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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Follow Your Dreams

I really need to start my blogging in the daylight hours. Here it is, 11:38pm on a Friday night, and my mind is just not into blogging. I'm really pretty sleepy. I'm fighting to keep my eyes awake :)

It was a good day today. Very relaxing. Well, the morning was a little crazy. I got up, got dressed, ate, got Joe and Jim ready, and headed out to door for grocery shopping. While there (pushing 2 carts, one holding 2 squirly little boys), my mom called, and I chatted with her for a while. Try pushing 2 carts and talking on the phone at the same time. It takes MAD skills. Or maybe I'm just a little mad - LOL! Anyway, as soon as she hung up, Andrea called and wanted me to pick up a few things for her. Cheese and yogurt. Mmmmmm.

I was done and on my way home by 10:30am. I was gonna go home, drop off the groceries, then go to Wal-Mart for Joe to spend his b-day money, but decided to stop at the PX-tra on the way home. The PX is the army version of the mall. The Exchange is like Wal-Mart. The PX-tra is all the lawn, garden, and toys. Their remodeling/rebuilding the PX, so some of the departments moved to an outside tent building. Closer to our house. Anyway, we went in there to see if they had legos. They actually had a pretty good selection. And they were priced the same as Wal-Mart. But you don't pay tax at the PX, so we ended up saving money.
We dropped the food off at Andreas house, and ended up staying and chatting for at least 30 minutes. Joe decided to stay and play Legos with Ben, and Sam walked down to my house to play with my boys.

I went back home, and spent the day reading. Really, I didn't do much else. Well, I had the kids unload the truck, and we put away all the groceries, but really, that was it. hehehe. I need to devote one of these days to cleaning. As much as it pains me to think about doing it - LOL!

Captain America came for for 10 minutes at lunch time, and had to run back to work. Poor guy. He's SO busy with school. I walked down to Andreas house at around 3pm or so to see the damage that my kid had done in her house. She said that Joe and Ben were in the downstairs bathroom, "painting" it with a broken glow-in-the-dark stick. OMGosh! She said it was beautiful, though. The boys spent the next hour scrubbing the floors, toliet, walls, sink, and such. Funny kids :)

I stayed and chatted with Andrea until 6:30. Captain America still wasn't home when I got home. Poor guy. We made dinner (the kids had already eaten), and too late, headed out for the movies. Captain America was watching a little Cardinals Baseball before we left, and I'm afraid it was sucking him in. The movie started at 7:45pm (The Time Travelers Wife), and we didn't even leave the house until 7:43pm. But he knew that the first 20 minutes were all previews, so he wasn't worried. I was, but he wasn't. We got there, and of course it was all sold out. The next show didn't start until 10:15pm. But, I knew that another movie theater had a show that started at 8:50pm. So, we found the address, and headed to the West side of town.

We got there, and realized that we had NO idea where the theater was. My phone internet doesn't like mapquest, so finally i just google searched the address. It showed a tiny map, and I recognized one of the cross streets. It was ALL the way over on the East side. Dang! We drove fast, and go to the other theater 10 minutes after the movie had started. Again, sold out. We were having bad luck. "Land of the Lost" was playing at the dollar theater, and we still had 20 minutes before it started. We hopped back in the car, and hustled to get there.

Luckily, it wasn't sold out. In fact, we were the only ones in the theater when the lights dimmed. About 9 other people came in during the previews. hehehe. We practically had the place to ourselves. And, we saved some money. It was only $4.00 for both of us to go, as opposed to $11 for both of us at the regular movies (military discounts are DIVINE!).

Land of the Lost was pretty funny. Dumb and dorky, don't get me wrong, but it was pretty funny. It was what I thought Year One was gonna be like. BOY was I wrong about Year One. No, Land of the Lost was silly funny. Captain America was laughing so hard at one point, I thought he was gonna hurt himself - hehehe. It was nice to hang out with Captain America :) Watching him laugh makes me happy.

Tomorrow is Stake Conference at churh, and I think we're gonna try and catch Ice Age III with the kids, since it's on post, and I heard a rumor that the theater is having $0.99 movies all week long. We'll see how it goes :)

I totally forgot to blog about my New WordArt Packs in the store yesterday, so I did it today :) A day late, but still FABULOUS WordArts - hehehe. Click HERE to go to my store to check out my new stuff. Remember, it's 20% off the first week (or only $2.00 a pack!).

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Friday, August 14, 2009

When You Wish Upon A Star

Can you believe it's Friday already? Boy how the week flies by ;) Thursday was a much more relaxed day at the Harty household. I was up at 7:45am when Captain America got back from PT, and helped him get ready, get breakfast, and get out to the door, back to work. Everyone was still asleep when he left, so I went back to bed too. by 9am, everyone was awake. I got up, and helped with breakfast. Oatmeal for some, cereal for some, and fried egg sandwiches for some (well, for the ones that know how to cook for themselves - hehehe).

