Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I am Phlegmatic?

You Have a Phlegmatic Temperament

Mild mannered and laid back, you take life at a slow pace.
You are very consistent - both in emotions and actions.
You tend to absorb set backs easily. You are cool and collected.

It is difficult to offend you. You can remain composed and unemotional.
You are a great friend and lover. You don't demand much of others.
While you are quiet, you have a subtle wit that your friends know well.

At your worst, you are lazy and unwilling to work at anything.
You often get stuck in a rut, without aspirations or dreams.
You can get too dependent on others, setting yourself up for abandonment.
Pretty much true, except for the last paragraph- I have lots of dreams and I am not dependent on others. I have been accused several times of being too independent if anything. lol
BTW, found this quiz via Holly's blog

New child care

Well, Adam officially started at the home care babysitter this week. He was going to a daycare center (the same one Brendan goes to) but we decided to move him, for a few reasons. First of all, the money! Gosh daycare is expensive! We will now be spending $340 less per month!!! Yippee!!! The other reason is location. We are on the complete opposite side of town from the daycare. (we moved a couple years ago, but kept bringing Brendan to the same daycare anyway). We're still going to keep Brendan at the daycare, since he is established with friends there and at his age I want him in that learning environment of preschool. And, he only has about 6 months until he starts Kindergarten anyway.

So, anyway, Adam did good at the new place yesterday! The lady said he is going to fit in just fine there. One of the older kids there said Adam played with the same musical car toy the entire day! LOL Joe dropped him off today, and said he had a harder time. Adam cried when Joe left today. But that's to be expected for the first several days. I can't wait to find out how he did the rest of the day when I pick him up tonight.

I must say, I am already liking the fact that I no longer have to take both boys to and from daycare every morning! With the location of Adam's new place, it makes more sense for Joe to take Adam, and I will continue to take Brendan until he starts Kindergarten. The noise level has lowered significantly in my suv in the mornings! lol Not that Adam is loud, but usually Brendan is much louder when Adam is in the car than when it's just him. I could get used to this!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Monday Memories

Monday Memories: Did I ever tell you about HOW MY HUSBAND PROPOSED

We had been dating for awhile, and I got a "wild hair" that I wanted to go to Jamaica. One day at work (we worked together at the time) I asked him, "Hey, wanna go to Jamaica with me?" He said sure and laughed it off, not knowing I was serious. I did further planning, and he finally realized I was serious. My older sister got excited listening to the plans and we decided that she & her boyfriend should go too. So, we all 4 starting making plans. My parents decided they wanted to go too, so they offered to pay for me and my sister if we let them go too. LOL So, the 6 of us headed out for Jamaica a few months later (which was the summer I graduated from high school.) It was a blast! We stayed at the Jamaica Grande resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. All-inclusive, great food, fun activities, etc. We did a few things together, but a lot of the time we were by ourselves too. One night we went to a beach party the resort was having. Joe and I wandered off to sit by some rocks that were jutted out into the water. We sat there talking, and the sun started to go down. With a beautiful sunset over the water as a background, Joe suddenly turned to me, got on his knee, and proposed!

That was in 1994, but we didn't actually get married for another 3 years, in 1997. We always said we wanted to go back to Jamaica for either our 10-year or 15-year Anniversary. (With our 10-year anniversary being next year, I imagine it will probably be our 15-year Anniversary when we go back, since we'll be doing our home addition this fall and can't afford both so close together! lol)

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Trip Down Memory Lane

We do the Blockbuster online thing, and the movie that was recently sent to us was The Muppet Movie. I put it on for the boys, and wow talk about a trip down memory lane. I used to watch that movie every year on tv when I was a kid. As soon as Kermit started singing "Rainbow Connection" I was instantly transported back to childhood. Then "Moving Right Along" came on and I have had that song stuck in my mind ever since. lol I got a big kick out of watching my boys watch this movie that I use to love when I was a kid. I sat down and watched it with them. It was a nice, brief break from reality and adulthood.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (#4)

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen National Parks Courtney has been to,
, and recommends!

1. Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming)

2. Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)

3. Mount Rainier & Olympic National Parks (Washington)

4. Cumberland Gap National Park (Kentucky)

5. Arches National Park (Utah)

6. Badlands National Park (South Dakota)

7. Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee)

9. Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

10. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)

11. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky)

I went on the Wild Cave Tour which was awesome! (Free-climbing cave walls; lengthy crawls through areas as tight as 9 inches high; walking in a crouched position; hand and knee crawls over jagged rocks and dirt; crawling through wet areas; twisting into and out of tight crawlway openings).

12. Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado)

13. Glacier National Park (Montana)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Frog Legs

2. Karen

3. Gabrielle

4. Uisce

5. Janne

6. Dariana

7. D

8. Wendywings

9. Owlhaven

10. Renee

11. Better Safe Than Sorry

12. Suz

13. Mama B

14. Lisa

15. Jen

16. Kelly

17. Laura

18. Ms. Crystal

19. Chickadee

20. Anna

21. Norma

22. Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

Other Wordless Wednesday participants:

Frog Legs

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Have You Laughed Today?

January 24 is Belly Laugh Day!
Smile and laugh as much as you can today!!!

Live Life to the "Funnest"
Create Family Fun and Laughter

Join the January 24, Belly LaughBounce 'Round the World: On January 24, Belly Laugh Day at 1:24 p.m. smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh out loud.

“The silliness of today is the fond memory of tomorrow. The gifts of being human, equal, real and vulnerable with your children are greater than anything you can purchase.”Joseph Michelli, Ph.D.author of Humor, Play & Laughter: Stress-Proofing Life with Your Kids

When is the last time you laughed so hard you couldn't stop? (this always seems to happen to me at the worst times LOL)

If you're at home with your kids today (or even if you're not) - I challenge you to celebrate Belly Laugh Day in some way. Let us know what you did!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Today is National Pie Day!

Did you know that today, January 23, is National Pie Day? (did you care? lol) Every year at work the lady in my office who works with the seniors does a National Pie Day gathering, where they all bring in a pie and everyone chows down. I'm stuck at work late tonight, so I guess leftover pie is my dinner tonight. lol

What's your favorite kind of pie? (besides *that* kind LOL) I'd have to say apple, blueberry, and key lime pie are my favorites.

So in honor of National Pie Day...go get yourself some pie! ;)

Not so weird I guess

Swiped from Melissa's blog...

Here are my results:

What is your weird quotient? Click to find out!

Of all the weird test takers:
99% are more weird,1% are just as weird, and 0% are more normal than you!

List of Fours

Tagged by Carolyn...

4 jobs you have had in your life
1. Buffet girl at Ponderosa Steakhouse
2. Waitress at Perkins (worst job ever!) and Ryan’s too
3. Child care worker at a daycare center
4. Recreation Specialist (for 7 years and counting)

4 Movies You Could Watch Over and Over
1. Shawshank Redemption
2. The Incredibles
3. Finding Nemo
4. Legends of the Fall? maybe? I'm having a hard time coming up with these.

4 Places You Have Lived
1. I was conceived in Canada while my parents were there on vacation LOL
2. New Hampshire
3. Missouri
4. Missouri

4 Shows You Love To Watch
1. Desperate Housewives
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Survivor
4. Scrubs

4 Places You Have Been on Vacation
1. Jamaica
2. Grand Teton Mountains
3. Grand Canyon
4. Too many to list- I’ve been to all 48 continental states

4 Websites You Visit Daily
1. Blogger.com
2. Yahoogroups.com
3. Hotmail.com
4. FLYlady.net

4 Of Your Favorite Foods
1. Real mashed potatoes
2. Crablegs
3. Chinese (esp. chicken fried rice)
4. hot wings and beer

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
1. The mountains
2. Anywhere on vacation
3. Scrapbooking
4. Sitting around a campfire drinking with hubby & friends

4 Bloggers You Are Tagging
Like Carolyn said, If you are reading this, have a blog, and haven't done it, consider yourself tagged!

