournament on saturday. He had a lot of fun and he even suprised us by getting third place in his skill level. The Tournament was from 8am-3pm and the kids just played round after round of games and got points for winning. Like I said he had a lot of fun and he can not wait until the next tournament.
After the tournament we decided to go and look at lights. We went to the enchanted forest lights and the kids loved seeing all of the huge light displays. We then went over to city hall and looked at that light display. This upcoming weekend we are going to go to the Birns park lights and the capitol building. We also baked cookies, made fudge and chocolate covered pretzels. We had a great weekend and loved getting into that great holiday spirit.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sinterklaas

So today is December 6, 2008 and in my house and the rowe house that means that today is sinterklaas day. Here in the states and in canada it is known as St. Nicholas day. It is the day where children wake up and find that sinterklaas has left treats in the shoes of good children. Today was no exception. The kids all left their shoes out last night by the door so that sinterklaas would have no trouble finding them. (unlike mother every morning having to hunt down that one lost shoe) We leave out our christmas lists and hope that we have been good enough that he will pick them up and take them back to the north pole. He did. He even left the traditional note letting us know that he is happy with us and what we can work on until christmas to make sure that he comes and visits again. The kids found some candy and a little bit of cash in their shoes are now running around in a sugar induced playtime. Good Times.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas

The link above goes into the history of this fun holiday but now I will go into why we celebrate it. Back in the late 80's my family (the Rowes) lived in Holland. While living there my folks were great at exposing us kids to the culture. We loved it. Our favorite one was of course sinterklaas day. We would leave our wooden shoe out and wake up and find candy and such in the shoe. Well, even after we moved back to the states we continued on the tradition and now I celebrate it with my family with a little variation to fit with the american season. It is a fun little thing that really sets of the season of magic for us. Plus, if it wasn't for Sinterklaas day how would our christmas lists get to the north pole?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Christmas magic

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magic comes
every year. After
we set up the tree and
the last ornament is in place,
the lights all twinkling and the star
sitting in the highest bough, the tree aw-
akens for a magical season. When a child lays
under the tree and gazes up at it branches, imagining
the elves jumping from limb to limb or thinking that per-
haps the ornaments come to life, the tree listens to their thou-
ghts. If the children are pure and true, if the christmas spirits rings
in their minds the tree grants them a special wish. Once a day
they can lay under his festive boughs, close their eyes and make
a wish.
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the wish
should co- me true.

Friday, November 28, 2008

I came I shopped and I slept

So as I sit here typing, blurry eyed and in a hazy stuper I do what comes natural I blog.
Our first every hosted thanksgiving dinner went great. It was a Rowe year for turkey day and my Mom agreed to let me host it at our house. We had great food and lots of talking and strategizing for the Black Friday to come.

Food..... WOW! Mike smoked a turkey for us in the grill and it was one of the best turkeys I have ever had. I thought that fried turkey was my favorite but that was before I had his smoked turkey. It was juicey and flavor through-out. The rest of us made the side dished and my grandma made a ham. We still have lots of pie and left overs for anyone that is hungry out there and would like a bite to eat. It was a fine dinner.

Black friday..... Yup. We did it. It has become a rowe traditions of sorts. We search through the ads after thanksgiving dinner and then we make a plan. Who is going where, who needs what and who can fight dirty. OK, the last one is not some thing we do. But we do have a plan on black fridays. Get up early, stand in line for a while and then run like the devil. This year there was not much that we wanted from the different stores so the majority of us went to Wal-mart, having list in hand of who was getting what and where to meet we took our battle stations. My sister and I were both in the toy area. We got there early and stood around for about an hour before all fury broke loose. You would not believe how crazy some people were to get a hannah montana doll. WOW! I am pretty used to it though because we have been doing this for about ten years. People are craazy over some discounts. I get a little caught up in it too, this big girl can run down some walmart isles for a $2 dvd. We did get some presents baught and had a lot of fun. I then came home and relieved my grandmother who watched the kids for us and fell asleep on the chair listening to mike work on our family present for the year. A new laptop. Yes another black friday find. Our desktop is about to die and he kinda needs a laptop for work so we talked about it and decided that if we do without some things and combine our gifts we could get one. He almost missed out too. He got the second to last laptop in the price range we could afford. It will also make getting on the internet a little easier since this computer does not take 15 minutes to load anything.

