Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

 The kids slept in until 6:30! It's a first and I hope not a last. I hope next year they don't wake up until 8:00.

Dane and two of three girls. He was having a great morning until he puked. Then it wasn't good. For any of us. These are the only two pictures I was able to take:( Shortly after he was sick.

For the first time ever we had dinner at noon. By 1 I had the dishes done. We had the entire afternoon to laze around and just hang.
Dane and I took a nap and as he fell asleep I leaned over and whispered in his ear I love you. He opened his eyes and smiled and said, I know. And went to sleep. My heart melts.

Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

 I'm still here. We got a cat. His name was Winstin Yoda. Then we found out he is a she and her name is Winstin Yoda.



I got a job. I know RIGHT!?


 Went away for Thanksgiving.


And basketball has started back up.

I'm very busy and still as lazy as ever. I will update soon. I promise. I really do.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Today, I am not proud to be from my home state nor am I proud to be an American. I never thought I'd utter those words.
For all of you that voted how you did, I won't say I told you, Ever, but as time goes on you'll see what you have brought down upon the Americans. Once the most powerful country of all.

Sincerely,

Melissa

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fire

The other day Dane comes running up the stairs and into the house, his eyes are bright and his cheeks are bright red, in a very excited voice tells me the backyards are on fire.
The neighbor dumped hot ashes out in her yard......If Dane wouldn't have told us she probably would have lost her house plus the neighbors next to hers. It spread quick enough to burn  parts of four yards. Mostly ours. The house is where the fire started but the fireman is in our yard. They called it a forest fire and the MSFD had to come. Go figure.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A few days ago we heard that someone we know had surgery. I was home with the kids and I was telling them about it as I went in to shower. As I got out of the shower two things occurred. One I didn't have panties and was going to streak to the dryer to get them and the other.....A dumb jingle Elaine from Seinfeld sang. Get well get well soon we want you to get well.

Do you know where this is going? Yup that's right.
 I wrapped a towel around my head (instead of my body) and boogied and sang that darn song my entire way to the dryer in the mudroom. Now MY children are used to this and just roll their shocked little eyes but the neighbor kid that was peeking through the glass on the door before she knocked as I danced by... she was shocked.   

Next time I'll make sure the blinds are all pulled.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

TA DAAAAAAA

                         We finally finished the downstairs bathroom. I love love love the vanity. I had purchased a different light fixture but the mirror was so large I had to go back to the store and get a different one.
 We changed some things around. The vanity used to be where the tub is.
 Dave built an awesome closet! And added a light!!!!!!! 
Chrissy picked out the paint and Mimi picked out the shower curtain.

It took all summer long and would have been done two weeks ago if I hadn't procrastinated painting.
Now I just have to put pictures on the walls. Which is something I can't wait to show you all!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Summer is over. The chill in the air I feel when I'm sitting on the steps waiting for the bus to come for Chrissy makes me happy and sad.
It's been almost three years since my mom passed away. Fall used to be our favorite season. Since she passed I haven't really cared. I went from decorating the entire house inside and out to hating fall and letting it seep into hatred for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The first year after she passed I didn't even decorate for Christmas. I put up a tree a few days before and called it good.
Last year I was busy and forgot about what day she passed on and when I remembered it had already passed by a few days. The guilt I felt ruined me for months.
I feel better about everything this year. I'm feeling the spark that makes me think I'll finally be able to move on.
I sure do hope so, I've robbed Dane of the excitement of change. To him all change is scary and for the past few weeks his little life has been upside down. He's slowly starting to get the hang of it but it's been a huge effort on everyone involved and we are very grateful for all of the kind people that have helped us out.
So this fall instead of being bitter I'm going to try and make some changes for the good.

A joke from Dane: Why did the naked little person laugh while running through the fields? Because the grass tickled his weenie.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mess With The Bull

 
Awhile back the youngest girl and the boy were having a fight. The boy was losing.
So in a stroke of genius (revenge) he went and got the girls bear (favorite stuffed animal) and hanged him. When asked WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT!!!! He answered,"When you mess with the bull you get the horns."

Monday, September 10, 2012

Change

I didn't think this day would ever come. At least I didn't think it would come this soon. I knew a day would come when I would have all of my children in public school. I just didn't want it to be now.

