Friday, March 30, 2012

Hot Roller Success

HHThe hot rollers were a big success, but I draw the line just before sponge rollers...don't worry.  I just hope this doesn't open the door for some Jean Nate and my Purple Rain album.

Today was the day this spring break snob dreaded.  The just get crap done day.  Rich had an op to work this evening  so after we worked out we went to sign our taxes...yuck.  Rich and I couldn't believe how much it cost to have our taxes done.  Rich informed me that he was going to figure out how to do it himself next year and save us some money.  I said "great" silently figuring out how much our CPA made for about an hours worth of work and feeling a little ill.  He also asked me what else I had planned for the day.  I told him that I was going to get my eyebrows waxed at 2:00 and also needed to get Andrew to his dads around 2:30.  He then asked me how much it cost to have my eyebrows waxed.  I told him about $15.00 to which he replied...I think I could figure out how to do that too and save us some money.  I said "great" silently figuring how much it would cost to have an eyebrow transplant.

The rest of the day seemed to just slip away.  I spent on the computer working on finances, some time on hold trying to get some info, cooking dinner, and getting a phone call from this beauty...
Yes...she is growing up so quickly

Yes...her hair is just getting redder.

Yes...she still breaks my heart into a million pieces.

This day was very quickly forgiven by the spring break snob.

More Later

- A Ro

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Taking a Break

Our school is on spring break.  We are unusual in that we get two weeks of spring break.  I really look forward to these two weeks off, and yet I have come to the conclusion that me and time off just don't agree.  Here are some problems that I have come across.  First of all I have a hard time just relaxing.  It is a bit of culture shock.  When I am in school it is go go go and then all of the sudden the breaks are put on and I don't have to go go go at all.  So I say to myself that I am going to relax and enjoy my time off, but at the same time I really don't want to waste a minute of this much needed break.  So, I get a new book on my kindle, get all of my scrapbooking in order, and Bella makes her "what I want to do over spring break" list.  It consists of 1. Get our nails done (I can't remember the last time I had a manicure) 2.  Invite a friend over (well this is especially difficult since most of her friends are not faculty kids and end up traveling extensively over this break) 3. Watch Lady and the Tramp (OK I can handle that) 4.  Make fondant cupcakes (easy)  5. Catch up on our tivo'd Modern Family (great)

Where does she come up with these things?  She also decided today to get out her water colors and paint.  We have these bushes in the front of our house that have these beautiful purple flowers on them.  My favorite moment of the day was watching her through the window walk around these bushes trying to pick the perfect flowers for her painting.  I swear she took more time choosing the flowers than painting the picture.  It was great watching her artistic mind work.

Here is the final product:

The only thing we have done on her list so far is catch up on our Modern Family episodes, and that happened today.  I have to share a favorite moment that just cracks me up...the manshake.

Today was a typical day off.  Nothing scheduled to do and I had a hard time.  So what I actually did is the first time and my though process is the part in italics.

1.  I woke up and exercised.  I have promised myself that I will at least stick with my exercise routine this break. Why the heck am I getting up to exercise...I am on spring break for goodness sake.

2.  The kids were with their dad so I made myself some coffee and breakfast and went upstairs to watch the Today show and wait for the kids to get home.  I got a lot of computer stuff done and enjoyed my morning.
I really should be doing something constructive with this time...not messing around on computer and gasp...watching TV.

3.  The kids got home around 11:00 and I went to do a few errands which ended up with me at Target buying hot rollers.  Now in all honest I think the last time I bought hot rollers was when I was in high school and I desperately wanted that dang blasted feathered look and hot rolling my hair was the best I could do, but I got my hair cut yesterday and my hairdresser uses hot rollers and her hair as a lot like mine so I decided to give it a try.  Don't worry I am no longer going for that feathered look.  OK no lollygagging make a list and make sure that you get all of your errands done so you only have to go out once.  And no Starbucks...what you think that just because you are on break you get to have Starbucks just because.

4.  Came home ate lunch and scrapbooked for a bit.  This was OK because scrapbooking was on my spring break to do list.

5.  Took a nap. OK this is where it gets bad.  The angel on my shoulder is telling me "it is spring break you can take a nap if you want to"  the devil is telling me "you lazy bum you should be cleaning out the garage"  I ultimately feel guilty because taking a nap is wasting away my day but I took one anyway...HA

I just don't do well with breaks.

I think I just need more practice...

More Later

- A Ro

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Well Hello There

Well that pretty much says it all.  I have been ignoring this blog and you all for a very long time and I hate it.  I have been thinking about this blog a lot and you all and have come to a couple of conclusions.  I started this blog to keep in touch with my far away family and to keep a journal of the goings on in my life.  At the time things were crazy for me and I felt that blogging would really help me keep a handle on everything that was happening in my life.  Those things really haven't changed.  My life has settled down quite a bit and I don't think I have ever been happier and more at peace.  Besides keeping in touch with my far away family and sharing my life with them, and you, all I feel that writing in my blog forces me to live in the moment.  Most of my problem with blogging has been being too busy...well think about that.  I am too busy to capture my life.  I don't want to be too busy to capture my life.  I want to constantly capture my life so that I can live and remember the little things that I love so much. 

So I am really going to give myself this gift.  The gift of living in the moment and capturing those moments, and keeping in touch with my family.  If I focus on what to blog in the evening I will do this.  If I give myself this gift of sitting down each day and reviewing the day and the gift of visiting others blogs and sharing I feel my life will be greatly enhanced.

Besides that I have some cute kids and bonus kids and some very cute nieces and nephews I would love to share. 

I am blessed and want to celebrate that.

So right now I am going to head on over to my favorite blogs and connect, and make a pact to be a better blogger.

Wish me luck!!

More Later

- A Ro

Friday, March 2, 2012


Today is my niece's birthday, she is a big 5 years old today.  I know what you are thinking...oh, no bad poetry again.  Fear not loyal followers I will not traumatize you with bad poetry this year.  This year my birthday blogs will be a look back in time birthday blog.

So sit back Samantha (and mom and dad)...and enjoy a look back in time.

Oh yes, I went there.  Here you are Sami still givin' your mama a back ache, and a bit of a pooch :)

But I'm sure she would agree, that it was all worth it.  Happy Birthday Sami.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Yes indeed, I very pretty little princess.
Who is very much full of fun and energy...
...and sweetness...
...and beauty and grace.

I love you Samantha!!  Have a Happy Birthday!! (Keep checking the mail...somethings comin')

More Later

- A Ro