Friday, December 31, 2010

Recap 2010: October to December

Go link with Shortmama, Mimi, Emilisq, Emmymom, CAGirl, and Sami  after you post your own recap.

So we have reached the last three months of 2010.  These months were the best of 2010 and in some ways the worst.  Read on to see what I mean.

Nick went hunting in Kemmerer, a town across the state from us.  Bruiser frustrated us with the lack of intelligible words, Turbo did well in school.  Nick also got to bring home an elk, so we got to put meat in the freezer.
I also got the news I would be going full time at work.  With a raise too.
I wrote a post about how I see myself.  Then we had Halloween.  Turbo was a viking a la How to Train Your Dragon.  Bruiser was a duck.  

November was a momentous month for me.  I made it one whole year for blogging.  I served up a bit of mom guilt about Bruiser.  And the really big news was Turbo went to New York City for Thanksgiving.

Of course December is all about Christmas.  The tree, the list--both Turbo's and mine.  Nick and I took a four wheeler safety class, we went Christmas shopping, and had a meeting with Turbo's teacher.
We also had to let go of one of our cats.  Tinkerbell had a very good life.
I also did some recaps like this one and went officially full time at my job.  
Overall 2010 had it's ups and downs, like any year.  Looking back on it, the ups were good enough to out-weigh the downs, mostly.  How was 2010 to you?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Hangover or Something like that

Christmas was good to us.  Really good.  Santa was even better to the boys.  Gotta love a good Santa.
Bruiser got a lot of really good toys.  And he was all about opening presents.  As long as there was a bit of paper for him to grab.  He got a stuffed Scooby, a rocking horse and lots of little people toys.  He has played with all of them.  And he has worn his new hat and he kept it on--win for Mom and Dad.
Turbo, well he got a bit spoiled this year.  He got lots of K'nex, Legos, and a couple of video games.  He also got a toy Toothless with Hiccup fo Santa.  He has already put together all his new Legos and still has some K'nex to play with but we have a week for him to really get into those--Bruiser has to be otherwise occupied, he like Turbo's toys.
Nick and I did pretty well too.  Nick got me a very pretty cat necklace that sort of commemorates Tinkerbell, a couple of new cutting boards, a picture frame to fill with pictures for my office, a new comforter for the bed, and a small coffee pot for my office.  I was very happy with my Christmas.  Nick got a new wallet, a hunting knife, a Wii game,  new fleece vest, and a new coffee cup.  We also got a gift card to a great restaurant and babysitting to go with it so we can go out without the kids.  Score one for us!  Love the grandparents.
We had an unexpected bonus for Christmas--we had heavy fog and got a frosty white Christmas.  It was beautiful.
I have yet to get to downloading pictures.  I'll get some posted soon.  I'm lucky to get to posting anything.  Vacation is wonderful, but busy what with chasing two little boys around.  Hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Random Tuesday--a bit late

Tuesday, wow almost missed it.  Vacations will do that to you.
Random time though.  So here are a few of our random happenings.

  • Bruiser has decided that talking is a good thing.  We are getting more understandable words from him.  Makes figuring out what he wants much easier.
  • there are days I really wish I could bottle Turbo's energy.  I'd make millions.
  • insomnia sucks.  Waking up when you are supposed to be asleep is no fun.  If I have this problem now, menopause is going to kick my butt.
  • My back hates me again.
  • Nick has been overachieving again.  He is growing extra bone in his heels.  The left one has a spur about 3/8 of an inch long.  He has been hobbling around like he is 80 the last couple of days.  I tell you we are quite the pair.
Ok that's about it for the Random this week.  Go see Keely for more.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Recap 2010: July to September

Go link with Shortmama, Mimi, Emilisq, Emmymom, CAGirl, and Sami  after you post your own recap.

Well after the bad luck for the previous three months, the summer came and was much kinder to us.
We started off the month with a long camping weekend for the Fourth of July.  WE headed across the state to join up with some good friends and had a blast.  You can read about it here . I also participated in Brittany's Blog Bash.  It was a fun way to meet new bloggers.  We had lots more summer fun and then Nick bought a four wheeler.  We had a few more lazy days but mostly they just went by way to fast.  I also reminisced about the first apartment Nick and I lived in together. 

August is a great month--we got married in August and my birthday is in August.  Also this August was back to school time for Turbo. 
About our anniversary.  As of August 8 we have been married for 12 years.  We got to get away, and I wrote about Nick for a Pour Your Heart Out post.
Turbo went back to school and loves his class and teacher.  Oh and I got older.  And a netbook. 
September started out a lot more exciting than we expected it too.  Our friends in Kemmerer(across the state from us--the ones we spent the 4th of July with) found us a pop up camper.  It was a deal we couldn't turn down, so off we went to get a camper.  I was so excited to upgrade our camping arrangements. Nick then spent the rest of the month archery hunting for deer and elk.  He did not get one while archery hunting, but he did get an antelope.
And at the end of September I hit 100 followers.  So amazing--Nick still owes me dinner for that one.  I have so enjoyed the blogging community I have found.  Thanks again to all who follow me.

Well that was the third quarter of 2010.  Much, much better than the second quarter.  And the fourth quarter had more good things in store for me.  Let you know more about that next week.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,
I have been quite good this year.  No really!  There are just a few things I would really like to get this year.  If you have them in your bag, I'll gladly take them off your hands.

