Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Review: 13 Little Blue Envelopes


This is a story about Ginny and the adventure she leads through Europe on the dime of her deceased runaway aunt. Ginny is a shy and closed off girl who is nervous all the time. She has a hard time talking to people. Most of the time she doesn't know what to do with herself.

Aunt Peg passed away suddenly from a brain tumor but not before she wrote 13 letters to Ginny with instructions to fly to London and when she gets there she can open the next letter. As she goes through the letters she is sent all over Europe, from London to Rome to Denmark and more.

While I didn't really feel invested in the story I felt a need to finish the book to see what would happen. It wasn't really a great story and I really had to force myself to get through it. To me the character development was minimal and the whole thing felt rushed to get through. There is a sequel to the book but I'm not sure if I'm interested enough to take it on. I got this book for free through Amazon on Kindle so it cost me nothing but time. If the sequel is free I'll probably read it.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Growing Up

Today we registered Sidda for Kindergarten. I can't believe that my little girl is old enough to start school next year. In August she will be doing her tests to see where she ranks and what class she will be in. I'm excited but a little sad. These last five years have flown by. Sometimes I still think of her as the tiny baby she was. It all has gone by so fast. MJ will be starting pre-school this year. My kids are not babies anymore... What am I going to do with myself now that they are getting so big?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Homemade Bagels


They may not be pretty but they taste yummy! This is my first time trying out making bagels and I think that they turned out pretty good. Now I just need some cream cheese!

Days Like Today

It's days like today that I love being a stay at home mom. Today Sidda and MJ have been playing together and it's one of my favorite things to watch when they are kind to each other. They spent most of the morning playing together in the backyard and I was watching them run around together, push each other in the swings and laugh all the time. They blew bubbles and chased them around and now as they are waiting for lunch to be ready they are playing in the living room, pretending to be babies and taking care of one another.

This has been a peaceful day that I have needed. MJ has even been doing great on the potty today, which has been a constant frustration the last few weeks. My house is clean, the dishes are done, the laundry is completed, lunch is in process. It has been an easy day so far, and I am grateful for it. After lunch is nap time and maybe since the day has been so good so far, they will both sleep today, giving me time to finish some things that I have started, maybe even sit down to read a book for the first time in a couple of weeks.

I just love days like today. It's makes the bad, hard, terrible days worth it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What's for Dinner?-Chicken Tortilla Soup


I love when I get a chance to try something new. I went looking on allrecipes.com today for something new for my family to have for dinner tonight, but I had some specifics for whatever I chose.

1. I didn't want to go to the grocery store today, so it had to be ingredients that I already had in the house.

2. I wanted it to be something that I could put together in the crock pot because I was feeling kind of lazy.

3. It had to be something that my kids would actually try to eat.

After searching for awhile I found this recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup that I had everything in my house for except for the green chilis, so I just omitted them because Michael is very sensitive when it comes to any kind of food that puts any amount of spice into dinner, so it wasn't a total loss to not have to worry about it. When getting it ready to go into the crock pot the only thing that I had to do to prepare it was chop an onion. This was great.

At the end, Michael and I liked it better than Sidda and MJ did, but they are very picky. I think that this recipe is a keeper.

Netflix

I recommend Netflix to everyone. Everyone should have it if they like to watch movies and tv shows. It doesn't always have the most recent episodes on the instant view but it does have entire seasons of shows for you to watch.

It's also cheap. We have the one DVD at a time plus unlimited instant view and pay $10 a month. This to me is totally worth it. Especially since it helps me completely monitor what my kids are watching instead of them watching random tv channels. My favorite part though is that there is no commercials to suck my children in. Neither Sidda nor MJ knows what is popular when it comes to toys or cereals or anything else. If we are at someone else's house and they happen to be watching television and a commercial comes on they are confused. They really don't know what they are and I am happy about that.

I have discovered new shows that I've loved through watching through Netflix and have tried out shows that I would never have watched in other circumstances. Mainly British TV, which I love.

If you do not have netflix, get it, it's so worth it. And they let you do a free trial to test it out which it awesome!

