Wednesday, April 30, 2008


That's right. My kids are destined for G/T. Just look at this art work from daycare. Hee hee.

Daycare is having Bike Safety Week all week long. This is really funny. Our daycare is run by our church. It is in a tiny house across the street from the church. It is run by 2 wonderful ladies and a couple helpers. Mind you, there are 20 some kids at all times in this tiny house. How those women have any sanity left is beyond me. Some kids go to preschool and 1/2 day K and come back. Others (like my own) stay all day. Some come after school. It's a madhouse. So imagine taking 20 some 1-5 year olds and instructing them on bike safety. It just cracks me up that they even try. But, it's for a good cause. They are collecting donations for St. Jude Children's Hospital. They are celebrating this Friday with a Bike-a-Thon. I sent in a few extra helmets for the festivities. I wish I could be there to see the pandemonium.

In other news, here is Little Miss in typical Little Miss form.

She obviously had some weeds to take care of. Notice the blankey and the high heeled dress up shoes. Gardener? Baby? Princess? Yes. Yes. Yes.

Here are a couple more dandelion pics. If anyone is interested in getting rid of the dandelions in your yard, I have just the right kids for the job.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008


Twenty, veinte, zwanzig, vingt, dwadziescia, nijuu, venti.
No matter how you say it, school is almost out!

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

I am stealing this Thursday Thirteen idea from Kat at Sunshine and Lemonade. She had a beautiful post about 13 places she has visited. So, here are 13 places I have visited. Don't get too excited...I am a homebody.

1. Paris, France-Farm Guy won a corporate sponsored trip from John Deere in March of 2001. (I love Paris in the springtime.) We spent a week in Paris, France with a bunch of ag salesmen. Paris had never seen so much plaid until we came to town. But, it was wonderful! I could practically stick my hand out the hotel (Paris kidding!) and touch the Eiffel Tower. Seriously. This is the hotel we stayed in...on this side facing the Eiffel Tower. We went to the Moulin Rouge. It was awesome. We also went to Notre Dame, Versailles, Louvre. We saw it all, baby.
2. Secret for those of you trying to cheat on the guess the honeymoon game!-Farm Guy wanted to go somewhere "different" on our honeymoon. All of our friends were getting married around the same time and were all going to blank, blank, and blank. It was beautiful and wonderful and a great way to start our married life together.

Okay, this post is taking forever and I have only done 2 places! LOL. I think I am going to have to speed this up.

3. Mexico-I went with a school group my junior year of high school. We went to Oaxaca, Mexico City, and Puerto Vallarta. I got to put my Spanish to good use. If I had my scanner hooked up, I would scan in some adorable pics of some of the village kids selling trinkets but alas, it isn't. So, here is the best I can do.
4. Daytona Beach, Florida-This was a family trip with my um, family. Duh. My parents, sister, and I drove in our Ford Aerostar mini-van for a week long stay at the beach. I wore a bright pink swimsuit and thought I was hot stuff. Thank God that scanner isn't hooked up.

5. Hawaii-Another family trip the summer of my 7th grade year. My dad used to travel a TON for work. He earned frequent flier miles. So much so that we were all able to fly to Hawaii for a week for free. We stayed on Oahu the majority of the week, but took a little plane to the big island to see the lava. While there we also saw lava and lava, and oh! a little bit of lava. The highlight of the trip for me was wearing a tie-dyed dress with a big wooden fish necklace. I was hot.

Have you noticed that all of these trips took place prior to the birth of any children? Yes. That's because SINCE the birth of my children, I have not gone more than an hour away. Do you think I am joking? No. You read it right. One hour. Anyway, we are nearly halfway there. Jeez. This is taking forever. Okay, now I am really speeding it up especially since I am going to have to start listing Wal-Mart as a place I have visited. I am running out of places.

6. St. Louis-Went up the arch in the strange little compartments. Did NOT like the swaying motion once I was up there. Won't be doing that again.

7. Lake Michigan-Obviously I didn't stay IN Lake Michigan, but I can't remember the name of the town we stayed in. It was quite amazing to be at a lake, all the while thinking I was at a beach. Sun, sand, waves, it was awesome. It wasn't quite warm enough to really convince me it was a true beach, but beautiful nonetheless.

8. Marengo Cave-Took a weekend road trip with Farm Guy and another couple. I didn't think I would like caves, but it was actually pretty cool. 58 degrees to be exact...

9. Atlanta, Georgia-I had an aunt who lived in Atlanta for years. In high school, I drove down with my grandparents to see my cousin's high school graduation. We must have gone one other time now that I think about it. I can still hear my mom saying, "Look girls, there's more kudzu. Oh, look, kudzu. See that? It's kudzu." Kudzu, lava. Do my parents know how to vacation or what?