Thanks to our sucky economy and now gas topping four bucks a gallon, I can't afford to teach my children at home. In the past four years we've lost 25% of our income, still no health insurance, homeowner taxes up $400.00 more pressure than ever in our marriage...........
Dear Person (who blah blah blahed about change)
You can suck it.......You can keep your change, quit passing it off on me. My family can't take anymore.
Sincerely,
Carsick

In other news...Yup, Little Man is in Kindergarten. What a huge change for him. He's struggling with all of his changes. Academically he is doing amazing, socially, not so much. Last week I got a call from the school and I couldn't hear the nurse's voice all I could hear was my son in the background screaming IWANTMYMOMMYIWANTMYMOMMY!!!! I bet I was out of the driveway before the nurse knew I hung up.
Never get in the way of a mommy who's son needs her..........
All in all I think with a few tweaks he'll be fine in a week or two. It's me who we'll need to cart off to the asylum. Right now he still needs me but I know that soon he'll be getting on that bus without looking back and it's bittersweet I tell ya, bittersweet. 
So now I'm free to join the workforce. Sorta. I have no skills to pay any bills and no gas to get there but I'm gonna give it a go.
My motto for today is When one door closes another opens. I just wish it would hurry up and open because I think it's stuck.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MIA


We haven't seen our boy since yesterday. Our hearts are broken:(

Friday, July 13, 2012

I'm Gonna Make It This Time

Every stinking time he starts to go across the bars he tells me he's going to make it this time.


 Then he falls, gets up and starts all over. And over and over. By the end of summer he'll have it.




We've been going to the lake quite a bit this week to beat the heat. Next year we are going to have to invest in a pool. It would be so much nicer and easier. Red squirrel decided to join us for lunch yesterday. I snapped this picture of him before I threw my flip flop at the dirty destructive lil rodent.

Everything is going well, I feeling the need to write again. I think I'll start story time up next week.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This past Friday our exchange student arrived from Spain. Can you tell which one she is?

So far we have had a great time. I hope she's having a great time too. You know how your kids have friends over and after a few days you can't WAIT until they go home? It hasn't been like that at all. We've been trying to keep everyone busy on a budget.




 We went to play mini golf the other night and Kadie and Grand Master came up to go with us. They all ended up going go carting and getting ice cream instead.
My girl has really been having a great time with her new friend. (Not to be confused with the friend she's with in the picture) She and I have been at odds so much lately that I didn't know how we were going to get past it. She has been trying very hard to be nice. For some reason it doesn't come easy some days. I can relate. We are both so much alike that it's creepy.
I'm praying that when it's time for our student to go home that we all have a closer nicer family.
We are headed down to Bean Town Saturday by way of train to get a gander at the big city. The girls can't wait to go shopping. It's all they can talk about. We have the same store here but I guess it isn't the same as shopping in Boston.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A new Bathroom

 If there was a contest for an ugly bathroom...We would have won it.
 Two layers of wall board and under that horsehair paster. Under that....walls stuffed with newspaper.
 Oh and let us not forget the mold. Ahhhhh mold.
 It felt good to bang the heck out of this ugly vanity. We all took a turn. Some of us several turns.
In the end we got it. Now on to putting it back together by Friday when our exchange student gets here. Can we do it?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I've been a bad Blogger but here is a picture of my oldest at home at her 8th grade graduation. She makes me so proud.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

This is for my friend FD!!!!!

A man meets a gorgeous female cougar in a bar.

They talk, they connect, and they end up leaving together. They get back to her place, and as she shows him around, he notices that her bedroom is completely packed with teddy bears.

Hundreds of small bears are on a shelf all the way along the floor, medium sized ones are on a shelf a little higher, and huge bears are on the top shelf along the wall.... The man is kind of surprised by the collection, especially because it’s so extensive, but he decides not to mention this to her.

She turns to him…they kiss…then they rip each other’s clothes off and romp around the room all night. After an intense night of passion, as they are lying there together in the afterglow, the cub rolls over and asks, smiling, “Well, how’d I do?”

The cougar says, “You can have any prize from the bottom shelf.”

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I Wonder

 

This is Dane's friend. They have  a typical boy/girl relationship. She is a year and half older than he is. He is pretty much as big as she is. When they wrestle.....she kicks his butt. Every time. To the point where he's frustrated because he can't take her down and she's glancing at us wondering if she should still take him down or is he gonna cry.
When I first told Z about about Dane's lack of taking down a girl he was less than thrilled. He said Dane was pulling back. So I took Z to the field with us the next time we went and all of the adults waited. We all acted like we weren't paying attention as the kids played and we waited. Sure enough, Dane wanted to wrestle and that adorable little girl that looks no bigger than a minute, took him down. Again, and again and again. Z just shook his head. I wish I would have thought to tape it because someday in the future not to far off Dane is going to grow and be quite a bit bigger than she is. He won't be allowed to try and take her down.
I didn't take these pictures of the kids so I have no idea what Dane was asking her but I chuckle every time I look at them as I imagine what he asked her....... 
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I can't find my camera cards.......I have four of them. It's bothering me......Some child o mine is going to be in trouble.....
I'm off to search for them so I can take pictures again. I'm lost without my camera.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

