Monday, January 31, 2011

Did you ever smell your mom...

I've been told by many that newborns bond with their mothers through smell. And not just any smell, her smell. Yes, they also recognize the voice and know her touch, but the smell...the smell takes them back to where it all began.

My mom use to tell me a story from when she was growing up, and how she use to miss her mother after being gone for weeks at a time visiting relatives, and run into her arms and take a big sniff and melt into her arms as the smell of her familiar Momma would make her relax.

I remember growing up, I had a really rough day at school, and my mom was the school secretary, and I would fake headaches to get sent to the office just so she would hug me and take me in her arms. Thinking back now, I'm pretty sure it was the smell and comfort it brought me.

Emily spent all weekend at her grandparents and was gone for 3 days. When she got home Sunday evening, she curled up in my arms and grabbed my arm and SNIFFED. Then she looked at me and said, "Mommy, I missed you so much."

What is the smell that we seek? A hormone? A scent of home? A lotion? A detergent? A smell of food? A perfume? A smell only a Mom can emit? What is the smell?

I don't know what it is, but if it brings my baby home and into my arms and brings any ounce of comfort to her, then I'll stink of whatever smell she needs! :o)


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Anyone want a teenager...

He's super cute
Sleeps A LOT
Goes by the nick name "Pookie" from his mama
Works hard when he wants too and not when you need him too
Outgrows his clothes faster then I can buy them
Is taller then most women already and is not finished growing yet
Plays nicely with his Lil' sister when he's in the mood too
Otherwise he teases her nonstop until she's screaming
Likes to cuddle with his mama right before bedtime
But doesn't know who she is when friends are around
But knows where her wallet is when he wants something
He costs a lot in maintenance and upkeep
Braces come off in 4 months
VANS shoes cost as much as the payment for his braces
Talks on his cell phone more then he talks to his parents
Disappears into his room for endless hours at a time
Doesn't have anything to say to his parents other then "huh?, what? k, later, and fine"
Has countless girls calling his phone at all hours of the night
Said phone now left downstairs at bedtime
Has girls writing notes on his arms and backpack
Did I mention he sleeps a lot?
No really, A LOT
Did I mention the girls?
Did I mention how stinky he is?
His feet stink just as bad
So does his Axe he sprays on everything
And he goes through a bottle of Hair Gel a week
He eats a lot too
He eats everything
Nothing is sacred, he'll eat it
We have to order him his own pizza now, or we don't get any
He runs 2 miles a day in the evenings
He plays sports
He's really good at them
Did I mention that he eats a lot?
That I am now grocery shopping every 5 days instead of every 2 weeks?
Did I mention how cute he is?

FREE - to a good home
(he's potty trained)


Friday, January 28, 2011

When you may have crossed the line...

Have I mentioned that I'm moving? Yep - cross country too. Going from sunny California to Snowy Vermont. But the trade off is worth it, right? I'm moving into a fully furnished with all brand new furniture and decorations, and as my daughter says, the coolest part is the backyard that has a Hot Tub built into the granite rocks with a gas fireplace next to it. And it comes with a 2011 GM Arcadia SUV and lots of $$ to pay the taxes on this property.

Ok, Ok...I haven't actually WON the house yet on HGTV's Dream Home Giveaway, but when I do, I'm moving!

Emily is the sweetest, most gullible little thing in the world, and sometimes it's fun to play with her, and sometimes when your not even trying too, she falls right into it.

She saw me doing my daily entry to try and win this house and saw the pictures of the house, and asked what I was doing. I "casually" mentioned that I was looking at our new house (insert the snicker i added here after saying it). Well, she didn't catch the infliction of my voice or my snicker and freaked out!

"Oh my gosh, are we really moving? Where's my room? Can we bring Toby? What about my Toy's? Whose going to live here in this house? What about my friends? I'm going to be sad?"

So I ask "so do you just wanna stay here then?" Thinking this would be my way out of the conversation she so already believes is happening.

"Oh No Mom, I'm moving. I want a new house. I hate this house. This house is old. When are we moving? Can I bring my doll's? Are the boy's coming too or just us girl's?"

And before I could say another word, off she ran, down the stairs yelling "DDDAAAADDD, we're moving!!!!! And mom says we're going to ..., MOM, Where are we moving too? Vermont? Dad, we're moving to Vermont!"

I slowly peak my head out the door of the office, and my husband is furious with me because he knows exactly what just happened and is shaking his head at me with a smirk and says "Oh she's gonna make you pay for that"

So I sit Emily down and try in vain to explain that we haven't actually WON the house yet, but if we DO, then we will move, but until then, we are not actually MOVING anywhere. I swear all she heard was HOUSE and MOVE. We tried watching a movie, but every 5 minutes she would think of something else she needed to pack for the move and ask if we could take it or did she have to give away all her things?

Well, by the next morning, I assumed when she didn't wake up mentioning it that we were in the clear and she finally understood we were NOT moving. That is until I picked her and her friends up from school and as they piled in the car I hear "Cindy, is it true your moving? What about Emily's toy's? Can you take the dog? I'm going to miss you? Why would you move? What are you going to do with your house? I don't want you to move? Does my mom know your moving? I'm going to tell my mom your moving. Can we come with you?"

I was ready to either cry or laugh. This clearly was getting blown out of proportion and Emily OBVIOUSLY did not GET that we were NOT moving and had clearly NOT forgotten. I can just imagine what she told the school and friends.

So I try explaining to the girls and home we went.