  1. More patience.  I have two little boys and one big one.  A bit more patience would be appreciated by both them and me.
  2. The ability to yell less.  I think the first request will help with this one.  I would like to yell less at my boys.
  3. Time.  More time to spend making cookies, playing in the snow, just playing would be nice to have.
  4. A maid to make the time for playing easier to come by.
  5. And if those things are too hard to get under the tree, just send something sparkly.  That makes up for a lot.
So there you have it Santa.  Do you think you can help me out here?  See you in a few days.
Merry Christmas to the guy who never gets Christmas eve off.
Image from google imaages

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wednesday Hodgepodge--A Look Back at 2010

1. Share your Christmas Eve traditions.  We spend Christmas Eve with my husband's parents.  We open the presents they have gotten us and the boys and eat snacky foods.  It's relaxed and then we go check out the Christmas lights around town.  Then it's home to leave out cookies, milk and carrots(for the reindeer).  (Sometimes we get talked into letting the boys open a present early)  Then we shuttle little boys to bed and Santa wraps presents for under the tree and then Santa and Mrs. Santa go to bed to await the ungodly early wake up call that "Santa came!!!!".

2. What was the best book you read in 2010? (we're not going to include The Bible here)  I have not gotten to read very much this year.  I have read romances--Lyndsay Sands, Nora Roberts and Amanda Quick, but no other real books.  We didn't get out camping o I could read, at least not the kind of camping I can spend reading.

3. Do you have pets and if so do you allow them on the furniture?  We have a cat and a dog.  There is no keeping the cat off the furniture, but the dog usually waits for an invite before he gets up on the couch.

4. What event from 2010 are you most thankful for?  My new job.  Or rather my job going full time.  I was part time with no benefits and 19 hours a week before December.  Now I am full time with benefits--sick leave, vacation, insurance and retirement.  This is just wonderful!

5. What did you do in 2010 that you'd never done before.  Rode a four wheeler.  Crashed a four wheeler.  Took a class on riding a four wheeler.  In that order.

6. Brussel sprouts...friend or foe?  Oh friend.  Jan at Jan's Sushi Bar has the best recipe for making Brussel sprouts--try it it's fabulous!

7. Who would you nominate for man/woman of the year?  This one is a hard one but I'd have to go kind of cheesy and nominate my husband Nick.  He puts up with me and has more patience with the boys and does so much for all of us, he really is my hero.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  After bemoaning the fact that we were having crazy warm weather last week, mother nature sent us snow.  12 inches of snow to be exact.  Turbo is in heaven, he loves to play in the snow.  Nick is excited too.  He and Turbo will be going skiing this afternoon.  I'm just happy to have snow on the ground again.  Cold temps are easier for me to deal with when the ground is white not brown or gray.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

RTT: Christmas is just too close.

 Random it up people.
Keely is hosting, go check out the other random cause it's Tuesday you know.
  • Our weather has been a bit nutty.  Last week we were warm(for us--40's people, not normal) then the temps hit the basement--like single digits.  I'm lucky no one is sick in our house--knock on wood.  And this morning we got up to snow.  Like seven inches of the stuff.  Hah--the weather said 1-3 inches, but what do they know?  It's still snowing but we only have a 60% chance for another 1-3 inches today.  I think they need a window at the weather station.
  • Are you ready for Christmas?  I think I'm ready.  But then I remember I have Santa cookies to make, a gift for my mom to get still and there are only three and half more days to shop and bake.  Shoot me now.  At least Nick is in town.  His trip got canceled postponed until January.  Crazy weather again.
  • Turbo is looking forward to watching Santa's progress on Christmas eve on the NORAD Santa Tracker site.  It gets cooler every year.
  • And Nick's mom put us onto this site--Portable North Pole or PNP.  You can set up a free video for your kids from Santa.  Turbo thought it was pretty cool that Santa knew what he was for Halloween and that he skied too.  Go check it out, it is pretty neat.
  • Now I just have to figure out what cookies we are making for Santa and if I have all the ingredients.  Chocolate chip may be in order, they're Santa's favorite, I know.
  • Bruiser has been exercising his use of the word NO!  Even when he means yes.  Anyone want an almost two year old--he comes with toys? (I can be reasonably sure no one will take me up on this one--Nick has been offering Turbo for the same deal for years and no one has bitten yet.)
  • ANd in more weather realted news--I biffed it in slow motion this morning.  It's what comes from ice under snow.  I'm sure I looked totally graceful as my butt hit the ground.
Now go see Keely, She'd like cookies. So if you have some to spare, share and check out the other random on this Tuesday before the madness that is Christmas.

    Monday, December 20, 2010

    Quiet Weekend--Calm Before the Storm.

    Well, last weekend was a bit dull.  Which is a good thing since next weekend will be beyond busy and activity filled.  I think the majority of the shopping is done--except for my mom.  Still not sure what to get her exactly.  The thing she asked for is really hard to find here in our small town and I'm not even sure where to find it online.  So I will keep thinking about that one.   And we get to go to the chocolate shop Christmas eve day and get the candy we need for the stockings.  And for me.
    I got to go to a grown up Christmas party for my work.  It was a great party and I had a better time than I expected.  I got to wear my new red heels and I looked pretty good.  Nick cleaned up well and we got an evening out without the kiddos.  Good food too.
    I baked this weekend, but not to much, just a couple of loaves of pumpkin spice bread.  Tonight we will be making rice crispy treats again.  Nick is going out of town for field work Tuesday through Thursday, so I'm sending some goodies with him.  He gets to go stay in a condo and snowmobile to the sample sight.  Poor guy, tough to have those work requirements.  He's gonna freeze his butt off, but he'll have fun doing it.
    And now for some cute little boys:
    A rare moment of stillness from Turbo.

    I like chocolate cookies!  Can you tell?

    Mom and the boys.

