Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Grass is Greener

I have to admit that I am having a "grass is greener on the other side of the fence" moment. I would really love a much bigger house then the one we are currently squished in to. Sigh. But, I like the current lifestyle we have going on right now too. I know a bigger house would mean a bigger mortgage, and so my play money would go into the house again. I keep looking every now and again and I am learning that I either have to stop looking at bigger houses or learn to treat it more as a long-term goal. Perhaps I'll learn to figure out the in-between, isn't that the best place to be? We'll see. With my birthday around the corner, I remember that my family growing up didn't move into our first house until I was 12, my mom was then 32! So, I shouldn't complain too much. Atleast not out loud.
We'll get the basement finished, some painting done and some furniture purchased, and I think that I can survive this house a little bit longer. Anyone up for some renovating? Or better yet, home decorating? Since I have no set style and frankly the mish mash of stuff I have totally reflects that, I often think about those HGTV shows where someone comes in and totally fixes up a room and it looks awesome. We'll get there, it's just slooooow.
Wish me luck.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring is in the air....

The great thing about spring for our family is that we are so "outside" deprived, we are happy to do anything I can think of. So we found 3-D sidewalk chalk and the kids have loved the glasses that came with them and the chalk to draw on the sidewalk, the van, the deck, uh, you say it was just "sidewalk" chalk?

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

We had our egg hunt this past Saturday and it was so much fun! The kids were just thrilled to be hunting for the eggs. Enjoy the pictures taken on my new Canon Powershot G10! I'm so spoiled, I'll admit it. My dear hubby willingly dished out the money for a new camera for me.
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Friday, April 3, 2009

A Vacation and a Difference

We spent last week in Florida, the whole family, with Clark's parents. What a busy, amazing, awesome time. I have never been to a Disney Park before and was excited for the opportunity. It was incredible. I know why people go back over and over again. One of the differences between Disneyland and World is how they are set up. Disney World is divided into Kingdoms, each being a seperate park. So we hit Epcot on day one. Magic Kingdom for two and three and Animal Kingdom on day 4. Then a hit at SeaWorld. The kids did great on the plane and with the busy schedule. I'd say that Kyrie had a couple of meltdowns, but who wouldn't without naps for a couple of days? For pictures, check out facebook. I couldn't set up a scrapbook the way I wanted. We can't wait to go back again.

On a different note.... I always feel like my voice doesn't make much of a difference. I always fill out petitions and send emails for things that I feel strongly about, but don't ever feel like it does anything. But, I have noticed a couple of things that I have helped out with. They are both silly and little, but enough of a postive experience that I'll keep trying. First off, the Joe Line at Superstore. Girl side, is awesome. But I noticed that the baby boy side was next to nothing. So, I thought, what the heck, I emailed them. They gave me the usual "Thanks for your opinion, we'll send it to the right person" garbage and I thought that was the end of it. But, I'd say the last couple of months, I have actually noticed a bump up on the baby boy side. Did I do that? I don't know, but hopefully I helped.
The Second experience was with a local radio station. I listen to Lite 96 most of the time cause I don't have to worry about most of the songs... until a couple of days ago. They started play Hot and Cold by Katy Perry and I noticed they didn't bother to edit the "b" word in the song. I was shocked! I thought I was mistaken until yesterday when I heard it again! So, I emailed them, letting them know I wasn't happy about it. I got an email by the end of the day informing me that they now had it edited! I do make a difference. I haven't heard the song since, but you can be sure that I am keeping a good ear out for it. For me, while it feels like the voice of those who'd like to destroy the things I love are winning, perhaps they wouldn't if I was willing to speak up just a little bit more. And I think I will.