Monday, January 28, 2008

Car Stuff

Ok, so remember when I told you that I was selling my Grand Prix? Yeah, well we did that about 2 weeks ago and got exactly what we were asking, so that was awesome! So then the search began for the replacement for my van. See, we decided that we need to get rid of my Odyssey because I just drive too darn much and gas is just too freakin' expensive! I drive 27 miles one way to work and that does not include all the kid-running I do everyday. Three trips to the gas station in a week is just plain ridiculous (and expensive!).

Anyway, we were looking for either an Accord or a Camry. We needed something big enough for the two child seats as well as my massage table. Then we found a really nice 2005 Accord EX for a really great price. Barry went up to test drive it on Friday evening and really liked it, liked the price, and was pretty sure that if my massage table fit in the trunk and I liked it, we would be buying it. COOL! How easy was that? Only one was priced lower than any other Accord out there like it AND was in better it was kind of bothering Barry. He kept wondering what he had missed...what might be wrong with it??? Now you should know that this would really bother Barry, because he knows his cars...AND he does his research. Why was it priced so low?????

Turns out NOTHING was wrong with it!!! They had priced it too low on AutoTrader by mistake ( by $2000)...and then fixed the pricing error between when we test drove it and then went back up to make the decision. BUT, they said they would honor the original pricing we had seen if we decided to buy it. Holy let's just say the car is mine, sitting out in the driveway right now. And what a sweet deal we got. Barry couldn't be more pleased, and either could I. (Well, it COULD have leather and heated seats, but I don't think I need to get greedy now, do I?) The important thing is that everything fits and I will be getting WAY better gas mileage!!!Now we just have to sell the Odyssey. I sure will miss it, but I will NOT miss seeing the lady at the gas station every other freakin' day!!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pool Party!

Here you from the pool party!

The girls had a great time and Barry and I got the opportunity to meet some of the parents. Kendall got 2 more Webkinz, a monkey and a horse, so she was thrilled.

We parents sat and chatted while the girls went crazy in the pool. they did the waterslide, the lazy river, you know...the whole bit. Two whole hours of fun...and then we headed to Jessie's to pick up Noah, and both kiddos fell asleep on the way home...SCORE!!!

And now, I am sitting on the couch with DH, watching Knocked Up, feeling good that I already have the rice krispie treats done for her classroom party tomorrow and the birthday weekend is almost over. Ahhhh....

Hope you all had a rockin' good weekend as well!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

One down, one to go!!

Yesterday was Kendall's birthday party with all of our family out at our cabin. We had such a great turnout...about 25! Therefore, that meant that I spent a LOT of time in the kitchen all day Friday and Saturday morning. Normally, I would have ordered a big 'ol cake from Giant Eagle (they have really YUMMY frosting). But this year, my dear daughter told me she didn't want to pick out a cake from Giant Eagle. "Would you please make me a special cake just like you make for Daddy's birthday?" How could I say no? She has never asked before, and I am perfectly capable of making cake! So I told her that we could sit down and pick out a special cake together and I would make it. Yeah... not a well-thought-out plan. It skipped my mind that we would be having such a large crowd for lunch and cake and ice cream...and 25 people makes for a lot of cake, because well...everyone loves cake! So, we picked out 3 different cakes (that I had never made before, I might add) to make...a banana split cake, a sour cream chocolate cake with super fudgy frosting, and a red velvet cake. I was the CAKE QUEEN this weekend! They all turned out totally yummy, but I will say this...that chocolate cake was R.I.C.H.!!!! The banana split cake was a total surprise as to how yummy it was! I made a cream cheese frosting for that one and it had strawberry preserves between the layers....Mmmmmmm. And the red velvet cake wasn't as dark as it probably should have been because I ran out of red food coloring...but the frosting was to die for! That one was everyone's favorite!

The kids played like crazy, and of course, refused to eat lunch. I had made beef and noodles, spinach salad, and my mom brought a seven layer salad and homemade bread. It was soooooo good. We barely had any food left, and the kids didn't even eat!

We also had a couple of friends come with their kiddos. Shawn, Deetra, and Shea, and Chad, Beth, and Riley came, as did one of my bestest friends, Heather, with her kids Ethan and Sophie. That's me with Heather down there on the side, and Kendall with Ethan and Sophie right below.