I did some dishes and cleaned up in the kitchen for a little while, then read some. Captain America was home at around 9:30am, and had a lot of phone call work to do. The kids and I hung out and did our own thing for a while. Chores mostly got done, and I read a little bit more.

I helped Captain America make his lunch at noon-ish, and made Pizzawiches for the kids again. The just love those things :) After lunch, Captain America went and took a nap, and the kids and I loaded up and headed out for the pool. The mom's didn't swim, just stayed near the kiddy pool and chatted. Andrea and Katy and Laurie and my neighbor Leigh were there. It was a good time.

Katy had to leave at 2pm to go and get Emily new glasses, and Andrea left shortly after that to go and pick up a friend from the hospital who was having a colonoscopy done. Laurie and I kept her 2 older boys with us at the pool, and each brought one home with us at 3pm. Ben (andreas) and Elise (Lauries) came over to our house to play with Emeline and Jake, and Tom and Joe went to Lauries house to play with Phearson. I lucked out, and just had the older kids - LOL!

I went in the bedroom with Jimmy when we got back home, and helped him fall asleep for a nap. I came out on the couch and napped myself for a little while. Captain America was still at work (he was supposed to be home at 4:30) when I got up, so I made myself dinner, and the casserole for the kids was almost done. Andrea came and picked up Sam, and I fed Elise before I brought her back home at 6pm.

I picked up Joe and Tom, and brought them back home and fed them too. Captain America was home at 7:30pm. Dang, that was late. I helped him get dinner, and got the kids situated with a movie. I'd been having bad cramps all day (well, not too bad, but annoying is a better word), so I decided to go and lay in a hot bath. I don't remember what time I went in, but I didn't get out until 9pm-ish. I went out to check on the rest of the family, and they were watching the end of "Meet the Robinsons" with Captain America. He was all snuggled up on the couch with the little ones. It was ADORABLE!

I went back in my room, put my laptop over my ouchy tummy (the heat really seems to help), and read until bedtime. Then I designed, blogged, and read some more. This is why I shouldn't read. Cause I get so into the story that I don't wanna put it down :) Sigh. Oh well. It could be worse, right :) Anyway, it was a nice and relaxing day,. Besides the cramps. And the caffeine withdrawl headache I can feel forming.... But it should be better on Friday. Grocery shopping day. At least I hope it's better then - hehee.

This WordArt request is from GBU Ola. She needed this saying for a layout she was making, and since who doesn't love a good disney show, I'd make it up for you guys! Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leaves ome love if you like my work.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Falling In Love

What a crazy day! Remember how I said that on Tuesday I went to Sonic and got a GINORMOUS drink? Well, I could NOT sleep that night. I was seriously up till like 2pm, reading. Then, I laid in bed for 30 minutes trying to fall alseep. Caffeine is NOT my friend - hehehe.

I was up at 7:30am. I got showered, and started on Party prep. I made frosting and frosted/sprinkled all the cupcakes, and put them in air-tight containers. If you've ever lived in the desert, you know what I'm talking about - hehehe. It's amazing how fast things dry out here. I found all the party supplies, and made sure that I had tape and balloons and such.

I filled a few water balloons and put them in my cooler. I got my kids breakfast, and saw my hubby off to work. I chatted with my mom on the phone for a few mintues, and ran out the door to the park.

We staked claim on a pavillion nearest the park enterance (but furthest from the activities/food - oh well - I didn't wanna carry my stuff that far - hehehe). We put up balloons and streamers and tried to make it look festive. Joe was pleased with my efforts - hehehe.

Our friends started showing up at 10am. By 11am, they were all there. They played on the bouncy things, played in the sand, played Star Wars games, played in the sprinklers, played cowboys and indians, and just had good kid fun. We ate lunch at 11pm, the usual for Free lunch. But with potato salad this time.

The kids were climbing the wall, so I figured it was time to start with the cake - LOL!

After lunch, we sang to Joe, he "fake blew" out his candle (no matches - nice, eh?), and they had cupcakes. I had enough that several of the kids could have 2.

Joe was SO excited to open his presents. He got a lot of fun stuff. Thanks so much, everyone! For his first b-day party with friends, I think it was a HUGE success.

Joe's present from his buddy in his primary class (sorry, they're new and I can't remember their last name...I think the mom's name is Tiffany.... Maybe - LOL)

Joe's present from Eric (Katy and Emily)

Joe's present from Ben (Sam, Luke, and Andrea)

Joe's present from the Huezo's

Joe's present from Helen

Joe's present from the Timmons (Laurie's family)

Drat, who was this from.....

