Sunday, March 26, 2006

Baby mice on the move....

We were going to clean the cage out today but looked in and the baby mice are up and about..well 2 of them anyway. The mom looks extremely nervous and keeps taking them back to the nest. LOL So, we decided to leave them be today and maybe clean it tomorrow. We've been spot cleaning the cage and we can't smell it's not THAT dirty. We just don't want to cause anymore stress to them.

We are SO excited though...and my boys were beside themselves. LOL too fun! I tried to get pics but the babies are SO small and the cage is tinted the pics didn't come out that great..but you get the idea. :-) We think they are about 13 or 14 days old today.

(Just so you know..that is food in the cage not poop LOL)

small changes...revisited

Remember this blog entry? Well, here it is over 2 months later and the small changes are changes no more. *sigh* So, as I begin to think about warm weather and vacations and the fact that I have NO clothes to wear....I am realizing the small changes need to become reality PRONTO! So, starting monday, I will be drinking more water, the largest plate I will eat from will be a saucer, my nightly ice cream will change to frozen yogurt and instead of a bowl...I'll eat it from a small coffee cup. I'm gonna jump in with both feet and start exercising too. I have 2 Walk Away the Pounds videos...still in the plastic one of those will be opened and inserted into the VCR bright and early Monday morning.

Since my original entry, I have weighed myself and was pleasantly surprised to see I weigh only 4 pounds more than I did at Thanksgiving. I was really scared I was going to be up 15-20 pounds. So, I was really thrilled to see a "small" gain instead.

I really want to DO this..not just talk about it and not follow through..I AM going to do this.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Seen Kenny Rogers lately?

I saw Kenny Rogers on The Early Show this morning and couldn't believe how much he has changed. This is how I remember him....
And this is how he looks now...
I am guessing he had some plastic surgery of some kind?? Kyle says he reminds him of Barry Manilow now. LOL

The writing on the wall

Me: Dylan, WHY would you draw on mommy's walls??

Dylan: Because I needed to make a picture!

Makes sense I suppose....good thing it was washable marker.

Little brat. ;-)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

another mouse house

Well really it's the same....just improved. I went to buy more of the ridged tubes and got a few different kinds since I didn't know what we needed and Kyle put everything all together this afternoon while I was working. the mice are in heaven. Can't wait until the babies start walking around and playing in it.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

food for thought....

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Act like a whiny brat and hurt my feelings once, shame on you; act like a whiny brat and hurt my feelings twice, shame on me.

I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to.~anonymous

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. ~Samuel Johnson

A friend can tell you things you don't want to tell yourself. ~Frances Ward Weller

Forgiveness is not saying the offense never happened. It did.

Forgiveness is not saying that everything’s okay. It isn’t.

Forgiveness is not saying we no longer feel the pain of the offense. We do.

Forgiveness is not carelessness or indifference to wrong. It is not permissiveness or the absence of any sense of ethical standards. There can be no forgiveness without standards and values being violated, without persons and relationships being hurt, without a loss so deeply felt that efforts at restoration are pursued. From a distance, forgiveness may look like condoning or permissiveness, but in reality forgiveness takes violators, the violated, and the violation most seriously. To be forgiven is to be taken seriously.

My heart hurts...

I had, I guess you would say a falling out with a friend this week. And I'm not even really sure what happened. Well, thats not true..I know what happened and I got hurt...very very hurt and I just need to step back and take a break for awhile. I sincerely hope this is something we can work past in the future. But for now, I grieve.......

I know time heals all...and that is what I am counting on here...time to heal and hopefully, a rekindled friendship in the future.

Monday, March 20, 2006

A new mouse house

So..since we are soon going to have 14 mice running around...we decided to expand the mouse house. The portion on the left is the original house...the house on the right is all new. My kids think it is the coolest thing EVER. LOL Of course...the mice haven't been to the new side yet....*sigh* the one set of coneecting tubes has large ridges inside that makes a "ladder" and the new set of tubes has very tiny they are scared to go down the side with the smaller ridges. SO..I guess I will go today and buy some more of the big ridge tubes. good grief.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Baby Mice!!!

