In the End, It's Always Fun

So we didn't quite get everything done on our Halloween to-do list. Either someone was sick or it was raining. And if it was raining, I was not taking kids who just got better out in the rain!

But in the end, we had fun with the things we did get a chance to do. Here's some of our adventures!

Glue Paint

What are they making, you ask?


Frankenstein luminaries!!!

Even I participated in the festivities. I do love Halloween so of course I had to join in on the fun!

I wore this....
Poodle skirt for the school party last week. Sorry but I didn't think to take a picture at the time. I just got this camera and have yet to get back into the whole picture taking hoopla! I had the white shirt, bobby socks, white shoes, and a ponytail waaaayyy up on my head. It was even tied with a bow!

Last night I chose another costume.....
Pumpkin witch A pumpkin witch!!!

And for those of you who read about my hat hunt , I did let the kids sleep for a bit before retrieving the hat.

If you don't know about my hat troubles, go read it so you're not so confused!

I even dressed up for tonight. I threw on my Crosby jersey and, voila! I was a fan!

I really am a Pens fan, but that was a lame attempt at a costume. In my defense, it's cold outside. If I threw on my jersey over a hoodie over a t-shirt over a long sleeve shirt I was warm. When the kids are begging me to let them stop walking and have me carry everything, the last thing I need is to be cold!

And finally, tonight was trick-or-treating! I had no idea what to expect because in past years we have gone to my mom's house and went around my old neighborhood. We would fill half a pillow case if we were lucky. And that's with 2 kids. This time we stuck to our own neighborhood. GG has lots of friends here and I figured she would enjoy running into her friends. And as it turned out, trick-or treating with them.

We did 1 road and it was worth it.

Yes said 1 road!!!

Candy Candy

That's at least twice as much as we got last year! Good thing the 5th graders are collecting candy to make care packages for the troops overseas. We certainly don't need all that junk and the troops definitely deserve a treat.

Gotta love the reward at the end!!!

Until next time...

A Treat For Me...Maybe

It's been a long week for me. I had to deal with sick kids who proceeded to share their ickiness with me. Thank goodness I only had it for a day. This ship would be in some serious trouble if I was out of commission!

And then I had to deal with the cable company. Apparently they moved a bunch of channels to digital. We have the super awesome digital package where we get any and all channels, but we only have a converter box for the downstairs tv. Last time the cable company moved channels it was channels I could care less about, but not this time.

I am a Forensic Files junkie

Forensic Files


I finally got the chance to call this morning and the whole time I prayed it didn't turn out like the phone debacle! I'm not sure if it's a good thing to tell people how long they'll be on hold, but at least I got everything taken care of. Now I just have to wait until Wednesday for them to come. Of course they're busy - everyone wants their channels back!

So to treat myself and make up for a long week I decided that I'm going to dress up for the Halloween party at the library tonight. I figured I'd dress up as a pumpkin witch. I pulled out my knee high black and orange socks, a black skirt, and my pumpkin shirt. Now all I needed was a hat. I knew I had one somewhere...probably in the garage. I trek downstairs and start throwing Christmas bags everywhere to get to my bag o' Halloween crap.

Keep in mind that we don't have much room in our garage. We decided to be nice a few years ago and let a friend store a couch down there until she moved. Well, it's still sitting there and since we have a broken truck in the driveway, the couch is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Suddenly I hear screaming. No, that's not the right about screeching (x10)! I thought it was kids outside. I'm in the garage - I don't know what's going on and where.

*Smacks head*

It's your kids, moron!!!

Little Dude has been throwing insane fits a little moody for 2 days now so I have not a drop of patience left.


I banished them to their room until I find this darn witch hat!

I text my mom and my BFF to see if they have one I can borrow. My BFF texts me back saying she has one in her attic but is not allowed in there because she broke the door. I think that's just pissin' hysterical!

My mom texts back saying she has one and I can pick it up whenever. Woo hoo!!! I have a hat!!!

*Grabs keys*

*Runs to kids' bedrooms*



What to do, what to do????

I wake them up, I can have a hat, but the party probably won't be so much fun for me them due to having the sleepies.

I let them hat for me.

I think I'll let them go for just a tad longer. Hopefully a power nap is all they need.

