Well I didn't blog at all last week. Did you all miss me and my ramblings?
It is New Years Eve. I usually do a list of resolutions and give reasons for them but as I glanced back at last years list I realized something.
I should be doing those things ALL THE TIME.
T has never been one for making resolutions and she feels the same way. Why say your going to do something just because you are starting a new year?
If you made a list of resolutions for 2011, go back and look at them. Ask yourself if those are things you should be doing anyways?
Do I want to lose weight and get fit? Yes, so why wait till the new year?
Do I want to eat healthy and be a greener and overall healthier person? Yes, so why have I waited?
Do I want to be a better daddy and learn how to be a better husband and man? Yes, so why do I wait till a supposed life changing holiday to start doing it?
You know why? So when I fail or don't live up to my own expectations I can always fall back on "Next Year"
I like New Years Eve though. Watching a partially alive Dick Clark talk to Ryan Seacrest who is getting to be know more for dating Juilanna Hough. Watching Carson Daly (WHO? Has Been?) Watching people who will wake up in the morning feeling sick act like I did many years ago.
I plan on making changes. I plan on making changes that are going to better my family and not just me. Resolutions? Maybe. But different than the things I have talked about changing in the past.
I wish everyone a Happy New Years and hope my family, friends and fellow bloggers that I have gotten to know over the past year are safe and have great success in the next year.
Sorry you guys had to be without me over the last week. I know you could hardly keep your life together with me not blogging for a week. Don't worry Monday, I will be back. And you have this to look forward to......
I am going to list the blog that were my biggest influences in 2010. Those who helped me in my blogging life and my personal life.
And as for this post, this blog and you and the year 2010
KISS THE BABY
Friday, December 31, 2010
Well I didn't blog at all last week. Did you all miss me and my ramblings?
Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
And all through the house every C's was not wanting to sleep and Im trying to get in T's blouse.
Just kidding, but it sounded so good.
Last year the C's Nanny and Paw Paw got the book The Night Before Christmas.
Not just any book, a special book that they could record themselves reading it and when the kids opened it they would hear Nanny and Paw Paw reading it to them.
So tonight the kids opened the book and it was read to them once again
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Today is the day before the day that is the Eve of the day the we call the big day. Or you could call it Christmas Eve-Eve. Or you could just simply call it the 23rd.
I am so tired today. For some reason I got up at 3 am to let the dog out, and as I was waiting for her to come back in, I decided to go to the fridge and scarf down a few chocolate peanut butter balls. The older I get the more I feel like a woman. First it is the whole shaving my body thing, then it is the pee-ing while sitting down thing and now it is eating BALLS in the middle of the night. Ok, sorry for the dirty-ness, just had to make that joke. I amuse myself most of the time
Speaking of being an only child....I am thinking about the C's and how much fun they are going to have this year sharing (stealing) each others gifts. How much fun they will have showing (shoving in our face) what they got from Santa. I know they will enjoy (painfully) playing with each other and their toys. I know that more than anything they are going to love opening packages of clothes and then trying them on. Wait. No they wont but we will make them anyways.
Brothers and Sisters. They might not get along sometimes but I know that on this great day we call Christmas they are going to love and share the fun with each other.
Ok, now on to the "Stupid ME" portion of the post. Black Friday, I bought night gowns for C3. Got home and showed T, to make sure the size was correct. I put them somewhere. Where? Beats the poo out of me. I cant find them. I looked all over the house. I dont know if we wrapped them or if I just hid them that good. To be continued..........
Are we ready for Christmas, who knows. But I do know that I am ready to be off for a few days to enjoy the kids, the parents, the friends and the rest of the family.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Lets see. Its a few days before Christmas and there is so much going on, in my world and in yours and just in general.
For instance. I am married to T. SuperMom and Home schooler. Cloth Diapering and Breastfeeding Extraordinaire. Green Earth loving healthy cooking sexy a$$ woman.
But last night when I get home it looks like I am married to a combo of Paula Dean, Martha Stewart, but with the sex appeal of a Rachel Ray and a Giada. I love it when T is in the kitchen with her sexy a$$ self.
