Monday, March 31, 2008

One more thought on the purple hair....

I had sent the virtual makeover pic to my mom and dad to get their reactions. My dad's only reaction was "why didn't you picke green?" However, my mom's reaction had me laughing hysterically (even if I don't agree with her...)

You look like a refugee from a women's prison that is trying to make life more attractive!!!!!
Now THAT is brutal honesty---------------LOVE,LOVE, LOVE you though!!!! XOXOXOXOXO

Now that's some mom-love. :-)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What I really got

This is the cut I got:

Obviously, this is not me....hee hee. But this is what my hair pretty much looks like. Just imagine it red with no highlights. :-) I am going back for color in a few weeks.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Whadya think?

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Got this one from Susan's "non-tag" on Penless writer today. :-)

Let's see...rules first.
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and post their names, then goes to their blogs and leave a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

What I was doing 10 years ago:

10 years ago I was just beginning my romance with Michael. In fact, it was a whole 6 days old and had been carried on over IMs and email. 10 years ago tomorrow, we talked on the phone for the second time (the first time away from work). 9 years ago from tomorrow we were married. :-)

Five things on my to-do list today:
(Since it is already late, I will give you my to-do list for tomorrow)
1. clean/organize desk
2. clean/organize kids' school books
3. post blog on palm addicts (if I don't get it done tonight)
4. be the "guest speaker" at our women's meeting at church tomorrow night
5. laundry

Snacks I enjoy:
1. Hard boiled eggs (snack of choice this week for obvious reasons)
2. Popcorn
3. String Cheese
4. Bowl of Cheerios
5. Beef Jerky (homemade, not the big brand name ones)

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Build a youth center for our church, get a steeple, and whatever else they have in mind
2. buy an RV and go traveling around North America while schooling
3. take lots of trips out of the country with Michael and the kids
4. Put lots away for the kids' education, cars, and for the other generations after that
5. Hire lots of things out: yardwork, housework, masseuse (LOL!!!), nursing, pool cleaner
(I'm going to add a land with two houses on it, one for Brandi and family and one for us in some mutually acceptable place...LOL)

Five of my bad habits:
1. Not liking to make telephone calls, unless to a close friend.
2. Not looking at my gas tank unless it beeps at me. (thank goodness for the beep)
3. trying to do too much, be too much, expecting too much
4. not exercising
5. getting "sucked" into the computer

Five places I have lived:
1. Albuquerque, New Mexico
2. Englewood, CO (for 3 years)
3. Garden Grove, CA (for 1 1/2 years), then back to Albuquerque
4. Belen, NM (where Britty was born)
5. Bartlesville, OK (where I moved after meeting Michael)

Five jobs I've had:
1. busser at Gardunos
2. Walgreens manager
3. Professional organizer
4. AOL Tech help
5. selling Usborne books (which I still do, by the way) ;-)

Five people I want to know more about (a nice way of saying TAG!):
1. Brandi
2. Comfy Denim
3. Melanie
4. Denise
5. Annie

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thirteen of my favorite songs

13. 1 Peter 2:9 song by David Ingles
12. Still has a Hold by Todd Agnew
11. Run by Kutless
10. Shackles by Mary Mary
9. Stomp by Kirk Franklin
8. We will dance by David Ruis
7. Lights of Albuquerque by Jim Glaser
6. The Vow by Geoff Moore
5. Awesome God by Rich Mullins
4. Wherever We Go by Newsboys
3. Home by Marc Broussard
2. Little Drummer Boy by Bob Seger

and my number one favorite song:
1. Cool Change by The Little River Band

Be sure to check out other Thursday Thirteens!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I wonder if you know Him?

Yup, That's my King!

Spring "Break"

Wowee.... we are in the middle of a busy week... who called this week a break???

Yesterday we had a Keepers of the Home meeting in the morning. We decoupaged Easter eggs and we are filling them with toys. They will be taken to a local hospital to give to some of the children there.

After we came home, Michael and I cooked for about 8 hours. We had a 'Once a month' cooking day. We ended up with about 23 meals and 4 desserts. I am really excited about that, but boy were we tired when we were done!

Today Brittany had 'Babysitters bootcamp' at Red Cross. She loved day one of class and can't wait to go back tomorrow for the second and final day. She was even on the news tonight because they did a piece on the camp!

While she was gone, I had plans to tackle some getting-out-of-control places in my house. Before I could even start, I went into the kitchen and our refrigerator water line had broken and our kitchen and laundry room were flooded! Michael had to come home and help me deal with that. I still ended up getting quite a few projects done. Someone came over to help me, so that worked out well.

Tomorrow we have the camp again and then church. Thursday, we have Terminix coming to rid of our ants, a friend is coming over (really looking forward to that), then Ria and her friend are coming towatch a movie. Friday we are having a homeschool group picnic at a park and then Michael and I are going out to eat with some friends. We haven't had a dinner out with friends since before Kaedra was born!

Anyway, it's very busy around here, but really good stuff.
Okay, I am falling asleep writing this....
Blessings and more blessings,

[Posted with hblogger 2.0]

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Just for ComfyDenim

Comfy Denim has been having Wii issues. She finally has gotten her hands on one (well I don't know if she actually has her hands on it yet, but she did win one on ebay) but this cartoon reminded me of her:

cartoon from

Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your blog at We Blog Cartoons.

Thursday Thirteen

I haven't done a Thursday Thirteen in FOREVER!! I saw Annie's Thursday Thirteen and it reminded me. I love doing them! is my Thursday Thirteen for today!

