~In the words of the Grammar Snob.....I tend to curse and make little things seem like BIG FREAKING THINGS and overreact and think the world revolves around me. BUT! I can be sweet and charming sometimes. You should focus on those times.~

Friday, December 16, 2005

The dr said not to worry but that's like telling someone to not get the urge to pee! G had her 4-month well check today. The size of her head went from the 50% range to the 95% range and the rest of her body did not. So she has to have an MRI just to make sure everything is normal in there. I've been concerned about a strange looking lump on the front of her head anyway, but the dr didn't seem concerned, but w/ all this it just makes me want to throw up. So apparantly nothing to worry about, but tell that to my insides that don't seem to be listening to that.

Friday, December 9, 2005

What's that smell............

I walked into my house from running an erand today and it smelled like a huge fart! Now, I'll admit there were dishes in the sink and they did have an odor, but not a fart odor! So who comes in my house when I'm gone and farts????? Is there such thing as a farting ghost or something? This happens more often than I'd like to admit!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

1. At least 2 people in this world LOVE you so much they would DiE for you. 2. At least 15 people in this world love you in some way. 3. The only reason anyone would ever hate you is because they want to be just like you. 4. A SMiLE from you can bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you. 5. Every night, SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep. 6. You mean the world to someone. 7. If not for you, someone may not be living. 8. You are special&unique. 9. Someone that you don't even know exists, loves you. 10. When you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it. 11. When you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely turned your back on the world. 12. When you think you have no chance of getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you BELiEVE in yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it. 13. Always remember the compliments you received. FORGET about the rude remarks. 14. Always tell someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know. 15. If you have a GREAT FRIEND, take the time to let them know that they are great.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Today I stayed home w/ sick kids, did some last minute shopping (lots of free stuff this week, man I need to work on my food storage! I have no idea where I'm going put things!), but not much in the way of cleaning the house which needs it BADLY. Allen and I finally broke down and bought some mice killer stuff. We really didn't want to because of the kids and dog, but the mice are out of hand. They are underneath my shower, so when I'm showering I hear a heard of mice running around under me and it's very unerving (oh and imagine sitting on the toilet and hearing them running around under the shower next to you! Talk about a show stopper!). They are behind our extra fridge, in the garage, and in the kitchen as well. If they are under my shower that means they are in my bedroom and my scraproom as well. I've seen them go behind the fireplace as well. I am TOTALLY freaked! Since we'll be out of town this weekend we will put the stuff out so there is no chance of the kids or dog getting into it. Allen also bought sticky traps which we will lay out as well. I'll tell you though, when we come home Allen will be going in the house FIRST and doing a thurough inspection before I set foot into the house. I don't want to see a mouse dead or alive!
Here is a list of things not to do when you are naked....
*answer the door
*work as a bee keeper
*ride a bike with no seat
*train attack dogs
*Shovel snow
*cook bacon
*Hold a mad cat
*Get pulled over by a (same sex) cop and try and flirt your way out of the ticket
*Go to prision
*saw wood

What can you add to the list??
OMGosh, sick kids! Well, its 4am and I'm up because I've got 2 coughing kids in my bed. They've had the sniffles for a couple days which I just chalked up to allergies or the change in weather. Now their coughs sound like they are dying! I gave them both the only cough medicine I have, which is a perscription for my 4YO. Their noses are green and yucky and they all just sound so gross! To top it off, I took my 4YO to the library and grocery shopping and when we got home my 2YO apparently had taken a nap and DH didn't think to wake him up! We got home at 9:00pm! I was just sure he'd be up till midnight! Surprisingly he went back to bed, but it was him who woke up crying and moved everyone into my bed!!!!!!!! The baby has been congested for a couple days, but doesn't have the cough. So I guess we're going to the dr instead of school today! We're getting to know our new dr REALLY well!