So this is the tale of my thanksgiving and day after. We are now about to set up christmas..the turkey has had his day. and we will then snuggle up with some hot chocolate and charlie brown's christmas. Sounds like a good night to me. So every one. Happy holidays and I hope that you had as great of a thanksgiving as I did.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oh yes, it's 80's night!!!!!

So, Saturday was the school mother son dance and the theme was favorite decade. Beau and I picked the 80's because....well it was faster and easier to put together. It was a fun night and I enjoyed it but here is our tale.

Beau's clothing and hair was easy to put together he was supposed to be the good 80's kid and I was going for the punker 80's thing. As I was putting on my make-up (red blush, purple and hot pink eyeshadow and yes pale silver pink lipstick) Beau could not take his eyes off of the process. "mom, why did they wear so much blush in the eighties?" and other such questions were asked and then answered with..."I don't know, I was not allowed to wear make-up in the eighties" Then came the hair. Man alive, I teased and sprayed the crap out of that hair. I think it was like 5 inches around my head. As the cloud of hairspray dissolved into the air my son said " how could girls be happy in the eighties with all that make-up and hair?" I thought back to the side ponytails and puffy bangs and wings and just laughed. After adding a tie and hot pink jacket to my outfit I grabbed my wallet and keys and we were out the door.

First stop on our date was dinner. Beau said that he would pay for dinner with his allowance for the week ($5) and then picked Chili's for dinner. We got there and of course people want to look at the crazy lady with glitter hair and crazy makeup but with a good looking (and oh so charming) blue eyed angel on my arm I did not notice them at all. We sat down and ordered and while eating I had to answer a lot of questions. Where doors invented in the eighties, were roads created in the eighties, did boys play pokemon in the eighties, were cars invented in the eighties....How old does this kid think I am !!!!!!! It was funny to think about what has and has not changed in the past 2 decades. I still remember having to use an encyclopedia instead of wikipedia. After Beau paid for dinner (lamenting the fact that having to spend allowance on dinner that he would not be able to buy this weeks set of pokemon cards) we rushed on over to the dance.

There was actually a pretty good turn out for the dance. Beau and I dance several dances together even trying some spins and dips (him not me) and just having fun. Until he noticed a corner in the gym covered in balloons. Now any mother of a 7 year old boy will know what I am about to say. He turned to walk off but looked back at me winked and said you can dance single for awhile mom and off he went. The rest of the boys soon followed and us old tired moms were given a break. Beau did come back and dance a few more times with me. Well, I snagged him and made him dance with me and then we went on home.

Overall my date night with Beau went great. We had fun and I realized that to my son I will always be 100 years old.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Look at me....Mrs. Fix it.

So I had a fun weekend. Mike and I helped my sister this weekend at her house and we learned how to do some new things. I retiled a wall and helped install a toilet and a sink. Yup, me....Desiree.....the thats why I got married so he can do it......Me. I am learning some new skills. It really was fun but my arms are kinda sore from painting two rooms and doing all that other work. Ok so I was mostly a tool giver while mike put in the toilet and sink but still. I now know that it is not the plus and minus sign but a flat head and plus sign screwdriver. Just kidding Phillips head. lol. Next thing you know mike will be pulling out my crafting stuff and making a quilt.

Funny thing happened this weekend. My cell phone came up missing and I thought that I left it at walmart (the only store I go to with 4 kids) so I was pretty upset. Well, My father in law calls Friday night and tells me that a little girl just called from my phone to his house. hmmmmmmm. I start looking through the house to find the little girl and my phone. My oldest Foster daughter, princess, was laying under Beau's bed with my phone. She took it because she missed beau (he stayed in arkadelphia last week) and wanted to talk to him. That crazy girl. I had to hide the laughs until she was safely in timeout and out of hearing range. I could not believe it. I did let her call him after she got out of time out and we had a talk about not jacking peoples stuff. It was super funny though. I sure do love kids.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

bobby Fischer......Maybe.


So Beau has taken up the chess club at school. The teacher suggested to us a PTC because he is an advanced student and excells in math. He loves it. His favorite day at school is chess club day. I was afraid that he might get picked on for being in...you know..... the Chess Club but since he goes to a math and science school it is the cool club to be in. Weird, I know. Anyways, his dad and I have started having to play him at home and I am ashamed to say this but he is really hard to beat..... he could have had me last night if he had done one move and I was too prideful to tell him about it too. Bad, mommy, bad! Mike also got him a computer game called chess masters or something. The boy plays it nonstop. I asked him about moving a Preacher and he gave me the "mom, how can you be this simple" look that our kids are soo good at and told me that the correct name is Bishop and then asked me to repeat to him the rules of the pawn promotion. Honestly, I don't know much about chess so I just put it down as another battle lost to Mike in the war of training our son to be a jedi nerd. Poor mom, I am bound to be surrounded by geeks and nerds for eternity. I guess I need to put on my Lord of the ring, grab my Lightsaber, put on my wizard hat, hop on the closest dragon and join the club. Whoa is me!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Long time no blog!!!!