It's so nice that they made the trip up...they live a little over an hour away, but we really make an effort to get together as much as possible.

Kendall got all kinds of great have the greatest stuff these days. She got craft stuff, a new coat and snowpants, a boombox, a new clock radio, some games, a purse, an ant farm, money (of course), and we got her a telescope for starwatching! We're off to the library this week for a book on stargazing. How much fun will THAT be???

Now today we are off to the Dublin Rec Center for Kendall's pool party with the girls from her class. The Rec Center has an AWESOME pool, and I hear they do great parties...and let me tell you it was totally reasonable...$65 for 2 hours of swimming and a party room. They supply everything! That should be lots of fun! So I made cupcakes late last night for that...and I will be using the leftover frosting from yesterday (if I can quit eating it! LOL!). Look for the pool party pics tomorrow...

Happy 7th birthday, Kendall-Bug! We love you!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

There's trouble brewin'...

Can't you just feel the orneriness (is that even a WORD???) while you're looking at this picture? He is just waiting to get into something! Oh wait...don't forget about his partner in crime...
These two are inseparable! Unfortunately, Scout has the only position in the family that is lower on the food chain than Noah, and boy does he pay for it. Noah takes every opportunity to yell at him, or push him away, or tell us what "Scouty" is doing wrong. "NO, Scouty!!! Off the carpet!!", or "SCOUT!! SCOUT!! LEAVE IT, SCOUT!!!" or even "YUCKY, Mama! Scouty!! Stop wickin' Noah's toes!!!". I have to admit, it does get old after a while. He takes great pride in disciplining his pup. And yes, we've talked with him about being nice to Scout...we tell him what a good dog Scout is and how Scout is just kissing his toes...but to no avail. But then, just when you think you'll have to separate them, they become thick as thieves, plotting their next adventure (or rather, the next mess I will have to clean up!). Every little boy needs a dog!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Pictures!

Thought you all might like to see the newest pictures of our little family. We had these taken right before Christmas, but I didn't want to post them, as so many of our friends and family would be receiving them at Christmas! Then, to be honest, I kind of forgot to share them with you all! (I know! What the hell was I thinking??? Take any chance you have to show off your beautiful family!!!!) Well anyway, here they are! Forgive the wonky scanning...I know the coloring is off, but it's late and I don't want to fiddle around in Picasa right now...

Kendall & Noah...can't believe the photographer actually got one of them both sitting still AND smiling AND looking at the camera. Holy crackamoly!
Kendall & Noah again, not so close together anymore....
Ahhh....true love!
Check out those new teeth!
What a grin!

This one was taken at Noah's preschool...gotta love the old-time photography! Looks like we've got our own Doc Holliday!
Hope you've enjoyed 'em! Stay warm, peeps! I'm off to bed....!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

More Winter Fun

Today it was about 16 degrees WITHOUT windchill in our neck of the woods...but Barry and Kendall ventured outside anyway to brave the elements all in the name of FUN. They weren't outside more than a few minutes when Kendall came running in yelling for me to come quick and to bring the camera. Check out the ginormous icicle they found!Then they headed out to the pond to check the solidity of the ice. Yep, pretty solid! Barry went out and jumped up and down as hard as he could...and no cracks. So, on with the fun! Barry put his skates on and started pulling Kendall in her sled...
and then quickly realized how long it's been since he's been on skates! He got going pretty good, pulling her, and then tried to stop and turn to swing her around....and ended up falling down! Kendall and I got quite a little laugh out of that!
After that little incident, he decided to put his boots back on so he could have a little more control. She was having a blast!
Too bad Noah was all warm and cozy, napping in his comfy little bed. Ah, but maybe tomorrow we will venture out again for just a little bit so he can partake in the winter fun as well. And who knows? Maybe I will skate too! (Although I can assure you there will be NO pictures of that!!)

Happy Winter everyone....Stay warm!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Huntin's hard work!

