I shouldn't have to tell him that he will see him again in Heaven, of this I have no doubt.
I shouldn't have to tell him that he will see him again in Heaven, of this I have no doubt.
Then I got an email from Mr Walgreens. (ok, not really, but he works for Walgreens.)
He made a bunch of phone calls and emails, and got some more Cinnamon Bun Coffee....for me!! He said it is seasonal (:cries:) and although they're trying to find someone to make it for them year-round, right now they only have a limited amount, and when it's gone, (:sob:) it's gone.
But for now, my Cinnamon Bun Coffee is BACK.
I felt so totally special when I walked into my Walgreens and saw this.
You can't tell from the picture, but those white stickers say "Cinnamon Bun" and "Cinnamon Bun Latte".
They temporarily replaced Chai Tea with my Cinnamon Bun Coffee.
Seriously, who drinks Chai Tea anyway?
Oh, you? Sorry.
Mr. Walgreens, you are my hero.
We actually ended up getting two Wiis. Santa brought one, and the in-laws brought another. So, we returned one but kept the extra controllers & game that they also bought. Score!
We are totally loving this thing. It is SO much fun! If you don't have one, I highly recommend it. I'm so not a gamer but I really enjoy the Wii.
The kids also each got new bicycles, so they've enjoyed those also.
We got a laptop from the IL's, which we haven't hooked up yet but I can't wait to play with it! Yay, posting from the sofa!
My favorite (material) gift? An electric blanket from J. I didn't ask for it, but my body temperature has changed drastically with the weight loss, and I get really cold. It was the sweetest gift! I love those surprise gifts he gets for me the most. He always asks for a list, but gets other things too, things he just knows I'll like. I love it!
We had a yummy Christmas dinner of fresh seafood, and then spent the afternoon and evening with our families. We had a birthday cake for Jesus. It was really a wonderful time.
And now we're already planning a vacation for Christmas next year. Sweet!
I hope you all had a lovely holiday!
For the past four years, every Christmas has gotten better and better for me. I haven't enjoyed Christmas this much since I was a child. This year is better than ever. I am so blessed with my husband, children, family, friends, and pets. I know it's really hard this year for so many people, and I am so grateful for everything that we have.
Because we have Enough. We don't have extravagances, we don't have many luxuries. But we have Enough. And to all of my blog friends, this Christmas...I wish you Enough.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."
Here's a snippet:
Two years ago, law school student Meaghan Edelstein was on a hospital bed in Boston ready to embrace death. Diagnosed with cervical cancer, her kidney had ripped open and fluid was seeping into her body. A doctor gave her a 20 percent chance to survive. On Sunday, Edelstein, 30, will pick up her diploma from Nova Southeastern University.
Click the link to read the rest...it's worth it!
Congrats again, Meaghan. I can't wait to share your story with my daughters!
We are blessed.
That's the Princess, Spiderman, and a dog that J's aunt was dogsitting, on a tree at the park.
* Time for a little brag. Those of you who have been reading for a while, know of my weight loss journey I've been on for nearly a year now. And you know that I have lost over 110 lbs. So, I'm entitled to a small brag, right? Good.
My mom got me a new scrub outfit for Christmas. My current scrub size?
Extra small petite. If you know how far I've come, you'll allow this little brag! I think I've earned it. I'm still amazed by the changes.
* That's all the randomness my brain will produce at this moment. I know there's more stuff in there, but it will have to wait for another day. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season, and I can't wait to catch up with everyone....probably next year!
I feel old.
I'm not so much into birth stories or a big long story of her past thirteen years. So I present to you a few of the reasons I'm proud of my daughter (in her favorite colors). I already had this ready for a gift I'm making for Ladybug and the other three kids for Christmas this year.
We're going to have some special time together this afternoon, then my kids will be off to their Dad's until Christmas afternoon.
It is crazy over here at the DysFUNctional House! It's a good kinda crazy, but crazy nevertheless.