    Friday, December 17, 2010

    April to June 2010: When Lady Luck Frowns

    Go link with Shortmama, Mimi, Emilisq, Emmymom, CAGirl, and Sami  after you post your own recap.
    So the recap continues.
    April brought us slightly warmer temperatures, then snow--lots of snow and then warmer weather again.  We had issues with Turbo's teeth, Moments of craziness with my mom, And I participated in my first swap with Shortmama.  My partner was Jen from My Crazy Life.  I got some great stuff and had a lot of fun picking out stuff for her.

    May was a bit more settled in the weather department.  Bruiser hit 15 months and broke a family record.   I had a great Mother's day. Turbo had more dentist visits to deal with the teeth, Nick broke his ankle, and then Turbo had a Birthday.  Then over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, to be exact, the water heater decided to become a waterfall.  Literally.  Water was coming out of the top of the silly thing.  Fabulous way to spend a Sunday.  Water heater shopping.  As an added bonus my back went out and hated me for the next few weeks. Great end to a less than stellar May.

    June started with a lot warmer temps and a reminder that summer vacation is an awesome thing for a kid.  Then the refrigerator died.  And there was flooding in our little town.  Nick had a good Father's day and a pretty good birthday too.  The mosquitoes came in droves, Nick's truck had a electrical issue that got resolved and June sailed along without to much more drama.

    There you have it.  the second quarter of 2010.  See I told you it was not nice to us.  Teeth, foreheads, ankles and backs, water heaters, refrigerators and trucks.  The bad luck just had a ball with us.  Thankfully the rest of the year was better.  We'll get into that next time.

    Thursday, December 16, 2010

    Good bye Tinkerbell

    Our oldest animal--Tinkerbell the cat--was put to sleep on Monday.  She would have been seventeen next April.  I think it was time to let her go.  She has been fading for the last few months and I think it was just time.
    She had a good life--she used to play fetch better than any dog I knew.  She loved her treat of canned food in the morning.  Hated when we moved from apartment to apartment to house.  She would freak out if we moved the furniture around because she hated moving.  She never really forgave us for moving out of the first apartment Nick and I lived in.
    Nick and I got her after we had been together a year.  I wanted a cat and so we went to the animal shelter and got a kitten that had been found abandoned in the country.  She was a tuxedo cat--always looked like she was wearing a black coat with a white chest and toes.  She had white whiskers but only a couple above her eyes and sometimes they would fall out and she would look a bit lopsided. 
    She taught me to play fetch with her by bringing me her toy one night in bed.  I just wanted to sleep and so I tossed her toy across the room.  She promptly chased it and brought it back.  Thus beginning a game she loved.  I can still hear her yowling with her toy in her mouth at night wanting to play.
    Later in life she gained the reputation of Mean Kitty.  She would come and sit on anyone's lap, but don't touch her while she was there.  WE had big foot ball player type friends in college and they would ask me to come and get the cat off their laps rather than touch this small black cat to move her.  She also enjoyed sitting on Nick's shin and "boxing" with Nick.  She was the most playful cat when she was younger. 
    Letting go will be sad but I think letting her go will be kinder to her than trying to hang on to prolong the inevitable.
    So, so long Tinkerbell, a.k.a. Mean Kitty.  You have ruled our roost for years.  Thank you for sharing your time with us.  Sorry about moving so many times but we would be a tad cramped if we had stayed in the first place we lived with you.  I hope you are happier now and no longer in pain.  We love you and miss you very much.
    Tinkerbell as a young cat.

    She was never one for the great outdoors, she wouldn't go far from the door.

    Tink ruled the roost, but hated that the fascinating fish were beyond her reach.

    Goodbye Tinkerbell.

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010

    Wednesday Hodgepodge--That Christmas Feeling

     Hodgepodge time again.  Answer the questions and link up with Joyce.

    1. What does it mean to have the 'holiday spirit'?  There are all sorts of ways this one could go.  For our family it's pretty much what Turbo said last night while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas--The Christmas feeling is giving and getting and spending time with family.  Pretty good for a seven year old to remember the giving too.

    2. What sits atop your tree (s)? Why?  We have a foil covered star that Turbo and Nick made a few years ago.  Nick was tired of the angel on the tree so he and Turbo spent an afternoon making a star.  I went and got them stick on sparkles and there you have it.

    3. When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back?  I do this every morning on the way to work when I get the dishes done, kids fed, husband up, my self up and ready for work and sometimes the crockpot going or any number of other chores that seem to get done better in the morning than at night.

    4. Which of your senses is most sensitive this time of year?  My sense of smell.  Christmas smells are wonderful and I think about the wax figures my mom brought out every year that smelled so wonderful.  A also love burning candles with the scents of apple, cinnamon, and other Christmas smells.

    5. What do you have too much of in your kitchen?  Counter clutter.  But putting away lots of it in the cupboards doesn't work real well because Bruiser can get into those cupboards and pulls stuff out all the time.

    6. What do you do for meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Big meal? Breakfast tradition? Open the cookie tins and have at it? We usually have Christmas Eve with Nick's folks, ham, the fixin's and everything and open presents.  Christmas morning we do breakfast/brunch with Nick's folks and my mom at our house.  Then we get to be lazy bums for the rest of the day and let Turbo and Bruiser play with their new toys and stuff.

    7. What is the best thing about winter?  I love the snow.  I like getting out in it and cross country skiing, or really just walking in a deep snow is sort of relaxing for me.  I also love snuggling up at home and watching it snow--makes me feel all safe and cozy.

    8. Insert your own random thought here.  Nothing makes time go slower than waiting for a vacationTurbo was sure today was Thursday and tomorrow was Friday.  He was a bit disappointed that today was only Wednesday.  I would have been only too happy for today to be Thursday--one closer day to my vacation too.

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    RTT:December's Slipping Away.

