Friday, June 30, 2006

I'm so aggravated.

I IM'd my mom to ask if they were coming for the 4th.

This is the response I got:

I don't know..... all young people there... nothing in common..we were completely ignored last year

WTF? I promise you NO ONE ignored them last year. This is just her pitty party. I have friends that I can actually spend time with, while poor mom and dad are too old to socialize with them so they will sit at home. Boo freakin' hoo. The reality of it is she's mad because I haven't had time to go over there in the past couple weeks. I've had things to do with / for Valerie and my friends!!! So chances are she's over there feeling sorry for herself because I now have something else to do besides visit them a couple times a week.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Last night turned out really well! MUCH better than I expected. In spite of the no-shows (who were coming no matter what) I had eight guests. Nine (including me of course) out of 12 yes RSVP's is pretty good in my book!! I was just really annoyed yesterday rushing to get ready and knowing that a few people who said they'd come changed their minds at the last minute for no good reason. Anyway, I enjoyed it and I think everyone else did too. The food was great and we sat around talking until about 11:30pm. Clint took Valerie to visit some relatives out of town, and she did great also! He said they had a blast. They got home about 9:30, and Valerie wanted to be out with the visitors SO bad! I felt bad hearing her screaming in our bedroom, but as hostess I didn't want to just leave the party. She eventually went to sleep though, so it was good. I enjoy having people over. We need to do that more often.

We've decided to have a little 4th of July get together. Nothing fancy or too big. We're gonna barbecue in the afternoon and everyone can come by when/if it's convienent for them. I know it's late and a lot of people already have plans. Kids can play in the pool and the sprinkler. The neighborhood fireworks start about 8:30 or so and they're usually pretty nice. The only bad thing is the mosquitoes are usually SO bad we end up watching them from inside. I think I'm going to practice my cake decorating skills and see what I can come up with that suits the 4th!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Well, tonight I'm hosting a recipe swap for the mom's night out in our playgroup. I've been looking forward to this and planning for months! I enjoy having people over and I like planning things. As of right now, only 10 RSVP'd yes.... so that means about 5 will actually show. If that happens I'll be so disappointed. Why belong to the group if you don't try to attend any events?? Why put any effort into planning something when no one is interested in coming?? When I'm invited to something, I always try to go because I know what goes into the planning. You want people to come and have a good time. If no one comes, I don't think I will be doing this again. Gotta go start cleaning now.... *sigh* I'll update tomorrow....

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


Congrats to me!! I've completed the Wilton Cake Decorating Class, Course 1!! Now on to course 2!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

say cheese

I've really been slacking on taking pictures. I only have a fraction of my normal number of photos for May and June. We've just been so busy doing other stuff. I haven't had the time to play dress up and get out the camera. Plus it's so very HOT outside. Val starts sweating and her cheeks turn so red with in five minutes. Since I had nothing better to do (yeah right!!) yesterday evening we decided to give 18 month pics a shot. I'm debating on whether or not to take professional pics. I have a 50% off coupon that's good until July. I just don't know if Val would sit still and/or smile for strangers. I have a hard enough time getting her attention myself. Plus it's kinda hard to beat getting 50 prints for 99cents from Winkflash and paying a whole $2-3 for an 8x10.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Half Birthday

Valerie is 18 months old today. A year and a half! I can't believe my baby is going on two years old. Is it crazy to be thinking about her second birthday party already?! LOL! I have quite a few ideas already and have the guest list in my head.

I took Val in for her well baby appointment this morning, and she is definitely a well baby. She weighed 25.7 lbs (50th percentile) and I'm not sure about her height. Somewhere around 34 or 35", 75th percentile. One of the questions they asked is was she saying at least 10 words. It's probably closer to 20! Late walker, early talker? No shots today thank goodness. She's all done with immunizations until she's 4 years old. So, all is good... she's doing just fine!

Last night was cake class #3. I tried to be a little more prepared for class this time. We practiced a bit, attempted roses, and learned how to make clowns. I didn't really have time to decorate my cake the way I would have liked, but it's okay. My friend and I signed up for Course 2, so the cake decorating will continue for another month.

My mom and dad stayed over last night to babysit while I was at class. Val did pretty good. She usually does fine with them because they play with her the whole time. My mom left all mad this morning though. They were getting ready to leave, so I was trying to find something to put some cake in for them. I don't need a whole cake sitting around the house when it's just me. She kept trying to feed Valerie some cake!! It was 7:45am!!!! And I said no over and over... and my mom was shoving cake in her face... Finally I said PLEASE DON'T GIVE HER THAT!!! And my mom got mad and told my daid LET'S GO! Walked out and didn't even tell Valerie goodbye. Whatever.... but there was no reason to give my child cake at that time of the morning.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

We had a nice day. Clint enjoyed his Father's Day gifts: Oster hair clippers from me. From Valerie: a picture frame with the Valerie picture in the previous post in it and a t-shirt with Val's handprints on it. We spent part of the day at my parent's house and went out for lunch. We came home and Clint had to pack. *sigh* It's back to Houston again this week. At least he was able to fly out this time and avoid that long drive. Hopefully this week will go by fast.

