I have started watching a new TV on Netflix called "Say Yes to the Dress." It's a show about women looking for their perfect wedding dress. I think I really like the show because a part of me is living through these women. I never found the perfect wedding dress when I got married. Wedding dress shops were few in my area when I got married. Plus, I am tall and I'm not skinny and I wanted something modest. Those four things made looking for a dress really hard. I remember feeling frustrated and sad that I couldn't find anything. Finally, my MIL took me to a lady she knew that rented dresses out of her home. I found one that would work but I didn't love it. I didn't hate it but I remember thinking that it was the only one that fit and was modest and I was out of time and had to go with it. So watching this show and seeing how happy the women are when they find the "perfect" dress, it makes me really happy for them. My dress wasn't perfect but my husband was and still is. Who cares about a dress I wore once when I have such a great husband to spend the rest of forever with? Yep, I'm good. :)
November 28, 2013
I like to have things organized. Or at least as much as I can and have time to do. I have bins for my flours and sugars which I've always thought was helpful. We have a number of shoe organizers throughout the house because shoes all over the floor are really annoying. I have containers in my hall for bathroom supplies and essentials. It just makes sense to have things organized and in spots that are easily accessible. I know I need help trying to organize our closets. We have some big tubs containers but we could also use different types of cabinet organizers for the other things that aren't in tubs. But one project at a time is about all I can handle and my closets are last on my list at the moment. I'll get to them eventually.
Posted by Michelle at 9:57 PM
Worst. Thanksgiving. Ever. But maybe I'm not being thankful enough. I just wanted today to turn out so differently than it did. I've cried more times than I can count over today and I should be counting my blessings. I just really wanted a great day. I had today off from work and I wanted to wake up and watch the parade and the dog show with my family. That's our tradition, we've been doing it for years. It's my absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving, even more so than the food. I just wanted it to be like it always is. But that didn't happen.
The dog woke up at almost 4am and had to be taken out. Which was annoying but didn't kill my mood. But then my husband got a call from his family asking for help to move a couch. Again, not a big deal, it was an hour before the parade started and plenty of time to move a couch right? No, three plus hours later he came home. I was heartbroken. I had tried to enjoy the parade with the kids, hoping he would be home soon but it didn't happen. Not to mention the station cut out for about 30 minutes and we couldn't even watch it. That's when I broke down. The day I was looking forward to all week. The day I needed with my family because work this week was so difficult. The day I needed to get me back on track and it fell apart. I caught maybe 30 minutes of the parade and about 5 minutes of the dog show. I was hurt and angry and I couldn't stop crying.
We went to my family's for dinner and it felt like just another day. Nothing special. We came home and here it is the end of the day and I feel like I didn't have Thanksgiving. So yes, I'm being selfish. I am complaining because I didn't get what I wanted. I wanted to be in bed an hour ago and here I am blogging because I have work to do and the baby took too late of a nap. I'm uncomfortable, exhausted, emotional, and whiny. I am going to need a prayer to make it through work tomorrow.
Posted by Michelle at 9:54 PM
November 04, 2013
Over a month ago our dishwasher stopped working. After my husband looked it over we determined it was an electrical problem because it wasn't just the dishwasher that stopped working, so did the outlets all around it and the garbage disposal. So we called the landlord and since our maintenance guy quit we had no one to come fix the problem. So we waited until someone new was hired a few weeks later and then he came out and looked things over. Determined it was an electrical problem (yep, we said that) and said they would call an electrician. That guy ended up quitting because he got a better job so we keep calling the landlord to see if this can get fixed soon and she hasn't even called an electrician yet. Grrr. It's been over a month! I don't mind doing the dishes by hand but not having a garbage disposal really sucks since I can't use that sink. I didn't ask her to look at a website for a hydraulic valve or anything that complicated. All I need her to do is to call an electrician and let him do his job. Not my fault the wiring is all screwed up. I really want my dishwasher and disposal back. This week I hope. Sucks.