My dad sent me this picture the other day, and I just thought I'd share. He took this picture up at the cabin where he, his friend Tom, my brother Luke, and Barry were deer hunting a few weeks ago. I always hear about how cold it is, and how early they have to get up and how they have to sit in their tree stands for hours keeping still, and how they have to track the deer through the snow and then drag them back. Oh yeah, and how they have to get up in the middle of the night to stoke the fire and go out to the outhouse to "do their business". It sounds really brutal, right?

Well, my handsome hubby and Tom look pretty bright-eyed and bushy-tailed here, don't they? Well rested, wouldn't you say? You think it might have something to do with that bottle of Jack sittin' over there on the table? Yeah, I guess they left that part out... LOL!

Anyway, I'm happy to report that everybody came home with a deer or two this year. What would we do without our venison??? Thank goodness for our "dear" deer hunters!

My new bedding

For Christmas, my Mom got Barry and I new bedding. It had been about 10 years since we had changed our bedding, and she bought that set for us back when we had just bought our first house! So anyway, she decided that it was time for a change. I'd been wanting a change too, but wasn't sure where I was going with my bedroom. Right now it is a deep red called Fine Wine, and I have a flax-colored carpet. But I was toying around with painting the walls a dark sage I was waiting to buy bedding until it just felt "right". But then Mom stepped in and said it was time to get new bedding and get this bedroom done. Aren't mothers the best??
We got on and I immediately found this set...which I really liked. She concurred (and she has FABULOUS taste, I might add), and ordered it immediately. We figured with this set I can change the paint OR leave it the same. She even ordered me the mocha sheets and a down blanket! So now, this is how it looks in my room(keep in mind, there are no window treatments yet, and I like things pretty simplistic)...
I'm annoyed with the throw seems we couldn't order the ones that went so nice in that first picture....bummer. But it will come together. It always does. So for now, I'll just keep fiddling around with the pillows and looking for some window treatments that feel right. I must say though, that my bedroom feels so cozy and warm in the evenings with just my bedside lamp on...I love it! Thanks're the best!!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Welcome Clover!

Meet Brian the wonder-acupuncturist's new daughter, Clover! Isn't she just the cutest little thing? The shower went really well on Sunday...we had an excellent turnout, and although alot of the people attending didn't really know each other (since they are all clients of ours, therefore not really ever having met each other), everyone sat around for a couple of hours chatting and getting to know each other! Clover was on very good behavior for a 3 week old infant. The food was good, the cake was super-yummy, Brian and Christa received lots of fun gifts, and most of all, we had a really great time!

Now it's on planning Kendall's big birthday weekend....we have a family party here on the 26th and then her pool party for her classmates on the 27th. It will be a fast and furious weekend for sure...but hey, your one-and-only daughter only turns 7 once! Bring on the party!!! Yeee HA!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

How to spend a wintery day...

Here's how Noah chose to spend this cold, snowy day...

Playing in my bathtub with his cars! Who knew how much fun that could be? He's been in there for over an hour already!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Blessed Be

Each of my kids has their "own" lullaby. I hadn't planned it out that way initially, it just sort of happened, first with Kendall. When she was just a tiny little baby, I would rock her and sing to her...and eventually it became clear that her favorite lullaby was Edelweiss. As she got older, she would request that I sing it to her over and over, and most especially if she were sick. She loves the line, "Blossom of snow, may you bloom and grow...bloom and grow forever..." because I always tell her that she's our blossom of snow, being born in the end of January and all. And now, because parenthood has made me an emotional trainwreck, I can't sing it to her without tears. Thank goodness the lights are always off when I'm singing!

Now when Noah was born, I had no idea what "his" lullaby would be. See, it's not like I ever have a preconceived notion about these things, they just seem to happen. I decided not to stress about it and figured it would present itself when the time was right. (Besides, it's not like I could really sing to Noah anyway, since he was too busy crying at bedtime and not wanting to sleep. He couldn't have even HEARD me sing, believe me! More on that story later, for those of you who are interested.) So anyway, present itself it did. Kendall and I had gone to the library to pick up some books and she asked if we could get some kid music...she already had one picked out. It was a Raffi CD, and though I had heard of Raffi, we didn't have any of his CDs. So I said sure, and we were on our way. When we got home, I started making dinner, and popped the CD into my laptop so we could listen as we cooked...and lo and behold, the lullaby presented itself! Blessed Be. Kendall was stirring something (I can't remember what), and she just looked at me and said, "Mama, that would be the perfect lullaby for Noah!! He's our newborn baby! Can we sing it to him?" Well, of course, I fell in love with the song immediately. And if you've ever heard it, you can understand why. And if you haven't, Google it and give it a listen...especially if you're a parent, or are soon to be a parent, or even want to be a parent. It's beautiful. And even better, once Noah got over all the crying, he loved it too. In fact, that's what leads me to tonight's post:

