Saturday, September 5, 2009

Caleb and Colton Shots

I went to take Caleb and Colton to get their shots today. They both passed out because they stressed themselves out so much over the shots. They will have to go back Tuesday to try again.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Mt Rushmore picture


Kids and I at Mt Rushmore Caleb picking on Courtney

Kids school

I got the records transferred after a few phone calls. Like 4 days of phone calls. So we have to get a shot for the boys on Tuesday before they start school. UGGG. They will not like that

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Harm's Birthday

Today was Harm's birthday. I didn't get to get him his pony or pinata. That is all he asked for. But we did go out for ice cream. I will make him a cake and celebrate his birthday after we get into the house. :)
We swam and hung out in the hot tub.
We got the kids school supplies most of them.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Our New House

We have not gotten to go in the new house. Maintenance is still working in it. It is a 4 bedroom house. The floor plan looks like it has a nice sized kitchen, laundry room, dinning room, family room and living room. I will have space for my office in there.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Registered for school

I registered the boys for school today. WHOOO! They are not looking forward to it. :) I will go Monday to register Courtney. Caleb and Colton have a new student orientation on Monday night.

Stuck in Hotels

We are in a hotel for now. Our house will not be ready till Sept 9. So we will be camping out in a hotel forever.

Crazy Horse was the boys favorite spot to visit.

We had some trouble with a tire on the trailer for the boat so we did not get to go to Devils Rock but we plan on doing that when we come back to Iowa.

The kids are sick of staying in hotels and eating out. I don't think I have ever heard that. I will write more later when I have time to get to the computer again.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

We are still on the Road

We are still driving to WA. We stopped at Mount Rushmore yesterday. Kids enjoyed it but like Crazy Horse even more.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Moving.....

Well the movers will be here the 17th.....WA here we come. It should be fun and interesting. I am looking forward to living with my husband. :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sunday's Party


We were very happy to see every one on Sunday that came to the park. It was great to see every one. The kids had fun playing in the water while the adults got to talk.


My graduation Saturday was fun.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Vacation

Well we are still at the lake. Love the time we have spent here. Do we have to go home on Monday? Can we just stay for the rest of the summer?

Lake Okaboji is one of only 3 clear lakes. Love that you can see your feet in the water. It is cold but fun. The kids have been tubing a lot. They seem to like it. Caleb is not real fond of the water but goes anyways. We spend lots of time at the pool. We have been using lots of sun screen. I have burned in a few spots that I have missed.

Yesterday we spent the day at Arnold's Park. The world's oldest roller coaster. It was fun. The kids loved it.

Pictures of the vacation
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=105043&id=703831185&l=d9535640a3

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

We are at Lake Okiboji

We made it here last night. It is has been a great day. It rained this am but cleared up the kids went to the pool.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hours

It is hours till Harmand gets home. YEA!

Courtney is feeling better today. She said her tooth hurt a little. But she went to school.

I got some groceries and I am headed to the boys awards ceremony.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Courtney

Courtney was feeling really bad for a while I called the dentist. She was crying because her mouth hurts so bad. He said to rotate ibuprofen and Tylenol. I had already given her the Tylenol about 2 hrs before so I gave her the ibuprofen. We went to Drug town and got some fudge bars and the ibuprofen. I think the fudge bars helped more than the ibuprofen. :)

Hopefully she is back to normal tomorrow. He said if she isn't that we should call tomorrow am and he will see her. Last time she had one it was not this big of a deal she went back to normal with in a few hours afterwards. But it was in the afternoon not the morning when we had it done. I think it might be better to keep those appt to the afternoons so she can go to bed sooner and sleep it off.

dentist

Courtney had her root canal today. Poor baby. She is back at home sleeping now. I feel so bad for her. We are a little over 24 hrs till dh comes home whoo! I am excited. He is in a hotel now.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Caleb


Colleen

Through the tears may we find joy. We no longer have you with us but you are in the arms of our Lord. We find peace that one day we will see you again. Those who walk on the earth know not the lives you have touched. You have touched many and we can not wait to see you again.
Chasity

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Psalm 69:3

Psalm 69:3
I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
This is such a fitting verse. After the funeral today, I have cried and now it is time to move on with our life. I have felt this way so many times when you have cried so much and now I can't cry any more. This is when it is time to have peace..


