I love Spring!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Minus the rain chance on Friday, it really doesn't get any better than this.


I absolutely love Spring!  The smell of fresh cut grass, the warmer temps after a pretty cold winter (at least for South Texas), the wild flowers!!  Oh my goodness... does everyone have wildflowers like us?  And they just popped up over night, it seems!

So gorgeous!

all i want for... easter?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Is my two front teeth!

On Sunday, Taylor finally pulled that second tooth that was hanging by a thread.  He's so brave!

i got nothin': part 2

Friday, March 26, 2010

I'm really lacking for blog inspiration these days, but my parents get a little agitated when they don't get a "Live.Laugh.Love" email in the evening, so I'm going to try and pound something out.

And we all know when I've got nothin', I resort to a list.  So here goes...

  • I'm reading this book online at the moment: Have a New Kid By Friday.  I'm also hoping beyond hope that it actually works.  Not because I don't love my children, but because I simply can't take the 'tude any longer.  I'm so over it.
  • Taylor has been trying to save up his money so he can get some toy that he saw at the store that costs $25.  He's been begging for chores everyday.  I really should use this to my advantage, no?
  • Ashton found out yesterday that she gets her braces off in 2 months!  Well, Phase 1 at least.  Then it's a retainer for a year or so and then on to Phase 2.  Dear Lord, please straighten out Taylor's teeth so we don't have to do this again.
  • Joey has been learning professional driving this week at the Academy and having a blast!  Today, they are working on chases.  He's a little too excited about it.  LOL.
  • I'm so ready for the weekend.  This week has been really long for some reason.  I've thought it was a day later than it really was most of the week, so in my mind, today should be Saturday. Cruel, cruel joke.
  • Totally bummed that my company finally blocked Twitter.  What in the world am I supposed to do when I have nothing else to do?  They are seriously anti-fun around here!
  • My aunt and uncle were in town this week and joined us for dinner to celebrate my brother's birthday.  I love spending time with them!  I'm so looking forward to their annual girls trip to SA (with my cousins and their kids) in June and then our family vacation (probably minus Joey - bummer!) to their place in July.  The kids look forward to this all year.
  • Remember a week or so ago when I talked about cleaning out my closet and taking the clothes to Plato's Closet to sell?  Best.Idea.Ever.  They paid me $240!!  And what they didn't take I dropped off at Goodwill.  Money and a tax write-off!  Doesn't get much better than that.
  • For having nothing, that sure is a lot randomness floating around in my head.  Peace out!

can't. move. arms.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday I worked out with a personal trainer at the gym. She's a friend of mine and has just received her license (is that what personal trainers get?) so she was offering free sessions.

For some reason I feel like I need to explain that because if it were not free, the hubs would never let me do that. He sees no reason to pay someone to do something for me that he can do for free.  But in return, he has to listen to all my complaining.  So he may change his mind...

But it was a good session.

So good, in fact, that I still, today, can not move my arms. I had to prop my arms up on my desk to type this. And now that they're here, I won't move them until 5 o'clock. It was too painful getting them here in the first place.

And let's not even discuss the pain involved in fixing my hair the last 2 days.

Lord help me.

All I know though is that I have a friend coming to visit who will kick.my.tail. at the gym while she's here, so I'd better get going!

On a separate note, I can't forget to wish my big bro a  very happy birthday!  He doesn't read my blog, but that's ok.  His loss.  LOL

I'm good without it

Monday, March 22, 2010

About 6 weeks ago I went to the doc for my annual physical and he ordered blood work.  Standard procedure, but goodness God was watching out for me!

A couple days later I got a call from the nurse telling me everything was great... except my CO2 level was very low.  She really didn't understand it and said the doc wanted me to have another blood test done to be sure it wasn't just a fluke.

So I did.  And it came back even lower.  I tired not to freak myself out by using Google to diagnose myself, but I couldn't help it.  It was just so strange.

The doc thought it might be related to my migraine medication, so he cut my dose in half and then told me to have my blood work done again in a week.  Well, I didn't make it to a week before I was in his office, short of breath, heart racing... freaking out!  He told me to stop taking it all together, and, you guessed it, more blood work.

People, ever since I've been off my migraine medication, I have only had 1 headache in 10 days.  Um... does anyone else see a problem with this?  Not only was my migraine medication causing my CO2 level to drop to dangerous levels, but it was causing my headaches!  Now, granted, I have been taking this same medication for over 3 years now and have had no problems - and it appeared to be controlling my migraines - but now it turned on me.

And honestly, I don't mind.  Whatever it takes to get the headaches to stop.

who knew shopping could be a public service?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Disclaimer:  This is another post about the hubs job.  If you're tired of reading about it, just skip this here lil post.

So Joey has ride-alongs all week.  Since Sunday night, I've seen him for about, um... well, I haven't.  I leave in the morning with him still in bed and he comes home to me asleep. This is definitely not the shift I would choose, but it's ok for now.

And he is so excited!  He has absolutely found his calling.  He called me on his way in today and said he so wishes he was already out on the streets.  The day goes by so fast and there's always something to do.

