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Saturday, January 28, 2012


So, this post is OBVIOUSLY late... Sorry about that. After CPT America and I got back from our double/triple date last night night, I was sleepy. So I just went straight to bed. And then I didn't wake up till noon, and went shopping with Kari. And here we are, almost 3pm on Saturday... So yeah, late. LOL. But better late than never.

I got up on Friday morning, got the kids off to school, got CPT off to to work, and hopped in the shower and got ready for the day. I was going shopping for supplies for a new Miche rack, then going to lunch with the girls! Oh yeah!

How do I look???
Kim agreed to come with me to Lowes, and we headed out. We used the Miche shell, and walked around the store testing it's magnets for metal. Yeah, most of what they had was aluminum. hehe. Which magnets don't stick to - ROFL! But the duct work metal stuff DOES work :) So I bought 4 big sheets of that for $5 each. Then, we headed to Hobby Lobby for some fabric and spray adhesive.

Here's Kim and I in Hobby Lobby :)
I found some SUPER sparkly fabric that was PERFECT. I decided that I only needed about 2 yards. And good thing, because it was super expensive. hehe. We paid, and headed over to Olive Garden. And met the girls there. I was SUPER starving. OK, so maybe not starving, but I was sure hungry :)

Here's me with my soda! They had diet Coke. Seems like the last few places had Pepsi. Gag!

Liz and her friend (sorry, girl, didn't catch your name)
(Liz and Kim)
(Kari and Maggie and Hannah)
Me and Terra
Kim and Me
Terra and Kari
Liz was SO funny! She was SO hungry she grabbed the salad bowl and started eating RIGHT out of it - hehe :)
After lunch, Kim and I headed to Bassett Center and check out the new Dollar Tree. It opens on Monday!!! Oh yeah, I'm SO there on Monday!!! Well, after Savers... hehe :). Then on to Bassett Center. We went to the Jewelry Box, and found a few things, then on to another store. I can't recall the name.

They had a FABULOUS sale on shoes! I ended up finding a short pair of black boots that I just LOVED. And a pair of black shoes. Kim found a few things too. We paid, and headed home. I dropped Kim off, then went home. CPT was home when I got there. He was working on the backyard.

I helped him for a little while, then it was time to go and get the kids from the bus. And the girls and I decided to go to the park with the kids, because it was SUCH a nice day! Check out my new shoes!
While at the park, I worked on completing my Miche holders. I cut the fabric, and spray glued it to the metal. Then when I got home, I screwed it to the walls. And hung up the shells. What do you think??? I think it looks pretty good!

And just so you don't think that I spent a TON of money on each shell, I got most of them for about $12 a piece for the little ones, and $2o for the big ones. You can find them on sale, you know. hehe. Still, it's a lot of money... But it's my hobby :) And I love them. And it's still cheaper than any of CPT's hobbys! And we have no car payments OR credit card debt. So there is my justifications... hehe.

At around 7:30pm, CPT and I headed out to the hockey game. Jake went to hang with Justin, and Tom babysat. I told him to put the kids to bed at 9pm. We went with Kim and Tim and Kari and Brian. It was a great time! Military got in for free, so it was a good free date - hehe :)

Kim, Tim, Kari, Brian
During the 3rd period, a GIANT fight broke out. It took forever to break up, and even longer to sort it out. It was kinda exciting - hehe.

Us sporting our St. Louis Blues jerseys.
These two were quite the pieces of work... They were loud and obnoxious and cussing and quite the couple. hehe. OK, so not a couple, but I had a lot of fun making up a storyline for them. hehe. Do you ever do that for people? Make up a "history" for them?
After the game, we went outside, and stood for about 15 minutes and chatted. Until we were all freezing and had to go home. I'm glad that the girls and guys all seem to get along so well. We are all around the same age. We should totally get together again and do stuff as couples. It was a lot of fun!

So that was my day. It was fun! And yeah, I forgot to mention, than went I had gotten home from Bassett, I'd bought the wrong boots! I'd bought the taller brown boots that I'd tried on! They were nice, and I loved them, but they weren't the correct ones. So I'd have to go back the next day and get the black ones too. hehe.

