Stolen directly from Diatribal

November 29, 2006 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Diatribal is at

I am not real into these things, but occasionally there is one that I like, and I am short on anything to blog about, so here goes!

What was your first car?
1979 Ford LTD, powder blue

When did you go to your first funeral?

11. It was my paternal Grandfather.

Who was your first grade teacher?
The evil Mrs. McKinley! Probably one of the prime reasons I home school!

Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
1996, and it was to England. Wow! What a ride!

When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
My best friend Karen.

Who was your first best friend and are you still friends with them?
Erica. I haven’t seen her since first grade.

Who is the first person you talked to this morning?

Baby boy when he climbed into my bed to inform me that is “morning’ outside!”

Whose wedding were you in the first time?

My big sister’s.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

What was the first concert you ever went to?

Morris Day and the Time
First tattoo or piercing?
I got my ears pierced at 13.

First celebrity crush?
Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran.

First crush?
Mr. Seibert, my biology teacher.

When was your first detention?
Probably first grade because of that evil Mrs. McKinley.


Keeping busy

November 27, 2006 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

round-first-photo.JPGWell, the Divine Ms S has returned home. Sigh. It was so good having her here. It felt like she had never left. We visited, let the kids play, and went out drinking a few times. She endured two, count them, two Thanksgiving Days as each family had one for them while they were here because the trip was extended due to hubby’s work. Our biggest project while she was here was to help me learn how to sew. I caught the bug, and bad. By the time she had left, I can read and modify a basic (very basic) pattern and sew my kids some tops and bottoms. They now have some nice flannel jammies, and A has a nice day outfit. I plan to do some more, but it is so warm and nice outside (upper 70’s) that we have been working and playing in the yard a lot. We built a fire pit so we can have a little “campfire” when it gets chilly. I reinstalled a retaining wall(that wasn’t retaining) around a flower bed, worked some serious compost, and prepped flowed beds for spring. We also got the Holiday lights up, along with some outright Christmas stuff my mom passed on, such as a big plastic Santa that lights up, and some wooden reindeer. This is the first year that W has really gotten it and it is great to watch him be so excited as only a 3 year old can!I guess you can also tell that I have been seriously working on the blog stuff too. Not many entries, but lots of learning. Blogger has given me so much stress, that I thought I would try WordPress since some of my “cool friends” who have super cool blogs use it (shout out to Babs and David!). Anyway, it has been so easy to use, and gives me more flexibility in the template, I think I will switch. So, for now, I will be double posting. I will post the same entries on both sites for a bit to give everyone time to get switched to the new site, and to allow for any of you to report any problems you are having with it. Then, I will permantly switch.

Anyway, that has been a bunch of my time recently. Not very excited reading for you all, but super busy here! I hope you all are having nice days in all the places you are!

Wow! This is easy!

November 26, 2006 at 7:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Wow! So far, WordPress is so much easier than Blogger! I am liking how easy it is to change things up! I hope that the look is suiting everyone, and that you can read it. Please leave some feedback to let me know how it is working for you!


November 22, 2006 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

my little pumpkinsI guess I too must do the obligatory “What I am Thankful For” post.I know everyone says , for family food and community, but sometimes we forget the basics. I am grateful that I have a good house to live in, a safe neighborhood, food in the pantry, and a dependable car. I am grateful that I we have electricity, central heat and air, and good clothes to keep us covered. I am grateful that we are all healthy, and that when we are not, we can afford the trip to the doctor, and pay for the medicines we need. I am grateful that my kids are growing up without knowing hate, oppression, and fear. I am exceedingly grateful for true friends I can trust. These are all things that I have been without at times in my life, and boy do you miss them when you don’t have them! People to often get caught up in what luxuries they do or do not have instead of remembering that having the basics is what a lot of people in the world are aiming for. With Thanksgiving being taken over by Christmas, folks seem to spend this holiday planning for the next. Talking about what gifts they want and buying stuff to “fancy” up the house for Christmas. So, my family takes a day to reflect and play. We stay home, eat, and roll in the leaves in the yard. We cuddle and talk about how good we have it. Then, the next day we pack up and head to Grandma’s for the official holiday, and take in all the Christmas talk and consumerism a person can take for one day. At least for that one day at home, we got to re-connect with life, and each other, and remember the basics of life, love, and happiness. I hope my kids will remember that and pass the tradition on to their children.May each and every one of you have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2006 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(I am trying to import some of the last posts I made before I switched over here to wordpress. The originals can still be seen at )

I am getting into cooking and baking. My kids are really good eaters compared to other kids, but it never hurts to up the nutrition value! My kids have not had soda, or beef or beef by-products. This means no Jell-O, and no marshmallows. They have had candy, and chocolate, but they do not seem all that impressed with it. So, why not bring in some nutritious treats? I started making cookies and muffins. Now these are not your regular ones, these are healthy ones! I make them with whole grains and whole wheat flour. No added sugars. Lots of fruit. The kids are eating them up left and right! It is so cool! I also have been making tons of rice dishes to introduce to them. They don’t seem to sure about rice though. I figure I will just keep trying till we find something they like. When they were itty bitty I kept an eye on all the foods they ate to make sure they were getting a well rounded diet. Somewhere along the way, I quit being so diligent about it. It really is hard to make super nutritious meals that kids will eat, but I am up for the challenge! Off to buy some organic apples to make another batch of homemade apple sauce!

November 20, 2006 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We got to go to the diversity walk the other day, and it was such fun. We got t-shirts and at the end of the grueling one mile ; ) walk, they had pizza. The kids were in heaven, except when they had to actually walk! W spent his time in the sling. Nothing like adding an extra 30 lbs to my body for the walk. The day was beautiful and it felt good to do something community oriented. Here is the little blurb on them. Maybe there is one in your area!
The 7th Annual National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ of Arkansas) Walk As One.
Registration begins at 3:00pm. The walk will be followed by pizza and cokes for all registered walkers. Rep. Joyce Elliott is this year’s walk chair.The National Conference for Community and Justice, founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism in America. NCCJ promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions, and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education. Funds raised at the walk will go toward supporting youth programs such as Anytown and Unitown, leadership retreats that prepare youth to make America a better place for all of us, not just some of us. More information on the walk can be found at

November 19, 2006 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A big hearty “Welcome Home!” to SSgt Zimri!

You have been greatly missed and we are glad you are home safe and with your family!

I know that everyone here understands the dilemma our soldiers are in at this time, and that they are not responsible for the politics of the war. Don’t make the assumption about where the soldier or their family stands in regards to the conflict. Just keep the politics out of conversation unless the family member or soldier starts it. With that said, please, if you see a soldier, a simple “Thank you” will go a long way. No need to ask “how was it?” or anything like that. Please, just say “thanks!” Also remember that just because they are home, doesn’t mean everything immediately goes back to normal for the family. If you have been kind enough to help look out for a soldiers family while they have been away, please continue to offer your assistance as they settle back in.

If you want to welcome Zimri back home on your blog, just leave your link in the comment section! Let’s let this special man know that we mean it when we say “Thanks!”

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