Thursday, January 29, 2009

Have you ever thought.......

1. That you could Fly
2. That you could do a huge gymnastics thing down the halyway at work
3. That you were ment to be rich but something happened
4. That everyone but you was a robot
5. That you could correct all the worlds problems if handed the power and no questions asked
6. That it would be funny to see a monkey running through the office
7. That your kid was the funniest thing in the world
8. That ants are our to kill us all
9. That life would be better if it was a musical. For real folks it would be. Imagine mike doing the west side story snap.
10. That life would not be quite as great without your family, friends and faith.

..............Me too. I still believe in number 4 by the way.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK!

No, Really I am!!!!! Ok, more like Mike is but I make a good apprintece Lumberjack.

So here is the story. Be Prepared it is full of romance, adventure, fear, excitement, heroes and more. If you think you can take it read on but if your heart is weak then stop here and just read the spoiler. Spoiler: Highlight to read: We Chopped down a tree. . Ok for the others, read on.

It all started on a bright saturday morning. Around 10 am to be exact. Knowing that my husband was planning to chop down the two bradford pear trees in the front yard at the end of the month, I suggested that he and I do it this weekend. What! Craziness you say??? It was, and I am paying for that decision to this day. Mike asked me if I was sure and I thought about it and said lets do it, how hard can it be. Wow, was that stupid to say. So anyways, We get outside and mike starts up the chain saw and starts hacking away at the tree. What was my job. I got to pull the rope to get the limbs to fall in the direction the we wanted. Then mike would cut the limbs into carry size pieces and I got to pick them up and carry them off. I lost count of the number of dead lifts I did but my hamstrings have not. Oh, did I mention that the reson we needed to chop them down is because I am highly allergic to them. Everytime they bllom I get welps and have problems breathing. While carrying the limbs I noticed that the tree had started budding. CRAP!!!!! That would explain the swollen eyes and itchy skin.

Finally we got to the trunk and a few larger limbs. Mike said that it would be fine to go ahead and take it down....Lesson to me, Get a second opinion. I tell mike about the episode of Toughest jobs where they chopped down trees and explain to him the correct way to chop it down.....Lesson to me, Shut your trap. I get a rope and start pulling on it to get the tree to not fall on the neighbors house and mike starts cutting. Holy Moly I notice that the tree is pulling me, now I am a big girl so this is kinda scary. I start yelling mikes name but do to the chainsaw he fails to hear me. The tree starts heading towards the neighbors house. I am leaned all the way back on the rope just praying and then Mike notices whats up and, True story, he drops the saw and puts his hands on the tree and starts pushing it in the opposite direction. He actually pushed a 20 or so foot tree away from the houses and got it to land where it needed too!!!!!! I just stood there staring at this hero of a man and could not help but thank all those years of comic book reading he did. A normal man that did not believe in super hero powers would have watched the tree take out a roof but not my man. He grabbed that tree and said " I will not let you win" and pushed down. He really is a strong guy. So anyways, we limb it up and I haul it to the road and then we decide to try and chop down the second one.

Have you ever been in the middle of doing something and realize that you got in over your head. Well, as mike and I were fighting with a huge like 15 foot long 12" thick branch that wanted to take out our bedroom I had that moment. I thought that we were going to ruin the house and maybe get killed in the process. I know mike won't say it but I think that he got a little worried as we were wrestling that thing from our house. We fought the branch and tried various different approches until finally we decided to combine our weight (not so light) and pull the sucker down together. We worked and pulled and I might have cried a bit but we got it down and the crash could be heard for miles.....well it did wake the napping kids. We saved our house and I called it quits. Mike did not like this but just like the Hero he is he accepted my plea and we called it a day and went to the movies.

I am sore, He is sore and the world is great. I am one and a half less trees less in my allergy filled world and My husband has dug himself deeper in my heart and soul. I will never forget seeing him holding that tree and pushing it over and I learned that a spoiled city girl can chop down a tree.....with a little help from her lumberjack lover.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Late night Ponderings

Alright, I do not have any one topic that is on my mind but I do have lots of little ones that I think about in the wee morning hours when I should be asleep. So now, Out of desperation for a little shut eye, I am going to talk about them.