Tonight, as I was putting Noah to bed, he said, "Lay down, Mama. Lay down." And I replied, "Ok buddy, but just for a few minutes. Mama needs to go read with Kendall, ok?" So I lay down next to him and he puts his chubby little hand on my cheek and says, "Sing, Mama. Pwease sing." I asked him what he wanted me to sing, and he said one word..."Wuwwabye".
So, I started singing Blessed Be, and he got instantly quiet. And of course, the tears are running down my cheeks (what the heck is my problem, anyway? It's just a song, for goodness sake...), and when I finish, I hear this sleepy little voice say, "Fank you Mama. So pwetty. I wuff you Mama." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why the tears are still finding their way down my cheeks.

Blessed Be
Words and Music by Raffi
C 1999 Homeland Publishing

Baby dear, blessed be your shining light.
Baby dear, blessed be your morning smile.
Baby dear, blessed be your gleaming eyes.
Blessed be the precious child
Our beloved baby dear.

Baby dear, we will love with all our might.
Baby dear, we will comfort you at night.
Baby dear, with all the love we’ve got.
We’ll be there for you
Oh blessed be our newborn babe.

So dream on, sweet dreams tonight
And we’ll dream too a future clean and bright.
Dream on, soon you’ll be standing strong and free
Oh blessed be our newborn babe.

Baby dear, blessed be your shining light
Baby dear, blessed be your morning smile
Baby dear, with all we’ve got to give.
We’ll be there for you
Oh blessed be our newborn babe,
Blessed be the hopes and dreams of our baby.

Hearty Venison Stew

Barry went to the hockey game tonight with his friend Jon, so it's just the monkeys and me. I decided on something easy, but good for you for dinner, and this is one of our faves...thought you all might enjoy! And if you aren't lucky enough to have a deer hunter in your life, then you can certainly substitute beef!

Hearty Venison Stew
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 lb stew meat, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 tbsp oil
1 small onion, chopped

2-3 stalks thickly sliced celery
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

12.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained

2 thickly sliced carrots
1 tsp beef bouillon

1/2 tsp ground thyme

1 large potato, cut into 1 inch pieces

Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a medi
um bowl. Add meat and toss well to coat. Heat oil in large skillet over med-high heat. Add meat, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Add tomatoes with juice, carrots, bouillon, and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or so. Add potato and cook, stirring occasionally for 25 more minutes or until meat is tender. YUM!!

It's really good, I promise!!!

And guess what else, guys???? I actually got to take a 2 hour nap today!!! WOW, it's amazing what a good nap will do for you. I was so surly this morning...but now, I'm all set for an evening of fun with the monkeys! Barry has to get up and get moving early tomorrow as someone is looking at the Grand Prix...and then I have to head to the store to pick up supplies for the baby shower. Thank goodness I remembered to order the cake today! Now, if I can just make it through the weekend without any major screw-ups, then I can focus on Kendall's birthday weekend...2 parties (one family and one with the girls of her class), followed by cupcakes on Monday for her class. Then that will be followed by a month of rewards: the first weekend of February I am going to an overnight scrapbooking retreat with friends and then at the end of the month I am getting to go along with Barry to Savannah for a work trip. (HE will be working, not me! I will napping, reading, walking, and eating...and eating...and eating...and did I mention napping???) I think think by the time we get there I will have earned it!! A whole adult weekend... no kids. Ah, but you know how it goes, sounds so good, but hell if you don't miss those little buggers like crazy! Speaking of those 2 crazy they are again, partners in crime! Kendall has been an amazing big sister. She LOVES her brother and takes every opportunity to show him off, even when he's not being very cooperative! Here, she is playing Webkinz or Club Penguin, I can't remember which. Noah will just sit and watch her play for hours, if I'd let them. But, as tempting as it is sometimes, I don't. Just being honest!

