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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

She Couldn't Change Me

Have you ever heard this song? It's a fun little tune, scroll down to the bottom of the blog to check it out!

Anyway, it makes me think of me & Dan. We've been together for 14 years and will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary in May. We were high school sweet hearts and I love him more now than I did then. It was interesting at first, both of us kids suddenly thrown into new adult roles. We both spent a lot of time trying to change each other. As you can imagine, it didn't work out too well.

I suppose we have both changed over the years, but then you do as you grow up. We've changed each other too I guess. For instance, he did not like my "old country" music back in the day, and now he's playing Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Johnny Cash on the guitar. There was a time that I wanted to break all his Eagles vinyl over his head because I was so sick of it, yet I'm the one who bought concert tickets & ended up crying over how exciting it was! I put up with his Skoal ring, he's finally decided I can "feminize" our bedroom. It's all about give and take. And now, I wouldn't change my man for the world!

"I guess when you love someone you just gotta let it be"

Friday, March 27, 2009

Don't Touch My Willie

No, not like that! Shame on you for thinking that. But, I must admit that is the first song that came to mind when I saw the 60 foot phallus 18 year old Rory McInnes had painted on the roof of his parents home on the news today. The really interesting part is that it had been there over a year before his folks found out about it! And I thought Little Man was mischievous!

As for the song, I LOVE Kevin Fowler. His songs remind me of Texas and I can relate to most of them. I'm betting you'll see more of his songs here on my blog, as many are favorites. This song about Willie is a favorite, Willie is awesome! If I need to chill out, Willie is what gets put on the stereo. Although, I'm not ad free with my Haggard and Jones as Mr. Fowler is.

So, here you have a bit of strange news and a silly song to start your weekend off right! Happy Friday y'all!

Kevin Fowler - Don't Touch My Willie lyrics

She showed up at my house at half past nine
In a low-cut dress with a bottle of wine
She said this will be a night you won't forget

She poured us some drinks to get us into the mood
I reached for the lights, she reached for my tunes
She pulled out that Red Headed Stranger, I stood up and said

Don't touch my Willie
I don't know you that well
Help yourself to some Haggard or some Jones
Hell, or anybody else
I don't know what you heard
I ain't that kind of guy
Yeah so don't touch my Willie,
We'll get a long just fine

She said she never met a man like me in her life
Who wouldn't share his Willie on the very first night
I said it's nothing personal, don't take it so hard

I don't pull out my Willie for just anyone
There's a lot of other records that you can choose from
So let me make myself clear before you go too far

Don't touch my Willie
I don't know you that well
Help yourself to some Haggard or some Jones
Hell, or anybody else
I don't know what you heard
I ain't that kind of guy
Yeah so don't touch my Willie,
We'll get a long just fine

Keep your hands off my Willie,
We'll get along just fine

Lyrics Kevin Fowler lyrics - Don't Touch My Willie lyrics

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I Ain't Drunk

photo by mseasons

Mary Ellen Hause was a teaching aid at Springboro High School in Ohio. She ended up in hot water after a photo of her posing with three teenage cheerleaders was found on one of the girl's Facebook pages. While it is not a crime to have your pic taken with your son's teenage friends, it is a crime to be hanging out with teenagers while they are drinking...the photo shows the girls holding Smirnoff bottles. Hause claims she did not know the kids were drinking when they gathered around her to take the picture. She ended up being sentenced to 30 days incarceration, a $500 fine, 3 years of probation, and 10 days of community service.

The whole incident upsets me on so many levels! How do you not notice liquor bottles in these girl' hands? I think her pleas of innocence are completely bogus and she just doesn't like that she got caught. When I was a teenager, everyone knew whose parents let them drink and would let friends drink at their house as well. Some parents are all about "if you are going to drink, do it here so you won't be out driving". As a teenager, these were the "cool" parents. As a parent myself now, the idea of another child's parent letting my kids drink, hanging out with them drinking, or even knowing that my kids were out drinking and not alerting me to it makes my blood boil. Add in the fact that this was a teaching aid, an authority figure over these kids, and in my mind it makes it worse. She set quite an example for these young people! So, I am quite pleased that she got more than just a slap on the wrist for this. Of course, this is just my opinion. Feel free to disagree with me.

Monday, March 23, 2009

You Can't Always Get What You Want

photo by rizkapb

This is the lesson Little Man is learning tonight.

He was a terror this morning and it took all the self control I had not just to snap! He kept saying no to me, got in my face, and was incredibly disrespectful. When DH came home and we decided on a punishment for him, Little Man threw yet another fit. Parenting is such a challenge at times!