Posted by Michelle at 8:30 PM
Are you into the show The Voice? I am. I have liked the show since it started a few seasons ago. Although I admit, I didn't care so much for last season with the new judges and I'm glad this season all the originals are back. Next season they won't be though ugh. Anyway, I like that the judges can't see the singers and choose then based solely on their voice. I especially like that they don't put on crappy singers just for ratings like some other shows. Then I love the battle rounds. So good! I loved that they added a steal to the knock out rounds too, awesome! I can't tell you at this point who I want to win, but I do have a few favorites. You'll have to wait until closer to the finale to find out my favorite! Sometimes it's hard to pick a favorite and then not have them win. But I still enjoy the show and watching all the artists grow and excel at what they do. The best singing competition on TV right now!
Posted by Michelle at 8:22 PM
My kids are like most kids, they love to have friends over. I find it interesting to see what kinds of things my kids do with their friends here. Sometimes they want to play a board game, other times they want to play with toys, other times they want to do a craft. But lately, there's one thing they do that totally cracks me up. So we have a baby monitor and they make sure the receiving end is on. Then they go to the main one, turn on some music, then sing like no one is watching. Which I think is why I find it so humorous, they would never sing like that in front of me but they will through the baby monitor! Maybe we should invest in an ampeg amplifier at musicians friend so they could really go to town. What do you think? I think they would be in heaven lol. Funny kids I have!
Posted by Michelle at 8:08 PM
All of my coworkers don't like the snow, don't want any snow, and loathe seeing anything that resembles snow. So naturally they don't like that I love the snow lol. They have been saying for weeks that hope it doesn't snow. I keep saying "uh, remember where we live?? It's going to snow." And today, it finally did a little bit yay! I saw big flakes starting at work and I almost started jumping up and down with joy! (Jumping while pregnant is not very fun lol.) The snow didn't last more than a few minutes before it stopped and nothing stuck, but it was nice to see anyway. Of course all my coworkers said I jinxed it, saying I wanted snow so it snowed lol. I think it's silly to have really cold weather and no snow. Don't you think that's weird? Maybe it's just me. Anyway, it snowed a little more later in the day, nothing really sticking but I still love to see it. There's something so peaceful about seeing white everywhere. I LOVE IT!
Posted by Michelle at 7:58 PM
The kids started back up with their music lessons and that's been great really good for them. They had a break for over a month while their teacher had a baby and now we're back into our routine. Sadly, the kids broke off a piece of their instrument and I had to take it in to get it fixed. I was extra thankful it cost less than $15 to fix, woohoo! I can't imagine having to replace a Fishman Amps if we had one, that's a little out of the budget right now. But I do love to have music in our house! This past weekend we even got out our Band Hero instruments/game to play together. We haven't used those in awhile and it was nice to jam together. It almost makes me want to bring out my clarinet. I think I will this week and play some songs with the kids!
Posted by Michelle at 7:53 PM
November 02, 2013
Halloween has come and gone which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are around the corner. I don't know about anyone else but once Halloween is over, the rest of the year's holidays FLY by. I'm ready though, I love this time of year! As far as Halloween went though, it was good and the kids had a great time. I finished our homemade costumes at the last minute and they turned out so cute. I was really proud of myself for putting it all together and finishing it. I was a little worried towards the end but it worked out great. We got a lot of compliments on them. The best part was that the girls loved their costumes and I love that it was a family costume we all could do. The kids are already starting to think about ideas of what our costumes will be next year. I love that they get so excited.