Well, have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Just Stuff

Ok, let me first begin by saying that I cannot comment about the National Championship game. I just have nothing to say...nothing! I can't explain or make excuses or chastise or any of that. I can't speculate on what happens next year or even what the problem was this year, or last year for that matter. Someone has to lose every game, and this one was no different. LSU just outplayed us, plain and simple. Very frustrating, for let's just leave it at that, shall we?

Secondly, I cannot BELIEVE that it is already Wednesday!!! Where did the week go? I am throwing a baby shower for my friends Brian and Christa on Sunday and have sooo much to do!!! Lucky for me I have a slow day tomorrow and then I don't work at all on Saturday. I should be able to get it all taken care of with no problems. And let me just say that their new baby is just as cute as she can be!! I stopped by to see her last night, and my goodness....I was getting baby fever, she was so sweet! I guess I'd better stay away! I've got my hands full as it is!

And check this out...this is Kendall's new self-imposed "chore":
She has taken it upon herself to be a part of Noah's bedtime routine. She informed us recently that she will read with Noah and snuggle with him at bedtime to help him get to sleep. Now, how sweet is that, I ask you? Yeah, except it isn't really working very well. Noah just wants to lay in there, flappin' his beak the entire time...but hey, it was a sweet thought!

Oh yeah, and I am selling my first "family unit" car! We bought this car when I was pregnant with Kendall because my sporty little red Honda Civic EX was just 2 doors short of what we needed. Oh how I loved that car! But alas, it was time to drive something that was actually going to work with the baby carrier. Anyway, this was my compromise. It had to be something bigger, definitely 4 doors, yet still a little sporty...and this fit the bill, for sure!

I put 160,000 miles or so on this bad boy in the time I've had it. It's getting ready to turn 200,000 soon...

I miss my remote start and my heated seats. I miss the supercharged engine (but not the speeding tickets!) and the heads-up display. Sometimes I just miss driving something other than a minivan. But it is time for the Grand Prix to go. I'm sure some high-school kid will snatch her up...she looks good, don't you think? In fact, Barry has toyed with the idea of putting a new engine in her and keeping her, we like her so much! But then again, that's just one more project for his list...the list that has 7,000 items on it already. We'll see...

As for my personal goal for the new year, it is going well. I have been having a very calm week, despite the upcoming baby shower and Kendall's birthday parties coming up. Lots of planning and work yet to do, but I've been keeping on task to stay ahead, thank goodness. I feel gentler and less anxious...and I'm really looking forward to getting into 2008! It's amazing how well those attitude adjustments work!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

This is it, Bucks!

Tonight is a BIG night. A VERY BIG night.

Our Ohio State Buckeyes are taking on LSU for the National Championship in New Orleans. Many of our friends will be at the game...lucky ducks!

Yes, we are the underdog...but that's just where we like to be. We have a lot to prove this year after the disastrous game this time last year (let us not even speak of such sadness here on this blog...). I know we are up to the challenge...we have to be!

Barry will come home and help me get the kiddos to bed and then he is heading off to Shawn and Deetra's to watch the game. I will be happy to sit here by myself, where I can multi-task while watching the game. You can get alot done during a 3 hour game! So, send a good-luck shout-out to the Bucks, will ya? That's right, I can hear it now.....O-H!! I-O!!!!

Go get 'em boys!!!!


Sunday, January 06, 2008

Two Years Ago Today...

I wrote my first blog post. I had no idea when I started this blog that I would "meet" people through it! I did it as a way to keep up with family and friends as to all the things going on here with our little family, since we didn't live close to them. And now I am so happy to say that there are such nice, warm and compassionate people out there in the blogosphere....that's right, people...they're not all pervs and sickos!!! (Although I am certainly not denying the fact that the pervs and sickos DO, in fact, exist!!!)

So, I guess what I am trying to say is THANK YOU to all of you who stop by on a regular basis just to lurk about and see what's going on, and THANK YOU to all of you who stop in, have a read and leave a comment...and also THANK YOU to those of you who don't leave comments, but tell me whenever you see me how much you liked my stories! It's really wonderful to hear, and it's been great having this outlet.