The slumber party went very well. I totally expected the other three kids to drive their sister crazy, even though I
The rest of the weekend was busy, followed by a very busy week.
I know the holidays are always busy for everyone, but for me it's compounded by lots of birthdays in my immediate family. Ladybug's actual birthday is this Friday, the 19th. My sister's is the 22nd, and my mother's is Christmas Day. My nephew's is the 31st. And we already had a few earlier in the month. Insanity!
Tomorrow is the little kids' Holiday Party at school. Since I'm the homeroom mom for the Princess's class, I'll be there. Who needs sleep anyway, right? And Walgreen's is no longer selling my cinnamon bun cappucinos. I knew they were seasonal, but the season is not over yet! I think I need to send them a calendar. WTH, Walgreens?! I need my caffeine fix!
I really need to catch up here and on all of your blogs as well. I'm hoping I actually have time to do so before the New Year!
It's Friday again, and I've got some Fragments for ya!
Friday Fragments are courtesy of Half Past Kissin' Time.
One Dog Down
One of our fosters got picked up yesterday, and is on her way to her (hopefully) Forever Home. I say hopefully because I didn't have any communication with the adopter at all, and this is not your ordinary dog. After being with us for several months, she's still extremely timid, and scared of her own shadow. She has issues, and she's not a happy, playful dog. She's a sweet, fearful dog. I have no idea if these potentional adopters know this or anything else about her. When we started fostering for this group, we were told that we would have contact with any potential adopter of our fosters and whether or not we thought it was the right fit. I've gotten none of that this time, and I am not happy. Between that and some other things that have been bugging me, we're not going to foster for them any more. There are several local non-breed-specific rescues and we're in the process of choosing which one to volunteer with.
This is one of the first pics we took of her (on the left, with a former foster we adopted, Suzie). You can tell by her body language how frightened and defensive she is.
We sure will miss our Honey. Suzie will, too.
So, my mom called me yesterday and was as happy and pleasant as could be. It's like a roller coaster ride, sometimes! I'm just going with the flow, for now...
We have another busy weekend coming up; Christmas Parades, church events, and another birthday party for a friend. I probably won't be around the bloggy world, so, I hope you all have a great weekend! See ya Monday.
I am "that girl" who loves a comfy pair of jeans.
I'm not "that girl" who loves to go shoe shopping.
I am "that girl" who loves flip flops.
I'm not "that girl" who spends lots of money on her hair, nails, and makeup.
I am "that girl" who clips coupons and loves a good bargain.
I'm not "that girl" who carries designer purses.
I am "that girl" who buys bags from thrift and consignment shops...and all sorts of other things, too.
I'm not "that girl" who takes things for granted.
I am "that girl" who appreciates what she has.
I'm not "that girl" who always wants more than what she has.
I am "that girl" who is very content with her life.
I'm not "that girl" who has to keep up with the neighbors.
I am "that girl" who will help out a neighbor.
I'm not"that girl" whose house is always neat and clean.
I am "that girl" whose home is warm, happy, and full of love.
I'm not "that girl" who has it all together.
I am "that girl" who, together with her family....has it all.
My mom is mad at me. She tends to stay mad at me about half of the time, maybe even 3/4. It's usually because I don't call often enough, and I don't always answer the phone when she calls, usually because I'M SLEEPING.
Quick recap for my newer readers: I have four kids. Three live here full time, my oldest son lives with his dad and spends 4 days here every other week, at a minimum. Two of these kids are teenagers, which has taught me why many animals eat their young. Another one has ADHD, just been quite literally abandoned by his natural "mother", and can be a handful - who wouldn't be in that situation? Oh, and that job thing! I work at least 40 hours per week. My husband does as well. We have responsibilities. We have lives.
We are busy.
But my mother doesn't get that, and when she calls and I do answer, I'm trapped on the phone for eternities while she asks me about every detail of my life.