Funeral

Funeral was today for Colleen. It was good to see friends from church. I will miss her dearly.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Courtney




This picture I took the other day of Courtney. I actually took a bunch this is one of my favorites. I also took pictures of Katie and Caleb. Colton did not want his picture taken. UGGG! What do you do with a 12 year old who has a mind of their own.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Playing hard


We have been playing hard today. We went to Noelridge and played. The kids had a blast. Courtney and Katie played in the creek.


Colleen is not doing well. They do not think she will make it threw the night. I pray that she passes quickly for her sake. She will be missed and loved.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Boy it has been warm

It has been warm the last two days. I had to go get the boys some shorts. They had two pairs each that fit them. I got them each 4 new pairs of jean shorts and a couple khaki shorts. Their athletic shorts still fit.
I had gotten Courtney's summer clothes out last week. I had looked threw their shorts before but I didn't realize that it would get that warm that fast.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

my hair cut



Well I cut a bunch off my hair....probably qualifies for house wife hair. :) I think it will be nice for summer. It is layered now so it is so much less hair.

Colton didn't do to bad of a job with taking the pictures.

Courtney goes and sees a new dr on Friday. We have waited 3 months to get into this guy. I hope he can give some answers about what is going on with her asthma.

Caleb and Colton are returning their instruments. They said they don't want to be in band or orchestra next year only in the vocal program. I am happy they stuck with it for a year.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Myra's wedding

These are a few of the 600 pictures i took at Myra's wedding


video

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Caleb's Play Pictures


This is a pictures from Caleb's Play. He is the shortest one. :)

Courtney


This was Courtney on Easter morning. She was all bright and sunny in her pink dress.

Asthma clinic

Well today I went to an asthma clinic and they talked about mold. WOW Cedar Rapids is really bad for molds right now. Last summer was really high. It was informative. I did learn a few new things but it was a good reminder. I scrap booked a bunch more pictures...I spent 5 hours scrap booking. I have a ton of pages done now I need to buy more books or pages to go inside my books.

I am so bruised from my blood draws this week. It had a huge bump at first now it is black and blue. I have been wearing long sleeves because I have so many bruises from my blood draws. I have had 4 in the last two weeks.

Friday, May 15, 2009

I think we are finally well

I have a go on my bill of health. The dr said I am okay after all the blood test and everything. They don't know why I passed out two weeks ago. Courtney is done with her meds she had bronchitis and had to be on predisone again.

I have been working on getting things ready for when dh comes home.

Yesterday in the car I saw a guy in the back seat with a uniform on. I was like i want to see my husband. :D

We maybe going somewhere else other than WA if dh gets into OCS.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Homework Blues

I am tired of making children do their homework....complain grumble...oh wait is that me or the kids! I can't wait till summer is here and there is no more homework and no more books no more teacher's emails. I am looking forward to not having that stress. I love my children but they hate their homework and hate doing it. It frustrates me so much to watch them struggle with their homework.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Yucky Weather again

Well it was raining again today. YUCK! The apartment inspection went as expected. I got the filter changed in the furnace.

Dan called tonight and the kids did not want to talk to him so they let it go to the voice mail when he called tonight. OH WELL!

I am currently writing about my life changes when I was married to him. I hope to post it soon. I am talking to the church women's single ministry. She wants me to tell them about how things are going to get better. I feel like so much of my story is in what happened first.

Mom and I went out to lunch today. I scrap booked a ton of pictures again today. :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Caleb is so cute!

Caleb had his play last night. It was soooo good. He is such a good actor. I loved every minute of it. He has it again tonight.