Posted by Michelle at 9:10 PM
September 29, 2013
I would think most families have a variety of occupations in them. Don't you think? Maybe if you're family owned a restaurant, you all work in the restaurant but maybe one or two of them do something else. But I would think as a whole, most families each do something different. Me, I'm in healthcare and I have a brother also in healthcare. But I also have a brother in retail and motivational speaking. I also have a brother (yep, lots of brothers) who is a lawyer. Not working with Meservy Law but he does have his own practice. I like that we have a variety. Each of us has something different to "bring to the table" and I like that. It helps to save money too when you have a question or a need that a family member can help with. I know sometimes family members may feel like they're taken advantage of but I haven't seen that in my family so far. I got pretty lucky I guess. :)
Posted by Michelle at 7:25 PM
I love this time of year! I know, I keep mentioning that fact, but it's true! When I was in school, I hated this time of year because all of the new seasons of TV shows started up again and I had to do homework instead of watching them lol. But now, I can watch them! I've really liked watching The Voice and The Amazing Race started up too. I think I heard Parenthood started again but I've missed that one so I'll have to check it out online. I'm trying not to find NEW shows to watch because there are so many and boy, I could spend hours and hours in front of my TV if I had any more shows to watch. Sometimes it's nice to veg on the couch and relax but other times it's nice to be productive and get things done. Or sometimes I'll be productive AND watch TV. How's that for a compromise? :D So, what kinds of shows do you like to watch?
Posted by Michelle at 7:20 PM
One of the best things about Facebook, is seeing pictures from family and friends. True, I don't post any family pictures on Facebook, but I do like to see everyone else's photos. I have a photography friends that I really enjoy seeing her pictures. She does some really cute family pics and some awesome wedding photos. She gets really creative and I think to myself "wow, I would have never thought to do that!" Looking at pics of the couples' wedding rings is really fun too. Maybe some came from jewelryvortex.com for mens wedding bands or maybe they are local, I'm not sure. But it's cute to seem them placed on the table or in some flowers. Then all the family pictures in the summer time or the ones with the changing autumn leaves in the background, so pretty! I like to see my friends post silly pictures of themselves too or when they've made something yummy and they post a pic. It's just fun. I'll post crafty pictures but nothing else for privacy reasons.
Posted by Michelle at 7:15 PM
We've lived in the same place for awhile but I'm beginning to see that the carpet here doesn't hold up to much. I wouldn't say it's the cheapest carpet on the planet, but it's definitely not far from it. Stains show up easily and it doesn't stay fluffy. We do have a steam cleaner we've used a few times which helps a ton but then after about a week it seems to go back to the usual blah. I wonder if there's another way to keep it looking nice and fluffy? We vacuum one to two times a week, you'd think that would be enough. Maybe a new vacuum would be more beneficial? We spent over a hundred dollars on the vacuum we have, which is my book is expensive enough. But maybe for a little more money it would make my carpets better? Hmm, I'm going to have to research that one. But first, I will wait until my vacuum dies. No sense buying a new one when the one you have works ok. Even if it means not the best looking carpet lol.
Posted by Michelle at 7:10 PM
Which type are you? Are you the type of person who's really involved in the government of your city, state, and country? Or are you the type that kind of knows what's going but doesn't get actively involved in the government? Or are you the type that doesn't have any idea of what's going on and you prefer it that way? (There are more types I'm sure.) There is so much going on with our government right now it's almost mind blowing. The whole new health care reform is especially huge right now. It seems not too long ago that there was a huge thing about illegal immigration but you don't hear about that as much now or about those who try to come here legally but need help from an immigration attorney. Sometimes I feel really out of the loop but at the same time, I don't put myself directly in that loop. I'm realizing though, that nothing will change unless people like me start standing up and making our voices heard. Change doesn't happen while sitting on your couch.
Posted by Michelle at 7:06 PM
It's true, Autumn is officially here and I am loving it! I love to see the leaves change colors and have the cooler temperatures. Granted, I am still adjusting to the temperatures lol but it's nothing a sweatshirt and a cup of hot chocolate won't fix. I think I am most excited about the upcoming holidays. Next month is Halloween and I think I found a cute costume idea that we could do as a family. The kids liked it, I just have to find the right clothes to match. Also next month, although it's not a holiday, we find out the gender of this baby. Pretty excited! Then in November is Thanksgiving The parade, the dog show, and yummy food woohoo! Then it's Christmas a month later! Yep, pretty stoked! Aren't you excited too??
