Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Riddle Me This

I often contemplate my role as a wife and the relationship I have with my husband.

I have been also thinking of late about becoming a mother. When I think of this, I am excited, thrilled, nervous and scared as H. E. double hockysticks. I kinda know what to expect, you know, about the basics, the rudementary tasks of motherhood, such as changing diapers, feeding, bathing, etc. What I am unprepared for is the emotional part... but not just about how I will feel toward our child. What I think about is how becoming parents will change our marriage.

I had often worried that it would put some distance between us, that we wouldn't be as close as we are now.

This past weekend, we were able to spend some time with my hubby's family. His sister has 2 children. One of which is my buddy. From the time we got there we were attached at the hip and I was her personal entertainment unit, hug giver, jungle gym, book reader, song singer, knee bouncer, you get the picture. It is like this everytime we see them, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

During this whole time, my hubby was right there, playing, tickling, being a part of it all. On the way home I shared my concerns and we had a really great discussion about it. I know that 2 days does not predict a lifetime, but being the worrier that I am, it really put my mind at ease.

So, for all of you mom's out there, how did having a child (or children) change your relationship with your husband?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day

The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots. ~Randy Vader

My 11th grade history teacher would give a presentation every year as we were learning about WWII. He would put on a Naval uniform and role play as if he were a character aboard the U.S.S. Arizona on December 7th, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. It was a turning point in my life. I had really never given much thought to the men and women in the military until this class. I cried during the whole presentation. After he was done, he urged all of us to visit any war memorial or veterans and thank them for their sacrifice and service to this country.

I did just that. I went to the Vietnam Memorial in Sacramento. (the only war memorial at the time) and as soon as I stepped foot in there, I sobbed. It was so powerful. To really have a grasp that loved ones died in war. It became real to me. I still get weepy thinking about it.

I love my country and honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend... and please take a moment to remember.



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How Do YOU Roll??

It's an age old question. I have even seen it as posts on other blogs...

Do you hang your toilet paper OVER or UNDER??

As you can see by the pictures, that's how I roll.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I have posted before about my allergies since moving to Las Cruces. Well, I finally went to the allergist and got some wonderful medications that make me feel better. I can breathe!!!!

Another symptom I had been having was a constant cough (that had been hanging around for about 2 months!) and green phlegm and a REALLY tight chest, along with shortness of breath. Not a pretty sight.

I told the doctor about the nurse AND doctor about this and I was told I did NOT have an infection because my lungs sounded clear. I was sent home on my way with the instruction to call back in a week if things had not improved.

Well, the week went by and my allergy symptoms were gone, but the cough and green junk and tight chest and shortness of breath were all still there. I spoke to the nurse, told her what was going on and I was put on hold while she spoke to the doctor. She gets back on and says that the doctor thinks it is bronchitis and that I should follow up with my primary care doctor.

OK.... now I am mad.

The remainder of the conversation was VERY strained...

ME: I was in YOUR office a week ago with these symptoms and NOTHING had been done
HER: Well the doctor said your lungs were clear, you need to see your primary care doctor we are slammed here.
ME: He is booked out for weeks, can't you call in some antibiotics for me?
HER: No, not without being seen.
ME: Can I get in YOUR office tomorrow?
HER: No, your doctor is out until Monday. You could always go to Urgent Care
ME: {{silence}}
HER: Hold on

The moral to this story: If you feel something is not right with your body and a doctor dismisses it, (I am not talking about hypochondriacs) keep pushing until someone takes you seriously. You are the only one in charge of your health care.

Needless to say, I got in the next day, and they waived my copay. Turns out I DID have bronchitis and I got my drugs so now I am feeling MUCH better.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Introducing My Second Blog!!

I posted a while ago about my need to lose weight. Well, I thought I would be more accountable for it by making it public.

I am dedicating my posts exclusively to my weight loss.

It is called..... drum roll please......

Fat With A Side of GERD

The inspiration for the name? Well, the first part is obvious.... but the GERD is from the fact that I just learned that I have it. It had drastically changed the way I have to eat.

For example I can no longer eat the following:

Any kind of citrus, including juice
Tomatoes or their derivitives
Spicy ANYTHING (hello!!!!! I live in NM!!!)
High Fat
Deep Fried
Carbonated drinks

I have to eat no less than 3 hrs before bedtime

I cannot wear anything tight on my waist

And being overweight doesn't help

It was a wake-up call. For the past week I have done my best to follow the eating plan and because of it..... I LOST 2.3 POUNDS!!!!!!! (can I get a wooo woooo!!!)

Be sure to stop by to see my progress.

I am excited for this.

Let's get movin'!



Better Late Than Never!

Lisaloo was nice enough to give me an award for my blog and it took me FOREVER to get it on here.