Until next time...

Mucho Gracias

I wasn't going to post anything today due to the fact that I feel like absolute crap, but I saw this and just had to jump in!

The Daily Dribbles

1. Thank you little monters at the Halloween party last week for sharing your germs. My kids really appreciated that!

2. Thank you to my kids for continuing to share and passing the "ick" along to me!

3. Thank you Tylenol for issuing a recall of your Children's formula! I understand recent batches weren't quite up to par, but not having your brand on the shelves makes the other brands sell out faster. Not good when you have 2 sick kids!!! Do you realize how fast one goes through a bottle of Tylenol when there's 2 kids that need to take it?!

4. Thank you Little Dude for the love. And, yes, I am sarcastic here! Little Dude loves to give hugs and normally I'm all over that, but today, well, Little Dude, you just need to back off and give me space! I'm achy and sick. Please stop touching me!

5. Thank you, Little Dude for asking me to make you noodles and then dumping them on the floor! WTF?!? Why aren't you eating? I'm surprised you haven't morphed into a hot dog or a pack of Ramen by this point in your life. And now you're not eating. Again.... WTF?!?

6. I've leaned that a lot of my posts just aren't complete without a vent about my dear friend Mother Nature. I would like to thank her for teasing me with warm weather and then shove clouds and chilly air in my face! B*&^h!!! And she better keep the rain to herself on Saturday. At least between the hours of 6 and 8.

Now that I got that off my chest, I feel a little better. I think I may go take a nap now.

Until next time...

Don't Cha Just Wanna Throw Her Into a Wall?

When it comes to cute kids, I know a lot of people who say....

"Don't you just want to eat them up?'

Well, I used to work with a girl who said some kids were so cute she wanted to throw them into a wall. Yes, I know some odd people. And come to think of it, people as a whole are a little effed up! I mean, if you want to eat kids, well, you have a problem!

Anyway, GG hasn't been to school at all this week.
But you bet I'm sending her tomorrow with a big grin on my face!

I emailed a friend last night and asked her to pick up GG's missed work so we can get started on it. When we got home from getting Chris from work, I grabbed her work out of the mail box and started sorting through the papers. Man, do we have some work to do over the next few days!

And as I type this, she is doing a few pages. She just told me she's bored and is going to do some more homework! I hope she thinks like this in high school!!!

Anywho, in those papers were a bunch of things that needed to be sent home. In that pile was a certificate and a Halloween Smiley cookie. GG had won 3rd place for the cutest baby in the 2nd grade!!!

of course, I think she deserved 1st =)

Unfortunately I don't have the picture of my chunky monkey that we took to school. I assume it's on display somewhere in the school. I'll have to check tomorrow. But I did come across one that just needs to be shared....

Kind of appropriate that she had a Piglet outfit on!

Looking at her now, you would never know that she was a chunky baby! It's funny because until she was about 4 she looked like she had chipmunk cheeks! Did you know that a lady I worked with actually thought I had rubber bands around her because she had so many rolls?!?

I would NEVER do that, even if it made for a cute picture, but I can see where she was coming from...

Baby pool

Until next time...

I Am Now a Pharmacist!

So I posted the other day that I don't know what to make of this whole flu thing - is it real or a media induced panic?

I think it was Monday I posted that. I'm not going on much sleep right now so you'll have to forgive my lack of memory! Little Dude woke me up at 4am. He wanted to sleep in my bed because his bed was shaking. I didn't was 4am. Who can function at that ungodly hour? Certainly not me!!!

Anyway, I think I have caved in to the panic. I spent the entire morning doing laundry and cleaning the house. I now have the cleanest doorknobs ever!!!

I will not get sick!
I. WILL. NOT!!!!!

Why can't I get sick? Because I'm the effin pharmacist around here! You should see my kitchen!

We have this....

and this....
not this specific one due to a recall,
but I can't find a picture of Target's brand

and this....
(thanks for the free samples, doc!)

and about a million of these....
Medicine cups

I also caved and bought more hand sanitizer. My hands are so raw from being washed all day. It's like I'm working back in daycare again! Now THAT should have been my horror story for Monday's Meme!!!

