Monday, August 29, 2011

Fun With Our Phones Monday

So I didn't realize it...but I didn't take ANY pictures this week. Okay..well that's a lie. I took 2.

I guess I will just share the stories that go behind them :)

That is Matthew at the dentist. He saw me grab my phone and thought Daddy was calling so I unfortunately didn't take video or more than one picture. Last week, he had to have more fillings done. Back in June, he had one done at our dentist office, but the girl who did the one wanted to send him to a pediatric dentist because he was scared of the water the machine had. Not the machine, just the water. LOL. So we had a consult appt 2 weeks and I will have to say that this dentist (who is fresh out of school - Matthew was his first patient!) is going to be amazing! Because he already is :) He came out and talked to Matthew and he noticed Matthew had brought some Cars toys with him and was wearing a Cars shirt and shoes. So he talked to him about the sugar bugs and told him he wanted to give him some cool Cars teeth to protect from the sugar bugs. Matthew was ALL for that, of course. Matthew got to have some laughing gas, which was hilarious!, and he got a Finn McMissile tooth and a Lightning McQueen tooth. He was very excited and he did amazing. The dentist had him bite on this little piece of black papery type thing and he told me with most kids - that's the worst part, but Matthew was like a little shark. lol. It was cool though. I got to sit on the chair and hold his hand and Cami sat in the corner and was very well-behaved.

The laughing gas was the funniest thing. Once it hit him, Matthew goes "Mom, is that your hand I'm holding?" and then he was lifting his leg and turning his head between the assistant and the dentist smiling. And once they started doing the actual fillings he was trying to say "aah!" and he was being sooo funny. The cool thing about the laughing gas is that it wears off really fast. So unfortunately no Matthew After Dentist video, but he was a perfect patient and everything went swimmingly!


This was Matthew playing dead. LOL. He was laying next to me on the couch yesterday. :D

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dear skin...

I've decided I like you pale.

Back in the day, especially during band camp, I loved you being all nice and toasty brown. Nothing too extreme, just a nice bronzing.
2003
Lord knows I didn't want to end up looking like this:

As an adult, I avoid getting you sunburned like the devil, if I avoided the devil that is. Then it happened. Even though I applied sunscreen generously...I can't reach all of me and I didn't cover you up early enough. The painful results were this...


After the red started to tone down, you were a pretty light tan color. Or at least, once upon a time you were pretty. Now you look absolutely disgusting. Like really gross and it made me freak out.

Then you started the nice transition into peeling off. This is exponentially grosser when I cannot reach the peeling skin and my long hair keeps getting pieces of it stuck in the strands. As Jimmy Fallon would say..."Ew!"

I have found this to be amazingly evil to have to endure during a deployment. 1) I didn't have someone to properly cover my skin with sunscreen to protect it. 2) I had no one to make fun of my insanely hilarious tan lines. 3) I couldn't reach to put aloe on.

Now with the peeling, has come an extreme itch. I don't remember my skin being this itchy when I got sunburnt every summer...but at least it's taking away some of that gross color. Now I look slightly darker than before. I like that. But when will the itch stop? :(

Dear skin,
I promise to take better care of you in the future.
Love,
Sarah

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban [Review]

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

Stats:
#3 in HP series
435 pages
Published 1 October 1999

Synopsis:
For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig. 

As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected?


My Thoughts:
I love this book. It's my favorite of the series and probably in my top 5 favorite books of all-time. It's just absolutely amazing! Along with a new teacher, I love that we learn more about James Potter's time at Hogwarts and the time leading up to his and Lily's death. The last page is definitely the very best though :)

Previous Book:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling [here]

Next Book:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling 

 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Boob Tube Babble

Boob Tube Babble
I feel kind of sad because there is nothing on my DVR right now. The only thing really recording is All That, Kenan & Kel, Clarissa Explains It All, Doug and Pokemon...along with my talk shows - Chelsea Lately, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon's Late Night Show. Thankfully everything should start picking up in September. Speaking of which, that's like 5 days away! EEEEE! September is awesome!



Keeping Up with the Kardashians - I really don't like Kris. He's weird and obviously doesn't know much about Kim.

Secret Life - Ricky's story, really??? That was the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. I actually didn't pay attention to most of the episode so I really have no clue what happened. This show is losing me fast. I may only watch until the finale of this season and then not bother with it anymore. It's so farfetched and lame.

Teen Mom -
Farrah is ridiculous. Everyone knows the cost of living on the West Coast is ridiculous and not to mention her parents are right about being out there alone. My friend put it perfectly "Didn't they teach her in school how hard it is to own your own restaurant. Most fail. Sad, but true. She is setting herself up for failure." She needs to STFU.

