Friday, January 30, 2009


I have been taking PRISTIQ since Tuesday. I cannot explain how much I feel better already. I'm not as tired, crabby, moody, angry, etc. I can think more clearly. The only sideaffect I am experiencing is a dry mouth. Last night when I went to bed I had this overwhelming feeling of happiness. I just wanted to giggle and shout to the world that "life was great"! I couldn't sleep at first because I was so happy that I wasn't unhappy!

According to the Pristiq website it says:
As an SNRI, PRISTIQ affects the levels of two neurotransmitters thought to play a key role in depression — serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin and norepinephrine are chemicals that occur naturally in the brain. While no one knows for sure what causes depression, many experts believe that it may occur when neurotransmitters are out of balance.
So that's me: Out of Balance! ha!
I wish everyone a good weekend and please pray for me that this medicine is the key to my unbalanced brain! :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Antics of Ellie

Ellie was the big entertainment at work. For some reason she likes the second hand on the big ugly clock we have on the wall. She will sit there for what seems like hours and just watch it go "tick" "tick" "tick". What a crazy, nutty doggie I have.
In the background you can see my laptop (and diet snapple on the desk)~ where most of my blogging takes place!!

Diet Snapple

I have found lemon diet snapple to replace my beloved Pepsi. (Every now and then I will sneak a sip....) What I have found entertaining with Snapple is the "Real Fact" they have on the inside of the cap. The "Real Fact" for today was a great for my dad because he is in the pest control business.

"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!?

are you ready for some FOOTBALL!?!

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


I'm crying happy tears right now. Thanks girls for lifting my spirits. I really appreciate hearing what everyone has to say. I needed that uplift and all of you were there for me.

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

The good, the bad, and the ugly...

Okay ladies, it's about time I was honest and open up. My blog has mainly been about the good parts of my life. I like everyone to see the happy me and I tend to put on a front.

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!!

It's a hard knock life...

Last night Zachary was trying to be a good son and mop the new tile kitchen floor. It still has a lot of dust on it from the grouting process. I walked in on him dancing and singing, kicking his feet up in the air - all while holding onto the mop. He was singing at the top of his lungs "its a hard knock life". OMG! It was sooo funny! I wanted to video tape, but he stopped singing as soon as he saw me. We must have giggled for a half an hour. A nice bonding moment with my silly 13 year old son.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Beligum Day Care Attacked

Did anyone hear about this story? It is so sad!

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.

My Name Means....

Tami means:
  • 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

(and thanks to Kim for telling me about this site ~ it was fun!)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Royersford Baptist Church

I am in charge of the nursery care center for my church. I recently made a blog for it. Check it out and let me know what you think. The purpose it to encourage others who are looking for a church to come to ours. The blog is aimed at parents with young children.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Normally I am not a horror flick fan. So you are probably wondering why I am talking about Underworld. I really am hooked on these movies. I think "Twilight" put a vampire bug in me. Friday night I went to the movies with Joette and Heather to see the third Underworld movie. This one is a prequel to the other two movies. The film opens with a monologue by Sonja about the vampires and Lycans and how the vampires began enslaving the Lycans. It also shows Lucian's birth and how Viktor (the head vampire) spared him, making him the first second-generation Lycan. Then it fast fowards to Lucian's teen years as he fights a group of Death Dealers and defeats them all. Viktor, genuinely impressed, decides to make more second-generation Lycans for the benefit of the coven. Unknown to Viktor, his young daughter, Sonja, develops an attraction to the young Lycan, and Lucian becomes fond of Sonja as well. You really should see the first movie to understand this one.

The Dump

My friends and I went to "The Dump" looking for a new island for my kitchen. I don't know if "The Dump" is a national chain or just a local thing. In case you haven't heard of it, "The Dump" is a furniture store. They try to advertise that they are cheaper, but I think they are just as expensive as any other furniture stores. The top picture is of an island I am thinking about getting. The picture doesn't do it justice. The island is gorgeous and the color matches the color of my kitchen walls. Plus, I like the black checkers on top ~ it makes it unique. me.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Where O Where has Ellie gone?

Ahren found a sticky hand toy in the office. (I have no idea where it came from). Ellie was scared of it and was hiding under my legs while I was typing on the blog!! (Shhh! I was supposed to be working!) See if you can find her!

Ellie barks a big bark, but when it comes down to it she is scared of her own shadow.

