Friday, December 19, 2014

Ready for Christmas?

Are you ready for Christmas?
Is your shopping done?
Are you done wrapping?

The inside of my house has been decorated for weeks! We did not have any lights or decorations to put up outside... We had a lot of lights at one point but are now down to only three sets of lights all of which are on the tree, two of them are short and all blue (the lights I also use to "Light it up Blue" in April for Autism Awareness month) and the other set is regular colors.

I blame Hawaii for ruining all our lights, because two years ago we went crazy decorating outside (although it was military joint family housing) but we had 3 windows, around the front door and the fence covered in lights as well as icicle lights from the roof awning! Many strands of lights, and two lighted reindeer. None of which work anymore... Part of it may have been the light sets we bought were not good quality, but I also think the hot humid weather in Hawaii was somehow harsh on the lights and caused them to short out.

I want to try to get some decorations for outside on sale just after Christmas so that next year we can go crazy decorating outside!!!

I still have LOTS AND LOTS of wrapping to do... Haven't wrapped anything yet... Also, all the family sends gifts in the mail and none of them have wrapped anything... UGH! So, I told Hubby we are going to have a wine drinking wrapping party this weekend!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Novel Bloggers: Blogging a book of fiction

Did you know I have another blog?
Yup, it has been more neglected than this one has, haha! I am trying to get back in the habbit of posting to both on a regular bases. 

My other blog, is called Novel Bloggers, originally when it began I had the idea to make it a blogging book club with multiple contributors, however that did not work out. I have done a few book reviews and other book related posts. 

The new project on Novel Bloggers is a fiction book I have been working on, I will post one chapter at a time. The book is called Amelia's Diaries, read the Prologue and other chapters here!

Keeping a Child Safe, Secure and Happy in the Car

Your child might be too young to ask ‘are we there yet?’, but they can still get bored on a long car journey. An unhappy toddler can turn a family outing into a miserable nightmare, and can even be dangerously distracting. Keeping your tot comfortable and secure is key to a safe and enjoyable trip for everyone.

Car Seats
The most important consideration is children’s car seats. With a wide variety of seats on the market,shop around to find one that suits your needs: some types of toddler seats are suitable for children from nine months old, and some can be used until the child is 11. These are fitted in the rear seat of the car either using an adult seat belt or the car's built in anchor points.

If possible, buy a car seat in person, try it out in your car, and sit your child in it. Ask a member of staff for help if you're not sure which one is most suitable. They can have either an integral harness or an impact cushion, so experiment to see which seems more comfortable and secure, and which is easiest for you to operate.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

We Own a Home!!

It is so exciting, we finally own our own home again! We have lived in base housing for the last 5 years. Now we have a house that is ours and we no longer have another house attached to us! It is our house, we can do whatever we want to it!

We closed on the house on Halloween and moved in a week later! We are now fully unpacked (minus hanging up pictures) and all decorated for Christmas!!! We had a small Thanksgiving here with one other family we know and it is quite fitting that the first thing I ever baked in this house was a pumpkin pie (it's always been my favorite)!

The kids and hubby were off the whole week of Thanksgiving so this week I finally have a quite house, no unpacking to do and am getting back to a normal schedule. For now anyway, not long and the kids will be on Winter Break for 3 weeks.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Mystery on the Beach! What is this?
~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Link-up

My mom came to visit at the beginning of the summer and I copied all the pictures from her camera before she left (she takes a lot of pictures). Somewhere on the beach (I'm assuming because there were beach pictures before and after this one) here in Southern California she took this. No idea what it is or where it was or how much of a close-up this is, but it is interesting, so I had to share.
Link to your WW post on the Linky below!
Don't just leave a link and run, its rude. Leave a comment as well!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Oh the Woes of Buying a House

I think this house buying process is giving me more gray hairs... It certainly is stressfull...

First off, we are moving to a city that is about an hour away from where we live now.

The most important thing about the house we buy is which schools are nearby and all three (Elementary, Middle School and High School) are important and must have good ratings. Although nither of my kids are currently in High School, someday they will be and we plan to live in this house for the next 10+ years.

