Friday, August 29, 2008
Ernie has finally decided to give Gracie a chance. Before today if Gracie moved anywhere in the vicinity of Ernie, Ernie would jump up onto the nearest piece of furniture. Today she decided to go with the flow and play with her.They spent a good bit of time tonight playing like this. It was nice to see that she finally realized she had a playmate and not an enemy. Ernie will also spend a good lot of time chasing a red laser light around the room. Zeus does not find this at all fun. He's determined how it all works and thinks he is better than our amusement.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Every night, I tend to do the same things. I let the dogs out one last time before I put them to bed. I walk through checking locks and turning off lights. I have the kids lunches started if they are taking them the next morning. Then after I've brushed my teeth and changed my clothes I climb into bed and turn on my alarm. Now when I turn on my alarm, I have to press the button to make sure the time is set correctly. Not long after I've laid down, I doubt whether or not I set the alarm and have to look at the clock one last time for the red dot that shows it's set for morning. I will even check it even if I'm absoutely certain that I set it, because I took the time to remember setting it. Unfortunately just wondering about it has put doubt into my mind that maybe I didn't so I must check and make sure. I cannot sleep until I have looked at least once for that little red dot. If I'm lucky, one time will be the limit. I hope.
Monday, August 25, 2008
My kids are all music freaks. We love to have radios going a good part of the time. Belle even got a karaoke machine for Christmas a couple of years ago. She decided it was time to break it out and use it today as a cd player and her music of choice?
Conventional Christmas tunes. And she didn't just play them. She blared them.
Now I love Christmas and traditional Christmas music. I love to play it and sing it. But not four months to the day before Christmas. I'm going to have to break out something else to get the running tracks out of my mind.
On a side note - Got your shopping lists started yet? I don't.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The real fun came yesterday afternoon though. After driving out to the middle school to get Belle, we were driving around a bypass to skip going through town. After reaching the halfway point of the bypass, the line of cars I was in were met with drivers going the other direction flashing their lights at us. So I assume there is an accident ahead or a cop looking to help boost his quota for the month. My assumptions could not have been more wrong. It turned out that a truck was driving a little ways ahead of us had lost his load. Manure. All in the street. Not only was it thick in the street but there was quite a bit on the shoulder as well. So the cars did the only logical thing they could do and drove through the least amount of it on the shoulder. I had to come home and rinse my van down. The van that Hubby just washed this weekend. I don't think he was impressed with the story.
The kids are also doing very well at their new school year. The seem to like their teachers, are enjoying the classes and are having fun. Unfortunately if Bryce forgets to bring his homework home one more time, Hubby is threatening to tattoo the word HOMEWORK to his forehead so he will remember it. We'll see what happens there. Brady is the only one of the kids who is currently not involved in extra-curricular activities. Bryce will be playing basketball this fall, Belle is on the original sign up list, I may remove her because she's already involved in two activities, and Brady is determined not to play basketball. He wants to play soccer and I will probably sign him up for that in the spring. He's already informed us that he wants to play in the strings next year as well. I'm also struggling with the fact that in less than a month, my baby will be 8 years old. He's already come up with a list of things that he thinks he needs for his birthday.
Also, the puppies owners have claimed the two brown puppies, now known as Buzz and Mitzi. So Baby Girl is the only puppy I have left at this point. In traditional puppy form, she is a whiner. Tuesday morning, I was awakened at 4am by this loud, treacherous howl-whine. She was having a hissy fit that woke not only me, but both of the boys. This morning she allowed me to sleep in. It was 5:30. Not only am I awakened from a very sound, satisfying sleep, but I am unable to go back to sleep afterwards. That leaves me confused about what it is I'm doing. That brings me back to this incoherent post.
Oh and Ernie? Doing very well in her new surroundings. She lets the dogs know when they are too close, now plays with Zeus and is doing very well with her litter box. She seems to be constantly playing and is quick to purr when she gets attention. She has also staked claim to a small stuffed dog of Belle's as her new toy. It is just the right size for her to carry around in her teeth, kick it with her hind legs and throw. She loves to walk across my keyboard, too. Usually at times that are not the best. My only complaint? Why is it that the adult pets (Sophie and Zeus) feel the need to eat the puppy/kitten food instead of their own and the puppy and kitten feel like they need the adult food? That is driving me completely crazy!
She looks impressed, doesn't she?
Friday, August 15, 2008
An article ran this morning informed us Potter-addicts that our wait for a much anticipated movie has been extended. That's right. The release date has been delayed until July of next year.
I almost cried.
So that movie makers and such can make a few extra bucks by running it on a big opening summer weekend, the movie we have been waiting two years for has been pushed back another. eight. months. If I didn't want to see it so badly, I might consider boycotting it just because of principal. We were promised November and they should be punished for their greed! But you've got to feed those addictions and I am weak. I won't be there opening weekend probably but I will be there. Eventually.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
So now I am now in the market for a new cell phone. Turns out that I am due for an upgrade (a long overdue upgrade - another story for another day). I have considered a Razr v3xx (I prefer purple but Hubby found a red one, too), a Blackberry, and a Sony Ericson Z750a in purple. My phone has since dried out and is currently working, but I have hated it since I took it from Hubby when he got his new phone and will use any excuse to upgrade. And so I shall. Eventually. Soon.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Now Bert is still at home with her Mom. Bert is an outside cat who I want to bring inside (so that she don't try to find her way back home). When she was brought inside, Bert pitched a pretty good fit. As of this morning, she was hiding from my friend but had been spotted by friends hubby. She's going to keep working on Bert and maybe I'll have her soon.