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Friday, January 27, 2012


New stuff, new stuff! Click HERE to go to my store to to check out this weeks FABULOUS new products!!!

No layouts this week, Sharon's mom is VERY sick and is in the hospital. PLEASE include her mom in your prayers this week, girls! She could use them!!!

Hola! Well, I was up at around 5 am this morning. And dozed until around 6:45am. I so wish that I could have slept more. I was tired. But you your body wakes up, you're awake, right? I just kinda laid there and dozed...

I finally got up and got the kids ready. And just couldn't get Jake to wake up. I'd been trying since 6:55am to wake that turd, um, child to get out of bed. Tom went to the bus, CPT America went to exercise, I took Eme and Jim and Joe to the bus, and Jake was STILL sleeping. Grrr. I went in and pulled back his blankets and yelled at him some more. No response.

I did a few more things, and STILL he was asleep. And I just kept getting madder and madder at him. Finally, at 7:45 (he needed to leave at 7:55), I dumped a cup of water on his face. Yeah, THAT got him up. I was furious! He got a huge yelling at. He knew better than to argue at that point. He got ready, and left real fast...

Then, I hurried and put on some hiking clothes, and laid down on my bed. And hoped that Kari would forget about hiking in the mountains. LOL. I so didn't wanna go. But knew that it would be fun, and would be good for me.

Well, Kari and Eryn (from the bus from 2 years ag0 - lol) came to pick me up a little before 9am. So off to hike we went! And I'm SO glad we went! It was a GREAT hike! And I felt so good. It was nice to chat with the girls, to vent, to share, to hear their problems and joys and everything too.

After the hike, we headed back to post and went to the last 1/2 of the Autism Support group meeting. Liz was there, and we learned about a pilot progam for some Social Stories that they were doing. It sounded really interesting, but Jake was too old for the trial. Dang. I was interested in it, too. They were looking for 6-11 year olds... Oh well.

After the meeting, we solidified plans for lunch for Friday, then CPT came to pick me up. We were going to lunch. We swung by the house so he could change out of his uniform, and so that I could change out of my hiking clothes. Pink sweats are sexy and all, but, well, you know... hehe ;)

And we headed to Fudruckers. Cause I'd never been! And CPT wanted a hamburger. Oh yeah, sounded good to me! He got the 1lb (OMGOSH!) and I got the 1/2 lb. Build your own burgers. They were fabulous!

Dude, look at the SIZE of that hamburger!!!
They had a red tardis!!! hehe :)
After lunch, we swung by Walmart for the few items that we didn't get at the commissary. Some ground beef, and some flavor packets for water, and water bottles, and some personal hygiene stuff. Not too much. But a few things.

It was a quick trip for Walmart, but we still had to have Tom get the kids from the bus. And I saw this on the way home. A Dollar Tree??? Right by Bassett Center??? Right outside Jeb gate???? When did that happen???? I'm freaking excited!!! I'm so going tomorrow morning to see when it opens!!!! *does excited happy dance around room*
We got home about 10 minutes after the bus. Not too bad. CPT agreed to take Leo and Joe ice skating to that Kari and I could each get stuff done at home. Justin, her oldest, is turning 16 today, and she needed to bake his birthday cake. I needed to design and load my store. CPT figured that he could handle 2- 8 year olds.

So he loaded up in the truck and headed downtown. And my kids did their chores real fast, and had electronic privileges. It's been a long time since we had a school night off. hehe. No more practices for a while! Yeah!

At around 6pm, Joe and CPT came home, and Joe was SO upset. Apparently, CPT had promised Joe that they would go for Ice Cream, and CPT was teasing him. Leo got it, but Joe didn't get it at first. And got mad. I told him that he couldn't tease him like that. He had been gone too long to be teasing at that level this soon. Poor CPT. He didn't mean to upset Joe so bad. He's the tenderest of the kids, I think. It took a while, but we got it all sorted out. And yeah, he DID get his DQ :) Leo too :)

