Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our Homegrown Scary Movie

My kids and I love to watch scary movies together. Salem's favorite is Child's Play 3 and Kaylin and I love any movie with Freddy Kreuger in it. I know some parents are 100% against letting their kids watch anything scary ... but ... I honestly see nothing wrong with it. My girls have never come to me saying they've had nightmares and they know that they are just movies.

Anyway ... Kaylin decided that she wanted to direct her own scary movie. She wrote a script and I was the camera lady. Here's the result.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


So, I finally broke down and bought a sprinkler for our yard ... which is already dead. It turns out the grass wasn't the only thing that was thirsty.
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Nom, Nom, Nom

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Are YOU lookin at ME??

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Thank You ... Thank You very much
I must now exit the premises
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Free Custom Desktop Organizers

Out of sheer and total boredom this morning, while I was drinking my coffee, I got creative ... and I'm passing my creative awesomeness on to you!


 Download your free template here

These templates are made for pc screens with a resolution of 1366x768 or lower. Please let me know if you need a different size.


1. Download the template.

2. Right click on the photo and set as wallpaper

3. Move your desktop icons around as you wish.


Background purchased from Sassy Designs

Embellishments provided by Rita at the Coffeeshop Blog

Monday, June 13, 2011

Forgive Your Flare - Ups

"Becoming a more peaceful person, especially around the familiarity of the home, is a process, not a destination." ~ Richard Carlson

... and that is no lie. Since beginning this project I've made a vow to be less reactive and more responsive in my household. I have come to the conclusion that I am not necessarily an angry person ... I just have a very low tolerance for stressful situations. Coupled with the fact that burning the bacon in the morning could stress me out, well, it pretty much equals at least a couple of angry outbursts a day. Oh, and let's not even mention my reaction when someone interrupts my concentration ... on anything. I wish I could say that I'm always patient, that I never raise my voice to my children, and that I'm slow to anger. I wish I could say that ... but I can't.
    The truth is I get mad, I lose it, I raise my voice, I throw up my hands in disgust, I rant, I rave, and I've even been known to break things. And then ....I beat myself up over it. How could I be such a bad mother? How could I get so mad? Why can't I be more patient? Why can't I just be normal?
Getting mad is normal. Everyone gets angry. Everyone throws fits. Everyone has a limit to how much they can take before they explode. Some fuses are shorter than others. However, it is important that I learn to forgive myself for my spats. After all ...self-defeating inner talk never accomplishes anything positive. The best I can do is to remind myself that I am human, forgive myself, and vow to become a more patient individual. Don't sweat the small stuff ..... remember?
It is definitely a process. As of today I remind myself moment by moment to be more patient. I try to recognize my anger and then respond to the situation rather than react to it. It's been a roller coaster for the past few weeks. Some days are better than others, and I still beat myself up over my outbursts. However, it's a step in the right direction and I plan to remain on track.

Sunday, June 12, 2011