Better weekend

As far as I know, my husband doesn't read my blog, I've never really told him where to find it. But sometimes I think maybe he found it on his own and reads it? After that frustrated message I posted on Friday, he was a lot better, and suddenly was helping more all weekend. Hmmm...maybe he does read my blog! LOL Anyway, he *did* do much better, even grabbed my plate after dinner and put it in the dishwasher, did the trash (and yes got my tire taken care of & the new one put on my suv). And together we worked on clearing some stuff out of the basement and setting it up to where we can use our treadmill, exercise machine, and recumbent bicycle easier. I suggested this, as it would be nice if we could exercise together at home instead of us trying to figure out a way to do it somewhere else separately. I had been getting up at 5am to exercise by myself for a long time, but lately that hasn't been working out very well. So, if we can both do it together, that will not only help make it easier to exercise, but will also give us some more time actually doing something together each evening after Adam goes to sleep, and while Brendan plays in his room. Getting healthier again while spending couple time together...sounds like a win-win situation to me!

Friday, January 20, 2006

Am I wrong?

Okay, so in addition to working full-time outside the home, I do about 99.9% of all the cleaning and picking up around the house every day, and about 90% of all the responsibilities & tasks of taking care of the boys. I drive both boys to and from daycare every day. I feed them dinner, give them their baths, and tend to their needs every night. If the baby (okay he's more of a toddler now I guess) wakes up at 3am I get up with him. When the boys wake up on the weekends at 5am, I get up and stay up and let my husband sleep- every weekend. I pay the bills and balance the checkbook. The only "chores" that my husband takes on are mowing the yard (which is only a few months out of the year & yes we have a riding mower) and trash. And I end up doing the trash about 40% of the time for him because I just can't stand it overflowing and can't wait for him to get around to it. (Did I mention that we still had rotten pumpkins on our porch until this past weekend because he said he would take care of it back in November, and I forced myself to wait and not to do it). Not only does he not help with things, but he makes it even harder on me by leaving his clothes laying on the floor, and when he walks in the door, he drops everything he's carrying in the middle of the floor in the living room and leaves them there (his lunch cooler, coat, etc). He frequently leaves his dirty dishes all over the house, used napkins, etc. Any and all papers get left on the kitchen table. Yes, he works full-time, but so do I. (I am getting to a point, keep reading...)

So, yesterday I had a flat tire. Yes I do know how to change a flat tire, and yes I am capable of it. But I still asked if he would change it. He did. No problem. He was going to run it by Wal-Mart to have it replaced on his way home. He didn't. So he said he'd do it today. No problem, I don't mind driving on the spare for a day (it's a real tire, so it's okay). Well, this morning, as I'm rushing to get out the door with both boys, he tells me I need to take my tire into Wal-Mart and drop it off and get it replaced. Ummm...yeah. That's not happening. I remind him that he said he would do it. (after all, it is right along his way to work AND he doesn't have 2 little boys in the car with him! He can drop the tire off on his way to work and pick up on his way home.) He was annoyed by this! Did I miss something here? Yes, of course I *could* do it, but it would be so much easier for him. After everything else that I do on a daily basis, to me this is something that he should do. And I think most guys would volunteer to do this for their wife, wouldn't they? I said, "well, since I do practically everything else, you can do the "guy-type-jobs" when you can...it should be my reward for doing everything else." Am I wrong? Am I asking too much? I just don't understand him sometimes. In my opinion, I shouldn't have to even ask. And he's annoyed with me?

I'm the "You Suck and That's Sad" Bunny LOL

Here's a "nice" little bunny quiz for you, (found on Kdubs blog)

you suck, and that's sad
You are the "you suck, and that's sad"
happy bunny. You're truthful, but can be a bit

which happy bunny are you?
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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (#3)

Thirteen Quotes Courtney Likes

Yes, I'm one of those people who likes quotes,
and here are 13 (of the hundreds of) quotes I like:

1. "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming– "Wow– what a trip!"

2. "It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end."
-Ursula K. LeGuin

3. "Life is 10% what you make it, and 90% how you take it."

4. "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here, we might as well dance."

5. "We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing"

6. "Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it"
-Chinese proverb

7. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." -Anais Nin

8. "It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
-Abraham Lincoln

9. "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
-Robert Frost

10. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
-Chinese proverb

11. "The real challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everyone else" -Unknown

12. "To the world you might just be one person, but to one person you just might be the world"

13. "We spend the first two years of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk, and the next 16 telling them to sit down and shut up!"

