This is just an outlet for me, to be able to get my thoughts out! I am a Woman, Wife and Mommy that also works outside the home! Just me trying to make it all work for the best for my family and myself! Just my journey!

Friday, November 30, 2007

What's next?!

Toes and nails polished and pretty!
Shoes, Strappy black, hubby picked out, ready
sheets washed for family
Laundry working
house cleaning in the works
airline reservations
hotel reservations
cruise pre boarding complete
Kids week of care planned and ready
What's next............................................?
Oh yea, I need to finish packing, getting there slowly!
Maybe after work tonite I'll get it done!!!
It will be a very busy, sleepless, next 24 hours!
Things keep changing at work and make it difficult for me to get ready properly!
Oh well, packed or not VACATION HERE I COME!!

.........................Oh yea and alone time with hubby, that will be ok too!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Step two in the right direction....

Thanks for all the encouragement! I'll have you know the
Not completed yet, but started!
Pray for more hours in the day, please.............

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A Step in the right direction....

In my searching to see what I have, clothing and shoe wise, to take on my cruise, I realized I needed a pair of black heels. (Not started packing)
To let you in on a little secret, I have my own personal "what not to wear" person in my home. He has taught me what looks good and the styles that work the best for me. This person is..Yes..You guessed it.....My Hubby!!!
So this morning I set out to buy my shoes. I have limited time I have to work this afternoon. So after getting the kids on the bus I go..................
Department Store... Nothing
Another Department Store, at the mall......I found some and they are on the clearance rack..but they only have the right shoe (guess that won't work)
Back in the car, across the street to a BIG Shoe store...........Nothing
Back in the car down the way another BIG Shoe store............Nothing
Back in the car down the way to a discount department store (where I NEVER find anything).....guess what..........Nothing
Now I'm a little frustrated, Phone call from hubby comes in
H: Did you find any?
M: NO, I found one pair but they can't find the left shoe!
H: Did you go to this Department Store?
M: Yes, and I didn't find anything.
H: Did you see the wedged, black Strappy heels they have, or is it just an Internet buy
M: No, I didn't see those, are they cute?
H: I think so, I can't really tell they are on a model
M: I don't know, I don't remember seeing anything like that.
H: Well they look like they could (his conversation went elsewhere)

After hanging up with him I go back, BACK to the first Department Store and there they are!!

I think he should have just gone out and found my shoes for me, it was just tooooo much trouble and I could have been done an hour before!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

No wonder I am going crazy.......

Has it really been a week since my last blog!? Wow! I had no idea, life gets hectic and the first thing to go is the outlet!!

It has been crazy, and I am sure it has been that way for everyone! I had 4 days off, in a row, I haven't had that since I started this job and I loved every minute of it! It was busy and used well but it did end and now I am back at work!!!
Now, I have a cruise in less than 1 week, that I am not even close to being ready for! My husband's bags are packed, clothes ironed, tags made out and waiting by the front door! I don't even know what I am taking or if I have enough and his bags are packed! Maybe when I get home tonight I will begin packing!
Thanksgiving was awesome, we went to my moms and enjoyed a meal with just the 6 of us! I did also remind my mom several times throughout preparing the meal that there is only 6 of us eating, she didn't slow down at all, and needless to say we have been eating Thanksgiving, since Thanksgiving, I think it is all gone now or I am just ignoring it better!

Sunday night we were able to put up the tree, I haven't been able to put my tree up this early in a few years, so this is an accomplishment! I am excited!
Hubby put up the lights on the outside of the house yesterday and he is closer to getting the rest of the decorations out! (I just realized my hubby is accomplishing alot, I wonder what happened)
The words that are ringing in my head are from my childhood and my dad used to say it to us all the time, I am sure some of you were given this line also:
Me: Where are we going dad?
Dad: We're going CRAZY!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tales from the Scales Tuesday!!

The tale from my scale said:
That is maintaining for me.
I am at a 14lb loss, have not loss any clothing sizes but I do feel better!!