Sorry friends and loved ones but it has been a busy summer and early fall for the taggard clan. I am hoping that things have slowed down enough for me to become a regular blogger again. I really do love having a way for everyone to keep up with our little families lives. So, here is to optimistic thinking!!!!

First things first. Since the last time I blogged we added 5 little ones to our family. Don't freak out only 3 of them are children. Are current foster children are 2,3 and 5. Two girls and one boy. They are really sweet children and we have had them since the end of June. The other two additions would be dogs. Yes, thats right, Mike got his two big manly dogs for the back yard. The funny thing is..........they are the most laidback bunch of manly dogs ever created. They let the kids hang all over them and even try to play hide and seek with their shoes. Our little dog sassy likes them well enough but she gets very territorial when they think that they should be petted more than she is.

Other than expanding our family we have had some other events happen. We no longer drive a ford festiva. We finnaly broke down and got a Minivan that can hold our ever increasing family. We really like it. The kids like it more because they are not right on top of eachother in the back of the car anymore. I will have to post a picture soon. Mike had a really bad leg infection and has been battling that for over a month, Derek joined the chess club and started golf lessons and I got a promotion from Purchasing Agent I to Purchasing Agent II still with Parks and Tourism.

I know.....I know...... Lots of news and so little blogs. I will get better now that summer is over and I have more time.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Baseball is Finally over

Mike and I have a 3 week break from baseball and the next sport which is Golf. The good news is that golf is only once a week instead of the 3-4 times a week that baseball was. I asked mike what the shedule was for this week and we actually sat back and wondered how we were going to fill those once busy nights. Don't get me wrong we were able to come up with stuff (AKA: TO DO LIST). Beau had fun with baseball and was sad when the season ended but he is really excited about golf. We got him signed on with the First Tee program and we went to the orientation a few weeks back. It is really nice. Not much has been going on with us since the last post just trying to keep up with all of the busy things of summer. I will tell ya'll a funny story before I sign off.
Beau and I were at home on friday and we decided to make a clubhouse out of his bunk bed and make a big bowl of popcorn and watch this semi scary show from back when I was a kid. It is called 'Are you afraid of the Dark?'. Well, we get the clubhouse built, the popcorn is popped and we put the disk in the DVD player. All the light are off and we are just a giggling and having fun. The show gets started and Beau starts talking smack about how it is not scary (I made the mistake of telling him to let me know if it got to creepy) and that he would protect me and cover my eyes for me so that I would not get scared. The first story was about the headless horseman and it was fine for awhile. Finally when I was getting creeped out Beau looks at me and goes "mom, if you need to you can fast forward this part" I then tell him that I am fine and I will just cover my eyes. He then informed me that he would like to have it fast forwarded. So we watch about 2 hours of this show and fast forwarded any thing that was creepy. That is the best way to watch scary shows. Mike teased us but it was a fun afternoon. Oh by the way, around midnight that night Beau showed up in our room with pillows and blankets to make a pallet on the floor by our bed. To tell the truth if I had been alone in my room I might have done the same thing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

What are you doing to my son!!!!!!

So Baseball started this season. I was under the impression that it was going to be another year of teeball, you know, where the coach chucks a ball at the kids and then if they keep missing it is placed on a tee, I was wrong. Beau is now in the JR rookie league and has a pitching machine. Here I am loving mother sitting down to watch my son play ball when I notice the machine in the middle of the field. I thought What the crap are they going to be chucking at my sons head!!!!! So I motioned for mike to meet me at the gate. (did I mention that he is asst. Coach) and asked why there was a machine on the field and he told me that it would be fine. So I go OK it is only a few times a game I can live.

So the game starts. Our team is in the field first so they glove up but then I hear coach tell Beau that he is catcher and then he pulls out all of this armour !!!!!!! WHAT!!!!!!! That thing is going to be chucking crap at his head for the whole game!!!!! Is this Crazy!!!!! Beau gets settled in behind the plate and I then get to watch for the next 1.5 hours balls richocheting off of my kids head, leg, body, arms and other body parts and I also get to see a bat continuously be swung over my really ungraceful childs head. It was really fun but man alive why can't they use nerf balls?