If Anything Life is Never Dull



Tuesday morning was busy here in Z-land. I'm trying to get everyone on a schedule of getting schoolwork done and keep the house picked up. We do fine for awhile but if I don't keep my eyes glued to Dane he cuts up every piece of paper he can find then he proceeds to glue said paper to my french doors to make a nice collage from mommy. Right now he has his super hero action figures everywhere. Most of them are missing body pieces. I can't tell you how pissed I am that I spend so much money on these things and they break so easily.
Anyway, Tuesday morning we were sitting at the table and the kids were doing their work and I was putting together a dinosaur thingy for Dane and I needed to copy some of the papers. I left to go TWO ROOMS away and I was gone maybe two minutes. The cat had jumped up on the table and had himself spread out across my books and papers. I went to move his sorry ass and when I looked down at him he had a big gob of slimy green SNOT smeared over his fur!!!!! Calmly (without any hysteria at all) I asked what the heck happened to the cat? Mimi looks up at me from he reading book and calmly, like it's a normal thing, tells me Dane blew his nose on the cat. Then she went back to reading. Public school has nothing on us.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Happenings (Is that even word)

Last weekend we dog watched this beautiful Greyhound. Her name is Zena. You have to love facebook. A boy (who is now a man) I knew in school posted her picture and asked is anyone could help him out for the weekend. Even though I haven't seen this person for twenty five? years I said if your close enough to me my family will. The funny part was, he doesn't live very close but he and his family were coming up to the closest city to me for a weekend of basketball. Can you even imagine.
Dane fell in love with her.


I thought spring was coming then we had a big snow. Crap.

I started homeschooling all of the kids again. This child made it three weeks and I sent her back to school because she is just like me.



This girl here and I are almost done school for the day. Except I took a blog break and she took an ipod break.
I think I need my head spun around because I can't believe I'm doing this again but that's another post. One that I hope I can write instead of keeping it to myself.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The fun we have

Today we are going to discuss head lice. Well I'm going to do all of the talking and your just going to start scratching your head and body.

My beautiful lovely daughter brought us the gift of lice home three days before we were leaving to visit my dad and his wife. I found out she had it while I was french braiding her hair for school.

Since our other child was already at school, I called the school and told them I was coming to pick her up. Since the girls share a room I wanted to be sure she didn't have it and wasn't going to get it. I then called the lice child's school and they didn't care that she had lice. They said just wash her hair and send her back in. Jackasses. 

I picked Chrissy up from school and she was scratching the crap out of her head. I said when did you start to itch and she replied the minute you told me Mimi has lice.

We went to three stores and bought them out of lice products. I could see our vacation money dwindling.

Once we were back home Z and I had the task of washing and picking the girls hair. Chrissy did NOT have lice and never did get it. Dane on the other hand did. Thank goodness that he looks like a Q-Tip and it was easy to pick out. We didn't even have to use shampoo on him.

We took our trip to Florida and I picked the girls hair every day. I have to say it put a damper on the fun.

Plane ride home.....I see my kid in the seat in front of me and she's scratching. At the same time, I'm scratching. She leans back and looks at me with panic and at that time the very gay flight attendant catches my eye and whispers don't worry we have stuff that kills everything, I'll spray the seats after you get off. I WANTED TO DIE IN A HOLE!

We both had lice.
I then had the wonder job of calling my dad and telling him we had lice and they should probably just shave their heads. 

Fast forward to the middle of January when someone asks me to look at a child's head because they thought they saw a bug in the child's hair. I didn't want to but I said yes. What I actually said yes to was YES I WANT TO FREAKING GET LICE AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now it's the middle of Feb. and my hair is broken and damaged because of all of the harsh chemicals I have washed, sprayed and put into it. I pick my hair everyday. EVERYDAY people!!!!!  I dream of lice every damn night. It terrorizes me in my sleep and in my waking hours.

SO if you know someone with and or may have lice STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM ME!!!!!!!!! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Boy

He turned five on Valentine's Day. I still can't believe that my baby is five. I no longer have an infant-baby-toddler even a pre-schooler. I have a boy! Holy crap on a big rotten stick!

Speaking of crap. Since the boy is five I've decided it's high time he wiped his own backside. This is the toilet conversation we had today.

