Posted in Me

60 Things You Possibly Didn’t Know About Me

60 Things You Possibly Didn’t Know About Me

1. What is in the back seat of your car right now?

Which seat? I drive a 15 passenger van! Four car seats, an umbrella stroller for when we go to Dutch Wonderland once/year and a diaper bag. Oh, and a braille book, and some toys for the long four minute trip to church each week!

2. When was the last time you threw up.
A few weeks ago when I had the stomach flu. Before that, when I was pregnant with Catie 5 years ago. I really fight throwing up because I HATE IT

3. What’s your favorite curse word?

Crap. I’m trying to break myself of it and use crud instead because of the little ears that are getting better at picking up what I say.

4. Name 3 people who made you smile today?

Mary Ann (Ethan’s teacher), Catie when her tummy growled and Maria when we talked on the phone.

5. What were you doing at 8 am this morning?
Probably getting the kids breakfast because they’re off today

6. What were you doing 30 minutes ago?
On the computer.

7. What will you be doing 3 hours from now?

Hopefully not yelling at the kids who are all home from school

8. Have you ever been to a strip club?

9. What is the last thing you said aloud?

Good luck I love you Honey, to my husband on his way to work!

10. What is the best ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip

11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
Hot tea with sweet and low and lemon right now

12. What are you wearing right now?
Jeans, laced-up sneakers, black turtleneck

13. What was the last thing you ate?
Total Raisin Bran

14. Have you bought any new clothing items this week?

15. When was the last time you ran?
Up the hill yesterday morning after waving bye to the school bus

16. What’s the last sporting event you watched?
The last 10 minutes of the Super Bowl

18. Who is the last person you emailed?
Miss Mary Ann, Ethan’s teacher

19. Ever go camping?
unfortunately yes

20. Do you have a tan?
No. No. No. I’m trying to perfect glowing in the dark!

24. Do you drink your soda from a straw?
Only when out at a restaurant.

25. What did your last IM say?
Don’t do IM

26. Are you someone’s best friend?
I don’t think so. Well, ok, I hope I’m Jim’s!

27. What are you doing tomorrow?,

Going to the post office to mail some Christmas pictures and presents. Yes, it’s February.

28. Where is your mom right now?
I’m guessing she’s watching TV or reading a book at home?

29. Look to your left, what do you see?
The door to the den and the clothing rod from the closet we redid.

30. What color is your watch?
Brown leather, white face

31. What do you think of when you think of Australia ?
kangaroos, Lindsay which would bother him because he’s from New Zealand!

32. Would you consider plastic surgery?
Yes. If I had the money and someone to take care of the kids, YOU BET!

33. What is your birthstone?

34. Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru?
Drive thru and bring the food home to eat.

35. How many kids do you want?
We WANTED two, maybe three. We got four.

36. Do you have a dog?
No. I’m fairly anti-dog

37. Last person you talked to on the phone?
Jim. He was wondering what the news said about his commute. The news said it was fine, but he was not moving.

38. Have you met anyone famous?
Susan Richardson, the red-headed daughter on Eight Is Enough. She shops at the local WalMart and lives nearby in a trailer park. Not kidding.

39. Any plans today?
Keeping the peace. Maybe some laundry. Oh, and taping little bags of mini M&M’s to a lot of valentines. Oh, JOY.

40. How many states have you lived in?
One. I lived at my parent’s house, in an apartment with Jim after we got married and this house, all in PA.

41. Ever go to college?
Four ½ years at West Chester University. Do I use my degree? NOPE. Will I ever? NOPE.

42. Where are you right now?
The den/office/Ethan’s bedroom.

43. Biggest annoyance in your life right now?
Lack of trampoline for Ethan

44. Last song listened to?
Theme song to Wonder Pets.

45. First “real” kiss?

In 7th grade outside of the Caln Roller Rink with Domingo Mulero. Nope, not kidding.

46. Are you allergic to anything?
Anything ending in “cillin”

47. Favorite pair of shoes you wear all the time?
Sneakers in the fall/winter/spring, sandals in the summer

48. Are you jealous of anyone?
Not supposed to be, but of my sister sometimes, thinner women who have self-control sometimes, women who had children when they were younger sometimes

50. Is anyone jealous of you?
Don’t know. I hope not!

51. What time is it?
10:07 AM

52. Do any of your friends have children?
All of them.

53. Do you eat healthy?
Sometimes. I eat more sugar than I should.

54. What do you usually do during the day?
Eat bon bons and watch TV. NOT!!! Laundry, FlyLady when I’m being good, paperwork. LOTS of paperwork, talk on the phone for both business and pleasure

55. Do you hate anyone right now?
No. I got over hating Hilary. Trying to work on looking at everyone from God’s point of view. No hating!!

56. Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily?

58. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
40!!!! And I’m not scared about it, either!

59. Have you ever been to Six Flags?
yes, but I wouldn’t go now because I get motion sick. It’s awful. I used to LOVE amusement parks.

60. How did you get one of your scars?
Two c-sections, falling off a bike, falling off another bike, sliding down a metal slide, gall-bladder surgery

Posted in Hershey Feeding Clinic, To Do List

That Nagging To Do List

Being the ultra-organized person that I am I make lists. Lots of lists. Then I cross things off when I do them. And yes, I’m the kind of person who will ADD something to my list just so I can cross it off. I know, I can’t help it. Jim has learned to live with me somehow and the kids will never know anything different, so it’s all good. Just think of how easily they will live with their future mates after having lived with me!

Back to the topic…there are those things on my list (and yours if you’re honest) that just sit there and sit there and bug you because you KNOW you should do them but man, getting around to it just involves too much. Two of THOSE things came off my list. I’ll start with the most pathetic of the two: Christmas letters/pictures/gifts for family. Jim’s dad and step-mom live in SC. We live in PA. We didn’t see them over the holidays, and I put their gifts aside to send at some point. Then I had to buy more photo paper to print out more pictures of the kids, then I couldn’t get the paper to work in the printer so I emailed the pics to and then I had to wait and then cut out some wallet-sized pictures and print out some more of the Christmas letters and FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY I put everything all together today and I just have to get to the post office. Which I will do tomorrow. I WILL, Honest!!

The less pathetic of the two, only because I’ve had it less time and I was waiting for paperwork from Ethan’s school: The Hershey Feeding Clinic paperwork. It’s all filled out, insurance cards are copied and it’s all in an envelope ready for the above-mentioned trip to the post office.

I have a lot to talk about the feeding clinic, but I don’t know that I’m up to it right now. It overwhelms me and scares me and I’m dreading it with every fiber of my being. But it has to be done. For Ethan and for our family. Even if it stinks the whole time it’s happening.

Posted in Family, Marriage


Jim and I got out alone today. It was SO NICE to just be “Us”. We had a great lunch in Lancaster County, did some shopping, had some nice hot apple cider, shopped some more, and went home. The kids were not that thrilled to see us–they wanted to have the babysitter, Molly, stay longer. Don’t I feel LOVED?!

Happy Birthday to my MIL!

We’re having my MIL’s birthday party tomorrow. Is the house ready? Not so much. Will it be by tomorrow? Probably. If it isn’t I’m not going to panic, anyway.

Hey, ONE HOUR until the kids go to bed. YES!! I LOVE BEDTIME. Well, ok, let me amend that. I LOVE WHEN THEY FALL ASLEEP!!

Posted in Me

The Winter of My Discontent

Feeling dissatisfied right now. That’s the best word I can come up with. Not happy with the house (that would be my fault), my body (my fault again), my mothering (ditto), or my spiritual life (me again). My sobriety is ok right now, though. 😀

I’ve been doing odds and ends around the house–today was the shelf above my desk. It REALLY needed it. And I worked on loads and loads of laundry. But now it’s just sitting out in the living room instead of being put away. Ok, 30 minutes later it’s all put away. Jim will like that. I certainly do.

The house is actually the easiest of the list to fix. It’s just getting off my duff and working. Well, ok, that’s true for the whole list!

My body is about 30 lbs overweight, give or take. It affects a lot of things….how I feel about myself, the clothes I purchase, how Jim feels about me, the food I put into my body, the lack of exercise, the way I feel about diet commercials, the way I feel about how the media portrays women and their bodies. I’m not to aim for thin–just healthy. Not there. By a long shot. I wish someone like Jillian on You Are What You Eat would walk in the door and smack me upside the head.

