Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More "Durings"

We have been moved in now for just over 2 weeks and we've gotten most everything unpacked - now we just have to get it all put up and decorated. Hopefully we are getting close to the "Afters". But until then... take a gander at what we've been up to.
Kitchen

The desk area
(still needs the computer)

My closet
(I think its my fave room of the house :)

Living room

Backyard - we bought some sod so they
are in the middle of laying that.
(Of course Gavin & the girls had to help!)

Our master bathroom

New faucet for main bathroom

My new washer & dryer :)
(I never thought laundry would be so
much fun!!)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Speechless

Rarely am I rendered speechless. It happened last night. I went to Brookshires to get a few things like salad stuff, breakfast stuff, diet cokes, pull-ups, & white powdered donuts and I grabbed a little candy for Gavin at the check out. So the cashier is ringing me up and ... well... here is our conversation.

Cashier: Is all this sugar for a toddler?

Me: Ummm I'm sorry?

Cashier: Are you buying all this sugar for a toddler?

Me: (dumbfounded... speechless - staring at her like shes crazy)
about 10 seconds later...
Me: the donuts are for my son to go to sleep

Cashier: You give your son donuts to get him to go to sleep?

Me: (again - dumbfounded and speechless for a moment) No. If you must know, we just bought a house, he just got a new toddler bed, the donuts are to bribe him to sleep through the night in his bed then if he does, he gets a donut in the morning.

Cashier: Wow. Don't you wish all toddlers were that easy?

Me: (again - dumbfounded and speechless for a moment) He's not that easy. By any stretch of the imagination.

(What I wanted to add was... "And next time I need parenting advice from a 20 year old, I'll come find you!")

I almost punched her :)

Girls Night Out!!!

Saturday night me, Denise, Shelley, & Kristi all went to Chili's just to have a drink and chat a little. We got there at 9 and ended up leaving at 12. 3 HOURS! We had a BLAST! Our waitress was magnificent, the appetizers & desserts were scrumptious, the drinks were flowing and we were.... LOUD!!! SO. MUCH. FUN!
Before we left the house

Gavin HAD to get in the picture

Me & Kristi

Denise & Shelley

The girls
(with random weirdos in the back)

Chocolate cake shots

Kristi posing... I LOVE it!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Important Lessons

1 - Most Important Lesson
During my second month of college our professor gave us a pop quiz.
I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman
several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy."

2 - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain
One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure the lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her
into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise,a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other
night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others." Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.

3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve.
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the
coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents, she brusquely replied."
The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream,"he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left.
When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table.There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

4 - Fourth Important Lesson - The Obstacle in Our Path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.Some of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and
simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon
approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When It Counts
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz, who was suffering from a rare and serious disease.Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from
her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies, needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked
the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes, I'll do it, if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled,as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away?"
Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.You see, after all, understanding and attitude, is everything.

5 Minute Management Course

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbor,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:


If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.




Lesson 2:


A priest offered a Nun a lift.

She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.

The priest nearly had an accident.

After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.
The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.'

M! oral of the story:

If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.




Lesson 3:


A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when ! they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'

'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.'

Puff! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.'

Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.



Lesson 4


An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.



Lesson 5


A turkey was chatting with a bull.

'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch..

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.


Moral of the story:

Bull Poop might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there...




Lesson 6


A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.


Morals of the story:

(1) Not everyone who poops on you is your enemy.

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of poop is your
friend.

(3) And when you're in deep poop, it's best to keep
your mouth shut!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Weigh-in #9 & #10

Last week: I did not gain nor lose anything! I'm not really sure how that works but it did. I was the exact same weight (to the ounce) as the week before. Geesh!

