Friday, July 31, 2009

Kids Are In The House!


My very best friend and her husband had to fly to California yesterday for business. I offered to take their 3 lovely children through Monday. So, I have two 11 year olds, two 9 year olds and a 5 year old. Pretty easy to take care of.

So far, so good! We went to Roaring Springs for 5 hours yesterday. Had a blast, eating pizza, ice cream, etc. That endless river needs to be in my back yard. I love that!

Today we are doing chores and watching movies. If it wasn't so hot I'd walk all of them to the library, but I think we'll drive.

My house is a bit of a mess. I gave up picking things up and trying to de-clutter. It's just going to have to be messy! The kids are all getting along swell and we are fixing spaghetti and meatballs tonight.

My dog Belle is having so much fun with all the attention she's getting. She's also very tired at the end of the day, as are the kids. And me, I just realized, and it's not even the end of the day!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Moon

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Monica's Story


I just finished reading this book today and wanted to share my thoughts. At the time this story was unfolding, I was 28 years old, married and working full-time. I was also a Republican and very conservative. Without really caring about what this whole quagmire did to Monica Lewinsky, I swallowed the news accounts about how she was a home-wrecker, loose, etc. and hated her and the President for the tawdry story all together.

Ten plus years later; I have a much better idea about how the world works, I'm still married, have kids now, have changed my politics considerably and came upon this book with an open mind. I actually wanted to hear what she had to say about everything that happened to her. She was young, only 3 years younger than myself. She was not a home-wrecker, even though she had been with a different married man before the President. She was young, foolish and concerned with her weight. Having any older men pay attention to her was flattering. The older, married men should be the ones being held responsible; not a young, impressionable, unworldly girl.

This ruined her life. She was used by both political parties as a pawn. Kenneth Starr should be thrown out of this country for the way he treated her. He was practically a modern-day Nazi to her and her family, and nobody stopped him. Bill Clinton is like a lot of other men--obsessed with sex and the power he held over her and everyone else. Monica was not that much older than his daughter, and yet, he had an emotional and somewhat sexual affair with her. His self-discipline is so weak and pathetic it makes me sick. He had no thought of what this might do to her and her future, or if he did, he didn't care. Shame on him. She was in love with him and envisioned a time in the future where they would be married and together forever.

I'm not saying she didn't do anything wrong, but I can look at her now and give her my empathy and wish her only the best. I never understood her, and I'm glad I've read her account. I also understand that it is her story, and puts her in the best possible light. I think the author did a really excellent job laying it all out so that those of us who don't live in the Beltway can understand the layers upon layers of intricate politicking that went and does go on there everyday.

It's a good read, and I recommend it to anyone who either doesn't remember it, or does, but never heard her side.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Today

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Entertainment


This is all I want to do today.....

Friday, May 22, 2009

More Often Than Not

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

One Reason I love Belly so much...


She laughs at my jokes!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The Wolf


Today, they delisted this amazing animal from protection. I know wolves are a controversial subject, but after seeing one up close and in the wild, I can only hope they will not be hunted to extinction once again. My great grand-father took part in their eradication. I've seen pictures of his kills. I grew up on a ranch and know the value of calves and other animals. I hope we can find a happy medium, because these animals have just as much right to live as cows or sheep....I'm just saying!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Yellowstone Pictures

Here are some pictures of Yellowstone. More to come.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Look What This Guy Found in My Car Trunk!!




About a month ago, one of Jeff's very good friends gave us some Salmon Oil Supplement to squirt on our dog's food. About 2 weeks later I found the Salmon Oil in my trunk, leaking all over the carpet. I threw it away and cleaned up as best I could, but the smell is lingering horribly.

Today I am finally taking drastic measures to rid the smell of Salmon because I cannot go one more day! It is so bad, I am smelling it in places where there has never been a Salmon in the history of time--like my back patio, the hallway at school and even on my walks. It has permeated my ole factory glands and I'm afraid I'm scarred for life!

As we speak, my trunk is full of baking soda. Later, after I vacuum, I plan to spray an entire bottle of Fabreeze in there. If that doesn't work, I'm getting a new car. And I'm not kidding.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cats

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gram-Cracker & Papa


My parents left yesterday after a nice 6-day visit. Ben coined a new name for my mom--Gram-Cracker. It kinda stuck and I like it! (Not sure if she likes it or not?!)

The weather was not very nice the entire time they were here, but we made due and kept ourselves entertained. On Saturday, mom and I went to a gardening class at Zamzows and then hit the mall. Nothing like shopping for bras together for a great bonding experience! Todd and Becca joined us for tacos later and we had a good visit. It was Becca's first time meeting my dad.

Sunday Jeff wowed them with his culinary skills by making Thai. Tuesday we took in the War Hawk Museum in Nampa--a great WWI and WWII (as well as some other war memorabilia) museum. I highly recommend a visit there is you have any interest at all in history.

Dad helped me trim some trees and we had a great time doing it in the rain. Now I just have to figure out a way to get all those branches tied up and out of my way. I wish we had a burn pile, but living in the suburbs, people frown on huge bonfires in the back yard!

