This is a corner of my world where the hokey pokey really is what it's all about! So when life hits you all at once ~ just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Birthday

You know most of us love a good party. Each of us have our own reasons~birthdays, anniversary, retirement, etc. But my Mom has a birthday coming up that is more special than her actual birth or her belly button birthday. Tomorrow my Mom will celebrate 20 years of being Sober! If you would have asked me then would I think we would ever get this far~I would have laughed my head off! I thought that my mom finally went through the motions to get me and my family off her back. Little did I know what that very strong woman could do. I am not going to bash my childhood~like most folks I know it was as disfunctional as every other house in the neighborhood. We were lucky My siblings and I had both a mom and dad in the same house. But we did have a little secret~like many families do and it wasn't cousin Bob stepping out of the closet. There were sad times and a lot of funny times. It took me awhile to forgive but I have not only have gotten to know and love my Mama very much but we are friends. I would love to say that my siblings are supportive of her and AA but I can't worry about them~afterall it is not about them! All I can do is show my support and let her know that every year I grow more proud of her. She always says that she is one drink away of being a drunk again and that she could slip at any point. But I know that this is something she strives very hard to succeed and I am so excited for her. I am not sure but if I had to bet this birthday is probably a little bit more important than her belly button birthday! If she slipped up tomorrow would I hate her and this disease again! No ~ I would support her all over and help her reach this place all over again one day at a time! So Happy Birthday Mama!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

A Day of Love

This has been one wild ride! It started so early when my kids jumped out of bed and ran to the kitchen table for us to share Valentine cards. You have to understand my children never get up first call~unless it is Christmas or April Fool's Day. I went to school where there were 400 kids hooked on acid excitement! Today was fun, loud and ... well fun! I love kids~not always my job but the kids are so worth it. Then tonight we did dinner and a movie at home! My family ordered pizza and watched "Snow Buddies". My daughter loved her valentine surprise. Now that they are in bed and it is for once quiet in my day....I reflect on how truly lucky I am. I have an awesome family and friends. I have supporters/friends/readers that visit my diary/blog and offer kind words and support to me. They don't even know me but they are out there with encouraging words. So I want to let you know how much I appreciate you! Thanks for caring, sharing, and reading! Hope you have a day filled with love and happiness!
Good night!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Day of Love

What is love? It is picking up your underwear off the floor~putting up the dishes~an unexpected surprise~spending time with your family. But these are just a few things. I love Valentine's Day! I think that it is my favorite holiday~It is a day to show others how special they are to you! To me everyday could be Heart Day! I am so lucky to be married to my sweetheart! He trys so hard to make being a Mom easier~not everyday~but most days! He helps me cook, clean, wash clothes, and more. He knows that I have a stressful job and he tries to help me out! I am so lucky to have him! Perfect? No, but there is not a perfect person on this earth~ Perfect for me ? Yes! He compliments me! I am so lucky that our life encircled each other! We have our moments and sometimes even our days~but when the sun goes down he is by my side and always in my heart! I hope that your Valentine's Day is filled with love!

Sunday, February 10, 2008


When I was growing up, I thought that the more you had the better things were. You know that if given the choice 2 scoops of the worst tasting ice cream was always better then 1 scoop of the best ice cream. Because everyone knows that 2 is better than 1 or is it? It wasn't until I got older when I realized that quality is so much better that quantity. I have always been a person that seemsed to stay to themself and be on the outside looking inward. If you know me you laugh because you see the loud outspoken person but that is because I don't mind stepping out of my comfort zone around you. I have never allowed too many people get close to me~many reasons but if asked how many friends I have~I can count on one hand annd maybe use another finger or two. Now~please understand this is not a complaint. Instead I think of how blessed I am to know that I am lucky to have people I can count on and complain to. Last night my 2 dearest friends and I went out and saw a movie and had dinner. We were celebrating one's birthday and enjoying each others company. It was so much fun! Several times my mind wandered off to the fact that I have been very blessed to have such good friends and I know that one day there is a very good chance that one or both could move away due to their spouses job. Now I could sit and complain how unfair it is that God would place 2 very special people in my life just to snatch them away when I finally have let them into see the real me. But... I instead know that with everything that life has to offer I have to thank God to have let me be at the right place at the right time to have met both of these people. I also know that no matter where this world leads or takes us these 2 people will always be a part of my life. I know that I am truly blessed because it doesn't matter whether I want to vent or need a hug I can always count on the support of these 2 friends. I am so lucky to have friends that accept me for who I am and love me anyway! I hope that you are as lucky as I am to be blessed with friends that will be there for you. I have said on occassions that a friend is one who you call to bail you out of jail but a Real Friend will be sitting in the jail cell with you. Not that my friends and I do things that would get us arrested~but I know that no matter what I can get in to my friends will be right there with me! See how lucky I am!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008