      Time to throw out all those thoughts that flutter randomly around in your head all week. This will leave room for more random thoughts for next week.  Anyway, grab the button (it's all pretty and purple up there) and go link with Keely.
      • The wind has been trying to blow us away here in good old Wyoming.  Gusts as high as 40 MPH and chilly too.  We also have ice, lots of ice.  I don't like either the wind or the ice.
      • Wow, it's the middle of December.  I'm not ready.  OK, I'm mostly ready for Christmas, but not ready for 2010 to be over yet--where has the time gone?  I really have been blinking to much lately.  I'm missing whole chunks of time--it just goes by so fast, and yet so abysmally slowly too.
      • We had a meeting with Turbo's school yesterday.  His reading abilities are lower than the benchmarks for second grade.  He is improving, so that's good news.  It helps that he likes his teacher this year, much better than last year's teacher.  He's growing up too.  Now if we can just improve the reading some more and get him to stay on task and not daydream.  The kid can space out in a heart beat.  We are working on it.  Is it a good thing when the teacher and the principal know your son as a social butterfly?
      • I need to figure out what I'm baking for Santa Claus to have Christmas Eve.  And Turbo volunteered to take Rice Crispy treats to school on Thursday.  Good thing Nick knows how to make them, cause I don't do so good with them.
      • Sunday evening Nick was siting on the couch and being a guy, he farted.  Bruiser was walking by and heard it.  He immediately made a raspberry sound very similar to the fart.  They really are parrots at that age.
      That covers the random for me.  Check back next week for more. Next week should be filled with Christmas craziness.

        Monday, December 13, 2010

        A Shopping We Will Go

        So Nick and I went Christmas shopping this weekend.  We braved the crowds(although only Toys R Us was jammed) and added to the economy.  We didn't do too bad really. 
        The hardest one to shop for, oddly enough, was Bruiser.  The kid just doesn't have much toy preference yet.  He isn't into Thomas yet, does not watch lots of the standard kiddie TV, so no Dora or Diego.  No Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, or Handy Manny.  And he's a bit young for Duplo blocks.  So what do you get an almost two year old--and we have the added fun of remembering he has a birthday a month after Christmas.  We settled on a tool box with a hammer and screwdriver and several wooden bolts and nuts, a Fisher Price Little People set, a new hat and mittens, and we will be getting a rocking horse for him.  And we also have to give ideas to the grandparents.  Fun.
        Turbo on the other hand is way easy to shop for.  Legos and some video games and the kid will be content.  We have gotten him some other stuff, but Santa is bringing the Lego stuff.  About the only thing I still want to get him is one of the new lego board games--like Minotaur or Creationary. 
        My shopping for Nick is done, but since he reads my blog (Hi Hon!) I won't list what I got him.  Suffice to say he will love what I got him--even if he inadvertently tried to look for something I already got him.  Just goes to show great minds think alike.

        Bruiser loves boxes--maybe that could be his Christmas present.  It is cheaper.

        Turbo did this this weekend--almost three miles.  AND next to no complaints--awesome!
        Well that about covers our weekend.  Christmas is looming closer, I have a week and a half before my Christmas break and Turbo is done with school the end of this week.  Wow, where has December gone?

        Friday, December 10, 2010

        2010 Recap--Jan-March

        "It is your chance to write up some posts and recap what happened during the year. You can put your favorite pictures, tell your favorite stories, link back to your favorite posts, however you want to do it. Just in case you had some slow months, we will be reviewing three months at a time."   
        Go link with Shortmama, Mimi, Emilisq, Emmymom, CAGirl, and Sami  after you post your own recap.

        Last year, lots happened in January.  Turbo lost a tooth, Bruiser walked, and learned to sleep better at night.  Turbo worked on being less affectionate--we are still working on this one--and struggled in school a bit--teacher issues.  We cross country skied lots and had a couple of great crashes--both Turbo and I.
        But the big news for January was Bruiser turned one

        It was cold and icy here in our neck of the woods.  Nick and I celebrated our seventeenth unofficial anniversary.  Bruiser decided that sleeping was for the birds and not him--again.  And both boys grew and grew. February was consumed with watching the winter Olympics, some skiing of our own, and the underwhelming Superbowl.  We had some craziness from the neighbors and from family but made it out OK.

        March was quiet for us.  We had spring break, some sickness and a time change.  All of which made getting through the day just a bit harder.  I also got a button, you can still see it on my sidebar--over to the left, I think it's awesome still.

        Looking back on the first part of last year, it was relatively uneventful.  Actually life was just lulling us with a sense of peace because the next three months were much less kind to us.  But that's for next week's post.

        Thursday, December 9, 2010

        Christmas is Nothing Without the Tree

        Linda at Second Cup of Coffee is hosting a get together to show off our Christmas Tree and special ornament.  I don't have a picture of my special ornament but I do have a picture of the tree.

        There is our tree in all it's glory.  We use colored lights when we have a real tree but this little prelit tree is working out alright since time and weather conspired against us in the real tree department.  At least I don't have to remember to water this one.
        I'll try to add a picture of a special ornament later.

        Wednesday, December 8, 2010

        Wednesday Hodgepodge--Sleigh bells and stuff

        1. Have you ever been on a real sleigh ride? How about the warm weather version - a carriage ride?  No sleigh rides, just hay rides when I was younger--and most of those were pulled by a truck--not horses.

        2. What's your policy on 'chain mail' know, the emails you receive that are often some sort of poem/blessing/good wish that ask you to send it on to 10 or 12 friends? Do you delete without opening, read and trash, read and trash and then worry you won't be blessed/lucky/protected? Do you delete the sender from your contacts or just go ahead and send the love onward?  I usually read and trash.  I'm not one to pass much on unless it's funny or interesting.  I don't like those chain emails and didn't like their precursors chain snail mail.  Also, I'd have a hard time finding the number of people to send them on to--I just don't know that many people.

