Me – 365

Did you name a New Year’s Resolution this year?

I did. Sort of.

It’s just a bunch of things that I want to do better, and really focus and work on.

First, I want to do a year in pictures. I want to focus more on my photography, take many more pictures, and every week, I’ll post my favorites. It will help me with my skills, plus I’ll have many more moments of my family captured. Look for my first post on or around January 7th.

Second, I want to spend more time with the kids doing fun and educational things. Helping Joey learn her letters and her numbers, family game night, reading, playing outside, going for walks.

Those are the two most important things that come to mind.

A bunch of other things come to mind, and I really hope to make progress with them as well.

Work out more, focus on my own fitness. Set goals, and achieve them.
Grow my hair out.
Really find time to do the things I love to do, like writing, photography, and spending time in nature.
Work on my home business so that I can contribute to the household income.
Start making better dinners. I really hate to cook. But I’m getting tired of grilled chicken. I’m sure the kids are, too.
Keep up with the housework. I mean, its clean, but I need to take care of the little things, too.
Find more energy… to do all of the above!!


Amazing Britax Giveaway!

I know i haven’t blogged in a while, but this is just too good not to share. You should really enter, although I really want to win!

Just go here and follow the directions to enter. Too easy!

Need A Facebook Favor!

To the whole two of you that read this:

Please go to the USA BABY Facebook page, locate Joey’s picture as Tinkerbell, and then “like” the picture.

The picture with the most likes wins a $50 gift card to the baby store, and we could really use it for things for the baby.

Thanks a million!!!

Mommy Pants

My Military Momma pants were put on today. I’ve been serving my country long enough to know when they need to come on. From the beginning….

Last week at the mall I needed to buy Pillow Pets for a fundraiser. I don’t know anything about them, and there’s a kiosk (there’s your first hint) at the mall that sells them. The guy (who of course, isn’t an English speaker) assured me that they were real – “see the tag?”

Well, they’re not. I can’t auction off fake Pillow Pets.

So I returned them today. He argued with me, saying that I knew there weren’t any refunds, and that it said that on my receipt. I told him that the only receipt the salesman gave me was the credit card receipt, which I had in my hand. I was never told there weren’t any refunds. (There probably aren’t any refunds because he’s selling a fake product!) We “talked” back and forth about it – I made him call his boss. I told him I wasn’t leaving until I could speak to whomever he worked for. Long story short, I got my refund…. only because I threatened him with my Mommy Pants. Well, threatened to make his life miserable today if he didn’t “help me out”.

That friendly smile went out the window when he gave me an attitude, so the Army wife pants came on! I really hate doing that, but I WILL NOT be lied to.

And of course, I had two our of four kids with me, and while I’m having debate class with the sale guy, my three year old wants every stupid stuffed animal pillow there. (I refuse to call that imitation a pillow pet)

That problem solved… although I would have really liked the $45 bucks back on my credit card…. I get home and there are packages at the door! YIPPEE!!!!

The costumes for our Disney trip arrived. Well…. parts of them. I ordered three dresses for the kiddos to wear. One white with a burgundy sash, one gold with a burgundy sash, and one burgundy one with a burgundy sash. Not that hard, right???

You’d think.

I got:

a white dress with a white sash.
a gold dress with a good sash.
a loose burgundy sash.
a burgundy dress with no sash, and possibly the wrong size.

When I held the burgundy dress up to the appropriate child it will be on, it seemed very short. It’s supposed to be a size 6. I matched it up with the gold dress, that is supposedly a size 4, and they are the same size. So… which one is the wrong size? I’m guessing the burgundy one, since the gold one is for my three year old, and it seems to fit right, but she can wear some size 6 dresses if they are cut weird.

Ugh. We leave on the 15th, and nothing seems to be going right. The seller of the dresses just got an inbox full of my Military Mommy Pants. Hopefully they will fix the situation, and promptly, or they’ll be issuing me a refund!!!

What else is going to go wrong today?

(maybe I shouldn’t have said that…..)

Yard Sales CAN Work

I really hate yard sales. They are soooooo much work. And the worst part is haggling with people over a quarter. Like… really? It must be the satisfaction they get for “winning” or something, but whatever. I don’t want it back in my house.

Maybe I should pay you to take it.

We went in to this whole yard sale thing not knowing what to expect. I think we priced some things very low, but I am trying to declutter, and having it out of the house is a good thing, right?


We sold $300 worth of “Stuff”. Stuff that I’m not missing at all. I suppose that’s very good. It’s 300 more than we had that morning, so I’m happy with that! I didn’t think we had that much stuff to get rid of but I guess I was wrong! Now hopefully I’ll be able to find more stuff to get rid of at the spring yard sale!