I guess I wouldn't be in a state of panic if GG was all better. But she is still running a fever! This started on Saturday! Good grief! Can a girl get a break here?!? Me or her, it doesn't really matter at this point!

Not much matters at this point. That's why it was a watch tv and drink Kool-aid kind of day. We typically limit both of those, but I spent so much time disinfecting today I didn't care as long as they left me alone!

Ugh!!! I just looked at the clock. The Great Pumpkin is almost over which means it's time for the pharmacist to get back to work!

Until next time...

Sticky Tuesday

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Fear Spider

And on my coffee cup...

And on my mouse...

And on top of my monitor...

And on my coat...

Until next time...

This whole flu thing....I just don't know what to make of it! Regular or piggy flu! They're both bad for various reasons and shots are recommended. And I'm not getting into the vaccinate or not debate because, well, I just don't want to. I've had 2 sick kids all day and I'm just to darn tired to debate anything at the moment. Which is why I am stuck cleaning the living room and not the kids!

But anywho, I was at the grocery store filling a perscription and picking up a few things when I realized something. Talking to the 2 old freiends I ran into only added fuel to the fire I guess you could say.

I noticed while waiting in line at the pharmacy that they were almost sold out of Thermaflu. I saw a commercial the other day for Lysol and how it kills H1N1. I didn't look, but I'm sure places are selling out of that, too! The one old friend I ran in to said she had her son at the doctor earlier that day as well (I took GG in this afternoon). She was told the same as I was - it's a virus/bad cold. Not the flu!

Now I am not one to freak out and call the doctor over every sneeze and sniffle. I think it's because we went through so much with GG and her asthma when she was little that I have learned when to call and when not to call. She said at her doctor's office, everyone has to wear masks. Even patients! Especially the ones who are coughing. Now like I said before, I know the flu is not a pretty thing, but really? Masks, hand sanitizers everywhere...and I mean EVERYWHERE!!! Is this piggy flu really that bad, or is this media induced panic? I even feared GG had the flu and that's not usually my style.

And now I have Little Dude to deal with. He barely made it up the steps because he didn't feel well. I swear my kids are gonna be on a stage somewhere down the line! Good grief, you should have seen me trying to take his temperature! I tried under his tongue - he clamped up (for once) and I tried under his arm - nope. I am surely NOT sticking my only thermometer where the sun don't shine! He doesn't feel too warm so I let it go, but if I suspect a fever tomorrow, hold your ears because I will be holding him down! Keep in mind this is the child that, at 2, it took 2 grown people to hold him down to take out a splinter!

Wish me luck!!!

Until next time.....

Meme's Horror Stories

Dark side

I love, love, LOVE this time of year!
Dressing up, candy, haunted houses, candy, scary movies, candy.....

Did I mention I love this time of year?

So of course I have some good tales to share with all of you!

First off, let's start with my neighborhood. There's this house behind mine. There's a family that lives there and they have a little boy. He's only a few years old and there is something wrong with him. He doesn't talk.....he screeches!!! It's like nails on a chalk board! If that doesn't send chills up you back, I don't know what will!


But seriously, are you ready for the good stuff?
Cuz here's a good story for you!

Green Man Tunnel

I did a little research on the place and it turns out there are a few locations for this haunting, but the story remains the same. This Green Man was electrocuted by power lines or struck by lightening. He was horribly disfigured and possibly died as a result of his unfortunate accident. Whether his ghost roams the area or the story just travels like urban legends do, I don't know, but here's MY story......

Back in the good ole high school days, me and 4 friends decided to seek out this notorious Green Man. Our first location was locked up and grown over, so we figured it was a no go. We decided to investigate the Green Man Tunnel closer to our house. We drove down the dark, windy road to the tunnel. I, the driver, parked the car at the entrance to the tunnel. My 3 friends were going to walk through the tunnel while I waited in the car. My job was to blow the horn 3 times. By doing this, you make his ghost appear.

They got out and started to walk. I beeped 3 times and no one saw anything. They tried calling his name. Nothing. They were about halfway through the tunnel when we heard a car and saw headlights coming. They ran back towards my car to avoid getting hit. I also had to move the car. When I went to start the car, it wouldn't start! I tried again, it worked. I threw the car in gear and we turned around. There was no car coming and driving up the hill to leave the tunnel, we saw no other cars on the road or any evidence that a car was there recently.