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Kimmy and Jacob
2. Uisce
3. Veronika

4. Frog legs (Melissa)

5. interstellarlass

6. Goofy Girl

7. Norma

8. Dariana

9. Kelly

10. Wendy

11. Kdubs

12. Suz

13. Petite Mommy

14. lisa

15. Karen

16. Ginger

17. Better Safe Than Sorry

18. Owl Haven

19. Richard

20. Bone

21. Adam

22. Renee

23. Lazy Daisy

24. Janne

26. Chris

27. Laura

(Add a comment and I'll link you here)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well!

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Out of the mouths of babes...

We have a new Hooters in town. The other night, we were all in the car and drove by Hooters. They have some fake palm trees outside the building, and Brendan (my 5-yr-old) looked over and very excitedly exclaimed, "Look Mommy, COCONUTS!!!" Joe & I died laughing, but we couldn't tell him why it was so funny. I finally just said, "yep, lots of coconuts over there".

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Brendan has also become quite the joke teller lately. He always wants to tell jokes to me in the car. Thing is...they don't make any sense! lol He doesn't quite understand the concept of a punch line. It's still cute though. Jokes such as:

"Why did the frog go to the doctor?"
"Because he had a lily pad!"
(insert fake laugh here)
"Why did the sign have legs?"
"Because it fell on an elephant!"
(Get it?! No, me neither)

"Knock, Knock"
"Who's There?"
"Me Who?"
"Mommy, say Brendan who?"
"Brendan, who?"
(silence, as I'm totally confused at this point)
"Mommy, say Door who?"
"Door who?"
(and on and on making no sense whatsoever)

"Why did the chicken cross the road?"
"Because he has a nest"

And they go on & on like that, he can belt them out one right after the other for the entire 25 minute drive home every evening! LOL

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

This past weekend

I visited my mom this weekend, to help her out where needed. I was really surprised at how well she is getting around after her knee surgery! She has to use a walker, but she really didn't need help with anything except making meals & cleaning up after them. Her physical therapist said she is ahead of schedule in her range of motion and such right now. That's great! I was really worried that with her having MS that she would recover slower. Thank goodness that doesn't seem to be the case.

Monday we looked at another home daycare to move Adam to, but we've decided to move him to the first one we looked at last week instead. She was so much more affordable, and both places seemed to have about the same type of "average day" for the kids. They both provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks. The more expensive one is in a better neighborhood, but the less expensive one isn't in a *bad* neighborhood. So, we figure we can save a lot more money by going with the first lady. In fact, by going to the first lady we will save $340 per month compared to what we've been paying for him at the daycare center he currently goes to! That's a big difference! And that money can go towards the addition we're hoping to add on to our house. That will help a lot!

Once again, I'm back in a "blah" mood, and can't think of anything exciting or fun to say.

Friday, January 13, 2006

30th Birthday coming up...any ideas?

My 30th birthday is coming up in March. I'm hoping my husband is planning something, but I'm not counting too hard on it. He's so hit & miss with stuff like that. There have been many times that he didn't get me anything for birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas, etc. I *think* he will try to do something for my 30th, but I also want to have something in mind in case he asks what I want to do. I love camping and canoeing, but not in March! lol For his 30th a few years ago, I had a surprise party for him at a campsite on our favorite river. Most of his friends and both of our families came, we had lots of food, drinks, campfire & drinking & such at night, etc. Then the next morning we went on a float trip (for those out of state that aren't familiar with that term, it means canoeing LOL). It was a lot of fun. But again, not so fun in March when it's still cold. So that won't work for mine.

Just curious, what some of you all did for your 30th? Or do you have any ideas? Maybe it will spark some ideas for me.

What Kind of Girl Are You?

Here were my results...

An Average Girl
You are the all american girl. You goal in life is
just to find that special someone. You are
very simple and tend to follow trends. You love
to be with your closest friends and just have a
good time!

What kind of Girl are You? (With Pics)
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Colorado a no-go, Mom, and Looking Forward to Monday

Well, sounds like the whole Colorado thing isn't going to happen. Would have been nice, but Joe's boss has pretty much decided he isn't going to send Joe for the training. Oh well.

