Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
"Real Fact" #33: Termites eat through wood 2 times faster when listening to rock music.
"Real Fact" #37: A snail breathes through its foot.
I know, I know ~ it's cheesy! Just humor me, okay!?
We are having a superbowl party Sunday night. Personally, I just want to have a party to celebrate my new kitchen floor (haha). Todd likes to make chili in the crockpot. I am going to make lasagna and garlic-cheese bread. My friends are bringing gnocci and a salad. (Gnocci is a potato/pasta italian dish ~ and it is so yummy!) Since none of us or our friends care who win the superbowl, we decided to have little bets; such as, who wins the toss, who scores the first touchdown, etc. $20 buy in. And each question will be worth a certain number of points. The person at the end of the night with the most points wins the pot!
What is everyone else doing Superbowl Sunday? Kathy, can you get the game in Germany?
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
It's scary feeling like you are alone. (Especially when I have a house full of all men/boys ~ who seem to think that "MOM" is crazy!) Did you ever feel that way? I'm so glad I started this blog. I have been able to keep in touch with friends and make so many more! Imagine me reaching through your computer screen and ((((((hugging)))))) you!
Todays weather has brought us an icky day ~ and I had to go into work ~ blah! It snowed, but then it rained ontop of it and now everything is a big slushy mess. But I am feeling much better knowing I am surrounded by love and friendship! Sorry this sounds so sappy. Like a hallmark card! ha!
I got up this morning, drank a hot cup of tea and read a little. Bless my son ~ Zach asked me if I had to work and I said "yes, but Dad has to clear the snow out of the driveway first". He took it upon himself to shovel the driveway and sidewalks, in addition to clearing off my van (which was covered in snow and ice). He is such a sweet boy, turning into a wonderful man. (Someday his future wife better thank me!! haha!)
Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and Kisses,
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
However; I have been suffering from depression and anger for about 10 years. I've been on and off different medications during that time. The last one was Lexipro. Lexipro made me feel a bit better ~ but so tired all the time! I wasn't depressed but I just didn't care about anything either. Around Christmas time I dedicded to stop taking all my medication and slowly cut down until I was taking nothing. Well that wasn't the smartest thing in the world for me to do! Although it did help me realize that I do need help and cannot fight this battle alone. I have been weepy and cranky and feeling really sad. Most of the time I am too busy being a mom that I can't let the sadness take over. But there are times when I feel so low and down ~ I really don't like myself.
I went to the doctors today and asked to be put back on medication. The new medication is called Pristiq. I haven't heard of it before. The doctor said it doesn't have as many side affects such as weight gain, loss of sexual desire, drowsiness, etc. I really hope this does the trick. I'm so tired of being the way I am. Constantly having to fight the "depression demons" (as I fondly refer to them) inside me.
So I realized that it's not my real life you are seeing if you only see parts I want you to see. Now you know my dark secrets. Now you have it ~ Tami ~ the good, the bad and the ugly!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
A man with a gruesomely painted black-and-white face and armed with a knife went on a rampage at a Belgian day care center Friday, stabbing two babies and a worker to death and wounding 12 others, officials said.
Sobbing parents rushed to the scene and to nearby hospitals. Shocked rescue workers spoke of finding crying, bleeding toddlers scattered inside the center. Medical workers at six hospitals sprang into action, performing emergency operations to save the 10 children and two adults badly wounded in the attack.
"This was a particularly violent attack. All the kids had multiple stab wounds on their legs, arms, and all over their bodies," Dr. Ignace Demeyer, head of emergency services at Our Lady Hospital in nearby Aalst, told reporters.
- You are a seeker.
- You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
- You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations.
- You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
- You are quite passionate and easily tempted.
- Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.
- You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
- You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
- You have the classic "Type A" personality.
- You are confident, self assured, and capable.
- You are not easily intimidated.
- You master any and all skills easily.
- You don't have to work hard for what you want.
- You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!
- You tend to be pretty tightly wound.
- It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
- You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly.
- You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
- You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time.
- Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.
The majority of these things I agree with. The last one is definately not me! I always finish my projects! In fact, I can't stand to have something unfinished! It drives me nuts!! :)
The other one I don't agree with is being comfortable far from home. I love being at home and with my family. I do like to travel and would like to do more of it, but there is nothing like coming home!!
If you want to know what your name means go to http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyournameshiddenmeaningquiz/
(and thanks to Kim for telling me about this site ~ it was fun!)
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
We have a coach on Brandon's hockey team who is known for yelling out "SHOOT!" and "JESUS!". It's a big joke with the parents. They now count how many time the coach yells "JESUS". When Todd mentioned to the coach they were counting, the coach responded by saying "I'm jewish, Jesus is just a name to me." (Please note: It was all in fun. No one was trying to put down anyones religion.) Today, Todd found this t-shirt online and bought it for the coach. I can't wait until it comes in so we can present it to him!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
We use TRESemme shampoo and conditioner. I love how it makes my hair soft and shiny. You are probably wondering why I am telling you this. Well, today Ahren gave me a hug and I could smell the shampoo in his hair. I said "Ummm, you smell fruity!". He replied to me with a stern voice. "Mom! I am NOT fruity!". :) I thought it was funny and had to share it.
Monday, January 19, 2009
You may get a chuckle out of knowing that Zachary's nickname from his 5th grade classmates is "gopher". When he was in 5th grade his teacher would send him to the office to "go for" this or "go for" that. So the kids picked up on it quickly and "gopher" stuck!
By the way: football update - Eagles lost against the Cardinals. We only saw part of the game because of Zach's lacrosse schedule. Not too much a big deal in our house, because no one is an Eagles fan. Although we have a lot of friends who are bummed out!