Monday, April 25, 2011

MJ Alert


Sidda has discovered a new way of letting us know if MJ is doing something that he could get hurt or in trouble doing. For example, today they were playing in the backyard while I was doing some work in the house. Suddenly I hear Sidda yelling, "MJ Alert! MJ Alert!" I walk outside to see MJ at the top of the chain linked fence that surrounds our dog pen. I was able to get him down quickly.

MJ is my trouble maker. He seems to constantly getting into situations that can cause him or others harm on a regular basis. He likes to climb, get into everything and throw things as well. But every time I hear Sidda yell "MJ Alert!" it makes me smile. She's watching out for her crazy little brother in her own way.

I wonder sometimes if this is how God gets alerts for us. When He knows that we are in trouble He hears "Jessica Alert!" Yesterday he must of heard a Jessica Alert. Michael spoke in Tonopah for Easter service yesterday and as we were driving home I was going about 85 when I saw a highway patrol car turn around, flip on its lights and pull us over.

The officer came up and after taking my documents asked me why I was going so fast. I told him that I was just trying to get us home for Easter. We were blessed with an officer that let us off with a warning. No ticket was given. I'm glad that God heard the "Jessica Alert" because there would be no way for us to afford to pay that ticket. God gave me grace through that officer which I am grateful for.

Even after being pulled over and going to speed limit the rest of the way home we still made it in less than 3 1/2 hours, which should not have been possible. God did some great things so that we could spend Easter with our family and let Sidda and MJ have their egg hunt. We were blessed with a happy Easter. I'm glad that He hears our alerts and is always listening just as I appreciate Sidda alerting me to MJ's trouble making.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Deuteronomy


I have finished reading Deuteronomy! I am on my way to completing one of my 2011 goals! I feel so accomplished.

Deuteronomy is like a letter from Moses to the Israelites. It's a summary of Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers along with a review of God's covenant. It's a constant reminder to the Israelites to follow God's commandments and to not turn away.

The book ends with Moses blessing the tribes of Israel and handing the reins of leadership to Joshua son of Nun. Shortly after Moses climbs Mount Nebo to view the promise land that he is not able to enter and then passes away.

As I read through Deuteronomy I felt like I had read a lot of it before since quite a bit of it was a summary but there were times that I found myself laughing out loud at some of the stupid things the Israelites did to cause certain laws to be in place. There were times in my reading when I needed to stop and ask Michael for an explanation of things that I read. There were moments of confusion and frustration and moments of enjoyment in reading this history. I'm glad that I sat down and took the time to read it. I'm excited about moving on to Joshua.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Slacker

I've been slacking this week on my blog. I have a personal goal of trying to do at least one post a day, but I've only done one so far this week. This will be number two. I blame Michael.

Michael is on vacation this week and while this is a great thing I have been slacking in my regular routine. We have been busy. We've been running around each day spending time with the kids and just trying to have an easy week.

On Monday we did yard work to clean up our backyard so that the kids could run out back without out going missing in the jungle of grass.

On Tuesday we went to Ethel M for free chocolate than to the Forum Shops to see the fall of Atlantis show. When we got home we barbecued and watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

On Wednesday we went swimming in Grandma Las Vegas's pool.

And yesterday we went to the drive in to see Rio.

It's been a great week so far but it has caused me to fall behind on my regularly scheduled duties. Hopefully next week I will be back on track!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Picture of the Future




On Sunday I took two pictures of Sidda. One of these pictures scared me. In this picture is the teenager that I could possibly have in ten years if she turns out to be the kind of teenager I was. In this picture she looks older and full of attitude that no five year old should posses.

These are the things that make me nervous. I have a deep desire that my children are confidant enough in who they are that they don't have to compensate by being mean, having a bad attitude, or looking for love in all the wrong places to fill a void. I hope that they will love God on their own and not through us like they do now. I just want them to be happy in life and for them to realize that keeping things simple can help them in their happiness.

This is my sweet little Sidda. She looks like the little girl she is.
This is the teenager that I'm worried I will have.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Found a Peanut

This morning I was in the kitchen doing a puzzle with MJ and I was singing Found a Peanut. I hear Michael asking me from the living living room if I was just making up a song as I went.

Well Michael, here is Found a Peanut proof that I didn't make it up. It was a song I used to sing with my grandpa when I was little.


