Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Little bit of sand

Little jo

Jo at play

Playn n blue sand and filling things

Cookies from cubbies

The cookies from the cubbies, Heavy Equipment Platoon shipping out today, next stop, Kuwait, final destination, Afghanistan


I LOVE this image.. this to me says it ALL. I am very supportive and here is a job that I would not want for all the tea in china.

Gas chamber - getting all too real

Gas chamber Wednesday safety first Jason!

Saturday, January 24, 2009


A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.

Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby Race
85 Racers

Magnus - Wolf 1st Place
Rank 20 out of 85

Rank 44 out of 85

Friday, January 23, 2009

New Years Resolution hit a little later than expected this year.

loose 15 lbs.

Taking stock of the past and measuring what I would consider a success is in large part atributed to popular magazines coming out with the top 100 what-evers. for me the 100 top women lists that I will never be included on:

100 Sexiest (told my husband that I was going to get a boyfriend, he LAUGHED at me and said GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, 100 Important Women in History, People rarely remember meeting me from last week, Top 100 Women Artists, somehow I was not on that one either, I checked,

100 Women in Hedge Funds - hahaha I cringe when I think about my TINY 403b account with A.G.Edwards.
Top 100 Women Webmasters, could have been, but I could never master ASP, much to my husband's chagrin. Top 100 Women’s Health Blogs, this has me ROTFLMAO, I tried and failed, it also brings me back to the original thought, I have gained 15 lbs in 15 months, that is not a good thing.

Forbes The 100 Most Powerful Women. sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit. yeah, like that will EVER happen, women that wouldn't talk to me in the line at the grocery store. I am such a mess. Lists of 100 Influential Women. okay, there is some hope here. I am pretty influential. I tell my kids to go to school and they usually do. I tell my kids to get ready for cub scouts and they whine a lot. I tell my kids to do their homework.. and they laugh at me. okay, who am I foolin'? not a damn soul.

Top 100 Women of the Bible: Who They Are and ... yeah, my husband swears that I am old enough to be included, but he is a brat. what the hell defines success? and at what point do we say, we have it, had it, or are no longer in the running for it?

I found a list: Be Happy at Work: 100 Women Who Love Their Jobs. that SHOULD have me in it. I do love my job. I love that I can work it when I am feeling up to it, and slide it to the back burner when my kids are pulling at my apron strings. http://www.thehappy100.com/ that must have me on it. so is happiness a defining factor for success? because I think that may be my crutch for the fact that while I secretly believe that it is the size of the house, the size of the W-4 and the number of vacations a year that really define success. I qualify for none of the above, we are in a 'starter home' that we could barely afford 12 years ago, and while his income has tripled, the mortgage has remained the same. My income is a fraction of what it was 12 years ago, which is a serious failing on my part, in my eyes (and is reiterated on a daily basis by my spouse). I take off 1/2 the amount of time for vacation and travel, that I used to 12 years ago.
so I do not think that I am better today than I was 12 years ago. and that must mean that I am not succeeding. I know that my time on facebook is really touting to me that some of my classmates have some killer zip codes and mine is boring at best. It has no star power in my opinion.

Back to the lists, 100 hot women chosen by lesbians. nope, didn't make that one either. sad. so very sad. I guess it is time to return back to the regularly scheduled program. what is for dinner?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Final Bear Requirement

Completed with used boards from the fence broken by Hurricane Ike!
Reduce.... Reuse... Recycle...

Monday, January 12, 2009

From Jazzer

This morning when God opened a window to Heaven, He saw me, and He asked: "My child, what is your greatest wish for today?" I responded: "Please, take care of the person who is reading this message, their family and their special friends. They deserve it and I love them very much" The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginning, but not its end.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Finally maggie gets time on the Wii

Wii mario cart diving along on a sunday evening

Start of a New Week

I am feeling remarkably well considering. today was not a quiet day, I never get one. ;-) yesterday I guided 6 young cubbies through the museum of natural science and lunch. we talked about compromise and sharing and math and dinosaurs. it was a very long 6 hours. We have Pinewood Derby and Pack Meeting this month and Blue and Gold Banquet February 6.

then for kicks I started sorting all my paperwork for the year into piles, one for bank statements, one for printing, one for office expenses, one for accounts receivables. you can imagine my mood right? sadly, my piles are all in the middle of the floor between the door and the bathroom sink that the boys brush teeth, so they are in twice a day, walking through my piles. ;-)

as for my other older offspring. Jasmine is in California staying with Krystal. Chris gave Jazz a ginormous ring Dec 23, so it is official. she had a HORRIBLE time at his house, his family were rude to her and ignored her for the most part, dragging her from pillar to post while she was fighting bronchitis. let me elaborate about the plane tickets.

in November she took care of boyfriend/fiance a ticket home while he was out in the field. she got him a one way ticket home (cheaper?) to iowa. then she ended up in california and needed a ticket herself also, so she ignored my recommendation to get two round trip tickets, and just got one more one way. I let her 'figure it out' the whole. then come two days before he HAS to be back to work or risk A.W.O.L. I finally GAVE IN and booked them two tickets home (cheaper to buy two round trip and let them just use the first 1/2 of the tickets. WHAT I TOLD THEM TO DO IN DECEMBER. grrrr

He leaves Jan 28 for the war. she is talking excitedly about the ford ranger that my dad bought to restore. ;-)

Krys is home in California with Jordan. she also is fighting bronchitis and between the two of them, they are keeping Jordan fed and out of traffic. Krys is talking excitedly about the dodge truck that my dad also bought to restore. you would think that these two were getting ice cream cones or something. Jason leaves for the war February 16th

as for me milking my tummy for rest and relaxation. yeah good luck with that. I feel fine, rarely need anything for the pain now, maybe two times a week.but I am looking for a lawyer for the malpractice for the previous doctor leaving the TWO (2) clamps in there to begin with. I am not pushing right now, taxes first, then lawyer. ;-) now I have to get back to that enormous pile, I tried to do it monthly this year, but something happened in April and that went to hell. ;-)

Friday, January 09, 2009

Grandma's boyfriend

A 5-year-old boy went to visit his grandmother one day. Playing with his toys in her bedroom while grandma was dusting, he looked up and said, 'Grandma, how come you don't have a boyfriend now that Grandpa went to heaven?'

Grandma replied, 'Honey, my TV is my boyfriend. I can sit in my bedroom and watch it all day long. The religious programs make me feel good and the comedies make me laugh. I'm happy with my TV as my boyfriend.'

Grandma turned on the TV, and the reception was terrible. She started adjusting the knobs, trying to get the picture in focus. Frustrated, she started hitting the backside of the TV hoping to fix the problem.

The little boy heard the doorbell ring, so he hurried to open the door and there stood Grandma's minister. The minister said, 'Hello son, is your Grandma home?'

The little boy replied, 'Yeah, she's in the bedroom bangin' her boyfriend.'

The minister fainted.

Now, that's funny... I don't care WHO you are.