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Say goodbye to 2013! Say HELLO to 2014

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Out with the old, in with the NEW!  I am SO ready for 2014.  I haven't gone as far as to COUNT DOWN the days till 2013 is OUT, but I am ready to do some spring cleaning and MOVE ON!

2013- in a nutshell was a TRYING year for us.  We had a lot of turmoil with our new house, my family, and trying to move in.  I think its sad that our goals never shaped up to be a common goal.  Ours was always trying to make this our "dream" house, trying to see if what we liked could become a reality.  Others wanted to get stuff done, fast and worry about the imperfections later.  Or, just not think outside of the box at all.  Oh well, it is done and over, we made it through it all and keep on trucking.  My Hubby is in NO WAY, SHAPE or FORM a carpenter.  I am super proud of his accomplishments, no matter how UN-up to par there were for SOME* - he jumped into this project, feet first and was learning throughout, still learning, as there is still much to do.  A lot of people wanted to make thi…

Keep Calm ~and~ Follow my BLOG!

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Live, Love and Laugh.

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Getting in gear for 2014

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I will have resolutions for the New Year and Goals and Hopes and Dreams like everyone else. One of my big ones is its past time to get ORGANIZED. I have a new house and a Crap load if stuff and on a regular basis I can't find Anything!  Well, I have this pinterest find and handy clean sheet which will become a part of my 2014 Bible.  Hopefully it will come in handy to others as well.Don't forget to follow me and check me out on Blogspot.com too.

NEAT!

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Well it happened again! We ran out if propane. One entire week later, we now have heat again.  The downside is that our propane lasted ONLY 1 month.  Ugh. So we have been putting off getting a new thermostat since we moved in back in October.  So, today our propane came and our thermostat changed to a NEAT.  Its frickin awesome.  Very Smart. Pretty. Sleek.  I'm super excited and so far it's rocking. Definitely worth the investment so far.  ++++A

Hair Did!!

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Finally got my Hair DID today.  Long overdue!  I had over 5 inches cut, mahogany highlights put in on top and blonde ombre underneath. I'm loving it.  No more ponytails and Bobby pins for this girl!  2014 watch yo-self!!

Fast & Furious 6. RIP Paul Walker

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Completed our collection.  Even snagged the collectors tin. Whoot Whoot

New Product to Try! Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

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I think I have posted before about my Olga ' s Kitchen obsession.  Well, last night while getting together with my Parents, my Mom pulled thus little beauty out and asked us to taste.  OH MY GOD! it tastes JUST like Olga's Almond Butter that comes with put a chips. Frankenmuth is in Michigan and they need to watch out because I will either be making a trip or searching online!  If you come across this, definitely buy it, it's delicious!!! 

Merry Christmas to all

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And to ALL a good night!

My Life is at a Crossroad..

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My Life is at a Crossroad. I am in the heart of life's journey.  I am on an adventure of self discovery, to find out where I am supposed to be, who I am supposed to be and what matters the most to me.  I believe that God puts obstacles in our path, tests, if I may, to help us see the greener grass.  Sometimes it is greener on the other side, sometimes it simply isn't.  I have a decision to make.  One that I was sure of until I listened to my inner self, to my fears, my hesitations, my wants and needs.  This has left me in nothing more than turmoil.  I felt so ready to shed my old self, to move on, to be guided by God's path that he set forth for me only to listen to my heart and my head and the feelings that my body was reacting to my upcoming decisions.  I recently went for a very important interview, the position would be a great fit for me but the hours are long, the commute is over thirty minutes and the pay is less than my current position.  My dilemma is that my cur…

Movies to watch during the Christmas Season

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This year I am ALL about these darn Lifetime Movies!  I don't know what it is, but I can't seem to STOP watching.  Last night it was  Christmas on the Bayou and I LOVED IT!  Not only did it have my One Tree Hill Characters (oh how I miss OTH..), Hilary Burton and Tyler Hilton- but it is also about the Bayou in Louisiana.  I might not have mentioned before, but I am OBSESSED with LA.  I have NO idea why and this obsession started when I was young.  Turns out my Hubby's Grandmother on his Dad's side was from LA, coincidence, I think NOT!
But this movie was excellent and proved to be DVR worthy! I can't wait to turn it on later tonight- AGAIN!


















The night before last, I watched "A Snow Globe Christmas" which was also a Great Movie!  I must be feeling the holidays this year!  I am obsessed with Lifetime movies.  Getting into the holiday spirit!









