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Friday, November 16, 2012


Hey there!  First off, here's the new stuff for the week.  2 brand new wordart packs this week!  Woohoo!
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by Sharon
by Henriëtte
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 by Henriëtte
by Sharon
Well, here we go.  A backwords recap of the week.  So today, I got the kids ready for school, and did a little living room cleaning while I watched Breaking Dawn part 1.  I moved the couches and swept real good and even mopped.  Which is quite a feat, because I have been having MASSIVE migraines as of late.  Anyway, my meds were somewhat working, and it wasn't that tiring.  So the living room kinda got done.

At 9:15am, Julia came and picked me up, and we headed to the Transmountain movie theater, and we bought tickets for Breaking Dawn part 2!!!  We were excited!  I had joked last year that we would go "if we were the last two people at Ft Bliss".  It sounded bad, but she knew what I meant.  And yeah, we WERE the last two people at Ft Bliss.  hehe.

Leanne met us there too, so really, we were a group of 3.  hehe.  It was a WONDERFUL movie!  I really enjoyed it!  DEFINITELY go see it.  Great way to finish off the movies ;)

After the movie, Leanne went home, and Julia and I went to Olive Garden for lunch.  And met Maggie and Hannah there.  And then I remembered to click some photos.  I've been bad as of late.  Here's me and Maggie.

And Julia and I
Julia making a face at me.  Apparently I take bad photos of people, and they get perturbed when I post them on Facebook.  Gesh!  Where's your sense of adventure???
Me and my water.  I figured between my DDP at the movie (I smuggled one in) and all of the Excedrine migraine I've been popping, I'd had enough caffeine.
Yesterday, Eme was sick and stayed home from school.  I had a migraine, and Julia had a stomach bug.  We spent the day at Maggie's house chilling and watching movies.  And dealing with her stolen iPhone.  Story to follow.  Anyway, here's Eme with Maggie's bird.  Which grosses Julia out, because of her bird phobia.  LOL.  She's a germ-a-phob!  hehe.
And that evening, after the headache cleared with the meds (I have 90 minute windows of feeling good periodically during the day), I cleaned the dining room.  Because it had been TRASHED for weeks.  Utterly trashed.  Seriously.  You wouldn't have wanted to have seen the photos....

So here's the story.  On Wednesday, after my morning stress group, I took Tom with me to family Therapy with Jake.  CPT couldn't make it, and the therapist thought it would be a good idea to have Jake and Tom talk.  Sounded good to me.  Anyway, therapy was at 1pm on the West side.

It went well for the most part.  Jake apologized for stealing his money, and Tom said that Jake seemed to have changed and seemed like a cool guy to hang out with.  So after therapy, Tom and I headed to Bassett Center to meet Julia and Maggie and Hannah.  We finally caught up with them around 2:45pm.

We went to Bath and Body works, and I picked out a ton of stuff I wanted, then realized that I left my debit card in the car.  Drat!  So I ditched it.  Then we went to another store to look around, and I did the same thing!  Talk about scatter brain!  lol.

In the Melrose clothes store, Hannah (4) wanted to show me a photo on Maggie's iPhone 5, and that's the last time that Maggie remembers seeing the phone.  We parted ways and headed back to the bus stop.  I passed her at the stop light heading towards post, and she said she'd lost her phone and was going to look for it.  I said I'd get Jake.

We don't know what happened to the phone.  We really don't.  I called it.  No answer.  Straight to voice mail.  NOT a good sign.  Someone took it.  Someone knew enough to power it off.  Ooooo, thiefs make me mad!

Finally, she came back home devastated.  She was crying and sobbing.  We were all at the park with the kids.  She grabbed her iPad and enabled "Track My Phone".  And it actually showed up!  Across town!  Up by the mountains!

She used my phone and Julia's phone to call around to her hubby (in the field) and the police and her phone company and such to find out what she should do.  They locked the phone and she called the police.  They told her to get within 3 blocks of the phone, and call them back.  The officer made it sound routine.

So I sent my kids home, had Tom babysit, and Maggie and her kids and I headed out for a "sting" operation to get the phone back!  We followed the "track my phone" app on her iPad, and unfortunately, it led us to an apartment complex.  Drat!

