Friday, February 20, 2009

Red Heads

Batman never looked this good.

Look at those guns.

"Oh yeah, I'm cool, baby."


Hanging out in the quiet room so Mom can take her class.




What? I have water dripping from my chin? That's okay, because I have red hair.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Don't Plant it Too Deep

Yesterday, we were driving to Tae Kwon Do, discussing planting. The boys are planning on planting a garden this year, with the intent of selling their harvest. We've been discussing gardens a lot. After all, this will mean money. They even have a customer already. Cool, huh?

Anyway, we're talking, and Gabriel pipes up with this gem, "You don't want to plant the seeds too deep. Some seeds need light to photosynthesize."

Now, if I can just get him to teach Dominic what photosynthesize means, our science lesson for the week will be complete.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Get Out the Cookies: Support our Military Recruiters

Happy Valentine's Day. This morning, I realized that today is the 14th anniversary of the day I left for boot camp. I've been thinking about recruiters a lot, lately. Sgt. and Mrs. Hub posted a couple articles about the military, and her husband just got off recruiter duty. So, I’ve been thinking about recruiters.

I just want to say thank you to all the men and women who serve as recruiters. It is a hard job that takes a lot of time away from your life and family. Most of the time, it is a thankless job. Many times, people are downright ugly to recruiters.

So, today, I want to thank my recruiter. He didn’t have to do a lot. After all, I walked into his office and said, “Put me on a ship, yesterday.” I was the dream recruit. I scored high on my ASVAB, had no criminal record, etc, plus, I was ready to go. And, he put me on a plane to Great Lakes, Illinois approximately 2 weeks after I walked into his office for the first time. I have never regretted it. I can’t say that I loved the Navy, but I didn’t hate it, either. I hated my job, but loved the atmosphere. As a result, I ended up somewhere in the middle. I will say, though, that I loved being at sea. I miss it, even 12 years later.

Then, I want to thank Gary’s recruiter. I don’t know how Gary feels about his recruiter. But, I am very thankful to him. After all, if it weren’t for Gary’s recruiter, we wouldn’t be married, and I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.

This brings me to the reason I am writing this post. It infuriates irritates me that so many people are so derogatory toward recruiters. I think that we should all go and thank our local recruiters. After all, without them, we would not have a military. Without our military, we would not be free. Military recruiters go through a lot. They work long hours and are gone from their families a lot. Yet, they rarely get thanked for the service they provide to our country.

I want to start a “Get out the cookie campaign.” On February 27th, 2 weeks from today, the boys and I will be taking cookies to our local recruiting office. We’ll also take them some homemade thank you cards. I would love to see other people do the same thing on the same day. Perhaps we could make it an annual thing. But, I need your help. Please, help me get out the word about this. Email your friends and family. If you have a blog, mention it. I’m starting a Facebook group for this. It’ll be called “Get out the cookies: Support our Recruiters.” Then, if you’re able, on February 27th, get over to your local recruiters and tell them thank you.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Shopping Trip

Since Gary is not home, you get to get the grocery savings talk. I hate grocery shopping. But, it had to be done. We were out of food, and so were the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon, little boy blue and the man in the moon... Sorry, I had an ADD moment. Anyway, I went grocery shopping tonight, because Gabriel wouldn't let me not. For some reason, he wanted to eat. I didn't want to go, but I had a blast because I knew I was saving money. And, I love to save money. Here we go.

Walgreens:
Well, you gotta love this shopping trip. This all cost me $10.89. That Revlon Creme Gloss was $9.99. It has a full rebate this month. But, when the lady was ringing me up, she said, "I think this is on sale next week for buy 1, get 1 free. And, they've already changed it in the registers." So, I got another one. Plus, I'll get a $4 rebate for the cleaning supplies. So, after rebate, this trip to Walgreens made me $3.10, plus, I got some great stuff. I love it when this happens.

Kroger:

Well, I didn't make any money at Kroger. But, I saved a lot. The total for the above groceries was $110.33. According to my receipt, I saved $84.36.
I got 5 loaves of bread, 8 bags of bagels, 22 lbs of bananas, sloppy joe mix, banana smoothie mix (if anyone has a recipe, I'd love to have it!), Hefty freezer bags, three boxes of Lucky Charms, one box of Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 coffee cakes, 2 bags of Fritos, 4 half gallons of milk, 5 lbs of potatoes, 16 rolls of toilet paper (all free!), ready made bacon, sandwich meat, a roll of paper towels, 4 frozen pizzas, 2 boxes of Go-gurt, a jar of peanut butter, a package of hot dogs, refried beans, a package of hamburger buns, and 30 pounds of pork chops.
My total could have been less if I had been shopping regularly. So, I'm going to try to do better. Have a great week.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Blue?

