I’m such a follower

I’ve been following a couple of blogs for a while and they have inspired me to step it up. Thanks Lily and Tim!

The writing prompt this time is sleepovers. I actually have a really good one for this!

When I was 13 my mom decided to throw me a big “friends” party. When you have a December birthday that doesn’t usually happen. But my dad had died a few months earlier and my mom wanted to do something fun. Plus my sister had done something similar for my niece 6 months earlier. Huh, mom was a follower too!

Anyway, I got to invite 4 friends over and we had a DIAPER PARTY. It’s not as kinky as it sounds, I promise!

It was a way to say goodbye to childhood and hello to being a teenager. My mom searched the city and found the old-fashioned diaper pins. You know, the ones with the little bunnies and ducky’s on them? Yeah, those ones. She also found receiving blankets to use as cloth diapers. Imagine 5 giggly tween girls all dressed up in diapers and t-shirts. My mom was a brave woman!

Everyone received a 4 oz. baby bottle when they got there and all liquids had to be drank from that. Carbonated soda in a baby bottle was a lot of fun. For games we played Pin the Tail on the Donkey and this one where you were blindfolded and had a big bowl of cotton balls and a spoon and had to transfer the cotton balls into a smaller container. Mom made up a bunch of finger foods and we watched little kids movies. Well, we watch The Care Bears Movie and one that was recommended by the movie store clerk called Zapped! Mom wasn’t overly impressed with that one! We also got to eat Pudding Pops! We didn’t sleep much but had a blast and all in all, it was the best birthday I ever had!

Best childhood treat EVER!

Best childhood treat EVER!

How about you? Do you have any sleepover memories?

Zebra Garden

My Thankfulness Post

This is it. I decided that I’m only going to do one big post rather than the “Day 17 I’m thankful for dishsoap” thing a bunch of my Facebook friends are doing. Ok, actually not all of my friends are thankful for dishsoap. In fact, for the most part, my friends that are doing the Facebook Thankfulness project are actually thankful for some pretty good stuff.

Ok, here goes…

I’m thankful for my parents. They gave me life. Even if my mom did cry for 4 months because she thought she was going through menopause. I’m thankful that I had my daddy for the first 12 years of my life. And I’m thankful 14 years ago my mom found a man to love her and take care of her.

I’m thankful for my siblings. My brothers and sisters have been there for me through the many ups and downs in my life and I feel unbelievably blessed to have them in my life.

I’m thankful for my girls. I’m still trying to come up with something to call them on here so as to provide them with some privacy. I can’t use initials…they both have exactly the same initials. Very smart of me, I know. For now I’ll continue to call the youngest one MiniMe (since, well, other than the hair color and the eye color she really does look exactly like me at that age. Poor kid!) but I’m thinking “Beauty” is a good name for her big sister. My girls are 6 years apart. Beauty is going to be 19 here in a few short weeks. She is my 5’9″ blonde, blue-eyed vision. She has not had an easy time of it recently and I worry about her constantly but I know that I did my best to raise her right and I have to trust God to take care of her now. MiniMe is my constant challenge. I believe she will do great things in life. Providing we can get through the “tween” and teen years… As much as they drive me crazy sometimes, they are my whole world. They make me smile, cry, scream and laugh, often all at the same time. I love you girls and I’m so glad God chose me to be your mom!

I’m thankful for my employers. I know, I know, everyone right now is thankful for their jobs because so many of us are out of work and struggling. But I truly am thankful for the opportunities I have been given not just at my current jobs but at all the jobs I’ve worked at. I learned something from each one and all of those experiences have made me the person I am today.

I am thankful that through various connections I was able to get a new (to me) vehicle a couple of weeks ago. I’m also thankful that this morning when I got $60 in gas it pretty much filled my tank as opposed to only giving me half a tank in “The Beast”. Through one of those connections I may be able to sell the beast too! Yay me!

I’m thankful for a bunch of other stuff like

  • Having a place to live although we are currently “houseless”
  • Having the freedom to say what I think when so many people are so oppressed.
  • My friends – I have a couple of really amazing friends that I know I can count on when times are tough. What more can a girl ask for?
  • I’m thankful that I get 2 days off in a row this week. Normally I work 6 days a week but this week, with Thanksgiving tomorrow and one of my jobs is closed and the other I’m not scheduled to work at, I get to rest! I’m pretty sure I’m not going to do the “Black Friday” madness but that’s not official yet. Last year I worked at Walmart on Black Friday. To put it simply, THAT SUCKED! I mean, I was grateful for the extra pay but leaving my family so I could be there for all the local crazy people who were standing in line for hours and hours just to get a TV that went on sale for a better price after Christmas was just dumb.
  • I’m thankful for all of our military  and their families. Not just today, but every day!
  • I’m thankful for the team at Cakewrecks for their amazing talent. Not just Jen and John (ThoJ) but also Sharyn and mel and zoomom and TLC and Haiku Joy and all the rest. You guys make me smile and often times make me snort coffee out my nose. Pleasent visual, no?

There are so many little things I’m thankful for that I could list but you have likely heard all of them somewhere else so I’ll just stop now.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Let’s get this party started!

So I’ve decided to try this whole blog thing again. I’m starting fresh in the hopes that it will keep me focused. Pfft… yeah right! Well, it’s worth a shot anyway.

I have a different job now. I’m working in a field I never ever ever thought I would be a part of. It’s very interesting. That being said, I also have quite a bit of down-time. In that said down-time, I surf the internet looking for interesting blogs to read. I read through the entire Pioneer Woman Confessions archives and some of her other pages too. From her page I followed a link to daddyscratches and am most of the way through his archives. He hasn’t blogged much recently because life has gotten in the way but I’m having a lot of fun reading through his archives. That guy is funny! I’ve also been getting my daily laughs from the crew over at CakeWrecks. Holy Hannah! If you need a chuckle check out that page. And don’t forget to read the comments! Sharyn is the reigning queen of wrecky song lyrics and she’s simply amazing! Just make sure you put your drink down before you go there because if you don’t, you may need a new keyboard! The ones with coffee/juice spewed on them don’t work so well. Trust me on this…

All of that being said, I’m getting lots of ideas for writing and have lots of ideas of how I want this blog to work.

We’ll see how it goes.