And what am I doing to commemorate this day? I went to Sam's Club with Deetra to stock up on a few things, then we had dinner over at their house. We came home, got the kiddos to bed, I cut Barry's hair, and now I have cracked open an cold one and we are watching Lord of the Rings. Oh yes, folks, it's an exciting day!!!

Looking forward to another year of blogging...writing mine and reading YOURS!!!!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy Birthday, Little Brother!

Meet Luke...aka my "baby" brother, who is turning 30 today! I can hardly believe that...and boy, does it make me feel old!

Luke has a sharp wit, but he flies under the radar with his dry humor. Sometimes I stop and wonder if I just heard him say some smart-ass comment under his breath as I walked away...and I'm sure there are many times that he said something and I DIDN'T hear it! And believe me, most of those times it's probably better if I didn't!!! LOL!!

The kids think Luke is just IT. He's always teasing Kendall, telling her things like "Wow, your van is magic! It drives itself!" (as he's driving with his knees)...or if she eats too much peanut butter her hair will turn brown. She begs him to tickle her and hangs all over him when he's around (which isn't very often, unfortunately, since he lives in Michigan)...poor guy. Noah just wants to hang with him 'cause he's cool.

Anyway, I figure it's late, he's probably had a few beers with his roommate, and now would probably be a great time to I'm off to do just that!!! Happy birthday, little brother! We love ya!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone! And welcome 2008!!!

We had an AWESOME New Year's Eve! We had a "PJ party" here at the house. Nothing big and fancy, just friends, kids, and lots of food (and crazy socks!!!)...but it was a really fun time! We had a great turn out. I think about 26 people...and I must say, even though there were a few "groups" of people who didn't know each other previously, there was a lot of mingling going on. The kids took over the basement and played like crazy...even got a little wild until Barry had the most excellent idea of putting up a tent! After that, it was pretty quiet down there, as they turned off the lights and played "campout"...flashlights, sleeping bags, the whole bit. It was great fun, let me tell you! We even had a good group of people make it until after midnight, which I thought was unbelieveable, considering Kendall was the oldest kid here, and we had one as young as 6 weeks. But those kids hung in there...and crashed out on the way home, I'm sure!

The food....ah, the was AWESOME. We had hot wings, buffalo chicken dip, cheese balls of a couple varieties, meatballs, BBQ shrimp, chocolate-covered strawberries, taco dips & chips, veggies (gasp...I know!! But someone else brought them, so I'm off the hook!), cookies...all kinds of appetizers...and of course, beer, wine, punch, and champagne at midnight! It was D.I.V.I.N.E.!!!

After everyone left (except Ms. Kathy, who spent the night), we headed to bed around 2:00 am. But alas, we were up by 9:30 and making a big 'ol breakfast of oatmeal-banana pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage. We called the Huntingtons and told them brunch was being served at 10:30 if they were interested...and they were! So we filled our tummies yet again! Then the guys went out get Barry's deer all cut up and into the freezer while Deetra and I ran to "the evil Wal-Mart" for more Food Savr bags. The kids played the rest of the afternoon, and then we broke out all the leftovers from last night and filled out tummies AGAIN!!!!! Then Sheri came out to visit (and graze on party leftovers) and after she left I headed straight for a hot bath! Damn, did that feel good! I hadn't been out of my pj's all day! And then, as I was getting out of my bath, my favorite Canadian Sarah called for a New Year's chat. God, how I miss that girl!

So now Barry and I are sitting on the couch watching football...what a great holiday week! I am sad for it to end and for my regularly scheduled programming to begin...but then again, bring on 2008! I am not making a resolution...more like a personal goal. And that is to be a kinder, gentler version of me. I have been a little edgy, a lot snippy, and feeling frustrated and unsettled this year. I don't like it and I want it to change. Your life unfolds the way you see it, and I want mine to be stellar this year!!

Just look at all I am blessed with...a wonderful husband, 2 awesome kiddos, a dream of a house, boatloads of good friends, lots of great family who love us, good health, solid jobs, cars that run, food on the table...I mean seriously now, what in the hell do I have to be sullen about??? Nothing, I tell you. NOTHING! Come on, 2008...I'm ready for ya!!!
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