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Anna and Molly

We adopted Anna and Molly into our family in February 2010 as an early present for MJ's second birthday. They are Canadian Pointers. They are hunting dogs that really have no time for a hunt.

Anna is the one who has a constant need for attention. She loves to have her belly rubbed and and is scared of the bath. She just wants to be loved.

Molly loves food. She likes to look wherever she can to find little bits of food. She is the calmer of the two and lives for snack time. Molly also loves baths.

They are very active and loving dogs. They both love to dig which we're hoping that they'll grow out of very soon. Midnight loves both the dogs and you will usually find him hanging out with them, while Tucker merely tolerates their existence. Sniper on the other hand want absolutely nothing to do with them.

In the first picture is Molly (L) and Anna (R) when we first got them when they were 12 weeks old. The second picture is Anna (L) and Molly (R) now.

















Saturday, April 16, 2011

Treasure Hunt


We've all been on treasure hunts, right? You get a clue that starts you off and it sends you to the next location that has another clue that sends you somewhere else, and so on. The only one that sees that big picture is the creator of the hunt.

This is how I see it when we receive guidance from God. God sees the whole picture and sees where everything will lead just like the one who makes the treasure hunt. And just like the treasure hunt seekers we can only get one step at a time and can't fully see what the end result will be, only the creator does.

I am the type of person who wants to know the end result at the beginning. This does not happen for me. I've had to learn to be patient and take everything one step at a time. I've learned with God that it's all worth it.

2011 Goals

I need to spend more time in my devotional life. I used to be so good at finding time everyday but it has slipped away from me. I need to make changes in order to give myself time to do the things that I think are important. I need to set goals for this year and complete them. I guess it doesn't have to do with just my devotional life but with me in general.

My Goals for the rest of 2011

1. Finish reading the whole Bible before this year ends.
-I am currently on Deuteronomy. This is achievable as long as I stay motivated. I'll try to keep a weekly post to keep me on track and accountable in my reading

2. Get up before everyone else and exercise for 20-30 minutes to get my energy up for the day.
-I used to do this every morning. I used to do this every morning. I would get up exercise, shower and be dressed before anyone else would roll out of bed. This no longer happens. I've been having a hard time even getting out of bed in the mornings. This will change. I will start setting an alarm instead of waiting on MJ to wake me up.

3. Read 75 books in 2011
-So far I've read 28. Also with this goal I want to branch out into different kinds of books, books that I wouldn't normally choose so I can find new interests and new authors that I might enjoy. I'm open to almost anything. Any recommendations would be awesome. This is a link to my goodreads site that shows the books I've been reading lately Goodreads.

4. Have an official family night
-We are together most nights but we're all usually doing something different. I want once a week to "officially" do something together. Something that we can all share in and something that can continue for years. Whether it's watching a movie, playing games, riding bikes, or all cooking dinner together, I just want the four of us to do it together.

5. I want to sew more
-I've been learning how to make clothes and quilts. I've been doing this in and off for a couple of years now and I would like to do it more consistently. By Christmas I want to make quilts for both Sidda and MJ and one for Michael and myself. I also want to make at least three summer dresses for Sidda and some close for MJ and possibly tackle Halloween costumes this year.

My hope is that on January 1, 2012 I will be able to look back on this post and know that I did all the things I set out to do.

Friday, April 15, 2011

One of those Days

Have you ever had one of those days where you just feel off? Those days where you are not exactly happy but not sad either? It's been one of those days that I feel like I am just merely existing.

I don't feel like I've accomplished anything today, though I spent half the day running errands and the other half staring at a computer screen doing some work, I feel like I could have stayed in bed. That would have actually been preferred. I feel like all my energy is depleted. I haven't even felt like reading, which is odd.

I wish I could sleep but it seems I won't be able to do it. When I close my eyes I feel more awake and then when I open them I feel exhausted. I don't know... It's just a boring, whatever kind of day.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Beauty that Goes Unseen

We've all seen the beauty in the world. It's thrust in front of us with every moment of our days. We are exposed to what the world views; what todays culture demands as beauty. We see it on TV, in commercials, on shows, in magazines, read about it in books, hear about it in music and we just agree with whatever they show us.