A few weeks ago we put an offer on a house, first off, the selling reltor, we later found out is clearly incompitent.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Were Moving Again!

Didn't we just move not that long ago? (The pic has nothing to do with the post but isn't she cute!)

Yes, we PCSed here to California in January, but don't worry, we are not PCSing again already. We are currently living in base housing and have decided to buy a house!!!! We are moving off base to another area, which will unfortunately mean the kids will be changing schools again, which I hate and I feel guilty about it. However I know it will be better in the long run!

The schools in the district we are moving to are MUCH better than the school they are at right now on base. Also, Sissy is in 6 grade and after we move she will be going to a Middle School which I feel will be really good for her and give her a little more since of independence and maturity!

So, that means right now, for the next month-ish (however much longer before we move) is the very last time my children will both be at the same school ever again!! Kinda crazy!

The base Elementary School they are both currently at goes up to 8th grade which I think is a little weird. I was in Elementary to 6th grade then Middle School was 7th and 8th. I like the idea of Middle School starting at 6th instead, but I couldn't imagine having Sissy stay as the current school through 8th grade then going to High School. She does currently have the same schedule setup of 7 different periods/classes throughout the day like Middle School which is good, but I think the older kids (6th, 7th, 8th) need that separation from Elementary of Middle School as a stepping stone to prepare them for High School.

I don't yet know when we are moving, it takes time, and lots of paperwork, to buy a house. I am hoping we move around the end of the month or the beginning of next! I really want to be unpacked and have time to decorate for Halloween!!!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I want to be a published author

I kind of laugh at the thought, it sometimes seems outlandish, but why the hell not? I have written enough over the last 7 years to compile several books. I have an amazing idea for a book, something that will keep the reader guessing and on their toes. I just have to finish writing it... Therein lies the problem, with kids, husband, school and work and now its summer and the kids are always home, I just never seem to have enough time in the day... Contemplating taking 4 months off from my school once the kids go back to focus on writing... The main thing I am afraid of, what if I put all this effort into writing a book and no one will publish it?... That would suck...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sleeping with a Frog Helped My Lower Back Pain

My Husband gave me this large frog stuffed animal many years ago before he left for his second deployment. He slept with it for a few days so it smelled like him and I had it to cuddle with in bed while he was gone. It has had a place sitting at the end of our bed ever since.
I have had lower back issues since my first pregnancy 11 years ago, it has only gotten worse over the years and doing certain activities (vacuuming the house, leaning over the sink doing dishes) exasperates it. I even tried physical therapy at one point but nothing has helped the constant ache in my lower back...

A few weeks ago I grabbed the frog to use as a book prop while laying in bed and ended up cuddling with it that night. I am a side sleeper and I always have a pillow between my knees and recently I realized it is also more comfortable to have something cushy against my chest between my arms, it supports the arm I'm not laying on and also I realized it keeps me on my side with my back straight instead of rolling partially forward curving my shoulders forward.

Since I started sleeping with the frog my lower back pain is almost gone, it rarely hurts anymore!!! All this time, it was the way I was sleeping. I have been told to sleep with a pillow between my legs, which helps but not enough. I told my husband it has helped me and he stole our daughters large whale to sleep with to see if it helps him. I going to try to find him a large bolster pillow that will work so he can give the whale back.
The frog is almost the width of my chest, it needs to be big to support your upper body properly. Regular pillows wont work as well because they are flat, you need something round.


Monday, April 21, 2014

The Human Dog Connection - Health and Happiness

Dog lovers have long recognized that their animals contribute more to life than entertainment, and research indicates they’re right. Quality dog time actually alters human brain chemistry, improves your mood, and raises both health and happiness.

If dogs make such marvelous contributions to the quality of human lives, humans ought to reciprocate in kind.

Changing the mind
Washington State University researchers conducted a small study on the human-animal connection in which one group of incarcerated boys spent an hour with shelter dogs while another played video games or basketball. The boys who interacted with the dogs were reportedly “more joyful … and calm … [and] outbursts and hyperactivity diminished.”

