Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas 2011

One of the only things my little guy asked for was a Green Bay Packer helmet!

It was all he could talk about. Well, that and a Captain America Shield. So I jumped online somewhere around the 1st of December thinking I could just order one up and it would be here in a few days. Well apparently because the Packers are a beloved team their stuff sells out quickly. How would I know that?
So Z and I, each on our own computer, frantically started googling kids Green bay Packer uniforms. After about a half hour I found a website who claimed they had a few in stock so I ordered it and then told Z to stop looking that I was The Queen and I wouldn't let our son down.  And then the awful happened....It didn't come and it didn't come and it STILL didn't come. Then the Sunday before Christmas I get a call from the company telling me they were all out of that particular costume could they upgrade to the next one for free and ship it out overnight in the morning. Why YES you can, I say.........

The girls have been dancing their backsides off and when they aren't doing that they are listening to their ipods.

This is our latest project. It's the beginning of something and I'll post more picture later today. (Who am I kidding, with the way I've been posting it might be six months from now)   anyway
Happy New Year Everyone
Blessing to all.....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The leaning Tower of Tree.

The tree leans. I don't care. It only has to stay in the stand for one more week.

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It's a prelit Christmas tree and most of the lights don't function anymore. So I had this big idea to unwind them and take them off to replace them. When I realized that it couldn't be done I proceeded to cut them off. When that didn't work I just added more lights. Ever the quitter.
Next year I will have a real tree again but I want to buy one that is in a pot that I can plant in the spring. No more of buying dead trees you use for a week and throw on a bon fire after. Though I do enjoy the whoosh as it lights up.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Spiders Squirrels Bats and Lice

I've been an awful blogger. I can't even believe how long it's been since I've sat down to write. When I go to bed at night I lay awake thinking about everything I want to write about but then I fall asleep and when I wake up the bump and grind starts all over again.

Over Thanksgiving we were very fortunate to go to see my father in Florida. It was so wonderful and good but it was also stressful and sad. The pictures are all from the trip out. I didn't take any pictures on the way home. I was too drugged out and was lucky that I could stagger onto the plane. But that is a tale for another time or maybe I'll just keep it to myself for a year or two or three.

This past year we have has so many spiders in the house. It has been really ew. Every time we would move something out would run a spider or more than one. Then the bats moved into the eves of the house and on occasion into my bedroom. Once they were evicted the squirrel came.

He was a little harder to evict than the others but in the end he died a peaceful death of a  BB shot between the eyes .

But in the end it was the lice that got us. Yup, that's us the two lice heads. The two lice heads that got lice 3 days before the trip to Florida. I know that someday I will look back and laugh over this but until then Mimi and I will stay far away from others heads and if we see anybody so much as brush their hair out of their eyes we will make the sign of the cross and run home and pick our heads.  When we made it home from our trip the stress of the whole thing has had me pretty much unable to do anything other than function.
Soon I will be back to regular blogging and telling of our Adventures In Lice but for now I'm just trying to get Christmas in order as stress free as possible.
Thank you to all who have emailed and called to see if everything was Really okay. It is.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Sometimes I wonder if my four year old understands my sarcasm perfectly and sometimes I wonder if he uses sarcasm right back on me but I just don't know it.

Today my son came to me as I was cooking in the kitchen.
Dane: Mom can you please make me some blueberries with strawberries in them?
Me: Of course I can. I live to please you.

Dane: Well I'll be in the front room playing with my toys and you can deliver them to me out there or I can come get them.

Me: Okay then, I will make your berries and bring them to you in a room your not supposed to eat in because my every waking moment is for you.

Dane: (as he's running from the room) Or you can call me and I'll come get them and then you won't know what room I'm not supposed to be eating them in.

This is what I have created............

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Free Piano's, Sick Kids and Big Assed Eggs

Last month a friend asked me if I wanted a piano. A free piano. Of course I said yes.

Once we got it home I almost pooped my pants. It's so big and UN-taken care of. We had it weeks before I could bring myself to really look at it and see the beauty of it. I still don't know how old it is, maybe made in the early 1900's. I'll know more when I get it tunes but that won't be until after the first of the year. Until then the kids are having a great time having a piano in the house.

This kid has been sick. They all got sick and this one got it last but it hung onto him the longest. Last week he didn't leave the house except to go to the Dr.s office. He lost two lbs in a two week period. He's on the mend now. Today, while I attempted to nap, he ate one package of pop tarts, two ice cream sandwiches and a double pack of ring dings I had hidden for school lunches. Apparently not hidden enough. I can say I think he'll gain his weight back and then some.