Friday, April 17, 2009

IEPS

Well today is IEP day. We set up the individualized education plans for the boys. UGGG! I hate them. I am trying to have a positive attitude about it. The boys are struggling in LA and in math now. Math is because they do not turn in their homework. I am trying to think of a goal for the boys so it is worded that they will turn in their homework. Colton has 4 assignements done and sitting in his take home folder not turned in. I can not walk him to class to hand them in. HMMM maybe I should do that. It seems to cycle around like this. They don't want to do their homework any more. UGGG

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Baby Pictures

Caleb in the bathtub with his clothes on. LOL
One of the boys in the laundry basket.

The Twins when they were babies. Oh so cute. I wish they were small again! NOT! Beautiful but so much work!






I found a great picture of Colton and I. It was when he was a baby. He had just gotten done eating. Such Cute Babies!




Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Crazy Life

I am running running running. Caleb's play is Friday and Saturday. So that means I have been running him back and forth to school. I did a bunch of cleaning. I scrubbed the floors and cleaned the ceiling and ceiling fan. That was gross. I did get a bunch of scrap booking done and I got some cards made today.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter

Well we moved Rex into his new house over the weekend. We had Easter dinner there. The boys spent the night at Rex's house Sat. night. The Easter bunny brought their basket over.
Courtney spent Friday night with a friend and then Saturday evening with her big sister. They saw the new Hannah Montana movie. Courtney really liked the movie. She said it was great.

We had ham, potatoes, gravy, buns, and all the other good stuff.
We had pies and strawberry shortcake for desert.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Another week is gone!

Time seems to fly by. I love that it is spring. Not that you can tell by the weather in Iowa. The snow seems to be flying all the time. Hopefully it is over. Sunday it snowed again. It snowed last Saturday. It warms up so it melts but I am tired of looking at it.

We spent the weekend at mom and dad's house. Saturday, mom and I cleaned the basement we went threw more of the stuff from the house in Palo. I am so tired of it. We are almost done. We will have to bring a bunch of stuff over to the apartment when we move before the movers come but oh well. I still don't know what to do with the porcelain dolls. I think mom will end up keeping most of them for Court.

Saturday was Bill Yates Celebration of Life. It was interesting. They had lots of beer. I babysat for his girls for 8 years. I used to tell him that he paid for my first car. ;) I didn't really know what to say to the girls... He had cancer but died from a blood clot. They lost their house in Palo too. So there isn't much left of their childhood. It is so sad.

I am trying to go threw the kids pictures and start their scrap books. It is so overwhelming. It is something I would like to have done before we move. It is 12 years for the boys and 8 for Courtney all done in 2 months. LOL Yea sure.

I did get to run on Monday, Wed and Friday. Friday I went to mom and dad's I did laundry while I did that I took her dogs for a run. It is hard to run with an animal. Anna doesn't keep up or she gets side tracked. I tell my mom they both have adhd, Rebel and Anna. She says it is because they are hunting dogs.

Caleb and Colton's teacher has not been in school this week because her husband was hurt working in the line of duty. He is a Cedar Rapids PO. He was responding to people on Sunday so that is good. He had traumatic brain injuries. We are keeping them in our prayers.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Break 2009

Spring break was finally here.

It is not spring in Iowa any more, LOL, we are supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow on Saturday.
The kids and I have had a blast on spring break.

Monday we cleaned the house and got our activities planned for the week.

Tuesday we went to the Grout Imaginariam Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. It was so much fun. The kids had a blast. I got video and pictures of it.




We then went to Kalona on Wednesday morning. They saw the Amish. We went to the cheese factory and tried some cheese. We then went on to Williamsburg. We went to the Wasserban Hotel and spent the afternoon and night playing in the huge pool and water slides. The kids loved every minute of it. We had a huge supper at the hotel. The kids ate free, that was really nice. We then went swimming some more. We came back to the room and collapsed. Then we went to breakfast in the morning and swam till 10:45. Then we checked out of our room. We drove home and collapsed.




Courtney went with her Big sister to see a movie. She said it was good and they had fun.