        3. Who is your favorite character in any of the Christmas movies and why?  I have always loved Santa Clause is Coming to Town.  I like Jessica.  She becomes Mrs. Claus and I like how she bucks the status quo in the burg where she lives.

        4. Share a favorite quote.  I've shared this one before but it always rings true:  "The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead." ~Robert Brault

        5. What's your favorite holiday scent?  Apple cider.  I love the cinnamon and apple scents--together or separate.

        6. Does the Christmas season stress you out? In what way?  Not really.  I don't set my expectations too high.  As long as we all have fun, that's what matters.

        7. What's the best thing about your life right now?  I have a wonderful job, a fantastic husband and beautiful kids, what more could I ask for?

        8. Insert your own random thought here.  Why are household chores so unending?  You get one thing done and another needs doing or what you just finished needs doing all over again.  There are times when it all seems like an effort in futility.  Then again, I like the satisfaction of a job well done too.  An empty sink, neatly folded clothes, clean bathrooms... Then little boys and big boys come through and it looks like I did nothing--see futile efforts.  The definition of Mom I guess.

        Now go answer the hodgepodge and link up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond.

        Tuesday, December 7, 2010

        RTT: Christmas Lists and Laundry

        So it's Tuesday and according to Keely it's a yuleicious Tuesday.  One of only four this month.  How lucky are we?
        Now for the random:
        • When a small boy does not watch a lot of kiddie television, he has fewer things to ask Santa for.  Last night Turbo and I sat down to talk about what he wanted from Santa.  Mostly Legos.  Of one sort or another.  Turbo really didn't have a lot of wants.  The list may grow but since Santa is shopping this weekend he may not get more than what is on the list now.
        • Still having trouble coming up with Christmas present ideas for Bruiser.  A rocking horse, a Magna Doodle, and well, maybe something in the toddler aisle at Toys R Us will jump up and say take me home to Bruiser, cause otherwise, I got no ideas.
        • The tree is decorated.  Doesn't look too bad--pictures on Thursday.  
        • Now I just have to get motivated to decorate in the rest of the house.  And possibly lights outside.  But I'm not holding my breath.  We leave most of that kind of decorating to Grandpa.
        • And the laundry got done--all except the towels.  I'm calling it done.  All the clothes are even folded and put away--well there are a few pants for Turbo left in a basket, but they're easy to put away.  So I'm saying the laundry did not win.  Shut up towels.
        • We are going shopping this weekend.  Mostly for the boys, but if Nick decides to shop for me, I won't get nosy, promise.
        • So does anyone else wake up out of a sound sleep and remember to do stuff that has to be done--like pay bills, do certain errands, or make appointments?  Cause I woke up at 5:45 am and remembered that the bills needed to go out this morning.  So I got up and wrote out the checks--yes I'm still sending snail mail checks--and got the bills ready to send.  What a way to start the morning.
        • Bruiser is talking more and he is really trying to say what we say--mostly.  He doesn't say g sounds or k sounds in the middle of words.  Eggo comes out sounding like ehh-ohh.  I am reminded of the hip hop song that had eh-oh as part of the chorus when ever Bruiser asks for an eggo.   Makes me smile.
        Well that covers the random around here.  Go see Keely to link up your own random--go on, she doesn't bite I promise.

        Monday, December 6, 2010

        What a Weekend

        So we had an interesting weekend.
        First, Nick and I can be known as certifiably nuts.  We signed up for a four-wheeler safety course.  In December, in Wyoming.  The temperature outside was a balmy 24 degrees when we arrived at the course location.  Even with multiple layers, I was frozen before we even got on the machines.  Then we went in circles, a lot.  But I learned some useful tips and was able to do everything to pass, so both Nick and I are certified safe riders of four wheelers.  We have a card to prove it.
        It took about three or four hours to really feel warm after we finished 5 hours in the cold.  Then we went home and made a fire in the wood stove and snuggled in the basement and hung out with the boys.  A lazy end to a busy day.
        Sunday we were going to go to the mountains and get a tree.  But the weather kept us in town, so we went with a tree from Nick's folks.  The kind that is prelit and you put together out of the box.  Somehow I feel we are cheating, but I didn't want to wait until next weekend to get a tree.  It is standing, lit but not decorated in out living room.  Tonight we will decorate. 
        Last night we watched some christmas movies to get more in the spirit.  We watched Rudolph and The Santa Clause.  Both good movies.  I need to get out the kid movies we have for Turbo and Bruiser--although Bruiser is not that interested yet.  Turbo requested The Santa Clause.  He loves Christmas movies and would watch them all year if he could.  Nick just thinks it's odd the watch Christmas movies in April.  So I put them away and haul them out for the Christmas season. 
        Next weekend we are going Christmas shopping for the boys with friends.  It should be a good time.  Now I just have to get Turbo to write his Christmas list for Santa.  I have stuff for him, but I need to know what he wants so Santa can bring him at least some of what he wants.
        Yesterday at Walmart they had an area set up for pictures with Santa.  Turbo wanted to do it but neither boy was dressed for a trip to Santa's lap.  Sweats do not make for a good picture.  Maybe next time.
        Well that was our weekend--how was your's?