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Have I paid my dues...yet?

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Have you paid your Dues at work yet?

Well, this week is exceptionally stressful for me!  I not only have a million holiday things to get ready, but I also have to work!  Yes, I said it, that four letter word that I WISH I didn't have to bring up, but, I am one of the unlucky ones who will be bundling up at five a.m. to set off to that wonderful place I call W-O-R-K!

I was talking to a co-worker today, who thinks it is RIDICULOUS that once again, another year, I am working on Christmas Eve!  Especially when my back-up does not have kids.  It is pretty amazing!  I have always given up the day before and after the holidays to those co-workers who had children, before I had kids- but that has NEVER been the case in my current place of employment.  I think, personally, I have PAID MY DUES!  I have had children for 4 years now and get screwed on Thanksgiving, having to work Black Friday, every year for the past 5, and the day before Christmas, every year for the past 5!  Last  year I was…

Our First Fire!

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Well 2 days ago we ran out of propane, again!  Our last fill up w as 1 month ago.  How in the heck did we go through a tank of propane in 1 month you might ask? I am asking the SAME question.  Obviously we have an issue!  Well the propane place isn't open on weekends so it back to 24-7 heaters but our 1st floor won't heat so it's freezing!  Well Hubby is on vaca so he gets to feel the cold!  So, I finally talked him into lighting a fire, which he was completely against.  Well the coldness took over and now we have a beautiful fire going in our massive fire place. Whoo hoo!  And it smells wonderful!  Let's get warm!!

FROZEN, Friday!

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Today was an AWESOME day.  My Mom wanted to take Ms. 4YO to see Frozen.  She asked me to tag along and I really wanted Ms. 2 YO to come with.  Well, we picked out a 2:20PM showing and headed to the theatre after I got off work. 
I felt a little nervous! We got settled into the seats when my 2 YO's seat flipped her back and nearly folded her in half!  Well, she chose to find her seat on my lap. 
Anyways, it went great! My little ladies kept quiet and mesmorized!  The movie was AH-MAZING! 

The best part was on the ride home Ms. 4YO wanted to be Ilsa and Ms. 2YO wanted to be Anna.  Their imainations did not stop all night!  My girls are so much fun and we had a great day.  Now I cant wait to see it again, bu tin 3-D!!!

What a Great Day!!!



Last Minute PreK Party...tomorrow!

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Had to scramble today!  Our 4yo went to school today and was informed that tomorrow is the class party.  Way to drop the ball Mom!  So it's a mad dash to Rite Aid for gift bags and candy!  Not bad for last minute!!!

Inspirational Quote of the Day

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I LOVE this!  I want to read it over and over again!  Life is full of unexpected moments, it is what you do with each that validate the type of person you are.
I believe in my faith and the Lord.  I have recently took his hand and asked him to lead the way and I feel like I am on my way to the right path for this time in my/our life. This seems very fitting for how my life is, my fears, my anxieties and my future.

2 Words every Parent NEVER wants to hear...

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Yes, we live in a remodeled house.  Although our 1st floor is flustercuck (see what I did there!) - our 2nd floor is pretty much complete- minus a few doors here and there.   The girls rooms are set up, toys are all over, cubbies and doll houses and bins full of stuff.  Their rooms are usually a disaster, unless Mommy is around and usually on her hands and knees - picking up, with threats of throwing it all away spewing from her mouth as she continues to carefully place the discarded items in their appropriate bins.
My 4 yo has been antsy lately.  She can not seem to find anything to engage her.  She plays here and there, but not like my 2 yo, who leaves no bin unturned. She has been into her Princess dolls lately, dressing them, undressing them, re-dressing.  She pretends they are going to parties and on adventures. This seems to be the extent of her play. 
We recently put a computer in her room so that she has access to ABC Mouse (I am only paying for a year- would be nice if she us…

My Fantasy...

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In my fantasy world, I am one Organized Mama!  In my reality, I might be organized at work, but our home life is ANYTHING but!  I have this dream of being able to go into my MESS I am currently calling an Attic and shelving, labeling and organizing everything.  I call this a dream because finding the time to actually accomplish this mission is unrealistic!

I see things like this and feel sadness.  I have worked with meal planning, currently am in the heart of one, but it never works as planned for our family!  It is already hard because Hubby is working 2nd shift and does not get home until the wee-hours of the night- aka before I get up for the start of my day. So, that means, essentially, I am cooking for me, myself and I! So, something that I make that would be for Monday, ends up being for Tuesday, Wednesday and yes, in some cases, Thursday too! 