I know we didn't see Green Man himself, but to hear noises and see car lights coming at you but no car....ya, we were pretty freaked out! Haven't been back since. I'm actually getting chills as I type this! And sorry if I missed any typos up until this point. I really don't want to reread the story again! It's creepy!!!

While I was going through the plethora of images provided by Google trying to find a picture of Green Man Tunnel (which I did not find), I came across this. This has got to be one of the freakiest things I have ever seen! I know not everyone likes spooky things, but you HAVE to watch this and you HAVE to watch the whole video!

Until next time...

Things Never Go As Planned

It's funny how things never go as planned, but somehow have a way of working out for the best.

Last weekend was my brother's birthday. And btw, I am having a hard time comprehending the fact that he is 20! That's not allowed!!! Anywho, the weather was crappy by his school so we went to visit him this weekend instead. Me and the kids joined my mom in the trip. We took him and his roomie out to Chili's.

Chicken Tacos I highly recommend these if you eat there! Yummy!!!

We gave him his gifts, and his cake, and left to make our way back home. It's a 2 hour drive one way and the trip home was one of the longest 2 hours of my life! Why, you ask? Well, let me fill you in on those details!

We had ordered our food and when it came we all started digging in, except for GG. Shortly after she took a few bites she started complaining she didn't feel well. She felt a little warm to me, but I thought nothing of it. We had the school party the night before so I thought maybe she was tired. I had let the kids stay up to watch the rest of the hockey game after the party, too.

Well, the whole way home she was whining and complaining. Now I understand that she didn't feel well and I know that it sucks to feel sick, but she was being a little dramatic. But that's GG for ya! Oh, and my mom made me drive home. It wouldn't have been so bad except it was her car and I'm not used to driving it and her wipers do not turn off! No big deal, except it had stopped raining!

We got home and GG had a fever of 103. Oh crap!!!! I now take back my thinking that she was being dramatic! I pulled out the Motrin and again, oh crap! We only had enough for 2 doses. If this is going to last for more than a night, I needed to make a Target run!
eye heart Target

The Motrin had kicked in by the time I got back from the store and she was acting normal again. I decided she'd be ok and I could keep my movie plans with my friend.

Saw 6
Yep, we went to see Saw.
Ha! Get it?

See Saw!!!

Seriously, good times, but definitely gross!

Ok, now getting back to things working out in your favor......

I decided that Chris and Little Dude should go see the grandparents without us. My Father-in-law had been in the hospital and missed seeing the kids last weekend, but I didn't think it would be good for him or GG for her to visit, too. We ended up having a girls day in. It was just awesome! We watched a nerve wracking football game that, thankfully, we won.

Ha Ha!!! Favre is no longer undefeated this season!

sorry, had to gloat!!!

And we also played some Operation....the only game I can beat her at! It's sad that I can not win Monopoly Jr.!!

And she was able to play on the computer without a little 4 year old behind her asking every 2 seconds "Whatcha doin'?"

It was nice to have a day just her and I. And by the way, she is starting to feel better. Not sure about school tomorrow, but she's better than yesterday. Now I just have to worry about the impending asthma attack that follows every illness. Don't worry, she's already taking her meds for that. Maybe we can avoid it this time.

I hope!

Until next time....

2 Down, 3 To G

We have quite a list of Halloween functions to tackle. If you want to see the whole list, check the bottom of this post.

Anywho, I can now do a dance of joy because 2 of those things are officially crossed off the list. That mean we're almost halfway done.....YAY!!!!

So tonight was the Halloween dance at GG's school. For $2, each adult got a snack and juice and each of the kids got a snack, juice, and a Smiley cookie.

Oh my!
You don't know what a Smiley Cookie is?!?

You have to check them out!!

Click here

Now where was I? Oh right...the dance. Everyone got to vote on pumpkins that each class created and choose the best baby picture from each grade. Dummy me hasn't scanned GG's best baby picture ever, but when I get it back from the school you can guar-en-tee I will show her and all her rolls off!

And now for the coup de .... piece de.....the best part.


Spiderman and cat
Before we left.
I couldn't get them to smile for the life of me
so this is the best you'll get.
Cuz, well, it's the best I got!