I am not a big political voice~but I learned from my Dad a simple rule about voting! My Dad and I use to stay up late and talk about everything! I would have said that he was my best friend and when I lost him I feel like I lost a lot! But for those that didn't know him they missed out on a large funny man that could teach you something without realizing he did it and you not realizing you learned until later on down the line in time. I always get on a soapbox but not usually about voting. My story is quick but I hope it makes you think down the line. One night we were discussing someone that was in the government. As I vented to why I liked/didn't like this person my Dad listened. After my ramblings ~ my dad asked me did I vote for him. I said I didn't vote in that election because i knew that my vote wouldn't matter. My Dad stopped me right there and said to me~"Well Since you didn't vote~your opinion doesn't count!" When asked what he meant, he explained he didn't care if my voted counted against his person or was for his person. What mattered is that I voted and put forth my effort to help make a decision. If I wanted to fuss about the government than it was my job to educate myself as best I could to learn who might or might not do a good job and sometimes you vote for the lesser of two evils~just as long as I voted for someone. He didn't care if my vote counted against his vote just as long as I voted! He said if I was going to take the time to complain than at least if I voted my complaint was acceptable~he might not agree with it~but at lest I took the effort to take part! Well it is Super Tuesday and I made sure my family had voted. We voted early last Friday! So I do not care who you voted for and if your vote counts against me just do what you need to do! So I hope you voted! Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Stamping Projects

I promised to post my pictures from stamping~ So I hope you enjoyed. The birthday calendar is cool~Use a business card holder, roll white cardstock and cut. Use labels to put names and birthdays~put labels on the card. My friends suggested using labels to put their address on the back so that it is handy when you get ready to send a card!The bugs and kisses was an idea we found off of splitcoast stampers. I got with my friend Nadine and we made these for our classes and children's friends. We made 75 of these cute things in a couple of hours on Sat. afternoon. Hope you like them! Have a great beginning to a very Smurfy Week!!

Saturday, February 2, 2008


Well I got a wonderful large dose of therapy last night! Thanks to all of my stamping buddies! It is nice to laugh, laugh some more, almost wet your pants and cry with a group that gets together about once a month. WE gather in the name of stamping~we really do stamp and create things but...we also discuss topics that can make your nose hairs curl! I love it~you can be yourself and those around you accept you for who you are and love you despite it! We made a PMS Survival kit, a cute card and a small business card sized birthday calendar. But the best part is being with friends and enjoying each others getting the chance to socialize not worry about your kids and have fun! These women are quite amazing~we come from many areas and walks of life. We discuss many issues from education to waxing things that I never would have dreamed of waxing! But it provides each of us a chance to let our hair down, vent, laugh, and even cry if we need to cry. I haven't taken pictures~but I promise I will. I just got home from stamping Valentine surprises for my class and Sara Michael's class. I will take a picture of it all and post them tomorrow! Have a great evening!

Friday, February 1, 2008


I am in a funk and no matter how hard I try I can not escape so.....sorry for you I am hoping if I spit it out on this page maybe it will help my feelings and release me from their bindings. I am in a frustrating job~I am not going to rehash why~if you teach have taught you know. But I have been trying to talk to my husband to explain the frustration and to let him know that I am not happy at the moment with the positon that not only pays my salary but that allows us as a family to have insurance. He being male~hears I had a crappy day! Even though I am trying to say I need a change in my life. He hears sometimes when I talk but he is not listening ~I know that not all men really listen and to give him the benefit of the doubt he has had a lot going on in his world for 1 1/2 years. In under a 2 day cliff note version~My husband was litte4rally nailed in his eye by his former boss and for two years we have been fighting to get this man to pay for his eye surgery, loss of wages for being out of work and for future medical bills which will hopefully but probably come because of the severity of the eye injury. I have supported him going out on his own and through all the legal mumbo jumbo that goes along with this very involved issue. All I want is for him to listen to me be frustrated and be a sounding board. Not to toot my own horn but with the exception of a couple of times I have kept myself strong sometimes too strong through this fight for justice~but right now I don't want to be the strong, positive, and everything is going to be happily everafter person. I want to be the ofther person that I am usually not. I know this too shall pass and my disposition will adjust for the good. But every now and again I don't want to be the grown up~I just want to be a 5 year old who is mad because somone took their sticker. Oh well~ sorry for the hum drum post~I am going for my saw dust therapy tonight~I have a stamping night!!! So I will post my therapy crafts later! I hope that you have had a magical week but even more I hope that you have a funfilled weekend!