Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Freak out!

My son Damian, you know like the kid in the movie The Omen, was playing a video game tonight and he wanted my husband to put in some code for him. My husband had no idea what he was talking about but tried to fix the game anyway. Needless to say this didn't quite work out and Damian proceeded to freak out. This is something Damian does on an occasion. Most people stare at him and nod assured that we named him Damian for a reason, Again refer to The Omen. My husband comes into the kitchen and says "that kid can really freak out?" I said "Oh really, son of who?" My husband doesn't actually freak out like a kid, but he can have a low tolerance level when things don't go his way. I am always teasing him about this, so tonight when he said this I was sitting here at the computer and started laughing hysterically. He said he doesn't freak out. I told him maybe not in the same way but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I'm still laughing and hubby is back in the room still trying to fix the game. I don't think he's laughing.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Kylie and her dad

This is a picture of Kylie, not spelled Kylie. My daughter is not spelling it like this, she is spelling it like this Kailie. I think I have that right, if not I'm sure she will let me know.


I found out today that we will be moving on September 5th. I have to call about my internet transfer so I guess the last night I will have internet will be Sept. 4th and then hopefully it will be back up in the new house by Sept. 7th. I am only moving 2 streets over so it shouldn't be too bad. Of course my husband will be in school then so I am going it alone except for the kids, but we are kind of used to it. I'll be glad to get it over with. I just wanted to tell you all that if you don't hear from me for a few days next week this is why.
I also found out today from my son's head start that I will be able to volunteer in the mornings. I kind of find the house too empty without all the kids and sometimes it drives me nuts. I liked when I used to volunteer at my other son's head start, so I thought I would try it again. I will still have plenty of time for blogging because I do a lot of it when the kids are in bed, but while my husband is gone it will be nice to have the volunteering also.
I'll keep you all posted on how this all goes.

I feel the Earth move

Last night, while watching tv with my kids, the house started to sway a little and then the windows started to rattle. Immediately I new it was an earthquake because I had been in a good sized quake in the state of Washington and I will tell you it has a very distinct feeling. You can read about ours last night here. At least this time I actually knew what was happening. When I first experienced the quake in Wa. I had no idea what was going on. I always heard it felt like a violent shaking. It doesn't. It feels like a swaying action, even when it hits past 6.0. I actually thought my neighbor, who was a looney, was jackhammering in his bathtub upstairs. He was known for doing wacko renovations to his apartment. I grabbed my two boys and headed out the back door, but when I looked up I noticed the trees were swaying. That's when it hit me, earthquake. By the time I realized it, it was almost over. I didn't recognize it as an earthquake because like I said, it didn't feel at all like what I had heard it was supposed to feel like. Last night however, I remembered that exact feeling, and that was what I was feeling at that exact moment. Thank God it was mild and only lasted about 15 seconds. It's just weird to feel your house moving while your in it.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Welcome Kylie

My daughter kira, who was supposed to have her baby by c-section on Sept. 11, went into labor early, and this evening had a baby girl they are going to name Kylie. She is 7 lbs. 02 oz and looks like her dad. You remember Kira and my grandson Julian were here last week and she just left to go home on August 22. Boy was that cutting it close. I was teasing her while she was here that if she had the baby here she would have to stay longer. Little did we know how close we actually were to this happening. I was not going to post until I had a picture, but I don't know if I will be getting one until tomorrow. So that's my news for now.

Made the switch

Thanks to Sandra I had decided to go for it and switch to beta. I don't know if I actually like this new template, but I think I will keep it for awhile and see how it goes. Maybe eventually I will learn to do some other stuff with it.

Good Morning America

Brandon in his JROTC outfit at 6:30 am getting ready to leave for flag call. Posted by Picasa

Manic Monday

Todays Manic Monday is on my 14 year old son Brandon. Here he is in his Navy JROTC shirt and cap. Who knows where his pants are. I am posting on Mondays something strange, weird, silly or just plain manic about someone or something or whatever.
1. Brandon likes to wear socks that are too small for him. He lets his heel hang out of the back. I buy Brandon his size socks, but he trades them for his 8 year old brothers. Why does he do this? Who the heck knows. I am assuming its a sensory issue.
2. Brandon talks to the tv. Especially video games and wrestling. I shouldn't find this all that odd since my mom talks to herself, and I talk to myself, but Brandon talks to the tv. He thinks this isn't talking to himself. I think it is.
3. Brandon is short. My grandpa was short, in fact his brothers called him shorty. I don't think being short in itself is odd, but when you have a brother who is 6ft 4in. and a sister who at 16 is 5ft 10in and little brothers who are quickly catching up to you, this seems a little odd. I always tell Brandon that good things come in small packages.
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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Hubbys Birthday