She called the police back, and this time, got a Woman detective.  Who was awful.  She was like, Um, what do you want us to do, knock on every door???  Poor Maggie.  She said, "No, but I'm just doing what I was directed to do by the first officer".  The woman scoffed at her.  SOOOO rude.  The woman on the phone had the nerve to tell her to go knock on doors, and if it came down to a physical violent altercation, to call 911.  Um, yeah, sounds like a good plan.... NOT!

We let the apartment manager know what we were doing, and she was SUPER excited about it.  She even came and walked around for a little while with Maggie.  I guarded the kids in the car.  But it was no luck.  The app just wasn't specific enough.  So we headed back home, Maggie just crestfallen.

I went to Cub Scouts that night with a MASSIVE migraine.  I'd medicated myself when I got home, around 6pm, and I was SO hurting.  I had CPT drive us, and luckily, Sister Caldwell was our guest teacher.  So I just had to crowd control.  About 20 minutes into it, my meds kicked in.

Anyway, the next day (the day with Eme and the bird on her shoulder), my migraine is still there.  But I take meds, and get the kids to the bus, and go with them.  Looking all hot and sexy.  With unfixed hair and a blanket and junk.  And hop in Maggie's car, and we decide to go back to the apartments.  Because Maggie has found an aerial view of the map!  Which looks like it's narrowed it down to 3 apartments!  Much better odds!

Here's what Maggie and I look like.  Oh yeah, we are DANGEROUSLY scary!
So we get to the apartments, and we know it's either the top apartment, middle, or bottom.  From the picture, it HAS to be.  So we knock on the top door.  It's a young German girl.  She is abrupt, but nice enough.  She knows nothing.  We've invented enough of an "out" for the thief to save face and give the phone back.  "I lost my phone at Bassett Center.  Do you suppose that your toddler may have picked it up by accident?  We are offering a reward.  Please help us".  Nope.  Dang it!  So we leave a note on the other two doors, because there is no answer there...

Anyway, eventually that day, the other 2 tenants call us back, and they know nothing about the phone either.  Sigh.  And the phone hasn't shown up on "Track my Phone" again either.  So it's gone.  I suggest to Maggie to call USAA insurance, and see if it's covered on Renters.  And after about an hour on the phone, she finds out it is!  Because she didn't actually see Hannah set it down, they are saying that it was Stolen!  She just has to pay a $250 co-pay, and it's to be replaced!  She was SO relieved.  Because those babies are $850 brand new!  Anyway, that's the saga of the cell phone.

Here's is a picture from Tuesday.  That morning, Julia, Maggie, Hannah and i had gone to the movies to see "Trouble with the Curve".   GREAT movie!  Who knew that Justin Timberlake with whiskers was SUCH a hottie!  Mmmmm!

I was texting Kari at one point, and we decided that we needed to celebrate something that day.  And it was between World Kindness day and Indian Pudding day.  And yeah, Indian Pudding sounds SO much better than me being nice to people.  hehe.  So Eme and I made Indian Pudding from scratch!

Here's the recipe.  And yeah, I DID go and deliver bowls to Julia's family and to Maggie's family, so I may have been NICE too.... hehe.  We used the cool whip and the raisins.

Me at Walmart.  I LOVED this bearded hat!  hehe :)
Oh yeah!  I cut bangs!  What do you think???  I thought they were nice :)

After having been in the 70's, it dipped down to the 30/40's.  Jim thought he was gonna FREEZE!  He came bundled up for the bus like this.  He told me he wanted to move some place warm.  LOL.  I didn't have the heart to tell him THIS was the warmer place :)
So yeah, that was my week.  Hockey practice, church, piano lessons, movies, cleaning, shopping, phone drama,  lots of therapy appointments, play dates, migraines, and all sorts of stuff.  It was a busy week.  And now it's Friday night.  I'm waiting for CPT to come home.  We are going on a date.  Tom is babysitting.  Thank goodness!  I don't know what we are doing, but it should be good because we are together.  We are doing better.  He's decided to stop being so serious about everything, and just let some things go.  And it's really helping :)

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Just Relax Freebie

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New stuff up there!  Go check it out, I KNOW you will love it!  hehe.  So, where to begin.  My pictures loaded out of order, so you get the backwards version.  Today is Thursday.  After getting kids off on the bus, I went to Julia's house and tried to teach Maggie and Julia to crochet.  I'm a lefty, and they are right handed, so they did everything opposite of me.  Yeah, that was comical.  hehe.