Then, he called me about 30 minutes after his shift had started (which, yes, almost gave me a heart attack) and said they were headed to the mall and asked if I knew where a certain store was.  Too funny!  They were headed to pick up some shoplifters and needed to know where to park.

I guess my unofficial Bachelors Degree in Shopping has paid off.  I have now served the public with my mall knowledge.  I think I'll go home now.

Tuesday randoms

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

  1. I've never understood rubber-neckers.  Yesterday on my way home from work, the hwy was backed up for probably 5 miles.  Bumper to bumper.  When I finally get to where the situation originated, I see that it's a major accident on the other side of the highway.  Why was my side backed up?  Dang rubber-neckers!  Mind your own business!!  LOL
  2. We finished the backyard last week. Well, the part that will have grass.  The rest of it is Joey's baby.  He has an idea in his head and who am I to stand in the way? My back still hurts.
  3. I didn't have a headache yesterday.  This is remarkable and worth noting.
  4. Joey has ride alongs all week and is working 2pm-10pm.  Since I had the evening to myself, I cleaned out my closet.  The back of my Jeep is completely full of clothes that I plan on taking to Plato's Closet to sell.  Has anyone done this before?  It's really redic how many things I had in my closet that I don't wear.
  5. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately.  Sunny and mid to upper 70's.  LOVE IT!  I love Spring and Summer.  It's time for tank tops and flip flops!
  6. Joey and I had a date last Saturday.  It's been 3 weeks since we've been on a date.  We saw Brooklyn's Finest because it was cop flick... need I say more?  Unfortunately it was about 3 dirty cops.  Not the kind of movie I should be seeing at this point in my life.
  7. I think that Spring Break should be applied to the corporate world.  Working while everyone else is playing is not cool.  Not cool.

When I was young...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I got this as an email, and it's a bit long, but it is freakin' hilarious! If you are 30 or older, you will love it!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning, uphill... barefoot... BOTH ways… yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in heck I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that I'm over the ripe old age of thirty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a dang Utopia!

And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our tails! Nowhere was safe!

There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!  Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our cars. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

And there weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOD!!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.  (Uh... I'm thinking even we adults are doing this...)

And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen... Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!  (LOVE IT!)

You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were luckily, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980 or any time before!


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I can not believe how fast Joey's academy training is going. When he started 6 months ago, it seemed like 8 months would take forever! But now, time is flying!

This week he has firearms training.

Next week, it's week-long ride-alongs.

The week after, driving.

After that, tactics.

I'm so excited for him! Everything is finally wrapping up and he's going to be living his dream.

But I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous. Don't get me wrong, I support Joey 100%. I know that God has brought him here and I know that this is what he was created to do. There is no doubt in my mind.

But a year ago, I was married to an Account Manager at an IT firm. Now I'm about to be married to a cop. Everything is just moving so fast. In 8 weeks, our lives will change. I'm not saying that's bad, by any means, but change is change.

So as we adjust, I'll keep taking deep breaths and remembering... The hand of God will never lead me where the grace of God cannot keep me. As long as I keep holding on to His hand, I think I'll be ok.

my neck. my neck and my back.

Monday, March 8, 2010

they hurt.

well, really, it's just my back, but that's what Joey and our friend Jason said all the time when they laid the tile in our house, so it's what I think about when my back hurts.

Joey and I spent all weekend laying grass in the backyard.  we also sectioned off an area next to the house that gets nothing but run-off from the roof and put down some rocks and stepping stones so we could get from the back porch to the front gate.  then we put down green metal trim around the flower beds (well two of them) in the back and filled them with mulch.

Oh, and Joey repaired the fence too.  He was on a role.

No, we aren't white trash.  We had to do all this because that cute "little" dog we adopted last summer?  Sophie? Remember her?  Well, she thrashed our yard.  Literally.  She dug holes in the ground all around the house, chewed the fence and ripped pieces off, demolished a shrub, ate a hose, nearly dug all the way under our air conditioner - I could go on and on, but I'll just tell you that we found another home for her, so now we're working on repairing the backyard.

Next weekend we plan on laying another pallet of grass and planting some things in the flower beds. 

We plan on putting the house on the market in about a year.  I have a list going of the things that need to be repaired or updated and it makes me so happy to be able to work on the list!  I don't mind being sore when it means I'm getting closer to a new house!

happy birthday grandmother

Friday, March 5, 2010

Today, my Grandmother turns 87 years young.

Isn't she beautiful?

And she's just as full of life as she looks.  She moved into an assisted living home just over a year ago and she has her own apartment, but let me tell you, she's never there. If you want to find her, you'll have to look in the common area.  She'll be there chatting it up with her girlfriends.

She's always been the life of the party.  I guess that's where my momma gets it.

You want to know what I got from my Grandmother?  My love for heels.  That's right! My grandmother had a deep, deep, love for heels.  High, pointy-toe heels.  Just the way I like them.  She used to live in Chicago and worked downtown and would ride the train and walk everywhere.  In her heels.

She's my hero.