He was sent to his room for the rest of the evening after stealing half of his sister's dinner off her plate. He's in there pouting and telling us we are the meanest parents in the world, while we are making banana splits. Life is so unfair!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Here for the Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

I cannot believe I didn't find this until today! 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting the Ultimate Blog Party 2009! I love blog parties! You always find so many new blogs that become must reads and meet so many great new folks! I am going to visit as many of them as I can. The house will run itself while I spend a week attached to my computer, right?
There are awesome prizes as well. My top three favorites are:

*A Blog Makeover by Southern Girl Blog Design. (INTL 33) I've been searching for a blog design I could afford for weeks and found her site. She is one talented lady!

*A blog design by Sassy Chic. (INTL 28) She does great work too!

* A blog design by Sara's Pixel Studio. (INTL 36) I wish I could do the amazing things she does!

I also would be completely thrilled to win INTL 23, INTL 35, USC 16, USC 26, USC 63, or well winning anything would be fantastic!

So, click on over and check out the UBP! You will find cool blogs, meet new people, and maybe win something awesome!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hey Jude

Melanie has been my best friend for about 18 years. She lives in Oregon with her hubby and four kiddos. I miss her terribly. Not a day passes that I do not think of her and wish we lived closer. Anyway, we were talking on the phone yesterday while she was getting her younger little ones ready to go pick up the oldest from school. In the middle of talking to me, she pauses and I overhear the following:

"Jude! If that's a booger on your finger do not put it in your mouth, on the couch, or on me!"

For some reason this strikes me as absolutely hilarious. Maybe it because my little kid days or over, I don't know. What really got to me is it was one of those, I can't believe we actually have to say these things sometimes. Back in the day, we would've sworn we'd never utter such a phrase.

Rewind to sixth grade. The two of us were part of a group of four. We were the cool kids. The in crowd. The "it" girls. A clique although we never would've admitted it back then. Everyone loved us, from the other kids to the teachers. I remember that time as us doing whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. I once looked back on that time in my life fondly, then i started reading Queen Bees & Wanna Bes and suddenly became rather ashamed. I don't remember us being mean, but we probably weren't as kind as we could have been. But, I've stumbled off the subject here. Back in the day we were super cool and it was a lot of fun!

Now I'm 30 and Melly will be in May. In November, I'll be the mom of a teenager. I currently say things like "No, you may not watch a rated R movie!" And Melly says "Hey Jude!". It sure seems like a long fall from "it girl" to here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Oh boy, I have a feeling these teenage years are going to be a wild ride!Tristen is already getting into the brooding, cranky, general moodiness that seems to accompany the teen years. One minute he wants us to treat him more like an adult, the next minute he says we expect to much of him. He's happy one minute, in tears the next. You never know what will cause a door to slam or, my personal favorite, an "I hate you!" to be shouted. Add to all this teenage hormonal angst the fact that he is severely ADD and it makes for a very tumultuous home at times.

Today he thinks we are all out to get him. DH and I are purely evil because we expect him to finish a job that he promised would be finished over a month ago. He wanted $25 for a school book fair, but we told him he had to earn it. This was met with a ton of promises that it would be finished over that weekend. Fast forward to now and guess what? It's still not done. And he just flat doesn't want to do it. So, in and out of the house he goes. He's gotten mad and punched something, torn down the curtain that is our bedroom door, and is in general behaving horribly. He is to the age that disciplining him is becoming quite a challenge. It really worries me at times.

Why can't children realize that we are not here to make them miserable? I just want to teach him responsibility. Isn't it every parent's ultimate goal to raise their kids to be responsible, productive adults? That's all I want. Last night we tried to tell him that we truly do not ask that much of him. DH asked him to imagine what it would be like to live on his own and have to work for money like DH does, and cook, clean, do his own laundry, all the shopping, and everything that we as a family do together...but doing it all on his own. I think it made his constant "I can't wait until I move out!" sound not quite as appealing. At the very least, it sure made him think about how bad he has it here at home. Or it least I thought so at the time.

But here we are today, full of the poor, pitiful me act again. Mom who have already been here, does it get better? Please tell me it does! All I can do is try to be the best mom I can be, pray a lot, and love him unconditionally.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Little Houses

Love may grow best in little houses, but brothers & sisters grow best in separate rooms. I think I've mentioned before that the kids have been sharing a 20ft+ long room, divided buy a big curtain my oh so fabulous Nanny made for them. In the past week, we managed to get the Princess moved into her own room. It's painted lavender and she's loving it. Today DH built a wall where the curtain once hung, giving Little Man more privacy and making the room that was once the Princess' our new dining room. We are all so excited! Since Little Man is nearly a teenager, having his own space will be a great thing. Plus, having a dining room that is located so near the kitchen is really making me happy! DH sure is doing a lot with our little house! I can't wait to see which project he tackles next!

