thursday three {weird}

Seen anything weird lately?


Justin Biebers black leather .....mmm I don't know, pants? on Dancing With The Stars Results show last night.  It reminded me of Mean Girls, when Regina George told Gretchen Weiners, "Stop trying to make fetch happen!  It's not going to happen!"

J.B. those MC Hammer Aladin pants didn't go over well in the 80's, they aren't going to happen now either.  Sorry bro.

While we're talking DWTS ...who was the first to go? 
Pamela Anderson.
No surprise there. 
I don't know which was more weird, her dancing or the way she was acting?

Carrie Ann Inaba complimented her for “living the drama” of the dance, but went on to say it was “a bit uncomfortable.”  ummm yeah,... much uncomfortable would be more like it.

Pam reminded me of Anna Nicole Smith.  Just weird.

Lastly, while using google to search books, I stumbled upon this gem:

What the???   *jill did a double take* 

THAT is messed up! ...and just weird.

oh.  Oh!  OH!
Just one more thing...

is coming to Kansas City baby!
For realz!  You can read about it {Here}.
Can we all agree this is the best news ever!?

Granted, it wont be till 2014.  By then something new will come along. 
Oh well. 
Still good news!


So Random

This is Caden, my 12 year old son.

Like the Energizer Bunny, he keeps going - and going - and going.

All day, every day, he's asking me questions.  Not that that's a bad thing.  I love my kids to explore and imagine....to "boldly go where no man has gone before." 

These questions though. I don't know where they come from or how to answer them someitmes.

So many. 

So Random.

I kept a list over the weekend, just for fun.

Will the homeless have homes in the future?

Will Carody ever get her hair dry?

Is “Pet Salon” the weirdest game ever made?

Will I ever become someone like Darth Vader?

Is it possible to be carried away by a hawk to his nest?

Will I be really really really really smart?

Will I be really really smart?

Will Carody ever GET smart?

Is Maisy the cutest dog in the world?

Will I ever be a role model? Will I ever be a picture model?

Was I the cutest baby? Was Carody weird when she was a baby? Was Carody ever dropped on her head when she was a baby?

Was life easy in the olden days, as they say, with no TV?

Is it true that sticks and stones can break your bones?

Will Carody ever drop her phone on the cement again?

Will Carody ever be in a movie called “Dumb & Dumber Who’s the Dumbest?”

Will I ever solve the puzzles of the world? Will I ever solve a word puzzle?

Can a man marry a cow?

How many tattoos can fit on a body?

Does anyone know all the words in the dictionary?

Caden Bear ....I love you so very much bud. 

But, Whewww!  I am tired.


Trying to Exhale

Last night was bad.

I wanted to yell at someone.

And I did.

I wanted to cry.

And I did.

I wanted to hit someone or something.

So I took a hot bath.

Being a parent is hard.

It’s a million times harder than the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

You will doubt every decision, every choice, every opinion.

You will live in fear you’re going to mess up (your kid).

You will not be perfect.

You will fail.

You will fight with your partner and snap at them.

You will get angry over stupid things.

You will cry in the bathroom.

You will have restless, sleepless nights.

Being a parent is amazing.

You will be amazed, joyful, and exhilarated.

You will learn to use parts of your brain, body, and soul that you’ve never used before.

You will love harder than ever before.

You will learn to trust your instincts, and choices, and settle into yourself.

You will make peace with not being perfect.

You will respect and admire your partner in new ways.

You will eat cold mac-&-cheese for breakfast and eggs for dinner.

You will cry in public when you talk about your child, or while watching them do something simple.

You will never sleep because you don’t want to miss a second of their life.

No, this isn't a dream.  It's parenting.

I love my kids immeasurably.

I think they’re brilliant creatures whose flaws I look forward to learning and loving.

I gush at how wonderful life is with them in it.

There isn't a day that goes by I don't feel eternally grateful for them both.     So when does it end?  When does the roller coaster slow and stop, and the safety straps unlatch?   Never, I'm learning.   My children are still riding, and I'm still waving and trying to exhale.  My mom tells me that she is still watching me from afar as well, as I ride what she sees as "a roller coaster" of my own.     "A mother is only as happy as her saddest child," so the saying goes.  She's only as anchored, and grounded, and reassuring, too. 
  But another part of this parenting job is to do a damn good impression of having our feet solidly on the ground.  Right?   I've held my breath long enough.     Exhale.    Breath, and enjoy the ride. 


I Believe In....

It's Monday.
It's hard for me to get going this morning.  I woke up even more congested, my eyes are so swollen you could pack for a vacation in the bags under them, and my heels have massive sores on them from running in new shoes last night.

It's ok.  I'm here.  I got the kids to school, trash to the curb, and now I'm at work eating my Cheez-Its for breakfast; reading blogs.  Blogs are fuel for my Monday.

I often stop by Living In Yellow, it's written by cutie pie peach: Erin. You should really run on over and check her out. You.  Will.  Love Her.  She always makes me smile!

Just the other day, Erin posted "I Believe In..." It was inspired by the well known Audrey Hepburn quote:

You can read the original post {Here}

Anyway, I just can't seem to stop thinking about it.  It's like I can't shut off my mind! 
I've been writing down the things that pop into my head.
Evidently they need an out!
Here it goes...

I Believe In....

Hugs.  Especially from Big Daddy or my kids.  Anywhere, anytime.