A few pictures from today. (I haven't edited them yet so excuse the red eyes!)

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Ignorance or stupidity...

I was standing in the checkout line at the Dollar Tree this morning. The two ladies in front of me (obviously strangers chatting) were talking about The Da Vinci Code. I just heard them mention people protesting, a few church comments... One said she was, "so mad when she saw that movie she had to leave the theater." Then she says, "Mary was Jesus's mother right?? Not his wife!"


I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

What a hard day.

I'm exhausted.

That's all.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I'm tired. I guess the adrenaline rush crash is making me feel that way. I was all hyped up after my fender bender. Now I'm hitting the low... My back was hurting yesterday, but today it feels okay. Maybe I was just sore. Val still seems just fine. I still feel so out of it. It's silly because it wasn't a bad accident, but I'm so shaken up. I'm staying home today to "rest." Not really because we are having company tonight, so I'm frantically cleaning. Clint is coming home early to cook, which is great since it's HIS friend that is coming!!

I really wanted to go with the playgroup to Chuck E Cheese today. We're having a birthday party. It's actually cheaper to have a party than to go eat there!! So every month we're going to book a pretend party. lol It's $9 a child. They get 2 pieces of pizza, unlimited drink, $7 in tokens, AND we'll get a birthday cake. Sweet way to cheat the system, eh?

Last night was my second cake class. I really wasn't in the mood. I felt so unprepared. I didn't even decorate my cake in class. I brought some stuff with me, but not all of it. I just wasn't thinking straight I guess. I free handed my cake at home this morning. We were supposed to use a gel transfer pattern. Oh well. It came out okay. a little crooked. I wouldn't brag about it though. I'll be better prepared next week.

Monday, June 12, 2006

b A m

Could this day get any better?

I had to go to Michael's to get supplies for my cake class and then to the grocery store to get stuff to make lasagna for the playgroup. I'm on Hwy 182, coming up on the traffic light at Coteau Road. The light had just turned green, but there was a long line of cars waiting... so I press my brakes and slowed down. I don't even think I was completely stopped... when BAM!!! Some bitch rear ended me!!!! OMG!!! Valerie screamed. I panicked & hyperventilated.... pulled over to the shoulder. Looked at Val, she seemed ok. Grabbed my phone and called Clint. Then I called 911. They put me through to the state police then the city police. It took 20 minutes for them to come. The woman was saying I had slammed on my brakes. Um no... I just sloooowed down. It was normal lunch time traffic. Stop and go at an intersection. Maybe I had stopped? But I was stopped because the 10 cars in front of me had stopped... slowed down... whatever. It was so fast I don't know for sure. The trooper said she was following too close. I'm sure she got a ticket. I hope so.

Luckily we are okay. Valerie seems to be all right. She didn't cry like anything hurt when I moved her. I'm sure she got quite a jolt. I know I'm pretty shook up. The damage is not too bad. My trunk is dented and my fender is popped out a bit. But still... my brand new car...

We're still sick. Val and I. Although she isn't acting like a sick baby, so I know she's all right. She's not eating much, but she's okay. I want to crawl in bed for a nap though!!!!

Tomorrow Clint has to fly to Houston for a meeting then fly home tomorrow afternoon. *sigh* He has to leave home at 3am to catch his flight. Originally they wanted him to drive. He'd lose 3 days if he did that! And it's cheaper for airfare than to pay him mileage. So off to Houston he goes.

Of course tomorrow is my second cake class. His flight lands at 4pm, so he should be home just in time for me to head to class. I hope. My parents are going to be on standby and if he's not in New Orleans by 4:00 they will come over and stay until he does get home.

Tomorrow is also our playgroup day. I hope we are well enough to go!! We should be. Wednesday is another group activity... and Thursday is another one.... busy week!!

Saturday, June 10, 2006


So, as I said my child did not sleep last night. Nor did she nap today. That's right... NO NAP at ALL. Valerie has been wide awake since 8am. We tried a few times to put her down for a nap. No go. She got mad. What is up with that??? Her nap time is the my time to clean, do laundry, pick up dishes, check my mail, etc. I hope this is a phase... a SHORT one!!! And I really hope she sleeps tonight.

So tired

My child was up until after 1 am last night. She just would NOT go to sleep. The kicker is that she woke up from her nap at 11:30 am just before lunch. Yes she was awake ALL that time. She did a good bit of crying, but also a good bit of playing too. She just refused to go to sleep. Everytime we'd try to put her to bed, she'd throw things at us. That's a sure sign she isn't ready to sleep. Finally Clint put her in her crib and just left her there until she finally cried herslef to sleep. I'm so tired today, and of course I'm sick also.

Friday, June 09, 2006

I think the cold I *thought* I had avoided is catching up with me!! My chest feels all congested this morning. I don't feel sick at all, but my chest feels funny and I feel like I have a constant cough waiting.... I was going to the gym this morning, but I think I may not now. I've been slacking big time with all the other things we've been doing. I NEED to go, but I don't know if getting overheated will be good for me...

