Mommy’s Bucket List

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Finish the Sentence Friday

This week’s sentence is My bucket list includes…”

Okay a little game with this post…

Which three did I put in for fun and would NEVER try?

….answer will be revealed next tomorrow, hee hee


1. I want to visit Italy with my hubby.

2. Learn how to change a tire.

3. Get a tattoo of Dinosaur’s birthday on my shoulder.

4. Learn Italian so that if I ever go to Italy I will understand some of the language.

5. Go sky diving from a plane.

6. Crochet a poncho for myself and all of Dino’s hats and fall jackets…at least for a few years.

7. Eat more (not ALL) vegetarian meals and even buy organic foods if I can afford to do so.

8. Go for laser hair removal, you ladies know what I’m talking about right?

9. Travel to every state in the US and get a picture participating/next to what that state is known for.

10. Buy Dino an iPad, that will be all his.

11. Swim with the dolphins.

12. Win the lottery and buy a house with three bedrooms, and eat-in-kitchen, and a pool.

13.Watch Dino graduate with honors from college.

14. Dance with Dino at his wedding….and hold his MANY children…

15. Have Jackson Rathbone serenade me while I get a full-body massage.

16. Learn Karate…that would be cool

17. Learn how to pole dance.

18. Get to my ideal weight and still LOVE to eat.

19. Just once ride on a roller coaster with hubby

20. Run a marathon.

Can you guess which three I would NEVER do?

Next week’s sentence is ”I have a bad habit of…

PROS AND CONS OF BLOGGING

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This week’s sentence is The best and worst parts of blogging…”

We went on vacation and got back yesterday, so this post is shorter than I would have liked.  Dinosaur will blog about the vacation tomorrow and I’ll give my review on Sunday…both will be positive, we LOVED it.  Sorry for my sporadic replies and comments, I will back on a regular reading schedule now that I am back home.

PROS:

  • writing…just writing and releasing your thoughts
  • expressing your opinion
  • meeting awesome people just like you even if they are all from different places
  • learning about all sorts of new programs and technology
  • always having ideas running through your head
  • always being inspired and challenge to improve and create

CONS:

  • never enough time to read all the blogs you want
  • never enough time to spend hours, days, weeks, just writing posts
  • time it takes to take pics, edit them and add them to posts
  • limited time to post and read while on vacation
  • when at a party all you want to do is read and write, LOL
  • always having ideas running through your head

Even though the number is similar for each, I think the pros out way the cons

 

WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING

Finish the Sentence Friday

This week’s sentence is If I could go back and do something over it would be… 

Wow, so many things come to mind, but so does the fact that if I change ONE thing then everything would be effected and my life could be so different.

So Instead of changing anything, I’d like to go back and witness special moments when Dinosaur was younger. I’d like to watch when I first got to hold my son and then bring him home. I’d like to watch him smiling and laughing. I’d like to watch the moments when he tried to “bite” my hands as I changed his diapers my little snapping turtle. The moments when he rolled over, sat up, and crawled. The moments when he copied my facial expressions and sounds. The moments when he first said mommy and daddy and I love you. The moments when he started eating on his own and no longer wanted the bottle. The moments when he would sit in my arms, holding onto me and I would rock him endlessly.

Even though Dinosaur is only four, so many beautiful moments have become memories. I know all too well that soon he will be elementary school then middle school running off with his friends these moments will be memories too. It’s so bittersweet to watch your child grow and remember the baby he once was and the man he will become.

My mother gave me this beautiful trinket box. The company is Willow Tree and they make such beautiful figurines. Writing this post reminded me of the two I have, courtesy of my mom. This one is a mom and son, unfortunately I didn’t see it on their site, but check them out anyway.

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And next week’s sentence to finish: “In Church I learned to…”

July 4th – BAH HUMBUG

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  “The best fourth of July I had was…

This subject was difficult for me… Lately my memory has been shot and I don’t remember things I should… Thanks MOM BRAIN. July 4th was my Grandma Angie’s birthday and I know we had big celebrations when I was younger. I remember sleeping over her and my Grandpa Freddy’s apartment (which was connected to parent’s house), playing in the backyard while she fed me fresh mozzarella, I remember playing paper dolls and my Grandpa Freddy cooking big meals with lots of fish. Most of it is just fragments, but the memories are there. 