I know 4 C's who were crazy as hell last night. Sugar? Maybe. T cooked up the est batch of chicken nachos and I went to town, they were so good. She was busy cooking all kinds of Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls. Hmmm, made me think of this...
Elfie (ahem) was slacking this morning and didn't get his lazy elf-self up in time to make a move around the house even though he left some coloring sheets for the C's thinking that might help keep them out of T's rear all day so she could get some stuff done.
Ok, so tonight is the night S*#T gets done. Presents get sorted and bagged and tagged and we make the beginning prep touches for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
We watch the news every night. T and I do. You know I have not heard anything about Baby Jesus being stolen. Usually there are news stories about statues/ displays of Baby Jesus being stolen. Whats up with that anyways? How come no one ever messes with the Wise Men or Mary? Just curious.
So are you ready for Christmas? Are your kids ready? Do you have family coming to town?
Remember no matter what you do to prepare, it is almost a safe bet that it will be somewhat of a stressing time. So much is crammed into a short time. Just remember that if you have kids it is about them. Let them have fun and watch them have fun. The mess will still be there.
KISS THE BABY
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
So we made it home from Lake Lanier yesterday and the kids were happy.
I know T was happy to be home. She can't stand not being in her own bed and she had a rough Saturday night. It started when C4 did not want to go to sleep and he was being grumpy. First I tried taking him for walks around the resort and I thought that may have worked but as soon as we got back to the room, well he started being grumpy again. I took him for a second round of mood changing scenery and then I thought that did the trick as he went to sleep, but later in the night he got up and got a case of the grumps again and beside that T said he wanted to eat all night. So we will just leave it like this....T did not get a lot of sleep.
Kids did see Santa after eating breakfast and only C2 and C3 got brave enough to go up to him. C1 didn't leave the table and C4 got close but not close enough.
I enjoyed the trip this weekend, especially the part where we were driving home and I was singing Christmas songs to T. I just happened to change the words in every song to make it a dirty song. I think the only part she found funny was that I amused myself. You know for the record, I wouldn't have started singing dirty songs if she wasn't looking hot over there in the driver seat. FOR THE RECORD!
We got some stuff done that we needed to once we got home. Wrapped some gifts, did some laundry and watched some football. Had to get the football in. The Falcons came on at 4 so I was able to clean out the van and get everything unloaded before kickoff. The Falcons are back in the playoffs and ready kick some A$$. First we have to take on New Orleans Monday night and then Carolina both games at home. By the way I am 3-0 out of 4 games this weekend. I am back on track and I will win the football pool again at work for the 3rd week in a row if either MinneyMouseSota can beat the Bears or if the Bears win and both teams score 40 or more points. So I will take a Vikes win or 40 points.
With Christmas right around the corner the kids are as excited as ever and counting down the days. Gifts are under the tree and the kids have been helping wrap some gifts too. I really wish I had the entire week off, I just know that I could be home helping.....or getting on her nerves but at least I would be doing something.
Elfie has a few days left visiting our house before he has to go back and I am wondering if he has a few special things in store for the kids. He left gifts at the resort, he must have know we were going because he was in the garage staring in the van as we got home. This morning he was hanging out in some cereal and he left the kids another Christmas book.
So with the big day only days away, here is a favorite of mine for you to enjoy
Keep counting the days, we are almost there.
KISS THE BABY
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Who says you have to travel across the country or the world to have a Family Christmas Vacation? Well you don't. You don't have to even leave the state. We didn't even have to drive more than two hours.
Today after we dropped one of the kids off at T's Mom's, (ok it was only Laila our Boxer) and then we were on our way to Lake Lanier for the Magical Nights of Lights. It is a 7 mile stretch of Christmas lights from Reindeer to SpongeBlob NoPants, to displays of the 12 Days of Christmas.