        Friday, December 3, 2010

        Friday Confessions

        Time to confess all, Glamazon style.
        • I am dreading the whole Christmas card thing. 
        • And procrastinating doing them.  New Year's cards anyone?
        • We're hoping to get a Christmas tree this weekend.  If the weather permits.  We will all troop to the mountians and cut one down.  It's a tradition.
        • Last year we had a pre-lit fake tree.  I felt like I was cheating.
        • I have discovered a new drink I like very much.  Coke and Vanilla Vodka.  Yum.
        • They could be dangerous.  
        • I have to do laundry this weekend.  Have I mentioned before how I hate laundry.
        • The alternative is too expensive though.  They have yet to create decent disposable clothes.
        • Therefore I must squeeze in laundry this weekend.  
        • THe towels will probably still be waiting on Monday--laughing at me from the basket.  
        • Shut up towels.
        • I'm looking forward to Christmas this year.
        • I get a week and a half off paid for winter break.  Working at a University has it's perks.
        • Of course that means lots of togetherness with the boys.  I may be really happy for the 3rd of January.
        • Actually there will be no may about it, I will be very happy on that day.
        Well that about covers my confessions this week.  Go see Glamazon for more confessions.

        Thursday, December 2, 2010

        Writer's Workshop--Reliving a Moment

        Mama's Losin' It 

        The Prompts:

        1.) Have you ever had a fight with a long time best friend and never made up? Do you think about her from time to time and think about contacting her? What would you say? What if it didn’t work out? What if it did?
        (inspired by Elizabeth from Mama Sick)
        2.) The perfect fall photo…share a picture that defines fall for you in your neck of the woods.
        3.) CONTROVERSY! Are the new security measures performed by the TSA really that bad? Take a stance!
        4.) What inspires you to write?
        5.) “If you could relive any moment in your life, what moment would you choose?  Write about it.”
        (inspired by

        I'm choosing Number 5.
        “If you could relive any moment in your life, what moment would you choose?  Write about it.”
        I have really had to think about this one. There have been so many wonderful moments--the births of my boys, the great trips we have taken, Christmases, camping trips, and things like that, but if I had any moment to relive it would have to be the first Christmas I spent with my husband. 
        We had moved in together in September and had only been going out for about 10 months.  I had spent Thanksgiving here because the plan was that I would go home for Christmas and Nick would come join me the day after.  We would head back down to our town for New Year's Eve with friends.
        All those plans derailed when three days before I was supposed to go home--four days before Christmas--my car broke an axle and would not be able to be fixed until after Christmas.  I called home and told my mom and my step dad wouldn't let her come down and get me so I could be home for Christmas.  I was dropped unexpectedly on Nick's family for Christmas.  We would go up to see mine the day after Christmas.
        So surprise!  There would be one more for Christmas.
        I was so touched and kind of surprised myself when Nick's family took me right in.  We went to the family Christmas party, and they had presents under the tree for me to open Christmas morning--and not just last minute cheap and chintzy things.  It was then that I knew Nick and his family were one of a kind.
        So, If I got to relive anything, I'd go back and relive that Christmas.  There was so much hope and love that it would be fun to experience it all over again.

        Now go write up your own prompt and link up at Mama Kat's place.

        Wednesday, December 1, 2010

        Wednesday Hodgepodge


         Time once again for the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I like doing these question/answer time things.  They make me think about different stuff. 

        1. What is the most interesting thing you've done in the last year?  Interesting?  Hmmm...Probably learn how to drive a four wheeler.  Over the Fourth of July we went to visit friends and They tour the mountains on four wheelers.  It was fun and a great way to see the mountains.

        2. What is your most meaningful family heirloom?  Probably the picture ans mementos I ahve of my father.  He committed suicide when I was three months old, so I never knew him.  All I have are pictures and things my mom and aunt (his sister) were able to tell me.

        3. What food festival would you most like to attend? If you're not sure click here to see a list of possibilities.  I'd like to attend any foreign food festival to experience food from other places.  Where I live we have a very limited exposure to ethnic foods.  Chinese, Mexican, and Thai about cover our options.

        4. you love it or is it considered a four letter word where you live?  I like the snow.  If it is going to be freezing cold, I at least want the ground to be white.  It's way easier to take the cold when the ground is white than dead brown.  Then too, we like to cross country ski and you can't do that without snow.

        5. Can you ski? Do you ski? Are you any good?  Cross country only.  I tried downhill when I was a teenager and it did not go well.  No broken bones but I never really got the technique.  Cross country is cheaper to do anyway.  All you need is the equipment and a trail system.  No lift pass or anything like that.  It's nice.

        6. What quality in your spouse or best friend are you most thankful for?  Nick is very supportive and proud of what I do--both raising the boys and with work.  It's great to have that backing me.  The fact that he can cook is awesome too.

        7. Describe the coziest spot in your home.  We have a family room in the basement that has a sectional and the flat screen TV.  It also has a wood stove.  It can be very cozy for an evening.  I don't really like to spend all day there, I get just a bit of cave feeling--I like to see out the windows, but for an evening watching movies, it's great.

        8. Insert your own random thought here.  Our family is once again all together.  Turbo got back last night from New York.  He had a fabulous time and got home without a hitch.  He's still our crazy kid.  He's just a bit better traveled now.

        Go visit Joyce to get your own Hodgepodge questions and link up.

        Tuesday, November 30, 2010

        Random Thoughts-It's the End of November, Really?!