My mom is home from the hospital after having her knee replacement surgery. She sounded good on the phone! Sounds like things are going okay so far. My grandma & step grandfather have been staying with her all week to help her get around. I'll be going there on Saturday afternoon and staying with her until Sunday evening.

I'm looking forward to Monday. We get off work for Martin Luther King Jr day, and daycare is open. I have so much I need to do around the house, I'm hoping to be able to be very productive with those precious few hours without the boys there.

Well, I'm feeling kinda blah and boring today, so I'll end for now. lol

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (#2)

Thirteen of COURTNEY'S Pet Peeves!

1. When people don't return their cart to the cart return in the parking lot

2. Telemarketers

3. People with a "Holier than thou" attitude

4. Mean/rude people

5. When someone blows their nose in their napkin at the dinner table. Ewww...get up and go to the other room please!

6. When people walk down the middle of the parking lot (or street) and don’t move when a car comes.

7. Psyco parents at kids sporting events. I have always been shocked & appalled by this. I can't believe how they yell & carry on, jumping up & down, screaming, getting mad, etc. COME ON! It is ridiculous. Kids should be having fun, not being yelled at & ridiculed by parents (their own or other parents). The only yelling going on should be cheering and encouraging!

8. Cigarette smoke

9. When people litter

10. When people slow down, or worse yet STOP, at the end of the on-ramp onto the highway. Hello?! You need to be accelerating on the on-ramp up to the speed of the traffic you’re entering in order to merge safely!

11. People and groups who are so extreme in their beliefs that they expect everyone else to follow them too and they spend time & energy trying to force their beliefs on others, and criticizing everyone, making a big deal out of minor things, etc. Mind your own damn business and stop worrying about other people's lives & choices in life. Live and let live!

12. When I get mail addressed to “Mr. Courtney...” and “Dear Sir”. I am female.

13. People who think being rich or having material things will make their life better.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Kdubs

2. Suz

3. Running2ks

4. Karen

5. Kelly

6. Wendy

7. Janne

8. Uisce

9. Chickadee

10. Norma

11. Lazy Daisy

12. Holly

13. Veronika

14. Katherine

15. Ms.Crystal

16. Ginger

17. Renee

18. IvoryFrog

19. Dariana

20. Interstellarlass

21. Squashed Toad

22. Richard

23. Kimmy and Jacob

24. (Post a comment with your link and I'll add you here)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Make your own tub paints

Make your own tub paints. Easy & fun for little ones...

Color-me-clean Tub Paints

½ cup liquid hand soap, clear or white
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Food coloring

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Combine the soap and cornstarch in a small bowl.

2. Divide the mixture into separate containers, then add food coloring one drop at a time.

Caution: Test the paints on a small area of your tub or wall first to make sure they won't leave a stain; darker hues may be more difficult to wash off.

Tips: Apply to tub and body with fingers or paintbrushes. Use bathroom cleanser to clean the tub if any color remains. Keep any leftover paints in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Originally published in FamilyFun magazine.

Links to 2 neat sites

I have stumbled across 2 sites today, completely accidental and really had nothing to do with what I was actually searching for, but turned out to be neat ones that I thought were worth sharing. (especially worth sharing with other parents).

This first one is actually a blog. Wow! Check out all the really cool cupcakes! If you ever need any cute, creative ideas for cupcakes to bring into your kid's school or for a party or whatever, check this out. This person has pictures and step-by-step directions for tons of really cute cupcakes: http://kidscupcakes.blogspot.com/

The other site is one that most people probably already know about, but that I didn't. lol It is http://www.kidshealth.org Great resource with tons and tons of info, articles, links, you name it to all sorts of topics for young kids, teens, and parents. If you didn't already know about it, you might want to check it out.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

My brain is an un-organized mess!

