Archive for October, 2005


It’s amazing what a little Google action can find me.

Here’s my mother-in-law. It seems she’s “Smugpugs” in the online world, and shows her dog “Chubby Cheekers.”

Even has a sweet website



If you happen to see my website…HI MOM!!!!

Here’s The Pics Of The Pumpkin Patch

It had a little train we rode on, out to the patch. Then we took a little boat back. Xander was giving me his grumpy face the whole day, but he was having fun:)

But first, here’s my handsome young nephews on their 10th birthday last Saturday! Eli and Oscar.









Went To The Pumpkin Patch

We spent a few hours at the pumpkin patch today, and WOW, was it ever exhausting! We had no idea this place would be so packed. The parking area looked like the state fair, with so many cars and a parking attendant.
We had to stand in lines for a ticket, for a train ride, a boat ride, and finally to pay for our pumpkins. I couldn’t take any pictures without strangers packed into the background…grrr.
Next year, we’ll go back to our usual, small farm. No trains, no boat. Just a bunch of pumpkins, a corn maze, and a pile of hay bales to climb on. We don’t need no stinkin’ frills! LOL
Trying to upload some photos, and not doing so well….

Have I mentioned the fostering thing?

I think I’ve thrown it out there, in a couple comments. Jason and I are taking classes to be certified foster parents.
We’re on week two of the general certification, and I’ve already completed a “Fragile Infant Care” class. Jason is really getting on board with my fostering interest, especially after the first class. But, now we have the difficult decision of which age will be right for our family. Neither of us wants to take children older than our 4 year old.
Jason doesn’t want a newborn, but I am starting to think more and more that I do want a newborn. A little less sleep at night, but also a lot less behavioral issues. I’ve been gleaning a lot information from a fostering forum, and they’re scaring me with all the behavioral issues! Attatchment disorder, aggression, sexually acting out on pets and other children…these poor kids! I feel so terrible for these abused kids. But we also have to protect our own kids, and think about what we are willing to take on, very carefully.
Also, when I initially called for information, I was told they would love to have us open for newborns (drug exposed, and straight from the hospital), since I’m a nurse. I’m guessing they are frequently sent home with medications to ease the withdrawls, and an RN is required.
So many variables to consider…


Its scary how quickly the loving, positive parenting can be tossed aside by screaming, impatient, tired Mom. This is what happens when a parenting style is chosen, rather than handed down from previous generations.
My Love Nugget flew off to Kentucky, and I am left with a screaming toddler and an antagonizing four year old.
I’m doing pretty good until about 7:00pm, when they are both running in different directions, and I am screaming, for the umpteenth time, for Isaac to get his naked butt into his room and get pajamas on. Then I notice Xander has taken his diaper off, and is also running around naked.
…Okay, okay…I also got a little screetchy at the dinner table, when Xander was flicking his food with his fork. Days like this, I feel like a terrible mother who is raising a couple of hooligans. And why the hell am I even considering foster parenting?????
I need my co-pilot back home! 🙁
Saw this on another blog, and this is just scary! I’m a little bummed I am so easily tagged with stereotypes, LOL.

You Are Likely a Second Born

At your darkest moments, you feel inadequate.
At work and school. you do best when you’re evaluating.
When you love someone, you offer them constructive criticism.
In friendship, you tend to give a lot of feedback – positive and negative.
Your ideal careers are: accounting, banking, art, carpentry, decorating, teaching, and writing novels.
You will leave your mark on the world with art and creative projects.
The Birth Order Predictor