For those of you that want to know.... The game went great. Our team has only had one practice due to weather and they held their own. We lost by two points because the buzzer sounded and we were unable to finish our inning. If we had been able to finish we probably would have won since our kids were better at batting. Speaking of batting the one time Beau got up to bat he hit it out to the fence and brought himself and the kid infront of him home. He also showed off his throwing arm by continuosly throwing the ball from home out into the outfield. or hitting the pitching machine. The coach was impressed and I might have to get used to the catcher thing or he might just become an everywhere player. Oh well. Michael was so cute to watch helping coach too. He was really into the game and had to take some antiacid meds after the game. I will keep you updated

Saturday, April 12, 2008

economy of a 6 year old

So my son and I were putting gas into our car friday morning when he looks up at the pump and then looks back at me and the following conversation then took place:

B- Hey mom Dad and I filled up the other car and guess how much it was
M- How much?
B- It was over forty dollars!!!!!
M- I bet it was
B- Man, Gas sure is getting expensive huh?
M- yeah it is
B- Pretty soon it is going to get to expensive for us to buy
M- Sooner than you think (looking at it pass 30 bucks on the pump)
B- Maybe they should do something about that.
M- Maybe

I then looked my son over to see if he had a suit and tie on and heading to the office watercooler to discuse politics with the other office dwellers. How funny it is how much the kids of today pick up on things like this.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Happy Easter

Well, my families eyes are swollen, itchy and blood shot, noses are runny or stuffy, sniffles are heard through out the house, it is freezing in the morning and blazing in the afternoon.......That must mean that spring is here!!!!!!!!


My husband, my son and myself all have allergies and they are even worse this year since we moved to a new part of Arkansas and have to become adjusted to new pollens and such. We all pass around the allergy pills in the morning and the tissues in the evening as we are getting excited about spring. Beau is excited about planting graps and other plants ( the boy loves plants) and I am excited about camping trips, outdoor parties and BBQ. Well, being a southern girl I know that grillin season is year round but it is just better when you have a bunch of friends and family sitting on the back porch talking and hollerin at the kids. Plus we are excited about getting to know our new town.

We are a family of the season. We are excited about every season as it comes up but usually with summer that excitement sizzles away in the 100 plus heat. oh well it is only a few weeks away we better enjoy the nice weather while we can.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Free at last free at last

  1. Well…..my friend tells me that we are free from the bonds of big brother……for now. That means that for the time being I am able to post blogs.

    What has been going on with the Taggard Clan? Not much of anything. No, really I am being honest. We have had a pretty non dramatic couple of weeks. Let me break it down.

    Beau finally agreed, after having to explain the difference between mom and dad kissing and him and whoever kissing, that he will not let girls kiss him on the mouth and hopefully not at all. (whew, glad that is better)

    Beau did get the flu and it was really bad for about six days at our house. He also managed to get his aunt and cousin sick too. That reminds me he also got the dog sick so we had to clean up after her too. What in the world!!!!!!!!!!!! I only remember vague memories of those wonderful motherhood experiences….ok to be honest I just called mike if he was at home to clean it up but there were times while he was gone that I had to suck it up and try to keep my stomach down. Oh the joys of being a mommy.

    Having to clean up and take care of a flu ridden six year old kinda makes unpacking hard. We eventually started getting the house out of boxes. It is amazing how much stuff can fit into one tiny box. I am not talking about books or things like that I am talking about those little thinks like…..well you know junk drawer stuff that you have to have but have no earthy idea on how or where to organize and put it. On the plus side we don’t have a shortage on storage space anymore so I guess that is good.

    And last but not least…..LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!! For those of you who know mike and I you know that we are very busy people. We are hardly ever home and when we are home we like to entertain people. Well, moving did not change our schedules. Beau has officially started soccer season with practice twice a week and one game a week and Baseball starts in two weeks with two games a week plus practices. Thankfully it will only overlap by a few weeks. I tried with all of my mommy persuasion powers that be to convince him to play one or the other but his pouty son goo-goo eyes powers that be won. I have really got to start working on a defense to that. Oh well. Next year I will be ready for him and I will prevail. Or die from running around to and fro.