I asked my dad to scan and email me some old pics of me and Grandma Angie and boy they were hard to look at. I saw my Grandparents and thought about how my parents are with my son. How long I waited to be a mom they waited that long to be grandparents. I saw the joy on my Grandma Angie and Grandpa Freddy’s face and know my parents feel the same way about my son.

Grandma Angie passed away from Leukemia when I was nine and my sister was three.   Not too long after that Grandpa Freddy passed from lung cancer. If they were alive today they would have been 87 and 96 respectively. Boy my Grandpa was eight years older than my Grandma! If nothing else, i bet my Grandma would have lots of opinions on woman’s rights, how far we have come and where we still need to go. I remember my mom telling me a story about when she first started dating my dad. My Grandma Angie said to her  ….if he tries anything, even if you have to break a glass and cut him go ahead. He may be my son, but he’s still a man….okay I’m not writing it word for word. I know my Grandma would agree with me on my opinions regarding woman’s rights and society’s messed up rules.

  I can’t imagine losing my parents, especially now that I have a child. I want him to know my parents and not be robbed of special moments, stories, and traditions. When he is older I want him to remember what he did with his LaLa and PopPop and not just fragments of memories.

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My mom’s mom…Grandma Betty and my dad’s mom…Grandma Angie…the cutie in the middle is ME!!!!!

My mother’s parents went to live with their other daughter, my Aunt Rose, in Florida. I saw about once a year, but never really knew them. I wish I had gotten to know them better…if only I could go back and smack myself for being so immature at times.

My dad’s parents moved with us from Bronx to Yonkers, NY and stayed in the apartment attached to my parents house. I was lucky that I got to see them everyday, even if it was just for a few years.

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Not sure if you can see that afro on my head…they sure didn’t teach proper care for curly hair back then.

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NOW ONTO WHY I SAY BAH HUMBUG

TO JULY 4TH

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In our town they have a huge and beautiful fireworks display at the high school. It’s packed and takes forever to
get back home with all that traffic.  Hubby and I went a few years ago when we first moved to our town. Sitting out on that big field it felt like the fireworks were right over me and I could reach out and ouch them.

I would love to take Dino….but should I take Dino? Despite all his growling and loud volume talking, he is terrified of loud noises and would FREAK OUT. I’m afraid it would be a disaster, but I want him to experience it. If he freaked, we would be stuck there and Dino would have a coronary. We could go to the local mall for a different fireworks show, but again if Dino gets scarred, would it be a waste?

In addition I don’t want all these weird people around me and keeping me from getting home. When I’m in protective mommy mode, I don’t have time to socialize or strike up stupid c0nversations. I JUST WANT TO GET HOME.

Not only that, it angers me that people shoot fireworks BEFORE the 4th and AFTER. I will be beyond pissed if Dino wakes up because of their stupidity. It’s only ONE night people save them for next year, my son is trying to sleep.

So BAH HUMBUG to lighting dangerous explosives so close to your hands that you could blow off your fingers.

BAH HUMBUG to giving my son sparklers that could damage his eyes, fingers, or burn hsi clothes.

BAH HUMBUG to loud and annoying fireworks that wake my son up.

BAH HUMBUG to morons who shoot fireworks three weeks after the holiday is over. Do you even know WHY we celebrate the 4th of July? Probably not as you take another sip of beer as you light yet another firework.

And next week’s sentence to finish:  ”If I could go back and do something over it would be…

Would You Still Have Fought?

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  “If I could have dinner with anyone in history
it would be with Margaret Sanger, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Soujourner Truth, Eleanore Roosevelt, and Mary Wollstonecraft

Margaret Sanger -Sex Education Pioneer and Contraceptive Advocacy
Susan B. Anthony -Woman’s Rights Activist, Civil Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton -Woman’s Rights Activist, Civil Rights Activist
Sojourner Truth-Woman’s Rights Activist, Civil Rights Activist
Eleanor Roosevelt -Woman’s Rights Activist, Humanitarian, U. S. First Lady
Mary Wollstonecraft – pioneer in the struggle for female suffrage
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There are LOTS of influential women I want to have dinner with. Heck I could have easily listed a hundred just to start with. In the end I just chose a few. I would have SO MANY QUESTIONS
  • What do you think of society now?
  • Are women treated equally in their eyes?
  • Society and the media still preach “don’t get raped instead of don’t rape” Has anything changed since your time?
  • What are your views on birth control, Roe VS Wade, and men telling women what to do with their bodies? Do you think anything has really changed?
  • Have men accepted women as their equals?
  • Have women taken advantage of equality?
  • Do you believe in marriage equality?
  • How do you feel about women’s fashion?
  • If you could address the world now, what would you say and why?
  • If you knew how the world would turn out, would you have still fought hard for your beliefs? 