The picture they took came out cruddy and so did it when it was scanned, but you all get the idea. This was the Mexican restaraunt we went to for hubby's b-day. This was the cup they served the most delicious deep fried ice cream in. The restaraunt is called Compadres and it is awesome. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Go Cowboys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the Cowboys 3rd pre season win. All I have to say is Cowboys-you know! This is the quilt my mom made me. The next picture is the back. It seems to me that even without T.O. this quilt will get a good workout this season. Posted by Picasa


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Friday, August 25, 2006

Oh my goodness, did someone say creme brulee?

Jen said in her comment to me that she got Coffee Mate creamer in Creme Brulee. How awesome is that! You know where I am going to this afternoon. I'm going to hunt down some creme brulee creamer. Thanks Jen

Thursday, August 24, 2006

tag-your it-twice!!!!

Sandra tagged me for a book meme that I had already done but it seems not too many people saw it. I think I may have done it when her relatives were visiting and since I am computer illiterate I can't move it to the top, so if anyone would like to see it just go to August and scroll about 20 posts down.
Jen tagged me for a pizza meme, I'm still not sure what meme actually means, but here goes.
What was your favorite thing about being a kid? I think not paying bills but getting to enjoy all sorts of neat things that I thought were free, like Disneyworld.
What was your favorite subject in school? Sociology. If they had psychology I'm sure this would of been my favorite, but they didn't, so I pick Sociology.
Who was your best friend when you turned 10? Jeanne Madden. She is like a sister to me and we have been friends for about 32 years. I'm one of those people who actually makes friends and then keeps in touch with them for forever.

If you could be any animal what would you be? A little, fluffy, cute puppy. The type that looks like a snowball and everyone wants to hug all the time.

What would you change about your school, occupation, or life right now? I might want to add more kids. I know I already have 7, but would one or two more really make that much of a difference. You can tell I either love kids or am crazy.

What's your favorite color? ditto on black, except since it's not a color I'll say teal.
What is your favorite type of crust and toppings? Thin crust and pepperoni and pineapple topping. Maybe a little weird, but what can I say, I live in Hawaii.

Let me see, who can I tag? How about
my sister stephanie at forks and chopsticks
Melissa at twinadomommy
and anyone else who wants to do this. In fact tag your all it!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fear Factor

How does a mom, who's kids have never even seen an episode of The Simpsons, end up watching Fear Factor and calling it family night? How you ask? I gave birth to 5 boys, yes 5, and now there is way too much testosterone running through this house on a daily basis, that's how! So every Monday night, I plant myself on the couch surrounded by 4 males, and watch a whole hour of people performing sick acts just for money. In fact last night I sat through people trying to consume Madagascar cockroaches covered in green slime. Who comes up with this stuff anyway? Of course while I was holding my hands over my eyes and getting totally grossed out, my 3 year old was sitting next to me, laughing hysterically, and saying "eat cockroach." Gee thanks for the commentary. This isn't the only show I have to watch with them. I am also forced, well maybe not forced, to watch the new horror series Supernatural, on Thursday nights. I actually like horror, so this one isn't too bad, and of course the two young guys who play the lead characters aren't too hard to look at either, but I digress. This show doesn't seem to bother them in the least either. When its over they just yawn and go to bed and when I ask them the next day if they had any nightmares, they respond with brilliant questions like "why would you think that?" Oh how would I know, maybe the scary stuff we sat through last night, while you all hid under your blankets, might do it.
I on the other hand love 7th Heaven and will be glad to see it coming back on Sept. 25th. The boys never seem to last through this whole show, why when you can watch people eat cockroaches on Monday, but my daughter and me like it. This turns into our show we watch together.
I wonder if this propensity toward gross stuff is inborn in most males. I wonder this because my husband just loves shows like The most extreme whatever on Animal Planet where he gets so excited he will call out "Babe? You gotta see this, it's a hippo eating a zebra." Now why on earth would I want to see a hippo eating a zebra? I'm a girl, remember, you married me. I don't spend my hours watching all kinds of disgusting things happening on tv, or do I? I guess with a house full of boys I'll just have to keep up with the latest insect consuming contests after all.
Boys, you can't live with em and you sure can't live without em.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Monday, August 21, 2006

