June 29, 2011

My Daughter Joined the MARINES


Day before yesterday my daughter joined the MARINES. For all you MARINES out there what advice would you give to an almost twenty year old who ships out in March?

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem. ~Ronald Reagan

Original Photograph by Joe Rosenthal

Why you gotta be so mean?



You... with your words like knives...
And swords and weapons that you use against me.

You... have knocked me off my feet again...
Got me feeling like a nothing.
You... with your voice like nails on a chalk board...
calling me out when I'm wounded.
You... picking on the weaker man...

You can take me down...
with just one single blow.

But you don't know...
What you don't know.

Someday I'll be
Living in a big old city...
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.
Someday I'll be
Big enough so you can't hit me...
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.

Why you gotta be so mean?

You... with your switching sides...
And your wildfire lies and your humiliation.
You... have pointed out my flaws again.
As if I don't already see them.

I walk with my head down...
Trying to block you out... cause I never impress you.
I just want to feel okay again.

I bet you got pushed around...
Somebody made you cold.
But the cycle ends right now
Cause you can't lead me down that road.

And you don't know...
What you don't know.

Someday I'll be
Living in a big old city...
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.
Someday I'll be
Big enough so you can't hit me.
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.
Why you gotta be so mean?

And I can see you years from now in a bar...
Talking over a football game.
With that same big loud opinion...
But nobody's listening.

Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things.
Drunken and rumbling on about
How I can't sing.

But all you are is mean.

All you are is mean...
And a liar...
And pathetic...
And alone in life.
And mean... and mean... and mean... and mean!

But someday I'll be
Living in a big old city...
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.
YEAH EAH!
Someday I'll be
Big enough so you can't hit me...
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.

Why you gotta be so mean?

Someday I'll be
Living in a big old city...
(why you gotta be so mean)
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.
(why you gotta be so mean)
Someday I'll be
Big enough so you can't hit me...
(why you gotta be so mean)
And all you're ever gonna be is mean.

Why you gotta be so mean?

June 22, 2011

Rest in Peace Rocki


The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

Psalm 23

June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day. I Love You! ♥


You are the very best father 3 girls could ever hope to have. You raised & love your oldest to be the best she can be. You were there for her when she needed a daddy. You love & care for your girls like no other. We are blessed by you every day. God saved the very best for us. Happy Fathers Day. I Love You! ♥

June 18, 2011

Today I don't feel like doing any-thing!

This video has adult content. If you are concerned about that then don’t listen to it or watch it around your kids. In the meantime…I really really like the song and need the distraction. You’ve been warned.

June 16, 2011

The LORD is my Shepherd,


Be merciful to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief.

Psalm 31:9

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4

June 14, 2011

10 On Tues: Positivity & Cameras


1.) I'm almost finished with The Sociopath Next Door. I have one last chapter to read and I am DONE with that book.

2.) We had a wonderful time in Colorado celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. Our girls made a heartwarming gift for us that just about made me cry when I opened it. Tears of JOY.

3.) There’s a pretty fun game going around on Facebook where you “Like” someone’s status update and then get issued a letter. I was issued the letter “P”. I wrote…Something I like: Pals, Something I don’t like: Punks, Something I love: Prince of Peace and Something bad: Pot (as in marijuana).

4.) I’m in the market for a brand new digital camera. It’s time because there are too many things that are not working out with the camera that I currently own. One thing I have learned is to stay away from Kodak and HP. I need to stick with the main name brands like Canon or Nikon. SLRS are very pricey so I’d like to find something that has a wonderful zoom and an excellent macro. I want to be able to have some control over my shots without going in the red. So far I’ve got lots of great feedback on Facebook and Twitter and am in the process of compiling my list. I would say that my absolutely maximum price point would be $600.00 – I’d prefer it if I could find something considerably less expensive. No offense but I am not interested in a pocket camera.