2nd Phase of Kitchen

We couldn't walk on the tile last night because it needed to dry. ~great excuse to go out for dinner~ The floor is almost done. Should be by the weekend! YEAH!

Jesus ~ he shoots, he scores!

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

I'm getting a new KITCHEN!

Well, not quite an entirely new kitchen. We are having a new floor installed. But ~ hey! ~ it will make a world of difference. Tile is so much prettier than the ugly linoleum that I had. Anthony (who is the brother of my friend Joette) is installing it for us. Yesterday he put in the hardibacker and today he is working on the tiles.
YIPEE! I'm so excited!
We took out the island and one cabinet, which makes the kitchen look so much bigger. Todd and I are going to look for a newer island, possibly this weekend, depending on our hockey and lacrosse schedule.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I am proud to be an American and wish many congratulations to President Obama!
Just after noon, Obama stepped forward on the front West Lawn of the Capitol to lay his left hand on the same Bible that President Abramham Lincoln used in his first inauguration in 1861. The 35-word oath of office has been uttered by every president since George Washington.

This is a picture of Lincolns inauguration.

National Girlfriend Week

Okay, I admit I didn't know there was such a holiday as "National Girlfriend Week". Sometimes I think Hallmark makes things up just to sell more cards.
To my girlfriends ~ I'm sending out a big
I have been blessed to have many girlfriends who have helped me through the bad and celebrated with me through the good! Thank you, thank you, thank you for being there for me!


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.

Snowboarding at Bear Mt.

The kids didn't have school yesterday because of MLK day. I had to work (ug!). Todd took Brandon with friend John and his son Jack snowboarding on Bear Mountain. It is about 45 minutes from our home. It was cold outside but not as bitter as it has been the past few days. This was Brandon and Jack's first time snowboarding. They had a quick lesson in the morning and then snowboarded all day. They didn't get home until 8pm. Brandon was tired but couldn't stop talking about his day and complaining that his butt hurt! He had a great time!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Golden Gophers

Brandon and I were flipping through the channels Saturday night looking for a hockey game. We came across the Minnesota Gophers against St.Cloud. It was fun to watch hockey at the college level. Brandon sounded like a commentator making remarks "Wow, look at that check!" or "That should have been a penalty!"

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!

Phone Charms

I got these really cut phone charms from
One says "hockey mom" and the other is a lacrosse stick. The photo isn't great, so you will have to check out the website!

I found the website from a fellow blogger. (I think I have this right, Kathy tell me if I'm wrong). Kathy from has a sister from "Preppy Player" has the website of sports goodies! I love it!

Friday, January 16, 2009


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 the Teacher

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


YEAH BABY! I did it! I actually had to delete the header and start from scratch. There must have been something wrong with the computer coding. I'm not computer savvy so I really don't know. I just know it works now! YIPEE! Thanks everyone for your help!! Love ya!


I am sending a plea out to my blogging buddies! HELP ME!

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

How to Disappoint the Right Way

Do you feel guilty if you have to say no to someone? I know I do! I saw this article on ABC NEWS. I took the liberty to simplify it, but if you want to check out the entire thing go to:


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

Hockey Recap

This weekend was filled with hockey games. Saturday we played the Quakers and won! Yipee! A dad from the Quakers team sat behind me and some other hockey moms because he said he can't stand one of the fathers from his own team. He said he yells at his son and is very rude. He was right! We heard this dad - from the opposite side of the rink - yelling the entire game. I felt sorry for his son.

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!

Lord Stanley is coming to town!

For all those hockey fans out there, I have some exciting news!!!

Come See The Stanley Cup!

Monday January 19th 2009 The Stanley Cup will be at

Power Play Rinks in Exton

and at

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.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Doggie Day at Work

I am lucky to be able to take my doggies work with me. Here are pictures of my 3 dogs and my dad's dog (Major). Major and Teddy are springer spaniels. Ellie is a fox hound (and part something else). Riley is a mixture of a whole bunch of stuff (not quite sure). We have a huge yard fenced in behind the office for the dogs to run around. They chase bunnies, squirrels and even a ground hog. Ellie has already caught a squirrel and laid it at my feet while I was typing on the computer! EEK!
Riley was named after my great-grandmothers maiden name. Teddy and Ellie are named after Theodore and Eleanore Roosevelt. (Todd is a history teacher).

