Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I heart laundry :)

Hello viewers! I was absolutely worthless today! I had every intention to go to the gym early after the kids left for school. I sat down on my couch to read my scriptures and I tilted my head back when I was done with every intention to just "rest" my eyes until 10. But 10 came and went. I slept until Cody returned home from school! :-| Oops. I did get a GIANT pile of laundry folded though and I eventually made it to the gym. Still have yet to shower today though. Oh well! At least the kids got dinner.

So I gave Cody a haircut yesterday and let me just say hair cutting is a talent that I do not possess. I have NEVER possessed it. I remember the first time I cut Charles's hair and it was a disaster. It seems like a crew cut would be easy enough, right? Well not so much for me. Poor Cody changed his mind about halfway through the cut. He wasn't digging the bald look he had begged for. He said he no longer wanted it. He didn't want to look like Dad anymore. The clippers were pulling his hair and he was oohing and ouching every 15 seconds. Well there was no turning back. He looks so cute with a crew cut. Our kids have had crew cuts for a large part of their lives since their dad is in the military. Cody is the cutest with that cut. He has the cutest little face and a perfect shaped head for it. When he got home from school he said all the kids in his class laughed at him for being bald. But when I asked Sara, a friend in his class and our neighbor, she said nobody laughed at him!

So tomorrow will be much more productive than today! I get to go get my hair done! I can only think of one thing I love more than getting my hair done! Since I have gotten older that is the one thing I will splurge on and the one thing my hubby doesn't mind me splurging on. I no longer do the $12 haircuts. I firmly believe that a good haircut and a good bra can make anyone feel like a million bucks! If you don't believe me, try it! So I get to do that and the gym, which I am not a fan of and only go there because I have to so I can stay at a relatively, not as big as some, weight! I also have to get groceries tomorrow and pay bills. I do not know why, but I HATE going grocery shopping. I loathe everything about it. From figuring out which meals to make, making the list, buying the groceries and even putting them away. I hate it all. It is such a chore to me and I would rather do laundry. I do not know why this is. As I sit and write that it sounds totally spoiled. I mean I guess I need to be grateful that it's that easy to get food. But it doesn' t make me like it anymore. So that's all the rantings I have for tonight!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

How Great Thou Art

Today was an awesome day! I really did have a spiritual day at church. It started early this morning when I checked my email and my sweet husband had forwarded me a quote from Bonnie Parkin. It was one of those daily gems you can sign up for. Anyway, it made me feel love from my Heavenly Father. Then when I got to Relief Society Sister Burt gave a fabulous lesson from the May Ensign from President Ballard. It was about the daughters of God. It was such a touching lesson. I was completely overcome with emotion. Through the ENTIRE lesson. It was almost embarrassing that I couldn't stop crying. I felt like the lesson was just for me and that Heavenly Father was letting me know that I am doing stuff right. That I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. I may not be doing it perfect but I am still trying and that's what matters.

I think as women we tend to be a little too hard on ourselves. I think that's how Satan gets us a lot of times, through discouragement. I know I have spent a lot of time in my life comparing myself to others and that has gotten me nowhere but unhappy. I have had a lot of experience in my life that I am so grateful for. A lot of hard times that I am glad I was given the opportunity to learn from and to be able to share those experiences with others. It's hard to be a woman but I am grateful to be one. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a wife and mother. Even through the daily, mundane tasks! I know the Lord gives me the strength to get through the hard times. I know he is very aware of me and the things I have to do on a daily basis. I felt His love for me today.

We also had the Primary program at church today and those little kids did a great job. I LOVE to see that program every year. Those kids are so cute. This was Cody's first program and it was Charlie's last. It's hard to believe he's about to be in Young Men's and will be passing the sacrement. I wish so bad Charles could be here for that. It will be nice for him to be home. Almost done though, only 101 days to go. But who's counting?!!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Mother of the Year!!