5.) If you are into photography and take it as serious as I do what kind of camera do you have? What do you love about it? Which brands would you advise me to stay away from and why?

If you have already responded to these questions on Facebook or Twitter I hope you will consider reproducing your response again here on this thread.

6.) I am looking forward to getting out of town again next week. I can hardly wait. This time next week I’ll be at my brother’s house. I don’t know who is more excited, me or the kids.

7.) I think it’s wonderful to think positive so you can be more positive. The more positive you are about things the happier you can be. One thing I would like to note is that if you are not capable expressing moments of sadness or frustration I have to then wonder how real or authentic are you? People are not positively perfect all the time. Life is not a collection of perfection. Sometimes it’s okay to let down your walls so you can be real with people. How can you be an encouragement to others if you are unable to make yourself vulnerable?

8.) I just learned that my oldest is trying to join the Army. I hope she gets in because right now I think it would be the very best thing for her. Hopefully, opposing forces will stay out of it and leave her alone. The Army will grow her ass up! It’s what she needs right now.

9.) I am such a procrastinator. I always wait until the last minute to get stuff that needs to be completed DONE. There are so many things that need to be done around the house. I’m just not interested in those things. I know they will get done. I’m also pretty bored by the prospect of tackling a “to do” list. You should see my list of things I need “to do.” It is LONG.

10.) We got our garden planted two weeks ago. I’m looking forward to all the fresh veggies that will come from it. I never realized how wonderful fresh vegetables taste until we started growing them last summer. I can’t wait! Oh and I have discovered a new guacamole recipe I’m going to try with the girls here sometime this week. YU-UM!

PS. The photograph is the tissue paper that Fiona & Kinsley had wrapped our wedding anniversary present in. Sweetie-Pies.

June 8, 2011

10 years ago! xo xo xo


Tomorrow is my 10 year Wedding Anniversary. I’m pretty Excited about that. xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo

June 2, 2011

24 Hour Bug


Fiona has a rumble in her tumble. Poor kid puked her brains out this morning. It was pretty darn bad too!!! She puked, and puked, and puked until she couldn’t puke any more.

She totally blamed it on broccoli and carrots. I may have to start pureeing her vegetables and hide them in my sauces. That’s what my BFF does!!! LMBO!!!

She just had some chicken noodle soup a little while ago along with some oyster crackers. Hopefully she can keep that down. She seems to be feeling better because she is sitting at the kitchen counter drawing pictures and coloring them.

We didn’t get to hit the library today. We’ll have to pick that up next week when it starts back up on Tuesday. That will give us some time to read all our books and get our library reading list completely filled out.

I am hoping and praying the rest of us do not get this 24 hour bug. Puking our brains out is not what I had in mind for the rest of the week.

June 1, 2011

ZUMBA


Today we left the house at 9:30 to walk to the school because they were having a special presentation in the gym. When we go there we were early so the girls were able check in and select their free book for the day.

Kinsley selected Yes Day by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld for her free book to take home. Since we left one book home and took one book back she was able to check out one book. She chose The Castle of the Cats retold by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Katya Krenina.

Fiona selected Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully by Audrey Penn, Illustrated by Barbara L. Gibson for her free book to take home. Since we left one book home and took one book back she was able to check out one book. She chose Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno.

Today’s cool presentation was held in the gym. They filled the gym with teachers, summer school and library kids and held a special ZUMBA presentation. The entire gym was moving for thirty minutes to this upbeat rhythmic music. Had Kinsley not been on my hip the entire time I probably would have been up front with Fiona getting my ZUMBA on!!

I’m not sure what Kinsley’s deal was but she was not feeling the ZUMBA. She immediately plugged her mouth with her thumb and stuck her head in my neck. I got the impression she was tired because it’s not like her to back away from a chance to dance around or exercise with other kids.

She was acting a bit shy about it too. But that didn’t stop me from dancing around with her stuck to my hip. Twenty minutes of that and I was taxed! At least now I know what ZUMBA is all about.