    So here is the update to those that are interested in our simple lives and I hope to be able to start back up on writing a regular blog and being able to visit yours.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Blocked

OK, so all state computers are now banned from using or accessing blogger so I am posting this blog via my husband since we have no internet at home yet. I will be unable to check on all of your blogs for awhile so I am sorry. I will probably get on about once a week.

Attention all girls in my son’s first grade class: KEEP AWAY FROM MY SON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, I said it, now listen to my little tale.

Last night after soccer practice Beau and I were sitting in a drive thru (still no stove) waiting to order our dinner when I start our little game. This game is something that I started when Beau started preschool and even our foster kids pick up on it and enjoy it. I start by asking how school was and I make sure that tv, radio everything is off or paused. Then I give each kid my attention. I ask for details and love to hear what they have to say. They then do the same for me asking me how work was. It is a highlight of my evenings. Well anyways, I ask how Beau’s day of school was and he tells me that his girlfriend broke up with him so that they could then get together again in computer lab and she could kiss him. For anyone that knows me you can only imagine how hard it was for me to not over react. My son is only 6!!!!! I thought I had a few more years to wait before going over the Rules. Aren’t girls supposed to be yucky! OK I have to calm down I am starting to have a stroke. OK, I waited a few seconds and asked for him to repeat himself. I then asked where she kissed him at. He said, I told you in the computer lab and I said no where on your face and he pointed to his cheek. Whew, at least it wasn’t so bad. I then asked if they held hands and he said yes and they spend a lot of time together at recess and center time. I asked if she like him and he said yes, I then asked if there were any other girls to which he said that there were 2 others but they were not going out yet. As I am gripping the steering wheel and playing 20 questions I feel myself wondering what happened, what have I done in my life to deserve this, how can I rip the lips off of my son and put them in storage until his wedding day? I send a quick text to mike while he was in cub scouts so that I was not the only parent in shock. I got our chicken and left before I said something that might offend his new found love. I am still pondering how to handle this situation and Mike just thinks that it is funny. So, I guess I should start working on that talk soon.

Friday, February 22, 2008

So........ We baught a house!

Thats right. We got it!!!!!!!! We just went and signed 40 bazillon sheets of paper that say that we are going to be indentured slaves for the next 30 years! I am so excited!

Mike gets off work early today so he is going over to finish the cleaning and get it ready fr moving day tomorrow. Soon we will be sleeping in our own beds, sitting in our own house, and cooking in our own kitchen. I am happy.

Just a funny side note. I told Beau yesterday that mom and dad were going to go and buy the house and that we were going to sign all the paper work. He then asked how much it was going to be. I did not want to tell the real amount so he could then tell everyone at school and such so I told him it was going to be 14,000 (I wish). He got this look that I call shocked Beefy and he then said thats a lot of money mom. I agreed with him and then he asked if I would be able to come up with 14k by friday and if I couldn't that he would let me have his money in his incredibles bank. Now to all of you that know my Beau, he is very similaur to Mr Crabs from spongebob. He can smell a lost coin located under 15 feet of dirt and then dig it out and be excited about the penny. This boy loves money. A lot. He told me one day that the reason he likes to get money and save it is so that he can help out me and his dad if we ever need it. For food or wii stuff. It always tears me up when he tries to give me money for helping him clean the room or doing dishes. To him that is a sarafice to give out money. He is such my little eugene crabs.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

What Desiree Means
You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Dry Socket!!!!!

So after a week of painting and working on the new house (thanks daddy for all your hard work) I got to treat myself to having two wisdom teeth removed. It was such a great reward for all of my hard work, nice relaxing times. Now that the meds of wore off I will tell the truth. What in the wold was I thinking to get my wisdom teeth pulled in the middle of buying and moving into a new house!!!! Why did no one stop me!!!! It hurts so bad. I looked like a bulldog for the first day and then the swelling went down. and it was just sore until the dry soket kicked in and now it just hurts again.

First things first. They did not knock me out for the surgery, I was awake for the whole thing. I could hear the roots of the teeth squeaking as he wiggled it back and forth. In my head I was thinking that maybe just maybe at one time this guy was a russian torture specialist. Once I got out of the office and went home and took some great meds I was out until the next day. Don't get me wrong I did not sleep the whole time I just was so medicated that I don't quite remember what happened the rest of the day.

Saturday was a little better less meds and less pain. I stayed around the house and hung out with my family. I was still sore so I did not feel like doing much and I ate mainly soft foods. Mike got to spend his saturday ripping up old carpet at the new house. My parents took all the grandkids out to a movie and to have fun too so it was quiet for awhile. So I slept.