OK- Let me explain myself! I'm a geographical single mom right now. Most days I am so tired after getting just the basic life necessities done that I don't spend a ton of time doing fun kid things. BUT...Today was different! We did kid crap all day long!! I have to say it was pretty darn fun! To begin our day Josh, Cody and I played the board game SORRY. Have ya ever played that game with a 5 year old? Well first of all the game takes forever and about half way into it Cody is running around the board making Dixie, the dog, chase him. Game pieces are flying everywhere and he isn't paying a lick of attention, only checking in every once in a while to make sure he was still beating Josh and me. Well, I ended up winning and Josh came in 2nd and Cody was ticked that he lost.

Good thing number 2! We went to this super fun festival with our friends, the Budge's. They had tons of fun, free things to see and do. The kids got to watch guys do bike tricks, trampoline tricks, a bike race, unicycle riders, throw frisbees, I won 2 t-shirts, free water, Ryan and Cody went rock climbing, see the sun through a big fancy telescope and they got to ride long boards! We had a blast! When we got home we had a wiener and marshmallow roast with the Budge's and then went to the park!! Am I a great mom or what?!!! I have to say that today, yes, I was.

Of course before all the fun began we did have to do chores. Charlie and Ryan were in charge of cutting and weed eating the lawn. I only had to tell Ryan 12 times to get his job done. Of course they got moving when I told them if their job wasn't done by go time they weren't going. I took charge of the inside of the house while Cody and Josh were in charge of cleaning up their huge toothpaste mess in the bathroom and on the linen closet door. I have no idea how blue toothpaste ended up on my linen closet door since it isn't even in the bathroom. I guess with boys they'll find a way.

During our weiner roast a cop came and knocked on our fence since we were sitting on the patio and asked if we had seen a man wearing a black cap and a green shirt. He couldn't describe what his pants looked like since the man had not been wearing any. Thus the reason for looking for the man in a green shirt and a black cap. Apparently he was showing his parts to the little kids at the playground that we go to on almost a daily basis. Pretty scary. The park is right behind our house.

Other than the pervert lurking about it was a fabulous day! I got my house clean, the yard got cleaned up and we spent the rest of the day as a family and I loved it! I took tons of pictures but since I'm not computer literate I can't post them here! Oh speaking of computer literacy, how do you like the new background on the blog?! I got it started and then my sweet hubby finished it up for me. I like it. It gives a little personal touch. I love the color red, it's totally me! Speaking of my husband, Babe, I would just like to say that I am so thankful for the blowhorn you sent Josh for his birthday! It can be heard from up to 2 miles away. Our children have been blowing it all day and they are so lucky it has not been bashed into 150 tiny little pieces. That was such a great idea you had. I can't wait for you to get home so you can hear the pleasant sound it makes. :) So now I'm off to finish up my day with a movie with the kids since I haven't spent enough time with them today! :) Don't worry, moms reading this. Days like this happen once in a blue moon.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Why is that school mornings NEVER go smoothly? It seems there hasn't been one day this school year that we aren't rushing or I don't have fighting kids before school. It makes me crazy. The little ones like to sleep in and every morning I go wake Cody up he says "I wanna take a nap for just a little bit longer, I'm so tired Mom!" Josh is a lollygagger. That cute kid does not have the word hurry in his vocabulary. It drives me crazy sometimes. And the madder I get the slower he gets! He doesn't give a dang that I get frustrated. Josh does things on his terms.

So of course this morning was no different. I had to be somewhere by 9 so it was a little more frustrating than usual. The older boys sit on the couch and yell at the little ones to hurry up but don't offer any assistance to get the process moving quicker. I'm trying to get ready all the while sweating like a pig. For some reason when I'm in a hurry and rushing I get to sweating and it only makes the situation more maddening. So I finally got them out the door and had to walk Cody to class, another extra thing I had to do this morning that isn't part of my normal routine. I had to let his teacher know he would be going home with a friend. So by the time all is done for the morning routine I am late getting to where I need to be! I should be used to the way things go with kids by now.