I really need to re-organize myself. I have been so bad lately. At work I think about and remember everything I meant to and need to do at home. And then I get home, and suddenly remember everything I meant to and need to do at work. This has been a horrible circle of unorganization. It is driving me crazy. I guess I need to just carry around a master list at all times so that I remember when I'm at home what all I needed to do at home, and likewise at work. Ugh! Like for instance right now, I'm at home, came home early because my younger son was sick and daycare had me pick him up. And for the life of me, I *know* there were at least 3 things I thought of at work that I needed to do and thought, "I'll work on those when I get home". And you see where I am and what I'm doing...I'm sure blogging was not one of those 3 things! LOL Oh wait! I need to wrap a birthday present for one of Brendan's classmates for the party tomorrow...that was one of the things! The way my brain has been, I think I better go do that right now before I forget again and end up running around in a mad rush tomorrow morning trying to get out the door. As one of the blinkies on my blog says so well about me..."I used to have a handle on life, but it broke!" Amazing what having kids will do to you! LOL

Join in Annual De-Lurking Week!

Don't know exactly where this challenge originated, but I found out about it from Kdubs blog.

Everyone is challenged to join in Annual De-Lurking Week! Everyone who just peeks at blogs and doesn't comment, this is your call to leave a comment on the blogs you read. (Or those of you who do leave comments, visit a new blog and comment). Even if it's just to say hi and let other bloggers know you're there.

Join in Annual De-Lurking Week. I don't know how to make buttons, so like some others, I'm borrowing this already made button below:

Monday, January 09, 2006

Tagged! 5 Weird Things About Me

I was tagged by Kdubs to reveal 5 weird things about myself...

(not sure if these are considered all that weird, but it's all that came to mind right now!)

1. I am a deodorant freak! I put on deodorant at least 5-7 times a day...no kidding. I don't know why or when this "obsession" started, but it's just something I do. I put deodorant on right after my shower in the morning before I dry my hair, then put it on again when I get dressed, then sometimes again after I do all the other getting ready before I head out the door. Then I have deodorant I keep in my cabinet in my office at work, and I put it on at least once or twice during the day at work. Then when I get home, I sometimes put deodorant on again when I change into my comfy clothes for around the house. And then I also usually put it on one final time before climbing into bed for the night. LOL Crazy, I know, and I really don't know why I do that, I just do. I'm so afraid of having B.O. and don't trust the deodorant to work all day long, I guess!

2. I love real oranges, but can't stand orange juice or anything orange flavored.

3. I like to drive barefoot.

4. I don't like cheesecake, mayonaise, sour cream, cream cheese, ketchup, chocolate pudding or chocolate icecream. (things most people love! I don't think that's "weird", but I get lots of weird looks when I tell people I don't like these).

5. I'm a little bit non-stereotypical female: I don't like shopping, I don't even own a purse, I've never in my life had a manicure or pedicure, I'd rather drink beer than "girly" drinks, I did not have big dreams all my life of my wedding like people always say little girls do, diamonds are not my best friend nor is any jewelry (I have some basics in jewelry but I don't really care about having jewelry in general), I don't like the color pink or anything frilly, I would never go after a man for his money, I don't care about having all the latest trends, I refuse to buy overly expensive clothing or jewelry or anything material like that...there are so many other things I'd rather do with my money, I don't like to talk on the phone, I don't care what the celebrities are doing, I have no desire to go to big cities, Fancy restaurants do not interest me, I don't really like mushy romance books or movies, I don't need a lot of foreplay, and basically anything you hear someone say is "every woman's dream" does not apply to me. LOL

Tag you're it!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Possible Colorado trip coming up???

Joe just called me at work from his work to tell me there's a possibility he might be sent to Colorado for some training on larval fish. I am so excited! We could turn this into a vacation if all goes well! I LOVE mountains. I like Wyoming even better, but hey I'll take Colorado!!! Mountains are my favorite...I'd rather go to the mountains than the beach any day. So I am REALLY hoping that this all works out and he gets to go, so that I can go too! It is SO hard to get Joe to go on a trip, and I love to travel, so this would be great. He's not sure when it would be, but he thinks it would be somewhat fairly soon, maybe in a few months. I'm trying not to get too excited, in case it doesn't work out, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Thursday Thirteen (trying this out for the 1st time!)

Thirteen Things about COURTNEY'S FAMILY LIFE

1. Joe and I met in 1992 at Ponderosa, where we both worked at the time (I was 16, Joe was 19).

2. At age 18 (1994) I convinced Joe to go to Jamaica with me, and he proposed to me while we were there one night at sunset.