I sold many of my bows and clips, so that was good publicity! I really need to start back up with that and get a bunch more listed. I gave out many business cards. I hope it brings in some customers!

Yay for yard sales!

Fairytales & Dreams

I did it!

I finally did it! I applied and made it through as a Disney Vacation Specialist. I have some schooling to do, but soon I’ll be on my way to booking trips and earning some money. It will be hard to get clients at first, I’m guessing, but I love to talk and I know too many people, and it will be so much fun……

I’m so excited!!!

…………..really…………….. One more thing to add to my plate??? ha ha ha ha

9/20 Photo of the Week

It’s taken me a bit, but here is the first photo of the week.

This beautiful dragonfly waited patiently for me to take its picture while we were all out as a family this past weekend. We went scouting for birds and any other wildlife we could find, and I brought the camera.

24 or 36 Hours?

I could really use a few more hours in the day. Just a few. Well, maybe 12 more would be great.

There are so many things I need to get done today, and I already know that I’m not going to get to most of it.

And that is just discouraging as all heck.

I need to get a good schedule going, but it probably won’t work out anyway, so why take the time away from the stuff I really need to be doing, right?

(Wow, talk about depressing post today!)

So my day will pretty much go like this:


Wake up the kids.

Get a bottle for the baby.

Feed said baby.

Get the kids ready for school. Get breakfast. Make sure homework is in the backpacks and signed for.

Brush hair, times 2.

Brush teeth, times 2.

Let out the dogs, feed the dogs…. did you water them? Go do it.

Get breakfast, clothing, and potty for the 3 year old.

Baby, would you take a nap already?

Take a shower. Get dressed. Maybe eat some breakfast.

Deal with fussy baby. Change another diaper. Try for another nap.

Clean up…. something.

Oops, interrupted. A kid needs something.

Maybe go to an appointment, bring something to Hubby’s work, pay bills, clean, fold laundry….. uh oh!

Time to feed the baby.

Sit on couch for an hour. Entertain the baby, find a game for the three year old.

Is it lunch time already? Where did the morning go?

Get ready to work on some crafting stuff. Well, forget it. Phone call, a sale, or errand.

Need to make chocolate milk.

Take out the trash. WHERE IS THE BROOM?

Clean up tornado remnants in the bedroom because the three year old just trashed it.

Time to go potty – NOW! (not me, the three year old. I have been holding it in for the past two hours, didn’t you know?)

Clean something else, need to go for a walk, but it’s time to feed the baby. Ewww, time to change his diaper. Again.

What?!? The kids will be home from school soon. What is today?

Is there soccer tonight?

Army wife stuff to do?

Ugh. I need to go to bed. CAN’T!

Hunny, I need these washed for tomorrow. I’ll check the clock. It’s only 11pm – I’ll just wait up the extra hour so that I can put them in the dryer. Thanks for all the advance notice, Babe. I appreciate it.

Maybe I can get the floors swept while I wait. NOPE. Sorry.

The baby needs to eat again.

Julia’s tear jerker fundraiser

copied from my facebook post:

Julia is 7, soon to be 8. She raced through the door today, more excited than I have seen her in a very long time.

What was she so excited about?

Well, not my favorite subject – a school fundraiser. You see, if she sells 50 items, she will win a Disney trip for 4.

Yes, you read that right! A trip to disney. And all of my disney friends out there will completely understand how much that means to a disney crazed (obsessed?) child.

She only has to sell 50 items. (only)

Only. Sigh. I hate to see her heart broken. She wants this so bad. She promised me she would work really hard to do it. They are not allowed to door to door sell. (I wouldn’t want her doing that, either.) She looked at me with those big brown eyes and said, “If I win a trip, maybe gramma and Puppa will be able to go this time.” (Her grandparents were supposed to be going with us on our trip in October, but due to health reasons, had to cancel) How can I say no to that face without crying or breaking her little heart?

So that is where you come in my wonderful facebook friends.

If you have it in your heart to buy a $5 or $6 dollar Christmas gift for someone, please consider helping out a school in need, and a child on a mission. We would greatly appreciate it, so very much.

I normalyl wouldn’t ask or even do a school fundraiser, but she is bound and determined on this one. She asked me to specifically ask all of you, so I am doing my part. (I love that child)

Here is all the info you will need to make all her Disney dreams come true:

Seller: Julia Pickering

Seller ID: pio9033

The school deadline is September 20th. Those that do not want to pay right away have the option of ordering now and paying later via the sign up sheet from the school. Just message me if that interests you.
Here are the pictures of the catalog:

Another awesome giveaway!

From frugal science gal. Maybe someone will be lucky enough to win this amazing jewelry set!

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