So, when I texted her this weekend and she ignored me, I figured she was mad because I hadn't called recently. Then she called me today and was very short with me, and between that and her all-too-familiar tone, I knew she was mad.
I asked my niece if she'd talked to her and knew why she was mad, and she sort of vaguely hinted that it may be due to our plans for Christmas.
Which we don't actually have any yet.
But, we spent all of Thanksgiving with my family. We literally didn't see J's family at all. So obviously, we'll be spending some time with them for Christmas. And, call us crazy, selfish, or whatever, but since the kids are with their Dad this year for Christmas, we'd like to spend some time A.L.O.N.E. Just the two of us. We would still spend time with my parents at some point around the holiday...just not Christmas Day.
But the thing is, every single year, it's drama. First of all, every other Thanksgiving, the kids are with their Dad. You'd think by now, five years after my ex and I split, my parents would've accepted that. But no, every other year, I hear crap about it because my family wants them there. Too bad! This is how divorce works. Every year I hear "Can't they just come for a little while one day? Can't you do this, that, whatever?" And every year the answer is "NO. It's their Dad's year. Period." And still, they complain.
Then, even though we always go to my parents' house for Christmas Eve, as is our tradition, and exchange gifts, they expect us to come back Christmas Day for dinner. I have in-laws, people! We have to split our time. And I would like to do my OWN family thing, and have our own family traditions. Not just going to my parents' or his parents' or whoever's house every single year!
And I won't even get into what generally happens when we do spend time with my parents; the yelling at the kids, the offensive things my dad says......
Please don't misunderstand me, I love my parents. I know there are some of you out there who have lost your parents and would love to be able to call them, or have just one more holiday to spend with them. I truly get that. But there is only one of me, I'm being pulled apart and it happens every single year. I am ready to start the tradition of not going over there at all! I don't understand why it has to be such an issue every year. I'm tired of walking on eggshells wondering if my mother is mad at me this week. I don't get why she expects so much of me, knowing what all I have on my plate!
If you've read this far, thanks for reading my whining. And please send me a ticket to China for this Christmas!
We shopped and bargain hunted on Friday night and Saturday. Then on Saturday afternoon, we watched the Gator SEC Championship game. We won!! WOOHOO It was an amazing game and both teams truly played their hearts out. Now we'll go to the National Championship game in January!
On Saturday night, we went to my work Christmas party. That was a lot of fun, and I highly recommend a drink called Holiday Breeze. 'Nuff said!
Sunday was church, errands, and picking up kids. And we went to a Pet Adopt-a-Thon, where J fell in love with a St Bernard!
We also got our Christmas tree, only to come home and discover that our tree stand is missing! So I'm going to pick one up today. Tonight we'll decorate the tree and do fun holiday stuff.
We had a photo shoot at our house last night. I thought I was going to lose.my.mind! The kids acted crazy and complained about their itchy sweaters. I was all, whatever! Deal with it! AND SMILE!! It was great.
Really, we had fun but I was really hoping to get some good shots. In the end, I think we did!
Then I read Mama Kat's post and was so happy! Finally, I get to participate in Mama Kat's writing assignment, because she has the perfect prompt for me.
It was prompt number two, to be exact.
"2.) Are you still friends with your high school friends? Describe them."
I'm actually still friends with several of my high school friends. They're on my myspace and we keep in touch.
But the one I'm talking about today is my bestest friend in the whole world, Danielle.
When she married the third (and final!!) time, she had a church wedding, and I was a bridesmaid. Her husband is a great guy, and in 2000, they had a little boy together. For the first time, she was pregnant...and I wasn't! But she took care of that. Within days of giving her giving birth to her youngest son, I found out I was pregnant with my Princess. I swear she jinxed me! But I'm so glad she did. So, our youngest kids are less than a year apart in age. And we're currently arranging their marriage.
She's always had the knack for calling me at just the right time. The first time I had to drop my kids off for visitation and they were meeting their father's girlfriend (now wife) for the first time, I had just driven down the road when the phone rang.