Posted by PicasaEveryday I get one or two of these eggs. I can't ever seem to be in the barn when the hens that lay these eggs are laying them but if I ever figure it out I'm giving them a glass of wine and a cigarette.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

An email to my sister

So this morning Chrissy has to stay home because of some stupid rule about kids not going to school with temps over 99.
I go up into the barn to check for eggs. We ended up getting a bakers dozen yesterday. I'm up there just screwing around cause one of the rotten chickens are in the middle of laying. Chrissy comes up to see if I need help. She hangs out for a minute and decides she's going in the house. She then does the unthinkable but I don't know it yet.
Ever since we got these damn chickens I've had to remind her to lock the door behind her so an animal doesn't get in. What does that kid of mine do!? She locks the frigging door behind her!!!!!!!!!!
So I'm up there minding my own business and the hens are clucking like crazy because they want to lay and I'm making them nervous so I decide it's time for me to go. I go to get out and I'm locked in!!!!!!
You don't don't know how freaky and beady a chickens eyes are until your locked in with them and you can't get out. I had visions of tripping over one of them and falling down and them all jumping on top of me and pecking me to death. AGHHHHHHHHHHHH
I had to yell for fifteen minutes before she heard me and came and let me out. I'm sure my neighbors were impressed, but then again maybe they should has stepped outside to see if something was wrong. See if I ever tell another neighbor their CHIMNEY is on FIRE ever AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! All Chrissy could do is laugh and laugh and laugh. She laughed so hard and so much she ended up puking.
I sure hope your day is better than mine
Your beautiful younger sister who could have become chicken food Melissa

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Field Hockey Sucks up our lives

We are almost finished with the field hockey season. Practice twice a week an hour and a half each. Games all day Sunday and sometimes one thrown in Saturday. I must admit, I'm tired. I'm ready for it to be over. On the other hand, I love field hockey and so does Mimi. There is something to be said about a bunch of little chicks with sticks. Very hard sticks that hit very hard balls. Which is why after looking at this picture and wondering whats missing I see Mimi isn't wearing her eye protection. Grrrr. She can't stand to wear them. I tell her I can't stand the thought of a plastic surgeon putting her face back together again.
She also is on an awesome team. The girls are all really nice and her coaches are the best. I mean REALLY the best. They put in long hours of field hockey, they work full time and have families. I don't know how they do it.

Speaking of chicks.........I might get some ducks!

I can't remember if I posted Mimi in her gown or not. So here it is and if I posted it already well so what.....I'm not sure what happened with her pantyhose. The package said nude. That's the last time I buy pantyhose at Marden's.
Tomorrow I am having a surprise birthday party for Mimi. Hopefully we can make it one more day without her finding out. Wish us luck!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Family not so fun day

As I start to type this I have a thermometer in my mouth and I'm praying that my temp is at least 102 so I have an excuse to go and crawl back into bed.  (crap, it's not even 99 but I feel like it could be 102, does that count?)

A few weeks ago Z decided that he needed some space of his own. This was decided after I pitched a huge fit about the dining room being full of his work stuff. Not that I was angry that his stuff was laying scattered all about but it was the fact that EVERY room in the house seemed to be overflowing with papers and junk. He just happened to be the first one I saw when I was on my rampage.

So bright and early Saturday morning we all had to get up and join in for what Z called Zawistowski Family Fun Day.

As you can see from the pictures the children were having so much fun. So much fun in fact that I wanted to smash my own head like a pumpkin on Halloween night.

There is nothing like mixin a little mud to bring a family close. Or lugging five gallon pails half full of it. Bucket after bucket until your fat under exercised body feels like its going to explode.

At the end of the day though Z got his desk/workbench and the girls  and little Z got to experience first hand how to play with concrete. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Birthdays and chickens

Saturday we celebrated Chrissy's thirteenth birthday. It doesn't seem possible. What is even crazier is Kate the Great turning twenty four this Friday. Holy crap on a stick I can't believe I'm old enough to have a child who is twenty four! Where has all the time gone? Twelve days after that Mimi turns eleven.  October is more expensive than Christmas for our family. Every year we say we are going to do thing different but it all ends up the same.

During Chrissy's party the kids carved pumpkins and some of the ladies came out for a visit. They love pumpkin guts. This one gal is a real people pleaser and she likes to follow me around pecking at my pants until I pick her up or scratch under her wings. I can't remember her name but I call her and the rest of them Dinner if they don't produce.

Chrissy's birthday was a nice time and the girls she invited were all wonderful young ladies with bright smiles and good manners. I'll post more party pictures later after I get permission from the birthday girl. As she has started her own Blog and wants to post about her party herself......

