Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We had a snow day on Monday so the kids were home. I've been working 12 hours a day the last two days since we are traveling for a short trip to visit my parents. I'm not even packed yet and I'm leaving soon!
My sweet hubby came home with a laptop yesterday after his root canal. We had been talking about getting one since I'm working on the computer so much and ours was slowing down. I got it all set up and using it now!!!
I have to go feed Garrett lunch, get on my weekly ops conference call and pack as long as Doug is feeling better.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
This video needs some explaining. For those of you that don't know Doug absolutely loves to talk about weather. When we went to a birthday party today in a church gym they had a blue wall and he just couldn't resist the urge. Do you see what I have to put up with? This is why I "Stacey" attack him so much.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Here's a list of what we are eating this week:
- Stuffing and Chicken Casserole
- Pizza Burgers
- French Onion Soup and crackers
- French Bread Pizza
- Eggs and Bacon
- Pork Chops, Corn and Couscous
Monday, December 03, 2007
Other than that we had a good weekend. We took the kids to the Home Depot work shop and they made memory boxes. I think they have these workshops every month with different project and completion pins. They gave the kids their own aprons and they got a pin for completing the project and were able to keep their memory boxes. Both kids loved it and they can't wait to go back.
Friday, November 30, 2007
I had a great week! I had a surprise visit from Lori and my in-laws and worked 34 hours. I'll be working the other six over the course of the weekend. I love this job! I really didn't think I would find another job as good as Visalign but this has been surprising me. I'm basically working as help desk support. Tickets from clients come in and I have to help them and file them accordingly. We do most of it through the internet and the team uses MSN messenger to chat and we have conference calls 3 times a week. I also have training calls. The team seems like a group of girlfriends and they are a lot of fun. The sad thing is I would rather talk to them than go out in my new town and meet people. I only left the house for 30 minutes this week. I am way too comfortable in this house!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Today was an exciting day for me! I just started a new job for the first time in 6 years. I was really intimidated at first because I was bombarded with emails, logins and links. I had 4 and a half hours of training and conference calls today. The first week or so will be a lot of training on the phone and computer, then I will be able to have my own schedule and just meet with the team on the conference calls 3 days a week. I will be working 40 hours a week. You never know what to expect when you meet people and companies over the internet. I am very excited that this seems like a great company and I am much more confident in the job now. I think until today I still had it in my mind that they would let me down and it would end up being a scam but I know its not now. There was a lengthy interview process and after seeing all thats involved and all that I have access to I can see why. This should be fun!!
Now, if I can just learn to balance the working/family deal. I have been waiting for my license in the mail that says that because I am now a working mom my house does not have to be clean. Does that usually come in the first week??? I know that my family will have to pitch in and we've talked about it. So far Doug is the only one helping. The kids are going to have a rude awakening.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Other than shopping I want to rearrange our family room. Its just looking too cluttered to me and its driving me nuts. I also need to do laundry and mop the floors. Last night I started putting addresses in the computer so I can print out labels for Christmas cards so I need to finish that today along with tracking down new addresses of people that have moved.
The kids have off tomorrow so I'm hoping to sleep late tomorrow and get some studying done for my personal trainer certification. I'll also have to start baking for Thursday. I only have to bring two things so I'm lucky!!
Monday, November 19, 2007
This weekend we decided to decorate for Christmas. I wanted to put more boxes in the attic and couldn't do that until we took the Christmas tree out so I figured why not just decorate a week early? As you can see I haven't attempted painting the living room yet. That is going to be an overwhelming task because that orange textured paint goes through the upstairs hallway, half the living room, dining room, kitchen and family room. All the rooms kind of flow together so I'm not sure how I'm going to paint yet and what colors to do. My philosophy is to paint and buy furniture to match. Doug wants to buy the furniture then match the paint.
This has really gotten me in the Christmas mood and I'm downloading Christmas music as we speak onto my iPod. When Garrett gets on the bus I'm getting some Christmas shopping done today.
When Doug gets done work today we have an appointment to schedule our Disney World trip with a travel agent. You just can not understand how excited he is!!! This has been his world for the last year. He is reading the Birnbaum's Disney book constantly and everytime Garrett grows he checks the books again to see what rides he can go on.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I heard today that Matt Damon was the sexiest man alive. My first thought was "really"? I thought it would be someone that could make a dirty looking pirate sexy, like Johnny Depp, or someone that can dance smooth, like LeBron James in a commercial last year. After thinking about it, I changed my mind. What could be sexier than a man in the suburbs that loves his wife, helps to raise his children and stays away from the tabloids?
Monday, November 12, 2007
Here we go again, I can't believe its another week already. I did my grocery shopping this morning and I'm all set for my menu. I love grocery shopping now that I can drop Garrett off in their supervised play area. I could have used this YEARS ago. Doug is traveling overnight this week so I cheated and have a couple of easy meals for me and the kids.