My head started to hurt a bit while I was loading the store, so I put CPT in charge of the kids for dinner. Luckily it was just canned soup - ha! And crackers. Not rocket science. They could cook it themselves. It's now 7pm. I'm gonna watch an episode of "Once Upon A Time" (you seen that yet? SO good!) and try and go to bed early. I'm either getting a migraine, or getting sick. Either way, NOT fun.... Tomorrow is maybe visiting teaching in the morning, the lunch at Olive Garden with the girls. Then double date night at the Rhinos Hockey game with Kari and maybe Julia and maybe Kim and hubbies. Should be a fun time!!!!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012


Morning, you guys. I woke up this morning at 6:45ish, and got my kids ready for school, and out the door and on the bus. Typical morning routine. CPT had gone for a morning exercise, and just as I was ready to get in the shower, he came back and needed to use the bathroom to get read. Oh well, I didn't really wanna get fixed up today anyway - ha!

So I goofed around on my computer for longer, and then slapped on some clothes and got somewhat ready for Jake's therapy appointment at 9am. CPT headed to work, and Jake and I headed to his appointment.

The therapist was a bit late, so we hung for a bit outside the office. Finally, she came, and it was our turn. I had a few extra questions for her this week, then it was Jake's turn. I texted back and forth with a few people, then it was my turn again. And I had more questions (ha!), and then it was time to go. Jake wanted to re-fill my soda bottle, and was SUPER impressed with the drinking fountain. Isn't it a cool option that it had?I dropped Jake off at school, then headed back home. I was cooking chicken in the crock pot today. Leg quarters. I had 2 meals worth in the bag that I bought yesterday. So I put the other half in the fridge, and filled the crock pot with enough for us for tonight. I love chicken - hehe :)

Check out our hot sauce collection! CPT and Tom like it - me? Not so much...
I did some chores around the house, and a few other things to occupy myself until CPT got home from morning work. We'd been going on errands every day, and I was excited to see where we'd go today.

I decided to cook up a quick batch of cupcakes for Cub Scouts tonight, since I had just enough time. I had a box mix of Carrot Cake, so I decided on that. I got about 25 baby carrots out of the fridge, and put them in my food processor, and mixed them up really really good. Then, I added 1/2 an orange, peel and all. Then the juice from the other 1/2. And added that to the cake mix, as the directions called for.

And I had bought these rubber-like cupcake liners at the dollar tree a while back, and was finally gonna test them out. Luckily, they worked MARVELOUSLY!!! Pfew!
I combined a package of cream cheese, a bit of milk, a lot of powdered sugar, and some lime juice to make a loose frosting, and frosted the cupcakes. OMGosh, they were SO good! And when I peeled off the rubber liners, they were SUPER SUPER SUPER moist. Yeah, that's some good cupcakes, there!

CPT got home as the cupcakes were coming out of the oven. And he was on the phone with his Mom and Dad. I was a little annoyed, but not really. It's important for him to talk to his parents, right? So I made the frosting, and cleaned up my mess. And farted around in the kitchen for a while longer. And did a few other kitchen projects.

And he was on the phone for about an hour longer. And by the time he was done, it was almost 2pm. But then he was grouchy because we didn't really have time to go anyway before the kids got home from school. And because Eme had piano after school. I think it's that re-integration thing again... Sigh. I'm getting weary of it, let me tell you. The walking on eggshells is killing me, here. Never knowing what's gonna set them off. Please, military wives, tell me this is gonna get better???

Anyway, he got upset, and I got upset, and I decided to just go and do something productive with my 1 hour before the kids got home from school. So rather than arguing, I designed. And got 2 WordArt packs designed. I guess that made him mad, because soon, he left and went who knows where. But really, if it weren't for the bad feelings (well, somewhat bad feelings, not super bad feelings, just annoyance, really), it would be ok for us to be doing our own thing now and thing, you know... For my to take the afternoon to design, and for him to go and run an errand or two on his own. That's just natural. We don't have to be together every waking moment....

Anyway, I went to the bus to get the kids, and Kari took Joe with her to the library, I left Jim with Tom, and I headed to piano with Eme. And I brought my computer with me. I got 2 WordArt packs designed there too! Yeah me!

Right before piano got over, CPT and I texted a little and tried to sort out what had happened. I just think that this process it gonna take a long while. And we're trying to rush it. To get back to normal super fast. It's gonna take a few months.... And it's only been 2 weeks, I think.