I have a 2 and 4 yo and we are on the TODDLER diet. This maens, hto dogs, nuggets, fish sticks, and burgers are regulars on the table. Y…

Pinterest Corner for Monday, 12/16/2013

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I am gearing up for Christmas. Its a little late for homemade gift ideas, but I am totally loving this:






Something totally functional and since this year, I have no place to put my Christmas Cards due to the fact that all my really cool Christmas stuff is not making an appearance this year, this would be PERFECT!  (yes, I am thinking of whipping this thing together before the holidays!)


I am really liking this - something for the kids to do- basically, I went to the attic over the weekend and grabbed the Dreaded Playdoh- its back in action.  Problem is, we go through 2 tubs when we play- one for each kiddo.  When they are done- there is virtually NONE left!  I dont get it.  Where does it go? ONLY they KNOW!


2 ingredient snow- Try 2 boxes of corn starch and 1 can of shavin cream.
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RANDOM-NESS:
Starting our garden in the spring- this will definately come in handy!


And just LOVE this…

Weekend Update

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Well our weekend went by fast!  Friday night it was just me and Ms. 2yo. Ms. 4 yo stayed over with my Parents to help decorate the Xmas tree.  Ms. 2yo fell asleep by my side at 7:45 p.m. While watching Dora.  So it was a QUIET night!  I got all my wrapping done. I also found out I was severally uneven in my efforts and had to make some last minute online orders.  We also have a mouse problem so traps were going off all night. Eek!Saturday was a white one!  We got LOTS of snow and it just wouldn't stop.  We had to go pick up Ms. 4 yo across town. We got stuck in the dang driveway and my anxiety was on overdrive!  The 4wd was not working in my SUVY.  what a way to start winter.   But we got her and made it home safe and sound. Hubby had to venture back out for work and I had to rally my rowdy troops.  I got them all to bed, after playdoh fun, before 9. Then something crazy happened.  I crashed!  I woke up around midnight thanks to mouse traps again.  Today was the best day yet. We g…

Another product Review: Yoplait Peppermint Bark Yogurt

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Definitely try Yoplait Peppermint Bark. It's interesting and nice and a little through of peppermint. Let me know your thoughts!

A product to try!! SOUTHERN COMFORT EGG NOG

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Well, I can't really explain why I decided to pick up Eggnog on my last Grocery Outing, or why I picked up a different label and saw this one and silently put the other back! That being said, thank god!
This stuff is ah-mazing.  It's smooth, a little sweet, but not to much.  It's yummy in my tummy and also has a recipe for the addition of booze (frown, wish I drank, ok, I'm good.  Delicious even without booze.)
Happy Holidays!

Great interview

So, my interview went great. I had the panel laughing and very upbeat. I impressed and was absolutely genuine and 100% me. 
Keeping my fingers crossed. Because this could be a great opportunity.
I had to point out that out of their 11 questions, I was really looking for the question about strengthens and weaknesses , but it never came up.  Interviewing is weird but necessary. Just out of practice so I rolled with the be yourself card. Positive thoughts from here!!!

This game of Life, Game Changer!!

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Happily Ever After... a figment of the imagination?

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When you're little, you dream about your future, the way your life is going to happen.  The reality is that people come, people go, only leaving an imprint on your life, a shadow of the place they once stood. Time goes by so fast, we are all just going through the motions that life guides us through, until one day, we are able to finally reflect on those events and come to the realization that while life is good today, tomorrow we might endure yet another struggle, another hurdle to overcome.  We just do it, going through the motions of life, hoping for an easier ride, praying for peace of mind and for a better day tomorrow. 
I doubt the Cinderella deals with the Prince and his differing ways of raising children, or the argument that occurs when your washer and dryer are uprooted to your kitchen for a week and you have laundry coming out of your ears and he just doesn't understand. 
I have been with my Hubby for over twelve years now and while we still have more good days than b…

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Temporarily Unavailable..

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Well, I have been M I A a lot this week.  Call it a funk, if you will.  I have been busy with preparations for Christmas, kids, life and overall just a FUNK.  I was getting over the...Plague.. seems to fit right!  I have been racking my brain on what to buy for whom and all that fun stuff and asking Hubby if I can run to the store, sans kids, only to get a song and dance act..from him!

Oh and my Mom-Van was down, needing some TLC.  Thank GOD my Hubby is a Mechanic- but his time is sparse as is and trying to fit in my "Hoe" was based on HIS TIME- oh frickin JOY!