Friday, January 16, 2009
My 4th photo....
This weekend is going to be filled with hockey practice, two hockey games (Brandon), two lacrosse games (Zachary) and the Eagles Playoff Football game. I'm not into football that much, but Todd LOVES football. His favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys. So I was confused when he said he couldn't wait for the Eagles game. I asked him why he would even want to watch the Eagles after they beat the Cowboys!?! He just simply said "It's football". Okay honey, whatever! Now if he wanted to watch hockey - I would be there in a heart beat!!! :)
Have a good weekend!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Todd started teaching at Radnor High School in 2000. He teaches history and economics. He is also the yearbook advisor. Before that he taught at Haverford High School. I do not say it enough, but I am very proud of my husband! He is very caring, intelligent, witty and loving. I was blessed the day I married him! (I love you honey).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I am frustrated with blogger! I have been trying to place a picture in my header and it doesn't show up on the screen. Blogger lets me load several different types of pictures (sizes, variations, etc) and even lets me save it. Then when I go to view my blog - NADA! Not there! UG! I even made this cool header and I can't use it! GRRR!!!!!! Any ideas?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
It's amazing to see what some people will do to avoid hurting or disappointing others. Even though everything inside of you screamed "No!" perhaps you agreed to take on a new client just because you didn't want her to feel rejected. Or maybe you argued with your spouse about not having enough time together, and then you found yourself agreeing to run a fund-raiser for your child's school that very day, simply because you wanted the other parents to know how committed you were. Every day people make critical decisions based on what others want, knowing on some level that they're committing an act of self-betrayal. The role of the good girl (or boy) is a tough one to turn down.
So what happens when you start to let people down and they get upset? In fact, you may lose some relationships that you thought were important to you. This is bound to happen, because if you tend to overgive, you've trained those in your life to expect it and they'll question you once you stop.
Remember that by making your needs a priority, you're also changing the rules.
Don't be surprised if someone close to you—a best friend, family member, or spouse—tries to reel you back in by making more demands or tempting you with guilt. When this happens, the worst thing you can do is give in, as that sends mixed messages and teaches others to doubt your word. Instead, you need to be honest, direct, and resolved to take care of yourself. Don't overexplain, defend, or invite a debate about how you feel. The fewer words, the better.
Here are some guidelines for staying on track and taking good care of yourself:
- Buy some time. When someone makes a request of you, there are two things you should do. First, put space between the request and your answer. Before quickly responding, "Yes, I'm in!" take some time to consider the consequences of your response. Always say, "I'll need to get back to you," "I'll need to sleep on it," or "I need to check with someone before I commit" (even if that someone is you).
- Let the person know up front that you may not be able to oblige. Preparing people early on for the possibility that you won't be able to help them does something else as well. It encourages those who are asking for help to consider other options sooner rather than later.
- Do a gut check. Once you've bought yourself some time, ask yourself: "On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do I really want to do this?" The closer your answer is to a 10, the more you should consider saying yes. If you're still not sure, ask yourself this: "If I knew this person wouldn't be angry, disappointed, or upset, would I say no?"
- Finally, be honest and polite. Respond with something like "In an effort to take care of myself and to spend more time at home, I need to decline your offer, although I'm honored that you asked."
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday we had to make a 2 1/2 hour drive to the poconos for a game against the Pirates. We won 4 to 2! Let me tell you about the opponets parents... they were brutal and horrible. Shouting out mean things to the kids and us (the parents). I do not understand why people have to be that way. Especially when it's kids playing! Brandon got a penalty for slashing. I personally did not see a slash and thought it was a good check (but I'm his mom and I have to say that). Anyway, the pirate parents went nuts because our coach was contesting the call. I'm glad we don't play them again for the remainder of the season! WOW!
Here are some silly shots of Jack and Brandon before the pirates game. They aren't the greatest because I took them with my camera phone.
Oh! Brandon's coach said he was going to cut his hair if he didn't keep it out of his face! YAHOO!
Monday January 19th 2009 The Stanley Cup will be at
Power Play Rinks in Exton
Ice Cap Ice Rink in Reading
Bring the whole family out for an opportunity of a life time. Have your picture taken with the REAL Stanley Cup.
I have been following Judys blog since she found me last August! We quickly bonded and I am grateful for her friendship. Judy has a wonderful site that I love to follow. Even though I have never met Judy or her family, I feel as if I have known them forever!! Thank you Judy for bringing me into your life! Hockey Moms Rock!
Here's the Friend Bloggy Award Scoop:
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.
Here are eight bloggers who I adore! Thanks ladies for always being the best blogging buddies a girl can ask for!!
Ina at http://ina-offret.blogspot.com/
Kathy at http://fraukmwest.blogspot.com/
Sue at http://sue-randomramblings.blogspot.com/
Heather at http://thefeltenbergers.blogspot.com/
Ann at http://toenglandwithkids.blogspot.com/
Tori at http://midwifetori.blogspot.com/
Kim at http://home-is-where-the-heart-is.blogspot.com/
Jenny at http://jeschi.blogspot.com/
Friday, January 9, 2009
Last night I was making a sausage dinner with sweet peppers, tomato sauce and mozzerella cheese. As I was cutting up the sweet peppers, Zachary asked me if I was also adding "Al Pacino". I had no idea what he was talking about. I said "The Godfather, Al Pacino?". Of course Zachary looked at me as if I lost my mind. It finally hit me! "OH", I said "You mean Jalapeno!"
Riley was named after my great-grandmothers maiden name. Teddy and Ellie are named after Theodore and Eleanore Roosevelt. (Todd is a history teacher).
Thursday, January 8, 2009
This is a picture of a tree in our front yard with the ice dripping off the berries.