Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Just another day in paradise... HAHA

Just thought I would stop to say "what the heck?!" I mean I understand like the rest of the WORLD that the economy is not so great but let me tell you when it comes to cutting things to adjust budgets whether at home or at work, why is it "touch or cut your stuff but don't touch mine?"

REALLY!!! It is getting to be too much for me to handle, I mean there are tons of things that I can tell you or suggest on cutting both at home and work, but do I dare say anything?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Well at home that is not an issue since we work together to make sure the budget is kept, but work is another thing. I know, I know I should not complain, I have a job and a good one that pays well, but it can be a pain in the BUTT when others don't see what would make sense to cut.

Oh well I guess that is why I am middle managment..... That is why it is another day in paradise. On top of that they are calling for MORE snow and cold weather, it is April 1st for God sake!!!! (or close enough)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Dancing Princesses

Dancing Princesses from Carrie Calaway on Vimeo.

Our dancing princesses enjoying fun and life....

only have been working on this for the past 3 days, but finally proof that ABBA is still alive in the hearts of young girls! Enjoy

Domestic Diva returns

So I thought I would try to be "super mom" again, this time by making muffins and cupcakes. Well let me tell you, this time was not much better than the first time. The muffins worked well, but I guess I am not meant to make frosting!

I did not have cupcake liners so the cupcakes were made with out them, first sign that I should have not attempted the cupcakes. That being said the girls continuous chorus of "I want cupcakes, PLEEEEEEEEAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE" so how could I say no?! Well I should have!

So once they were done baking and cooling it was time for home made frosting, no I could not take the easy way out and buy white frosting and add food coloring to it! I had to take the path less traveled and make it from scratch.... The picture on the cover of the magazine made it look easy enough right?! NOTTTTTTT!!!!! Oh well, so after trying to make frosting in both pink and purple, we attempted to pipe it onto cupcakes that did not rise and were crunchy on the out side. Good thing that my girls love sweets and will eat anything! There are only 4 left.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

So I think I shall write

So as I sit at the table with complete silence (with the exception of the clock ticking) I feel like I should write a post, but what to write about? Something funny? Something inspirational? Something totally outer limits? Not sure but I think I shall write.

So here is what is on my mind.... It is supposed to SNOW, yes I said snow AGAIN. Are we ever going to see a Spring in WI? I am not sure what the best part of winter might be but I believe it has outlived its welcome... GET OUT!!!!

I am not too excited about all the spring cleaning that is due to come my way but it has to be better than the gloom of the winter that we have had. "Spring has Sprung" not in WI, that is foooo shuooo.

Did you ever wonder why people do the things they do? I mean why would you cut a tree down in March while it is snowing? Then let you maybe 12 year old son play with burning the branches? I mean it is snowing and you are cutting a tree down!??? (the neighbor behind us, not too bright)

Ok so enough on that! I guess it is the lack of sleep and the over abundance of little girl giggles that occur ed today. Nic had a friend over, there were plenty of giggles but along with that came the tears, the "why does she not want to play with me?" and lack of naps. We also "camped" in the living room last night (great nights sleep on the mattress on the floor) so the girls were already tired (thus the quite in the house right now, they are "napping").

We had a fun time, they played and laughed, Grandma spoiled them with McD's for lunch and toys, candy and extra hugs. It made their day as well as hers.

The best part of the day was about an hour ago, after dropping off the friend and running to the store for art supplies for the girls I came home to the smell of MR. CLEAN! Yes the hubby took the slight comment made this morning (fully in jest) to heart and cleaned the top of the fridge and microwave AND did one of the worst jobs in the house, he cleaned the inside of the micro! YES a job that I put off to only 3 times, because I HATE it!!!! I mean I really, really, really, really, really, really hate it! Don't ask me what explodes in there to make it so, could be that it is a convection oven so all the yuck is backed on but there he was with the Mr Clean and a rag scrubbing it. I did have to finish the top of it since his poor hand was cramping but it was nice to have him take care of it.

Next I want him to clean the floors! Guess I may need to make a comment about that too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Long weekends and sleeping in....

There has to be something said about long weekends and being able to sleep in. Yes I have to admit that today I was still in my jammies until 11am. Well not really, since I was up at 5:30 to go give plasma but was back in bed at 7 and did not get up until hubby opened the door at 11.