We are no longer unique but just carbon copies of what we think beauty is. Our focus is on how to appear beautiful on the outside so we dye our hair, use color contacts, wear clothes that are deemed fashionable or even surgically enhance ourselves. We see someone else's creation on the cover of a magazine or acting in a movie, we don't realize that that's not who these people really are.

So what do we do? We as real people try to find our place. We try to be noticed. Who do we want to notice us? Boys, or men as the case may be. We dress up ourselves, do our hair and flaunt our "assets." We turn to things like drinking or drugs or Girls Gone Wild to break us out of our shells so someone, anyone will notice us.

Through all of these things we lose the identity of ourselves. We become so coated in the worlds idea of cool and beautiful that we forget who we are and we become empty. In that emptiness we make choices that shape who we are. Are we filling ourselves with the beauty of the world? Some people fill their emptiness by sharing their bed, some by drinking, others by drugs, some with food, or the lack of eating as well. Are we trying to show the world that we think it's ok to do these things? Is that what we're all about? Is there more to life than this beauty?

I think there is. When we focus so much on what the world wants us to be we forget to be who we truly are. We forget to be who we are in the eyes of God. Who wants to just be another face in the crowd when you can stand out because people notice that there is something different in you? Someone whose heart and mind reflect something deeper?

God is what can fill up what is missing in your life. God shows you who you could be. God loves you for who you are, not what you appear to be. God made you and from the beginning you were already beautiful.

God does not want us to focus on the outside but instead on our heart and mind. He desires us to have true character.
"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or on his height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'"
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV

At the end of the day looks will fade. There will be a day when youth will be gone and beauty will cease on your body. If outside beauty is all you have you will be chasing it all your life. You will always be seeking but never having. If you focus on God and the inside, who you are as a person, you will be the one with the beauty that is unseen. You will know that you are loved for exactly who you are.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Phineas and Ferb

Phineas and Ferb is probably one of the best cartoons on TV right now. It’s great for both kids and adults. I can sit and watch it with my five and two year old and laugh right along side with them. It’s not a stupid funny show but creative and awesome!

The show is about a pair of super smart brothers who are trying to find things to do each day of the summer. The don’t just hang out in the back yard paddling pool but instead somehow create a beach. The build rollercoasters, rockets, time machines and so much else. Their older sister Candace spends all her time trying to tell their mom what their doing but fails everytime. Each episode features at least one song, sometimes more that are just awesome.

This is my favorite song:






It's just plainly awesome! And there is more where that comes from. If you want to enjoy an easy cartoon that the whole family can watch I recommend this.

What's For Dinner?- Maryland Fried Chicken


The hardest part of any day is deciding what is for dinner. Any where you look for advice says to plan out your menu about a week in advance that way you can make sure you have all the ingredients you need to prepare your meals. I try this on a regular basis. I plan out our meals and there is a definite pattern to the way our meals go each week. Every Wednesday we have sandwiches for dinner because I have to bring the food to church so we can all eat before Mpact Girls and Royal Rangers begins. On Tuesday or Thursday I tend to do a crock pot meal to try to keep things easy. My favorite day for dinner is Fridays because that is when the whole family meets at my mothers house to all spend time together and I don't have to figure out what to eat, that's left up to my mom.

Last night for dinner we had Maryland Fried chicken. It's a saltine coated chicken breast seared in oil and then simmered in milk to make the chicken tender. We also had fettuccine with a roasted garlic sauce along with corn. This meal was a hit with the kids and my husband. If my kids are willing to eat dinner without a fight I call it a win!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Awesomeness of Board Games

We love board games. We also love card games. We are a family who likes to play games together. It's what we do. It's how we prefer to spend our time.

I honestly don't think that there is a game we don't like. This helps support our nerdiness factor, because we are in fact very nerdy people. So I would like to present to you

The Abell Top Ten Games:

10. Monopoly-
In my opinion this must be the original when it comes to board games. Everyone plays and loves Monopoly, and it's almost impossible to finish a game. Every family has their own set of crazy rules that makes the game even better.

9. Parcheesi
This is a fun game that we enjoy playing, but this is the game that Michael cheats at, so you haev to watch out.