Good news is that I got a Girls day on Saturday.  We took off to Auburn Hills with my 4 YO and had a wonderful day!  Of all people to run into, an hour and a half away from home, I run into my Boss.  CRAZY, right!

My 2 YO got left behind with her Papa while Hubby worked on our laundry room and my truck in the COLD.  It has arrived, snow and cold temperatures, and all that!  But, we arrived home around eight, got my li…

Its ALL about An American Girl.. named Ruthie?

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Oh, the time has come for our family to be introduced to Ruthie, an American Girl Doll and Kit's BFF.  Hubby is not thrilled, but Mom is Super Excited!  Ms 4 YO picked Ruthie in her catalog and it was a HUGE decision for me to try to incorporate this gift in our Christmas.  The plus is that we started a tradition with our kids in which they get a few gifts from Mom and Dad.  Well, 4 YO is getting AG and 2 YO is getting a Barbie Jeep Power Wheels car (only because 4 YO has a power wheel 4 wheeler and a power wheel dune car thing and 2 YO cant reach the pedals on either). 

I fully intended to get the doll- but, due to it being Cyber Monday, I ended up getting the doll, some clothes, a braid headband and a bed for this dang blasted doll.

So, I went through this process of debating whether to get the girl at Christmas or for 4 YO's bday, which is in February.  My idea was to take her to AG for her 5th birthday.  The store in Ohio is about a hour and a half away and they have an Af…

Christmas pictures on display 2013

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These are just the ones I put on my desk. More to come later!!!

The great DEBATE- Pepsi -or- Coke?

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I can't help but laugh at this, because this is SO me!  I HAVE to have Pepsi.  Coke just is NOT Pepsi- hands down.  I grew up drinking Pepsi- I don't really know if my Parents made the conscience decision based on taste or branding- but it was always the BLUE can in my house growing up.
Hubby grew up on Coke.  To this day, my FIL will ONLY drink COKE!  This is crazy because during the 12 years that Hubby and I have been together, he drinks PEPSI.  YES - the proof is in the pudding- people!
To me, its TASTE.  I think the Coke tastes Flat.  I like my bubbles!!  I am what I like to call a "Hard Core" Pepsi -aholic.  I don't drink alcohol.  Actually, true story here... I turned 21 - and I came, I saw, I tried, I picked an ice cold Pepsi to a Cranberry Vodka- and yes, this is me being absolutely SERIOUS!
I drank Pepsi all through my 1st Pregnancy- OMG- call the Pop Preggo Police on my butt!  She came out perfectly healthy people.  I actually cut back when I found out…

Gearing up for Kindergarten...my Baby will be 5 in February- EEK!

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As the realization starts to hit me that my Big Girl will be 5 in TWO SHORT MONTHS- I have to re access where we are at in her learning in order for her to be prepared for her school days.

She is currently in Pre-K and frankly, she is bored out of her mind.  She is only attending two days a week and basically we are paying for socialization at this point.  It is good for her to have "friends" but has left me feeling pretty guilty for NOT testing her for Kindergarten this school year.

She is smart as a whip- although I am kind of bias because she is my kiddo!  She pays attention (OK, sometimes) and comprehends.  This past year we lost our two pets, a few months apart, and its so hard to explain and understand being an adult.  This kid is asking me all sorts of questions about heaven and death and what happens to our body when we die and our souls- what 4 year old knows about a soul?

Since she has been born, we have joked that she has been 'here' before.  Most days I …

Walking dead, I have to wait till..when.

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Such a good episode. I'm still riding high from it. I hate that now I have to wait till February. Ugh. It's so far away.  Let the countdown begin. ..

RIP Paul Walker

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I am still so sad about the death of Paul Walker. As a HUGE fast & furious fan, I will never forget you Brian. It's so sad and seeing these videos of the car engulfed is heartbreaking and so very tragic.
My heart goes out to his family, especially his wife and daughter.   May we never forget you as a person or your talents. RIP

Christmas spirit Gray Gables style ~2013♡

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Well, I have been MIA for the weekend. Had a great Turkey day.  Went to the lights before Christmas on Friday with the Family, had dinner and shopping on Saturday, and decorating today!!
I have 1 more kiddo gift to get and I'm done!!
We are going to decorate our outside pine with the boom lift and decorating is done! 
Life is good and I'm super happy with how pretty the house turned out, even while still under construction.