Major and Ellie



Thursday, January 8, 2009


Did I ever mention that I am addicted to Pepsi?? I can drink at least 6 sodas a day and not be affected by the caffeine. (other than headache withdrawl if I try to stop drinking pepsi - which, if you ask me, is a conspiracy). So far my teeth have been able to stay white too.

Now that I have decided to try to eat healthier, I am having a hard time staying away from Pepsi. I hate diet sodas! Despise them! ug! I tried Pepsi Max. It doesn't have a horrible aftertaste like diet sodas, but it has ginseng in it - so if I drink too many, my belly hurts.

So what is a Pepsi addict to do? ~sigh~


We were expected to get a huge ice storm two days ago. We woke up to "black ice" on the roads and the kids had a two hour delay from school. By the time nine o'clock came around, our driveway was still coated in a sheet of ice and I almost fell on my butt! I could hardly scrape the ice off the windshield. When I did drive the boys to the bus stop, however, I couldn't even tell there had been ice on the roads. The salt trucks must have been out and about early in the morning.

This is a picture of a tree in our front yard with the ice dripping off the berries.


I went to the gym yesterday for the first time. **Don't get too excited!** I only walked on the tread mill for 2 miles and it took me 45 minutes. After that I was bored!! My friend, Joette, joined too but wasn't available to go with me. I really need a friend to go or I lose interest. I know, I know: I'm pathetic! ha!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Burger King

Here is a picture of a sign from a Burger King in the Philadelphia Area. The radio station I listen to in the morning were talking about it and posted the picture to their website. I found it very, very amusing!!

Can you imagine going to BK for a burger and finding this sign! These people actually cook your food!!!

Amity Fire Company

Last evening Ahren went to the Amity Fire Company to find out how to become a firefighter and EMT. Friday he is going to fill out the application and begin a 90 day training program. The fire company is literally 2 minutes from our home, located outside of our development. They host a lot of community activities, including a circus, a fair for children, fire prevention week and Santa on the fire truck! The guy on the right with the white hat is the fire chief that we met last night to talk about the program.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

lazy me

I was done work at 1:30pm. So I went home and decided to be lazy. No other perfect way to be lazy than sitting in front of the TV and watch a movie. I routed through our stack of movie selection and nothing really sparked an interest. So, off I went to the local Blockbuster. They had a sale: buy 3 movies for $20. I bought The Happening, Underworld and Underworld Evolution. They were listed under horror movies, but quite honestly they are not scary at all. On the way home I stopped at Arbys and bought a vanilla milk shake. Another sign of my lazy emotions.

****Here is where the story has a twist to it!

I actually stopped by the gym and signed up for a membership: as my milkshake is waiting for me in the car!!

I arrive at home with my movies, my milkshake and my new gym membership. I'm not completely lazy, because I do start a load of wash before I begin watching Underworld. It is a vampire / werewolf movie. I watch it while I cuddle on the couch with a blanket, a fire going ,and my milkshake.

2 hours later, I get up to begin dinner. I made spaghetti because it was easy. When I start the 2nd Underworld movie, I fold laundry while I watch it. This is about the time Todd comes home from work. I had to pause it to finish dinner. I would feel guilty if I didn't feed my hubby and kids! After cleaning up I finished watching the rest of the movie.

Todd announces that he is going to the gym. This should have been a hint for me to go to, but like I said, I was feeling lazy!! So I finish watching the 2nd movie. It is now about 8pm. I help the boys with their homework. And then about 8:45pm I put in the last movie. The Happening really wasn't worth staying up so late, but I did love my lazy day!!

Re-Born Babies

ABC News 20/20 reported a story about Re-Born Babies. They are realistic looking dolls that women purchase and carry around like they have a real baby. They have strollers, car seats, they buy real baby clothes and some women even have a nursery in their home. I personally found this strange. Perhaps they are missing something in their lives that they have to use a doll to fill it. The link to the story is below. Let me know what you think???

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Hockey, hockey, hockey

Brandon's team won against the Reading Royals even though they were missing three players (2 to injury and 1 was away). The Royals had at least three times the amount of players the Colonials did. Also, (sad to say) the Royals played dirty and had a bunch of illegal hits. One of our players (Liam) had to leave the ice because of a hit from behind that knocked him into the boards. We were worried because he just got over a concussion. Thankfully Liam is okay. Great job boys!!!