Sunday, November 6, 2005

Today we went out to my grandparent's to celebrate my gpa's b-day. He's 85! Doesn't look or act like it though! Every year there is a BBQ to raise money for the Wittman fire dept at this time and so we always go to that. This year we just got the BBQ as take out and ate at the farm. I was thumbing through some old pics and found one of my g'pa when he was young and OMGosh if he weren't my gpa! What a hotty! (Sorry if I just turned anyone's stomachs w/ that thought but he was better looking than Brad Pitt!) It was a fun day! Allen left tonight for training in Illinois. He'll be gone through Wednesday. I Did a couple loads of laundry for a gal at my church who is wheelchair bound. She usually has someone come in and help her during the day, but her gal quit on her suddenly. So I'm helping her until she finds a new attendant! Didn't get much else done! I'm trying to get a list of people in my church who might be able to benefit from my shopping addiction! I now am the proud owner of 88 boxes of cereal (paid only $8). I'm sending a bunch to my sister too. I plan on going and getting more cereal as many times as I can until the sale ends Tuesday, since this deal is unlimited and doesn't cost me anything else besides my original $8 investment! It's just nice to be able to help others out! If you'd like some cereal come over! LOL

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Today I did 1 load of laundry, 3 trips tp Basha's (got 24 boxes of cereal for less than $8!), trip to walmart to exchange diapers, drove...drove...drove.....visited w/ my mom during one of my Basha's trips! We don't get to talk much because usually the kids are w/ us and have our attention! Oh, and Basha's had their Halloween decorations on sale for 75% off, so I got these really cute ceramic pumpins for less than $2! I don't know why ANYONE shops for Halloween decorations BEFORE Halloween! What a deal! I am an absolute "deal junkie". When I sit and plan my shopping trips and get my coupons ready I get this absolute antisipatory rush at the thought of getting so much food for so little money! I know, it's a sickness!

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Today I tried to recover from Halloween. It's hard when you have a billion loads of laundry to do and the city turns your water off! At least they were nice about the whole thing! I was at Basha's today while Cori was in school. I went to put Ethan in their Cub House and the lady in there said she was taking a break as soon as the kids in the room then were picked up and she couldn't take anymore kids! I was so mad! Then I talked to the manager, told him the reason I shop at Basha's was because of the Cub House. All while telling him what happened Ethan was running up and down yelling because he wanted to play! Normally I would NOT let him act this way, but I wanted the manager to see WHY I needed the Cub house! LOL He apologized and made her take him and told her to ask him for a break and he'd send someone over(DUH). So I put Ethan in, did my normal shopping (I took a little extra time by looking at the clearance Halloween stuff) and when I went to get Ethan the two kids she was waiting on to take her break were STILL in there! It suddenly turned my very mad mood into laughter! All the way home I just giggled! I just couldn't believe all the stink and I was the first one done! LOL
I am just so frustrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A couple days ago there was a mouse on my back porch taunting me. Well, Allen got the little sucker yesterday and I did a happy dance! Then today Cori saw the diseased's friend! I'm sure there are more! Allen is out of town all weekend. There is NO WAY I will set traps and catch them! ARG! Guess I need to plant some mint!

AND I have this "friend" who has made it impossible to answer my phone! I can't get her to SHUT UP! To top it all off she told me this week how wrong it is for me to be on WIC. Her statement was "I pay for my baby's formula and yours". EXCUSE ME? My husband works and we pay PLENTY of taxes. I pay for my formula! I'm one of the most politically conservative people I know and believe that welfare and gov't programs are horribly abused and badly designed. But I also believe that they are there for people trying to get on their feet! My husband just spent that last 4 years in school, so we've needed the help we get from WIC. And anyway, what business is it of hers????????? She also "assumes" I'm going to do things for her. She TOLD me I was helping her out at her daughter's party. I have a hard time w/ confrontation and "hurting people's feelings" so it's hard for me to tell her no. I'm now ready to tell her to SHOVE IT! The worst thing is she has a daughter that Cori likes to play with so if I stop being friends w/ this gal then Cori loses her friend. The little girl is obnoxious and drives me crazy, but is being raised w/ the same religious values. It's getting to the point that that isn't enough anymore! What's worse is we go to the same church and I've actually avoided church because of her!!!!!!!!!! I am just so sick and tired of her! I am not going to answer my phone anymore!

