Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blog Changes

As you can see, I have had a new blog makeover.  YAY!
Over the next couple days I will have a new domain as well.  So if you're following me ... please make the changes as I'm not sure Blogger will transfer to the new URL.

Within the next day or so you'll be able to find me at:

I'm SOOOOOO excited about all the new changes.  If you know me, you'll know my new blog name fits me PERFECTLY :)

Thanks for all your patience and support.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Yes, I Am Still Alive

I am so busy lately that I honestly feel like crying.  Between my family, my house, my work, reading, tests, and researching and writing articles for Traveling Mom .... I just haven't had a chance to blog.  I miss it.  I miss you guys!  I also miss Pinterest, Facebook, and Words With Friends.  I still update my Twitter but that's because it's a simple 140 character update that keeps some of my peeps up to date with what all is going on.

What all has happened in the last month......

* I decided to get a job.  I now work as a lunchroom and recess para at the Intermediate (3rd-5th grade) school.  I LOVE it.  Sure the 5th graders are mouthy stinkers.  The 4th graders are at the awkward stage.  And the 3rd graders, well ... they're ornery.  But still in that cute stage.  I only work 2 hours a day and the pay is actually GREAT considering all I have to really do is boss some kiddos around, hear hilarious stories about their families, receive a hundred hugs a day, and separate two arguing bffs before they hurt one another.
I get summers off plus all the other days off that my kids will have once they start school and (here's the best part) - it gives me a reason to wake up in the morning, get out of my pj's, and away from my little guys for a couple hours.

* I took a Class B CDL test to drive the school bus and PASSED (first try, btw).  Why? Because I guess I was getting greedy with money coming in now and wanted even more.  It's pretty much the same benefits as my other job except I get to bring my boys with me on my route.  I drove the bus the other day and loved it.  It's like that feeling you get when you get a new car .... you just want to drive it all the time.
I haven't started my own route yet as I still need to train some more.  But I can't wait!

* Reading.  I have started a new series called The Caster Chronicles.  I'm only on book 1 ("Beautiful Creatures) but I can't put it down.  Sometimes I pretend like I have to poop just so I can escape from my family and go read.  It's that good.

* I have the best friends a girl can have.  I don't have many friends ... but I have AMAZING friends.  I have the friends that I can tell secrets to and not have to worry about them telling other people.  I have friends that I can call any time of day and talk to them.  I have friends that spoil me (like making and sending my jewelry, watching my kids for me while I'm at work, and friends that buy/bought my family an annual membership to the zoo).  They're the ones that I can cry to, laugh with, make fun of, and be a dork in front of.  You girls know who you are.  Thank you for everything.  Thank you for being you.
And thank you for having girl's night once a month.
--Crys ... I wish we lived closer.  But you're alway in my heart and mind!

* My husband celebrated 11 years of being together.  Well ... "celebrated" isn't really a good word choice I guess.  We didn't get to do anything or go out alone, but we celebrated as a family by spending a couple hours at the park.  We let the boys go off and play (within sight that is) while we sat in the shade on the bench and talked.  I don't know about you ... but it's really hard to get a good conversation in with your mate once you have kids.  And our boys are so talkative and busy that we only get a couple hours a day total to talk to each other - and that's probably stretching it.
FACT:  After 11 years ... he's still opening the car door for me.
I don't know where I'd be if I didn't have that man in my life.  I say this over and over - but he is truly my rock.  There are days I turn to complete mush and mope around all throughout the house, and then he calls or comes up.  He knows just the right things to say to make my worst day ever, into the best.  I don't know what I did to deserve that man, but God knew that I needed him.  I hope that I am at least half as good to him as he is to me.  I hope that he feels he can count on me as much as I know that I can count on him.  He admits when he's wrong and has taught me to be able to do the same.  He has taught me to let things roll off my shoulder instead of letting those things keep me awake at night.  He has taught me to see the big picture in life.  He has taught me that as much as he wears the pants in the family - our decisions will always be made together as a family, not just by one person.  I love that he's spontaneous and that he's quick-witted.  I love that regardless of how bad I overcooked the spaghetti, it's the best he's ever had.  I love that even though I threw away a sack full of important papers and keepsakes, that he was able to shrug it off and tell me that it was just "stuff".  I love that he takes my side on everything but can also point out where I might be wrong in a way that shows he still supports me.  I love that I've woke up next to this man almost every morning for the past 11 years and that I'm just excited today than I was yesterday to see his handsome smile.  I love that he has given two of the most beautiful smartest boys.  I love that he will drop anything to go wrestle or play superheroes or build a tent with our boys whenever they ask.  I love that he is protective of me and the boys and will tell a passing stranger to "watch your mouth" when they're using offensive language.  I love that he sides with me when I discipline the boys and that I never have to worry about him going against my decision(s).
I am lucky.  I am grateful.  I am in love.  And I can't wait to continue waking up to him for the rest of my life.

So that's that.  I'm sure we've been up to more but it's 11:20pm and I am pooped.  I just finally had a minute and decided to let you know that I'm still alive.

I hope to get some structure soon so that I can check in with all of YOU and see what you've all been up to.  Until then ... I hope you and your family is well.

Good night!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'm Not Tired Yet! - A children's book review

I don't know about you but it is an every night battle trying to get my boys settled into bed.  I want to slap every "expert" that says: stick with routine .... take a bath, brush your teeth, read a book, etc.  I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING.

And then I came across the book: "I'm Not Tired Yet" by Marianne Richmond.  This book had me giggling with recognition.

In the story, 6-year-old Ralphie invents every excuse to delay his bedtime. His perceptive mom, however, sees his stalling as her invitation to engage Ralphie in a silly series of kisses, hugs, pinches, and pokes—all inspired by his favorite animals and each leaving the twosome in a heap of giggles.

I'm Not Tired Yet! inspires a playful bedtime routine that leaves kids and grownups looking forward to nighttime no matter how strong the allure of playtime.

Cash (age: 4) LOVES this book.  We read it at least once a week.  And :::knock on wood::: I don't want to jinx anything ... but bedtime has been going a little easier.

Title: I’m Not Tired Yet
Author: Marianne Richmond
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN: 978-1-4022-6878-6
Genre: Children
SRP: $16.99

About the Author:
Beloved author and illustrator Marianne Richmond has touched the lives of millions for nearly two decades through her award-winning books, greeting cards, and other gift products that offer people the most heartfelt way to connect. Visit

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of I'm Not Tired Yet to evaluate for my blog through Family Review Network. All opinions are 100% mine.

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