3. We were married in 1997.

4. We had our first son in 2000 and our second son in 2004.

5. We now live in and own our 2nd house which is on 10 wooded acres. We regularly see deer during the day, and once in awhile hear coyotes at night.

6. We have 3 vehicles: I drive a Kia Sportage SUV, Joe drives a Kia Rio, and we have an old '85 Ford Pickup for those times when you just need a truck!

7. We have 1 cat named "Pippin", and our other cat disappeared several months ago.

8. We have an aquarium made up of fish, freshwater shrimp and use to be turtle, all from Missouri rivers...even the rocks and plants.

9. We lost 3 pets in 2005: A turtle, a green snake, and our other cat.

10. My husband and I both work full-time outside the home.

11. We like living out in the "boonies" away from busy city life.

12. We absolutely DO NOT plan on having any more kids. Two is plenty! lol

13. On our first date in 1992 we both agreed we were not looking for a long-term relationship...that was 14 years ago and we've been together ever since. LOL

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2. Karen
3. Chickadee
4. Ivy

5. confessionsofabusymom

6. dana

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My Mom's Surgery

Today my mom had a knee replacement surgery. The surgery lasted about 6 hours, and we just got word that it went well. She will have to stay in the hospital 3-5 days, and then will not be able to walk for at least 11 days. She can't drive for 6 weeks, and can't work for 3-4 months! My Grandma will be going to stay with her to help her during the week or two after her surgery, helping her to do things. We're planning to go up next weekend and try to help her and relieve my grandparents for a little while.

I'm really glad the surgery went well, but the concerns are not all over yet. My mom has Multiple Sclerosis, and any trauma, such as surgery, can cause a major set-back and worsening of her MS symptoms. I'm really worried about that. This past year she has gotten noticeably worse anyway, and I really hope that the surgery didn't cause too much further harm. Only time will tell, I guess. I'm trying to think positively and think good thoughts and pray for her, that's all I can really do.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Our date day and movies

Yesterday was a pretty good day. Joe and I both had off as a holiday (since the actual holiday fell on a Sunday), and daycare was open! So, since it was the first Monday of the month (our monthly date night) we went ahead and took the boys to daycare and spent the day together without having to pay a babysitter for the evening. We took the next step for getting our butts moving on plans for the addition to our house. We finally took all the measurements and staked out on the yard where our proposed addition would be, got the floor plans down on paper (instead of just floating in our heads! lol) and by doing this realized that we had enough room on the upper part to actually put both boys' bedrooms, and master bedroom with bathroom and walk-in closet. Originally we just thought we'd put master bedroom and 1 of the boys' rooms up there, but we had so much room leftover that we could do more. We're pretty excited about the addition plans. Our "ideal" addition would include a new living room, laundry room, workshop and garage added to the bottom floor, in addition to the 3 bedrooms I just mentioned for the upper floor. I'm trying not to get too excited yet, because we don't have any official estimates yet and it could totally blow us out of the water! But at least I feel like we're advancing on the plans to *see* if it's possible. Then we went for hotwings and beer, followed by a movie before picking up the boys. We saw Fun With Dick and Jane It was pretty funny.

Then later after Adam went to bed and Brendan was playing in his room, we watched
The Longest Yard (we do that Blockbuster online thing similar to Netflix) We both liked The Longest Yard! Good movie :) And WOW, tons of HUGE men in that movie! Just when you think the guys are huge, you see another one even bigger. Oh, and a few days ago we watched March of the Penguins with Brendan. That was good too, and I learned something. After watching that, I'm convinced that I'm so glad that I'm NOT a penguin! lol

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Happy New Year!


Well, here it is 2006! Last night I worked at the First Night event in the children's area. Luckily the children's area closes down at 10pm, so after cleaning up and driving home, I made it in time to be at home when midnight came. (Only about 25 minutes to spare, but I *did* make it). The boys were already in bed. We didn't really do anything, except watch the countdown on tv and have a glass of champagne. We were both so exhausted we went to bed about 15 minutes later. Today Joe is working, so it's just me and the little ones hanging out at home today. (They are watching Veggie Tales right now, so I actually was able to sneak in a few minutes on the computer!)

Here's hoping for a happy, healthy 2006 for all!