Monday, October 31, 2005

With hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, fires, severe t-storms and earthquakestearing up the country from one end to another, the quote of the year is: Jay Leno: "Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Dave Ramsey is on KXAM 1310am radio for 1-4 every day. Where I work, I can't get the station so I go to DaveRamsey.com & listen to him from 11 to 2. Also you can listen to broadcasts of prior shows on there. This is this great financial guy!
What kind of toothpaste do you use? Whatever is free
What kind of deodorant do you use? Secret any smell
Do your prefer perfume/cologne or body spray? none
What kind of toilet paper do you use? whatever is 16cents a roll or less
What brand of mayonnaise do you prefer? whichever is 50cents or less per jar
What brand of ketchup do you prefer? whichever is free
Pickles: whichever is free
Have you ever watched Ellen? Yes
Do you like her talk show? I do like it and was surprised that I did!
What is your favorite Care Bear? I don't remember!
Did you watch Gummi Bears when you were a child? watch them do what? I ate them!
Do you like Pringles? I guess
If so... what kind? I don't know
Do you watch NASCAR? Yep, love it!
If so... who is your favorite driver? ummmmmm....hard to pick just one but Dale Ernhardt Jr and Jeff Gordon are usually my faves!
What is your favorite football team? A's
What is your favorite baseball team? Well, I'm a home team gal so Diamondback's!
What is your favorite Disney movie? Bugs Life
Do you remember the candy called Bonkers? no
Have you ever had a cavity? Yep
What flavor of Pop Tarts is your favorite? none! YUCK!
Did you take Psychology in school? Yes
Did you enjoy it? It was easy, so yes!
How many disorders did it make you think you have? None
How's the weather where you are? Cool and beautiful!
Where are you? at home on the computer
Do you use an umbrella when walking outside in the rain? no
Do you wash dishes by hand or use a dish washer? I have a dishwasher
Do you watch Oprah? Yes
Do you enjoy concerts? Yes
What is the best concert you have been to? not sure!
Do you pop your knuckles? no
Do your really believe it is bad for you? Not sure
Do you like cheese? Yep
What kind of sheets do you use? Same sheets my hubby used on his bed before I married him (yes, I need to buy new sheets).
Do you like Barnes and Noble? Yes
This is the end of the survey... Are you sad that it's over? No, I think I have carple-tunnel (sp?) because my arm is hurting! LOL

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

"If you concentrate on the present, you eliminate what happened yesterday and any apprehension of what may happen tomorrow." -- Denis Waitley

Words I must ponder and apply to my life!
I'm going to rant about my friend M for a little bit! She DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't even know where to begin to describe it, but she's crazy! She is constantly down on me for my "couponing" and making fun of it and yet is constantly asking if I have certain coupons for things. She has even taken THAT one step further! I gave her some toothbrushes and toothpaste a while back. I got them for free and my stock pile was spilling out of my drawer! I am a VERY generous person and love to give to people. It made me feel good to be able to give her things that she could use! Well, ever since then she has thought of my cupboards as a free supermarket or something! One time she asked me for some diapers for her daughter because she was out. I gladly gave her some, but THEN she told me WHY she had no diapers! She was at the store to get some and couldn't find the "deal" she wanted on diapers. So rather than buying a small package of diapers to hold her over she just decided NOT to buy any! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! If your kid needs diapers then you have to get them some no matter the "deal". Come one! I'm the queen of good deals and would never do this! Then another time she asked me to bring her a box of cereal because she was "almost out". rrrrrrr! She asks for things that I've told her I've gotten before and I've had to start lying about not having them because she EXPECTS me to give them to her! Her husband makes almost $10 per hour MORE than mine AND she works part time as well, where as I'm a SAHM. Financially we are hurting and have been for years. I love that I'm able to coupon and get good deals and share them, but I HATE that it's expected! I'm not a friggin' soup kitchen! She has a daughter the same age as Cori and it's getting to the point where I can't stand the kid! She talks CONSTANTLY and tattles all the time! She is always critisizing Cori and Ethan, and it's because she repeats what her mom says! I just don't want my kids to feel like they aren't good enough because of what they say! I am a NON-confrontational person and I just don't know what to do!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Georgia is now the size Ethan was when he popped out of me (8lbs 12oz). She still doesn't seem very big and I remember Ethan seeming very big! She has the cutest little rolls on the insides of her thighs. There's not a bit of fat anywhere else on her though! I took her Monday to have her pictures done in the same pink dress Cori has pictures done at her age! She just looked so much like Cori it was scary! LOL She really looks more like Ethan though! She's such a pretty girl! I get comments ALL THE TIME about how beautiful she is! My birthday is Sunday and Allen's was last Sunday. I've still done nothing for him, but that's because we have no money until Friday! I can't believe I'm going to be 26. Makes me hyperventalate a little! That just sounds so OLD! I feel a little old right now, but probably because I'm tired!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

12:14am Tomorrow Cori heads down w/ daddy to the ranch for Labor Day weekend. Allen is working in Tucson and then will be home. Ethan goes down to the ranch Friday w/ Leah. Allen is trying to talk me into going, or letting him go, to the ranch on Sunday evening. I don't wanna! I'm tired and I don't want to sleep on a bad mattress and I want Allen home! PLUS, we have soooooo many projects to work on around here! ARG!