The New President: I am quite optimistic about him. I do not think that he will be able to make Rainbows appear and angels sing everytime he snaps his fingers like some people do but I do think that he is going to work hard and I hope that he will be able to work across party lines and compromise in order for us to get back on track. His speach was really good too.

The economy: Hmmmmmmmm...... So I think about this one a lot in the wee hours of darkness and I am still a bit scared. I had an economics class a couple (6 years ago!!!!) that said that we were due for a world recession and economic crisis within 10 years and I guess she was right. I do not think that this will be short term but that it will take a long time for us to overcome this downfall. I was watching Kit Kidrige (Kids Movie: really good) with the family last weekend and it is about a girl and her adventures during the great depression and it was a little scary how closely it resembled today. The movie opens with a bunch of houses foreclosing and then People being laid off and so on. That is what we are going through right now and I am afraid that if we are not careful it could get as bad as it did back then. Mike and I are glad that we have food storage and things like that to help us if he gets laid off but that only lasts so long. If anything being butt broke is helping us become more aware of how we spend our money.

Beau Growing up: So I noticed B starting to work a little harder on his appearance. Brushing his hair and teeth without me asking, trying (not succeding) to match his clothes, hour long hot showers, making his dad buy him some Axe spray deoderant and wanting to use gel in his hair. Wow! Where is that little boy that ran around naked in our house because underwear made his junk crowded and did not want to take a bath because it would take away from play time. When i asked if he was doing this for a girl he said no. I then said...You know its OK to like girls and he did the cool guy finger gun point thing, winked and said I do like a girl and its you. So, for now my place in his heart is safe but I have this sinking feeling that it is slipping very quickly.

Gardening: I think we are going to try Grapes. B has been trying to grow grapes from grapes (seedless) for about 5 years and now that we are settled in our new house I think we will plant some for him. I am also going to take advantage of the yard space and being allowed to till it up and plant a reall garden this year too. Not just one in pots. I think that this will also help with paying for food. If we can get our veggies from our own dirt and not from walmart it will help us save a pretty penny or too. Who am I lying to it will be more than a penny. Well, Lets see if we can get the yard cleared up enough to plant. I hope so. We need to try this out.

Organizing: I can't help but think that there might be a better way of organizing things. This is something I love. But it bothers me to know that I might be missing out on a bigger and better way of color coding and indexing my life. This really does keep me up. Could there be another way to put my life in order? I will never know but I will continue to ponder this.

Thanks for hanging out and letting me get some thoughts out of my head. Those of you who know me also know that this will not keep me from staying up all night thinking about them but it never hurts to try.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

"I'm a Woman" by Peggy Lee


I decided that I would write a little about me for facebook today and while I was doing it I was listening to my Ipod and a song by Peggy Lee came on. The Song was "I'm a Woman". As I started dancing and singing along......yes, at my desk......I realized that there are so many days I feel like that song. So that is what I put down about me. That I am that song. I am on hard working, loving and awesome woman. W-O-M-A-N! I think that most woman fit in this category. We are not the old fashioned version of the 50's mom. I don't know about you but my grandma's didn't even fit in that. They were hard working, get it done and get it done right type women. All the women in my family, and my husbands, are like that we get it done no matter what it takes. Women today no matter if you work or stay home are expected to do so much and it is because we can and we will. We work, we are moms, we are wives, sisters, daughters, teachers.....fill in the blanks. We do so much and too many of us (me included) fail to see that. We are so obsessed with our faults and things that we mess up on that we forget to say..."dang I am on kick butt lady" or if you are classier than that..." wow, I am doing a swell job". Ladies, we need to remember that we are great and wonderful women and that what we do is amazing and what we fail at can not diminish that in even the slightest bit. I challenge all the women I know to recognize how great you are and take a minute to think about all the things that you do and what great things you have accomplished. I never do that but dang it (not classy) I need to start.

Words to the song for those of you who listen to music from this century.