Our boys when they were around 3 or 4. They're both 15 now.
Sunday morning, I got up and made cupcakes for church. It was Family Day, and the plan was for old-fashioned games like sack races and 3-legged races. But, it rained all day. So instead, after a nice lunch, we had music in the sanctuary.
After church, we went to a craft show. I didn't spend much, but I did get some Christmas-scented tarts that are burning right now and my house smells like Christmas in heaven!
Then we took the little ones to see Santa Claus.
And while we were out, I got a cinnamon bun cappucino. Mmmm.
Then this evening, we went to church to help out with the Hanging of the Greens, which is decorating the church for Christmas. The kids had a great time. Afterwards, we had hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and snacks. T-bone is madly in like with a girl from church, and tonight we got a chance to hang out with her and her parents. She is a great girl, and her parents are awesome.
Then, we came home to a great dinner, if I do say so myself! Now, everyone else is snug in their beds, while Mama is blogging. So peaceful!
I even got my camera to work for me today! Here's a fun picture I snapped.
Last night, Ladybug, my niece, and I went to see Twilight. I refused to read any blog reviews of the movie, because I didn't want any preconceived ideas about it.
I really liked it, we all did. I'm not insanely wild about the actress who played Bella; I think she looks the part but her acting wasn't fantastic. There were SO many things from the book that I wish they could've put in the movie, but I expected that, that's what happens with nearly all books that are made into movies.
But I really did enjoy watching the book 'come to life'.
And Edward....he was yummy. I fell in love with him all over again. And Jacob is simply beautiful! I so hope that they make the other three books into movies also.
The girls and I grabbed dinner at Subway, made a Walmart run, and then came home, where the boys had been eating, watching TV, and farting all night. Good times!
Well, now....there's a DysFUNctional version. And naturally, it totally belongs on MY blog.
* I am thankful for Spiderman's mother - because she gave birth to him, and he is now doing so well in our home.
* I am thankful that my kids yelled and argued and ate up tons of food today - because they are at home, healthy, and happy.
* I am thankful that my parents drive me totally insane - because my mom is 65 and my dad is 72, but they are healthy and we get to spend Thanksgiving with them.
* I am thankful for our stressful jobs - because they provide for our family.
* I am thankful for my scatter-brained, sometimes thoughtless MIL - because she gave birth to my wonderful husband and obviously did a wonderful job raising him to be a kind, sensitive, generous, caring man.
* I am thankful for fur all over my black clothes - because it comes from my beloved doggies and kitty.
* I am thankful that I will get very little sleep tomorrow and will probably be exhausted - because I will be cooking for, and then visiting with, my family.
* I am thankful for bills to pay and messes to clean - because we have a comfortable home full of love.
* I am thankful for our several-years-old, uncool automobiles - because they are paid for and, most of the time, get us where we need to go.
Several times in my life, I have had things happen that appeared to be bad things at that time. But later, they turned out to be the biggest blessings ever, more than I could have ever imagined. They brought me to where I am today, and I am incredibly thankful.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Today's the day for IYGAKAC! But guess what...I didn't have time for it, and I'm guessing not many of you did either.
I'm going to do IYGAKAC less frequently. If your kid takes pics and you post them, let me know, and then we'll do a big post. Weekly is just too often!
But if you participated, please sign Mr Linky and leave me a comment.
So far, I know that BoufMom from Who Says 8 is Enough? played this week.
I have a few things that I've been tagged for, so I'm going to take care of them now!
Irregular Tammie tagged me for this Weird Things Meme.
1. link to the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
2. share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself.
3. tag 7 people at the end of your post, and include links to their blogs.
4. let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. (weird) One of my little OCD things is symmetry and order. I recently got a cute little glittery mini Christmas tree decoration and then a glittery "Hope" decoration to go with it. But when I arranged them, I realized I needed another mini tree to go on the other side of the "Hope" deco. I couldn't stand it until I went and bought another tree!