Friday was friend day. Courtney went to Sidney's grandparent's house for the day to play. They colored eggs and went for walks. Caleb and Colton had a friend Nickolas over. They went to the movies. They said they had a great time. The boys spent the rest of the afternoon playing video games.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Well I have lots to write about :)

Well I have been munching on Girl Scout Cookies. UGGG there goes all the weight I have lost and the 9 miles I ran last week. My dad and mom both commented that I looked really good.

Tommy and Tyler came over again this weekend. We made a video and just hung out for a while.

We went to Carrie's surprise 30th birthday party. We had a good time.

I am going to try to add some pictures. I always say that and then it never gets done.

I think Courtney is starting to get migraines. I hope they are not as bad as mine. She had a headache tonight. She looked miserable. She didn't have a fever. So I don't know.

I was watching a TV show with Robin Gibbons on it. She was talking about domestic violence. It reminds me so much of my relationship with Dan. The things he said was the same thing that Dan said. It was terrible to see this. I feel for those women who are in those relationships. It is a terrible place to be in. I pray for those women. I pray that they have the strength to leave.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Caleb's Concert

Last night his concert lasted from 6:30 till 9 and then it took him 20 minutes to get the base out to the car. It is so much bigger than him. I helped him carry it out. Poor kid couldn't do it by himself.

Next weeks is spring break! Yea! We are going to go to Wasserban. It is a hotel with an indoor pool and water slides. The kids are looking forward to it. We are going to stop in Kalona. We will have lots of fun. I want to go take some pictures. I am charging batteries so I can take lots of pictures and videos.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Caleb's Concert

video

Another Concert

Well Caleb has an orchestra concert tonight. So we are off to another program. I have been to so many lately. We still have the Drama in April. I love watching them. It is just been crazy with all of the running.

I went to bed with a headache. I woke up with a headache. I had such a bad headache that I was dreaming that someone was pounding on my head. It was awful. I kept telling them to stop because I had a headache.

Caleb and Colton went to Peis for lunch with school. The loved it but they love Chinese food. They said it was fun. Little do they know Krista and I went there for lunch too. :)

I went to Goodwill today. I hunted around for some good finds but didn't really see anything I needed.

I kind of want a light rain jacket.

I took Annabell (mom's dog) for a 3 mile run yesterday. It was nice to have someone to go with. She wanted to keep chasing the geese and squirels.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Running

Well I have been putting in 2 to 3 miles every other day for the last few weeks. It has felt great to get outside to run. I took the kids to the park yesterday while I ran they played on the equipment. The park had a trail around it. The kids had a blast and I got some good exercise. I guess they did too. They were tired and passed out after supper.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cleaning out

Today I spent the day cleaning out closets. I got rid of lots of the kids clothes. Things they have outgrown or started to outgrow and will not be able to wear next winter. I went through my closet too. I got rid of 2 garbage bags out of my closet.

We watched Fireproof tonight. That is a great movie. I really enjoyed it. I am going to get "The Dare to Love" books that go with it. I think I am going to send it to Harmand too.

We rented movies at the Redbox again. They have a free code every Monday and Wednesday.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sick Sick Sick

I am tired of being sick. It has been one cold after another. We keep getting sick and we are washing hands, cleaning the house to keep away the germs and we keep getting it. I was so sick this week and Courtney is sick again. UGGG! I hate being sick.

We found out we are moving to WA. So we will see how that goes. I was excited to see the houses there.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Sick

Well I was sick for just about a week. It was awful. I finally got over it.

Saturday we had a surprise birthday party for my aunt and cousin. It was nice. We enjoyed hanging out with the family.

Sunday I rested most of the day. It is hard when you stay up till 3 am talking to your husband.

Monday I did my grocery shopping and errands. I got Harmand's valentines present sent. I will write what I got him after he gets it. Sorry hun. :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Where have I been

Well I have been fighting a cold and trying to stay on top of everything. I hate being sick. So I decided to take the day off and do nothing today while the kids are at school. I still have to pick the boys up after school. Caleb has drama and Colton is staying after to work on his homework. :)

I worked Thursday and Friday. Saturday I had a mandatory meeting at work. It was the yearly training. I am debating about not working any more. I have so much to do and my job is getting in the way. I want to get the kids scrap books done. Go threw things at mom and dads.
I then did laundry at mom and dad's house.