So we are getting close to the twentyfour to twentysix week mark with the hens. That means they should start laying pretty soon.  We don't even have their coop done. HA HA it's not even started! I had sold six chickens to a man who comes around selling fresh spuds and veggies and he stopped by to let me know the hens I sold him had started to lay two weeks ago. OH MY WORD!!!! After he left I raced up to the top of the barn and started to look for eggs. I didn't find a one and I checked all the gilrs for dries egg on their beaks. None. Thank goodness! So I fashions some laying boxes out of window planters that they promptly knocked over and scattered all the shavings. I cleaned it all back up and thought it is what it is.

Yesterday morning I was out visiting the ladies and found these in the garbage can. They were still warm......

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Homeschool on the fly

I think I always knew I would start out homeschooling little Z.  It just seem to make sense. I talked about it, told people about it and then the day came and guess what!? I hadn't done anything about it. NOT ONE THING. Typical Missy. Or as Z calls me,"Last minute Missy."
So I quickly joined an awesome homeschool group that meets once a month at our church. I also joined another group where once a month we go somewhere like hiking or a walk in the woods. It was a start.

Then I had to scramble on a zero budget  to get something together to teach little Z's young mind. I still can't believe that I have ever taught my kids anything and that they have learned from it. It really does amaze me and it also makes me want to stick my tongue out at certain people who say you need a degree to teach. (Because I'm so mature)

I quickly found (after digging through a ton of bins in the basement) our very first homeschool bin. I struck paydirt. Everything I needed for this year. After two weeks though I realised that I didn't quite have everything.
You see, I didn't teach my kids to read. When I started to homeschool the girls they could already read. So after playing around with a few different things I knew I couldn't teach Dane to read without some serious guidence. I knew I couldn't afford Hooked on Phonics and I sooooo wanted to. I finally decided to go with Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons . (purchased off of EBAY for $3.00) Today we started lesson 1. Either we'll learn to read or die trying.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Almost Two Years

I'm not sure where all the time has gone but this Friday my mom will have been gone for two years. For whatever reason this has hit me much harder than last year. As a matter of fact I'll go on to say that I think I'm going a little bit crazy.

It started at the first of the month when I would cry at the drop of a hat. At first I blamed PMS. (I blame everything on that) Then my so called PMS morphed into something much bigger than I could ever imagine. I wouldn't leave the house unless I had to. (Still won't) Z would stop in if he could during the day to make sure I was making it to all of the things I had to do. He was calling me quite a bit to keep me motivated and on schedule. Trust me, if he wasn't doing this I would go back to bed and not get up. Also know that I don't like being told I have to do something even if I scheduled myself to do it and to have Z remind me to do it , well, lets just say it ain't been no picnic for Z. All the while I'm living day to day just trying to get through the day.
Then last week I remembered that my moms day O death was approaching. At that point everything clicked. I understood why I have been acting so out of it. I'm not going to let this control my life as it has the past two years. My mom wouldn't want this for me. I don't want this for me or for my family. But I can't will it away. It just won't go. I can't make peace with the fact that she's gone. I have so much bitterness in my heart that I can't let go of even though I keep praying for it to.
I haven't spoke to number 1 child all week because I know she has had such a hard time with my moms passing and as soon as I hear her voice I know I'm going to lose it and she doesn't need this.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Before and After

                                                                                Isn't she just lovely!
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

One Long Weekend

Soccer started recently and we signed Little Z up. Z wasn't able to attend the first game and when he came home the first thing he asked was about the game. What do you say about a bunch of pre k and k boys and girls playing soccer?
Really, what can you say? All you can do is cover your face and laugh. When my boy was out on the field he spent more time waving to me and talking to his teammates.

Little Z is telling the coach, who is telling him to try to watch the ball and not worry about your neighbor, about the little girl on his team that keeps grabbing him by the neck and throwing him to the ground. He figures if he talks to her and "make her my fwend" that she won't hurt him anymore.

During that very same girl got stung by a bee. For the very first time. Once she figured out that she WASN'T allergic to bee stings and wasn't going to die she said that she was glad the bee was going to die and she hoped it was painful and slow. I guess I should be worried about ticking her off huh? I was actually very proud of her when she got stung. She walked up to me and told me and when I looked I couldn't even see a red mark. So I said,"No you didn't go sit down." a few minutes later she showed me her arm and it was bright red and puffy. I felt very bad.

On another big girl note the night before my girl had a dance at her school. The first one of the year. She talked about it all week long. After school Friday she spent hours picking out clothes. At the last minute I asked her if she wanted to get Chinese food and rent some movies and stay home and snuggle on the couch. AND THAT'S WHAT WE DID!!!!!

Field hockey is also in full swing. My baby girl is playing on the travel team. Our weekends are long and  those girls are dedicated. Nothing better than chix with stix!