Friday, March 13, 2009

You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly

Now, don't freak out! I do not think my kids are ugly! It's just the phone conversation DH and I just had made me think of this song.

You see, it's Friday and DH just wants to get home from work. I said something along the lines of I was sorry he had to be there. He replied, "It's all your fault. Yours, Little Man's, and the Princess'". At first I was taken aback by this. Then I said 'Yep, and the three of you are responsible for me being elbow deep in dish water while I'm talking to you". Indeed, when you have a family you tend to find yourself doing things that you sometimes wish you didn't have to do, but I would not change a thing! Life may not be perfect, we may not have gobs of money, yet as the song says "I love you just the same".

I think part of having a family means sacrifice. You may not have everything you want, but does it really matter? Our family has all that is important: food, shelter, clothes, and each other. We do not really want for anything. Sure, more money would make life easier, but I doubt it would make us happier. My happiness is the happiness of my family. I love being a stay at home wife & mom. There is nothing I enjoy more than taking care of my family. I feel it is what I was meant to do.

Now, I'm not June Cleaver or Donna Reed and I do sometimes get overwhelmed by doing everything on my own. Sometimes my family seems to think that mom and slave or indentured servant are one in the same. I do not appreciate having to pick up after the whole household like the are toddlers. I am completely aware of the fact that everyone in this house sometimes takes advantage of dear old Mom. "Just leave your plate on the table, Mom will get it" etc...But I really do feel like taking care of my family is what I am here to do. I don't mind the laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, more laundry, scrubbing, dusting, yet more least most of the time. I will freely admit there are times when I need a break or wish I had a sick day, this job never ends after all.I am sure there are lots of moms out there that get overwhelmed with all they have to do in a day, everyday. It's a big job taking are of a family. So, even though I sometimes need a break, I truly love what I do.

I have a dear friend who thinks I'm brain washed. I think she sees me as a slave to my husband and kids, like I wait on them hand and foot, which is not the case. I am also a bit too into my absolute belief that DH is the head of this house and that I should submit to him. She does not like that. Strangely enough, this was never something he pushed on me, in fact I'm not sure we've ever even discussed it. It is just the way things are, and in my mind the way they should be. He is the head of our family and I am his helpmeet. And you know what? I am happy. I think that's what it all comes down to. I do not feel like a miserable slave. I am a happy homemaker. True, I might get overwhelmed, but who doesn't? I love my life, just the way it is.

You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn

You're the reason I'm a-ridin' around on recapped tires.
And you're the reason I'm hangin' our clothes outside on wires.
And you're the reason our kids are ugly, little darlin'
Ah, but looks ain't ev'rythin' and money ain't ev'rythin'
But I love you just the same.
You're the reason I've changed to beer from soda pop.
And you're the reason I never get to go to the beauty shop.
You're the reason our kids are ugly, little darlin'
Ah, but looks ain't ev'rythin', and money ain't ev'rythin'
But I love you just the same.
I guess that we won't ever have everything we need
'Cause when we get ahead it's got another mouth to feed

And that's the reason that my good looks and my figure is gone.
And that's the reason that I ain't got no hair to comb.
And you're the reason our kids are ugly, little darlin'
Ah, but looks ain't ev'rythin', and money ain't ev'rythin'
But I love you just the same
I guess that we won't ever have everything we need
'Cause when we get ahead it's got another mouth to feed

--- Instrumental ---

Conway, why in the devil don't you go
And shave and put on a clean pair of pants?
But Loretta, look at yourself. Now I wish you'd take them
Curlers out of your hair and go put on a little makeup
And get out of that housecoat before supper.
Ha, well let me tell you something,
Conway, considerin' everything that I went through today,
I look like a movie star.
Eh-he-yeah, Ruth Buzzie.
Besides that, all our kids took after your part of the family, anyway.

Oh they did, huh? What abouts the ones that's Bald?
Well, I guess you could say they take after me...

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rockin' With the Rythm of the Rain

How we needed the rain that has been steadily coming down for the past two days! The kids have been whining about it because with it cane a pretty good drop in temperature, but I'll take rain any way we can get it! It has been so dry here for what seems like months. i honestly do not remember when it rained last. The drought like conditions and wind have made the fire danger a real problem. Although it probably won't stay wet for long, the rain will at least give the land a nice refreshing drink. I am just happy to see water for the garden coming from the heavens rather than our garden hose. So, we'll bundle up and deal with the cold, knowing that the rain accompanying it is a real blessing.

