Thursday, July 31, 2008

Not the Fold, Flip and Roll!

My Sister sent me this picture.

Yes, Katie Holmes is sporting the dreaded Fold, flip and roll jean. Hopefully, she is filming a 80's movie remake.I wasted too much of my childhood "getting the perfect roll", to ever go back!

Cute Clippies!!!

Here is a super cute place to get

the most adorable clippies!

And she's having her first Giveaway.

Hurry on over and check it out.

It's the last day,Contest ends tomorrow!

Friday, July 25, 2008

What A Day!

Yesterday we went to the park. Finally, it has been cool enough to do something other than the pool. It was a cool 89 with very little humidity. We were able to play at the park without any complaints about the heat. Is it too early to anticipate Fall?

We took my mom, Bebah, as my girls call her, along with us. It was very relaxing, which is not always the case with 4 girls under foot. My mom is having surgery today, so she will be resting for the next couple of weeks. No lifting the little ones for a while. Her pre surgery diet was only liquids after noon. Watermelon must count as a liquid.

The big girls like the idea of watermelon, but don't really like to eat it. Rob and I love it! Every year we "try" it again. They were eager to pick out the perfect one, only after touching all 50 first. :) Emerson liked the sound it made when she played it like a drum.

The anticipation grew as we cut into the melon and could see the beautiful red peaking through. Then the disappointment flooded their faces. NO black seeds? Where are the seeds? Seedless of course....we have a toddler. Not a huge hit with the girls. First a NO bow day and then they wanted a spitting contest. What ladies!

They look excited!

So juicy!

Clearly, we have a winner!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Whatever, major loser!

I admit I'm very conservative when it comes to what my girls watch on TV. For most of their lives they had very few choices. Anything that was on PBS Kids or Noggin was always fair game and they could watch some choice Disney Chanel cartoons. As they still say, "we can only watch the good shows, the kind with a G." What more could they want?

I was informed by my second grader, that all her friends get to stay up (past 7) and watch American Idol and she still watches the baby channel. Since the 7 o'clock bedtime is here to stay, I figured I needed to give her a few older shows. They have since enjoyed many cute Disney shows with real people.

My girls adore High School Musical, so I thought that the newest Disney TV movie, Camp Rock would be similar. It had the same dreamy elements of music and young romance blended together with a message of being true to yourself. Good wins over evil and even the bully is changed for the better. No HSM, but ok.

What my girls learned was a few songs and how to give the "whatever, major loser" sign on the forehead. Yes, like the "L" loser sign of our day just preceded by 3 three finger gestures of W.E.M. As if the "Loser" sign wasn't fresh enough.

Who knew all my years of restricting television viewing could be wiped out in 5 seconds by a made for TV Disney movie?

Friday, July 18, 2008


Twice in one day. I hope both of you feel special.

Yes, there was indeed a contest. Landon actually entered 2 different drawings. She won 1st place and 2nd place. Way to go! Not the cash she dreamed of, but plenty of goodies. Hey, it saves me a trip to the dollar store.

As for the phone number. Yes, I am a bit dyslexic when it comes to numbers. Clearly, I need to start proofing before posting (or just keep some things in my head).

Catch my Breath

It has been a typical week with 4 girls. Never enough time. We have attended 2 adorable birthday parties. One was a fabulous 70's Disco sleepover. Judging by Landon's mood, more disco than sleep. The other was the cutest Fancy Nancy party, complete with necklace making, story telling and the most delicious chocolate parfaits. All the Fancies had fun.

Daddy took the girls to the pool twice this week, to give me a much deserved break. A small fraction of what this stay at home mom needs to fully regain sanity, but every little bit helps.

Landon and Olivia are both working on some fun summer things at art class. From what my excited 8 year old says, she has entered a drawing contest. She said she illustrated a bible verse that a real judge will see. They pick someone to win and give the winner prises, or maybe even money. Ah, money. Now I see. I'm sure she already has a dollar store treasure in mind.