So Sunday we stayed at home.

Monday I went to the field trip with Courtney. We went to the children's museum. It was fun. I don't have the pictures yet.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Chatter

I went to Goodwill yesterday. I got a pitcher and bowl for my mom. She has been looking for one for a long time. She was so happy with it when I showed her today. It was cream with little yellow and blue flowers around the edge of the bowl and one big one on the pitcher.

I also got all of the laundry washed, dried, and put away. I had to go to the laundry mat. It is much faster but so expensive.

I bought groceries. I didn't have to buy much because of the angel food ministries. We are eating that food this week. I only spent $20 on things like cereal, bananas and some salad mix. Next month does not seem like as cool of a box. Oh well.

I cleaned the house. The house is vacumed. I washed walls today. The house is sparkling. I dusted. It is nice that the house is clean.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A little fun

Today we went to Chucky Cheese. My brother did not get to do anything with the boys for their birthday so we went to CC. It was fun. It was so PACKED nothing like close quarters. I did see Melissa there and she introduced me as her aunt to everyone. I guess I am her aunt but it is weird to be called that.
The boys had a good time and it was only $30 for pizza and fun. Well my brother's $30. :) So it was a good weekend. I got the house cleaned and I am getting ready to run errands tomorrow.
I need to do laundry too.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cost of the Inauguration

I have been blown away with what our country spent to inaugurate a new president. In our economic crisis I have a hard time spending 150 million dollars. WHAT! Does any one else question this? When our house flooded the governement graciously gave my brother 20 thousand dollars for the total loss of a house. Then they go and spend 150 million dollars on getting a new president? I have issues with a country that spends their money so friviously.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

UGGG another one of those days

Well I was going to just hang out at the house and not do anything. Courtney got sick at school. Her tummy hurt. So I went to go get her from school. I had to pick up some 7-Up and chicken noodle soup. So she comes home and eats some chicken noodle soup and feels a hundred times better. I don't know if it cut through the mucus in her tummy or if she just played the nurse at school. Her temperature was 99.7 so they did not have to send her home.

A friend called and she was at her mom's house because she had a migraine and needed me to pick the kids up because of her medications. So I went and got them and dropped them off there.

The boys got home and did their homework. They were very good about doing all of their homework tonight. I don't know why but they did it. They had tons of homework this week. I suppose it has to do with only having 2 half days of school last week and they need to make it up.

I did get to listen to the Cd's today and exercise for an hour. It feels good to be exercising all the time. I also have lost 10 lbs in 2 weeks. I have been exercising and watching what I eat.

Monday, January 19, 2009

We made it

We made it through the really cold spell. It was terriable. -50 at the worst. Sunday we had Grandpa's 75 birthday party. He said it was the best party he had ever had. It was a blast. I am glad we did it for him. I will post some pictures later. :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I hate Iowa Winters

We got more snow last night. School is closed today again. It is supposed to be really cold today so we are not going any where. :) I am sitting here debating what to do with our day. I need to make mints for Grandpa's Birthday.
This is our forecast:
As snow ends this morning, the concern turns to strong northerly winds causing blowing and drifting, along with dropping mercury. Wind chills tonight will approach -40 in Eastern Iowa.

Can any one else say YUCK!

So I don't think the kids will have school tomorrow if the temperatures are this low.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Missing 6 year old in FL

Nancy Grace has on tonight and talking about a missing 6 year old boy in FL. He is disabled and has a mind of a 2 year old. They don't know if it is an abduction or if he just went out to play. They have searched. He can't speak or understand English. I feel sorry for his family. Grandmother found him gone after found missing when playing with friends. Why would you let him out to play if he has the mind of a 2 year old. They are using over 150 officers. I pray for his family and him. May they find him safe. He was lost on Saturday. Poor baby.

