Saturday, January 31, 2009

Saturday Silliness

So many of the blogs I read have families going through tremendous hardships and tragedies. People losing jobs, caring for sick children and spouses, people fighting cancer, losing spouses, and just today I read about the passing of little Tuesday.

Each time that I post something, it seems trivial and unmeaningful. But for that, I am thankful. I am thankful that my biggest problem is being snowed in for 5 days. That a messy living room is cause for a post. Because that means that my life is blessed. My children are happy and healthy. We have secure jobs. We have money for food and clothes. We are safe and warm.

This is my attempt at brightening your day. Whether you are happy and healthy or dealing with something bigger than one can imagine...I hope one of these pictures makes you smile.

Whether you're feeling sad

or ashamed...
or overwhelmed...keep smiling.

If you are running late

or having a bad hair day, keep smiling.

If you're feeling bloated
or a little pooped, keep smiling.

If your child's school calls

or your insurance rates go up again, keep smiling.
If someone has hurt you
or made you mad, keep smiling.
If you're under the weather
or a little scatterbrained, keep smiling.
Remember, no matter what you're going could be worse.


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Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

This post is rated R

Merrie at Sleepless Mornings did a cute post with some of her favorite things starting with a certain letter. I thought it looked like fun, so she gave me the letter R.
So all of you perverts looking for something trashy, you may go now. (Mom, that means you.) Tee hee.
Here are some of my favorite R no particular order.

1. Reading-I love reading. I read each night before going to bed. Some nights it's only a few pages. Other nights, I get a few chapters read. Here are some of my favorite authors. 2. Raspberry Mocha from Starbucks. Yum-O. I like all varieties of the raspberry mocha. Hot, iced,'s all good.
3. Rum. I enjoy rum, particularly when it's in a peach daiquiri...the perfect summer drink. AND it just so happens to be the first alcoholic drink I had at a restaurant when I was 21. The same night I met my husband. Memories.4. Red toenails. My favorite red? Cha-Ching Cherry by OPI. I had a picture of my toes, but I know feet creep some people out. I decided to play it safe. You're welcome.
5. Run DMC. I like to kick it old school on occasion which is why I love my old school hip hop channel on the Sirius radio. Walk this Way with Aerosmith and Run DMC? Youtube was being mean and wouldn't let me add the video of the song, but here's the link if you want to check it out.

6. Rice. I love all kinds of rice...steamed, fried, Rice-a-Roni. My favorite rice dish when I need some comfort food is to add a can of cream of mushroom soup to some cooked rice. It's delish.
7. Romantic comedies. I don't see movies very often these days, but I still love watching some of my favorites now and then. I really only like comedies, especially romantic comedies. I know...I'm a sap. These are some of my favorites that I could (and do) watch over and over.
I may or may not have a girl crush on Meg Ryan.

8. Rings. I have several rings but usually wear the same 3 each day. My wedding, engagement, and a ring from my mom. They are in desperate need of a cleaning. And my hands? So dry and scaly. Must get lotion.

9. Redesigning my blog. I love using Scrapblog to make new headers. And I've learned enough HTML to know how to add a background to match. And now I am experimenting with borders. It's been fun learning just by trial and error. Lots of error!!

10. Running errands by myself. There's something about a 3 and 5 year old that can make even the simplest of tasks difficult. Running to Target, the post office, even the gas station used to be so simple. Unbuckle seat belt, open door, walk in. With the 2 kids? Even now that they are in booster's just more difficult. And no matter where we are going or what we are doing, it takes 2 hours. By the time they are done arguing, fighting, taking their coats off, putting their coats back on, deciding where to sit in the cart, getting back out of the cart, grabbing bags of chips, Fruit Roll-ups, knocking displays makes for a long day. So on the rare occasions when I run errands after school, before I pick the kids up...HEAVEN.
Want to play along? Email me and I will assign you a letter!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day, part deux

Yesterday was our first snow day of the week. We are off again today and the snow is still coming down!

Yesterday we ventured out to play, but not for long. The wind chill was so cold, our cheeks couldn't take much! We did get a few minutes of playing in...although I think it took longer to prepare to go out to play than we actually played. Oh well...that's the fun of a snow day, right?
The dogs love to run and get crazy in the snow. They bury their snouts, then run and jump on anything nearby. Mostly that was Little Miss, who kept getting knocked down. But she didn't seem to mind.In this first picture, she had walked up the "steps" to the porch. But the steps were completely covered in snow. She forgot there were steps on the way down and slid right down on her tummy. Luckily it was soft and no tears!