2. (weird) I love almost all types of music from country to hard rock. I don't like jazz, but I listen to it every morning because my favorite radio show, Bob & Sheri, is only broadcast locally on a jazz station.
3. (random) I have lost 110 pounds in exactly 9 months. If you haven't already heard my story, read here.
4. (random) I have the best husband in the world. He had the day off today, and he let me sleep all day, then made me 'lunch' when I woke up, and stopped at Walgreens for my Cinnamon Bun
5. (random) My favorite aunt & her husband aren't coming to visit for Thanksgiving because he is very sick with the flu. I am so bummed! It won't be the same without them.
6. (weird and random) One of my dogs killed a squirrel the other day! She always chases them but somehow she actually managed to catch one this time. Then she got mad at all of the other dogs because they wanted to play with her 'prize'. J had to throw it over the fence. Ew!
7. (random) Yesterday, Spiderman, the Princess and I were at the grocery store. Out of the blue, Spiderman very seriously informed me that if anyone at school wants to mess with the Princess, they'll have to get through him first, because he's not going to let anyone hurt his sister! (all together now.....awwww!)
I tag...yikes, seven people? OK, I'll do it. But, only participate if you want, don't feel obligated!
Aubrey, John Deere Mom, Hot Tub Lizzy, Meaghan, Jojo, Becky, and Jennifer.
Aaaand last but not least:
This is the Favorite Things with a Twist Meme. You have to list 10 of your Favorite Things. The twist is that they all have to start with a letter, which is assigned to you. Aubrey gave me the letter "N". N?? Seriously? Yikes! Here I go.
1. Nice people.
3. Nudity. ha!! Just had to throw that one in.
5. Nestle Chocolate
8. Nuts (get your mind out of the gutter)
9. New England Clam Chowder
If you want to play, let me know, and I'll hook you up with a letter.
Here are some things I'm into right now:
- Cinnamon Bun coffee from Walgreens. That's right, Walgreens. The newer ones have cappucino machines. O.M.G., that cinnamon bun stuff is addictive. I had my first one on Friday and have been back about 5 times for more. Seriously.
- Thrift store shopping. J and I are becoming quite the bargain hunters. We got some amazing deals this weekend, and found some unique things that we'd have never found anywhere else. Score!
- Coupon clipping. I am the coupon queen! Well, not really, but I'm working on it. I also check sale ads and write a list of what I need from each store. I will shop at several different stores to get everything I need at the best price. J always goes with me, and we make it fun.
- Walking. We walk everywhere that we possibly can. In our new neighborhood, we are walking distance from our library, dentist, post office, bank, grocery store, dollar store, many restaurants & shops, etc. Unless it's dark or freezing, we're walking! It saves money, helps the environment, and we all get exercise. Win/win/win!
- Decorating our new home. Now that I have space to decorate, I'm having a lot of fun with it. And that also ties in with thrift store shopping!
- The Christmas spirit, and this is suprising to me. If I even get into the spirit at all, it's usually not until right before Christmas. I guess it's the overcommercialization, but for many years, I've had a hard time getting into the spirit, even though once Christmas comes, I enjoy it. But I've already done a lot of shopping and even a teeny bit of decorating this year! Crazy!
I have made some wonderful friends in the blog world. So much so, that I had to create an award to recognize some of my special friends!
A Bun's Life - for being a longtime blog friend.
Kel @ Cafe Kel - for being a loyal commenter.
Chel @ Chasing Contentment - for being a sweet, loyal friend.
OHMommy @ Classy Chaos - for taking time to visit me with her kind words.
Jen @ Don't Forget to Flush - for being a super friend & a better participant in IYGAKAC than I am!
Aubrey @ Fam Five - for being a new and faithful friend.
Krissy @ Firecracker Mom! - for being here almost since the very beginning!
Jennifer @ The Fun House - for being a great new friend and giving me my Pickle fix!
Meaghan @ I Kicked Cancer's Ass - for being a wonderful new friend whom I admire and respect.