Sunday was much better for a big part of the day. Mike, my dad and myself went over to the new house to do some little things like painting trim, installing the garbage disposal and locks and stuff like that and toward the end of the day I felt like crap. My jaw was starting to really hurt and my cold was in full force. We went home and I medicated my self so that I was not the worst person in the world to be around and it all worked out.

By the time I woke up this morning I new something was not right. I could barely move my mouth because it hurt so bad. The good thing was that I could breath through my nose again. The pain got really bad so I went back to the dentist and he said that I was the proud owner of a dry socket. I asked him how I got one when I followed all of the rulles and he asked if I had blown my nose, sneezed or coughed after they were pulled and I told him that I had come down with a cold right before the teeth were pulled and that I had been doing all those things all weekend and he told me that was the problem. So he packed my hole in the gum with a brown paste that smelled and tasted like a dead fish covered in cloves. thats right I got to have that taste all day long but you know what it helped with the pain so it is all good with me. He does not seem to think I will be up to working tomorrow but I really love my job so I will try really hard to go in. Erin and Amy might have to twirl me around in the office chair after my I take some meds and that would be really fun.

So that is my story of this weekend. I am still a little medicated so it might sound a bit odd but I decided to fill everyone in before I went to take my next dose (it still hurts pretty bad) of funny pills. Have a great week everyone and remember keep your sockets wet or you'll be sorry!

Monday, February 11, 2008

From the body of a crazy woman

Dear reader:
Usually you get to hear from the mind of Desiree but today you will get to hear from the rest of her. We are tired and sore. Desiree broke all union rules this weekend making us work on painting a house for 12 hours on saturday and for 8 hours on sunday. Not only did she not pay us overtime but she is refusing to give us a break. She mummbled something about deadlines and needing to push through it but to be honest we are thinking of going on strike. We are already making our protests known by being huge pains not only in her neck but in every other part of her body as well. Sure the house is looking great but we are tired and deserve a break. If we go on strike She will figure out just how important we are. Esspecially when she finds herself unable to move, not that she is moving all that well right now with us protesting. We have even been talking to the bodies of all the taggards and Rowes that came to help this weekend too and have found out that they are perfoming similar protests in their own unions too. We are making a stand! More Breaks and Less Paint! If only she would listen.

Respectfully,

Desiree's body

Thursday, February 7, 2008

My six year old Shocked me

So we were on our way home from West little rock after we went to go look at a couch we found on craiglist (new addiction) and Beau was in the back seat looking at the lights and bilboards. Well, mike and I were talking when we hear Beau chuckle and say
B-thats funny get it mom?
Me- Get what.
B- the hooters Sign. It says hooters get it?
Me- (hoping above all that is holy that he is talking about owls) Whats so funny about it?
B- Girls have hooters! The hooters is on the Girls with Hooters!
Mike- Owls say Who. Maybe thats what the sign was about.
B- Yeah, but those girls had hooters and the hoo was on the girls hooters!
Me- Lets not talk about hooters.


Remind me to blindfold my son for the next 18 years. Mike and I just looked at eachother and were in a silent shock. Beau just kept laughing.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Fav. Super bowl ads

So it is that time of year again. SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!!!!!! That day of wonderous food, sports and advertising.

Ok, so let me be honest . For me it is an evening of good food, fun advertising, Great reading time and entertainment watching Mike get all worked up over a silly ball game. Beau is still too young to really care about that game. He asked me which team was closest to arkansas and when I informed him that both teams were from the north east far far away from us he lost interest. He did tell me that he was a razerback fan and to let him know when they play.

We had so much food in my parents house yesterday. We had a cheese ball, spinich dip, veggie platter, ice box pie, sausage balls, little smokies and Mike then worked some football magic on some buffalo wings. Everything was so good but when Beau and I woke up this morning he told me that he was still full from the football game and that he did not want breakfast, I took assesment of my tummy and felt the same way.

It was fun watching the game with my man and family. Darcia and mike were on opposing sides and I could have cared less. You could say that I was on the advertising side of things. Poor mike had to listen to me complain about the football part of the game and he called me in or got my attention when it was time for the commercials. Mike very nicely listened to my theroy about how they should do away with the game and just do a commercial bowl were the contest is not about sports but about advertising. I would watch it but he told me that no one else would. Still I might market the idea around.