Of course what is a Family Vacation without a little bit of drama. We got to Lake Lanier and we checked in and me not knowing how much we paid for the room signed the papers and got the room keys and we were on our way to a Lake House. We finally get to Lake House #18 and we get in and
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Are you ready? Well I am either going to make some people mad or impress people with a serious post. I am going to win people over or lose some readers. I really hoping that you will just read and take it for what its worth...MY OPINION. Maybe it will make you do some serious thinking today.
Let me start by saying I read this article this morning online at USA Today.com and it got me shaking my head and repeating to myself "I am so glad we home school". The article headlined More states let students opt out of P.E classes makes me think that this is a huge reason of why some of the children of our country are having weight and health issues.
P.E.??? Kids can opt out of P.E.?? When I was in school many many years ago, the biggest problem I had was being nervous about changing in front of the other kids. I can remember some kids wouldn't participate cause of this or that but it was never a big enough deal where a kids could OPT OUT! The article says that kids can opt out if they sign up for other activities like sports, band or other activities. Seriously, WTF? If a kids doesn't want to be in P.E. why would they want to do a sport, or walk around carrying around an instrument? Makes no sense to me.
Why would a parent sign a waiver for their child to NOT take part in P.E.? Look I get it that some kids CANT take P.E. for some reason or another but, shouldn't parents try and motivate kids that they can do it, instead of letting them off the hook. If they don't do physical activities at school the chance they do it at home are less to none.
My kids are home schooled. How easy would it be to let them sit around all day after school work is complete and watch tv or play wii and not get any physical activity? Well luckily T and I pride ourselves in not letting the kids just waste away. "You are going outside" "Get dressed and go out and play" We tell them this, and our kids have no trouble going outside.
Part of taking P.E. is learning health. So if they can OPT OUT does that mean they don't have to take the health part of the class? All of this is so crazy to me.
We parents and schools and the Government all complain about the Obesity level of our children in America and what do we do? Let them OPT OUT. BS Man, make them take P.E. and get them on track to a better more healthy lifestyle. You see complaints about vending machines in schools and the food that is served but do they tackle those issues, do they OPT OUT of eating that crap? NO!
Stress. Kids in school have stress. What is know to relieve stress? Exercise! Exactly.
Look I believe that if parent and schools and the Government can focus on things that are important to the future of our children then we can make a difference. Our kids can outlive us, our kids wont have to be forced to eat good only so they can GET Healthy instead of STAYING Healthy. Play with your kids at home. Run with them, exercise and also here is a big thing. If your kids do go to a public or private school and your child is one of the active one, get your child to be a positive influence in another child's life. Have your child make them feel wanted. Children will play and have fun if they are invited and see that it WILL be fun. If kids are told it is ok to OPT OUT and not participate in making themselves healthy then they are going to always take the easy way out.
How many times do we as parents see other kids and say to ourselves or our spouses something about a child and how they should be doing something different with themselves. If you are being honest today, then you are saying "some or a lot or all the time". It starts with US. Be a good role model to your kids. Be a positive example. Have your kids do the same. I may not be Super Dad and I may have a lot of issues in my adult life as a parent but I will never let my kids or give my kids the chance to OPT OUT of physical fitness or ANYTHING for that matter.
KISS THE BABY
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Man how times have changed.
I can remember back in the day when I was living in Germany my NaNa used to send me VCR tapes in the mail with our favorite tv show on them so we could watch show that we didn't get overseas. This was in the 80's people, I'm old.
And I can remember getting 8 tracks from my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas. Yeah seriously.
I can remember having a big a$$ boombox to carry around with cassette tapes in them.
Records, lp's. I can still picture the Silver cover of the KISS Platinum album.
That brings me to what happened Saturday night when we were at the Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts. We were waiting for the main area to open and were standing by the gift shop. ??? Yes they have a gift shop where they want you to buy puppets...
That was when I noticed this
Monday, December 13, 2010
When Saturday rolled around it got off to a good start. Then T sent me to the post office. Yeah you could say I went postal. I got there and mailed her Ebay packages. I got home and found out that I didn't pay attention to what I was doing....And T let me know about it. We yelled and screamed and threw things at each other and she slapped me and I called her ugly names......Ok, just kidding. But I did mess it up and she was not happy with me, but as we were leaving for the Atlanta Puppetry Center she did throw me back on the stairs and try to seduce me.....ok so I lied again, she did laugh at me and give me a kiss and that was good enough for me.