The next day, I had several parents ask me if it was true? Were we moving? *sigh*

Then the girls pile into the car after school and tell me "My mom said you can't move with out us, and we're going with you. So I hope your house has room. And Emily said she can't take her toy's, but my mom said I can take all my toy's so Emily you can play with my toys. I'll bring my doll's and we can share. Wanna share a room? We can play and run around."

During the car ride home they had planned the whole future and how we were all going to live together. How her friend's mom worried about how to pay the property taxes on that house, how would we adjust to the snow and how would the dogs take to the new house, "Cindy, is there room for the dogs? Is there a dog house for them?"

OK...I "may" have crossed the line in telling her that night we were moving to a new house, but I clearly was kidding and had not intentionally planned on teasing her...

Now if you'll excuse me, i need to go unpack her suitcase now...


Happy Friday Quote...

"In order to Succeed, your desire for Success should be greater then your fear of Failure."
Bill Cosby

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Friday Quote...

"Remember your Yesterdays, but Live for Today, and while there is
still time...make Changes for your Tomorrows."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Diva in training...

Emily has discovered the phone. I'm not kidding at all. She calls her friends on it, they call her, and they talk about everything and nothing. And they do this for 45 minutes before I discover she is still on the phone and make her get off. They talk about what they are doing right then for example "Haley, what are you doing right now?", "No, I mean right now.", "Oh really, I'm sitting in my room talking to you too.", "Wanna play on our DS' and write to each other?", "When I log on I can't see you.", " Are you sure your on your DS?", "Cuz I'm in my room on my DS and I can't see you on it?". (Even though we live .5 miles away from Haley and the DS' only have a 20ft range, she doesn't understand why Haley isn't showing on her DS)

A few weeks ago, I heard her talking again and knew she had to be on the phone somewhere. And I had just chased her off the phone a few minutes before. When I came around the corner of my office, this is what I found:
Yes, A Diva has been born.



Friday, January 7, 2011

Well, do you...

Like the new look? It's for ringing in the New Year!
My New Year is starting off on a good foot so far. Good as in nothing horrendous or miserable has happened, no doctors visits this year so far, no surprising medical bills came in the mail, and I've managed to knock a few things off my list this week, of the things to get done while I am home.
Then's only 7 days into the New Year...

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Navy Nephew...

Please say a prayer and remember him in your daily blessings. He is being loaded onto a Military plane right now and being sent across the world from me to try and go save the world in a not so good of a place.

This is his first "real" deployment out, and worst is that they are sending him to another crew that is not his own nor will he know anyone. It sucks that there is such a limited supply of speciality skills out there and puts you in high demand.

I worry so much about him. But I know and trust that life's roads take us to many places and he will experience things he would never be able to otherwise. And as upset as he is about not being with his guys, just as life derails from what we may have "planned", his course will be reset and adjusted many times. And the possibilities are endless for him.

I miss him so much already and love him dearly.
God Speed...


Happy New Year's...

So on NYE, our big Sammy Group of friends that we go to concerts with, decided to have a "House Hopping" NYE party! We had so much fun.The little kds playing together.

So we start out having Appetizers and drinks at one house. Then after a couple hours we move onto the next house for Dinner and drinks. Then after a couple of more hours, we ended up at our house for Dessert and drinks. Each event had something unique. We sat around a fire pit in the 38 degree weather, and we played pool and beer pong at our house.
The pre-teen and teenagers all hung together.

The kids loved it! Just when they would get bored, it was time to move to another house.
Food galore everwhere...

Everyone had such a good time. I seriously think I didn't get that drunk because there was so much food being eaten all night long it soaked up any alcohol I may have consumed. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
The men trying to compare who's better at Pool.

We made some great memories. The women kicked butt in Beer Pong, the kids played hard on the Xbox and WII, and the men tried to play several rounds of Pool but I think the cases of beer being consumed may have interfered.
Did someone say "Beer Pong?"

Since we were the last house being "hopped", it was 2am before the last person wobbled their way down the street to home. After cleaning up around the house and getting food put away, it was about 2:45am when I finally crawled into bed.

And the best part was waking up with NO HANGOVER!!

But all four of us spent the day in our PJ's on New Years Day and watched movies all day long. It was really nice having a quiet and relaxing day to end the holiday season.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year...

I can not believe 2010 is over with already. I seriously do not know where the year has gone. But with that said, I am so pleased it is gone and good riddance! 2010 has got to be the worst year to date for my family.

We had several health blows to our family this year, and with those, medical bills that have financially drained us. Lots of issues with no answers. And then to top it off, I lost my job on December 31!

So 2011 has got to be better. It has to be a promising year. It has to hold more Hope then the last and it has to be full of answers and faith. I'm ready for it. I'm ready to see what 2011 has in store for us. For me.

It is really hard to start all over the older we get. New job, new co-workers, new commute, new adventures, new learning, and hopefully new money.

I am looking forward to in the new year a fresh start. A new outlook on life. A new and more positive attitude. I am making my new years resolution about me this year. To put myself first more. I've gotten my life and attitude derailed this year. Taking care of everyone and absorbing stress to the point of it affecting my health. I haven't been happy.

So this next year is about me. Because we all know, when momma's not happy, ain't no one happy! So I plan on making decisions that will be healthy and good for me. Even if it takes me out of my comfort zone. I'm going to challenge myself. I'm going to laugh again. I'm going to enjoy the day that was given to me. And I'm going to enjoy my kids again. And I'm going to love my husband for who he is now.

Here's to a New Year!

Bring it 2011...I'm ready for ya!