Friday, August 14, 2009

It all started with raisins....

I'm so PO'd, I really can't even write well right now, so let me take a deep breath........*exhale* and try to organize my thoughts.

It all started with raisins. I needed some raisins to make my famous homemade applesauce. The Hubs went in late today and Jade spent the night with granny, so I didn't have the kids with me when I made a quick run to Publix.

After missing the raisin aisle twice, I grabbed a box and headed to the checkout. I spied one with no line. As I speed walked over to the checkout lane, I was stopped in my tracks by the shocking imagery on a magazine cover

WTF?????? I need to see this when I'm checking out because???

I just think this type of 'art' needs to be in a brown wrapper, in the magazine aisle or something. NOT in the checkout lane. I was just at this same grocery store two days ago with both of my kids. They could have easily been there with me this time and if they had been, you know Jade would have had something to say. How the hell could I have explained that?

Of course, I complained to the manager and they apologized profusely and agreed to remove it stat. I'm just writing to warn on the look out for smutty, pornography in the checkout lane and if you see it, please take the time to insist that they remove it!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Home At Last

Today Jade had her classroom visit. She was able to get a feel for her classroom, meet some of her classmates and meet her three teachers.

Yes, I said three teachers.....for twenty kids. Does it sound like I'm excited? You guys have been with me on this journey of determining the best way to educate Jade, so you know how much this means to me. So if it sounds like I'm bragging, I'm not. But if it sounds like I'm over the top thrilled, I am. I really, really, am.

Tonight there was a class social for all the Kindergarten parents. Ok, these are some of the nicest, most down to earth people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

I feel so at home here. I think this is shaping up to be a great year.

Please remind me of this post when I'm pulling my hair out in six months.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

P. U.

So, earlier this summer I was in the market for a pair of cute, comfortable, casual shoes.
Of course, I didn't want to pay an arm and a leg so my first stop was DSW. I was almost immediately drawn to these beauties

They seemed to fit the bill. Cute? Check. Comfy? I tried them on and them were very comfortable...check. Casual but not flip-flop casual? Check. They were neutral, so they looked pretty good with most of my summer wardrobe. At $49.95, it wasn't the basement bargain I was hoping for, but I was kind of desperate because the shoes that I was rocking at the time were, uh, let's just say it was time for them to find their final resting place.

So, I've had these shoes for about five weeks and I have only one complaint.

It's kind of embarrassing....

Oh, I can't even say what the problem is, but by now you've probably guessed......


Oh my goodness, my feet are so funky!!! What in the world can I do about this? Wearing socks with the shoes is not cute, but I have to imagine that is the cause of this malodorous situation.

Have you ever had stinky feet? Any suggestions? Be gentle with me, please.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

School News!!!

Remember way back when I was so stressed out over Jade's school?

Well, I have excellent news to report on that front. It's a long story even for a blog post, but I'll try to condense it as much as possible.

Shortly after I posted about my confusion, I began to pray earnestly for God to reveal to me the path that I should take.

I felt that He was leading me to pull Jade out of her current foreign language immersion school. So I did.

Four days later, I got an e-mail that this private school had openings and scholarship money. I went to check out the school's website and instantly fell in love with the school's philosophy. Just about as close to my views on education as you can get in an institution.

I called them and found out that the scholarship money was earmarked for grades three and higher.


Couldn't stop thinking about it, so I asked a friend of mine to introduce me to the director of the school. She did and that got me an 'in'.

Once I got the Director on the phone, he said they 'might' be able to find some money for Kindergarten. He suggested I come in for a tour.

Jade and I went in and Jade wowed them (no coaching, I swear!).

They asked us to apply. We did.

They called us today. Jade was accepted and we got a scholarship.

Can you say ECSTATIC?!!!!

Praise God! I feel so at ease about this decision. No knots in my stomach, no wondering if she really is getting a quality education. Just peace. Peace feels so good.

School starts Monday! Woohooo!!!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


I am totally cracking up as I write this post.

For some reason O woke up at 4 am and couldn't go back to sleep. He was wide awake and wriggled out of my arms down to the floor and proceeded to play.

Sleepy and not in the mood for shenanigans, I made sure that there were no safety concerns and I got back in the bed. O played with toys on the floor, in my room, in the dark for several minutes.

After a while he decided that playing would be much more fun if his sister could join in. He went into her room and instead of gently opening the door and walking over to her, he slammed open the door and walked in making a loud noise.

Have you ever heard someone make one of those truly startled screams?

Oh my goodness, it was hilarious!!! I know it's terrible for me to laugh, but the sound of the scream was so funny and then she was sleepy and confused. She told him, "I'm going to tell mommy that you got out of your crib!" Oh my, it was too funny.

I know, I know. I have a sick sense of humor. I watch America's Funniest Home Video and crack up.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back, Beat, Blast

I'm back and may I just tell you that I had a B.L.A.S.T!!!!


Chicago is still trying to recover!!

I will definitely fill you in later, but for right now, I'm beat!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


This week has been a complete whirlwind.

Hubby went out of town Monday and came home late Tuesday night. Up and out of the house early Wednesday and didn't get home until after 11 pm.
Meanwhile, I'm schlepping the kids from activity to activity and trying to get ready for a mini- getaway in the crevices of time available to me.

Hubby's on the sofa asleep now and I am (in addition to blogging) cooking dinner for the next two nights, packing (for myself), giving myself a pedicure, packing for the kids (staying with granny for a couple of nights) and writing out a slightly less detailed schedule for the next few days. Oh and I'm also trying not to forget anything and did I mention that Jade and I have an appointment bright and early in the morning with a potential school? Yeah.

Additionally, after the meeting at the school I have to run several errands (one of which is to the warehouse store to get pull-ups) before dropping Jade at grandma's and (without spending any time with O) jetting to catch a late afternoon flight.

What the hell am I doing sitting here blogging?

See ya!!!