But we had fun chatting and hanging out.  Right as I was about to leave for an appointment, Julia's dad came over with DUNKIN DONUTS!!!  Super dad, I know!  Julia was gonna take him to the airport.  I managed to get a Boston Cream one before I left.

I went to the school and got Joe, and we headed to the West side, making it just a few minutes late.  I need to work on my tardy skills.  Or my non tardy skills, I guess.  I crocheted while Joe therapied.  I really like Ms Nance.  She's awesome. 

We swung by Savers to donate the crap in the back of my Suburban, then we swung by McDonalds drive thru, then headed back to school.  I signed Joe back in, and headed back home.  Just in time for Maggie and Julia (and Hannah now too) to pick me up.  And we all headed to Costco for lunch.

Since I'd already eaten, I just got a soda and and ice cream.  The girls got some REALLY yummy smelling grilled turkey sandwich thing.  I wanted one, but I'd already eaten.  NEXT time!

Next, we headed into Bassett mall.  Julia needed something from Target.  I found a super cute dress for $12.50, but decided against it.  Then it was on to Bath and Body works.  I almost got some lotion, but decided against that too.  Sigh.

Then the girls dropped me off at an appointment that CPT and I had.  Marriage counseling.  The dude is moving next week.  I want to go see Ms. Nance, but CPT doesn't think that we need anymore counseling.  Sigh.  How do you convince someone to go get counseling?  I don't want my marriage to be this way anymore.  We just fight all the time...

Anyway, CPT dropped me off at the bus stop, and I chatted with the girls for a couple of minutes before the bus came.  Then home we headed.  CPT was home, and we argued for about an hour before I couldn't take it anymore.  So here I am, loading me store and blogging.  Sigh.  

Now lets work backwards with some of these pictures....

Here's me on Election day.  I voted for the other guy
We pulled Tom out of class on his Birthday during lunch, and took him to Carlos and Mickey's.  He was SO happy and excited to eat lunch with mom and dad and their old people friends!!!
Yeah, I'm naughty, I know.  But I wonder how many people giggled...  This is at Target.
Lifesized nutcracker at Costco.  Julia has a membership, so I get to go a lot!
Trick or Treating in the neighborhood.  Zombie Farmer, Vampire, Civil War Dude, and Red Coat boy
 CPT and Batman
Zombie Lovers
 This was my face paint on Halloween Day.  I went to all of my appointments this way!  LOL
We went for a weekend trip to see Jake in October.  He was doing really well, actually.  He comes back after Thanksgiving, because the insurance runs out.  We want him to believe that it's because we are letting him come home, not because we have no other options.  Anyway, he got an off campus pass, and we took him shopping.  He really liked this leather jacket.  Isn't he handsome?
CPT and Jacob at the Movie theater, playing video games
Jake and I
This was my costume for the Ward Halloween Party.  Zombie!  Yeah, I like zombies.  I freaked kids out, and LOVED it :)
Tom won 1st place in the chili cookoff for church!  Way to go, Tom!!!

And yeah, that's kind of a pictorial journal of what's been up in our house.  Lots of homework and therapy appointments and errands.  And I've been watching lots of TV on my phone.  Breaking Bad is my new guilty pleasure.  I also like Revenge, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, and Walking Dead.  I think those are the only ones that I'm currently obsessively following.  

Oh yeah, and we're switching around the kids' rooms again.  Tom is moving downstairs, and Joe and Jim are going upstairs.  And it's a FOREVER project.  My house is so trashed in the mean times.  I need a few days to just focus on it.  Too bad I don't have a few days....

I'm trying to keep a positive outlook on it all.  I really am.  But I find myself getting down a lot.  Finding it harder to look on the bright side.  Finding it easier to just wanna watch TV all day long.  And I know that is bad.  And I think I could even handle the Jacob situation, if I didn't have the marriage problems.  Or I could handle the marriage problems if I didn't have the Jacob problems.  You know what I mean.  I just find myself overwhelmed.  

Ok, so I'll stop complaining.  At least I'm good at taking my meds, right?  I never miss on those.  Because THAT would really mess things up.  LOL ;)

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Monster Math Night at School

Hey, you guys!  I'm giving it a second change :)  It helps when your "boss" gives you a gentle nudge to do so.  hehe.  LOVE Maya.  She's a great lady, and I'm glad that she did.  I need to get back to designing.  And blogging is part of my process.  So here we go.