So I had zoning class today from 9-3! Those are long days when I have to do that. I was so glad to get home. I missed hanging out with Cody today. I always miss my kids when they aren't around to drive me crazy. I love them tons. So when I got home we hung out at the park with some neighbors. It was fun until one of them starting talking about being a democrat. Talk about making someone bonkers! I mean, you know, if you want to be a democrat that's fine. We live in a free country and my husband is in Iraq defending that freedom but don't talk about the other party. Especially when you don't know who the person you're blabbing to is rooting for.

So we ended the neighborly visit and went to Little Ceasar's for $5 pizzas. I didn't feel like cooking tonight. I tried to eat healthy and went to Subway. I later found out after eating my sub that I would have been better off eating 2 pieces of pepperoni pizza! Dang it! So I went over my calorie goal for day! Oops. Oh well, there's always tomorrow. Until then...........

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Crazy Woman from Alabama

Well today was a good day! My jam set and I got to the gym and showered at a decent time! Some not so good things took place as well. I guess it all depends on how you look at things. The last 2 days have been half days at school. A normal school day goes from 8:30 until 3:15. Half days, the kids arrive home at 1:15. Can I just say how irritating this is? If you think that's irritating, Cody, the kindergartner, only goes to school for 2 hours and 45 minutes a day except on half days when it's only 2 hours. :- Completely frustrating. The last child I send off to school and we live in a place that does only half day kindergarten. But it's ok cuz when we move to Arizona he'll be all day. Cody is cute though so I don't mind him being around.

So we have these trashy girls that live in our relatively quite neighborhood. They have trashy mouths and they just act like pure white trash in general. For some reason they do not like my 2 older boys. Now, not to brag, but my kids are all extremely handsome. But since Charlie and Ryan are older and out of the little boy stage they are downright good looking. These girls know this and at one time Charlie and Ryan were "going" with these girls. Ever since the breakups we have had to put up with their bad attitudes. Well today I had had enough. Charlie came in insanely ticked off. Now, I'm a Tucker. And when Tucker's get that mad we cry and Charlie has been cursed with this as well. Poor kid. So he comes in crying and I asked him what the matter was. He tells me this chick Casey has slapped him in the face. Now since Charles grew up with 6 sisters and we have no girls he has ALWAYS taught our boys to never hit girls. Thus resulting in Charlie's madness. SO.....I got my shoes on and marched my big tale outside and those girls were still standing in my driveway yelling at my little kids. Oh honey. I was PISSED. So I asked "who hit Charlie?" and of course Josh and Cody didn't hesitate pointing at Casey. So I went a little white trash myself. I like to say I went Marcia Tucker on them. Marcia Tucker is my mother and she didn't think twice about telling someone how it's gonna be. I try hard to have class and couth but when it comes to people screwing with the ones I love that class and couth can go right out the window. I said a few things to those girls that I won't repeat here. But I will say that they will think twice before they enter my territory again. :) I also said a little something to a bully that picks on Charlie at school and we'll have to see if his crap continues. I did warn him that if I hear about it again that I would take matters into my own hands! I can't stand bullies. They're cowards and the minute someone stands up to them they cut that crap out.

Other than those things it was a pretty uneventful day. I have exercised like crazy today. I also did well with my diet. I am determined to get my $35 from the weight loss challenge class! Trisha and I are gonna lose our weight and then do a shopping spree before Charles gets home. FUN! I do love to shop. I have yet to have a friend that loves to go shopping. Oh well, Trisha will get dragged along and she'll love buying her size 8's or whatever size it is she wants to be! Until then..........

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's official..........