Joe's present from Kim

Joe's present from Adela

After the party, we took the kids home, got them all situated, and the Mom's went to Taco Cabana for lunch. Since we didn't eat at Free lunch park. Jimmy and Eme laid in my bed and watched a movie, and Jake, Tom and Joe were more than occupied at the kitchen table playing with all of Joe's new stuff.

Andrea and I rode with Katy to Taco Cabana. I just ordered a LARGE soda. I'm on day 9 of my no cheats, and I really want the $$$. I brought my cucumber, crackers, and cheese. I was good. BUT, the only soda they had was Diet Coke. I drank 2 giant sodas, all with Caffiene. Nice. But, it's girls night, so maybe it'll be a good thing. I"m gonna seriously be going through withdrawls on Thursday. Sigh.

We had SO much fun at lunch. We got there at 1, and stayed till almost 3. Just chatting and laughing and having fun. Inside was way crowded, so we sat outside. It was so nice :)

When I got home, I made arrangements with Laurie to pick up my "fundraiser" dinner. She had ordered them too, and was already going to get them at 5pm. I dropped off the money at her house, and came back home.

I thought that Jimmy was gonna fall asleep when I was at lunch, but nope. I went in my room with him and laid down with him for a little while, hopeing he'd fall asleep. After about an hour, he was still awake. I guess no nap for him today. Oh well, he'll go to bed earlier tonight, I guess.

Laurie came by at 5:30 with the food. The young women were running a little behind, which made Laurie a little behind. We didn't even leave the house for Cub Scouts until 5:52, and we were supposed to leave at 5:30. Oops. We got there a little late.

First, we finished cutting the pipe to length. You needed a 1/2 inch PVC pipe, cut into one 7" length and five 3" lengths. Then, you need 2 elbow pieces and two end caps and two tees. When you get it all assembled, you have a MIGHTY FINE marshmallow gun. Here's Brother Bird with his. (his is a little longer than everyone elses :)

Here's Andrea and Joe in the staging area.

Andrea and I

OK, not the most attractive of poses. Next time, I'm not really gonna blow. Look how nasty my cheeks look - ROFL!

OK, this was the COOLEST place I've ever seen. It was all fenced in, and had these awesome spool to hide behind. And little plywood buildings. And broken cars. And old barrels. And old tires. And an old tank. It was SO awesome. I've decided I want my backyard to look like this. My kids would never come inside. Heck, I'd play out there with him. You think I'm kidding, about the backyard. I'm serious - hehehe.

Here's Joe trying to shoot someone and then run away.

Kayley running away from Brother Bird. He found that if you lick the marshmallows first, they go farther and faster. And hurt worse - hehehe. Run, Kayley, run!!!

The Cub Scouts decided to gang up on the moms. It was Andrea and I and Kaylee against all the Cub Scouts and Brother Bird. We ran and screamed and fought back, and had a blast. I SO wanna go back and play again. Dang, it was fun!

Here's a pic of some of the group shooting at me :)

Part of the reason that we got to use the facilities for free was that we promised to pick up ALL of the marshmallows. It took longer to pick them up than it did to play in the first place - hehehe. But, with everyone working together, we got the job done. Anyone wanna come over and have a marshmallow war with me???

So, it's almost 9pm on Wednesday night. I'm gonna put the kids to bed, and head out for girls night at Katy's house. Helen and Kim and Andrea and Katy and I and Adela. The group is finally ALL back together again. We're gonna play Scategories and Pictionary and who knows what else until the wee hours of the night :) Life is SO good :)

This WordArt request is from Sarah. I thought it was a WONDERFUL quote :) But then, if I didn't, I wouldn't make a WordArt from it, right? ROFL! Click on the link below to go to my account to download the PNG file, and leave some love if you like my work.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


First off, I just have to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOSEPH!!! My little boy is turning 6 today :) I'm so happy that you came to our family. You are so sweet, so giving, so kind. You are a quiet strength in our family. You always try to do what is right and good. Your smile melts my heart, and your bright blue eyes are my absolute favorite, EVER! I love you, my Joe Joe!!!

Here's a few pics of Joe throughout the years. Here's Joe when he's just a tiny little guy.

Somehow, we've misplaced a few years worth of digital pictures. I'm trying to not think about the possibility too hard, for fear that it'll be true. Anyway, here's a pic of Joe, almost on his 2nd birthday (maybe a month shy)

Joe on his 3rd birthday

Joe on his 4th Birthday

Joe on his 5th Birthday

We're having Joe's b-day party at Kelly Park today. He's SO excited :) It's not every day you turn 6, you know!