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I know as a woman, wife, and mother there are more changes that need to be made with the way society treats women. I also feel that society, the media, and fashion industries have gone crazy with this idea and are over sexualizing women. When newscasters portray how a man’s life is over because of what he did to a girl and not once talk about the victim, I think off of these women and their hard work was for NOTHING. When women are still sexually harassed at work and are afraid to report it, I think their fight was for NOTHING.  When I read that a woman was stalked and murdered and there was nothing they could do, I cry for the women who fought this and yet it keeps happening. Those women are heroes, revolutionaries, fighters…but did they make a difference? Or perhaps they started the fight so we can finish it.

And next week’s sentence to finish:  ”The best 4th of July I ever had was…”

Just Go to Sleep Already

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  “The hardest part of my day is…  

I’d like to say it’s when I leave for work and my son kisses and hugs me goodbye at least ten times. But it’s not, while I don’t like a long commute, at least I get to listen to books on CD in my car. I don’t have to listen to kid’s music or hubby’s annoying freestyle or rock music. I get to listen to books, meet new and interesting characters, take a journey, discover a new place, and find peace all within an hour drive.

I’d like to say it’s dinner time when Dino plays games and doesn’t eat all his food. Oh man, it’s frustrating that I have to sneak baby food (vegetables and fruit) in his food, but in the end I’m happy that I have a child to feed.

I’d like to say it’s the time between nap and dinner. Or perhaps when he first wakes up and is wound up and ready to go. I swear this kid could run a marathon as soon as he wakes up in the morning. He even moves in his sleep.

The hardest part of my day is..NAP TIME when he’s home with me. It’s the days I can’t rely on daycare to put my son down for his nap. I probably sound like a horrible mother, LOL. It’s the days I can’t get him to take a nap, so I can clean, blog, or nap on my own. I usually end up sleeping with him, rubbing his back until we both fall asleep. I can’t complain though, I have an amazing child, a child who worships me and loves to nap with me. I know one day that will end, so while I find it frustrating, I also cherish it.

Some people keep pushing advice on me about nap time or lack of nap time. I really don’t care what others say, I know my son. He needs to nap, he naps at daycare and when he goes to full day Kindergarten and can’t nap we’ll deal with it then. He’s my son and we’ll deal with it as a family. I think some advice is helpful, but when you start to act like I don’t know anything I take offense. When you suggest that I don’t take my child’s education serious, I take offense. I don’t walk around bragging about my certifications, degrees, and over ten years of teaching experience. Is it because I have only one child and that means I don’t know anything? Does having a child when we were older mean I don’t know anything? Perhaps since I don’t brag, that means I don’t know anything. When families help each other they suddenly feel that gives them the right to judge your entire life. If that is the case, I rather not get help then.

When I was laid off and home with him I hated it. I LOVE my son, but was not meant to be at home with my son. Some mothers enjoy it, but I didn’t. I remember some people wanting me to admit that stay at home moms had it harder than working moms. I responded that while it was difficult, it wasn’t harder. If you haven’t done both than you can’t compare. If you haven’t worked and stayed at home you can’t compare both sides. Even with just a year at home, even I can’t truly understand what it’s like to be a SAHM.

Neither is harder than the other. Both are challenging and have obstacles and enjoyments. Both are wonderful but with dilemmas. Perhaps if I didn’t have a financial burden over my head it would have been easier. Perhaps if I had been home with him since birth it would have been easier. I’ve known teachers who hated working but didn’t have a choice, were happy to be working, only worked part-time, and others who changed careers to work at home. In the end we all love our kids and e just need to support each other.

Okay, my rant is over…I always seem to go on a tangent, but love being able to freely write on Fridays with Finish the Sentence Fridays. I love reading all the posts and seeing how each of us is so different, but the same in our love and needs for our kids. I love meeting new bloggers and getting better acquainted with the ladies I already know.