On a more sober note tomorrow my nephew is going in to have surgery. He has Osteomyelitis in his femur. They will go in and remove the infected part of the bone and replace it with synthetic bone that will dissolve as the new bone grows back.It is truly amazing what the medical community can do. My nephew is 11 just six months older than my baby girl. He is his moms baby and my heart just bleeds for her and my brother. They have been strong through this entire process. Today my brother told me that this part was the easy part. The hard part would be trying to keep him in bed for a few weeks. I think he may be right.
So tomorrow morning I'll be up and at em bright and early heading  to the hospital to sit in the waiting room praying for good news. Surgery should only be a couple of hours and the chance of cancer is very low. The doctors call this routine but I hardly think of it as anything but routine. It's all in Gods hands.

Monday, September 19, 2011

My Ladies

I sing this song to my ladies everyday. Does it make  me a bad person?

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Jr. Miss Dairy

Oh my gosh!!! Here it is! I hope it 's downloaded corectly. Introducing Mimi....

It's Been Awhile

I know, I know. It's been awhile since I've posted. Sorry but we've been really busy and I've sort of been in a funk. I won't go into that at this time but I will tell you about all of the awesome things that have been happening all around me.
For starters: This precious baby girl. Her name is Nora. She came into the world after four hours of her mom pushing like a mad woman and ending up having an emergency c-section. In this picture she three days old and still bunking at the hospital with her mom. Her mom is the lovely young lady that the girls and I had the baby shower for. How can anyone be sad looking at a baby? I wish we could all bottle the smell of our babies. I don't think I'd ever be sad again.

My little guy and I started homeschooling last week. I'd be lying like a rug if I said it was going well. It's not and I've cried everyday. But not in front of him or he'll think he's winning the battle. I will prevail and figure out how to teach him and we will both be happy. It is my new mission in life.
 As soon as I get off the computer.

Last Thursday evening my baby girl tried out for her first pageant ever. She didn't win but she sure gave it her all. As soon as I can figure out how...I will download her talent portion off of YouTube so you-all can view it. She was amazing on the piano and I still can't believe she has only been playing for a year.

Here she is with the other gals. The young lady that won is thirteen and the other is twelve. All three did such a wonderful job that I'm sure the judges had a tough decision to make.
 I really had a hard time with her dress. I wasn't told that there would be an evening gown competition. I found out when we got to the pageant. We had been told on paper that a street length dress would be appropriate. I had heard some talking that it might not be the case. I did find out that it wasn't necessary for the younger girls to have an evening dress just the older girls. I just needed to pay more attention. So when I was looking for a dress I decided to go middle of the road. After all my baby girl is ten and that's how I wanted her to look. TEN. I think I nailed it, don't you? The best part was-the other girls had on borrowed gowns and they were stained and ripped in places for not being taken care of properly. I bought Mimi's dress off of e-bay for twenty-six bucks with eight bucks shipping. It was here in three days. Now she has had the dress for the pageant and is able to wear it for Easter Sunday. Then we will have it cleaned again and pass it to another young lady. (you can't tell but but both of the other girls are wearing three inch heels with their gowns. WHY!? It's not attractive to clomp everywhere you go.)
Also I must tell you about all of the hard work it takes to run a pageant. The ladies who put it on and the ladies that judged it. INCREDIBLE- I tell you! All of the woman have something to do with Agriculture- either farming or working in the Ag field. Then to work the pageant. The pageant just didn't stop the evening that the winner was announced. Nope the whole thing lasted through the weekend of our fair here in town. The winners made ice cream with the public and passed out information on milk and cheese and the importance of farming. All with the coordinators help. I'm praying they all got to sleep in this morning and no-one had to get up and milk cows! 

 After the pageant Mimi told Chrissy that next year she was going to play the piano again BUT this time she was going to sing with it. I think I'm in for a heck of a year!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Super Busy

Our fair and lovely Maid Marian is trying out for her first pageant. It's set up in two parts. This was the first one. She is vying for the title of Miss Junior Dairy Princess. Have I told you what I think of these things? When the idea of this pageant came up and Marian decided to do it I was a bit surprised. Then I found out why she wanted to do it. Since it's a dairy pageant you need to know about the dairy industry. That interests our lovely girl. So when she asked the farm to sponsor her she also asked if she could go to their farm and help out. If I let her she would go to the farm every day......

Here she is getting a second place award....For milking a cow!

We are full of firsts in this family and Dane had his first piano lesson. The on;y problem is, I'm supposed to help him during the week and I don't know what a c-note is. Or where it is. I might get scolded tomorrow.

As you know I held a baby shower last week. This was a first for Kadie. She made a diaper cake. I helped by getting in her way and being bossy. Isn't it adorable?

This is my first. I've always wanted to try to make one so I you tubed it and found out that it really isn't that hard to make. I thought it wasn't half bad for a first try.

But I'm getting sick of firsts and now this week has had a couple of them. Hopefully I can get back into my comfy little world where everything is the same quick because I don't think I can handle much more.

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