We had a special visitor this week. The cable guy. No more busy signal! At last a working land line (well, digital wireless). I spent the day on my home phone, resetting the cable boxes and Internet, since my new modem sends a different signal. No reason the cable guy should be bothered with all that. Give me a call, 876-5309.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Anyone who has tried to call my home phone in the last year or so, knows that 90% of the time your greeted with the ever pleasant busy signal. Not because it's in use, just because. Because, for a reason undetectable by the phone company, it's just busy. They assure me it's nothing. I just ask that they fix the "nothing" so I can get something on the line. The problem still exists, even after many failed attempts and purchase of a new phone, since it's "not on their end".

Last month, I finally called my cable provider to look at my options for a digital phone. I already have the pricey Cadillac cable TV/DVR/HDTV/Internet package, (all more necessary than air) so they'll just throw it in for a few bucks more. Score!

7,000 questions later, after a top secret third party verification process......presto......the cable guy will be at me house promptly, in three weeks. I'm still wondering how much prep he actually needs to install (plug) it to the modem, when I already have cable. I, myself am not "qualified" to attemp the installation (plugging) on my own. Whatever, she says it's the earliest appointment available and it's dirt cheap.

This Monday is the scheduled phone day, so I was surprised when I checked my messages and heard the cable company on the line. The over friendly employee, was calling to inform me that my appointment was being moved out to Wednesday. Unfortunately, it was scheduled "sooner than is the normal practice". Everyone must complete the necessary wait time before the technician can make a house call to "install" a digital line. I laughed out loud. Ashton, is that you? I think I've been Punk'd.

HELLO, They actually have a minimum wait policy. That explains so much about their customer service and the soaring cost of cable.

I can live a fuller life knowing they created a special department to over see those very important guidelines. After all, No one likes a line jumper.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Mean Monday

Surprise! Two days in a row....crazy. Let me start by saying, I feel like I have spent half of the summer with my Pediatrician. A few weeks ago we went for Emerson's 18 month check up where she got 3 shots. My older girls were totally traumatized. The 3 hugged each other while they cried and screamed in support, before the shots were given. Once the excitement was over they immediately needed to know their own shot schedule. The nurse said, "don't worry girls, no shots until your check ups". Good one, now I can add that to our, "is today the day?" list of questions. You know, Is today the party? Is today swim class? Is today my turn to sit in the special seat in the car?

Last week, we had Connor's 5 year old check up. The dreaded kindergarten one that's full of tests. (Eyesight being the one she failed, but that's for another day.) Out of fear, my oldest girls stayed in the play area to avoid even seeing the shots. However, no one was spared the screaming, which was loud enough to hear in the parking lot. I'm judging by their looks of disbelief, to see Connor return to the play area sporting a huge grin and the beloved sticker, it sounded deadly. She simply said,"it was nothing", and off we went for ice cream.

Well, Mean Monday arrived. I scheduled Landon and Olivia's 8 and 7 year checkups together to avoid yet another visit. Which translates into, bring another adult to help drag the screamers from the car, since they stick together like glue during a crisis. I eventually won the battle and made to our double appointment only 15 min late. I say won because a few minutes more and it would become a "necessary reschedule", since it's only acceptable for a patient to spend the extra 30 min wait until your "real" appointment time, in the waiting room. While we waited, Connor's advice for the older girls was, ask for "booster-seat" shots because they hurt less than the "chicken-pop" kind and just remember to think about good things and I'll hold your hands. Bless her heart. They were not amused. After a very long, sad visit, weight and height was taken and 4 eyes, 4 ears, 2 noses and 2 hearts were checked. Finally, our wonderful Doctor enter the room to announce Mean Monday was complete, without even one shot. As it turns out, none were needed after all. Go figure.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Summer did not bring all the free time I was dreaming of. Although, No homework and No schedules to keep has been a blessing. I will set my blogging goal a bit higher and aim for 2 posts a month. :) We have been having a blast. Everyone has new summer cuts and are enjoying the heat. We had a great 4th, complete festive piggies.