Our lovely neighbors

I try to be a good neighbor. In our apartment I know it can be hard to keep you children quiet. Well for the last week I thought the neighbor was going to come through the wall. Their kids cry and scream all the time. It sounds like they have a baby and about a 3 or 4 year old from the crying. It drives me nuts. I said something to management about the noise level. It is terrible when it wakes you up at 10:30 at night from a dead sleep because of the yelling and the kid screaming.

The other side of us they smoke pot. I have spoke to management and the police. It has not been smelling as bad lately. Some days you can really smell it. I can not wait to get out of this apartment. Only 6 months left to go! You don't know how I am looking forward to moving. I normally hate to move but I will be ready when the time comes.

I am working for an hour and a half today. I know. Not hardly worth going but the girl I work with her mom needed me because the other girl can not be there for the whole time. UGGG.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Courtney in the Snow! Blizzard!


The blizzard is here. It is awful. School is getting out early. I got my grocery shopping done early before the snow hit. It is snowing really good. I need to do laundry but I don't want to go outside and I forgot to get quarters at the bank. I wanted to get home before the storm started. I got all of the groceries put away. I bought a ton of food today and the freezer is full. I wanted to do as much as I could. I am supposed to work tomorrow afternoon but we will see. I think if the blizzard keeps up we won't be going any where tomorrow. :) I guess I bought a bunch of junk food so the kids will be happy.
Well we shoveled out our car and Courtney played in the snow.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blizzard conditions

I just go a text. Blizzard watch on Monday night. UGGG! That means more snow and it will blow around all of the other stuff that has been on the ground. YUCK!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

More snow

I hate snow. We got another 7 inches of the white crap last night. YUCK! I wish it all would go away.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Operation Homecoming

I have been listening to Operation Homecoming it is a book on CD. It is very interesting. I understand what the families feel. I can hear how the soldiers feel. It is scary. I hate the thought of sending my husband over there. I know there is some time in our marriage that it will happen. I have prepared myself. But how does one prepare themselves to have the one you love sent to the sandbox. I miss my husband so much. The thing that makes me feel better is I know he is safe. It is hard to not worry about what may come. I pray that he is safe and that he stays safe.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dog Tired

I am so tired tonight. I am waiting for the boys to finish their homework so we can go to bed. 10 more math problems for Caleb. I hate Thursdays because all of their weekly homework is due tomorrow. The procrastinate and save it for Thursday night and then make it miserable for all of us.

There is supposed to be more snow moving in tonight. Maybe there will be a late start tomorrow. :) Then I will not have to work. I worked all day today so I am dog tired. I am glad I worked some extra hours today so in case there is snow I have some time on my check this week.

The boys have sleep over birthday party I need to get a card for the boy, we are just giving cash as a gift. I think at the age of 12 it is the best gift you can give. I don't know what else to get him. The boys didn't really have any ideas either.

So I have to round up the sleeping bags so they can take it over to his house.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Brittle Gold

Okay so I pick my ring up from the jewler today. She said there is a small hair line crack in my mounting. This is caused from brittle gold. She said that unless I have had a major accident or something like slamming my hand in a door I should not have that kind of a crack. Hmmm let me think, I think I would have remembered slamming my hand in a door. It sounds painful. :) So I guess that rules it out. Did you know that if you have your ring in clorine like in a pool it can damage it. Well no I haven't been swimming at all in the last year. So that preaty much makes it a defect from the manufacturer.

So I call AAFES and I called the online number. Could not find a person to talk to. UGG

So I called Ft. Gordon's PX down there and talked to a lovely woman. She was trying to be helpful but with us in Iowa and she said the only thing she could tell me is to drive to the nearest store and talk to one of their cashiers at the jewlery department. Then it would have to be sent to the Cherish jewelery quality control. Yea I am not to pleased about driving 2 1/2 hrs then to have it gone for 2 months. Then drive 2 1/2 hours to pick it back up. So I am going to have to get this done soon.

I went to Micheals and Walmart they did not have the mint molds. Thankfully Harmand's mom had some so I can make the mints. I was getting ready to drive to Iowa City to the nearest Kitchen store. The one here in Cedar Rapids closed.