The Puppet Show ended up being a movie. The Muppet's Christmas which we thought was going to be a puppet show turned into a movie that had puppets in it. The kids liked it so that was all that mattered. After that we went to one of the most famous places in all of Atlanta to eat. Do you know what it is? The Varsity! The place is so well known. The best chili cheese dogs and the screams of "Whatta Ya Have Whatta Ya Have" fill the place. When we left The Varsity, we drove around downtown Atlanta and saw some Christmas lights and we has some extra food so we gave it too a homeless guy sitting outside the CNN Center. The kids thought that was nice and said next time we go down they want to bring him more and save up some money for him. Time like that make me feel so proud that we raise good kids.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
KISS THE BABY
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
When are parents going to accept some of the blame? Read the story below. As I was reading this I started to go back to my main thought "This is why I would NEVER put my kids on a bus" even if we were insane enough to send them to school. The flippin' bus driver left the 3 year old on the bus. Seriously. That is C3. If she were left on a bus, I would call the cops and tell them to meet me there and be ready to arrest me. I would have beaten that 53 year old woman into a pile of ashes. But then you know what happened to my thought process....?????
I read the rest of the story.....no you read it and then tell me what you think. Cause I am about to let loose. See you after the story....
Toddler left on freezing bus for three hours
A school bus driver in New York state has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after a 3-year-old enrolled in the Head Start program was left alone on her bus, strapped into a car seat for three hours, WHEC-TV reports.
Kenny Wagar was dismissed from school early Friday and was supposed to be dropped off at an after-school program at a church. Instead, Penn Yan police say bus driver Janet Lane, 53, left him on the bus.
The boy's mother, Karen Wagar, says Kenny had no hat and no gloves and temperatures were below freezing that day. Wagar says her son yelled to the bus driver, but she apparently didn't hear him.
Ok. I want to know if the mother sent the 3 yr old to school with the proper attire? It doesn't say that. It says her son had NO hat and gloves. Where in the *$%& are the kids hat and gloves. Come on mom! Cant you tie the kids stuff to his jacket? Something, anything. If you did send the kid to school with that stuff, then we need to blame the teachers or someone at the school. Putting a 3 yr old on a bus with no hat and no gloves in freezing temps. But I see only blame going to the bus driver.
Why do more parents not "Own their S*&%"? Why do more school officials "Own their S&^$"? It is because everyone is scared to death that they are going to lose their child, job, income, source of living.
Parents do a better job and parent like you mean it. Your kids plays video games. Fine. Just don't let them play ALL DAY LONG. Your kid watches things above their age level. Fine. Explain it to them. Your kid have school work. Do it with them or check it after them. Look I am a working daddy. I am the last person to preach about how parents should deal with kids, I have my own issues about maturing as a parent, but there are some things that should just come natural. We as parents like to blame others. Maybe it is easier that way. Maybe so we don't feel as bad for the mistake we made. But the quicker we own up to our own faults the faster we as parents will be better parents. This also trickles down to the kids. If we blame others aren't the kids going to pick up on that and do that in their own trials?
Just a thought. What do you think and how do you feel? Wanna argue, or talk. Leave some comments and or tweets and lets get to it.
KISS THE BABY
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
So much for it being HOTlanta. I woke up this morning and it is a sort of chilly 25*. I like the cold weather, don't get me wrong but if it is going to get THIS cold can we please get some snow. Real snow, not the flurries that look like a scene out of the breakfast club when Ally Sheedy is shaking flakes from her hair to make an art project. I want inches. OF SNOW PEOPLE. I want to be able to get all bundled up and get the kids all layered up and go outside and play. I want it to snow so much that I can get a snow day off work.....wait, that will never happen. Ok, well lets just get some snow ok. Maybe a White Christmas??