8/28/05 I picked up the pictures of you and Georgia today! You are getting so big and are so pretty! Your smile is so bright and inviting. I am so glad to have you around! You are a big help and blessing in my life!


Georgia, Georgia,
The whole day through
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind
I'm saying Georgia
A song of you
Comes as sweet and clear
As moonlight through the pines
Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

4:12am 8/22/05 I am sooooooooo tired! I love you!

8/28/05 This week, watch your baby discover her hands and feet. As strange as it sounds, she's just beginning to realize they're part of her body. You can add to her fun by playing "This Little Piggy" with her or giving her wrist and sock rattles to wear. Also, don't be surprised to hear more gurgles, coos, and grunts as your baby learns to express herself with sounds beyond crying. Is my baby developing normally?Remember, each baby is unique and meets cognitive milestones at his own pace. These are simply guidelines to what your baby has the potential to accomplish — if not right now, then shortly.If your baby was born prematurely, keep in mind that he'll almost always need a bit more time before he can do the same things as other children his chronological age. That's why most preemies are given two ages by their pediatricians — their chronological age (calculated from their birthday) and their adjusted age (calculated from their due date). Doctors generally assess a preterm child's development from the time he should have been born and evaluate his skills accordingly.If you have any questions at all about your baby's development, check with your practitioner.

The song I will always remember my papa by!

Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone. Let's pretend that we're together, all alone. I'll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low, And you can tell your friend there with you he'll have to go. Whisper to me, tell me do you love me true, Or is he holding you the way I do? Tho' love is blind, make up your mind, I've got to know, Should I hang up, or will you tell him he'll have to go? You can't say the words I want to hear While you're with another man,If you want me, answer "yes" or "no," Darling, I will understand. Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone. Let's pretend that we're together, all alone. I'll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low, And you can tell your friend there with you he'll have to go.


Ethan Ladd Shreeve. Ethan for Ethan Winthrop on Passions. Kind of embarrasing for me to admit, but you were named after a soap star because he was soooooo cute! Ladd for your grandpa Howard Ladd Gamble, the best man in the world!

Ethan was diagnosed w/ Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia or Developmental Apraxia of Speech at age 2.5.

Best definition of apraxia so far: So to some degree or another, a child with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech has difficulty programming and planning speech movements.

These two terms are generally synonymous. Developmental verbal dyspraxia is often shortened to "DVD" and developmental apraxia of speech to "DAS". The "a" in "apraxia" stands for absence and "dys" in dyspraxia stands for partial. Thus, apraxia is absence of speech and dyspraxia is used by some to indicate some speech ability. "Praxis" indicates difficulty executing skilled movements. However, more recently Childhood Apraxia of Speech is the preferred term for describing apraxia of speech in children.

What is apraxia of speech and how does it differ from a developmental delay of speech? Apraxia of Speech is considered a motor speech disorder. For unknown reasons, children with apraxia have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. Apraxia of speech may also be called verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or verbal dyspraxia. No matter what it is called the most important concept is the root word "praxis." Praxis means planned movement. So to some degree or another, a child with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech has difficulty programming and planning speech movements. Apraxia of speech is a specific speech disorder. A true developmental delay of speech is when the child is following the "typical" path of childhood speech development, albeit at a rate slower than normal. Sometimes this rate is commensurate with cognitive skills. In typical speech/language development, the child's receptive and expressive skills are pretty much moving together. What is generally seen in a child with apraxia of speech is a wide gap between their receptive language abilities and expressive abilities. In other words, the child's ability to understand language (receptive ability) is broadly within normal limits, but his or her expressive speech is seriously deficient, absent, or severely unclear. This is an important factor and one indicator that the child may be experiencing more than "delayed" speech and should be evaluated for the presence of a specific speech disorder such as apraxia. However, certain language disorders may also cause a similar pattern in a child. A gap between a child's expressive and receptive language ability is insufficient to diagnose apraxia.