Goals for next week:
Stay very strict on eating (after all the cruise is less than 2wks away)! Including Thanksgiving!
Workout at least 4 times this week!
Lose 4lbs!? I'll be happy with any loss, so I am setting my goals high this week!

OK those are good goals, I'm happy with them!
Happy Tales from the scales!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Christmas is coming!!

I am a little calmer today, I realized that the Christmas shopping is almost done and I did start to wrap my gifts yesterday! I really do enjoy wrapping the gifts, I have to sit still, it is something that needs to be done and it is almost therapeutic because I can take my time!!
Every year my friend hosts a "wrapping party" and we are all supposed to bring our gifts and help each other wrap, but because I enjoy wrapping I am usually done by the time this party comes around! So I get to help wrap other's gifts! It is fun and a reason to get together, always a good time and it serves a purpose!! Instead of a Christmas Party this is what we do as friends!!
I am getting very excited and can't wait to put out Christmas Decorations, hopefully Friday will work for this!!
How do you and your friends celebrate the holidays?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

How close is Christmas?

I passed a sign yesterday 38 Days Until Christmas (I guess today it is 37) I think I gasped out loud, very loud!!
I used to be done by this time of the year, but not last year or this year!! I think I just figured out gifts last weekend!!When the gifts are purchased early on, then I can take my time wrapping them a making bows and beautifying my home for Christmas. I better get shopping!! I usually enjoy "slowing down" this time of year, it helps me to take time and reflect on the "true meaning of Christmas". I also, enjoy being able to go enjoy friends and the parties and not feeling rushed!! Guess I'll be rushing to get done so I can get in that mode where I want to be!!

Who is already done? How do you spend your holiday season? Do you feel rushed or relaxed?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Music Program at School

I am not a "cool" mom,
I am the gitty,
crazy waving like crazy, picture snapping, insane mom, in the bleachers!
In my defense, my baby girl was so cute and she wanted nothing to do with it:
It became obvious this evening that she is old enough to embarrass and yes she thinks she is too cool for this kid stuff!
I still loved it, it was by far the cutest music program we have been to. All the songs were about food and silly foods.I didn't know my daughter had so many talents, not only can she play the tambourine, but she can play the water jugs!!! Now that is something to write about!!! Even though baby girl is to cool for it!
She is still awesome a did an awesome job!!!!
As for me, getting back on track... an awesome crazy woman's workout tonight followed by a good dinner and a good blog!! Beginning to feel better and get back to somewhere near normal, where ever that may be!! Thanks for all the well wishing and praying!! I'll be back for tales from the scales tomorrow, when I can weigh in in the morning, for me that is best!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Just call the pizza man......

Some weeks I think that pizza man is on Speed dial!!!!
Windy had a school program tonight, I'll post on that tomorrow. There was a song near the end about pizza and it reminded me how I look to neighbors on garbage day after a week of not cooking:I would never admit it, but I have ordered pizza more than once in one week, maybe more than twice OK more than I would like to admit to anyone!!! I thought this was funny, can anyone relate!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Monday's are not all created the same.......

Monday night, dinner out with hubby at my favorite restaurant. Get to go with a good friend and grill his new girlfriend. In-laws watch all the kids and bed before 9pm! That is a good Monday!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2007


Trying to get back to normal. Thanks so much to everyone for all the prayers for myself and for others!
I am feeling much much better, still not 100% but still much better. The one thing that I did notice in between all my sleeping was how stinking grouchy I was! A real reminder that I wasn't feeling well and neither me or my body could handle anymore! I did go back in to work on Thursday and I did fine! Now I go back to work Monday morning. Not only do I need to get used to getting up in the early morning again but now I would rather sleep a little later to get through the worst part of the morning. Oh well, such as life and I will get used to days again quickly!!
I tried to move around more this weekend than I had during the week so by Saturday night when I thought I would disappear to my room to watch TV that I wanted to watch, the last thing I remember was the clock saying 9:30 and then I saw the clock this morning around 6AM. So much for watching my TV shows!! Good thing is the "off" button in my butt still works!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Being a Newly Wed Wasn't Always Easy