Yesterday was a good day. Went to the gym. Then my friend from the cake class came by with her son. He and Val played and played. They'd follow each other around and mimic one another. It was SO cute. Val moved a bit too slow for him though, and he'd give her a shove as if to say Hurry UP! I made a big batch of icing for us to practice with, but it didn't come out right. Probably because I didn't follow the recipe exactly. Really, That happens a lot. I tend to improvise, then wonder why it didn't turn out?? lol!

Valerie was up a whole bunch last night. I think her new teeth are hurting by the way she is chomping on everything she can shove in her mouth.

We just realized yesterday Clint is leaving for Houston on FATHER'S DAY!!!! He's going to try to delay it for a day.... I hope so.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Wilton Course 1

Cake class was pretty neat! Interesting stuff. I am going to like... no love it!! We didn't do much last night except go over what we are going to learn. The instructor took us to the cake supply section so we could scope out the supplies we need to buy. I haven't purchased mine yet. My mom has a lot of stuff, so I want to see if she has anything I need before I buy. Next week we have to bring a cake and icing to start decorating. Can't wait... this is gonna be FUN!

In other news, yesterday the moms in the playgroup asked me if I would be interested in being on the Executive Board as Secretary!! I wasn't expecting that, but I'm going to do it. It doesn't seem very hard at all, and it will be good to be involved in something. I'm quite flattered that they asked, as they said "you seem dependable and we like you!"

This is my job description: The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the regular and Executive Board meetings; shall have charge of all records; shall notify the Executive Board and Members of meetings; shall take care of all correspondence pertaining to the business of the Club.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

to all the visitors looking for the answer to this riddle:

The doctor is HIS MOTHER!!!!!! okay?

A man and his son are driving in a car one day, when they are hit by a drunk driver. The man is killed instantly. The boy is knocked unconscious, but he is still alive. He is rushed to hospital, and will need immediate surgery. The doctor enters the emergency room, looks at the boy, and says..."I can't operate on this boy, he is my son." How is this possible?
This sore throat is killing me. Yesterday wasn't so bad, but this morning it's worse. I don't feel *sick* other than being a little congested and a bit tired. It's only my throat, and one side at that.

Yesterday we didn't go anywhere or do anything. Valerie kept going to the door saying "bye bye." She's so used to going somewhere almost every day. I guess she was bored too! Today we're going over to one of the mom's houses. She loves it over there and the toys keep her occupied!

I'm so freakin' excited about cake classes tonight!!! I can't wait. Clint best be home by 5:30 as he promised as I don't want to be late for the first night.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

I can't believe I'm getting sick again. Earlier I thought *maybe* my throat was starting to feel funny. With in a few hours it was hurting. Now it's pretty bad... *sigh* Caught whatever Val had last week I guess....

In other news, I got the nicest email from one of the mom's in the playgroup a few days ago. We emailed a few times and she asked me if I would be interested in taking cake decorating classes with her. I think everyone knows there was NO WAY I'd pass that up! I've wanted to take classes for the last 10 or 15 years. I always thought the classes were during the day, but they are in the evenings from 6-8. That's perfect because Clint will be home to babysit. We start Tuesday night!

I just can't be sick... just can't....

Thursday, June 01, 2006


I hosted a playgroup at my house today. It went pretty well. The kids enjoyed themselves, which is the most important part. I made enchiladas (which everyone loved), spanish rice, and chicken nuggets with fries for the kiddos. I made a chocolate cake for dessert and it was so yummy, and I don't normally care for chocolate cake that much. I'd spent 2 days cleaning my house and amazingly after having people over it's still fairly clean! lol!!

Tonight we were playing with Valerie and I started asking her what certain animals said. What does the rooster say? cat? dog? cow? monkey? To my surprise, she answered and correctly!! YAY! Way to go!!!!! We play with the see n say sometimes, but honestly she learned it from watching her Brainy Baby Animals DVD. I'm SO glad she is getting something out of it because she loves those movies. Literally one is on all day long. I put it on when she gets up and select repeat. She isn't glued to the TV all day, but while she plays it's there if she wants to watch. I need to re-burn the ABC and colors ones because the disks they are on won't play in the living room.

A bit annoyed with my husband for spending money on stupid stuff. He got new tires today -- $300. His dog had surgery today which will be anywhere from $300-500. So he eats out for lunch and eats an entire $20 pizza. The whole thing. For $20 all three of us could have gone out to eat somewhere. Maybe it's me... but $20 is a lot to spend for lunch for one person. Especially when he eats out every single day of the week as it is. Roughly he spends about $200-$300 a month on lunch!! I told him he has to start bringing his lunch from now on.

A man and his son are driving in a car one day, when they are hit by a drunk driver

I'm still getting all kinds of hits for people searching for that riddle. lol Pretty funny... every couple hours I'm getting 2-3 visitors looking for the answer!!!