Friday, January 23, 2009

Getting to know you

I'm bored, got this from a friends blog.

1. What is your occupation right now? Homemaker/Homeschooler.
2. What color are your socks right now? Not wearing any.
3. What are you listening to right now. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss(movie)
4. What is the last thing you ate? A couple of saltines.
5. Can you drive a stick shift? No.
6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Jason.
7. Do you like the person who sent this to you? Yes! She has a wonderful, inspiring blog.
8. How old are you today? 23
9. What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? None.
10. What is your favorite drink? Sweetend ice tea. I'm not much of a alcohol drinker, but when I do drink I like straight up Vodka, double shot normally.
11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes, I put blonde streaks in it once but I hated that look. And, I dyed my hair a dark brownish red around the time I got pregnant with Pete, but it made me look washed out so I got rid of it after a few months.
12. Favorite food? Dark chocolate.
13. What is the last movie you watched? The mummy, last Saturday.
14. Favorite day of the year? Easter.
15. How do you vent anger? I take a long walk/drive while listening to my favorite "angry music".
16. What was your favorite toy as a child? My unicorns, and barbie's.
17. What is your favorite season? Spring.
18. Cherries or Blueberries? Blueberries. It's too much of a struggle to depit cherries.
19. Do you want your friends to e-mail you back?
20. Who is the most likely to respond?
21. Who is least likely to respond?
22. Living arrangements? 2bed/1bath/den apartment that we grew out of quite a while ago.
23. When was the last time you cried? Monday afternoon.
24. What is on the floor of your closet? Jason's clothes, and some shoes.
25. Who is the friend you have had the longest that you are sending this to? Maggie.
26. What did you do last night? Cleaned, got kid's to bed, scrapped, and got to bed myself.
27. What are you most afraid of? The unknown.
28. Plain, cheese, or spicy hamburgers? Cheese, please.
29. Favorite dog breed? Basset hounds.
30. Favorite day of the week? Friday.
31. How many states have you lived in? NY, NC, and VA.
32. Diamonds or pearls? Depends on the occasion, and the piece of jewelery.
33. What is your favorite flower? Lilacs, Lily of the valley, Casablanca Lillies
34. Favorite Hobby? Reading, driving, scrapping, crocheting. No particular order there.
35. Have you ever tried singing Karaoke? Not unless I was so drunk at the time that I don't remember it.

Monday, January 19, 2009

What we're reading this week

Cath and I are reading "Charlotte's Web" at nighttime to get her used to chapter books with not too many pictures, and she is loving this book! I have been very surprised by how attentively she is listening to this book while I'm reading.

Both kid's are reading "Goodnight Moon" with me this week. We will be talking about the different phases of the moon, planets, clocks/telling time, memorizing "Hey diddle diddle", and reading "Goldilocks and the three bears" as a supplement.

Now for my reading list:
We can all use some help with our budget sometime, especially when trying to buy a house!

And here's the new picture if me:

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I've been wanting to post all week, but I only really have one issue on my mind lately, getting a mortgage for a house. We have turned in all our needed info to the mortgage broker, and now we have a 2wk wait until we hear back from the lenders. And, apparently a VA Loan doesn't always mean a guaranteed mortgage like we thought, especially not in this economy! I feel so stupid for letting people know that we may be buying a house, now if we don't get the mortgage having to explain to them why we're all of a sudden not buying will be adding insult to injury. I'm tryting to stay positive, but am of course extremely nervous/anxious and driving everyone nuts with this issue.

We took a break this week. Everyone was sick at some point this week, and I wasn't feeling too motivated so we stayed home and did nothing all week. We'll get back into the swing of things sometime next week, probably after the holiday/inauguration mess is all done.

And, my last bit of news. my hair is now short again. I'm sure that comes as no suprise to most as I love short hair and I also change my hair at least a few times a year. Long hair bores me, and I've never looked that great with even medium/chin legth or so hair, so I may have to stick to just short for a while now. I love my hasirstyle now, pictures will come when Jason wakes as I'm horrid with cameras... my only issue with it is now I look identical to my dad! It's always something....

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Car troubles...buying a house... shoes?

We haven't heard back from our car insurance guy whether the man Jason grazed with the car will settle or sue, obviously we hope he will settle. Everyone is in agreement that he was in the wrong so if he decided to sue it really wouldn't amount to much more than a major annoyance, and those lovely legal fees. But, that wasn't the end of our car troubles last week, I ended up popping 2 tires while trying to avoid a pothole! Of course, even if I knew how to change a tire it wouldn't have helped me here since I only had 1 spare, albeit a full size spare not a donut. We had to be towed to the nearest car dealership, and bought 2 new tires and got the alignment checked out. The other 2 tires we'll replace next month, the downside of having a AWD car is when 1 tire goes they all must go, joy.