Macie's baby fever is totally understandable. But I think she shouldn't have dropped her classes if she is so bored now. Also I know when I have baby fever, I can get really butt hurt over people telling me it's a bad idea :( I think most moms get baby fever at some point or another and it doesn't matter how much your brain rationalizes that you don't need another one, that baby fever just clouds all judgment!

Catelynn & Tyler's situation still makes me sad. I'm not sure I could look at pictures and all that without being sad. They are so strong and brave.

Amber. Not even gonna waste my breath. I hate when Gary is on because I have to turn up my tv to understand his damn mumbling.

Do you watch any of these? What were your thoughts?

Upcoming Shows:
The Pioneer Woman - Saturday, Aug 27 @ 11:30am on Food Network
Ringer - Tuesday, Sept 13 on CW
Vampire Diaries - Thursday, Sept 15 @ 8pm on CW
The Secret Circle - Thursday, Sept 15 @ 9pm on CW
Glee - Tuesday, Sept 20 on Fox
New Girl - Tuesday, Sept 20 @ 9pm on Fox
Dexter - Tuesday, Sept 20 on HBO
X Factor - Wednesday, Sept 21 and Thursday, Sept 22 @ 8pm on Fox
Whitney - Thursday, Sept 22 @ 9:30pm on NBC
Fringe - Friday, Sept 23 @ 9pm on Fox
Kendra - E! this September
Family Guy - Sunday, Sept 25 @ 8pm on Fox
Walking Dead - Sunday, Oct 16 on AMC
Grimm - Friday, Oct 21 on NBC
Psych - USA this October
The Exes - Wednesday, Nov 30 on TVLand
Pretend Time - Comedy Central this Fall
Sister Wives - TLC this Fall
Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea - NBC this fall

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Review]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Stats:
#2 in the HP series
341 pages
1 Jan 1998

Synopsis:
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts Schools of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart; a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom; and the unwanted attention of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone—or something—starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?

My Thoughts:
Just as good as the first one :)

We're introduced to house elves finally! There's that big doofus Gilderoy Lockhart, dueling lessons, Fawkes, spiders, Moaning Myrtle and Mandrakes. Lest we forget the first encounter with the Whomping Willow. I love how this book sets up so many things for the future books!

Previous review: 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling [here]

Next book: 
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (my favorite of the 6 that I've read) by JK Rowling

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone [Review]


Stats:
#1 in Harry Potter series
301 pages
Published 26 June 1997

Synopsis:
Harry hates living with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and their spoiled-rotten son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny closet beneath the stairs, and the entire family treats him with disdain. What's more, Harry keeps getting into trouble for making strange things happen -- things he seems to have no control over. But then Harry discovers the truth about himself when a determined messenger delivers an enlightening message. It turns out that Harry's mother was a witch, his father a wizard. And not only is Harry also a wizard, he's a famous one! His survival of the attack by the evil wizard who killed his parents has marked him as a legendary hero -- as has the lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead.

Soon Harry finds himself attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he receives training in some magic basics, masters riding a broomstick, and discovers his incredible talent for a game called Quidditch, which is played in the air on flying brooms. And for the first time in his life, Harry has friends who care about him: his fellow students Hermione and Ron and a giant named Hagrid. But all is not rosy when Harry discovers his true destiny and finds he must once again face the evil one who killed his parents. His survival will depend upon the help of his newfound friends, as well as his own wit and powers.


My Thoughts:
I'm not sure what to really say about this book other than I remember reading it for the first time when I was 12 (over 10 years ago!) and it blew my mind. It still does that today. The style of writing and the amount of imagination and creativity that went in to creating such a brilliant story (characters, places, plot, etc.) is just pure genius. JK Rowling is a genius. I cannot wait for my kids to read it one day!

Last Reviewed:
Lover Unleashed (BDB #9) by JR Ward [Here

Next Book:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HP #2) by JK Rowling 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fun With Our Phones Monday


I fail with my weekly link up so I am joining with Savanah & Erin for their weekly link up! :)

So here's what's on my phone...
I cracked up, but Cami looked super white trashy with that hat. LOL

Helllllo B&N! These are for Nick when he gets home, although I will probably read them all too.

My books :)

We went to the playground last week.

Cami played on the swings for the first time ever!

I went to go to bed and found that I had a little company!

Saturday we had a yard sale. The kids found some old toys and I bribed them with these microphones to keep out of the toys. Cami sang most of the time we were out there. :)

What I was trying to get rid of, we made $65 and gave most of this away to Salvation Army.