Laughing.  A good laugh is just good medicine and good for the soul.

No Regrets.

Learning something new.  Create.  Never stop learning.  The mind is a great and powerful thing.  Use it!

Tanning.  Yes.  I'm a tanner.  I call it my therapy session.  I'd rather be tan than have my nails done.  For reals.

White teeth.  A pretty smile....it's captivating, on Anyone.

Sales.  I do not believe in spending any more than I have to.  Anytime.  Anywhere.

Being You!  We're all human beings sharing the same planet.  God created each and every one of us ...and he Loves each and every one of us.

God is Love.  Simple as that.

Dancing.  Lighten up and move to the groove.  Enjoy yourself!

Tailgating.  Fire up the grill, have a brewskie, and hang out with the gang!

Forgiveness.  Holding on to anger will kill the heart.  Learn to forgive and grow into the person God intended you to be.

Salt.  I'd rather have salt over sugar any day.  Good ol' fashioned table salt.  Actually, it's good for your heart.

Wine.  Nuff said.

God.  I don't however, believe in preaching to you about him.

Hair Spray.  Come on now ....I'm a girl of the 80's.

Musicals.  A good musical makes me happy from the inside out.

Blogging.  I love documenting my life, my family, and sharing with others.  I do not like others telling me how I should go about it.  It's my blog.  My way.  Just sayin.

Grilled Anything!  I don't care what it is.  It's just better when thrown on the grill!

Be thankfull.

Daisies.  The prettiest, happiest,sweetest flower of them all.

Long holiday weekends.  This speaks for itself.

Old photographs.  I love looking at old pictures and wondering what's the story behind it?

Retro Rock & Roll.  Nothing gets you moving like a little old time rock & roll.

I Do NOT Believe In ....

Crocks of any kind &/or color.  Can you say U-Glee!

Twitter.  I just don't like it.

Bragging.  Nothing turns me off more than someone going on and on, and on and on about themselves.  I'll grab my phone and start Facebooking, Instagraming, or texting just so I don't have to listen to the babbling.

Obama.  I honestly think we're screwed either way.

Lipo.  That's just gross!  Do some sit-ups.

Vampires.  I just don't get the vampire thing.  Sorry.

Rude people.  Rudeness is just not necessary.  At all.  And it's ugly.

Leggings.  Seriously.  I will not back down on this one.  Say it with me:

I don't believe in those nose piercings either.  C'mon people.  Really?!  It is not attractive in the least ....and.  Well, it's gross.  Makes me gag.

What do You believe in?  It's something to think about. 

I hope you're given a million reasons to Smile this week.

Oh yeah, and I believe in Cheez-Its for breakfast!  Most definitely.




Candid Kids

This is what happens when your daughter gets a hold of your camera...

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it a kazillion more....
my kids make me laugh.
There just isn't anything better than that!

Take more pictures with your kids.
It's fun!
I found this printable from Rebecca.
This will get you started on your playful journey.
Run on over and take a look around.
Hey, while we're talking about
cheerful, and innocent.
You have GOT to go by and check out Jason Lee.
  He is a wedding photographer who absolutely adores his girls
...and just so happens to take thee most fun photos of the little darlings!
Visit him {Here} and {Here}


Thursday Three {ecstatic}

It's official.

I'm doing it.

I'm officially signed up for the Color Run.

I. Can. Not. Wait!  I am so SO Excited!  ....errr ugh Ecstatic!

Another reason I'm so SO excited is because....

are ya ready for it?

I am finally going to Whatever Craft Weekend!

Yes!  I'm doin' the happy dance!

aaaand I can't wait to make me one of these!

Number 3.

This Friday will be my baby girls very first Homecoming. 
Game & Dance. 
She'll be cheering at the game and then going to the dance. 
*hmph!*  I have a child going to Homecoming.  Wow!
Me = {happy/sad/happy/sad}

She's growing up 2 - 2 fast for Me.

I will definitely be posting pics!


Wordless Wednesday {laugh}

With words, of course.

"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh
.....at Yourself."
~Ethel Barrymore



Rooster Ralph

Meet Ralph ...
He watches over the Sunflowers.

If I were a flower...
I'd like to be a Sunflower.
To always follow the sun,

Turn my back to the darkness,
Stand Proud,
and Straight.  

Even with my head full of seeds.

Ralph says,
"A good life is when you smile often,
dream big, laugh a lot
and realize how blessed you are for what you have."

I think the rooster may be one smart fella.


Thursday Three {gleeful}

Thank you Taylor Swift for embedding this song in my head.

Really.  I can't stop singing it. 

Tasty and tart plums.

I've been eating a lot of them lately.

I don't know why, but I can't seem to get enough of the ruby fruit.
Someone noticed this and suggested I make a cake.  Hmmm... now there's something I've not tried.  I mean, I've made a cake before, just not with plums.  So I found {this} recipe from Real Simple for Upside Down - Plum Cake.  I've not made it yet, it's on my to do list.  I'll let you know how it turns out.


I don't get excited about a lot of TV shows, however, we are a family of Gleeks!  It's the one show we can all sit down and laugh, sing, dance, and talk about "things"... sometimes we end up talking about things I don't really want to talk about.  But I'd rather talk about the world outside our home instead of being blind sided by what's out there.  Ya know?

So, anyway, I'm gleeful for the new season!  
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