The regular interaction had a positive impact on depression, ADHD, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, all common problems at the Excelsior Youth Center.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prioritizing: Kids, Husband, School, Job, Blogging... Random Tuesday

I have never been the best at prioritizing, but I am working on it. I miss blogging and I am trying to get better at making time for it. However that is easier said than done when I have so much on my plate. Blogging is last on my priority list... It's unfortunate, but that is the way it has to be.

If only my English teacher would grade my blog... I haven't mentioned it yet, but I am a part time online student! I started classes last July. I am currently taking an English class that I have actually enjoyed! Never like English classes in High School, of course I didn't enjoy writing as much then as I do now. Also in High School the teachers always made me read horrible books that I couldn't manage to finish... I love reading as long as I am interested in the topic.

Back to blogging:
Do you remember "Stalk Hop Friday"?
I want to bring it back! It was fun and a great way to grow your social media profiles! At the time I had link-ups for Google+, Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, Blog Frog and Networked Blogs.

I'm thinking the list needs to change up a bit. Obviously keep the first 3, but I think maybe add Pinterest. Any other suggestions?

I made a Facebook Page for Stalk Hop Friday!


We are all doing great here in California. I still miss Hawaii, I think I always will. I love the kids new school and they have fantastic teachers!!! Sissy had to do a little catching up in math thanks to Hawaii schools being a little behind but she is getting there! It took several months because we were on a waiting list, but they finally have ABA Therapy services going again! All adjusted and settled in.


I randomly decided to join in on the linky Randomness with Stacy, because why not and I love her blog!
Stacy

Women Taking Power Tools into Their Own Hands

According to the National Association of Realtors, there are now more than twice as many single-women homeowners as men, and many of these women are not afraid of a power tool. More and more women are fixing things around the house, and that final domestic area for expression of manhood -- the fixer-upper -- has become a woman’s domain as well.

Power tools strictly for women
Now there are companies that cater specifically to women. It started with the Tomboy Tool Company, which featured slick pink, high-quality hand tools for women, sold through tool parties.

Other companies are beginning to see there’s a market for selling directly to the women who fix up their homes. Companies are finding women’s online blogs touting their favorite power tools instead of looking for the Mixmaster.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Beware of Scams when looking for an online job....

I was sent an invitation to interview for a job on oDesk. The job was titled: PERSONAL ASSISTANT IS NEEDED FOR APPLICANTS IN NORTH AMERICA.
The message stated:
Our recruitment team viewed your resume published on (ODESK) and we are pleased with your qualifications,we believe you have the required qualifications to undergo an online interview.

To proceed with this PERSONAL ASSISTANT POSITION , you must undergo an online interview via yahoo messenger. You are required to have a yahoo instant messenger on your computer.

I want you to setup a yahoo messenger (IM) if you don't have one and Instant Message (Mr Darren Buckley) on his yahoo ID (darrenbuckley38@yahoo.com) As soon as possible for the interview so that you can get Started for the position.
Interview schedule: ASAP

Hope to read back from you as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,
Cass Kelly.


I was already a little skeptical about doing a interview via yahoo messenger, also the job description was very vague. However I went ahead and added the guy to my messenger contacts, what could it hurt...

The next day he messages me. The conversation is as follows:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

PCS - Hawaii to Southern California

I't has been so long I hardley know where to begin. At the begining of January we sad aloha to the beautiful Island of Oahu and hello to Southern California. It was sad and exciting at the same time. I absolutely loved living in Hawaii, we lived there for 4 and a half years! Much longer than the norm for Military families which is typically 3 years. I was excited also to start our new journey in California. Thankfully the climate change was not too drastic but I am still cold most days. I was used to a consistent temperature in the 80's with high humidity and now it ranges from highs in the 60's - 70's, Hawaii made me a wimp.

We are settling in well, we were without our household goods for over a month, we slept on air mattresses and used loaner dishes but that is what you get when you move across the ocean. The kids are doing well in their new school and quickly making friends!

I still miss Hawaii and I think I always will. I will never forget the experiences and memories I made there! Best duty station EVER!!! However, best thing about being back on the mainland, getting to eat at certain chain restaurant's that were not in Hawaii, like Chipotle Mexican Grill, one of my favorites that I had to live without for 4 1/2 years!!!