Thankfully there are tractors around here that can clear a driveway in no time flat. Cole thought he would get a head start using his little snow shovel. After about 2 scoops he decided the task was a bit more than he could handle.
What's better than curling up on a cold snowy day and taking a nap?! Nothing, if you ask me. Most of the creatures around here decided that sounded like JUST the thing to do. Look, even Barbie and her friend Alexa decided to take a nap.

Did you notice any children napping? Um, no. No, you did not. Because naps are SO boring. The kids spent the majority of their day skydiving from the furniture.

I would like to take this moment to thank Blogger, YouTube, and Vimeo for not only taking 4 hours to try to upload a 2 minute video of my children jumping from the furniture, but then failing to upload. Good times.
When we weren't jumping from the furniture, playing in the snow, building castles out of blocks, or eating popcorn while watching Tom and Jerry, we were making (and eating) cookies.

Who knows what tomorrow has in store for us. A regular day? 2 hour delay? Snow day? It's rather exciting not knowing what the day will bring!

Edited to add: Snow day AGAIN tomorrow! Okay, part of me is excited to sleep in and stay in jammies all day. But the other part of me is not looking forward to yet another day stuck in the house. I'm pretty tapped out on all my creative mommy ideas. And I really need to get out of the house! Ack!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Snow Day!

John Deere Mom here, coming to you live from the family room. Yes, folks, thanks to 5 inches of snow on the ground (and another 7 or so on the way) today is a snow day. Tomorrow looks to be the same. Can I get an amen?!

I have used my morning off to catch up on some much needed picture editing. Oh sure, the dishes are piled up, laundry is taking over the house, but one needs priorities. And today's priority? Getting some weekend pictures put together.

We spent Sunday at my parents' house. My mom made my meal of choice for my birthday...sushi, egg rolls, and potstickers. Oh yeah, Pioneer Woman is so fancy with her own sushi chef...but my sushi chef (try saying that 3 times fast) is my very own MOM! The kids were all too eager to help prepare the meal.

I pretty much ate my way through my 32nd birthday. (Let's see...Noodles & Co, Coldstone, Chilis, steak and baked sweet potato, sushi, eggrolls...and that was just one weekend.) But ohmygosh was that Japanese meal delicious. I am still munching on leftover sushi. SO good.
Okay, the cheese pictures really had nothing to do with that meal...but who can resist pictures of an adorable child cutting the cheese?!

Thankfully the can o' squid was more for fun than anything else. Oh my heavens did it stink up the kitchen. Nasty, nasty stuff it was. But my boy was ready to help. And would you believe he TRIED some?! My mom (who will literally eat anything) tried some and said it was notsogood. It was very difficult to hide my gagging reflex as he chewed it up.
Once the food was prepared, it was dress up time. Grandma had plenty of dresses and wigs to make The Princess happy as can be. And look at that long, beautiful hair! My poor girl has always had hair issues so to see her with that long hair was a sight! And it matched her real hair color perfectly. You better believe that came home with us.
And of course, no day would be complete without multiple clothing changes. Here is the wedding dress rehearsal dress which has become her everyday dress. And by every day, I mean every day.
While Cole was busy chopping up squid, Little Miss and I made a Target run for some essentials. It started to snow a bit when we were leaving and I snapped this pic of her trying to catch a snowflake on her tongue. Not a bad pic from my phone. You know, my totally awesome new phone.Now it's time to bundle up and head outside to play in the snow. Snow pics to come later!

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunday Morning on the Farm

Sundays are the best day of the week around here. The kids and I can stay in jammies all day if we please. The husband is happy to be able to work on the farm all day long, regardless of how cold it is...14 degrees today to be exact. And what better way to spend such a gorgeous winter day than spreading manure...

As soon as Cole heard what the guys would be doing today, he quickly started spreading his own manure. Little did he know he would soon get to help with the real thing.Most of the cattle on this farm are contained...meaning they stay in the barn area rather than graze in a field. What does this mean? It means a lot of poop is what it means.
Every few weeks or so, the barns need cleaned out. Usually that requires one of these...

and one of these.
Then the real fun begins.

And when you're done, you have a steaming pile of sh!t. Literally.

This goes onto the fields for fertilizer. And this is where I thank my lucky stars that it is 14 degrees. Frozen poop smells much less worse than non-frozen poop.

Those of us not spreading manure stay warm in trucks.

And still others stay home and get fancy.

And when all the manure has been spread, that's when the sh!t really hits the fan. Because Mommy comes back to pick you up. And you haven't had near enough time with the manure. Or the tractor. Or the skid loader. And you're mad. You're really, really mad.

But then Mommy brings you in for hot cocoa and cookies. And you thaw out and realize Mommy isn't so bad after all. She might not compare with cow manure, but she'll do. For now.

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