Posted by Michelle at 7:00 PM
September 05, 2013
Someone told me recently how many days left there were before Christmas. Over a hundred, I can't remember. I do remember however, thinking SHUT UP! I cannot believe it's almost here again! I LOVE the holiday and Thanksgiving too but it feels like we should still be in summer, not fall/winter. I've heard stores have Christmas stuff out already, which doesn't surprise me, they usually do about now. But still! I guess I should be thinking about Christmas and what we can do this year. I'm not working near as much as I was last year so I know things will be tight. I'm not even sure what the kids want at this point. Maybe a shure sm58 at musician's friend? Or some new ponies? Maybe some new dress up clothes? Music? Clothes? Er, probably not clothes. Gee, now I'm feeling nervous that I don't even know! Guess I should get a jump on that like all the stores...
Posted by Michelle at 7:37 PM
With each pregnancy, I feel time is slipping by me faster and faster. You would think most parents feel that way right? The older kids get more and more active. The younger ones seem to hit milestones sooner than you expect. You feel like you can never get a decent night's sleep because someone has to stay up late to work on homework, or needs to be taken to an activity, or gets sick in the middle of the night, or about a billion other things. You are almost constantly on the go and doing something to create memories with your family. Some days you wonder how you will make it until bedtime and other days you cherish the little moments and never want them to end. So yes, time feels like it's slipping by faster and faster with each new day but there is SO much good and joy that comes from being a part of a family. I wouldn't trade this time for anything. I am truly, truly blessed!
Posted by Michelle at 7:31 PM
Went to back to school night and learned a little about the new "common core standards" that school districts are to be implementing. First, it's confusing because the schools, at least our school, doesn't have all the instructions they need to implement the program. They were talking about grades and how instead of using letter grades, there will be "targets" set. So on our child's 6 week progress notes, we will see MT (met target), NT (near target), or BT (below target). Sounds ok except that our teachers don't know what the "targets" are yet. Yep, they haven't even been told. Ugh! I feel so bad for them. They don't get paid enough as it is and now they have all this to deal with too. I was told because I school adopted into this they received extra federal funding. Which any money for schools is HUGE these days, so I can't blame them for wanting some help, but they should have at least been taught what to do BEFORE school started. I wonder what the extra money will be used for, probably something good. I know two years ago our school got a new PA system which was hugely needed. Might have been a good kustom pw50 at wwbw? It's been great for our school. I know our school will put any extra money to good use, they always seem too! Now if only there was enough to give the teachers raises...
Posted by Michelle at 7:25 PM
Today I had a couple of moments where I didn't feel completely awful. So what do you do when you feel good? You take your child to the dentist. Then you come home feeling like crap. But, after resting for a few hours and taking it easy, I started to feel better again. So I took the kids to their music lesson. And felt like crap. But I didn't have time to think about it because it was back to school night. So we went and picked up dinner, picked up the rest of the family, then went to school while eating dinner in the car. The majority of the time at school was spent on my feet in classrooms full of other parents/kids which made them suffocating hot. After an hour and a half, I couldn't take it anymore and had to leave. I was shaky and close to passing out and in tears. I had another obligation to go to after the school thing but I couldn't do it. I felt really bad but the people for it were really understanding, which made me feel better. Now, I'm resting again. Sucks not being able to do much.
Posted by Michelle at 7:14 PM
September 04, 2013
Two of our kids are taking violin lessons right now. They're doing a great job and they have been practicing every day. They're both at that stage where they wished they could play really well and fast like violinist's they've seen on TV. I keep telling them the more they practice, the better they will get and one day they will be able to play as fast as they want. Usually it's not hard to get them to practice when we have talks like that. Other times, it's a little harder and they sigh and hang their heads, but they will do it. We have a guitar that my husband will get out occasionally to change things up. I wonder what the kids would think if we had a korg pandora at musicians friend that we used on our instruments. They'd probably love it and not want to NOT use it lol. I'm glad our kids love music and we don't have to force them to be involved in it. They have their moments when practicing doesn't sound as exciting as playing with a friend, but I'm sure that's normal. Their grandmas came over yesterday and they were so happy to show her how much they've learned and what they could do. Showing off a little? I think yes! It will be neat to see how well they do come a few years from now.