Manic Monday

About 2 weeks ago I said I was going to start my own thingy called Manic Monday. I was going to write something weird, strange, unusual, or just manic about me, or the cat, or whoever. Today I am going to write about my husband Dominic because tomorrow is his birthday and because he is out in the field and probably won't get to read this until next month. Here goes. 3 manic things about Dominic:
1. He is obsessed with his guitar. Just like everyone else here he has an obsession. With him it's the guitar. He only started playing about 2 years ago, and he is pretty good, but I think he secretly thinks he will become the next Randy Rhodes or something.
2. He can remember all kinds of technical stuff, but like I said before, he can't remember anything that takes common sense. Like where he puts his beret. In the Army you have to wear this, so losing it is not an option. I always ask him if he wants me to staple his head on so he doesn't lose that!
3. He is very obsessive like me. I suspect ADHD, so we are definitely kindred spirits, but he over does everything. If you buy him cupcakes, he eats the whole box. If you buy him oatmeal, he eats the whole box, If you buy him peanut butter, he eats the whole jar. You get what I mean I'm sure.
Those are the 3 things I came up with for today, but given more time I will come up with more. He is a great guy and I wouldn't trade him for the world, but he has quirks like everyone else. Some quirks I love and others drive me crazy. What really drives me nuts is his sons seem to have many of the same quirks. I think its DNA.

More Obsession

Anyone who has read my blog in the last month knows I have an obsession with the magic eraser. When I went into Sams last week I saw this. Only $8.00 an apparantly new and improved. Like I'm not going to buy this. It's obvious you can't take me to Sams. I buy everything I can large sized. Maybe it's because I have 7 people living here, or maybe I just like big things, or maybe even getting lots of stuff for less money sounds good to me. I went home and tried the new magic sponge, which has a squiggle edge and seems to be a little more sturdy, and of course I love it. It does hold up a bit better. It still crumbles, but seems to get the job done. I wonder how long these will last me? I am going to have to make a trip to Sams today because the creamer I bought on August 14, all 64 ounces, is gone. It only took me 7 days but it's officially drained. I guess I will just have to buy more magic sponges. Thank You again Mr. Clean. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Like my obsession with french vanilla creamer, my daughter Vanessa has an obsession with ranch. She puts it on everything. By everything I mean everything. All the way from pizza, french fries, chicken nuggets to turkey sandwiches. Each week I purchase a bigger and bigger bottle of Ranch and each week we run out before the week is over. I got this one at Sams and I said to her when she got home from school, "here, is this big enough?" She said "I think so." I said "you think so? You've got to be kidding me." I really don't think she can go through this in a week or two unless she's drinking the stuff. If she's obsessed enough to drink it then we really will know she is like her mom. I practically drink my creamer. My husband always asks if I want more coffee with my creamer because I use so much. In fact the big creamer I bought from Sams will be gone in about a week, and that's 64 ounces. I guess its pretty obvious we have issues here. I better go to Sams today and see if I can buy 2 instead of 1 creamer so I don't run out. Wish me luck. Posted by Picasa

Julian and spongebob

Julian has an obsession with spongebob. He just loves the square sponge. Here he is with his new spongebob water wings. Posted by Picasa

Darrian and Julian

We are at the Ala Moana beach park in Waikiki. It was a nice day and the boys loved it. Posted by Picasa

Happy Birthday

My hubby will be in the field all next week and since his birthday is on August 22 we celebrated it last night. We went to a restaraunt here called Compadres. It is Mexican an serves pretty authentic food. My daughter had told the waiter that it was his birthday so when they served us our fried ice cream they brought out a huge sombrero he had to wear while they sang happy birthday. It was so funny. We did have a great meal though and the meals were huge. We all ended up with doggy bags to eat for lunch today.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Dad (grandpappy)

Here is my hubby Dominic and our kiddo Darrian and our grandson Julian. Posted by Picasa

God is good...

...All the time. Yesterday morning I get a call from my mechanic at about 7:30. He said the battery was no good and all the noise was, was some dust on a rotor or something. Then he said my van was ready and to pick it up. All that they thought was wrong with it from my description turned out to be incorrect. Thank God. All I ended up paying was $200. So I guess spitting salsa isn't all that bad in the scheme of things. What do I mean by spitting salsa? See Post Below.