She walked in the front door and I could see the hurt on her face..maybe she wasn't feeling well? I waited to see if she would tell me what was going on or how she was feeling...
Nothing.....just small talk.
I couldn't wait anymore so I asked, "are you OK, is everything alright?"
her reply was "I'm fine, maybe a little sick"
"OK, if that is all it is, I hope you feel better soon"
Our conversation moves to small talk and silliness, but I can still see hurt in her eyes. All I can think is how can I help? I know that look on her face, I know that in some way I have been in her place, how do you help when someone doesn't want it?
After a while, something in our conversation brought out part of an issue or hurt that was on her mind, so I continue to listen to what is going on this young woman's life. She is a newly wed, very newly wed and should be thrilled and enjoying her new life (not always true, but what I would like to believe). She is truly hurting and feels bad that she is hurting.
My experience as a newly wed was not all peaches and roses either (my memories all come back!) We jump into marriage thinking it is going to be perfect but we need to work at perfection and sometimes it just hurts.
How many times have women been here? Feeling as though maybe we are wrong for having our feelings hurt or being upset by something that happened and not having our feelings validated?
I'm not talking about abuse or abandonment, I am talking about the part of learning to be married and how to deal with each other at first and how it hurts so bad to feel alone in a marriage even though our spouses actually feel alone also!!!
I want to jump in and fix everything for her and I can't all I can do is offer a hug and a few words of advice:
Enjoy a Date night with your Husband.
Keep close friends
Enjoy reading
Enjoy being alone with you (once in a while)
Confide in your husband, do not stop talking to him, love him enough to let him in
Your feelings are real and emotions are a gift
Sometimes husbands don't hear us the same way our friends hear us and it is OK to confide in a good friend!

As a friend to me Pray for my friend, she really is learning how to be a new wife and how to be so many things at once. I almost forgot how hard the first couple years of marriage were until I saw her face, sometimes it really hurts just to have feelings!

I know there were times I wish I could have been numb. However, later in life I am so thankful for those feelings early on and that I wasn't numb and that I didn't toughen up! Thank God

"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Cor. 12:9)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Back to Work???

Dayquil, cough drops and tea in hand I am going back in to work tonight. No, I am not back to being well, but I am a little better! So here I go! Yes, I am going in on my last midnight for a while! I think I will be fine if I get up and move around. Doc says I can get my flu shot in about two weeks!!! YOU better believe I am so there!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

It is supposed to be Tales from the Scales....

I have been down except to go to work since Sunday!! I even called off or laid off last night (railroaders don't lay off)!! When my temp shot to 103.3 I knew there was an issue. My temp was at 101.4 and I took some Tylenol, thinking that would bring it down, 1 hr later burning up even more I took my temp again and that's when it skyrocketed!! Thank God for good family! My mom and husband have been here both Monday and Tuesday all day!! I holler out for more blankets and suddenly they appear, my 7-up glass stays full and don't ask what the kids are doing cause all I know is that I see them for a split second here and there! Wouldn't you know that I have my appointment to get my flu shot today!!!! I hate that!
Needless to say, I am not weighing in this week, it would not be truthful, if I lost it wouldn't be accurate if I gained it would be because I just lay around except to go to work! The goal for next week is to be able to weigh in and get back on track, feel better and even feel strong enough to workout!!!
At least I do have a Doc appt. today maybe I'll get something to get this thing gone faster!!
A little prayer would help more than anything!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

I told you I had an opinion....