8. Farkle
This is a dice game that we originally started playing on Facebook and then brought it home to all play together. My in laws have taken the idea of this game and from it created on of their own.

7. Boggle
I love Boggle. We don't play it as much as I would like to because around here I am the champion.

6. Scene It (original, Disney and Friends)
Scene It is a great game because you can really have as many people as you want involved. We typically do boys against girls when teaming up.

5. Yahtzee
This is another of those wonderful dice games that we play. Usually after a couple of normal rounds of the game we make a rule that you have to roll the dice in order on the sheet. It makes for a much more challenging game.

4. Sequence
This game is played with cards and chips on a playing board. Michael and I used to play it so much that we eventually wore out the game and had to buy a replacement version.

3. Skip-bo
This card game can be played in many different ways and it's another of those games that we end up making new rules to try to make in more interesting.

2. Gotcha
This game I had never heard of or played before joining the Abell family. For Michael's family in Florida this is the only card game there is.

1. Taboo
Taboo has to be the best game ever created! This game gets played so much that it is time to buy a new updated version so we can practice new words. We are big on competition and this is the one we usually fall to when we're itching to compete.


We play many other games but if you were to come to my house there is a pretty good chance that we would be playing one of these 10.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Reviews: I am Number Four


Last night I finished reading the book I am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore.

The story is about John Smith (at least that is his name this time around). John has just moved to Paradise, Ohio from Florida. He's the new kid in school again. John's goal is to blend in as well as possible. He doesn't want to be noticed. He doesn't want to draw attention to himself. John has a secret that he doesn't want known because if people discover what he is he will have to run again because they could find him.

John is an alien from the planet Lorien. Lorien is very similar to earth. It's just twenty-five thousand years older and more advanced than earth currently is. After his planet was destroyed he came to earth ten years ago in attempt to save his species from extinction. When he came, there were nine of them. He is number 4.

I found the book fast paced and easy to read. It sucked me in enough to keep me turning pages when I knew that I had other things I should be doing (mainly sleeping). John is learning to develop newly discovered powers while dealing with new friendships, falling in love, and trying to keep himself safe. It was well worth the read. Thank you Pastor Vic for recommending it to me.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Glee

I know that I am way behind when it comes to TV watching. I hardly watch TV if it’s not on Netflix or a DVD. We don’t even have cable because we never watched it. Because of these things I am behind on the awesomeness that is Glee.

I’ve heard people talk about it. I’ve heard that it was good but recently I saw that it was on Netflix and I figured, why not? I gave it a chance. I’ve now watched the entire first season in a matter of a few days, because I couldn’t get enough. I can’t wait for season two to finish up and then come out of DVD so I watch it.

Oh yeah, and keep this under-wraps, but Michael likes Glee too. He watched every episode with me and he probably won’t admit it, but loved it as much as I did.

I think the actors, dancers, singers, all of them are extremely talented and have done a wonderful job in doing their part of this show. The writers are awesome in what they come up with and its all very enjoyable.

This is by far the best scene in the whole show!

Movie Reviews: Limitless


Last night I saw Limitless. I'll just begin by saying that it was disappointing. I expected a lot more out of this movie than what it was. I sat in the theater bored and waiting for the exciting part to really come.

Limitless is about Eddie who is a writer who is struggling to write his book. He meets up with an old friend who gives him a pill that helps clear his mind, makes him smarter, and he is able to complete his book in four days.

After completing his book, he is looking for a new project so he takes on the stock market and makes a killing. And then this is basically what the rest of the movie is about. It's his whirlwind through parties, and work and trying to make the pills work for him.

This movie is a constant stream of tunnel vision that seems to last forever and never seems to have any real tangible awesomeness to his new clear, smart mind. I never felt connected to any of the characters making me care what actually happens to them. The whole movie felt disconnected to reality.

The idea of a pill to make you a better you is an appealing idea. The concept of the story is great put they just didn't pull it off. It makes me wonder if the book that it's based on would be worth reading to see if it is able to really draw you in.

Overall, I say don't waste your time on this movie.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Our Anniversary

This was the first picture we ever took together 10 1/2 years ago
My favorite wedding picture!