Friday, August 18, 2006


Last night Kira made dinner. She made some quesadillas with homemade salsa. After she whipped up the salsas she asked me to taste it. It was green salsa and smelled heavily of jalapenos. I like jalapenos and love hot stuff, but if something has a heavy taste of any kind of pepper I don't like it. I tasted it and ran right away to the sink and spit it out. I said "Sorry Kira, but I can't eat anything with too many peppers in it." Kira decided she would make a red sauce, like pico di gallo so we had to go to the store. Me, Kira and my grandson Julian went to go to the store and when I put my key into my van all the juice drained right out of the battery. Luckily I had a jump start and after letting it sit for a few minutes the battery light went on. I knew I had to get it to the shop so I did. The mechanic said it is probably the alternator or alternator belt. Meanwhile when he goes to drive the van into the bay he wants to know when it started to make that sound it made when he turned it slowly to the left and was backing in. It just started to do this once in awhile so he said it sounds like the cvc or the U joint. Gee I wonder what all this will cost.
Meanwhile when I went into the house to call my husband to let him know what's up I realized my 3 year old just went poop in his pants. It seems he has some diarrhea and couldn't make it to the bathroom. I run him to the tub and then go clean up the mess on the floor. When I look up to where my daughter and her friend are making a Mexican cake called tres leches (3 milks), they inform me the blender doesn't seem to be working. While trying to call my husband, while trying to give my kid a bath, while trying to clean up the floor, and while trying to fix the blender, my daughter Kira looks up and says "that's what you get for spitting out my salsa!"

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The kids and Julian

My daughter and grandson are here visiting for the next week so if I don't post every day or comment on other blogs every day it's because I will be a little busy. I will try to keep in touch with everyone as much as possible. Next Friday I should be back in full swing. Posted by Picasa


The first thing the kids taught my grandson Julian is how to beat them up with a light saber. Obviously you can't grow up without knowing something as important as this. Posted by Picasa


This is my daughter Kira working on my computer. Posted by Picasa

Thank You Sams Club

I went to Sams the other day and this is what I came home with. Now that is what I call creamer. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 14, 2006

You know you're pathetic when?

When you walk into your sons room in the morning and say "Thank You Lord." Thank you for what? Thank you for not letting me kill Jr's goldfish. This is a serious prayer, not just thanking the Lord in jest but seriously thanking the Lord for sparing the fish. Do you want to know why? Why, because so far I have killed one full tank of fish, two goldfish and 3 betas. Finally he has a goldfish, one we have now for at least a year, that has survived against all odds. Why would I even consider a new fish? Because while standing on line one day in the commissary the boys spotted goldfish in bowls in the flower section and thought they looked lonely. Ok I'm a sucker. Why you ask am I once again focused on the fish being I haven't killed it yet? Well two weeks ago I bought a new filter for his tank. When I put it on it seemed kind of strong for this little tank even though the box said it was good for his size tank. I'm also paranoid because one of the other fish I killed actually stuck to the part of the filter that sucks the water up and died. Obviously this happening again is not an option. Last week I went into his room and the fish was stuck to the filter thing. I ran over to the tank, unplugged the filter, and watched thankfully as three fin spike Tamayo swam away. My heart was racing as if I had just run a marathon. Thank God. This is why I am thanking God every day for saving the fish It's also because I am only running the filter about an hour a day and even for this amount of time I'm taking my chances. This fish also likes to swim upside down. I noticed this a few months after he was bought. Almost on a daily basis I go into the kids room and my heart stops. There is three fin upside down. I go over and once again Thank the Lord he is still breathing. What kind of psycho fish is this anyway. I don't know what I will actually do when the day comes that three fin does die, but for now all I can say is 'THANK YOU LORD."

Snakes and snails

This morning my son Brandon, who is 14, asks me if I can give him $5.00 for a new school ID card. It's been two weeks and already he lost his school ID. Last week he had lost his military ID. I'm scared to ask if he has his bus pass. This is the kid who has been on the honor roll since 6th grade. This is the kid who the teachers say never forgets his homework. This is the kid who brings home his permission slips to be signed on the first day they are passed out and bagger's me all day to make sure I sign it so he can get it in on time. What I want to know is why can't he remember where he puts his ID cards? In the cosmic scheme of things does this make sense. My husband is the same way. He can remember military routes out in the field, and recite word for word most stuff in a military manuel yet he once forgot his beret for work. He has been wearing some sort of cap for 12 years. How do you forget this? It's like forgetting you have a head. I guess it's just boys.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

This way to book meme. What the heck is a meme anyway?

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Welcome to my world

I was over at rocks in my dryer when I happened upon a meme that I just had to participate in. It also said at the bottom that if you are reading this consider yourself tagged. So I figured this would be the best meme for me because there is nothing I like better in this world besides books, well maybe coffee, and of course creamer. Anyway you get the point, so here goes:
1. Books that changed your life: I have to say Trixie Belden books written by Julie Campbell because these were the first books I ever read that got me started on a life long love affair with reading. I did buy one of these on Amazon about a year ago and tried to read it to my kids, but they all just sat there like zombies until I asked them if they were bored. They all rolled there eyes and said yes so that was the end of sharing my favorite kids book with my kids. It probably doesn't count that they are mostly boys and aren't at all interested in girly books. Can't blame me for trying though. The Bible, I can't think of anyone I know who would not be life changed by this pick. Marianne Williamson, everything she writes changes me in some way.