I had a few Good moments during the superbowl. The first one was when that girl, Jordan sparks maybe, sang the national anthem. It was so great to get to hear someone sing it straight without trying to slip and slid right into a french anthem. It was simple and beautiful. I heard it compared to the early 90's Whitney Houston Version. I hope that she proved that you can sing a song how it is written and show of a pure voice and still get great results.

My Next moments were the commercials. Here is my top ten rating. Overall I was disappointed but there were still some great ones. (By the way even though I do not drink or even condone it I still have to laugh at the bud light ads)

10. The Fire breathing Bud light man
9. The Pepsi commercial with Justin Timberlake. If only sucking on a straw would really bring him over.
8. The one with the baby hiring the clown and buying stock
7. The Pepsi max commercial were night at the roxbury's is featured.
6. The Career Builder ad telling us to follow our hearts
5. The Bridgstone commercial with Alice Cooper and Richard Simmons
4. The Fighting Parade balloons for the Coke
3. The Tide Commercial with the talking stain. Oh how true that one was.
2. The careerbuilder ad with the singing lightning bug
1. The best one was the bridgestone ad with the screaming critters


Those are my Favs. Let me know what you liked.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

What to make of this

The home inspection went great! The house is in good condition aside from the cosmetic stuff that we are having fixed by the owner. I was nervous all day thursday because of hte inspection. I just knew that the inspector would clinb up on the roof and fall into the house only to proclaim it unhabitable and then we would have to start all over again. This is great! That means that we do nto need to worry about having to replace the structure of the house. Just cleaning it up and giving it some make up.

The people on TV make it seem so much easier than it really is. For starters they all seem to have about 500,000 to spend on a house. We do not. They go and look at all of these perfect houses that need absolutly no work done on it and they complain about how the huge house only has 14 ct gold fawcets instead of 24ct gold ones. We do not have that option. Mike and I decided that we would try and find a great fixer upper home that would give us instant equity when we buy it. This would also give us a low monthly payment and allow us to put our own personality into the home. Not to mention memories of having to fix it all up. I am sure that by doing this we will also be able to get more money back when we sell in the future. I worry about the young people that I see on the show that end up buying a house that is almost out of their pre qualified amount and then talk about how they are going to have to sacrifice...um...food in order to afford the place. This is why People are having to foreclose now. They got in to deep to begin with. Oh well. Of my soap box.

Hopefully we will have the keys to our home sometime before next Monday. They are replacing the flooring and other minor repairs and we are going to do the painting. We are having so much fun shopping for the different colors.

Oh yeah Mike is an assistant leader for cub scouts. His first night is tonight. I hope that he likes it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Law of curiosity

So I had my first Activities Girls night on Tuesday. I am helping another lady until she leaves and then I will take over. Well during the activity the teacher asked something along the lines of things that we should not do and one of the girls spoke up and said that we should not break the law of curiosity. It took me a good few seconds to realize that she was talking about The law of chastity. So everyone Don't break that law of curiosity.

On to other news. We put in an offer on a house and are having the inspection today. Hopefully the house will close on the 31st. It has been a roller coaster ride the whole time. There for about a week almost everyday another drama about the house came up but every time mike and I prayed about it we got the answer that we were supposed to make it our home. Beau like it because it has a playroom attached to what would be his bedroom. Mike and I like it because it is 700 square feet larger than our previous house. Hopefully everything will run smoothly today and we will be moving in next weekend. Anyone want to help?

Derek is adjusting so well to his new school. He loves it. He even like wearing a uniform and let me tell you I like it too. No more surprises of coming home from work and seeing that my child went to school looking like circus performer. He has to wear navy or khaki pants with a red, white or navy polo. Very simple. Very nice looking on him too. P.S. He gives me a kiss in the car every morning now. Maybe he is not all that grown up after all.

Monday, January 14, 2008

What no kiss……no hug…….where did my baby boy go?