I have gotten a lot of comments about my blue hair. I've had people tell me that I can't support UK, and have to dye my hair read to support U of L. I've had people tell me that they think it is really cool. I had one woman tell me that she thinks I look good with dark hair. I've been used for many jokes during Tae Kwon Do. But, all of this has been in fun. I quite appreciate the humor.

Of course, I've also gotten the question, quite regularly, "Why blue?" The easiest and simplest answer to this, is the one I give most often, "Because I wanted to." Then, there's another element of truth to why I originally wanted to do it 8 years ago. Latent rebellion. Then, if you want the full out, long history of why I dye my hair blue, I'll give it to you. Only one woman has been interested beyond the, "Because I wanted to" answer. But, I'll give it to you, too. Sorry.

8 years ago, I saw a T.V. show that a girl had died her hair bright pink in, or maybe she was wearing a wig. I can't really remember. Anyway, I thought it looked so pretty and downright cool. I also could appreciate the shock value of it. I wanted to do that, but I wanted it to be blue. But, I waited and waited. Then, in April of '07, I had my 30th birthday. I decided if I was going to do it, I needed to do it soon. I'm getting to old for this sort of thing. But, I had decided that I didn't want to go all blue. So, I had streaks put in. I fell in love. I love my blue streaks. Now, I've done it 3 or 4 times. And, I am still enamored of it.

However, Dominic has decided that since our Tae Kwon Do Master wants him to go red next time, that he has to go red. So, maybe we'll go red next time. It might be nice to try something different. After all, it is just hair. It will fall out, grow out, and eventually be back to the curly brunette that I've been since Dominic was born. And, that's a completely different story.

Snow Experiment




Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Gabriel, the Chauvinist, take 201

About 4 years ago, I decided I was ready to have another baby. Of course, that was about a year too late, but that didn't stop me from thinking of baby names. I decided that if I had been privileged enough to have another boy that I would like to name him Roland Armand. Then, I thought, I would like to name two girls Freedom and Liberty. Of course, I had no intention of actually calling that son Roland. I really wanted to name him Armand Roland, but didn't like the way that sounded. So, I would just call him by his middle name. (Don't you like the way I'm talking about this baby as though he actually exists?)

As with Dominic, whom we call Nicky, Armand's name would be shortened to Army. Then, we could teach Army to protect and defend Freedom and Liberty.

Yesterday, I shared this thought with the boys. They all thought it was a great idea. Then, Gabriel says, "Yes, and then we can teach the girls 'Lady' things... Like sewing, cooking, and pouring tea, and drinking tea with their pinky finger out."

Where does he come up with these things?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Walking in His Footsteps


Do you know how children walk in their parents' footsteps? They especially tend to do this when the footsteps are visible, such as in the sand or snow. Well, apparently that is not just a human thing. Here is Dominic's cat, Harry, bounding from footstep to footstep to keep from sinking in the snow.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Dominic's Cuteness

There is one poor teacher at Tae Kwon Do that just adores Dominic. Every time she sees him, she just about has fits over him. Now, I'm not saying that's a bad thing. I have fits over Dominic every single day. He is adorable and he knows it. Mostly, though, she goes nuts over his vocabulary. I'll be the first to admit that his vocabulary is extensive. Gabriel had an extensive vocabulary, and Dominic has Gabriel. So, Dominic's vocabulary is even more extensive. After all, it's not every 5 year-old that has an older brother giving him a math lesson while cleaning house. (Dominic: Have I finished my half? Gabriel: Well, actually, there are four people cleaning. So, it would be fourths.) And, it's not every 5 year-old that has a brother that teaches him words like adrenaline and exhausted.

Tonight, Dominic told her, "I'm exhausted." Which, she thought was hilarious. She thought it was funny that a 5 year-old would say exhausted instead of tired. The truth is, we exaggerate in this family. What? You didn't know that??? Say it isn't so! Dominic probably knew what exhausted meant before he knew what tired meant. Now, I need to teach him to say famished instead of hungry, or parched instead of thirsty. That'll have her falling all over herself. Granted, it'll have me falling all over myself, too, but I do what I must.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ice Storm

We had a lot of ice and snow this past week. As Gabriel commented, "It's a dangerous beauty." That is so true. It seems that they are starting to get power back up to a lot of people. Hopefully, everyone's power will be restored soon. Here are some pictures.
















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