The rules for this one are as follows-

I must post the award on my blog
List seven personality traits of mine
Pass the award to seven other bloggers

1. I procrastinate
2. I love to speak in public.
3. I am a night owl
4. I talk A. LOT.
5. I am a hopeless romantic
6. I am a worrier
7. I love love love to laugh

The seven people I nominate are:

April - A Honu Experience
Paula - Random Blond
Wendy - No Botox Allowed
Stacy - The Gray Area
RPax - Good Things Come to Those Who Blog
Lisa - Leatherwood Family Adventures
An Eagles View

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shout Out to the LCFD!!

Just when I thought we were done with our adoption paperwork.... I found some MORE that I missed!!!!

This is my life right now. Paperwork. Not complaining... I'm just sayin.

We have had to get stuff notarized (for a fee), pet's vaccinated (more money), fingerprinted ($$), background checks ($$$), and the list goes on and on.

One thing you have to do for an adoption is have your home inspected to make sure it won't go up in flames in a fit of spontaneous combustion. The fire department has to come to your home and inspect it. I called today to ask what the charge would be (because everything else had fees attached to it) and Lt. Gonzales at the LCFD uttered the two most beautiful words I could hear at that moment....: "NO CHARGE" The joy... the rapture!!!!

He was going to send someone right then and there, but I am at work and PLUS my house is a disaster area!!!! I need to clean first. A girl needs some notice!

So, thanks to Lt. Gonzales, the boys at the station will be receiving my homemade chocolate chip cookies as a great big Thank You (only if we pass, though!! hee hee) We'll pass, right? RIGHT?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Ode to My Mom this Mother's Day

Without You
Mom, without you, there would be no me.
Your love, your attention, your guidance,
have made me who I am.
Without you, I would be lost,
wandering aimlessly,
without direction or purpose.
You showed me the way
to serve, to accomplish, to persevere.
Without you, there would be an empty space
I could never fill, no matter how I tried.
Instead, because of you,
I have joy, contentment, satisfaction and peace.
Thank you, mom.
I have always loved you
and I always will.
By Joanna Fuchs

I love my mom. She often refers to me as her "Miracle Baby". A long time ago, I found out why. When she was pregnant with me, she was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer. The doctors told her to have an abortion, because they couldn't treat the cancer while she was pregnant. My mom refused. She risked her life, letting cancer grow inside her to give me life.

I know that a blog post does NOT do justice for the sacrifice she made to have me, but I felt the need to share with you all, what a wonderful woman my mom is. I thank the Lord she is still on this earth.

I love you mom.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


As you all know in bloggy land, we are in the process of adoption. We have paid off our debts (can I get a woo woo!!!!!) and are saving up all that we can, to be ready for "the call".

Upon Googling ways to fund adoptions and adoption grants, etc., I came across this site.

This site has partnered with T.O.N.S retailers (many of whom you probably already use!) that make donations to different causes.

So, we are asking our families and friends (both blog and real life) to please at least check this site out, if you are interested in helping us earn money for our adoption.

If you would like to use this site to help, you will need to do the following:

1. Go to the website: http://www.onecause.com

2. Create an account

3. Choose "National Adoption Foundation" as your cause

4. Once you do that, On the left side of the "My Home" page, there is a menu and there is a link for Supporter Crediting. Click on that and then click the button to enroll. It will then give you a place to put an email address. Put ours in there.

5. GO SHOPPING like you normally do, at retailers you normally do!!!!!


The retailer makes the contribution.

For Example:

You buy a book on Amazon
Total purchase price with
tax & shipping: $15.76

You buy the same book on Amazon through the OneCause site...
Total purchase price with
tax & shipping: $ 15.76!!

AMAZON would then make the contribution to the National Adoption Foundation!!

How cool is that?!?!?

Talk about a WIN / WIN situation.

Please know that we are NOT asking for anyone to contribute money to our adoption. We are just asking that if you do online shopping, consider taking a different path, that will get you what you want, but it would also be helping to bring a family together.

Thank you so much for your support.

Monday, May 4, 2009


OK... I have been wondering this for a LOOOOONG time.

Why is it that when a news anchor (that does not have an accent) is reporting the news, they talk and talk, with no accent, but when they come to a Hispanic name or word, they all of a sudden pronounce that word or name with an accent?

They don't pronounce Irish or Scottish names with the appropriate accent....

They don't pronounce French names with the appropriate accent....

They don't pronounce Russian, Ukrainian or Polish names with the appropriate accent...

They don't pronounce German names with the appropriate accent...

They don't pronounce Sweedish, Dutch, Finnish names with the appropriate accent....

They don't pronounce Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Polynesian, names with an accent...

Do you see my point? Do ya, huh, huh?? Do ya???

Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy Friday!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and may any news you get, be good news!

(this picture is from http://icanhascheezburger.com/page/8/)
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