Could not believe the eyes when I looked at the clock and saw it was 11. The kids did not knock on the door asking for breakfast for the 3rd time, nor did the hub open the curtains to let the lovely sun into the room. I have to admit in the 5 years that we have had kids I can count on one hand the amount of times that I did sleep that long and did not feel guilty about it. The feeling guilty about it comment is the key point.

I can admit that there was one day that I worshiped sleep, it was the driving force behind what I did! But then the kids came and then sleep went to bed!

I love the fact that the hubby knew exactly what I needed! Thanks

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Life's Purges

There are times in life where purges happen, whether accidental or on purpose but they happen. You look at your life and decide that there is either something missing or something not right, you take a step back and see it from another view point.

Times change and so do people, you realize that you are not just one of the crowd but rather one that has formed it, no matter if you thought you were insignificant.
Chapters close and new ones open, friendships end and new ones form. You look at who you are and realize the the people who you thought were your friends really were only acquaintances. And those that you thought were only acquaintances are your friends. The subjects that once formed the conversations are gone and there is little to talk about. You see those that once seemed so important fall into the shadows, and those that were in the shadows emerge to see that all the time they were the backbone or the cornerstone.

Purging of your life is like purging the closet of clothes that are out of style. You see that the "clothes" that fit so fine for so long no longer seem to hold their shape, they sag where they should be form fitted and droop where they should be firm. It is when this is realized that you find yourself really looking at what you want both out of life and out of friendships.

The casual friend is fine to call when you have nothing better to do, but the ones that you know you can call when life sucks are the ones that you truly cherish. The friend that you call maybe once a week or if life is crazy you call once a month, but know that they will not be judgemental when you call is the one that you know you will have when you are 90 and sitting with no teeth and having to yell to talk. These are the ones that you do not purge but merge with the memories of life and how great it is to have someone (or more than one) in your life. They are the ones that you have so many personal jokes that you can talk for 15 minutes without anyone around knowing what you are talking about. Where the simple mention of hairy boobies would make you laugh or where is the Fonz, makes you think of great times.

Purging of your life is necessary to keep your sanity, to keep yourself true to who you are. It is what makes you who you are. It allows you to see that there are greater purposes to what you do and how you touch those around you. When you step aside and let those around you lead you, you are unable to stop the flow of the stream, you get caught up in all the commotion that you lose yourself. Stop and purge, when you do this you will see that who you are is not always who you thought it would be.....

Monday, March 9, 2009

A case of the Mondays

I really think I am having a case of the Mondays. Not only did I wake up to 5 inches of snow at the end of the driveway (thank God for the neighbor with the snow blower otherwise I think I may still be shoveling), but Nic had a fever of 100 this morning. After checking the work schedule and seeing that there was no way I could keep her home, we decided to send her to school, because it SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much easier to leave work to get a sick kid than it is to call in when there is no one there to take your place in meetings or finish your work (which was conveniently left at work for the weekend). School is out in 20 minutes and no phone call, another disaster diverted. Guess i will need to get her some special treat for toughing it out! I swear I am going to hell!

Work was no better, and I think I should have stayed home! Issues, issues, issues. Mostly not so bright people who do not know how to read. I mean if you buy something PLEASE be sure that you understand what comes with it instead of complaining that you did not get what you thought you were getting! Read first then purchase!

Then there are those who feel they have all the answers to everything and do not listen when you get the chance to talk. I am in a fighting mode today, so the hubby better watch out!

So a case of the Mondays have I!

How many hoops do people really expect you to jump through? Are you kidding me? Does it end? Really!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Winter Blues........................

Ok, I don't care who you are or where you live but this winter must be longest EVER!!!!

I know that there must be a silver lining to this grey cloud but I doubt it greatly!

It is snowing again in Green Bay, I say again because yesterday it was 45 degrees outside today it is 20 and snowing and blowing and not fun. I want 80 and sunny!

Today we took the girls to the pool today for some summer fun, I thought it would be nice to have some fun time, but then we had to get out and it was snowing.

Will it ever end? I mean come on! Enough already!

I think it is God's way of saying, "you chose to live in WI so you need to have more snow." I don't want more snow, I am tired of shoveling!

Hey Mother Nature, take a break, make some sunshine not snow, it takes less energy!