And next week’s sentence to finish:  ”If I could have dinner with anyone in history it would be with…”

Can Only Move Forward

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  “I hit a turning point in my life when I…”  lost my job….

Over two years ago I was laid off from a teaching job that I thought was secure. I thought I would get called back or at least find another job, but that did not happen.
Week after week, month and month, I felt useless and hopeless. I was not getting called on interviews and couldn’t just work in a store making less than it would cost to pay for daycare. September came and I was jobless and scared out of my mind. I did not know what was going to happen. It created a rift in our marriage as our debt and stress grew. Very quickly we had no choice but to declare bankruptcy. This is not where I saw my life going. This is not what my dreams and hopes were based on, I did not ask for this.
As a full year passed, gone were the dreams of
  • selling our condo and purchasing a house
  • having a home that Dino could grow up in and call his own
  • having a yard in which Dino and Balboa could play
  • going through IVF again and having another baby

While I got called to my original job, I was laid off again. I was not expecting that and all the fear and horror hit me again. What else could I lose?  Thankfully I moved on to a similar job, but the damage was done and our lives would never be the same.

While my dreams were gone, I realized that I could make new dreams and not all was bad. While this was not my plan, I found and strength in what I could endure. I found power in the things that I could control. I found a peace that came when there was nothing left to lose.

With great sadness, we had to find an apartment to rent. In our town the pickings were slim and we felt we were going got be stuck in a tiny apartment in a huge complex. Thankfully we found an apartment, in the center of town. This apartment was much smaller than our condo, but had a shared driveway, shared yard, and a garage.

  • Dino and Balboa DID have a yard to play and I don’t have to walk across a parking lot just to take Balboa out.
  • Dino can ride his bike, play ball, and play in his pool in his OWN yard.
  • We are still in town and Dino can stay at his daycare and eventually could see the same kids in his school.
  • I have another job, similar job, and while I am commuting I am enjoying listening to books on tape.
  • We have a washing machine and dryer in our house, no longer to do I have to lug baskets up and down steps and in and out of buildings.
  • We have a home. Other families all over the nation in similar situations, lost it all. We didn’t, we were lucky. 

I could have continued to wallow in misery and let the negativity take over, but instead I chose to find the joy and happiness in our lives. I need to show Dino that while things may no turn out the way you expected, while you may have to make adjustments, they do turn out in a way that works for you. You may have a long journey with many bumps in the road, it may take a while to get there, but you WILL get there and appreciate it more because of the journey. I do have my sad days, but in the end I know I am blessed.

And next week’s sentence to finish:  ”The hardest part of my day is…

Yup, I’m One of Them

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  “My favorite movie of all time is…

TWILIGHT! I could watch all five movies all day, over and over. Yes, I am one of those Twihards. No, I have never been to a screening, opening night, or have merchandise other than a calendar and a movie theater cup.

My son was about five/six months old and I was feeding him on my recliner. Twilight came on and since I couldn’t move I had no choice but to watch it. I was skeptical, but then I became hooked. Sure the plot line was different from any vampire movie I have ever seen, sure the idea of vampires that sparkle in the sun, don’t have fangs, and are immune to garlic and steaks in the chest was a new concept…but I was HOOKED!

I bought all the books and have seen every movie. Hubby’s coworker is always asking me questions through him, and of course I have the answers. Who is my favorite character? Well, I’ll tell you…WARNING, there may be some spoilers if you haven’t seen the ending, you may want to skip to the end.

Well…is it Jacob, the whiny kid who just couldn’t let go of Bella, sure in the end it was because his “soul” was destined to be with her and Edwards non-existent daughter…even a Twihard like me laughs at that. NOPE, not Jacob.

Is it Edward, the self-loathing vampire that needs to be put out of misery? Sure he realized he was an idiot and should have been thanking his creator, Carlisle, instead of acting like an annoying teenager. NOPE not Edward.

Is it Bella, the clumsy and needy human, who in the end is all powerful and saves her new vamp family? NOPE, not Bella.

Is it Carlisle, the kind and altruistic vamp, who treats his clan like a family and works as a doctor, never hurting any humans. NOPE Not Carlisle.