I was sorry to see the folks take off yesterday. It was such a cold, wet, windy, miserable day. I got into a real funk. So, the boys and I decided to just hole up and watch movies. We LOVED "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." I fell asleep watching "Madagascar II" but the boys liked it.

I am waiting with baited breath for spring. If I can just hold on a few more weeks right? Think sun!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Oh, My Hammy!


Well, I did it. I did something I've chuckled at other people doing. Please forgive me other people.

I fell off the treadmill this morning. If I wasn't in so much pain, I'd laugh. Well, I did sort of laugh/cry when it happened. When I got into the privacy of my own home, I just flat out cried.

How did this happen? One minute I'm loping along on the treadmill listening to "Rocket Man" and the next I'm flying off the back grabbing and reaching for the sides and that big ole emergency STOP button. That, I might add, is WAY too far away to hit when you are flinging off the back of the machine. They need to put one on the carpet behind the machine so when you are laying there on your face it is easily within reach.

Once I got it turned off, I assessed my injuries. I knew right away my hamstring was toast. As I stepped off I figured out that my knee was also not right. As I limped toward the door, my hip freaked out. And guess what the lady behind me on the elliptical did? Nothing. She didn't take her ear buds out and ask if I was ok or anything. She just kept on going only giving me a cursory glance. Nice lady! At least when I giggle inside at someone who falls, I always offer my help or ask if they are ok. Sheesh.

I'm going to see if my sweet nurse sister-in-law can steal some Percoset for me, but I'm not holding my breath. I guess OTC will have to work. No dancing this weekend I'm afraid.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Is Winter Over Yet?

The 25 Random Things Thing

1. Why are there so many phone books? They are like rabbits, all over my house. Can I somehow request that I don't want them?

2. I don't mind being alone most of the time. I'm kinda like my dad and enjoy my own company!

3. I'm a spender, but I spend money on weird stuff. Instead of clothes or shoes, I foolishly buy cute office supplies and calendars. I buy those adorable paper clips and flowery post-its. I have drawers full of funky office supplies. I can't help it!

4. I think people who abuse and hurt others should be locked away forever. Death is too good for them.

5. I used to be extremely conservative, but as I age, I lean more and more to the left everyday. Things are not so black and white anymore.

6. Along with number 5, I find that now I'm older, I have so much more compassion for people than I used to have. I've realized we are all just doing the best we can with what we have. People need encouragement and not judgement.

7. I had a great childhood.

8. I used to wonder if I got married too young (barely 20). I know now that I did marry too young, but I married the right person at least! I think there should be a law that you can't marry until you are 27.

9. I also think you should not be allowed to have credit cards until you are married.

10. I know that spreading the wealth is considered communistic, but I think people with stacks of money should help society in someway instead of hoarding it and buying more steaks and yachts for themselves.

11. I don't know how I lived without my iPhone. Really. It's incredibly useful and I really don't know how I stayed organized before. It's my calendar, my phone, my ipod, my clock, my Internet, my gps, my movie info, book info, everything info. It's my games when I'm waiting for an appointment, it's my dictionary and banking tool. It's my address and phonebook. I could go on, but I think you get my point.

12. My favorite animals are sheep and cows. But I don't want to own any. I just love them for who they are!

13. I adore my kids, but I am absolutely sure I do not want any more. I knew that the minute I found out I was pregnant with my second. I have never, not even once, gotten baby fever. I just don't understand baby fever. In fact, I may be one of very few people to admit that I don't even really like babies!!! (Don't stone me please!)

14. I'm glad that Jeff and I agree on the major issues of life. We don't fight about money, and we pretty much agree on politics and religion. Bonus: He doesn't like babies either!

15. I don't ski, snowboard, ice skate, golf, play tennis, horseback ride, or play any type of sport. I used too, but not anymore. I'm just not interested. I do like to ride motorcycles, but mostly I like to read.

16. It took me 17 years of marriage to talk Jeff into getting a dog. I didn't want to get one without his agreeing, because when you do things like that it causes stress to the relationship. I hate stress.

17. I love puppy breath.

18. I think women with curves are beautiful. I think women without curves are beautiful as well. In a nutshell, all women are beautiful, period. Accept yourself, live and enjoy life...we are only here one time!! (I think...)

19. I'm not the jealous sort. Jeff has a lot of women friends and I guess if he wanted to run off with one, he could. I'm very sure of his love for me, and I don't have the energy to worry about his being unfaithful.

20. I'm planning a cruise for us and we are taking the boys. I think it will be one of the funnest family vacations we've ever had! We plan to go in October.

21. I was a travel agent for 16 months and loved certain aspects of it. I just wasn't in the right place if you know what I mean. I think if you are miserable in your work, you need to find something else.

22. I am not afraid of change. In fact, I like it. It makes me grow and I never want to be too comfortable. Being flexible has really been one of my stronger points.