Tammie @ Irregular Tammie - for being a faithful commenter, and a rare local friend.
Stacey @ Is There Any Mommy Out There - for being a regular visitor and an amazing mom.
Kim @ Jogging In Circles - for being another one of the friends who goes way back and still takes time to visit me.
Momisodes @ Momisodes - for being a faithful reader & great friend.
Mozi's Mom @ Mozi Esme - for taking time to leave sweet and thoughtful comments.
Debbie @ My Noggin Bloggins - for being a very encouraging friend and fellow WLS-er!
Becky @ My Crazy Beautiful Life - for being a truly faithful new friend & commenter, and someone who can commiserate with me about our teens! ;o)
Cyndy @ Quintessential Procrastinator - for being a 'go way back' friend, and we also share a name!
Alison @ RDH Mom - for being a longtime friend who I can count on.
Kathryn @ Seeking Sanity - for being a sweet friend and faithful commenter.
Beany @ sogratefultobemormon - for being a wonderfully encouraging friend. Beany, wherever you are, I miss you.
I truly, dearly love and appreciate all of you! Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to read my posts. Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for being a Loyal Friend.
If I left you out, please don't be offended. I'll be passing it out to a new round of friends in the near future!
Please feel free to share this award with your most Loyal Friends. ♥
I'm going to take care of myself, and I'm going to rest.
Pick a day, any day. There doesn't have to be a reason. Give yourself the day off of dusting and scrubbing toilets. Sit down and play with your kids. Read a book. Watch what you want on TV. Call a friend. Blog. Twitter. Make something easy for supper, or order pizza.
The hydrangea in my back yard...
These next two are butterfly-attracting plants that we got at the Butterfly Rainforest.
Later, I asked him if he'd take me to visit the baby's grave.
So one weekend, we visited the grave. A tiny spot in the children's section of the cemetery. A pretty little marker in a pretty little spot, but such a sad thing to see.
From then on, we made regular trips to visit the grave. We glued little Hot Wheels cars & trucks to the marker. We brought bouquets & balloons. At Christmas, we always bring him a tiny tree.
And then in 2006, we started doing the Gator Walk. After we walk, we always visit the grave, and bring gifts. This year, we took a bouquet and a balloon, and also new Hot Wheels to glue on the marker. This was Spiderman's first time ever visiting his big brother's grave. He glued the Hot Wheels on himself. Then we all held hands and said a little prayer for Baby JW.
What we do for the March for Babies is not much in the grand scheme of things, but it's our little way of doing something positive in his memory. And it's our hope that one day, parents won't have to endure the pain that my husband & his family went through.
And when J hugs me and thanks me for all that I do for the baby....that makes it so worth it all.
only the big kids walk with us, it's a 5k and I think the little ones would get worn out.
Unfortunately, my camera took a crap on me before the walk even started. So I have no pictures of the fun stuff, or of the grave, I normally take pics every year. Let's hope Santa brings Mama a new camera! But here's a picture from last year.
What were these people thinking?? LOL Have a GREAT weekend!
These pictures were taken at a pond outside of the Butterfly Rainforest, but on a different day than the butterfly pics were taken.
I love lotus flowers (water lillies), I even have one tattooed on my upper back. They are very meaningful to me. So, I really like these pictures.
And now it's time for my version of Mrs. 4444's Friday Fragments.
* I am so ridiculously pleased to have my blog back in working order. It was like someone came to my house and made a mess and rearranged everything, and now it's all back in place and better than ever!
* a lot of you have been asking me about Beany. You can get updates here. Unfortunately though, there's no real news.
* I dyed my hair red! And while I had my wet, goopy hair stuck on top of my head, one of my foster dogs escaped. I was wearing a huge shirt and some huge shorts, and I had to run around the front yard like that. She was running in circles and doing whatever she could to dodge me. Finally, for some bizarre reason, she stopped in some sticker bushes, and I caught her. I'm sure the neighbors were entertained.