        Time to Random it up.  And let the thoughts flow.
        • Turbo is back this afternoon.   He has had a wonderful time.  He got to see just about everything a little boy would want to see--the American Museum of Natural History, the Statue of Liberty, the balloons being filled for the parade, Rockefeller center, and the New York library.  He will love going back when he is older to see his uncles and seeing more.  I do think he is ready to come home.
        • We rearranged Turbo's room.  New shelves, more space to play, got rid of all the mctoys that accumulate, I think Turbo will like it.
        • I need to get egg nog or Christmas Milk as it is known here.  It's that time.
        • This weekend Nick and I are going to a Four Wheeler safety class.  We are going to freeze our butts off. Layers, lots and lots of layers, a la "I can't put my arms down" layers.  I think it's the only way to keep warm.
        • Ten points for the person who can ID the movie referenced above.
        • Bruiser has had a language explosion recently.  He parrots words back to us and is getting better at letting us know what he wants--using words instead of baby swahili.  Makes things much easier.  However we have to watch our language now.  The other evening Nick let slip a little s-word and sure enough Bruiser piped up with something that sounded similar.  Of course he could have been saying sit, but I don't think so.
        • We are headed up after a Christmas tree this Sunday, weather permitting.  If the weather doesn't permit, we might go fake again.  I don't want to but if we can't get a tree this weekend it won't happen until the following Sunday and I can't go that long without at least getting a tree up, even if we go fake again.
        OK, that covers my random this week.  Go link with Keely and random it up.

        Monday, November 29, 2010

        Meet me on Mondays

        Time to do the get to know you thing with Java at Never Growing Old.  Get the questions from her, answer and then link up at her place.

        1. What is your favorite way to eat chicken?  I have lots of ways I like to eat chicken--chicken fingers, chicken tacos, fried chicken, grilled chicken, chicken parmesan,  Honey Dijon chicken, There are just so many ways that chicken is good that picking just one way is next to impossible.
        2. Have you decorated for Christmas yet? No.  We are waiting until Turbo gets back from New York to go get our tree--we cut our own in the mountains--and then we will decorate.  I am going to dig out the count down calendar for Turbo and Bruiser though.
        3. What is your favorite article of clothing? Man these favorite questions are hard.  Right now with the cold weather we are having, I'd have to say my coat.  Not real fun, but necessary.
        4. Do you pay your bills online or write checks the old way? We still send the bills snail mail. 
        5. Do you make Christmas cookies?  I at least make on batch just before Christmas so Turbo, and now Bruiser, can leave cookies for Santa.  We also leave carrots for the reindeer.

        Friday, November 26, 2010

        Thanksgiving Hangover

        We had a quiet, but good Thanksgiving.  Just three of us and the food was fabulous.  We made Jan"s Sushi Bar balsamic glazed brussel sprouts.  Oh man were they good.  They went really well with the Prime Rib we had.  I was going to have lobster too but well they are still in the freezer--I forgot.  Dinner was good anyway.
        And today I got to go shopping.  I found some great deals and had a good time.  Sometimes shopping with friends is the best way to pass the time.
        Now Nick and I just need to get the rest of the things we want to get for Turbo and Bruiser.  That is the fun shopping.  It will be crowded but nothing like what Kohl's had today.  I think the wait there was like an hour to check out.  Crazy.
        Well Bruiser calls so have a good weekend everyone.  I'll leave you with a picture of Turbo in New York.

        Turbo with Wyoming's state dinosaur--the Triceratops.

        Wednesday, November 24, 2010

        Wednesday Hodgepodge--Thanksgiving Edition

        1. If you had known what they knew then, would you have boarded the Mayflower?  I don't think I would have by myself.  I would have gone with my husband but not on my own.
        2. How far have you traveled on a boat and how do you feel about boats in general?  On our honeymoon we took a boat out to Grand Bahama Island, a trip of about 6-7 hours.  It was fun.  Then on spring break in 2000 we took a fishing trip out into the gulf of Mexico.  That trip was a lot rougher.  Of our group of four (on a probably 25-30 person tour) I was the only one who did not hurl on the trip out.  The waves were rough.  I like going on boat trips, mostly.
        3. What traditions have you kept, acquired thru marriage, and/or tossed? If you're single what are some of your family's favorite Thanksgiving traditions?  Thanksgiving is spent with family-usually.  We aren't big on strict traditions.  Christmas has more for us than Thanksgiving.
        4. What time is dinner and how many will be round your table? And what is the one side dish you cannot do without on Thanksgiving day?  We are having dinner at around 4:00pm. We are doing a nontraditional dinner since Turbo and the grandparents are in New York.  It is just going to Nick, Bruiser and I.  We are having prime rib and lobster.  But with a traditional dinner there must be mashed potatoes.
        5. Have you ever used a fire extinguisher? Do tell....  Nope never have used one.
        6. Tell about a situation that caused you dreadful trepidation and feet dragging, only to realize later it was a true blessing.  Just before I had Bruiser, the company I worked for was downsizing.  I knew that I was going to lose my job.  But now to years later and getting a full time position with the place I work now, I'm in a much better place--vacation, sick leave, benefits, the whole nine yards!
        7. Baked, sweet, mashed, hash browned or french fried...which one's your favorite?  I love the hash browns that my husband makes in the mornings on the weekends.
        8. Insert your own random thought here.  I just want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  May the day be wonderful and full of things to be thankful for.

        Now go link with Joyce and do your own Hodgepodge.

        Tuesday, November 23, 2010

        Random Tuesday Thoughts.