Elfie was on the move again this morning. As I was going around the house checking on sleeping C's, I made some discoveries....
Most of the time when I get home at night the kids are going crazy, bouncing off the walls and they are excited for me to be home. By then it is a team effort to get them under control. Snack time and story time and teeth getting brushed and T and I both do certain things. She does things good and I handle some things good. Well last night T had to go to the store since we were out of Organic Milk and the kids hate the taste of regular milk. Well guess what happened as soon as T left for the store?
No C4 actually didn't cry. He was the only one that didn't give me problems. I put him in the sling,
Well tonight is another night. Tonight the kids will listen and if they don't I will adjust.
KISS THE BABY
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wanna know what happens when I am not a jerk at Stone Mountain?
We have a drama free day at Stone Mountain filled with Christmas cheer and fun and all kinds of goodies. It started off good. Even though T wanted to get there around noon and we didn't even leave till after noon. We ended up getting there around 2, which is the time they open. But the kids ate on the way and we were all set.
We took the chance to get some Christmas card pictures and T is working on those. So stay tuned.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
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Friday, December 3, 2010
So, C4 has got this new thing. A pouty face. He gets mad, he pouty faces. It works on his Mommy but not on me. Not yet. Now my only problem is that if C3 gets one of those looks, man I'm in trouble.
Elfie had a more quiet night. Well for all we know. He was hiding out here this morning
I found out that Elfie has some major weekend plans, watch out for that.
What about working for a repo company give people the right to say the dumbest things. For instance on our nextels that we use to talk to our drivers....
*10-4, *Copy, *Over,
Why can't we be a little more original and come up with our own stuff, like wrestlers....
*Do you smell...what the Rock is cookin'!, *That's the bottom line, cause Stone Could said so, and the classic Ric Flair *WOOOOOOOO.
Fellow blogger, give me some ideas of what I can say to my drivers?
Time for me to give something away. To you. One of you. My loyal fans, readers, lovers of my words.
Can you tell me what today is?
The winner will get TWO Hair bows made by T.
One of my giveaways ends tonight. If you haven't entered yet....What are you waiting for? The link is up above.
KISS THE BABY
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Can your kids do something so bad that you would never talk to them again or make you not even care where they were? As a child can your parents do something to piss you off so bad that you wouldn't want to talk to them ever?
Everyone is going to have different answers to these questions. Both of my answers are no. Now I may get upset with my kids over time and they may get older and make decisions that I will not be happy with but I don't think I could ever cut them off.
My parents and T's Mom, now they are great parents and awesome grandparents. They both do a lot for all of us. As a son, I know that I have done a hell of a lot in my life that have made my parents mad. From punching holes in the walls in their house, to drinking the good stuff when they were gone, to having buddies throw up on very light carpeting in the house. But the one thing my parents never did was cut me off. At the same time, my parents have done things that have made me mad over the years and I would never close the door on them. There might come a day when I wont want to talk to them for a while or they might make me so mad that I will have to distance myself for a bit, but again I don't think I could ever just forget them all together.
Why am I saying this? All day long I call people asking for information trying to find family members so I can find the cars I am trying to repo. I can't tell you how many times I hear "I don't talk to my child" or "I don't talk to my parents". Now I know I am being lied to a lot, but sometimes some of this has got to be the truth. "I don't talk to my siblings" or "I haven't talked to them in years". Seriously?? I am an only child, but I cant believe that brothers and sisters cant talk to each other. Get mad, hate for a while, but it all comes down to family and like Jo the SuperNanny says "For Life" My kids better NEVER stop talking to each other. I want my kids to know that they will always have someone whether it is T, Me or each other.
Maybe that is why when people on the phone tell me that they don't talk "To Them", I give them the smart-alec response "Yeah, sure..whatever." I just cant understand it.
So again I ask, Can you shut out your parents or children for any reason? Family. Family has to stick together. Your kids will ALWAYS be your kids. Our C's will always be our C's.
Chew on that....
Now guess who was having his own little party last night? I went on a recon mission and found our little Elfie has settled in quite nicely. Making himself at home.