Dane: Moooooommmmmm! I'm DONE!
Me: Wipe your backside and I'll be in to check.
Dane: Okay, I'm ready.
I go in to check and see if he has poop smeared all over himself, the wall and the roll of toilet paper.
Dane: Do I have to do this?
Me: Yes- your five and your a big boy.
Dane: Can't Chrissy just wipe me from now on?
Me: No she can't because she has her own to wipe.
Dane: but mom, wiping my butt is so gross!
Me: I hear ya little man-I hear ya.

On another note....We started to home school all of the kids again but after three weeks Chrissy is going back to PS because being with Mommy all of the time is a drag. Or maybe mommy can't handle the hormones.......
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Getting Back in writing


                                                                              The purchasing of Gus



Many years ago when Dave and I were newly married and my tears could still sway him,  Kadie and I used to go to work with him on weekend days. If we didn’t we would never see him. There really isn’t much to do when your husband’s setting up a driveway or a patio to pour concrete. Unless of course you actually want to help. I must be honest when I say that I didn’t want to help. What I liked to do was watch Dave work.  Nothing any better than watching a good looking man hard at work when that man is yours.

Kadie would bring her Barbie dolls and her beanie babies and what-ever else she could fit in her bag but she was only 6 and let’s face it she got bored rather easily.

This one Sunday she was bored and I was getting frustrated with her because nothing I did could keep her entertained. It was steaming out and we were directly in the scorching, hot, Florida sun. The people my husband was working for told us about a pet store a few blocks away. I thought BINGO this should keep us busy for awhile.

Little did I know that this day was going to be my and Dave’s first standoff with each other as a married couple.

Kadie and I grabbed our bottles of water and headed out to walk to the pet store. Or should I say puppy mill. When we walked into the store there were at least a hundred puppies all in kiddie wading pools. Probably eight to ten puppies per each pool. We wondered around for a long time admiring all of the cute wiggly puppies. All the while I had to keep telling Kadie no, we couldn’t get another dog. We already had a boxer and two cats that Dave was highly allergic to. When suddenly in one of the pools was the most beautifully ugly boxer puppy that I had ever seen.  He was chunky with a big tummy that begged to be rubbed. His liquid brown eyes would look at you and then roll in opposite directions and you could never (for his entire life) figure out exactly where he was looking. He also had thick green snot pouring from his nose and he smelled of something sour and rotten. Kadie and I were in love.

About that same time Dave strolls in and Kadie runs to him, grabs his hand and drags him to where I’m standing holding this precious bundle of smelly love. Dave wasn’t so smitten. While he assured us that yes the puppy was a nice puppy, we couldn’t afford one and further more this puppy was sick. He then told us he was almost finished and we should go back with him to help clean up so we could go home.

I have no idea what possessed me but I made a split second decision. I was going to act like a spoiled brat that wasn’t getting her way. (I didn’t see it like that at the time but I’ve had 19 years to think about it.) I grabbed Kadie’s hand and I said we aren’t leaving here without this dog. Dave shrugged his shoulders did an about face and walked out of the pet store. I smiled at Kadie and the bewildered look on her face and I said he’ll be back and this dog will be ours.

It was two hours before he finally came back and I was quite relieved because I was honestly starting to think he left us.

 I must tell you he wasn’t impressed with me but I wouldn’t give in. He would say we don’t need another dog and I would respond with, I want this puppy. He would say this dog cost $500.00 and I would say there are 550.00 dollars in the bank.  He would say I’m tired, it’s been a long day let’s go home and we’ll save for a puppy. I would stand and glare at him. He then pulled me aside from Kadie and let me know in no uncertain terms that I was acting like a brat and it was time to leave. I did the only thing I could do. I turned and gave Kadie a look, walked back over to her and we let the waterworks fly.

We named him Gus on the ride home.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Henny's House


All I wanted was a chicken coop. Just a little place to put the hens.

And it's morphed into something that has been blowing my mind. By the time this is finished it will be warmer than the house.


The weather has really dropped here and I don't know how Z has been going out and working on this when he gets home from work. It's starting to shape up though but still quite a bit of work needs to be done. I purchased paint but I won't be able to paint for a few months but I'll be ready. We found two windows at the big orange store in the bargain rack for under fifty dollars each. They are hard to slide so the person who purchased them returned them. I don't care if they are hard to slide.
I have been very worried that the girls will get too cold up in the barn. So far they haven't had any problems but we are checking on the all of the time. I keep getting told that they are just chickens but I feel like they are part of the family. The dirty poopy side of the family but family none the less........