I loved my wedding day!

Michael and Jessica now


Michael and Jessica then

Six years ago today I married Michael. I can’t even find the words to explain how I feel. On our wedding day I knew I was making the perfect choice for my life. I remember just being calm and happy as I sat waiting for it to begin. We had already been together for four and half years and engaged for two. I couldn’t imagine my life without him. He has helped form who I am. He has been a wonderful husband. He is someone I can trust and beleive in. I love Michael more than words can say. I feel so blessed that I met him and was able to keep him for myself. He fits me perfectly. Thank you, Michael, for being you. I love you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Draining

Today I am feeling drained. Not physically, but emotionally and spiritually. I've been pouring myself into people and I feel like I have nothing left. I feel unappreciated and more than anything I want to just give up. I'm so frustrated with it all.

I feel like I am being to cryptic with trying to explain. But unfortunately I can't really explain further in detail.

I am not usually a quitter. I am one to stick things through to the end because I hate giving up. I want to succeed. But how do you succeed in what you are trying to do, or the people you are trying to help when they stand your way? They're unwilling to listen to the advice they ask of you, unwilling to even listen to the things that are important. It comes down to that they don't really want my help. They don't really want to be here.

I feel like I'm giving myself over too much and not working on me at all. I've lost my focus. I haven't been reading my Bible like I normally do. I haven't been asking for help. I've been trying to do it on my own. But even so... How much can you give before you are completely drained? How much is too much? When is walking away a better choice? When is ok to give up on others as lost? Is that every really an option?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Neighbor and His Car

I've never known someone as obsessed with a car as my neighbor. I'm honestly not completely sure what kind of car it is, but I think that it is a corvette. I am not a big car person. Everyday he is in his garage doing something to his car, washing it, buffing it, doing whatever other things you do to a car. The thing is though in the 2 years that we have lived next door, I've only seen him drive the car maybe 3 or 4 times. It's usually a quick drive around the block and then right back into the garage. I guess I just don't get it. I don't get what is so special about this car that he seems to spend more time with it than his family.... I may be being a bit judgmental but he's not the nicest guy to us, so there is my excuse...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Audiobooks

This past month we have started something new. Every time the four of us get in to the car we listen to an audiobook. I personally have been listening to various audiobooks over the last couple of years. It’s always books that I have read before but listening to it gives it a whole new experience to reading it to yourself and makes it able for me to conquer the chores of the house while still being absorbed into the story.

We have started the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books. I read through this series about a year or so ago and enjoyed them very much. It brings a whole new reality to Greek mythology and keeps everything very interesting to how things have been working out for the gods since we last heard from them some 2000-3000 years ago.

We finished up The Lightning Thief and are now almost done with The Sea of Monsters. Out of all the books in the series, The Sea of Monsters was the one that I liked the least, but listening to it brings it more to life, the characters have more voice and the story seems more fluid.

Each time we start the car, before we can even back out of the drive way Sidda is asking for us to put on Percy. Both kids are very into the story and talk to us about what we listen to and ask questions about everything. They absorb so much of the story it surprises me since they’re so young. This is the only instance in which MJ actually listens right now.

I love listening to the books in the car, even on short rides. Stories like this encourage us and our kids to use our imaginations and be creative in our thinking. I love that it is something simple that we can do as a family pretty much daily and we all want to do it. It’s something that we all willing participate. No complaining. No whining. Just enjoyment.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

She-Ra


I remember watching She-Ra when I was little. She was the girls answer to He-Man. She was strong, kind and pretty.

Sidda loves She-Ra. How did she return to my life after 20 years? I received a box from my mom that was full of books that I used to have when I was little. We took all the books out, set them on a self and let Sidda have at it. One of these books was a She-Ra book from 1984. Sidda loved it! She thought she was beautiful and had a great adventure. We read the book so many times it has since fallen apart. This book that survived many years was destroyed in a matter of months because it was enjoyed so much. After the book fell apart the search began.

We began searching for the old She-Ra cartoons. Well we found them. They had just come out on DVD within the last year. We found it on ebay. Sidda has watched every episode multiple times and would go around the house with a sword saying “By the power of Greyskull; I am She-Ra.” Luckily in the She-Ra series there was enough He-Man so MJ would hold up his sword yelling “I have the power!”