But first, here are 2 of my new wordart packs for the week!!!  Get excited!!!

I really can't even remember when the last time that I consistently blogged was.  Or what was going on.  I know that we were having Jake troubles.  Of course.  And yeah, we still are.  He's in a treatment center.  And only has a month left.  And we can't find a place to send him after.  Because no one will take him.  Because of his condition.  Sigh.  It's just one big struggle.

So our new strategy is to convince him that we WANT to give him another chance.  Have him thinking that he is home on OUR terms.  Then, at the first terroristic threat or aggressive behavior, we call the MP's and they take him to the mental hospital, and Medicaid pays for it.  We got him declared Disabled over the summer, and on Medicaid.  So that was good.  We have a plan, even if it's gonna be tricky.

So there's an update on that.  That happens right before Thanksgiving.  And CPT is going on a training.  So it'll be tricky.  We need to get the house all prepared for that.  We are working closely with the therapist to get a contract worked out between all parties.

A lot of my friends moved.  It was so sad.  But I've made some new ones, and there are some still here.  I'm hanging out with Julia every day.  And I see Laura, and Charlotte, and Maggie, Elaine, Leanne, Chelsey, Lesa, and Maria.  Yeah, I know there are more.  hehe.  Anyway, kids are in school, and I keep busy during the days.  Because if I didn't, I would just sleep.  That's what my meds do to me!  LOL. 

I have family therapy for Jacob once a week.  We do lunch at the school with the kids every Friday.  Joe is in Hockey.  Eme has piano on Tuesdays.  I am the den leader for Joe's den, and we do that on Wednesday.  Anyway, I can't go and catch you up on everything.  That would take forever...  Lets just pretend that I never stopped.  hehe.  Let's just pretend that you know what I've been up to.  ROFL!

So today, I got up and got the kids ready.  I now get up at 6:30am.  Because I help the kids get ready.  Instead of sleeping on the couch.  See, I've improved.  hehe.  I make sure that they have good clothes on (usually ones that I picked out the night before), and we get breakfast from the menu (we're back on a menu!).   Tom leaves at 7am, and the other kids go to the bus stop at 7:15am.  I go sometimes, and other times, I let Emeline supervise.  She IS a 5th grader this year, you know!

Today was Crazy hair day, so we use my SUPER sticky hair goo for Eme's hair.  She looked super fantastic!  Such a cutie!  Jim?  He doesn't have much hair, so when he asked to have a mohawk, I tried not to laugh.  I settled for face paint crayons in his blond hair.  hehe.  I thought it was cute :)

And KIM is at my house!!!  She had a doctors appoint at the VA hospital here in El Paso that couldn't be taken care of at Ft Hood, and flew in yesterday.  So we got ready for her appointment, picked up Julia, and headed to the hospital.

She was hurting, because she had to fast, and couldn't take her meds.  Poor thing.  She headed off to her appointment, and Julia and I hung in the waiting room, and cut out paper stuff for the "Monster Math" Halloween party that evening.  Julia had gotten roped into helping.  hehe.

After a while, we were done, and headed over to the main hospital cafeteria for a bit to eat.  We got chicken wraps.  They were super yummy.  We ate and chatted, telling stories from our lives, and then Kim was done.

We headed stopped by Julia's house to get her jacket, and then we went to Rainbow Fountain for Kim to get a shrimp cocktail!!!!  Remember those?  I'm SURE I blogged about those.  They are da bomb!!!
This is us, posing in front of the sign.  See how happy we are.  That's because I made my Suburban fit in the parking spot.  We all clapped.  The girl walking by thought we were quite funny....  hehe.  I live to amuse.

Julia and I got smoothies instead of food, because we were SO full.  I got Mango, and she got strawberry.  Yums!  We sat and ate and chatted, then headed to Bassett and the Jewelry Box.  You KNEW that was coming next, right???

Kim got a few things, Julia got a few things, and I abstained.  I know, right?  I am showing self restraint!  Amazing :)  I was trying to put the finishing touches on my grocery shopping list while the girls shopped (I had the menu done, but needed the detailed list).  We then headed to Target.  Julia needed to get Brooke a white shirt for her Halloween costume.  We wandered around for a bit, then headed out.