I can wash out 44 pairs of socks and have 'em hangin out on the line
I can starch & iron 2 dozens shirts 'fore you can count from 1 to 9
I can scoop up a great big dipper full of lard from the drippins can
Throw it in the skillet, go out & do my shopping, be back before it melts in the pan'
Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I'll say it again
I can rub & scrub this old house til it's shinin like a dime
Feed the baby, grease the car, & powder my face at the same time
Get all dressed up, go out and swing til 4 a.m. and then
Lay down at 5, jump up at 6, and start all over again
'Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I'll say it again
If you come to me sickly you know I'm gonna make you well
If you come to me all hexed up you know I'm gonna break the spell
If you come to me hungry you know I'm gonna fill you full of grits
If it's lovin you're likin, I'll kiss you and give you the shiverin' fits
'Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I'll say it again
I can stretch! a green black dollar bill from here to kindom come!
I can play the numbers pay the bills and still end up with some!
I got a twenty-dollar gold piece says there ain't nothing I can't do
I can make a dress out of a feed bag and I can make a man out of you
'Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N, I'll say it again 'Cause I'm a woman! W-O-M-A-N, and that's all.

On a side note my husband Mike could very well fit this song too. as well as the rowe men and taggard men, the women in both of my families have been blessed with great and wonderful men that support and work side by side with their women. Michael, I want to say thank you for helping me see myself as a talented, smart, sexy woman and letting me know that you will always be their to catch me when I stumble. I love you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trying again

As you know we are a foster family. We have been taking care of and loving foster children for two years now. What some might not know is that we have been trying to adopt for 4 years. Thats right, four long years. Due to lots of different things (probably signs from you know who that we needed to wait) we have yet to add permanently to our family. After some frustrated feelings and some long talks Mike and I decided to get back on the boat and starte paddling to our eternal family. I guess we will take Beau for a ride too. We met with the adoption side of DHS yesterday and talked with them about our needs and options. It went really well and Mike and I both have a good feeling about it this time around. Hopefully that means that it is time for us to start adding on and no more complications will come up.....but then again, you never know.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Late Night Dates

So, I think I just invented a new tradition with my son. I could not get to sleep Monday night and I felt bad because Beau had asked for Hot chocolate earlier in the night and I said no because I was busy and frustrated and tired. I thought to myself it would be fun to sneak out of bed and have a hot chocolate date with one of my favorite guys. Well, that did it, I got out of bed and creeped into B's room and got him out of bed and we giggled our way into the kitchen and made ourselves some hot chocolate. We then sat down at the table and chit chatted about important things, like him stealing the Book of Mormon to read ahead of the family at night, or how he needs to be more sensitive about girls liking him and how my job is going. It was fun and after we got done talking and the mugs were empty Beau wanted to clean the mugs so that Mike would not know that we got out of bed (he knew already) but I said no it would be fine because daddy is not quite observant enough to catch on. We then creeped back into our beds. Beau asked me last night when he could expect to be woken up for our date again and he told me that it was fun and my heart earned a very rare and perfect gold star that day. I told him that it would be a surprise and he would not know when to expect it but we would do it again. I love sons, daughters just become daddy's girls but son's always stay with momma!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Hmmmm...........I've been thinking.

So over the holidays we stayed with J&A down in arkadelphia and had a lot of fun. Well, while we were there it was brought up that Mike and I will be 39 when our son turns 18 and graduates from school. I knew that we would be young but I had not really thought about it before. It will be nice. We did not get much time after we were married (11 months) to be a married couple before POP here's your baby. Since then it has been rush here, change that, graduate from there and all that madness. Now that I think about it I think that it will be nice to have most of my older adulthood to myself with mike. We can go on a mission, travel and have fun. Providing that we keep saving and plan for our future of course. Still, it might be nice.

Then I got to thinking...Holy Crap, I only have 11 more years before my son is a man. I hope that the years slow down and stop racing by us. It seems like just a few yers ago that we brought home a jello baby and now that baby is teaching me how to play chess. When did he get that big or smart? When did he develop his personality and the things that make him....Beau. It is amazing. Now I just have to make sure that I pay attenion and enjoy each moment until I kick him out in 11 years to start my old lady life.

It is just crazy how our lives are sectioned off and how we change throughout them, childhood, teens, college years, young married couple (combined with college years for us) kids, empty nest, golden years. I always enjoy what ever time I am in and look forward to the next. I am still getting over the fact that in less than 2 years I will be 30. thats right a full grown middle aged grown up.

I warned you in the subject, I've been thinking and my friends know that my thoughts are often random and un organized just like this post. I'm just sayin, it has been interesting looking backwards and forwards in my life. So, now it is your turn to sit down and think about where you have been and where you are going.