One thing I love to do is sit down and think about memories. Whether that be memories with the kids, with the hubby or with my family. I think that our memories are the best medicine for anything that may be bugging you, haunting you or just making you feel like you belong.

Memories have been known to make you laugh out loud in a crowded room, cry out of the blue or make you wonder where you belong in life. They are so strong, they can make or break your whole day.

Memories.... I love to sit down and think about times when the girls were little. Then I look at them know and see them laugh and run and think that they are creating their own memories, ones that I know they will cherish forever. Memories that they already talk about, from going to the Y or the elephant. I look at their smiling faces and know that they cherish them already.

Memories of mine that I cherish most are those with my dad, sitting on his lap while he read books to me, rubbing his "soft" shoulders on hot summer days, sitting on the floor reading the paper while he sat in "his" chair just 5 days before he passed away. That memory haunts me most, several times (including this time) I wish instead of reading the paper I had asked him all the questions that I had not in the past. Wishing he was still here so I could relive that moment. Taking back all the times that I did not talk with him when I called to talk with Mom. I know that he loved me and there are plenty great memories that I focus on when I want to cry.

Other memories that I love to think about are those that I have with the hubby. We have been together for over a decade and everyday is a new adventure. From walks on the beach on our honeymoon to the first moment when we found out we were having a baby. We have had our ups and our downs, we have beat video games together and built a home, but the most cherished are the ones that come every day. We have seen each other cry and laugh, be so made that our faces turn red, to being so happy that we have done the happy dance (which just happened when we paid off the car).

I love memories even if they make me cry, because it was has made me who I am and who I will be in the future. They are what will make the girls laugh and cry, they are what will keep me young when I am old!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hubby the Wise- Hubby the Great

Sometimes the words that comes out of my hubsters mouth amazes me. When he is philosophical he is really good, and really makes you stop and think about where you are going and where you have been!

He truly holds the family in highest of pedestals. He has often told others that no matter what you do in life money can not stand in the way of being there when your kids are going to bed or when they have a school function. Taking them trick or treating or just being home when Mommy is having a melt down....

What are some of the things that your significant other has done for you to make you step back and think I am sure happy that I have them?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hubby Drama & My Rants

I truly believe that men have commas. Not periods but commas. And I believe that it is my hubby's time of the month. He has been up and down all week, not to mention that he does not feel well so that adds to the drama.

Let me tell you, when he is one of these moods you do not know who you are going to bed with at night. He works in the financial industry so he is super nervous, but not really nervous more anxious about our financial future. He wants to make sure that there is x amount of $ in the bank "just in case"....
That can be a treat considering life still needs to go on, there are groceries to get and bills to pay. "Pay yourself first" Yeah right when there are several others sitting you right in the face. Oh well we all have those issues, right?

The other day he had a great idea that we are going to pay off 2 of our largest 3 bills by the end of the year. Great I thought but how are we going to do that with having to put on a new roof this summer and still be able to put food on the table. Well we should be able to pay them off but live tight for a while.
I have a problem telling him what I think when it comes to how we spend our money. When it is his idea it is the greatest, but if I think of something he kind of hims and has about it then usually does not go any where.
Last night is a good example, he did not eat lunch so we decided that we would use our "precious" Red Lobster gift certificates that we got from Christmas (yes I too am amazed that they are still not used) for dinner. Well we did not leave the house until almost 6 since he had to play some video game and when we got there the wait was 2 hours long. Well he did not want to wait 2 hours so he said to go to Olive Garden, another 2 hour wait there. No kidding I swear that every person in the surrounding area thought it was a great idea to go out to dinner last night. We finally landed at Hu Hot, a 30 minute wait was fine (mind you we wasted 30 minutes driving around town). Well our "precious" were not good there so we had to pay for dinner. Well I could have made dinner for less! But since it was his idea it was a great idea. I must confess if he said lets just go home after OG then I would have been pissy since I really did not want to make dinner, furthermore I was not really hungry!

Long rant short, I guess I am confused by men! Or at least my man!

Now the up of the week was that he got a raise, I am reluctant to say this since most people out there are either getting laid off or they are having pay freezes, but I am really proud of his hard work. Speaking of work, he had issues all week with the people he works with. They are mostly women and I don't think his years at CC have prepared him for the "BI-ness" of women! Oh well welcome to the crowd!