I told Hubby now that I blogged about wanting a Bert and Ernie and it's in the making. Next I want a child on 09/09/09 at 9:09 that weighs 9lbs and 9ozs. Think I can be lucky enough to get that too?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I love watching the Manning brothers in commercials together! It has now become one of my latest favorites.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday I was productive. I washed clothes. I shampooed Belle's carpet. I skipped the nap. Production. Thursday I was equally productive. I spent time at my neighbors house and caught up on my C.S.I. dvd's that I received in the mail. Then came today. I had to grocery shop today (something I'm starting to hate doing). Did you know that cat food is supposed to cost $1 a pound? Me either. I learned that today. I came home, put away my groceries, washed a couple of loads of laundry and watched more C.S.I. I have been through the kids Friday folders, helped them fix sub sandwiches for supper and sent them outside to play just as the weather cooled off nicely. In the middle of all that, I decided to get antsy and motivated. I shampooed my couch.
I really should've taken before and after pictures of all the shampooing that I have been doing as of late because the after pictures would've been amazing. Truth be told, the before pictures would be very embarrassing. Embarrassing because I have let my carpet get to the point that I honestly don't want people visiting. I can't tell you how many times that I have told Hubby I just want to rip all of it out so that I can put down hard wood floors in my living room and I don't have to look at it any longer. I am willing to settle living with sub-flooring until I put down the hardwood if it means I don't have to look at the carpet. It's a carpet that I absolutely hated when we first moved in but one that I could deal with if it meant that I had a house of my own. I guess I was spoiled when the previous two rental properties we had each had new carpet when we moved in. I'm sure that has absolutely nothing to do with it. I also found that my couch is a color that is much lighter than what I started out with. I guess I hadn't realized how much stuff three kids can spill on a couch.
I really wouldn't mind it at this point if the gentleman that stopped by my house last fall (and woke me up from a nap mind you) to demonstrate a Kirby vacuum came back by. The same man who stopped by the house just a couple of weeks ago wanting to sell me the exact same vacuum. One that usually costs like $1500. The same one that when used on my carpet I found two small circles about the size of a softball in the original two tone color that it is. I want to demonstrate that the Hoover that I borrowed from my parents has actually found the two different colors in the kids bedrooms (not in the living room because I haven't shampooed it yet.) It didn't find two small spots in the rooms, but most of the carpet in those rooms look like it should look.
Moving on. I hope by Monday evening to have the rest of the carpet shampooed along with my love seat. That's my goal. We'll see. I am currently waiting, at 11:45pm, for Hubby to make it back to his local terminal so that I can drag three kids out of bed to go and pick him up. Then I can bring them home and put them back to bed so I can drag myself to bed. I am so ready for bed.
Monday, August 4, 2008
I finally got pictures taken of my flowers so that I can show the big blooms on my violet and my nicely blooming crepe myrtle. Shows that my thumb is not completely black. I was so excited to see my pink blooms since my neighbors bush bloomed over a month ago and has already started putting out a second round of buds. I just wanted mine to bloom once!
Not only can I grow flowers but I can grow puppies too! I got the pictures taken now that they've gotten bigger, have their eyes open and can walk and run. They're 4 1/2 weeks in these pictures and had just had a bath.The black one is the only one we have not gotten a home for yet and if it was up to Brady, we'd be keeping her. He positively loves her. She has wrapped herself around each person in this house, including and especially Hubby. She doesn't have a name yet but the kids are determined to call her Cutie Pie. The brown puppy on the top row is the little girl that is going to my neighbors sister. She hasn't been named yet either but I refer to her as baby girl. She has got to be my favorite. I just love to hold her! The other brown puppy is going to my neighbor's mother who has decided to name him Buzz. I just refer to him as Chunky Butt since he is by far the biggest of all the puppies. I hate to have to give them up but I can't handle anymore pets right now.
In the middle of trying to keep the kids occupied, I finished putting their school supplies together, tried to keep the house picked up and decided that I had to shampoo the carpets. So I called Mom and robbed her of her carpet shampooer. I've almost finished the boys room (waiting on Hubby to come home and move their bed) and have about half of Belle's room finished. While doing all of this, I decided I needed "last day of summer vacation" pictures.Our neighbor was helping Belle move stuff off of her floor and onto her bed so I could work on her floor. Bryce was busy making sure that he was getting in some good drawing time and Brady was playing with his new slinky. I didn't realize until after I had downloaded them that Belle had been taking pictures with my camera yesterday and must have touched the lens because they all had blurs on them. That has now been fixed. And then there was final picture this morning before I drove them to school.They look ready to impress their new teachers, don't they?