2. Books that you read more than once? The Bible. I don't read anything else more than once. I never have and I probably never will. I have too many (to be read) to even think of reading one more than once.

3. Books you'd want on a desert island? The Bible of course, and maybe Deserted Island Living for Dummies.

4. Books that made you Laugh? I really can't think of one right off the top of my head, but lot's of things makes me laugh so I am sure there are some books out there that do.

5. Books that made you cry? Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. Don't read this if you don't like to be sad. It was kind of a bittersweet. Sad yet uplifting.

6. Books that you wish had been written? How to read all the books you buy before you die.

7. Books you wish hadn't been written? Maybe The Davinci Code. I know this may not be a popular answer, but I find messing around with God's stuff kind of offensive.

8. Books you are currently reading? Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Awesome book. We are reading this with my sisters virtual book club "the written word," see link in sidebar. Naomi's Home Companion by Naomi Judd. Children Learn What They Live by Dorothy Law Nolte. Simplify your Life with Kids (kind of an oxymoron don't you think,) Is it even possible to simplify your life with kids? There are a few more I am reading at this time. Once again ADHD rears its ugly head as you can see by the amount of books I am trying to read at once while raising 5 kids.

9. Books you have been meaning to read? All the books in my library.

10. Books you remember as a real page turner? Any John Saul book. Very scary and I love that sometimes.

11. Non Fiction books that you have enjoyed? Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. Anything by Marianne Williamson. Creating a Beautiful Home by Alexandra Stoddard.

12. Childrens books your family has loved? Goodnight Moon. Peters Chair, Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna, Magic School bus series, and Berenstein Bears Series. Also anything by Mercer Mayer.

I guess that's it. I'm done. Consider yourself tagged!

Me, Myself, and I

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My turn

The little guy waited all day for the kids to go out and play, and when they did, he snuck out of the yard, turned on the garden hose, and went to town on the trampoline. Posted by Picasa

boys, a trampoline, and a hose

What do you get when you buy the boys a trampoline? When you buy boys a trampoline they are always trying to think of ways to make it more fun. Of course attaching the hose to the top is definately more fun, but is it safe? I let them have their 15 minutes of fun and then shut the water off. Back to the same old boring trampoline. No more pictures because now it remains empty. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, the Lord's day, the day of rest...

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Saturday, August 12, 2006


Here is my 3 year old getting ready for the great escape. We call him Houdini because he can escape from anywhere. Whenever I don't hear him I go into his room and this is what he is doing. If I didn't come right away (for instance if I ever wanted to use the bathroom) he would have the window unlocked, the screen pushed out, and he would be gone. We have tried everything, even jamming the lock, but he just pushed the window up until the lock broke off. In our new house I am going to put bars on the upstairs windows, and now you know why. I wonder what he'll try next? Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 11, 2006

I'm gonna shoot myself, (figuratively)

Okay, I'm not going to shoot myself. 2 reasons. First I am a Christian. Second, it will be Sunday, the Lord's day, the day I will probably run out of creamer and this was the original reason I was gonna have to shoot myself. I forgot to buy it and I may not get a chance to go to the store to get any, so by Sunday you won't want to talk to me, unless my awesome hubby (hope he reads this) goes out and gets me some. I know some of you might think it is a little extreme to talk this way about creamer, but I consider it my drug of choice. Well actually coffee (caffeine) with creamer in it. I think I may have to fast after Sunday just for writing a post like this. I know God will make sure I obsess about it so I guess I might have to live without Coffeemate for the time being. At least until Monday!!!!!!!!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

teenage boys...kid on the left in Cowboys t shirt

My son Brandon, the kid in the cowboys shirt, came into the living room last night and said "mom, smell my hair, I really like the smell of that vanilla shampoo you got." I smell his hair, and I agree it does smell nice. Then I say "Brandon that's not shampoo, that's body wash." Once again "the look," this one says "I have no idea what you just said." I repeated that it was body wash not shampoo. He just shrugged his shoulders and went his merry way. I'm sure tomorrow he will once again use the vanilla body wash as shampoo. Posted by Picasa

Blueberry muffins and tea

Made some blueberry muffins and had some with tea on Rae Dunn pottery of course