We went to the mall to kill some time before dinner. I decided after the yard sale to treat the kids to some Friendlys. This is a super neat little doohickey in our mall. Probably the only cool thing about it.



Finally at Friendlys :)

My dinner - half regular chicken and half buffalo. They have the BEST fries!

Matthew CHOWED down. He had Cookies'n'Cream ice cream for dessert and Cami had strawberry.

Went to ON before the mall. Got a few things for the kids.

Proof that Frieza is a girl. Boobs. You see it, don't you? LOL

I dropped my phone on my foot...bruised!

Last night I let Matthew sleep with me...I thought he finally stayed out of things and then this morning he showed me his pretty nails. Hot pink! He was pretty proud of himself. And then he made me take the polish off. haha

The perpetrator.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lover Unleashed [Review]

(I actually give it 3 1/2)

Stats:
#9 in Black Dagger Brotherhood series
489 Pages
Published 29 March 2011

Synopsis:
Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy.


My Thoughts:
The book itself wasn't awful or anything, it was just terribly slow and the main storyline of Payne almost seemed like it was on the back burner. There was an equal amount of Vishous thrown in there and a little Quinn and Blay too. Plus the police/detectives and Band of Bastards... Too many words, not enough actual story for me. I've heard that the next book (#10) is going to be about Tohrment and there will be a novella on Quinn and Blay.

Previous Review:
Lover Mine (#8 in BDB series) by JR Ward [here]


Up Next:
Rereading Harry Potter series. I never finished #7.

Dear bookstores...

I really love you.

A LOT.

I'd be devastated if all the bookstores went out of business. I've already lost Borders. It was the only bookstore up here and I've used them for the past 4 years happily. Well, maybe sparingly. Sparingly because we'd go broke. Spending $100+ each time you go to the bookstore can make one go broke. But who can help it? All those amazing shelves upon shelves full of books that need reading!

My friend posted a link about Barnes & Noble having a 50% off paperbacks, so I went to the dark side. That's what I called B&N because I was a Borders girl. I got 17 books for around $100. I also got a membership. You get free 1-3 day express shipping. Only HECK YEAH! We don't have a B&N anywhere close to us, so I'm an online shopper for now :( It makes me sad because I think the ebooks are killing bookstores. I am an avid Kindle supporter. I love my Kindle. But I read just as many real books as ebooks. Where are all the readers at? Huh? Support BOOKSTORES! Keep them in business so this girl doesn't lose her sanity!

<3
Sarah

Friday, August 19, 2011

Dish On Your DVR #11



Next Food Network Star:
I really didn’t like Suzi’s camera challenge. She kind of annoys me. But I believe Vic would be the first person gone out of the top 3…they ended up letting him go first. After watching their pilot challenge, I would rather watch Jeff than Suzi.

The winner of Season of Food Network Star is…
Jeff: The Sandwich King

The little reunion was weird to watch. I didn’t realize there was friction between Mary Beth and Jeff. Seeing that made me realize why I didn’t like her. I still really don't like Chris. What a giant doofus who belongs on Jersey Shore.

Teen Mom:
I am really annoyed at how all these girls think their life is so awful and hard. I did college with 2 toddlers and a deployed husband. It wasn't THAT hard. It's annoying how much Ryan's parents push him to go to court and I was wondering what would happen if Ryan's parents weren't around to watch Bentley when Ryan was at work.

The mess that is Amber...just wow. Seeing her mom, makes you know exactly where Amber got all her problems. I nearly choked on my cookie when I heard her say "I know how you like to run your mouth" on the phone to her mom. Really, Amber? And what was up with her nails? Ew. I also noticed how Leah did not run up exclaiming "Mommy" or even reach out to Amber when they were at the courthouse and how Amber's goodbye was a kiss, no hug, no words. She's not a mom.

Happily Divorced:
Did anyone see the finale? Charles Whatshisface that played Mr. Sheffield was on :) It was so funny!

Do you watch any of these? What were your thoughts?

Upcoming Shows:
The Pioneer Woman - Saturday, Aug 27 @ 11:30am on Food Network
Vampire Diaries - Thursday, Sept 15 on CW
Glee - Tuesday, Sept 20 on Fox
New Girl - Tuesday, Sept 20 @ 9pm on Fox
Dexter - Tuesday, Sept 20 on HBO
X Factor - Wednesday, Sept 21 and Thursday, Sept 22 @ 8pm on Fox
Whitney - Thursday, Sept 22 @ 9:30pm on NBC
Fringe - Friday, Sept 23 @ 9pm on Fox
Family Guy - Sunday, Sept 25 @ 8pm on Fox
Walking Dead - Sunday, Oct 16 on AMC
Psych - USA this October
The Exes - Wednesday, Nov 30 on TVLand
Pretend Time - Comedy Central this Fall
Sister Wives - TLC this Fall
Are You There Vodka, It's Me, Chelsea - NBC this fall


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I don't write about my kids every day, but I do mention them and sometimes devote whole posts to blabbering randomly about how awesome they are!