Thirteen Things we did on our trip to Branson
My hubby and I got away for a "second honeymoon" last weekend (our first vacation in 9 years) and we had a fabulous time. Here are some of the things we did:

1. listened to each other's music (very rare - we have very different likes)

2. went through 3 snowstorms (albeit small snowstorms)

3. fell in love with Springfield, MO

4. fell in love with our cabin

5. drove all around Branson trying to decide what to eat. Finally decided what to eat then drove all around finding our cabin again. In the morning we realized we ate about 1/2 block from our cabin!

6. Went to an outlet mall

7. bought me a new wedding ring (I lost my solitaire out of my wedding ring 2 weeks ago)

8. Went to another outlet mall

9. bought Michael some cool clothes and an awesome leather jacket.

10. Went to another outlet mall (didn't like that one)

11. ate lemon-pepper salmon at Landry's and it was the best meal I have EVER had.

12. Actually got in a TUB and took a bath! WOOHOO!!!

13. Fell in love with each other (again, more)

Be sure to check out other Thursday Thirteen entries!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

How to handle a kitchen fire

I got this as an email from my mom and it is very good information. I just had to share it:

"I never realized that a wet dishcloth can be a one size fits all lid to
cover a fire in a pan!

This is a dramatic video (30-second, very short) about how to deal with
a common kitchen fire .. oil in a frying pan. Read the following
introduction, then watch the show ... It's a real eye -opener!!

At the Fire Fighting Training school they would demonstrate this with a
deep fat fryer set on the fire field. An instructor would don a fire
suit and using an 8 oz cup at the end of a10 foot pole toss water onto
the grease fire. The results got the attention of the students.

The water, being heavier than oil, sinks to the bottom where it
instantly becomes superheated. The explosive force of the steam blows
the burning oil up and out. On the open field, it became a thirty foot
high fireball that resembled a nuclear blast. Inside the confines of a
kitchen, the fire ball hits the ceiling and fills the entire room.

Also, do not throw sugar or flour on a grease fire. One cup creates the
explosive force of two sticks of dynamite. This is a powerful
message----watch the video and don't forget what you see. Tell your
whole family about this video. Or better yet, send this to them."

These are a few of my favorite posts:

I haven't had any time to write lately and little time to read. However, I have read some really great posts lately and I wanted to share them:

In case you don't read my friend Susan's blog, you should. She has an awesome blog with great topics and wonderful insights. She wrote this in a blog entry answering some blogoversary questions:

"On a spiritual level, I attended a Bill Gothard seminar in about 1980. Bill taught a LOT on the marriage relationship and the scriptures about being a submissive wife. He gave the analogy of the husband being the wifes umbrella. That when the wife was submissive to her husband, as instructed in the Bible, that she fell under the protection of that umbrella. She was unprotected when stepping out from under that umbrella. He also pointed out that if the husband was not submissive to God, as he was instructed to be, his umbrella might have holes in it and therefore you weren't 100% protected, but still had protection. This message was very clear to me for the first time and I began to walk in that teaching."

I love that thought and I was going to use it for my Valentine post but that post never got published. It seems a little late now, but I didn't want you to miss out on this analogy. It is a great one.

She also has a great post today about Vain Babblings. Go and read it. It is worth your time. Similarly, this post by Amy's Humble Musings, has a very good point, although it is on a more specific topic.


Okay, the next one gets my "All Time Favorite Post" award. It is by one of my favorite people and my very own sweet friend Comfydenim on her blog: Notes from the Laundry Pile. (check out her new look now, too!) Although she, too, always writes really wonderful posts and keeps me thinking on a constant basis, this post is my favorite. It is definitely worth your time to read it.

It just so happens that another of my favorite bloggers wrote a similarly themed post recently, that I found today. I can't say I know her, although we live in the same town, and she has lots and lots of commenters so I will be honest, I rarely leave her a comment, but I love her posts just the same. I am always so excited to read whatever she has written.

And yes, I have renamed myself.....I am no longer tired-out homeschool mom. I am now Joyous Woman of God!

Branson trip

We are back from our trip to Branson. It was an absolutely wonderful weekend. It was the best time I have ever had with my hubby, we had an awesome cabin, we had great food, we had great weather; it was just wonderful.

Last week I felt like I had reached the end of my rope. In fact, this is an email I wrote:
I am experiencing SEVERE homeschool burnout. I have never quite felt like
this. On top of it, I am so behind, I don’t feel like I can take a
breather. Actually, I need to clarify. I am not the only one burnt out and
it isn’t just school. Michael, Brittany and I are just completely
overwhelmed by life in general lately. I thought I would cut down on extras
and then I looked and there aren’t any extras. This is just our life. Bare
bones. We have school and church. That’s it. And now, on top of everything
else, we no longer have one of our nurses so we now only have nursing 3
nights a week which puts a huge strain on us all. I feel completely buried.
Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas or words of wisdom? I will also take
prayers. ;-)

Ps. Anyone want to be my personal coach? I need someone to guide me through
my life. LOL.

After our vacation, I feel like I took 3 years off of my life. I feel lighter, more joyous, I am clear minded, I have patience again, I feel great. I highly recommend a weekend away with the hubby, if you are needing some refreshing. :-)

Here are our pics:

We stayed in a place called Thousand Hills. We would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a romantic getaway in Branson. It would also be perfect for honeymoons. The cabins are all each privately owned. Ours happened to be owned by some people from New Mexico, which was ironic. It was decorated so cutely and it had everything you could think of. The fireplace was awesome. :-) The one bedroom is all one room (besides the bathroom) but is decorated to make it into 4 distinct areas. It is actual log construction and it is truly a work of art. It has a balcony off the back which overlooks a little stream. We want to make it a yearly trip. And we have made it our mission to make sure our children and our neice also take a yearly trip with their spouses, when that time comes. We will do whatever it takes to help them. I hope every one of you has an opportunity to spend some quiet time with your significant other, too. It made a world of difference in our lives. :-)