Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008


Leah over at Life as Lou is doing yet another giveaway! This one is for scrapbooking items worth about $150. Hurry before it's over!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My driving shift is over.

My driving shift is over. There was tons me cops no the road making traffic stops. I warned DH and still we were pulled over. ...::sigh::...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

DH got me a "Christmas Gift"

DH went out and got me a gift. I can't help but think about how many times he's heard me complain about my body image for him to go ahead and buy me something like this. DON'T GET ME WRONG - I love that he got something that I would have wanted but never would have bought for myself, but I just feel.. I dunno how to explain it. ANYWAY... he got me a Kymaro Body Shaper. Guess what... I love it. It gets rid of the rolls that I have yet to get rid of since the birth of the baby. Eventually I would like to get back to what I feel is a decent weight, but for now I'm happy to have this "gift" and a husband that cares enough about me that he would like for me to have better self-esteem.

He doesn't read this, but I LOVE YOU BABE.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

OMG! I won.

Merry and Bright Birdie
Originally uploaded by everydaylou
I can't believe I won, but YAY. If you haven't checked out Leah over at Life as Lou -- YOU SHOULD. She has awesome things to teach regarding scrapbooking. Seriously, check it out!

How they grow!

While dressing E3 to go to the store today I noticed that her clothes fit rather snug. She is/was in 6-9 month clothing. I'm not too worried since I know I have a lot of E2's clothes packed away that will fit her just right. Problem is that they are in Texas. I picked up some sweat pants and sweaters for her to wear in the interim. SIZE 12 MONTHS. She's becoming quite the chunky monkey...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Trip down memory lane... via MUSIC VIDEOS

These are songs that I can recall singing/hearing back when I was in middle school all throughout high school. I still know all the words to the damn songs. LOL i'llbe back with more of my teenage favorites.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Scrapbooking How To

Leah from LIFE AS LOU is offering an online HOW TO class for a Christmas mini-album. GO CHECK IT OUT. It'll get your creative juices flowing.


It's really cold, yet again. This morning it was 46 F and Emily refused to wear a jacket, sweater or coat of any kind. She insisted that a long-sleeved shirt was all she needed. I let her go to school that way - maybe next time she'll learn to heed my advice.

LOTS of snow up on the mountains. I'm hoping to get a few pictures of it. I think I may run to the store and get baking supplies so that I can send the teachers treats before winter break. I'm not fond of ONE of the teachers, but alas I have to be kind all around.

I'll be sure to bundle up and take the camera with me to take a few pictures on the way. :)

Maybe I should stop by Emily's school and drop off a sweater for her. We'll see how generous I feel.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Same ole'... same ole'...

Today was not unlike every other day. Get up bright and early - actually it was still pretty dark - and get the kids ready for school. Come back home and be with the girls while trying to tidy up this place.

It was pretty stinking cold this morning, raining even. After the clouds cleared up I saw that there was a fresh crop of snow up on the mountains. I wonder if we'll get snow down here this year.

I was able to speak to both kids' teachers. Both are improving, but especially Jr. Last benchmark test he did not pass the benchmark and this time he did. It was only by 3 words but I'm pretty proud of him. Tomorrow they have the writing benchmark and I hope they do well. They'll be testing all of this week in one way or another, so I really hope they are able to perform well.

I am working on a hobby horse (stick horse) for Emily's "play." She'll be singing I Wish I Has a Pony for Christmas on the 16th and is supposed to wear overalls, a cowboy hat and don a stick horse. I am sewing it entirely by hand. I miss my sewing machine. DH says it has the ears of a rabbit and the snout of an anteater. I wanted to smack him. I'm sure Emily will get a kick out of it, and if anything it'll be unique. Unique = UGLY. LOL

The kids are officially employed now. YEP, DH hired them to do jobs around the house. Emily's title is "Laundry Assistant" and Junior's "Refuse Engineer" - they take out the trash and go dump the dirty clothes in the hamper that's in the laundry room. Hey, one less thing for me to do. We'll see how long it lasts. I think I'm gonna ask for a raise, seeing as how they are making money from the most mundane task.

Well, I was able to get the kiddo down early, so I'm gonna hit the sack too. I hope tomorrow is much warmer than today was. Peace out.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Teaching bad habits early....

Evelyn has recently discovered how to stick out her tongue. It is the cutest thing EVAH! I dare you to say otherwise. She will also blow raspberries, albeit not all that well. It's still cute though. Watch her try to imitate what I am doing, you'll surely get a few laughs.