Is it Esme, the mother of the family, the one who lost her own baby and suffered abuse at the hands of a horrible husband? Sure I empathize with her, but NOPE not Esme.

Is it Emmett, the huge, strong, scary, teddy bear that protects and loves his family while having the brain capacity of a five year old? Sure he would be so much fun to spend an eternity with, but NOPE not Emmett.

Is it Rosalie, the one who suffered a horrible tragedy and never asked for or wanted this life? I would be bitter too, but in the end she was able to protect and help raise her niece….so it is her? NOPE, not Rosalie.

Is it Alice, the always cheerful and loving, psychic. She never remembered her past but woke up a vamp, but followed visions leading her to her man and mate. Sure she would have me dressed to the nines…so is it her? NOPE, not Alice.

Is it Jasper, the empath who was tricked, used, abused, and covered in bites as he fought in the southern vampire wars? Is it the tough and scary vamp who fights the urge everyday to not kills humans all around him? Is it the vamp who is always processing escape routes and battle formations in his head, while knowing exactly how to defeat any enemy? Is it the vamp who can become a lethal force and destroy all those in his path; but instead chose an eternity of love and peace because of his mate? YOU BET IT IS!!!!!! ! I LOVE JASPER! He’s dangerous, scary, and HOT. Imagine how different Twilight would have been if Jasper had been the lead vamp….swooons and fangirls!!!!!!!

UNF…In the books he is covered in scars…if only we got to really see what the scars really looked like…*sigh* if only.

Plus, the actor who plays him is even hotter….swoons.

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And next week’s sentence to finish:  ”I hit a turning point in my life when I…

Blogging and I Can’t Sleep

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  I blog because…
And next week’s sentence to finish: ”…………..”

I needed to know I wasn’t alone.

When I first started blogging MANY years ago it was dedicated to my dog, Balboa. He was a puppy back then and it was from his point of view. There were many doggy mom and dad blogs and we all supported each other. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google Plus were NOT part of blogging. After my son was born, I started blogging about being a mom. That lasted for a few months, but it was all too much for me. I liked it, but didn’t really have a niche, didn’t know who I was.

When I was laid off my from teaching job a few years ago, I was scared, frustrated, and alone. I needed to vent and possibly look for work. I thought if I started blogging, I could make money, write books, sell products. Soon I just liked blogging, even after I got hired back, got laid off again, and then was hired by a similar company.

Now I find peace in knowing that…
some moms of only children also share my concerns
some moms of boys are scared by their wild little men, but also cherish their sons spirits and joy that the bond between a boy and his mom is like no other. some moms have toys all over and sometimes clutter and it’s okay
some moms cry, whine, drink wine, eat chocolate, or hide in the bathroom to make it through tough moments, we are only human
some moms have been through horrific moments, events, and periods and they made it through
some moms have been though infertility and are blessed with a miracle, while others are still praying to God for theirs
some moms work outside the home, some work at home, and others stay at home, in the end we ALL love and cherish our kids
some moms have partners that don’t help out at home and some do
some moms rock at cooking/backing, others rock at photography, others rock at art and crafts, others rock at singing…and we ALL rock at being moms

I could go on forever, but the point is I LOVE not being alone. I love knowing that whatever I write, I will be supported and understood. I know I will support, empathize, and understand other moms. I know we are all working hard to raise our kids in a scary world and want the best for them.


Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention…this is the important one)…HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, May 24th: (Special thanks to Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie, Brooke (@HallBro) from Brooke and Michael, Scott (@ThisDaddys_Blog) from This Daddy’s Blog, and yours truly for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so follow me on Twitter (@5crookedhalos) and/or like my Facebook page and watch for my Thursday shout out plea for questions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. Do you wake before the alarm or stay in bed until the last possible second? I am usually up about fifteen minutes before my alarm goes off, then I can’t go back to sleep, it’s just impossible for me. I lay in bed and try to relax. When I do get up, I get UP AND GO, I have no choice. I have to get ready for work and get Dino all set for his morning.

2. Who should get a baby shower? Is it just the first baby or all babies? In my opinion, just the first baby…but I would never tell anyone they couldn’t have a shower or criticize them for it. If our fate was different and we had a second child, I wouldn’t have a shower. I am sure we’d be sent gifts and clothes, but I’d use what we already have on hand. By the second baby, I would know what I needed and didn’t need and wouldn’t want too much clutter or junk.