Next week it will probably be bone dry and in the 80s again. Gotta love this Texas weather!

BTW, our first bluebonnets are out in the yard! It seems Spring is on it's way! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Write This Down

Yep, that's what I need to do. But in reality, if I wrote stuff down, I'd just lose the list. I am getting so ditzy, it's amazing that I can function at all!

Seriously ya;ll, it's getting bad! I go outside and start laundry, then forget about it when the phone rings. I start cleaning the toilet, then remember the laundry, so I switch it to the dryer & start another load, but never get the toilet scrubbed. I make the bed, dust the living room, remember that I need to finish up a book I'm reviewing so I sit to do that. Suddenly it's 3:15, the kids are coming home and DH is calling asking what's for dinner. Whoops, i forgot to thaw anything! That's just an average, forgetful day for me. I flit from project to project and feel that I never get anything fully accomplished. It's so frustrating!

Am I the only mom & homemaker out there that does this? How do you all stay on task? I have a a household notebook, but I'm not thrilled with it. Plus, half the time I don't know where it is, lol. Tell me, what works for you? And what doesn't?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Playboys of the Southwestern World

Do y'all know this little ditty by Blake Shelton? If not, it's on MyPod in my sidebar, give it a listen. I promise it was written for DH and his best friend Cowboy. I can sooo see them pulling a stunt like the one the song describes! They were kids together, grew up just a few houses apart. I guess they've been friends over 20 years now. I sometimes think that when they are together, they are still little boys.

Anyway, Cowboy lived in Arizona awhile and when he moved back to Texas, well he brought out DH's inner wild child. To be 100% honest about it, there was a time that I had a "him or me" mentality about him, as I was sure he was driving our marriage straight to ruin. In my mind a self committed bachelor had no business dragging very married DH along bar hopping and chasing gals. But, that's just exactly what he did. Neither man could understand why it angered me so, after all they were just having fun. Did you notice the key word in that sentence was man? Well, I finally got my point across the night he brought home a woman from a my couch...with my kids there...on a school night! I cannot even put into words what I was feeling or describe the all out scene that ensued. Let's just say it wasn't pretty! He didn't come around much after that, then he moved to way down south Texas and we've not seen him for a year.

Sorry about that, it was not supposed to be a rant. It was just meant to illustrate how Cowboy can talk DH into anything and convince him that I won't be mad at him. Be it staying at a bar until closing time when they told me they'd be home buy 7 or bringing wild women home to bop on my couch. Cowboy can make anything sound like a good idea and can generally smooth talk his way out of any tight spot. DH had not been in a bar before and has not crossed the threshold of one since..see what I mean?

At this point you are probably wondering why I did not seriously injure this man and forbid him to step foot in our house again. My first reason is he IS DH's oldest and dearest friend, they love each other like family. DH would not tolerate me kicking Cowboy out of our lives. Plus, he really is a good man. If he'd just settle down some, he'd be a catch and he'll be a wonderful daddy one day. My problem you see, is he is the most charming, smooth talking cowboy I've ever met. He can melt your heart in less than 10 minutes, no matter how mad you are. Stupid, silver tongued, dimpled Cowboy! You cannot hold a grudge against him it's just not possible!

So tonight my family has driven to a neighboring town to visit Cowboy before he moves back to Arizona. I am so sad that I could not go with them. After all the shenanigans he's talked DH into pulling, I still love him! We all miss him terribly when he's far away! The kids are so sad, they love him so (he can charm kids as well). He's a good old boy, my children's godfather, and my husband's dearest friend. I'm not sure what that makes him to me, but I know he loves us all and would be there for any of us in a heart beat should we need him. We'll miss you Cowboy!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Music Monday ~ Sweet Thing

I apparently live under a rock, because I heard this song for the first time over the weekend. This song makes me smile because DH has called me his ST since we first started dating. This song is so very us! Nothing like a song that makes you feel good all over! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

What I Love About Sunday

I just love Sundays! It is the one day a week when the four of us are all truly together. We may spend the day working on the house, tending to the yard, playing with the dogs, or playing games. No matter what we are doing, we are doing it as a family. It's a day to chill and just be a family. In this busy world, I think many of us tend to not do this enough. I love being with the three souls I love the most! So, enjoy your Sunday! I'm off to fry chicken with Little Miss!