I have two kids: Matthew and Cambria (after the band if you're wondering). They are 11 months apart to the very day and both born on the 11th of their month :)

Matthew is my four year old. He is very smart, silly and stubborn. He is OBSESSED with Pixar Cars. Daddy is definitely his best friend and he takes the separation pretty hard. Matthew is very protective and pretty weary of strangers. He can be shy and hard to warm up at times. He loves to count and draw (much like I did when I was little) He hates to get dirty (much like his Daddy did when he was little). We finally have gotten over the picky eater stage and he is eating everything now! He suffers from eczema and allergies, might even have asthma, but he is an amazing, happy little guy.

Cambria is my three year old. She is so funny to me because she can be a girly, prissy little thing one minute and turn around and rough 'n tumble it with the boys. She loves Disney Princesses and animals. She is very brave and loves to talk to anyone who will listen to her. She loves to compliment people on their nice clothes or pretty hair in public. Cami (nickname) is also a huge drama queen. She fake cries better than anyone I know. She loves to play in the dirt and splash in puddles. She loves mayonnaise...she requests it on everything (YES!)

Both kids have huge hearts and are best friends part of the time and worst enemies the other part of the time :P They love to laugh, giggle, sing and dance. Give them a book and they are in heaven....or maybe just some candy! They are in love with Lady Gaga, Pokemon and anything Mario on the Wii!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 months

1. Find stuff to do in the surrounding area that we haven't done before. EXPLORE. I think I finally got a good idea of what to do...playground, sports and library! We went to the playground today for over an hour :)

2. Regularly exercise. Went for a week and a half and then stopped. I have to start again!

3. Drink more water. No soda. After I stopped exercising...I stopped drinking water :( No soda though in a long time. I actually cannot remember when I had soda last.

4. KEEP my cleaning schedule. I've been doing a lot better, but I could stand to do better.

5. Find a place to get rid of the junk in the garage [the broken appliances]. Bulk pickup...still need to schedule one.

6. Read 50 books and watch all the movies I have. I just went crazy at Borders and Barnes&Nobles. Oopsies. I am at 27 books, I believe. I haven't read very much lately :/

7. Finish my associate's degree. DONE! I got my letter last week that I earned all the requirements for my degree and it will be sent out in early September :)

8. Stop cursing so much. I need to pay attention to how much I'm cursing.

9. Take the car for regular car washes and vacuum at least once a month. I need to vacuum this sucker out! Got it washed last week :)

10. Make a recipe bucket list. I want to make a 100 in 1001 list for my food blog. ASAP!

11. Start to get rid of the baby stuff in the basement. I am going to be getting rid of a lot on Saturday - yard sale!! wooo!

12. Make a 100 in 1001 list. I really need to figure this one out....

13. Write up a new budget. Keep better track of money. I have stuff printed out to organize finances and budget stuff.

14. Become a couponing queen. I failed at this, but I am using a new method of grocery shopping that is a lot cheaper.
 
15. Get everything fixed in the house - the garbage disposal, patch up holes in walls, paint before mid-September

16. Research Le Cordon Bleu school in St. Louis.

17. Deweed garden and plant vegetables and flowers that I purchased.

18. Start getting the house really organized and running smoothly for when Nick gets home. I am running out of time! I made a family binder and have been working on that in addition to a menu planning binder, a craft binder and finances folder. I hope the yard sale will really help clean up our basement and I've cleaned up a majority of the clutter in all the rooms.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Telephone Tree #19



Last Tuesday was super busy for us - we went for a consult at a pediatric dentist to get Matthew's other two cavities filled...it was fine until we got there and then it was just POURING rain...

While we waited, I read a dinosaur book and couldn't help but take a picture of the pronunciation. My husband and I say "nuh" instead of I love you most of the time. :)

I decided to go grocery shopping at Walmart and get my oil changed at the same time. 
We grabbed some Subway first!


Then we grabbed a car wash (it had already cleared up completely by then, weather-wise).
  
They got balloons at the dentist's office.


When we got home, I unpacked the groceries quickly and we grabbed a snack.
Then we headed up to the baseball diamond about a mile from our house and played baseball and soccer.


 Some random day this week, Cami piled stuffed animals on me while I was reading...to make a blanket!