As I said in my previous post, trick or treating and Halloween was fun, a true success!
One thing that came to my mind and truly touched my heart while walking with the kids was the "sense of community" that was displayed and has been displayed each year, I can remember it from my childhood. It is the only time of the year when all the kids or most of the kids and their families come out of their houses at the same time for a short period. As you walk along the streets or hand out candy to all the trick-or-treaters it is a time to catch up with other families, a quick hello or a smile and a nod and what about meeting the new neighbors! This is the only time of year something like this takes place!
It is funny that this year I walked and most years I hand out candy so I saw the other side of it this year. I was amazed and truly blessed by the time spent with my community! The time when I would walk with someone for a while and chat and watch the kids and compliment on their costumes or try to figure out who it was or say hello to the one handing out candy and then move on to the next group and walk with them for a minute and catch up or when I met the new neighbor that I didn't even know moved in or the Grandmas and Grandpas that live in the neighborhood who just wanted to hear a child laugh and run and enjoy them even for a split second! It was a moment of belonging to my neighborhood or part of a community and celebrating community with them! I am one those who will not trick-or-treat in other neighborhoods, we go in our own or to Grandma and Papaw's (where my husband grew up) because it is a time to celebrate life and children with my own community!
Now, I have always allowed my children to trick-or-treat, I have never stopped them and they always enjoy it! There have been years where I have been "beat-up" for allowing my family to join in this thing! I never felt Halloween or trick-or-treating was wrong, I loved it when I was a kid and still love it now! Most years I even dress up. There have been a couple years where I actually missed trick-or-treat in my neighborhood, because of other commitments, but my children never have! I am not sure what all the "hoopla" is over why or why not let kids trick-or-treat. You know, I don't really even enjoy the scary part of Halloween or the blood and guts of it, but some do and for them it is ok, I am not going to tell them how wrong they are for doing it because I don't like it or don't understand why they like it!! This Halloween thing is very normal for me and when I was ridiculed for allowing my family to "celebrate" (GASP) it really didn't make sense, all it did do, was hurt my feelings, because to others that don't like it, I was hurting my children. I remember my son actually said to me (5 yrs ago) "I heard Halloween was the devil's Birthday". I had to back him up and explain to him how it wasn't and we were not "bad people" because we enjoy this! Talk about hurt, as a mom, when my child is hurt, I hurt more!
That all being said, there is definitely a time and a place for everything, I would have never stood up in the middle of a church that preaches against Halloween and say forget family fun night let's go trick or treating, or I am not going to help with that on Halloween, and I wouldn't put it in front of one of my friends who really doesn't like it, I really just wouldn't talk about it, it isn't nice!
If this post did hurt your feelings, that isn't what it was meant for, it was to enlighten on my type of thinking and I don't believe it is right for all!! If it changed the way you think of me, "GET OVER IT" I am still the same person I have been!!
To sum it up, what is right for me may not be right for you or vise versa, but don't beat up on me because I make a different choice!

Thursday, November 1, 2007


So many things to catch up on that I think I am going to "Power Blog"
Here it goes:
Jen at More than a Single Mom has awarded me with this:
And let me just say how honored I am. Like everyone else, I do enjoy winning stuff. To honor the blogging award given to me by More than a Single Mom (I think you should go check her out) I will pass it on to:
M*O*M (Mom on a Mission) she'll make you think, make you laugh, make you cry!!
Milk & Honey (she is the HONEY) Sweet, kind and making you think add a little funny and a ton of Sassy and you have Milk & Honey!!

GOAL!! Well partially, but so taking it as a victory. Broke 180, not by much but down to 179. Didn't make it to the gym at all, so not like me! This crazy shift, is what I am blaming that on! Goal for next week: Going out on a limb: 4lbs. (that will be 175lbs) workout 3 times, 2 times will be an extra good workout! I have not been totally strict and I think I will try it this week, just a little!
Next on the agenda:
Pumpkin contest: Windy and Mitchell both received their awards of 3rd place. Although, I wish I could have gone to the judges and said: My kids thought of this all by themselves and the only way I or anyone could help them was to pour paint! But you can't share that information with the judges! You would think they could tell who created all by themselves and who had help (there is a family category)!
On to Halloween!
Just to get out the pictures. I will post more on this very soon! As you can imagine I have an opinion, a strong opinion and I want to share! It was a good Halloween and who would have ever thought that the Harley Coat I have held on to all these years (1987) would have come in handy!! Still a reason to hold on to it!!
A great Halloween lots of fun, lots of family and a true feeling of community all in one night. One question.... Why doesn't anyone just hand out one piece of candy anymore? It is always a handful!! I am also guilty of this, but when and why did that change? The loot bags were too full, I'll be sharing at work!!
WHEW!!! Now consider that a power blog!! I think I am caught up!