This week (today): I WON!!!! I was the BIGGEST LOSER!!! I lost 2.6 pounds this week! That is the most I have lost in one week so far :) So now my total is 13.2 pounds! YAY!!! I'm so proud of myself. I'm going to try and be really good this week too - except Denise & my mother-in-law will both be in town... Denise likes to eat all our favorites while she is in town and my M-L is a GREAT cook so this weekend is going to be rough! I will just have to be really good this week so I can splurge on the weekend :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pottys

All of my life I have had this odd affliction with restrooms. Not sure why. But apparently I knew every single bathroom in our home town and anywhere we traveled we had to stop several times just so I could see the bathroom at whatever facility we were passing. Strange I know. Anywho, I got these pictures in an email and thought they were hilarious. If I am ever in New York City, I definitely plan on checking this one out!!!

This is the outside of the potty box:

This is the inside of the potty box:
Its made of one-way glass so no-one can see inside
but you can see outside.
Could YOU potty in this potty???

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Moving Day!!!

Friday we FINALLY started moving into our house! ~YAY~ My mom and Darcy were here to help us so we got the entire contents of our HUGE storage shed empty by 8:00 Saturday night! Now its all just piled in my house. (Let me just explain how much "stuff" me, Danny & Gavin have. When we moved from Austin to Brownwood - it took the biggest UHaul truck that they have, the backs of 4 pickups, and a small UHaul trailer to get it all. Then we still had stuff stored in other people's garages that we had to get.) Okay... I admit, I didnt do a lot of the actual "moving" of the furniture and boxes. I mainly stayed at the house and unpacked what the boys already brought over. So its now Sunday evening and this is what my house looks like:
The green room - after making a HUGE dent
in all of the boxes and stuff!!!
(Yes, it was even more full than this!)

The guest bedroom

Our desk
(see that box under the desk - piled high? that is
full to the brim of *framed photos*!! I'm thinking I need
to sort thru those :)

Kitchen

More kitchen

My room - right after they put the bed up

My room - now!
Can't hardly even see the bed :)

Living room - My cross wall is all put up!
(hey... first things first!)

Friday, March 6, 2009

More "Durings"

We are getting pretty darn close to "afters" but until the room looks just how I want it - I'm still calling them "durings". So here are more of the things we have been working on....

We got our new back door installed Wednesday and finished
it up with molding and all last night.

More light switches that I installed last weekend.
(these kind Denise bought for me - thanks Huney!!)

Gavin's new switch & cover. Plus the hangy-down thing is for him to be able
to reach his own light. SSSSSSSSSSoooooooooooo helpful and makes him
feel more independent. We have one in the bathroom too!

New shower curtain & bath mat.
Matches the paint beautifully!!!

Gavin's new step stool for the bathroom.

New living room ceiling fan.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Weigh-in #7 & #8

I forgot to post about weigh-in last week. I lost 0.6 pounds last week and 0.6 pounds this week. So I'm really falling off the bandwagon here. Although... I have officially reached the 10 pound mark! YAY... GO ME!!! As soon as we get into our house, I'm gonna step it up a notch. You hold me to it now!!

New Specs

After almost 3 years - I finally went down, got my eyes checked and got me some new glasses. I've also ordered contacts... which hopefully I can wear without them hurting my eyeballs. So we will see. If not, I LOVE my new glasses!!!

Gavin couldn't stand that he wasn't in the picture!

Flooring... DONE!

ALL the flooring! YAY!!! We finished up the wood floors this past weekend AND finished the tile in the master bath :) We don't have much left to do... just little stuff. We still have to redo all the doors and re-hang them, install the master potty & sink, change out the faucets and other bathroom sink, and a little touch up painting here and there and PRESTO - we will be done!
We hope to stay there tonight actually - just depends on what all we can get moved by bedtime! But we will definitely be moving this weekend!!!

Flooring done - just needs quarter round.

Hallway - last piece installed on Saturday :)

Doesn't it look FAB???
(besides all the dust on the floor...hehehe)

Master bath - with tile & grout!!

And I'm becoming so HANDY during all this mess. Dan
taught me how to install light switches so I've been around the
house changing out all the old switches and installing new ones!!!
These are the ones I did in the kitchen. I will post more later :)