Our lease will finally be up at this horrid apartment in June, so we have decided to buy a house, finally!! I have been bugging Jason badly about this for a while and he's finally caved, we should be applying for a VA Loan in the next few days. Until then I'm having quite a bit of fun house hunting online while kid's nap, I already have a list of potential dream homes I bug Jason about quite frequently. I'm actually in shock that we can buy a single family home in Woodbridge/Manassas area for around $200-250,000, I never thought I'd see that!

Cath's shoe saga is finally over, she got new shoes over the weekend! As most of you probably remember she has held on to her favorite shoes for months now and refused any other shoes, shopping trips for shoes... Finally when my mom was here we took her shopping and I explained she must get new shoes because someone else needed her old shoes, she got extremely upset with me but reluctantly picked out a new pair when Jason bribed her with ice cream. Now she has a shiny new set of brown Mary Jane's with butterflies on them, and I'm seriously dreading having to relive this again 6mos or so from now.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Back from vacation

We got back from our Disney vacation a few days ago, family is here for a few days but I'm so thankful the holiday season is coming to a close. The Disney trip was fun for everyone but really stressful, especially when you have 2 kiddo's with a intense hatred of long lines and minimal things young kid's can actually do. Now the family is here for a few days before going home, and we just celebrated our own "Christmas" today since we weren't here on the actual holiday.

As you can see I changed the background again, mainly to please the snow lover in the house, Catharina. She's waiting very impatiently for the real thing, I try to appease her with pictures, books and info on her current favorite animal penguins and that's working for now. We're in talks about putting Cath into either a ballet or gymnastics/tumbling class for exercise/socialization without mom/something to do in winter, but don't know which to go with. I would love for her to be in ballet, since she seems to have some interest in it, and since I so loved ballet when I was little... but the gymnastics/tumbling classes I've seen look right up her alley too, and they have some great programs, although some are rather costly. Any suggestions?

Pete is throwing himself into his love of trains/cars and will throw a major fit if anyone touches his new birthday stuff, don't you love the 2's. He's been getting entranced by the way his trains magnetically stick to their cars, so I'm thinking may'be getting some info on magnets? Other than that the only thing new with Pete is he has to see a Pediatric Urologist next week, to check on things "down there", and be sure that his previous surgery at 6mo took care of the Hypospadias and no more surgery is needed. Needless to say I'm on pins and needles about that, I just hope we won't have to go through that ordeal again.

We were in a car accident yesterday, Jason bumped into a pedestrian, who was not in the crosswalk, when we were leaving the Harris Teeter on Duke St. The man is fine, he only has some bad bruising to his legs, the kid's were with my mom and we are fine. But, of course this is bringing up a whole slew of troubles, even though we did everything right! Thankfully both the police and car insurance guys are in agreement that it wasn't our fault at all, but unfortunatley there were no witnesses and now the guy we hit is making up tall tales to milk us out of $$. The man we hit is saying that our car ran over his legs before we stopped!! How would it be possible for our SUV to run over this man's legs and only leave him with bad bruising, but not any broken/fractured bones? While I of course feel sympathy for the man, I must cry bullshit here. And, of course our insurance agent informed us that this matter may not be resolved for a year, may'be more.... This will make for a exciting year.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Uneventful week here....

We didn't have a very eventful week here, and it felt nice! We had a very quiet Thanksgiving with no extra family members, no friends, no traveling... it was just the 4 of us and it was wonderful. The kiddo's hated the hand/foot print turkey craft idea I had, and we meant to make turkey hats but the hats I got were too big, ugh.

This week we hope to work on ornaments for the tree, as we have decided that we will only adorn the tree with either handmade ornaments or one's given by friends. We're trying to keep things as simple as possible before our trip in Dec.

I am trying my hand at scrapbooking, and I really like it! So, hopefully you will be seeing my latest creations. On that note, I have to run to Michael's to get some adhesive, because the Scotch brand double sided scrapbooking tape really sucks!!

Friday, November 21, 2008


Updates aren't going to be happening on a daily basis here, so don't get your hopes up. We're not that interesting, and I either don't have the time or don't have the motivation to update all the time. I do plan on updating this blog at least 2-3x/week, and I'll try to include a picture or some other juicy details.

No new signature, or header yet as Jason is still helping me making them but is dragging his feet. I will give you pictures today though. I have pictures of "turkeys" the kid's made, and a photo of their new haircuts. In the future I probably will just post photos of completed projects sans kid's as I dislike putting pictures of my kid's on the web for everyone to view for security purposes, thanks mom.