I'm FAT! Ok so this day has been a little irritating. I did get up and shower this morning, early too! I wasn't able to get kids out the door before irritation set in. Josh had show and tell today at school and wanted to bring Dixie, the dog, to show. He said his teacher was allowing animals as long as a parent was there to bring and take it away as soon as the kid showed it off. The only problem was I had no idea what time show and tell started and neither did Josh. So Josh starts whining because I told him since we didn't know what time show and tell was, meaning I had no idea what time to show up with our dog, he should bring the little wooden frog his dad sent us from Iraq! I thought it was a great idea since nobody else in the class would have a souvenir from Iraq! Josh didn't like the idea at all. I guess I'm a crappy mom cuz I said no to bringing the dog in.

Irritation number 2.....My friend Trisha and I had collected up the left over peaches from her mom's peach tree and decided to make jam. So I go today to get all the supplies I need for canning jam! Not cheap. I make the jam and when I got home about 15 minutes ago I realized my jam still hadn't set. Now what am I supposed to do? I have all this runny "jam". I guess we'll see how it turns out in the morning. I know the Lord performs miracles.

We ate leftover homemade pizza for dinner tonight after all the kids whined for take out pizza. It seems like nothing is good enough sometimes and it bugs me to death. Spoiled kids. I also went to a weight loss challenge class to gain a renewed motivation for weight loss and that was equally irritating. The "teacher" of the class was nice enough but she didn't give us any new information or anything I hadn't heard before except for her pitch of Herbal Life products. Completely frustrating. I'm not skinny by any means but I do know a thing or 2 about losing weight. I do know that all it takes is good ol' fashioned exercise and putting the fork down. Oh well, Trisha and I decided anyway that we are going for the motivation and accountability. Oh yeah, one more thing about the class. The biggest loser gets half of the money collected. Only problem is, Trisha and I are the only ones that showed up!! So one of us will get our $35 back. Whoopee!

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my life. Wouldn't trade it for the world. Especially after some of the things I have found out about other friends in my life and the things they are facing. I have a great family, a great sister and great friends. I feel so comfortable in my skin these days. Although I'd feel a little more comfortable in a size 10. But hey, life taste good!

I do have a funny story to tell. Yesterday Cody was using the bathroom butt naked. He was about to hop in the shower when I said "hey, you need to wipe your butt." He says I don't think I need too" and I told him he needs to ALWAYS wipe his tale after he poops. He says, "well sometimes I have dry turds and I don't need to wipe." Yeah, that's my 5 year old for you. He cracks me up daily. He is just like Dennis the Menace. He has the personality of something you would only see on TV. Anyhow, I had a few other irritations today that I won't mention. Life is good.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What's all the hype?

OK, so I haven't really liked blogs in the past because they remind me of those chain Christmas letters. You know the ones I'm talking about? The ones you get from people you only hear from at Christmas time and they want you to know all the fabulous things going on in their life! It's a big brag session. Drives me nuts. There's been a few I have liked but not many. But I have a ton of friends who do this blog thing and I figured I would give it a try and put a new spin on it.

I'll tell a little about myself. I have been married to the incredibly gorgeous love of my life for
13 1/2 years, we have 4 gorgeous children, all boys! (Are you sensing the bragging?) We're a military family currently living in Utah while my incredibly gorgeous better half serves in Iraq! Man, we miss him! It's almost over though, only 3 1/2 months to go! We've been in the army as long as we've been married. We were high school sweethearts and I couldn't be happier! Well maybe I would be happier if I could sleep with my husband tonight! But we've done ok with this whole separation thing. It's the second time we've done it and believe me it ain't fun. I do see the hand of the Lord in my life and we are extremely blessed.

So we'll see how this blogging thing goes and see if I like it. I'll tell about my daily, sometimes mundane life, how nuts my kids make me and how I rarely shower before 9 p.m. I don't know much about computers so there probably won't be too many pictures uploaded here but who knows, maybe I'll learn! I hope you enjoy and I'll try and keep the bragging to a minimum. Don't be jealous that my husband is so good looking and I do get a fabulous tan in the summer, other than that there's no need to feel inferior!