Kyle took apart the cage (to clean it) of our 2 *ahem* GIRL mice (Molly and Maggie) and lo and behold...he found BABIES!! at least TWELVE of them!!what in the WORLD are we going to do with 14 mice?!?they are cute as can be though!!

SO...I am thinking that Molly or Maggie one is a boy, (DUH!) so...whoever the boy is going to have to be given away. and we will keep one of the girl babies...and give the rest away. and hopefully...this will be the last litter of baby miceses. (do you know that mice are ready to breed at 8 weeks old and their gestational period is about 21 days?!?! good grief!!!)

Thursday, March 16, 2006


Logan had his 1st night of T-ball practice last night. It was FREEZING! But he had fun. He did a really good job for not even really understanding the basics of it. LOL We need to work on teaching him how the game works and practice throwing and catching and all that. I think he will be a pro by the end of June. From now until then, he has either practice or a game twice a week!! It was so fun watching all the little kids run all over the place. LOL I forgot my I'll have to get pics on Saturday.

I am hoping to find a game for xbox or gameboy that is just a basic baseball game. I think that might help him figure out how it all works. I don't know if such a thing exists though.....

Have I said I LOVE my job?!?

I have worked there for a little over a month. I was hired to work 8 hours a week. I have worked well over that every week, just because I am super flexible since K isn't working and I can fill in when it gets busy etc. 2 weeks ago I was asked to work 8 more hours a week on a regular basis. yay. I love the job and I am thrilled to be making MONEy so I will work whenever they want!

So, today I am working...and it has been a bad day...I broke a dozen eggs this morning, I have been battling a migraine, I started work early because an email was sent out in error and everyone and their brother was e-mailing and calling. So, ANYWAY...I am working and hear Kyle come into the room and set something down and leave. I look over and there is a big box sitting on the floor. so, I wrap up the call I was on and pick up the knife Kyle thoughtfully left for me and ripped it open. It was a big gift basket filled with cheese and meat and candy and stuff.

The card says: Thank you for doing such a great job! We really appreciate all of your hard work. *company name*

It actually brought tears to my eyes. I honestly feel SO blessed and just had to share!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2006


If I NEVER had another one it would be too soon. good grief I hate being plagued by these awful things. off to work for 4 hours with pain coursing through the left side of my head, face, ear and eye. If you have never had are SO SO blessed. I don't wish this pain on anyone.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Stupid Chase Bank

Our mortgage loan is through Chase. for months our income has been practically nil. We have been SCRAPING by...and we hadn't paid our mtg in 3 months. When we got our income tax return we got caught up. (thank god) So, last month I worked my rear off at my new job and I actually made enough to pay the mortgage ON TIME! So..I got my check on Friday and I paid the mtg payment this morning at 8 am. Around noon we get a call from someone at Chase wanting to know where our payment was!! HELLO..we are still in the freaking grace period until the 15th!! So, Kyle told him it was paid this morning (which felt AWESOME to be able to say it was already paid). I'm just annoyed because I was SO proud to have it paid on time and the dumb bill collector guy called anyway. hmph!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Not for me...

So, I went to church..and while it was nice and the people seemed nice and I enjoyed the message. I was really missing something. I am guessing it was the praise and worship..or lack thereof. If you have ever been to a pentecostal church you know that worship is a big thing. while there was worship it was just not what I am used left me wanting more. So...I am guessing this probably isn't the church for me. So...I guess next week I will visit the Assembly of God church again...and maybe go from there.


I haven;t belonged to a church in several years. I was raised in a very strict pentecostal church growing up and I left there in 96 I guess...and haven;t gone anywhere since then. So, I am on a journey to find a new church. Which is harder than it sounds...which has a lot to do with my upbringing I am sure. I just can't decide where to go. But I need to figure it out. Logan craves church...and he's only been a couple of times to visit with grandma. He makes up songs about Jesus and is very interested in learning about Jesus. So...I need to get over it ad just figure out a place to take my boys. of the requirments for the private school Logan is going to is being a member of a church. So, it's time.