I felt like I accomplished very little.

When I was at the mall today I saw a soldier walking in. Mind you here in Iowa we don't see very many guys in uniform. I almost started to cry because I miss Harmand so much. It is bad when you see a guy in uniform and you start to cry. If I had the guy would have thought that I was crazy. :) I think this all goes with the PMS going on. I have felt terriable all day.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

My day did get better today

Well the sun did come out today. My ring is fixed but it is not under warenty. So I will pay to have it fixed. I went to my mom's house to do laundry today. I worked on the basement and cleaning up some of the boxes from our old house. When the floods came we packed what was left in one day. So everything is a jumbled mess. My stuff, my brother's stuff and my parent's stuff. So I worked down there and helped my mom sort through the mess. I accomplished something.

Courtney stole my work bag and is using it for her school bag so I need to figure something out to carry my paper work around in. I don't think the reuseable Walmart bag will do it. I refuse to use her Tinkerbell or Hana Montana backpack. It has to be big enough for a binder.

The boys took their Wii back upstairs to their room because they were tired of sharing it with their mother. I have been playing Wii Fit that is fun. LOL I guess I am getting the exercise. The don't like to share their toys. Caleb goes "MOM you can use it all day while we are at school!" I still like to play with it.

So I volunteered to make mints for my grandfather's 75th birthday party in two weeks. Any one want to join? I have a good recipe. It is made with cream cheese. I have to go pick up a mint mold tomorrow so I can make them. I think Wal-Mart might have them or Micheals.

Well I still have to put my laundry away. At least the dishes are done for the night and the kids are ready for bed.

Monday, January 5, 2009

My day I probably should have stayed home

Well I had to turn in my paper work today. So I had to leave the house. The kids had a late start. I had not looked at the tv to even see so I was getting the boys ready to go to school and turned on the news. Low and behold a late start. It was because of the ice. I really did not think they would delay school. So they were home a few hours longer.

The good thing is Courtney was a bear to get out of bed. She hates to get up on the week days but is up at the crack of dawn on Saturday. WHY I ask?!?

So I made my grocery list and got ready to go. I had my tea. So I have to go to work, drop off paper work and pick up paper work. I needed to go to Walmart. I have needed to go to the jeweler since July to get my rings soldered together. I needed to stop and see Harmand's parents. So I was off, I didn't get started till after 11 because Courtney's bus didn't pick her up till 10:30.

I could not find my leather coat and gloves. So I found my other coat that I look like a black snowman in. So I dig out a pair of gloves. This should have been the first sign to stay home. As I was talking to Krista I told her "maybe someone is trying to tell me to stay here." I laughed it off and left. By the way I did find the coat tonight. It was hanging up behind one of the kids coats. Don't ask me how I missed it.

From there I went to Walmart. That in it's self says it all. The lines were long. I think every one else was restocking their cupboards since their kids went back to school today. :) So I got the things on my list.

From there I went to work to drop off paperwork and pick up paper work. The drive over was not so fun. I was going down the interstate and some old guy moved over into my lane. I had to slam on the brakes so he did not take out my whole front end of the car. I was honking my horn. He moved back over but I swear I saw my life flash before my eye at 60 miles an hour.

I don't ever say where I work because of confidentiality. So I will just call it work. It is a great place to work and love the job that I do. I do hate the paperwork. :) I work 2 or 3 days a week with one consumer that I love. She is absolutely the greatest. Besides what better job can you ask for than getting paid to go shopping and out to lunch or the movies.

So my next thing is I stop at Harmand's parents house. I stay for a good hour chatting about how he is and what he is doing. I tried to help his mom with her computer but honestly it is a dead horse.