10. Pennsylvania-Went with an ex-boyfriend to his sister's wedding. Man, I am getting desperate here.

11. King's Island-We have gone to King's Island in Cincinnati many times. We actually did go here once since having kids (although we left them with Grandma and Grandmpa.) They were too little for anyone to enjoy themselves. I love roller coasters! Surprising since I do not do well with heights. Weird, huh?!

12. Louisville, Kentucky-I have been here several times but don't quite remember what we did there. Shopping?

13. RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN-Back before the Colts were any good, I went to a game at the RCA Dome. Actually, it was still called the Hoosier Dome at that time. What a sad way to end this post.

There you have it. I hope you're happy. My laundry is overtaking the house. Dishes are piling up. Litter box is smelly. What do I spend an hour doing? I need to get my priorities straight. Yeah, right.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tag! I'm it!

My bloggy friend, Heather, tagged me to share 6 little known facts about myself. So, here are the rules:

1. Link back to the person that tagged you.
2. Post these rules on your blog.
3. Share six unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your entry.

And now prepare yourselves for 6 truly amazing facts.

1. I have a tattoo on my lower back. I got it when I was 21. (Alcohol? Tattoo? Coincidence?) It hurt like a sonofabitch and because of that I wouldn't get another one, but I don't regret getting it. It's like a personal little thing only I know about. Well, and now you.

2. I once drank 11 beers in an hour (the first hour of a party with my new boyfriend who later became my husband.) I had one in each hand. Then I spent the next hour in a nasty public toilet puking my guts out with my sweetest cousin ever holding my hair back. I remember girls kept coming in and out of the bathroom saying, "Oh, honey. Don't touch the toilet seat." Yeah, didn't really care. My sweet new boyfriend put me in his truck and went back into the party for an hour. Ah, to be 21 again.

3. I have read every Harry Potter book at least 3 times. But I haven't seen any of the movies. I read each previous book before the next one came out so everything was fresh in my mind. My husband bought the 7th book for me at midnight the night it came out and had it on the kitchen table to surprise me. I spent the next 3 hours ignoring my children to read that book. I sobbed. It was an emotional ending to an already emotional book. Reading the LAST Harry Potter book was so strange. I have since reread the last one a few times. Still can't believe it's over.

4. I divide numbers all the time. Like when I look at clocks or licence plates, I divide the numbers. I used to count things (lines on the road, stairs, etc.) but dividing has pretty much taken the place of the counting. When Little Miss was first born and nursing ALL THE TIME, I would sit and stare at the clock diving those numbers. Have I scared any of you off yet?

5. I love fountain Diet Dr. Pepper. It was a joyous occasion when our small midwestern town finally made it available.
6. I sort, wash, and dry laundry all the time. ALL THE TIME. But I hate folding and putting laundry away so I let it pile up. And pile up. And by the time Thursday and Friday roll around, everyone starts sorting through Mt. Laundry for clean socks and underwear. It's pathetic really. I know I shouldn't do the laundry if I don't have time to completely do it, but I just have to have the washer and dryer going nearly all the time. It makes me feel like something is being accomplished. Man, I will be glad when the kiddos are a little older and can help fold the laundry. That will DEFINITELY be one of the chores Mommy passes on to them.
It's amazing what you think of when you just sit in front of a blank screen to write 6 facts. Very random...but now you know that much more about me. I bet you are just overwhelmed.
Now, I tag:

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As I was walking into the grocery store today, I passed a man walking out of the store. A man. Not a teenager. A fully grown, 40-something man wearing a t-shirt that said:

Boobies Make Me Smile

Um, seriously? You
a. buy a shirt that says Boobies Make Me Smile and
b. wear it in public?

Now, this should I say this? He did not exactly look like he has seen many boobies. Maybe no boobies ever in his life. And sir..if you are reading this, I think I might know why.


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Monday, April 21, 2008

I Love the 80s

I stole this from Sippy Cups and Blackberries because I totally love everything 80s.

1.How old were you in 198O? I was 3

2. How old were you in 1989? Um, this a math quiz?!

3. Were you a Toys R' US Kid? Well, I spent hours looking through the toy catalog and BEGGED my mom to take me

4. Did you watch Transformers? No thank you.

5. Did you see E.T. on the big screen? Yes...and then about a million times afterward

6. Did you own a Lite Bright? What child of the 80s didn't? Still one of my favorite toys.

7. Who is your Favorite Golden Girl? The trampy one...Blanche. I used to watch Golden Girls at my grandma's house. Memories.