Today was Beaus first day at his new school. For those of you who don’t know him he is a pretty smart and really shy guy, so I have been working hard to get him into a school that would be good for him. It took a couple of weeks but we got him into one of the local schools that we like and it even has a few of my church friends in it so help watch over beau. Well, this morning he seemed really snuggly (if that is a word) which tells me that he was not a happy camper. He told me that he was this much nervous, this much afraid and this much excited. (each time he made the gap between the fingers a little bigger) So we said a little prayer and I reminded him that two of the people at his school are ladies from the church and that they told me that they would watch out for him. We get in the car and run thru mcdonalds (hey gotta bribe them sometimes) get some breakfast and head over to the school to meet the new teacher. We get there and are met by Tamela (one of the church ladies and good friend of mine) and she walks us to the office. After turning in all the paperwork and buying a few additional supplies at the bookstore we are walked over to his new classroom. Tamela introduces beau to his new classmates and as we walk into the class room to meet the teacher Beau and I hear the kids getting excited and saying hi. (that was great) We met his teacher and she is a really nice lady. We went back out to put Beau in hi class line and they started talking to him and introducing themselves. He looks at me and says bye to me. I wait a little bit thinking to get a hug or maybe even a kiss but he looks back at me and winks. That is my clue that he has grown much to old for public kisses at school. So I start walking down the hallway and look back at him to make sure that he has not been stabbed or kidnapped and see that he is talking with the other kids. He then looks at me and blows me a little kiss. I guess that will have to do. I think that I had it harder at the new school than he did. I can not wait until he gets old enough that it is ok to kiss his mom in public again. My Beauregard is growing up and no matter what I do he will keep doing it so I might as well enjoy the ride.

Good luck to all mothers of little boys. You know what I mean. We pick out nasty stuff from their pockets, pretend to know what they are talking about in video games, sports and other weird stuff and even laugh at the under arm noises just to watch them grow up and not need us any more. It is well worth it.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

icy situation.

On my way home from work last night I was listening to Mike’s station in hopes of hearing that barry white-ish voice come on the air and tell me the news but what I heard was an interesting little tidbit. Supposedly at 7 am this morning every single continental state (48) was going to be below freezing. That is some pretty amazing stuff. Well, it got me to thinking about another date that was pretty cold and holds one of those traumatic until a year has passed and then funny stories. For those of you who know me I apologize for the repeated story for those of you that are my newer friends…..sit on back and enjoy the tale.

It all started on a cold chilly Christmas afternoon of 2000. This young couple (we will call them Mike and Desiree) had been married for 5 months and were 4 months pregnant. They had just finished a wonderful Taggard Christmas Lunch and had decided to drive on up to Desiree’s family to see them. Dad Taggard warned them that it was going to get icy and that they should probably not go but they loaded up the old tank of a festiva (ford, look it up) and headed out anyways. They got about 20 minutes down the road and the ice had frozen the windshield wipers to the windshield. Desiree (this is where I get the truth out and Mike can’t add any falsehoods) told mike to get off on the next exit and clean the ice off and to let her use the bathroom. Mike decided to not wait and pulled off onto the side of the interstate to clean them off. Well, he pulled off and then the car started to slide down a very steep hill. This was scary but it eventually stopped and they looked at each other and commented on the situation. (in order to make Desiree appear more loving and less naggy I will not include this conversation into the story) A 18 wheeler pulled off behind us to help but the same thing happened to him and he was stuck too. Well, this was a pickle….oh and to top it off the exit that Mike should have taken was 30 yards in front of them. Pretty soon the cops showed up and called a tower. This would have been fine if they did not have to stand on the side of a freeway in the sleet and frozen rain waiting for the towers. The cops could not let them sit in the cars because of some sort of protection rule. When the tower showed up they hooked up and tried to get the festiva out of the ice. The tower then started slipping so they had to call another tower. By this time everyone knew that Desiree was in a high risk pregnancy and was not a happy camper being out in the cold so they put her in one of the trucks and mike stood outside of her window looking like a worried prince taking care of his damsel in distress. (Really, I have to put in that if you had been there and witnessed this small scene you would have cried and given us an oscar. I am tearing up just remembering how we felt and looked separated by that glass and just looking at each other) They finally got the car back on the road and we were back on our way. (Well we had a bit of a fiasco but it will just take to long to tell you.) Anyways 12 hours later (this is normally a 1 hour drive) they show up on desiree’s parents doorstep and they are still up (4 am) and on the phone with mikes parents and we felt like the missing lamb returning from the jaws of the wolf. One bowl of soup and a great story later they were asleep and warm and cozy.

Just as a side note. I can tell you that I am probably the only person in the world that has peed on I-30 (right on it not on the side) 12 times from Malvern to Little rock and Mike and I do know that angels and the Lord perform miracles. There was one point that mike and I were on a big turn bridge and the car was starting to slip again and we felt it stop and push in the other direction. That is not the way things go in icy situations or in cars. The Lord knew we had work to do for him. We love this story and pull it out to laugh over at least once a year. I hope you enjoyed.