I have visited a church of God church and an assemblies of God church. Out of those 2, I think I liked the assemblies better. Today I am going to a non-denominational church. I WANT to like this church really well because of all the "extra" stuff they offer for children and moms and couples. but more than that..I want to feel like it is the right place for me/us that we will be fed spiritually.

this is such a HUGE thing and I'm not getting the support I need from Kyle in this. :( which makes me so sad because he is SO there for me in EVERYTHING...but this is just an issue...also due to our upbringing I guess (he was raised in the same church)...that he isn't helping me on. I don't even have the words to do explain it or make it make sense. This is just a decision I don;t want to make on my own...yet, I have to because he refuses to. I hate feeling like I am out here alone. I told him that I am completely open to wherever he wants to go to church (even if it is back to the strict church we left) because I just want to be "in church" as a family. UGh.

So, I have to leave in 30 minutes and here I sit still in my jammies. guess I better get a move on.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Give massage...will follow

SO..having a step mother that is a massage therapist you would think that I would have had one before. Not so. I have some kind of weird hangup about her seeing my back I have never taken her up on her offer of a free massage. Today I went to her new office and had a chair massage. OMG It was SO nice and afterwards I felt so loose and just good. So, I booked an appt to go on thursday for an hour massage. I'm gonna be in heaven!! Back Fat be damned!! LOL

sick again and catching up

Just when I thought we were all better, Logan started complaining of an earache. But the time I got him to the dr he was in hysterics and crying HARD because it hurt SO bad. Poor baby. :( He has infections in both ears...the right one being really bad. She also said his tonsils are HUGE, but he doesn't have strep. So..she put some numbing drops in his ears which gave him some relief right away and he immediately fell asleep on the exam table. (kinda scared me) I guess he was just worn out from the constant crying. :( He is on an antibiotic and is acting normal today. I woke up with a sore throat this hopefully we aren't starting the germ sharing crap again.

My step-mother is a massage therapist and is moving into a new office today. She has previously shared with 2 other women and this office she will be all it's a big important move for her. She is having the open house today so I plan to head over there for a free chair massage and some finger food. I would like to take her an "office warming" gift...but I can't decide what to get. hmmmmm

I don't think I ever updated on Rita. Long story short, she gave birth to a 2lb 13 oz Avery Michael at 11 am on March 2, 2006 via c-section. Rita is now home and Avery, of course is still in the NICU. they are both doing well. We are praying that Avery gains weight like a champ so he can be moved down to the normal nursery and can come home in record time. it is SO hard on rita not having him with her. :(

So, we had a nice visit in TN. I spent all day friday, friday night, and most of saturday at the hospital with rita. Saturday evening I went back to the inlaws house and K and i went to the nursing home to see his dad. He seems to be adapting well to not having a leg. He asked me if I had ever seen a "chopped up leg", I said "no", he then pulled the sheet off of it and kinda waved it at me and then patted it said "good boy". LOL He actually seems quite proud of it. LOL which is, I guess, a good way to be. That night we watched Walk the Line with Kyles mom. It was a great movie..I really liked it..but it left me wanting more of the story. I might need to read a book about Johnny Cash. Sunday morning we packed up and headed to the nursing hom with the kids for one last visit, as we were leaving the home, Kyles mom pulled up at the nursing home. She had come from church and offered to take us out to lunch since we hadn;t left yet. So, we headed over to Hardees and had lunch. We then said our goodbyes and we headed to lexington. Spent the night there and around noon left for Cincy where we went to the natural history museum. We had so much fun there....they have a manmade cave that we went exploring was SO fun. Now, I want to take the kids to Ohio Caverns. After that we headed home. It was nice to split up the 6 hour drive....I think we should make it tradition. LOL

Work is going well..I REALLY love it. I don;t have that dreaded "I have to go to work" feeling like I have had with every other job I have ever had. they upped my I am thrilled. I hope they will up them again in the very near future!! :)

Well, I guess that gets me caught up on everything around here....better go make some breakfast and get on with my day.