I had about 25 minutes before the boys got home from school. So I decided I would stop at the jeweler before I went home. I wanted to get my rings welded together and this is one place in town that does the work right there and they don't send it out. Very professional place and They state how much the diamond is worth and all of that. So anyways I take it over to have it done when I called they said they could do it while I waited or pick it up in an hour. So I went over and she was doing a pre-check on it and she said did you know that one of your prongs is gone and two others are loose. I am like what? She showed me. She said I was lucky to not have lost my diamond. It is a nice sized diamond and my husband paid quite a bit for the set. So anyways my ring is there being fixed so I can wear it. I am so frustrated that the ring would already have had that happen. It has a warranty. I got the work done and it should be refunded to me. So I guess I should have stayed home but one good thing is I still have my diamond in my ring. :)

One good thing is I did get to call Harmand tonight. I called to tell him about my great day.

This weekend I did fit into my size 2 jeans. I have been having to wear a belt with my size 4 jeans because they keep falling off my back side. I think this is a good thing in a way except I have all of my clothes I love in a size 4. I really have not been trying to loose weight.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

I am ready for the kids to go back to school

Well Christmas vacation is over tomorrow. I am ready to have my house back. Less dirty dishes and not constantly cleaning up after the tornadoes. The boys eat all the time. Courtney is being a monster. She has been so demanding the last two days. She has been scratching the boys if she doesn't get her way.

I cut the boys hair this morning before they showered. We were unable to go to church again this am because of the ice. It is another hard winter.

I got my big pictures. Tomorrow I am going to hang them up in the living room and other places in the apartment. I will take pictures when I get them hung.

I am going to make my grocery list and go to the store tomorrow. We are almost out of food again. The boys eat 24/7 now. I think they have hollow legs. They are growing so much.

I did get my closet cleaned out yesterday.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Oregon looks at taxing mileage instead of gasoline

After reading this article, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090103/ap_on_re_us/mileage_tax
I became a little upset. I bought a smaller car that got better gas mileage in order to save money. So now that I have a fuel efficient car you want to tax my mileage I drive? Why should we have to pay for that? OPEC increased gas prices so people drove less. Maybe the government should think about this before they go and charge people for the mileage they drive. I bet no one will buy a hybrid car any more. I thought we were trying to save the auto industry by showing everyone how great a hybrid car is and we all should go out and buy it. If you are getting taxed on mileage then what if you leave the state so your paying extra taxes. Your paying Oregon's mileage tax and then the gasoline tax of what ever state you drive in. That sounds crazy to me. But oh well they want to tax us on more things. This is so our government can give the auto industry can be bailed out or so the people who make meth can get almost free prescription of Sudefed to make meth. More on that subject another day. LOL

Friday, January 2, 2009

Twins Born on different years

I found this to be an interesting artical. http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/18399579/detail.html

The set of twins were not just born on different days but a different month and year. I wonder if people will still ask if they are twin?

I think it will be good for the parents in a way. Our past insurance company had such issues with the boys having the same birthday. It was really bad with our dental insurance. Got to love Delta Dental. How many sets of twins are out there that have the same birthday? And you have to tell me that you can't figure out a way to have the boys both be able to get dental cleanings?

Boy does this mother have a long way to go. Now that the boys are older I don't want to go back.

Harvest Moon

The boys bought the game Harvest Moon for the Wii. They have been playing it all the time. The love this game. It is kind of like Sim. They build a ranch and then animals and crops. The boys have been asking for help so I got some hints from a website. The hint sheet was 44 pages so I didn't print it out. I wonder how long it will take for them to win. :)

Courtney has her Spore game she got. She seems to like it. It is only on the Gameboy. It is different than the computer version. Not as complicated or something like that. The boys have the computer game but Harvest Moon has over taken it.

I think today I am going to clean the kitchen and then work on my closet today.

Courtney is going to go to the movies with her big sister. It is nice that they are going to go there.

I have to go over to work to drop off my paper work. I forgot yesterday but they were not open.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Years

Happy New Years. Well it is now 2009. The kids stayed up all night and then got up back up at 5:30 am UGGG. I stayed in bed till 9. I was so tired.

I kind of napped off and on during the game. Iowa won! YEA! So that was really cool.

I cleaned the kids room and organized their toys. I put labels on all of their rubber maid totes and boxes. I feel like I am always cleaning their room but it is because there are three of them in one little room.