8. When someone says " Who you gonna call?" That would be, "Ghostbusters!" The night my husband and I met, we watched this movie until the wee hours of the morning. Yes, there was alcohol involved.

9.What was your favorite toy? Too many to count, but I would have to say Cabbage Patch. My sister and I have so many...we were way spoiled.

10. Did you have a Pogo Ball? Yes!

11. Did you listen to New Kids on the Block? Oh my. Did I?! How about obsessed? NKOTB was my first concert!

12. What New Kid did you have a crush on? Donny, baby!

13. Did you play M.A.S.H? Mansion, Apartment, Shed, House... Oh my gosh...until I had married every cute boy in school in my white wedding dress, with my red Lamborghini, with 10 kids, living in a mansion.

14. Did you watch The Care Bears? I had a couple Care Bears, but don't remember watching it

15. Did you have Jelly bracelets? Loved the jelly bracelets

16. Did you have a charm necklace and/or bracelet? How about a hundred BFF necklaces with all my BFFs?

17. Did you have a Glo Worm? I think my sister did...I was too mature for such things

18. Did you ever own a slap bracelet? Loved the slap bracelets!

19. The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles? At the time, I was a little young for Definitely Breakfast Club

20. Did you have a crazy hair style? If crazy means really big requiring a bottle of Aqua Net a week, then yes.

21. What was your first bike? Pink...that's about all I remember. Never was a big bike rider.

22. Name one thing you still own from your childhood! Some books, blankets, Cabbage Patch dolls, I am sure my parents have a lot more stuff packed away somewhere

23. Did you have a Cabbage Patch Kid? Haven't you been paying attention?

24. Did you dress like Madonna? I tried...I had ribbed jeans and black patent leather shoes covered in safety pins. Boy, that was hot.

25. Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake? Definitely Strawberry Shortcake. I even had bunk beds made into a Strawberry Shortcake clubhouse. I can almost smell their hair now.

26. Did you watch Miami Vice? Nope - too young. Although I did think boys with white blazers were pretty hot.

27. Did you own a pair of Jelly Shoes? Yes, but my feet were too fat and wide to really "pull them off."

28. Did you own a Trapper Keeper? I think I owned every Lisa Frank product made

29. Atari or Nintendo? Ninetendo , but we didn't get one until it was uncool
30. Did you play Pac-Man? Nope.

31. Which was better: Neither...a little young for me.

32. He-Man or She-Ra? Neither...

33. What movie scared you the most? Hate scary movies...always have so probably Arachnophobia

34. Did you try to dance like Michael Jackson? Um, no.

35. What Is The First Thing That Comes To Mind When You Hear "Flux Compasitor"? Nada.

36. What other colors did Pepsi come in? Pepsi gross!

37.Roger Rabbit Or Howard The Duck? Roger Rabit , loved the movie!

38. Did you ever beg your parents to have your school picture taken with the 'LASER' background? Yes, but to no avail.

39. Do you know what the Ninja Rap is? TMNT?

40. Do you know why people cringe when they hear the word BUCKNER? No clue

41. Can you name the family members from National Lampoons Vacation movies? Hmm, Rusty is the only one I remember..oh wait, Ellen was the mom

42. Wally-World or Europe? Wally-World definitely

43. What was your favorite movie from the 80's? Loved Top Gun, Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller, Crocodile Dundee, Three Men and a Baby, Dirty Dancing, Big, Cocktail (before Tom Cruise got creepy)

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

I Rock

You Are Rock

Powerful and overbearing, you intimidate people with your presence.

People know they can't push you around, and they respect that.

Deep down, you are calm, confident, and unmovable.

You take everything pretty seriously, and you think deeply about all aspects of your life.

You tend to feel smothered by paper people.

You don't mind crushing the spirit of a scissors person.

When you fight, you: Use all of your strength

If someone makes you mad: You're likely to throw something at them

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Saturday, April 19, 2008


Living on a farm, we often find ourselves with an animal "dumped" on us. We are suckers and can't say no to a sweet little face. Here is the run down of our animals.

This is Tiger. He was dumped on us along with his brother (see below) and sister (God rest her soul.) Farm Guy found all three of them at the bottom of the grain pit all pitiful and stuck.

Tiger has 3 legs. He got caught in a trap (not ours) that was set along a nearby creek. He was missing for a few days and came back with one leg dangling. I took him to the vet, resulting in the amputation. Would you believe he is the fastest cat we have? He uses that back leg like a pogo stick!

This is Presley, Tiger's brother. When Farm Guy first brought him home, I saw his puffy face and fluffy fur and assumed he was a girl. Presley was known as Priscilla for the first few weeks of his life. I think this led to his anti-social personality.