Sloppy Joes and Corn
Steaks and Veggies
Breaded Boneless Chicken and Rice and Cranberry Sauce
Fish Sticks and Carrots
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole and Green Beans
Beefstew Soup and Grilled Cheese (Goldfish soup for the kids)
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
The kids started school today. We had a tour of the school this morning and it goes in a figure eight around the gym and library so the kids shouldn't get lost. Robyn is at the 3rd, 4th, 5th grade wing and Garrett is on the other end of the building. Robyn looked a little shy when I dropped her off. She is in a program called Excel and its a 2/3rd grade class. There are mostly boys in her class but there was another girl starting there today so she should be happy. Garrett didn't have to start school until 1. I dropped him off in the main lobby where his teacher was picking up the rest of the class off the bus (apparently there are no car riders in the school??) and he just jumped in line and barely said goodbye. I'm letting them both ride the bus home today. The bus stop is right in front of my house which is really nice.
I did have time to get a menu together for the week, its pretty basic though.
- Beef Stew Soup and Corn bread muffins
- Country Chicken with Bread and Mashed Potatoes
- Meatball Sandwiches and Corn
- Spaghetti and Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
- Swedish Meatballs and Green Beans
- Good 'Ol Hamburger Helper Mac & Cheese (Special Child Request)
Sunday, November 04, 2007
This video is from the day the movers were packing. I decided I wanted my frog birdhouse to come with us but the ladder was at the new house.
We are all moved in and I'm almost unpacked. Tomorrow the kids will be going to their new school so we will be getting all the school supplies in the right backpacks today. Garrett is very excited (although he only goes a half a day) and Robyn is a little scared because there will be 3rd graders in her class too which she isn't used to. I'll let you know how it goes.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Here are pictures of the first tackles at the new house. We did Robyn's and Garrett's rooms first so they would feel comfortable in their new home. Robyn has a beautiful quilt that Grandma Bores made that goes well with the room and Garrett has his Philadelphia Eagles bed set that will match well. I did the painting and Doug did the ceiling fans.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
1. Tackle the garage. I have attempted this many times but just stop and get overwhelmed. I'm baffled. I can't decide what needs to stay, go or be thrown away. Doug will be helping me with this during the week.
2. Fill out the withdrawal paperwork for the kids' current school.
3. Fill out paperwork to enroll kids in new school.
4. Have a long talk with Taffy explaining the move to her and comforting her while she realizes that she will miss her bunny friends.
5. Throw some things away from basement.
6. Clean furniture in basement.
7. Dust furniture so the movers don't get dirty :)
8. Pack up items that movers won't move and take them to new house.
9. Clean new house.
10. Paint Robyn and Garrett's new bedrooms.
11. Starve the african frog and beta fish to death so I don't have to move them in my car. Just kidding, you know I couldn't live with the guilt.
12. Call B water company.
13. Cry because I'm going to miss this house, friends and the city in general.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I have to tell you a funny Stacey story though. In my house we call them Stacisms because I do goofy, weird, forgetful stuff alot. Anyway, I started reading my chapter today and came to the conclusion that I do not get the adequate amount of calories for the amount of exercise I do and that could lead to other problems. Instead of fixing that the healthy way, like I know I should, I started thinking about McDonald's monopoly and I got competitive. I thought I could increase my calories and get more monopoly pieces. The sad thing is that I didn't even want to eat it because my favorite Southwest Salad was just a summer promotion so I had to order a Chicken Select to get monopoly pieces. I even had to up-size it so I could maximize my monopoly pieces. I went home to eat it while studying and opened my book up to the next section: Fat and Heart Disease. How bad is that? To make matters worse I drank the entire Large Diet Coke and I'm bouncing off the walls and peeing constantly. I haven't had caffeine in weeks. I hope I keep you guys as entertained as my family :)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Anyway, my goal was to take care of a lot today because I wanted to be available the rest of the week to study. I made a big decision last week. I decided to pursue my personal trainer certification. I have been wanting to do it for a few years now, so after an interview last week and a push from friends and family, I'm doing it. I interviewed with a large rec center and they told me I can start training there as soon as my certification is complete. There are only 2 trainers there and they are 40+ hours a week and there is even more interest from clients there. They also asked me for ideas and were thrilled with the one I gave. They now want me to organize and plan an afterschool program that teaches children how to live a healthy lifestyle so we can avoid the rising trend of childhood obesity. They want me to reach 9 elementary schools and 3 middle schools one at a time. Its huge and I have lots of ideas!!! I'm going to run it from 3:30-5:30 4-5 days a week and have each day consist of a healthy snack, physical activity and lessons (healthy eating, TV/Video Busters, Decision Making and Self Confidence). They told me to run with it and we are going to present it to the school board when I'm done. The rec works closely with them and said they will be thrilled. I was so excited to hear such a positive reaction to my ideas. Now I have to get to work!!
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Faith Lift Friday came at the perfect time this week. I have a huge decision to make and I came across this in my reading.
10:35 "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay.
38 But my righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him."
39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
There are just so many examples of faith listed after these verses that I found it very inspiring.