I think instead of second showers, moms should get fresh cooked meals delivered to their house and monthly packages of diapers and wipes. That makes a great gift for a second baby, heck even a first baby.

3. How will you spend Memorial Day? Relaxing at home and trying to keep son busy. Maybe, walk around town, catch the parade, have a picnic if the weather is nice.

4. Do you have a Storm/Hurricane/Tornado/Fire plan for your kids, house..? Yes and NO. I have some things in a bag for an emergency. I need to restock and organize it. We have an OLD basement in the apartment we rent and it is NOT safe to stay down there. In an emergency, we could run down there to avoid being blown away or crushed. I’d rather hang in our bathtub with a mattress over my head, but that’s just me.

5. What is your favorite morning drink? Hmmmm, I guess it would be coffee, with flavored creamer. Before that I NEED to drink water to really wake me up.

Vision Board and My Suprise

Finish the Sentence Friday

And now for this week’s sentence to finish:  ”When I was younger, I wanted to…”
And next week’s sentence to finish: ”I blog because…”

”When I was younger, I wanted to…” be a teacher and a mom. Seriously, that is what I wanted to do. I would pretend to teach to my “students” or toys. I would plan out my family. Yes…crazy I know, but really I was ahead of the times. Technically that could be my vision board.

I would draw pictures of what my family would look like. How many kids I would have, their names, their eye color, hair color, height. I should have kept going with my vision board, but in the end I got what I wanted. I’m an educator, though I was laid off for budget cuts then rehired at a similar program to teach. I’m a mom to a wonderful, amazing, intelligent, and loving little man. Sure it didn’t all work out as I had planned, but it did come true.
I’ve taught at a residential school (where the kids lived on campus) and for special education schools. I have been a self-contained teacher, reading teacher and literacy coach that pushes in to the classroom, reading specialist that works with students individually, and a reading teacher that works with small groups. I’ve been teaching for over ten years and love what I do and can’t imagine not being a teacher. Besides, I met my wonderful friend teaching. Even though we do not work together anymore, she is an important person in my life.
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Rules for 5QF: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then watch for the linky post to appear Friday morning and LINK UP!

Oh, and remember (pay close attention…this is the important one)…HAVE FUN!

Questions for Friday, May 17th: (Special thanks to Brooke (@HallBro) from Brooke and Michael, Pam (@trooppetrie) from Troop Petrie and yours truly for these 5QF question suggestions! I would love to link you in a future 5QF, so follow me on Twitter (@5crookedhalos) and/or like my Facebook page and watch for my Thursday shout out plea for questions! Remember to @5crookedhalos me and use hashtag #5QF if you go the Twitter route!)

1. Do you have a doppelgänger? When I was about seventeen I was helping out in a university administration office.  I had to open applications and file them in appropriate drawers. Well, when I opened one file, it was me! I was as if someone had taken my high school class photo and put it their application. She had my black curly hair, my style of cut, my nose, my eyes, my face. It was the freakiest thing I had ever seen and I always wondered if I would ever run into her.

2. Do you keep your car cleaned up? NO…I am terrible with that ask my parents or hubby. BUT NOW with the FlyLady I do. Every Friday, I clean my car which is even dirtier. Between traveling from one to school to another, I sometimes eat in my car and the mess builds. I have tons of audio tapes, bags, books, and test everywhere.

3. What is a current fashion that drives you crazy. Girls wearing clothes are are too tight, short, or low. As a teacher I always made sure I was covered up and wearing appropriate clothes. Now, it seems that girls are expected to wear almost nothing. Cleavage and butt cheeks show with no shame at all. They have no clue about dressing respectfully or respectful. They have no clue that you can show your curves while being covered up.

4. How often do you go grocery shopping?  I used to shop every other week, but then I would always need more bread, eggs, almond and rice milk. Now I shop once a week according to sales. Some items are weekly necessities and others are purchased because of the sale. It makes it easier to save money, not waste food, or run out of food and make annoying unexpected shopping trips.

5. What has been the best surprise of your life? My son, sure we did IVF but there was no guarantee it would work. When I told I was indeed pregnant and then watch my son grow inside of me and eventually brought it home…Well what a true miracle and surprise from God.

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