Anyway, I got back home, and we started to dish up the chicken. And as soon as I got it out on all of the plates, Tom freaked out and said that his Basketball awards ceremony had started at 5pm (it was almost 5:30), and that we had to go NOW so that he didn't miss all of it.

Crap. I was pretty sure that it was 5:30 that it started, but we hustled, none the less. I couldn't leave anyone home with Jake, because he wasn't playing nicely with others at the moment. Sigh. Sometimes I can, and sometimes I can't. And I have a pretty good read of when those times are. Not tonight.

So I got Tom and Eme and Jim in the truck, and headed to the Youth Center. Kari still had Joe at the library. In fact, here's a picture that she texted me.

We got to the Youth Center, and it was, in fact, 5:30 for the party. Thank goodness! I'd forgotten my phone at home, and I had no way to tell CPT where I was. Cause we'd ran out of there so fast. He was on his way home too. The Youth Center let me borrow their phone, and I called him and asked him to grab my phone from the house, and to come and get the kids. Thank goodness! Jim and Eme did NOT wanna be thereE! hehe.

He dropped off the phone, and got the little kids, and then it was just Tom and I. They had group pictures
And then they got there trophies. Here's Tom with Coach Adrienne. (it's Jim's coach too!)

They totally had a typo on the trophy! I'm going with it was an "on purpose" mess up. They saved $500 by leaving out the "t". ROFL! Just kidding :)
After the awards and the pizza party, Tom and I headed back to the house. We had dinner (chicken and salad), and then got ready for Cub Scouts. We were learning about Recycling and our planet and how to keep it clean. Plus, I was giving them their projects from last week. CPT had finished them off this week. Thanks, my dear!

CPT decided to stay home with Eme and Jim, so Jake and Tom and Joe and I loaded up, headed to pick up Leo, and off we went. I was feeling pretty out of it, too. My ears had been "stuffy" all day, so I'd taken a 12 hour Sudafed. Plus, I was on an up day of my Topomax. So I was sleepy. And inattentive. Sigh. Unfortunately, I'm getting kinda used to functioning "out of it"... I really just wanted to go to sleep.

We talked about respect, and how it related to our planet. Then what we could do to keep our world clean. Then ways to recycle. And what resources they had locally. And stuff like that. And then Matthew's dad (Charlotte's hubby) read a book. We were supposed to read 3 books about keeping our planet safe, or something like that, but with as hard as it was to keep the groups attention with 1 book, I felt justified in counting it for 1. hehe.

Dave went ALL out with this book. It was a Sesame Street book, and he read the book as Grover. With the voice and everything! Grover was from the streets of LA there for a while. And trying to sell us a watch, I think. hehe. It got pretty funny towards the end. When he switched up the voices every page. Yoda came out, too! I loved it! And the boys too!

After the sit down parts, we used a Steam Cleaner box, with 3 holes cut in it, for a Bean Bag game. Except, instead of bean bags, we used Relish Packets. Because I'd gotten a WHOLE giant box of them from someone a while back. So yeah, how's that for recycling. And not one relish packet got squished. Good job, Scouts! That was showing some REAL restraint! hehe.

Anyway, I gave them each 5 packets, and had them line up by height, then we took turns throwing the relish packets into the box with circles cut in it. Yeah, they thought it was AWESOME! That was the last 10 minutes worth of den meeting. We ate a cupcake, had a prayer, and they were out of there. We decided to have a "car clinic" next time. Great den meeting!

We hung for a tad bit longer in the hall and chatted with some other church peeps, then headed home. With my kids practically pulling me the entire time. I think they were ready to go, or something... hehe.

I made Tom talk to me the whole time, so that I would stay awake. I was feeling a bit drowsy. And I did pretty good until he stopped talking. Those last 2 blocks were pretty rough. You failed me, Tom - hehe. At least I didn't crash! ha!