Mothering, well, I’m not doing so hot there either. I’ve been going from one to ten in terms of getting angry. I’m quiet and then BAM I’m yelling. I have NO clue why, either. It’s not like I can blame it on PMS anymore.
I still struggle with “me time”. Sometimes I feel like I gave up almost two whole years of my life. Literally. I had NO life outside these four walls. And I feel like I am owed for that. How wrong is that? Like the kids had any say in being conceived, or born, or how difficult their early days were. Like I could ever get that time back. It’s gone. And being selfish now only hurts them and me. It gyps both of us out of the relationship that we both could have.

Yet, on the other hand, I get to have a life, too. And I still feel like I mostly don’t. I mean, really, when was the last time that I went out and did something for me other than getting my hair cut? Seriously!? I don’t remember! Wait, yes I do. The CCMOMC Mom’s party in early December. Two months ago. So maybe there’s a little wiggle room on this one. Not that I shouldn’t be a better mom, of course I need to work on that, but I also need to take of me as well.

Spiritual life. Ahh….I’m falling into that trap of reading ABOUT God instead of reading the Bible and spending actual time with Him. A friend of mine (Hi Maria!) told me that she starts her day (after the kids get on the bus) with a 1/2 hour of bible reading. Wow. I couldn’t tell you the last time I did that. I envy her that. And it would be pretty easy to work it into my schedule, as long as I was willing to be flexible.

So there you have it. Me in a few paragraphs. Comments?

Posted in Kids


I figured I could dedicate a post to my eldest daughter. Two things of note recently happened.

She was one of the four “good citizens” in her elementary school for first grade this month.

She uttered the phrase “laugh your a– off” last night.

Such dichotomy!! That sums her up pretty well. She is probably the funniest of all the kids–without even trying she can have me in stitches. She can also exasperate me quicker than any of them (Ok, maybe she ties with Ethan!). She’s the most musical and can carry a tune very well, staying mostly on pitch and even HARMONIZED WITH ME LAST NIGHT! I was so psyched about that–she’s gonna end up being an alto. You just wait!

Of all the kids, she seems to be the most bothered the “multiple-ness” of it all. If Jim or I are spending special time cuddling or tickling or whatever with one of the other children, she wants in on it. She almost seems to have the “middle child” syndrome.

This morning was amazing in that there were no tears getting ready for school. It was WONDERFUL!

Posted in Health, Job, Professional Organzing


The title describes me. Finally. Eating still makes me nauseous, but other than that I’m back to normal. Thank you GOD!! Jim, on the other hand, is in bed, begging God to be merciful to him. No work, no in to the bank to sign refinance papers–nada. Poor guy. At least we have juice and popsicles. Who knew about popsicles anyway?? 1. For some reason they actually stay down when you are throwing up 2) Even in the dead of winter, if you have a fever they taste GREAT!

So, life is going to resume after a brief interruption. Back to organizing, clearing out, de-cluttering, figuring out my business, working on my self-esteem (to go with said business) which took a beating last night looking at other women’s pro organizing websites last night. I’m no where near their level of professionalism. I’ve been playing with the idea of asking a local one to mentor me–hoping that she would be willing to help me get started at least.

I had an interesting conversation with my mom a few days ago. We were talking about the Fall, when life changes dramatically for me. All of a sudden my SAHM days will be utterly empty. I’m tossing around working part time and/or doing the organizing thing. I asked Mom what she would do. Let me preface this with, my mother is not the encouraging type. She’s definitely a glass-half-empty kind a person. We love her, but my sister and I recognize that she’s not the one to go to when we need to be propped up emotionally. Back to story: I ask her what she would do 1) get a part time job working for someone else or 2) trying out something new doing something I love. Phrasing it that way, one would think she would choose #2, but NO. “I think the idea of doing something you love is not practical”. or something to that effect. Gotta love her.

My problem with working part time for someone else is the summers. I have to have off because all the kids are off. Plus there’s the whole maybe taking Ethan to the Hershey Feeding Clinic thing, which would throw our lives into complete and utter disarray. But, duh, that would happen before fall, wouldn’t it?

Any input people??? What would YOU do?

Posted in Sick

Stomach Bug

This bug has got to be the worst that has ever hit our house. Bennett had it about 1 1/2 weeks ago. Then Catie got it–and STILL has it (threw up last night). I got it Friday and was so sick, and am still struggling with having energy and any desire to eat, as well as that D word again. Jim is starting to come down with it today. Poor guy!

If you read this, please keep our family in your prayers that we would get over this soon and that no one else would catch it.