Not as planned

Things didn’t go as planned today but we made the most of our adventure.









A Glimpse Into the Future

Tonight as we were leaving the parking lot at church, Little J wanted to know why Mrs. JH was telling J to say hello to his 6th grade teacher (Mrs. B) for her. I explained to Little J that Mrs. JH used to teach with Mrs. B last year but now she doesn’t work there any more. He wanted to know then what she did. I told him that she works at home. He asked if she had bosses and I told him no, she was the boss except for the chickens. What followed was sheer hilarity and super sweet.

Little J: When I grow up and get married I want to be the boss of my house. Well my wife can be the boss of the kids.

Me: Well one of you might need to work.

Little J: My wife can work and I’ll stay home and take care of the kids and the house.

Me: You know that means you will need to take care of everything to keep the house clean and the kids fed?

Little J: Yes. I can do that. But my wife can be in charge of the tucking in every night so I get a well deserved break. And I will take care of the kids until they can go to school. But if they are younger than kindergarten and we can’t afford preschool then I’ll homeschool them. I hope my kids get to go to DW Elementary like me.

Me: Well they might if you live in the area but that is something you and your wife will have to talk about. You know you aren’t living with me once you get married?

Little J: I know that. Do you think I can take Luna (his dog) if she’s still alive to live with me and my wife?

Me: Yes.

Little J: It is very important that I find a wife that isn’t allergic to dogs. I wouldn’t want her to get sick and leave me to take care of the kids all the time. Well mostly I wouldn’t want her to feel sick. I wouldn’t want her to get so sick and die.

Me: Most people don’t die from dog allergies.

Little J: Oh well, I still wouldn’t want her to feel sick all the time. So I’ll be looking for a wife who isn’t allergic.

Me: Okay but you know you can’t get married for a while right?

Little J: Yes. I will wait til I am 18, that is 9 years from now.

Me: How about when you are 18, you graduate high school, go to college and then get married?

Little J: Yeah that is a good idea.

Me: What would you like to study in college?

Little J: Science stuff. I really like science stuff. (Insert ramblings ending with Stargazing job)

Me: Sounds like you want to be an Astronomer. That would be good for you. By the way, you know you shouldn’t be kissing girls until you are a grownup right?

Little J: I know. “A” (21 year old guy staying with us) kissed a girl and you said he got cooties.

Trying to revive this place!

Dear Blog(osphere),

I have missed you. I know I have cheated on you with facebook but I am ready to come back. It has almost been a year and there is plenty of catching up to do so here it is in list form cause you know I can get kinda wordy:

1) Big family Christmas with lots of people and presents, a wedding, a health crisis (not mine)

2)House we rented was foreclosed on. No solid leads on a rental. Decision to buy

3)Hubby was told he was going to be discharged from the airforce. (as of posting he is still in Korea with no return date, but it may be soon)

         3b) In an attempt to get stuff done before the insurance/military benefits run out we have been to the pediatric dentist 5 times in month, the ladies doctor, the primary care, the vet, and the optometrist.

4)J left home in the middle of the night. I was woken up when the police brought him home. (pick your jaw up off the floor, everyone is okay and new safeguards are in place.)

5)Found awesome new house that pretty much met our dream list. Took 3 months to close on it cause the asset manager was a pain in the tookus!

6)Made the slow move to the new house. It is only a mile from old house so we moved at a leisurely pace.

7)Aunt Melody came for a month to help save my sanity. We missed her flight home due to oversleeping, she stayed an extra week.

8)We took in a foster dog. She was beautiful and sweet and now she is adopted to a wonderful family.

9)I rejoined the Usborne Books business as a consultant. Shameless plug here: . Do your Christmas shopping, host a party, find out more about our free books for schools and money for fundraisers.

10)I refocused on personal time like playing Bunco, having coffee with friends and blogging.

There is your year in review.


The Prodigal Blogger.

P.S. Pink pancakes and Backyardigans keep my blog stats from plummeting into despair. I find that hilarious.

NaBloPoMo Bust and a Special wave hello

Well I did pretty good. I made it 19 days with out missing a post. I am being honest and not back posting for yesterday since the competition for prizes is on the honor system. I could have posted yesterday, it’s not like my computer blew up. I just forgot since I am at my parents’ house and usually just check email real quick from my ipod.

Also hello to my new friend out there, we will be friends by the time you are done. You have blown up my stats today. Feel free to leave a comment when you are done reading all 172 posts.


I think all the Realtors  in the city went on vacation cause no one is returning my calls or emails. They must not be the right houses. I will wait.


Decided since no one wanted to make appointments to show houses that the boys and I would take some R&R time at my parents’ house. It is just what we need.

New Endeavors

Last Christmas I decided to do as many handmade gifts as my talents and time allowed me. I had a great time and everyone enjoyed the custom items made personally for them. After Christmas, I stocked up on more supplies and have been crafting ever since. Then this summer I picked up a few more projects. I now have a store on Big Cartel with some of my jewelry items. I can customize any of it to include your own photos on the tiles/bottle caps and words/names on the stamped jewelry. Right now I am only offering Washers for the stamped jewelry but when I get my bench block I will also have stamped blanks in different sizes and shapes.

Head over to Karameia for all the details.

Initial Stamped Washers

Customizeable Glass Pendants

If you are interested in placing an order, please use the Big Cartel site. I will get some pictures on custom photo ones posted soon, they will make great gifts for parents and grandparents. I think in the near future I will be doing a giveaway but I’ll need a minimum number of comments on that post. So feel free to start sharing the news.

since facebook hates me

I have been trying for an hour to upload picture from December to facebook. Since it fails the upload after taking forever to process pictures and after multiple tries, I will share a few favorites here.

Little J's first picture with Santa at the deployed family party.

J's first willing encounter with Santa

after the kids helped decorate the tree with grandma

the only family picture we have from this Christmas

I apologize

Apparently I only made it through 4 days of NaBloPoMo. I did not start reading blogs again and am in fact behind on the few that I did put in my firefox RSS feeder.

I started Medical Assisting school the week of Thanksgiving. So far we are only in the “Career Prep” classes which is basic info, much of which is a review for people who may not have been in school in a while. Its BORING! I try not to say that out loud too many times since J is always reluctant about school.

I got a call from the inclusion specialist this week to tell me he’d had a rough time getting back into routine after the 2 week break? Ya think? I could have promised her that no matter how bad it was at school, it was worse at home. But I didn’t. I just told her she would have to be patient because it usually took a proportionate amount of time to readjust.

And that’s all I got for now. No promises for future, but I’ll be back.


Its national blog posting month. the time of year when we challenge ourselves to write a post every day for a month. I did it two years ago which is really what jump started me into blogging. Then I skipped last year.

I have been so lax on not only writing my blog but on reading the ones I had in my RSS feeder. I switched from IE to FireFox and have yet to switch all my blogs over. I parred down to about 18 and those were all ones that post less than once a day so that I didn’t get bogged down reading. Maybe if I get back into writing, I can also find time for reading.

So this month, I will post. And it might even be every day. 🙂 and there will be pictures.