She truly is an amazing woman.  I have some of my best childhood memories of vacations to my Grandmother's house.  I remember one vacation when we went to visit her in Chicago and when it was time to go back to the airport, she had rented us a limousine!  And I always loved going to see her and my Granddaddy before he passed.  My Granddaddy was so cool!  He had a little refrigerator by his bed that had Pepsi and Nestle Crunch bars, I think.  (And before you start thinking that's really weird, I mean, it is weird, he was not a big man.  LOL)  He also collected trains and had an entire room full of them!  He would take us in there and turn them on and we would watch them go around the tracks for what seemed like hours.

The strange thing is that those memories are so vivid (he and my Grandmother), yet my Granddaddy died when I was 3 or 4.

I could go on for days about all the memories I have of my Grandmother...vacations to my cousins, Christmas', her laugh... there are so many.  I hope there are many, many more.

Grandmother, I love you so much.  I could not have been blessed with a more precious Grandmother.  I hope you have a wonderful birthday.  Enjoy your time in Houston and hug those great-grandbabies!!

the best part of waking up

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Every morning, Taylor wakes up to his own alarm, gets himself dressed, then comes down to our room and climbs in bed with me to give me a "big hug!"  Joey is already in the shower, so this hug lasts all the way until he gets out.  Just me and Taylor. It's only a couple of minutes, but I think it's the best couple of minutes in my day.

to iphone or not to iphone. that is the question.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Joey and I have been considering iphones for a while, but we're still under contract with s*print, blah blah blah. Anywho... this is where you all come in.

I'm slightly perturbed at what appears to be a ridiculous amount of fees associated with simply having an iphone, much less the phone, data, and internet fees. But maybe i'm wrong. So all of you out there that have iphones - what's the scoop? Will I have to sell my first born to pay the monthly bill? do you have any problems with the service? be honest with me, k?

I've never had any trouble with s*print, and honestly, I feel like they have the best plans. You may hurt me if you knew what I pay each month for the 4 lines we have on unlimited calls, texting, and internet, which is what makes me nervous to switch.

But I'm happy to let you all convince me otherwise. Because I do think the iphone is pretty sweet.

babysitting. it's what I did when I was 12.

Monday, March 1, 2010

we live at the bottom of our street in the cul-de-sac where all of the kids from the street gather to play.  We don't mind because it usually keeps our kids close and all of the kids are safer because there's not much traffic to worry about.

Ashton has two girls a few houses up that she plays with frequently and taylor has three boys that he plays with just up the street.  Joey and I have come to realize, over the 8 years that we've lived on this street, that not all of us share the same values or the same parenting styles.

Case in point: Saturday night, Ashton had asked one of the girls (the oldest of the two sisters) to spend the night.  As I was driving down the street on my way home from a long day out - and looking forward to a relaxing night in - I waved at the girls mom as she drove away from her house, thinking nothing of it.  I pulled into the garage, walked into the house, and saw Ashton and the two sisters on the couch playing wii.  Yes, I said two sisters.  Only one of which was supposed to be at our house.  Mind you, their mother had just driven away from their house.

I walked into the bedroom to find Joey and inquire about what was going.  Turns out, moments before, Ashton and the girls had come into the house and Ashton asked, "Daddy," with both the girls standing by listening, "is it ok if Emily (the younger sister) stays here for a couple hours?  Her mom needs to go shopping and she doesn't have anywhere to go."

Stunned, with three little girls staring at him and no wife to lay the smack down, he reluctantly agreed.

I.was.furious.  As was he.  Not only because we were stuck, but because someone else had the audacity to put us in this position!  It was 5:30 in the evening, we hadn't eaten dinner.  Our children hadn't eaten dinner.  We had no idea if her children had eaten dinner.  It was just amazingly rude.  I just couldn't fathom ever doing that to anyone.

And to top it off, she didn't go shopping alone.  She went shopping with her live-in boyfriend.  So she pawned off her child on an unsuspecting neighbor so she could have some kid-free shopping time with her boyfriend.

WOW!  Wouldn't we all like some of that!

Oh, by the way, it was 8 o'clock before she came home.

*ETA: Because people are asking, I didn't have the chance to say anything to the mother when she picked up her daughter, because she didn't pick up her daughter!  She simply called her other daughter on her cell phone (the one that was spending the night) to tell her she was home and she could send Emily home.  No personal pick up and thank you at the door.  Nothing.  

Yeah, now you're almost as angry as I was, aren't you?

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I’m Stephanie - wife to one extremely handsome cop; mother to two extremely silly kids. The hubs and I have been married since February ’99. I love him more each day and simply can’t get enough of him. My daughter, Ashton, is 12 going on 17. She’s beautiful, creative, smart, and oh, so sassy. Taylor, our son, is 8 and is so much like his daddy it’s scary. He makes me laugh all the time with the silly things he says and does. He won’t remember what you told him 5 minutes from now, just like his daddy. I love to laugh and spend time with friends and family. I’ve also recently discovered a love for cooking and enjoy sharing recipes. I love finding new blog friends, so be sure to leave a comment so I can do the same!
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