We dropped Julia off at Costco so she could pick up her prescription, and we circled the parking lot a few times.  And look what we found in the air!!!  I'm not sure what it is.  But I've seen it at the airport before.  Laura would TOTALLY know what this is.  She JUST got a job at the airport as a baggage handler.  How cool is that.  She used to work in Canada doing that, and now she is practically in Mexico doing that.
Next stop, Commissary.  Because I was on a menu, but I ran out of food.  So now my kids were used to following it, and I didn't have the stuff.  Anyway, I convinced Julia and Kim to come with me.  That's JUST what she wanted to do.  Fly to El Paso to go to the commissary.  hehe.  Actually, being part of her old groups everyday life is EXACTLY what she wanted to do.  hehe.

We started shopping, and I gathered the stuff on my list.  And I actually came in under budget.  But we were running out of time.  Julia volunteered to go and pick up the children, and we checked out, used her money to get her groceries, and we were waiting by the curb when she got there.  Perfect timing!

I dropped her and her kids and the groceries off at her house, and then my kiddos carried in my groceries.  My theory is, if I buy it, YOU can carry it in.  ha!  I got all the stuff put away, the kids had snack, we cleaned up a tad (and I mean a very little tad), and got ready for Monster Math night, the kid's school Halloween party.

Everyone threw on a costume from the costume box, and we called it good enough.  I should have probably looked at Jim's costume a bit more careful.  It was too small.  hehe.  I didn't know that boys could have "camel toe" until tonight.  Wait, can I say that out loud?  Too late....  Bless my heart.

My kids LOVE this event.  It's the Halloween party for the school, and they have educational games in the gym.  Bingo games, spelling activities, math activities, you name it.  And the kids get candy.  There are nachos and hot dogs and stuff for sale.  They had a costume contest, and it was just a LOT of fun.  Here's a few pictures from the event.
Here is Alex, Julia's oldest.  He's precious ;)
Emeline and her friend
Me and Kim and Delia (my behind the fence neighbor)

Jim, Jacob, and Hannah (Maggie's Kids)
Julia and Brooke (she was NOT pleased she had to wear her karate outfit.  They were going STRAIGHT to practice after the party.  She would rather have been the angel she wanted to be and is going to be on Halloween)
Emeline is SO adorable :)

After the party, we all headed home.  We left about 20 minutes before it got over.  Kim was tired, and my feet hurt.  And I think Tom was done.  hehe.  Jim could have kept going strong.  LOL.  Oh yeah, Jim and Brent were at Hockey practice.  That's why they were not at the event.

We un-costumed, and started on dinner.  Taco Pie.  I found it on Pinterest, and thought it looked good.  OMGosh, it was SO yummy!  Click HERE to go to the website for the recipe.  FABULOUS!
I didn't have the right pan, so mine didn't come up over the edge, and next time I'm gonna try and have it go that way.  And I had too much sour cream on top.  But it was delicious!!!!  Everyone at it.  Every last drop was eaten.  Definitely a keeper.

Just as I was getting ready to put kids to bed, Emeline asked if we could ready scriptures together as a family.  How could we say no to that.  She's SUCH a sweet girl.  So Kim got to experience Harty Family scripture reading.  LOL.

And yeah, don't be thinking that we're all perfect here.  I may be portraying the wrong thing.  We have problems.  CPT and I haven't been getting along so well lately.  He had surgery on his knee.  He's been on Convalescent leave for 3 weeks.  Men are made to work.  hehe.  He's going stir crazy.  And getting nit picky.  Anyway, we've been fighting.  So the fact that Eme asked for scripture reading was SO nice for a change.  It brought a peaceful spirit into the house.  So, THANKS Emeline.  I love you all the more for that.

Then the kids went to bed, CPT started cleaning our bedroom (for some reason), Kim played on her phone, and I blogged and uploaded photos to facebook and loaded my store.  See how productive I am!  And I'm done now.  It's 10:15pm.  I'm uber exhaused.  This is late for me.  LOL.  I'm not up for super late nights anymore.  I need my, well, sleep.  

We'll see how this blogging/designing/staying on top of it goes.  I want to get some freebies together too.  I don't have one today, so please forgive me.  Hopefully an update will suffice. 

Anyway, night, y'all, and I will see you tomorrow!!!