So, yesterday was a crazy busy day. But I'm afraid that today is gonna be even more busy.... I can't wait till it's all over - hehehe. The girls and I had talked about catching a movie on Tuesday, but the longer the day went on, the less it seemed likely. I spent the majority of the morning reading. I SO love a good Fan Fic - hehehe. I know, I'm getting obsessive again. Andrea called at around 11am, wanting to know what the plan was, and to say that she was going to buy cold mecidine for Sam. I told her to drop Ben off to play with Joe, and while she was here, I loaned her come cold medicine. My bathroom is like a pharmacy. Seriously. I have a fix for what ails you - hehehe.

She also needed envelopes, which I had, so I just saved her 2 stops. She just needed to go to the library - LOL. Ben stayed and played, and I fixed lunch. The little boys played in the backyard in the hose and "decorative rock" - otherwise knows to the rest of the world as dirt. They were SO dirty - hehehe.

Andrea called at around 1pm and said that we should all go school shopping for the kids. Without them - ha! So, I made Ben and Joe hop in the bath, put Jimmy down for a nap, got the boys in clean clothes, got the big kids all situated, and we headed out to Wal-Mart. It was Kim and I and Adela (woohoo!!! she finally came back!) and Katy and Andrea. What fun we had! I got all of the supplies for 3 kids for about 20 bucks. That's fabulous, compared to how much stuff we needed at all 3 schools last year. This was much more reasonable. I bought another 20 bucks worth of supplies for the house (paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue, etc). Have you ever tired to buy crayons when it's not school shopping season? It's outrageous! I bought about 12 boxes. If I'm conservative with them, they should last for a while. I hope :)

We stopped at Sonic afterwords, and got their GINORMOUS drinks. Yummy. I got Diet Dr Pepper. I bet that's why it's 12:38pm and I'm still going strong. I don't drink caffiene, and that was a MASSIVE soda - hehehe. Maybe I need another one for Wednesday. I've got a LONG day ahead of me :)

We came home, settled in for a bit, and the internet went out. WHAT??? I called Katy, and her's was out too. So was Andreas and Adelas. Dang! Now what to do? Seriously, it was pretty pathetic. I was at a loss as to what to do. I decided to design. I already had 3 of the 5 WordArt packs done for the week. By the time I needed to start dinner, I had 8 of the 5 done. Woohoo!!! Ahead for next week :) I need to have a loss of internet more often..... no, not really. It wasn't soo cool :)

We had dinner, and Captain America, Jimmy, and I headed back to Wal-Mart. Captain America had some "pricing" to do for the goodie bags that will be handed out to the kids on the Army Class trip we're taking on the 22nd. It'll be fun to put those together.

We also need toliet paper and mini marshmellows. I know, essentials - hehehe. We're doing the marshmellow wars on Wed. night, so now was the time to buy them. I also found some sheriff badges and red balloons for Joe's party. Should be a lot of fun.

While we were there, Andrea called wanting to know if I wanted her to get some White Glue for me. They were out earlier in the day. She was at a different Wal-Mart. With ALL the girls. How rude - I told her I was crying inside that they'd ditched me (ROFL!). I was just teasing. She said that they all got together to go get Joe a b-day present, and didn't want me to see. Such funny girls!

We got home, put the kids to bed, and I needed to make cupcakes. And I'd forgotten to buy cupcake papers. I texted Andrea, asking if she had some I could borrow. About an hour later, they were back, and I walked down to get them. Katy was still dropping people off at their houses, and I talked her into letting me come over and make the cupcakes there. I needed company. Everyone at my house was sleeping. Hopefully I wasn't being annoying by inviting myself over. :P

We made cupcakes, and chatted, and filled waterballoons, and ate diet jello and water, and just hung out. I was home at around 11pm, and made homemade playdough for Joe's party. I only have 16 badges and 16 bags of playdough, but I have absolutely no idea how many kids are coming. I figure if there's not that many, they can have one of each, and if a ton of little kids show up (some of my friends have a butt load of kids (like me) - hehehe), they can pick either/or.

I'm gonna read a little fan fic before I got to bed, then get up in the morning, make frosting, frost and decorate the cupcakes, find my party supplies, and try and be at the park at 9:30ish. Wish us luck!

Here's this weeks WordArt Wednesday. I've been hanging onto this quote for a while now, and I was so glad to finally make it. I just LOVED it when I read it. Something about the way that it flowed. I don't know. I just liked it. I thought it would be great for pics of kids/adults doing something artistic. Or beautiful nature pictures. Or especially a Sunset/Sunrise picture. You know, when the sky is red and orange and looks like it's on fire. That would be fabulous!

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