I have since searched for old She-Ra dolls and discovered that they were very ugly and most people that had them didn’t take good care of them, so not only were they ugly, but dirty and gross. Sidda instead has taken one of her Barbie dolls and deemed her Adora (She-Ra’s alter ego).

I am glad that my kids like the old cartoons that I used to enjoy, it makes those times of my life seem more relevant to now than they would be. There are many people my age who don’t remember who He-Man and She-Ra were. I always surprises me since I it was one my favorite things about being a kid.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Blessings

Isn’t wonderful the way people bless you when you least expect it? I started off today feeling like lately I’ve been having more bad days than good. I’ve just been in a constant funk where I haven’t been feeling like myself. The days have seemed long and my patience has been short and I’ve been tired, grumpy and irritable. There is no real reason for my bad mood but it’s what I’ve been in it’s how I’ve felt.

I’ve been having a pity party and I was the only one invited. No one wanted to join me while I was miserable. Yes, misery loves company, but as I said, I was the only one at my pity party.

So, things were not going the way I wanted. I wanted to do what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want to clean. I especially didn’t want to do laundry. I wanted to forgo all my responsibilities and do nothing at all. I didn’t even want to read. That’s what shows I was really in a funk. I always want to read.

But let’s get to the blessing that I received. There is a huge event coming up at the end of April that I have been wanting to go to but there was no way I could afford to go. A friend of mine asked me if she could make it happen for me to attend would I go, and I said yes. Not 30 seconds later she was handing me a ticket saying that you are going. It’s done.

It made my day! It cheered me up. It came at a time that my pity party was getting very pathetic. It helped snap me out of my mood.

Thank you, Veronica, for making it happen. Thank you for caring enough about me to let me have this wonderful opportunity. Thank you for being my blessing today.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Price of Movies


Is it just me or is the price of going to the movies just ridiculous now? Maybe I didn’t realize how much it actually costs because we just don’t get to go that often. We did go a couple of months back to see Gnomio and Juliet (which by the way was totally cute and my kids loved every minute of it). We opted to see the 3D version because that was which one was on at the time we decided to go. Tickets to just see the movie was $40 for our family of four. We couldn’t go to the movies without popcorn and a drink though. You see, my kids love popcorn. Movie theater popcorn is wonderful as I must admit that I am also a fan. So between drinks and popcorn and a pack of twizzlers it can out to somewhere around $25.

Yes that right. I am sure that you can add it up. That is $65 for one trip to the movies for 4 people. We are on a limited budget for outings like these and this just blew my mind. We have to keep ourselves on a tight budget being a one income family and paying that much is a luxery for us. I just didn’t realize how much it is.

I was looking today at taking the kids to the movies. But even for a regular movie for 4 (not 3D) is at least $30 for a matinee. I guess we will just be sticking to the dollar theater if we want to go and the summer time free movie Tuesdays.

Diapers, Dishes and Laundry: Farting

This is a blog that my sister in law writes. I read her post yesterday and about fell over from laughing! I hope you enjoy it.

Diapers, Dishes and Laundry: Farting: "The squeamish need not read, you have been forewarned. Farting, everyone does it. Most people try to avoid others. Some people ..."

Potty Training

Right now we are in the process of potty training MJ. This is not fun. MJ has no real desire to use the potty. He does not seem to mind wearing a diaper and costing his parents money that they no longer want to spend. Oh why MJ won’t you just use the potty?

Sidda was probably too easy on the potty training front and I became spoiled. Sidda discovered that she didn’t have to wear a diaper and instead would be allowed to wear cute panties and that was pretty much it. She was done. She was potty trained completely before MJ was born and she was two and a half by then. MJ is now almost 3 and still not wanting to use the potty. We are needing to step up the game and stay super strict on this.

MJ has his superhero underwear that he loves. Everyday we put him in a pair and he asks which hero is on his butt. This morning he is wearing Wolverine. We tell him not to pee on Wolverine and MJ says “because he doesn’t like it.” He knows that he is suppose to use the potty but he is just my trouble maker who wants to keep things difficult.