This is Smokey, aka Fat Bastard. One day I opened the back door and this flash of gray fur flew past me into the house. He was fat and friendly and acted like he had lived here his entire life. We welcomed him into our home as an indoor cat. Fast forward to his first transaction in the litter box. You have never, EVER smelled anything as horrible and rancid as this cat's poop. Oh my Lord. It makes my eyes water just thinking about it. I thought surely after a few days of regular cat food, his system would be flushed out. Nope. This cat just has the nastiest ass ever. So, Smokey has found a loving home OUTSIDE.

This is Baby Kitty. Actually, Baby Kitty #2. My mom has had 2 baby kitties. This is her second one. She got Baby Kitty shortly after losing the first one much to my dad's chagrin. (He is so NOT a cat person.) Instead of getting a divorce, she decided to give Baby Kitty to us. Baby Kitty is one of the sweetest cats we have. He is quiet, easy-going, and loving. And fat.

This is Buttons, aka Minxie. (That's right. Our cats have nicknames.) Buttons and her brother (see below) were rescued by my sister on the night of my wedding rehearsal from the middle of a highway. She kept them at my parent's house during our honeymoon and then they came to live with us. Buttons got tired of fighting with all the male cats around here (she is spayed, as all of our animals are spayed and neutered.) So Buttons went to live at our red barn about 1/10 of a mile down the road. She lives with the cows and catches mice. Farm Guy and his cousin keep a bag of food down there and feed her each day. She is a petite little fat thing, happy as a clam to live all by herself in the barn.

This is Baxter. He is black. That about sums him up.

This is Noodles. She is my evil stepdaughter. Farm Guy has had her much longer than he has known me. She showed up at the place he was working and he brought her home. She is old. She is the only indoor cat, much to my dismay. She is weird and is always staring at me. She spends most of her life in the doorway, waiting for me to walk by so she can scratch my ankles.

This is Daisy. She was left at our red barn, tied up with a small pan of water on the 4th of July, three years ago. We scooped her up and took her home with us. She is a very sweet, always guilty looking dog. She worships Farm Guy and loves to lick. Edited to add: Daisy passed away this past summer. We loved her very much and know she is taking Gator rides in Doggie Heaven.

This is Jackie the Cow, the bane of my existence. We had a pregnant dog show up at our house last summer (the mom looked exactly like Jackie.) We fed her and allowed her to stay at our house to have her puppies. She had 6 puppies. We found good homes for all of them. Tractor Boy fell in love with Jackie and so we foolishly kept her. Well, now she spends 99% of her day finding things around the yard, garage, garbage, and other people's garbage to drag to our yard and chew. She chews EVERYTHING. Ugh. But, she is very sweet and Cole loves her so we do too.

This is Bear, otherwise known as Best Dog on the Planet. Bear's mom was hit along the road next to my school the first year Farm Guy and I were married. Bear and his brother were wandering the school yard. I got someone to take the brother, but Bear was mine. He was a little ball of fluff with the sweetest eyes ever. His breath smelled like the ass of a skunk, but that's another matter. On the way home that day, I stopped by Farm Guy's tractor shop, bringing Bear in with me. He rolled his eyes and said, "I don't want no GD dog." But I took him home anyway. About 10 minutes into their relationship, Bear became Farm Guy's best friend. Those 2 are inseparable. They farm together. They sit in the recliner together. Bear is the first person Farm Guy greets when he gets home from work. He truly is "Man's Best Friend."

This is Jose, the newest member of our family. Jose showed up shortly after Daisy passed away. Clearly God has a sense of humor and decided we didn't have near enough mouths to feed. Jose came to our farm at about the same that Jackie the Cow went into heat for the first time. We rushed her to the vet to take care of that business. But Jose? He never left. He has been our first full-time indoor dog. We have never had a small dog, but are enjoying him being here with us. He is feisty and fun and always shivering.

We certainly have enough 4-legged creatures around here...but I am sure there will be more. And we will take them in with open arms.

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Crayola Sand

Edited to add: 9/28/08: Just returned from Wal-Mart with 10 new bags of sand. They were on clearance from $6.74 a bag to $2.00 a bag! This time we went with green and pink!

While getting groceries at Wal-Mart, we decided to buy new sand to replenish Tractor Boy's sand box. Then we discovered Crayola colored sand! So cool! We bought 2 bags of regular sand along with a 20 lb. bag of purple for Little Miss and a bag of green for Tractor Boy. Take a look at the sandbox now!

The 20 lb. bags are $6.94 at Wal-Mart. They had blue, purple, green, and pink. Such fun!

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