Teaching her bad habits. from Peace in the Storm on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

ACK! Cactus thorns!

Or needles... or whatever you call them!

I think I'm covered in them? Think?

I was using DH's pickup truck today and I totally forgot that he recently used it to go dump a bunch of old branches and cacti that I made him dig up from our "desert landscape." I KNOW for a fact he didn't wash it down afterward and I feel all prickly and stuff. HOW IN THE HELL DO I GET RID OF THEM??! I can't see them - or else they'd be gone by now. I can only feel the damn prickly stuff. Help.

You'd think that as a Mexican, I'd know the remedy for it. What a poser I am.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

And what horrific week wouldn't be complete without...

... a SICK KID. The older two had a stomach bug that they are over now but seem to have passed down to Emma. She drank milk and puked it earlier. I tried to give her some apple juice instead and she just puked that too. She did say she felt MUCH BETTER once she was done puking, but this does not BODE WELL. IT DOES NOT BODE WELL AT ALL.

cue screaming and pulling out hair.

Washing mouth out with soap....

Every year you see it. A Christmas Movie. Every year you see the scene where he says the alternative to FUDGE and gets his mouth washed out with soap. Every year you laugh. Until the year that you find yourself using the same method to get your OWN kid to not say curse words.

Who's the culprit? Emily. I overheard her last night asking Junior if he knew what bee with an itch was/meant. I don't want her EVER using the word again, so I did the soap stint. It was only to send the message home that those are DIRTY words and when you use them they get your MOUTH DIRTY and therefore I have to wash out her mouth with soap. I think she got it. And so did the other kids. I would honestly be surprised to know that she uses a word like that again.

I did ask her who she heard it from and she fessed up. This morning I called her teacher and told her about it so she can addressed the use of those words and notify the child's parents in the event that they would like to nip this in the bud. I feel like such an AWFUL parent when I'm the one that has to discipline. Let's hope I can get used to this part of my job.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


Junior is driving me insane.

Back when we were in Texas he was doing GREAT academically. He was ahead of most kids in his class (just like Emily is now) and had straight A's for almost every subject. This year has been a COMPLETE MESS. The kid is so damn stubborn and uncommunicative that I just don't know what to do with him. I TRY to help him with his homework and instead he gets all pissy with me takes his papers and says he'll do it on his own. When he re-emerges from his room I ask to see his homework and it's WRONG. You can tell that he doesn't even TRY to do the work, he just scribbles down WHATEVER so he can get it over with. Once I tell him to review his work and try again he throws these huge hissy fits with screaming, kicking walls and throwing things around. I have concluded that the damn kids wants me to GIVE him the answers, something I REFUSE to do. I have told him time and time again that I will help him find the answer but that I wont give it to him. EVERY SINGLE TIME it's the same bullshit until I've had enough and I have to get mean with him. I HATE that he puts me in such a situation. I try to talk to him in a calm tone about how he needs to TRY and how he needs to ask for help if he's stuck and he just grunts back and refuses to engage in any sort of conversation. I've asked him to use WORDS to communicate with us instead of kicking/hitting the walls and it goes in one ear and out the other. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I'm sure it has plenty to do with him pushing his limits, but I'm getting tired of this power struggle.

BEDTIME -- BBL w/ more.


DH tells me that the mine will be cutting down productivity by 50%. This means people will be laid off and hours will be cut back. He was reassured that he would have a job until mid-January but things are not clear after that. Here's to hoping that we can make our dollars last until then, that we get a good income tax return and that we sell the house in Texas. This is stressful. Very, very stressful. I can't let DH know how I feel though, or it'll add this his monumental stress.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Taxes! Ugh.

Anyone else getting all their paperwork ready for the upcoming tax season? We want to have EVERYTHING ready to go come Jan. 20th (when w-2's HAVE to be sent out). I just went through a TON of receipts making sure we have everything in order.

Am I the ONLY crazy person that keeps EVERY SINGLE RECEIPT. I hope not.

"I want to sit down you!"

I just have to make sure that I write that down. Soon she'll be able to speak properly and won't say cute things like that. That phrase, by the way, is Emma insistence on sitting on my lap while I'm at the computer. She wants to be here stuck between my body and the keyboard, all the while straining her neck to get a glimpse of Dora or Diego on the television. It's cute and annoying and just now she got off my lap and went to sit down and suck on her "LILOPOP." That's lollipop in her planet.