I got home, and CPT was putting Jim to bed. It took quite a while for everyone else to get to bed. I chatted with my girl Stephanie for a bit on messenger (she's gonna help me with some pre-bloging stuff), then uploaded my photos for the day, and designed the rest of the month's WordArt freebies. CPT cleaned in the dining room, and I continued to work. He's rearranging books. The ones that have been on the table. I'm pretty sure he and Eme moved the kid books from the dining room to a bookshelf that is upstairs in her room while we were at Scouts. One of these days, my house will be clean again :)

So here it is, 10:40am. Tomorrow, I'm going hiking with Kari. Then we have the Autism Support Group meeting at 10am. They are gonna talk about how to get a grant for an iPad for your autistic spectrum kid. I'm there - ha! That would be nice for church! Ice Skating is also tomorrow after school, and I have to load my store, but I think that's all. Sports are officially over for the Hartys for a few months. Baseball is the next thing on the docket, but that doesn't start until April, I think. NO spring soccer for us. CPT asked us to take a small break for a while :)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


So Facebook is messing with me tonight... I uploaded about 15 photos, and this is the only one that stuck. What the heck? hehe. Well, I must admit, it is a STELLAR photo of me and all (LOL)... ha! (Fast forward to 2 hours later - it's working now - ha!)

I didn't sleep well last night. I really tried. But I felt like I tossed and turned the whole time. I got up, sleepily, and got the kids off to school. CPT went to work, and I just hung until it was time to go to to the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast. But finally got ready :)
And yeah, that was a bit of a misnomer.. It should have been community volunteer breakfast. Because it was a fundraiser for the US Kids (preforming) club. And I felt a bit out of place. But Kari and I had breakfast, watched their presentations, then I checked on Joe in his class, and we were done.

And my iPhone had been freaking out during the breakfast. And it was making me mad. That same thing it was doing before. So, as soon as it was over, I headed to the mall and to the Apple store. And within 4 minutes, it was FIXED! It was possessed, and they performed an exorcism... OK, so not really. It had the voice assist turned on, or something stupid like that. And when you clicked home 3 times, it turned on. And when you click 3 times, it turns off. And I had no idea it was. Whatever. I was going with the possession theory - lol :)

I headed back home, and spent the next hour designing. I got 2 WordArt packs designed, and then a packaged together for my sister. I had some errands to run. As soon as I was ready to leave the house, CPT called and said that he was coming home. So I waited, we had lunch at home, then we headed out.

First stop, UPS store. UPS!!! We had to sent in that receipt to get the money back for Tom's broken guitar. Second stop, PX to fill Jake's prescription. Which took a LOT longer than I was expecting... So I sent CPT to the post office (2 blocks away) to send Maddie's Miche base to her. And by the time he was done and back, I was JUST finishing up with getting the prescription. Dude.

We headed to the car, and were planning on hitting the commissary for food shopping, when Jake's school called. He wasn't feeling well. I talked to him, and reminded him that IF he came home, no electronics or anything. He was to lay in his room and be sick. He said he was sick and to please come and get him.

So CPT dropped me off at the commissary, and he went to get Jake. Here's me, sending a picture of my sad face to Amanda, who moved with my Military ID. hehe. CPT had to sign me into the Commissary - LOL :)

And I started to shop. Yeah, we hadn't grocery shopped for a while. It took SO long. CPT got Jake, dropped him off at home, and came and joined me. And we continued shopping. And shopping. And shopping. LOL :) Finally, we went to the check out, paid, and headed home.

Tom was home by that point, and went to get the kids from the bus. They were all home and helped carry in groceries. Gotta love that! We got the groceries put away, and the kids started on chores. Then we watched a little bit of TV.

Check out the kids' trophies!!! I snapped a quick photo of it - the shelf is starting to look quite impressive!

Tom and Captain America went to Tom's final game at 5:30pm, and we watched some more tv. Then made some dinner. And did homework. And a few chores. And this, that, and the other thing.

CPT and Tom came back home, and we talked about new chores for the kids. It took a long time (CPT doesn't know how to do any discussion brief), but we got the new chores figured out.

We put the kids to bed at around 8:30pm, and CPT and I watched some TV. Well, we had it on while I blogged, and while he ironed. Silly boy. He finds it strangely relaxing. More power to him - hehe :)

Tomorrow, Jake has a therapy appointment, and I need a Walmart run :) Eme has piano and we have scouts. Busy day, busy day... :)

One more picture for today - ROFL! I'm hoping this was a joke!!!

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