Sunday, May 30, 2010

Oh My Baby Bird,

We are so very proud of you, not just because of all your accomplishments but because of the young man you have become.

I always told you boys the reason I am so hard on you is because I want you to be great kids.  Great kids who turn into great young men, men, husbands and fathers.  You are well on your way.

At this time in your life I know you want your freedom.  What you don't understand is that you HAVE your freedom and so much more.  You come and go as you please.  You've gone on road trips.  You've been handed two cars.  You don't need to pay rent, cable, dish, phone, Internet, electric, gas, car insurance, renters insurance, food, cleaning supplies,  car maintenance, home maintenance and so much more - you have no idea.

As always we are here to guide you down the right path.  Your dad and I had rough times and we are only trying to save you from that road.  We give to you what we would want for ourselves if we could turn back time.  So we encourage you to stay home and save money, have fun with zero adult responsibilities.

We've given you (damn good) advice but you will do what you feel is best for you.  Just know, we are ALWAYS here for you, even long after you leave the nest.

You are blessed more than you know.  You are loved so much more than you know.  I hope one day you will be grateful for all we have done for you.... maybe when you have baby birds of your own.

We love you for always,
Mom

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Friday, May 28, 2010

It's amazing how some people are unaware of the negativity they are spewing out into the world.  They have no idea how it effects others around them.  A bad attitude is not good for anyone.  It's a super contagious virus; dark and heavy and eats at your soul.

A bad attitude is just being lazy.  Being a rude, bitch, know-it-all-asshole takes zero effort.  Really.  Who the hell doesn't have it in them to be a dick?  It's not hard at all.

If you are one of these people (and I don't know if you are or not), please let me help you because you are missing so much.  A heart full of peace and love is a whole lot better than walking around with anger, bitterness and jealousy.

It doesn't matter if you are married or single; have 10 kids or none; when bad shit happens (and it happens to EVERYONE)  we all feel it the same.  It's how you deal with those situations that really matter.
EXAMPLE:  You come home to find your electric has been turned off.  How do you handle it?
DO YOU:  Get pissed, call the electric company and yell, call everyone you know and tell them how you were wronged, yell at your kids to stop bitching about no TV, fight with your spouse for not paying the bill, cry yourself to sleep (your children are probably doing the same) and call in the next day.
OR:  Think of everything you have to be grateful for (family, friends, home, job, vehicle, bed, candles), reassure your children by sharing thoughts of gratitude, read, play games, light candles, tell jokes.
Think this is unrealistic?  Well, it happened to us.  It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  We had a good time.  Now my boys will have a funny memory of the time we didn't have electricity but they could have had an awful memory of the same event.  It all starts with the attitude.

People don't just have a good attitude naturally...at least I don't.  I put in a lot of effort each day to be positive.  As each rude, bitch, know-it-all-asshole tries to attack my warm bubble of good thoughts and happiness; I have to fight back.  I have to go through the steps and remind myself of all the good things in my life.

I remind myself of the things in my life that really matter.  I thank God for everything He's given me and I ask Him for the strength and knowledge to deal with the ugliness that is trying to creep it's way into my life.  Whatever my future holds is in God's hands.

So will I have a good attitude when He lays his plan before me?  I'm sure gonna try.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Vampire Dairies (on the CW, Thursdays at 8:00) just finished it's first season.  It's come a long way since that first episode let me tell you.  I was SO annoyed by the two lead actors and the worn-out storyline.

The not-so-sure-of-herself girl falls for the boy who always looks so serious and in pain.  Wait for it...Wait for it...He's a vampire (wow didn't see that one coming) and their love is forbidden...Sound familar?

The two lead actors played it so Edward & Bella.  Who could really blame them.  The Vampire Diaries seemed to be created from all the ideas Stephenie Meyer left out of her Twilight saga.  Neither Elena or Bella has both parents in their lives.  Both Edward and Stefan can walk around during the day.  The vampires have special abilities:  move fast, super hearing, hear thoughts, super strong.  Oh, and did I mention that one of the characters is a new student in school?

There were SO many similarities I was seriously waiting for the wolf to show up.  REALLY, not kidding.  Elena even wrote in her diary... like Bella!

The Vampire Diaries does have legs of it's own.  Each episode is getting better and better!  The seaon finale did not disapoint... Tyler Lockwood (played by Michael Trevino) is a VAMPIRE!  I did not see that one coming!  It was fabulous!

The actors playing the lead teens in love (Nina Dobrev &; Paul Wesley) have yet to find their groove.  That's a nice way to say... they SUCK!  When I watch them it's hard to just fall into the story.  I am so aware that I am watching actors.  The show succeeds because if the supporting (more like carring the show) actors and a storyline that is becoming more unpredictable and exciting.

I only kept watching because of Zach Roering (who plays Matt Donovan).  He played Casey Hughes on As the World Turns and I always thought he was great.  He still is.  Matt Donovan is Elena Gilbert's ex-boyfriend.  Stefan Salvatore's bad-guy brother, Damon Salvatore, is played by the extremely talanted Ian Somerhalder.  We'll be seeing him in movies along with Michael Trevino and Zach Roering for a long time.

I can't wait for the second season:
Will Tyler Lockwood find out he's a vampire?  How could he not know?  
Was Tyler's dad really a vampire?  Does anyone know?
Did anyone else survive the fire?
What's going to happen to Jeremy Gilbert (played by Steven R. Mcqeen - relation?)?
Will Stefan Damon change his bad-boy ways? 
Will Matt find love?

I'll guess I'll have to start reading The Vampire Diaries book series by L. J. Smith until the season primier.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

I had this really good friend in high school.  We even lived together for awhile.  We were really close, I thought. 

After I became pregnant things slowly changed.  My biggest priority was having a healthy baby.  I lost a lot of friends who still wanted to be kids themselves and party it up... nothing wrong with that at all. 

I tried many times over the years to re-connect with this one really good friend.  I'd bump into her thoughout the years and pass along my contact info.  There was never any response.

I always made excuses like, maybe she accidently lost my info.  So the very last time I saw her (at a funeral) I gave her my cell number, once again.  This time she entered it into her phone as I gave it to her.  That was a few years ago and still....no contact.

After being off FaceBook for five months or so, I login to find a friend request from her.  So now what?

I'm so confused.  I would really like to build that friendship but something just doesn't feel right.  Why couldn't she do this YEARS ago?  Even if she did lose my number she still knows where I work (public school).  So why not call or stop by?

Nope, no response from her at all.

I just don't know if I can open that door to trust again.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

We have a computer in our bedroom.... actually, it's mine.  So, anyway, while my computer has decided to take a shit, I have decided to use hubby's computer in the living room.

I guess I didn't realize it before but I don't think I could go a whole evening without getting on the computer.  I use it for many reasons, not just online.  Hubby is now giving me the eye because he "needs" the computer... I guess he can't go an evening either.

So, could you do it?  How long could you stay off your computer?  What is the longest you've not touched your keyboard?