        Thanksgiving might be just around the corner, but there is still time for random thoughts with Keely.  Grab the button and link up.
        • Bruiser has been talking more.  He will say thank you and it is so stinking cute.  Makes doing anything for him much more fun.
        • We have had the craziest weather.  One moments sunny and thawing, the next we can barely see across the street for the snow.  And wind, well we won't talk about the wind.
        • And attention turns to the shopping after Thanksgiving.  I'm braving the crowds with a friend, but we refuse to go super early--we are leaving about 5:00am.  And we have at least an hour drive to the good stores.  So none of the 3:00am at the store stuff.  That's just ridiculous.
        • Turbo is headed to the American Museum of Natural History today.  I was a little jealous about the pizza he's eating--love New York Pizza--but now I'm really jealous about the museum.  I was in New York when I was twelve and I know he's going to love the museum and planetarium.  Wish I could be there with him.
        • I love the snow--but am much less fond of ice.  We have lots of ice.  Slippery stuff, ice.  I've almost bought it several times just walking from the car to work--a hike of about three blocks, parking at the university sucks--and I know the ice is not going to get better (at least until oh, you know, April, maybe May).
        • Bruiser is loving being the center of attention while Turbo is gone.  And he is loving playing with the phone-either the land line portable or our cell phones.  Thank goodness we can't dial out long distance on the land line, or I'm sure he would find a way to call Indonesia.
        • And once again the towels are mocking me.  I got just about everything else done for the laundry--except the sheets and they don't really count--but the towels.  I hate towels.
        • We have an escape artist cat.  Piper loves to go outside.  She escaped just the other day and was pretty pissed when she came back in.  She kept giving us dirty looks.  It's not my fault it snowed, cat.  It's called winter and it's not going away until March--probably April, maybe May.
        • Oh and I have a new mommy moment with Bruiser.  Thursday night last week I was giving him a bath and he stood up and was playing with the shower doors we have on the tub.  I was putting towels away and when I looked back at him he was holding something in his hand.  At first I thought it was a washcloth and did not want him to drip on the floor.  Than I realized that it was NOT a wash cloth.  He had pooped in the tub and was trying to hand it to me.  Fun.  What is it with the warm water=poop thing?
        That about overs the random around here.  Go see Keely while she is still running this carnival.  Jen's hiatus just might be catching.

          Monday, November 22, 2010

          New York State of Mind

          As I mentioned last week, Turbo is in New York City for Thanksgiving.  His grandparents took him out to see his uncle who lives in Brooklyn.
          The trip there was an adventure all by itself.  They were delayed right away by fog in Denver.  The flight out of our little town was on a puddle jumper and turned out to be quite the roller coaster ride.  Poor Turbo threw up on the plane.  Papa almost threw up, it was that rough.
          By the time they got to Denver they had missed their connecting flight to New York.  They got to wait about five hours to catch the 4:30 flight out.  So by the time they got to New York it was 8:30 our time and 10:30 out there.  But Turbo got to see the Statue of Liberty all lit up and the lights of Brooklyn too.  He thought that was really neat.
          So after all that they made it to the big city.  Turbo has been to Coney Island and seen the aquarium and had pizza twice (which he really likes).  He is looking forward to doing more.
          I miss him.  Things are quiet and we don't have to avoid random attack hugs.  I'm looking forward to his return.  And hopefully the return trip is less eventful than the departure trip.

          Friday, November 19, 2010

          Friday Confessional

          OK, I need to get some stuff off my chest.  Confession time:
          • I confess, the last load of laundry I washed sat in the dryer for a really long time.
          • They were baby clothes for Bruiser.  
          • He had others in his drawer.
          • I got them out when I needed to dry something else.
          • I'm really going to miss Turbo next week.
          • At least once the quiet gets boring.
          • For the first couple of days it will be blissful.
          • I'm sure Bruiser will try his best to make up for the absence of his brother.
          • Is it wrong that I looking forward to prime rib instead of Turkey next week?
          • We have ice.  I hate ice.  I much prefer snow.  It was snow.  Now it's ice.
          • My boob hurts.  The place I had the mole removed.  It looks pretty-seven stitches and all.
          • Wearing a bra sucks right now.
          • I was a bad mom last night and fed the boys corn dogs for dinner.  I had a peanut butter sandwich.  High nutrition.
          • I'm still not sure what to get Bruiser for Christmas.  And not really certain he will really notice if he doesn't get a lot of stuff.
          • I'll notice though.  Sigh.
          Now go confess all and feel better going into the weekend--and don't do to much you will need to cinfess next week--or what ever.  Glamazon's got the confessional--go on.

            Thursday, November 18, 2010

            Spin Cycle--Thanksgiving

            small cycle

            This week--being so close to Thanksgiving, the Spin Cycle topic is of course Thanksgiving.  So here goes for this last (for a while, please, only for a while, Jen) Spin Cycle:
            Things I'm thankful for:
            • My family, all of them.  Nick, Turbo and Bruiser.  They bring so much fun and joy to my life.  I may be surrounded by boys, but it's fun and at times enlightening.  Other times it's baffling, but I muddle through.
            • I'm thankful the the grandparents from both side live close enough to watch Bruiser now that I'm working full time.  It saves us untold amounts of money and it's so good for Bruiser to spend time with his Papa, Nana and Grandma.  We are lucky and blessed.
            • I'm thankful that both Nick and I have good jobs, that use what we went to school for and allow us to spend time with our boys as needed.  We could have gone the big money route but then other people would be raising our boys because we would be working 60-70 hour weeks. Or always traveling.  We may not be making big money, but we are here and the kids know who we are.
            • I'm thankful for the house we live in.  It's not the biggest on the block, but it's just right.  And our location is wonderful.  We are close to the downtown area in our town, close to Turbo's school, and close enough to ride our bikes to work when the weather permits. Nick might dream of a larger house, but I just see more work in a larger house.  So, I thankful for our just right house.
            • I'm thankful for our friends.  I don't have a lot of close girl friends here in my small town, but I have a couple and I'm getting better at going out and doing things with them.  
            • I'm thankful we have our health.  Nick and I complain about getting older and the issues that come with it but we are over all healthy and so are the boys.  I hope we can continue to enjoy our health.
            Well there you have it--some of the stuff I'm thankful for.  I'm sure more will come to me, it always does, especially after reading the other thankful spins over at Jen's place.  Go see for yourself and find more things to be thankful for as Thanksgiving approaches.


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