And I forgot to tell GG to put her hood up

so you can see her ears.


Spider Man wearing his mask on his head
and not his face while taking a break from dancing!

Tired boy
Man...dancing, pretzels and juice can really tire a boy out!

Pumpkin game
Pass the Pumpkin.
My little cat almost won, too!
Wish I would've got a pic of her actually holding the pumpkin.
But no!!!
Someone had to walk in front of me every time!!
Don't you see the camera in my hand you crazy mummy kid?!?
And Miss J, I know we're friends and all
but I did not need a picture of your behind!

Ah, that's how the mask is supposed to go!
Now Spidey can see and do all his fancy web tricks!

The totally awesome pumpkin GG's class made.
They had the "witch" sitting on a broom that smelled like cinnamon.

I also got some really cute ones of GG and some of her friends, but it just doesn't sit right with me to post pictures of other people's kids. That's probably against the blog-world rules or something. But I promise, they're cute! Especially the one where a boy is giving GG bunny ears!

And now this Nifty Fifties gal needs to go to bed! Yes, that was my costume and when I'm in the mood to embarrass myself, I'll post that picture! And by the way, how the hell did girls back then get their ponytails that high up on their heads?!? Not an easy feat I tell you! And I have a headache because of it. But I got free candy at the end for helping to judge costumes and clean up so it was worth the sacrifice!

Until next time....

And the Oscar goes too.....

Ok, so I really don't have any Oscars to hand out, but you knew that already, didn't you?

Over the past week I have had some love bestowed upon me and my blog. Right here and right now I would like to send a big


out to Lisa Ann from Smell the Coffee and Amy over at Keeping up with the Schultz's.

Here's what I got from Lisa Ann.....


and from Amy.....

Best Blog

So here's the deal.... if you're a loyal follower/commenter, feel free to snag the first one. I know there's a few of you out there, like Tater Tot Mom, Shell, and the Chief, but I trust anyone else to grab it if I forgot to give you a shout out!

Sorry, but I have a 4 year old running around like a banshee and can't think straight at the moment. I'm lucky I made it this far into this post!!!

For the second award, you can go ahead and snag that one, too. Most of you who stop by and visit are also followed by me, which means I must like your blog. And if you comment and I don't follow you, let me know and I will!

For now, I have to get ready for a Halloween party go do the dishes.

Until next time....


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Sometimes I wish that no one in my family knew that I have a blog. It would make it easier just to write about the things that make me happy and the things that make me want to scream into a pillow. But they know about it, so there is nothing to be done about that now. What was I thinking when I said "Oh, I have a blog..."???????

Which is why this little day of getting a break is so wonderful. I feel free. Free to vent. Free to express something I have been dying to say.

I am going to be honest with you. My husband's family pisses me off. I have never met a bigger group of fake people in my entire life. His parents are off the charts on the crazy-o-meter and they don't even realize it.

His brothers are just as bad. One brother wants to be the clone of their dad and the other one just seems clueless.

Family get-togethers are like torture. Like, real torture. It's like Sayid from Lost has broken into your house on Thanksgiving and is ready to cut you kinda torture.

I have one sister-in-law who is so annoying that she makes me want to rip my own ears off so that I don't have to listen to her. She is two-faced and loves to be the center of attention. You can always bet that when there is family drama that little pill-popping diva is at the center of it all.

I have asked my husband many, many times if he was adopted because he does not fit into that mess at all. (Thank goodness!)

Now don't think I am picking on all of them. My family is dysfunctional too. But we are upfront about our problems and quirks. We don't hide it. We embrace it.

The holidays are rapidly approaching and I am wondering how on Earth I am going to get through another season of these people. I am guessing that is why alcohol was invented. Someone, somewhere had relatives that drove them crazy and discovered that alcohol lessened the pain of suffering through a holiday dinner.

I can go from January until November without a drop of alcohol, but the moment I get that call about family dinners, I head to the liquor store. I know that I am not alone because I have seen enough posts about mother-in-laws and other various relatives from my online friends. However, reading about their pain and enduring my own are two very different things.

The next time you think your family is weird or annoying, just remember are not alone. And some liquor stores are open 24 hours.


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