Posted by Michelle at 11:20 AM
It's 74 degrees outside and inside, I feel like it's closer to being in the 40's or 50's. Brrr! My husband on the other hand, has been roasting. He wants the windows open and the fans blowing. If it's really hot, he wants the AC turned on, which I can't blame him. But I'm shivering! With this pregnancy, I've had the hardest time acclimating to the temperature, inside or outside. My husband tells me to put more clothes on and I tell him to take more off. He didn't appreciate my attempt at humor lol. He's been really good actually, we're both trying to accommodate each other, it's just hard. The kids for the most part seem to be more on the chilly side, like me. When they stay busy and active, they warm up but that would go for anyone. If I could, I would do more, but not where I'm so sick. Maybe tomorrow will be a good day?
Posted by Michelle at 10:59 AM
The downside to this pregnancy, I've been sicker than I've ever been with any of my pregnancies. The upside, work has been really slow so I've been able to stay home and rest. And by slow, I mean super slow. Instead of working 15-20 hours or more a week, I'm down to 0-3 hours a week. This week I don't work at all. Yesterday, I had a really bad day, the worst thus far of my pregnancy and I was so glad I was home and my husband could help me. Today has been a little better and we've been cleaning and organizing one of the bedrooms. It's nice to be home with the kids and my husband but the tiny paycheck isn't good. We have a little in savings that is helping and hopefully my job picks up again or my husband can find something. Even though things are tight, we've never had to worry about going bankrupt on anything. I know a lot of people do and some have had to look up texas bankruptcy law, but we have been blessed to not have to get into that. Still, hopefully soon something works out for us so things aren't so tight!
Posted by Michelle at 10:54 AM
One of my kids has a friend over to play with and it's pretty cute watching and listening to them play together. Their little voices are so cute already and then when they change their voice to talk like an animal or a baby, it's even cuter. At one point they were watching a movie because it was naptime and they both were excited to watch the movie. But after about 20 mins, the friend decided the movie was boring and didn't like it. To which my child, who was shocked, said "but you haven't even watched the whole thing!" LOL The friend went and played with toys and soon my child followed. Now they're playing together again and having a good time. It's cute to see how your child and someone else's react to different things and different situations. All part of learning, adjusting, and growing up. :)
Posted by Michelle at 10:36 AM
August 24, 2013
I started playing the clarinet in middle school. Loved it. There was one boy in my class who was awesome and had private lessons and at the time, I wished I did too. But that was too expensive and I was glad I could be a part of the band at all. I've always felt music is a really good thing for any child to lean and recently we put our own kids in lessons. They started playing the violin and are doing really well. I had a realization that the violin and the clarinet both play piano notes. Then I thought how fun would it be if we could play something together? So I brought out my clarinet and played some songs with them. It was fun except that my clarinet sounded really flat. That's not something I can fix so I called around to see what it would cost to get it looked at. We have a number of places in town that I believed could do the job. Most places do a ton of other instruments and sell things I've never even heard of. Maybe one of them had native instruments maschine groove production studio, I don't know. But I was glad they could help me with my clarinet, I just have to have the money to take it in. Hopefully it's not too bad, I really want to get back into playing it.
Posted by Michelle at 5:16 PM
August 11, 2013
I've never had that feeling of needing a second vacation right after your first vacation. That was until today. We just got home from a three day family reunion that my husband was in charge of. It was fun, crazy, and busy but worth it. Today though, I am really feeling the effects of getting off our routine and off our bedtime schedules. For anyone who says regular bedtime routines aren't needed, they need to come to my house and see how we all are since being off our bedtime routine. Seriously, both the kids and us stayed up until 10-11pm and one night even until midnight. Then having to get up before 8am really sucked. The drive home was horrible with the baby who had also stayed up really late and got up early. We're all irritable and cranky today. The baby took two good naps which helped her and the kids went to bed close to their normal bedtime. I got in a nap but I still feel like crap and I know my husband is still really tired too. So yes, this time I really feel like we need a vacation from our vacation. Today and tomorrow should do the trick of getting us back on schedule. Hopefully because the kids start school soon and an early bedtime is HUGE for them while they are in school.
Posted by Michelle at 10:36 PM