23. Sometimes I color and listen to ABBA when no one is home.

24. I am starting to cook more and am actually enjoying it.

25. Last thing....like said before, I'm a bit of a loner. But I realize how wonderful friends can be, and I'm open to having more--but, they have to be friends who don't judge me and need me to be exactly like them. Maybe that is why I have a hard time connecting with people. I really don't like to conform to someone else's idea of who I should be. Why does it have to be so complicated!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shout Out!


Just want to thank the Kuna Lion's Club for all the hard work they do, for FREE, screening hearing and vision for our elementary kids.

I just spent the day with them in their nifty motor home. These people have regular jobs, problems, etc., but still find time to volunteer hundreds of hours in their community.

It was a pleasure spending the day with them and if you get a chance, thank a Lion (or Lioness!) sometime.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thai Addiction!



I'm addicted to red curry chicken. I crave it day and night. I dream about it. The spices, the explosion of flavors, the sweet sweet goodness of coconut milk....OMG. I don't even want to know how many calories or fat grams are involved. The only reason I don't eat it everyday is a) Kuna has no Thai food and b) it's $9.

I've had it twice this week. I wonder if I have time to run into town today before we leave for Salmon....hmmmmm?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cheers to Family!

Last night was one of the funnest nights out I've had in awhile. We went out with Jeff's brother Todd and his adorable wife Becca, had Thai food, hit the theatre for James Bond (can Daniel Craig be more attractive?) and then visited our fave dive for shuffleboard. Maddi stayed with our boys and they played Rock Band, made smores in the oven and enjoyed spending cousin time together. I am thankful for our wonderful family. We can count on each other and that's all that matters!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

New Beginnings


Some of you know already that I quit my job on December 30th. There were several reasons, some more valid than others, but they all weighed in my decision.

The travel business is very slow right now and I was being pushed into the back office to do bookwork and reconcile credit card statements. It was mind numbing. I also had not received a pay increase in over 16-months (I was still at the rate I started at!).

That may seem picky to some. I should just be lucky I have a job right? I know. But after thinking about driving to Nampa, eating out, new clothes, gas, etc., for what I was making verses being here for the kids and having our household run smoothly, it just didn't make sense to keep doing what I was doing.

I also had a personal issue I was dealing with the entire month of December that ended better than I thought it was going to. I won't go into all the details, but I had a stalker. It escalated the final week of December to the point where the police had to be involved. It was scary and creepy and Jeff wanted to use his new shotgun. Things were tense. I decided I just didn't need all of that and removed myself from the situation. Our boys never caught on to what was happening, and that is how we want to keep it.

So, to replace my meager income, I am going to do substitute teaching for the Kuna school district. It will be an adventure, I'm sure!

May all of you have wonderful new beginnings. Let's put the past behind us and move on. Also....please take down the Christmas stuff! I just can't stand seeing it anymore!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Seventy Some Odd Minutes...


That's how long it took me to shovel the driveway and sidewalks just now. Are you kidding me? Usually Jeff does all the shoveling, but today, I had nothing but time. So, I paraded on out there with my pretty little scarf and my fashionable orange gloves to do a little shoveling.

Ok. The lower back felt it first. Then my arms. I got the giggles. I hurt myself several times. It was still snowing and covering up my hard work! I think the neighbor man down the way was very entertained. I pretended not to see him.

After awhile, I was in the rhythm. My muscles felt warm and didn't hurt anymore. I took off my scarf. I hummed. I did a good job!

Now, when Jeff arrives home, he will see a huge snow bank that he will have to break through to get onto the driveway. Oops. I think I should leave snow shoveling to Jeff. I am much better at sitting by the fire with a good book. I do that INCREDIBLY well!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Party Like Your're 9!

My baby Benjamin is 9 today! He is a bright shining ray of sunshine in my life. Ben is smart, charming, funny and a lot of work! I love him.

Nine years ago, I remember getting up around 5am to go to the hospital. The trees, telephone wires, houses, etc. were all covered in frost and ice. It looked like a scene right out of Dr. Zhivago. Later that night when it was just me and him, he grabbed my finger and I knew we'd be okay.

We are headed to Game World today with his buddies to party. He ordered a chocolate cake with chocolate creme filling and butter cream chocolate frosting. Yummo!

I know in a few years, he'll be a teenager and starting his adult life shortly after that. I'm going to soak up these times and treasure every minute I can with him!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

And it Starts Anew

Happy New Year! I hope all of you are safe and had a great time last night. We watched War of the Worlds. That was scarier than I thought it would be! We ate shrimp dinner and had fun with our boys. Later, Jeff and I read scary books. It's kind of our tradition. He started a new Stephen King one and I started "Murder on Clam Pond." We are so exciting!

Today, we all slept till 10:30am. We were astounded the day was half gone. We decided to watch Gremlins--and that was also scarier than I thought it would be. It's really graphic. The kids loved it!

I took a long bike ride with Benjamin. It was refreshing and very cold. He is so funny and clever. I don't know where he gets half the stuff he comes up with. I love being the only girl in the house, but the other morning, I said something like, "I am surrounded by waaaay to much testosterone!" And Ben says, "You mean testicles?" Yep. That's exactly what I mean!

XOXO