Monday, January 26, 2009

Rant and Rave Monday! My Worst Pet Peeve

I have decided what my biggest pet peeve in the whole world is............GREEDY, NASTY, MONEY HUNGRY, EVIL, WOMEN!!!!

Can you believe some people?! There are those of us out there that fight and work our way through every day just to survive! And then there are those that have everything handed to them on a SILVER PLATTER! They have never had a decent job in their life. And the jobs that they have held they can only keep for 2 months before they get bored and quit altogether or move to another job! I hate these people!

They prey on those that work hard for their money, and expect everyone else to pay their way for them! They disgust me! Get a life will Ya?! Seriously, is it that hard to get a job?! I understand that in today's economy it can be hard to get a decent job. But I know for a fact that these people can walk in to anywhere and get a $10/hour job or more. But instead of keeping the job, people like them, move on to the next job that pays less, has less benefits, and for what????? So they can live off the state, off their parents, and use their children as paychecks!

I am so disgusted by these kind of women, and I say women, because right now it is ONLY women that I see doing this! The men I know work their A$$e$ off just trying to make sure their own family has what it takes to survive! I don't know maybe it's because I have had a job since I was 15 years old, and I have never shirked my duties to take care of myself or my family. I have probably made more money in my life than these women will ever hope to make feeding off other people! Everyone needs help now and then, but seriously, to live off everyone around you is the lowest kind of person to be! In fact they are not people at all, just parasites living off their host until they suck them completely dry and then move on to the next poor idiot willing to take them on! Bottom feeders is what they are!

So if you happen to be the men with the women that this post describes completely.....get out! And get out now, before they own everything you have! They'll suck you dry and spit out what is left! And I promise they'll continue to live high and mighty!

That's it! Thanks for reading and staying while I had a raving and ranting fit!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Photo Story Friday!

On the last Wednesday that I participated in Wordful Wednesday, I promised that I would come back on Friday and showcase my Christmas Dinner. However I didn't get time to do it, so I am doing it now. As you know from reading that WW post that I cooked my first turkey ever. I also cooked a ham and all the other traditional trimmings for Christmas Dinner too. So this is the Photo Story of my dinner.

First I started with the "real" cranberry sauce. My hubby loves this stuff, and I gag just looking at it. But he wanted it so I made it. I like the jellied Cranberry sauce that comes in a can.

This is easiest part of the dinner. Just boil til they crack and put in the fridge. Turned out great BTW!

Next I attempted to make a pumpkin pie. I know, I know you are all laughing at me! This is another of the easy parts of dinner. But again, I have never made one and therefore was scared to death to try! But....

It also turned out great and very tasty. The holes in the center are from me sticking a knife in to check if it was done or not. I was so worried about over cooking it. But other than looks okay doesn't it?!

Then of course on to the main course. If you saw the WW post, then you have already seen this picture, but I posted it again because I was so proud of it! As I said before, it looked great, tasted even better, and was one of the best tasting turkeys that I have ever tasted. Even if I do say so myself!

I cooked a ham in the roaster oven. I cheated a bit and bought a spiral ham that is pre-cooked and I just had to warm it basically. But it tasted great and was very moist and flavorful! And it looks pretty good too!

This is the Christmas Dinner Spread, complete with rolls, mashed taters and gravy, stuffing (another first for me, my mother's own recipe), green bean casserole, veggie tray, homemade mustard sauce, ham, turkey, and of course some sparkling cider.
(go ahead, click to enlarge, you know you want to!)
Notice that there are only two plates set at the table!? Hubby and I are the only ones that were there besides the baby. The other two were with their dad's family in Utah. So this was a ton of food and we ate on it for the next week and a half. Oh BTW...the plates and other matching dishes are REAL china. They were given to us by Big R's grandmother. This is the first dinner in my own home that I actually got to use REAL china!

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Writer's Workshop Thursday!

Well this is a tad late, but I guess better late than never. Most of my posts are going to be late, as I have just gone back to work for the first time since the baby was born. She is going to be 1 next month. I can't believe it!

So I am starting with Thursday and doing the Writer's Workshop with MammaKat. She is so great she always has the greatest prompts. I had a hard time deciding which one to write about. But I decided to go with #4, which is share the best picture you took last month and tell why it's your favorite! And this is the one I chose.

My oldest daughter had just made herself some hot chocolate. Somehow the baby got a hold of the spoon she used to make the hot chocolate and....the rest is history!

(click to enlarge for the full effect!)
I like this picture the best because it shows off her "baby blues" so well. She has the most beautiful eyes, and with them she can control the universe ( or at least her daddy and myself)!

Head on over to MammaKat's and see what everyone else had to write about!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My First Award Ever!!

Wow, I have just been awarded my first Blog Award ever in my entire Blog-tastic life!!! It came from Brenda at In the Treetop

I'm not sure why anyone would want to award my blog, it's just plain ol' Jane with Stories and pictures of my family! But I am deeply honored to have gotten this award (Even if it does come with strings attached to it)!

SO...first of all I will give thanks (and gnash my teeth a little bit) to Brenda for thinking of me and awarding my blog. Second...I will give thanks to my family for always being willing to let me take pictures of the goofiest things and then tell the story behind the picture to all you Blog-tastic readers!

This is the HONEST Scrap Award.
And the rules for getting this award are as follows:
A. You must first list 10 HONEST things about yourself...make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!
and ..B. Pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the HONEST Scrap Award!

That's it!

That's it? Wow 10 HONEST things about myself!? I'm a little scared to do this! But here goes!

1. I am almost 30. I am scared to death of this number. Don't ask me why! None of the other ages bothered me. 16, you get to drive. 18, you're an ADULT. 21, you can drink (not that I ever did, right?!). 25, big deal so you're a quarter of a century old. But for some reason 30 is really getting to me! And only since about 2 weeks ago. It just all of a sudden crept up on me. Oh, well..I can't stay 29 forever.....Or can I!

2. I am smaller now than I was in high school (before I was pregnant, silly)! My mom and a few of my sisters and I have all been working really hard at losing weight, getting smaller, and just eating healthier over all! We have all struggled, but with the help of each other and a great sense of humor, we are all getting there!

3. When no one is home (except my 11 month old of course, poor her), I like to turn on what I call "Dance Music" and dance and sing around the house. Usually there is some cleaning involved, like laundry (used for a dance partner), dishes ( used for various microphones), and some vacuuming (or was that a guitar)!

4. I am extremely addicted to certain TV shows. I love Reba reruns, CSI all 3 versions, and I am getting into reruns of Charmed. I have recently gotten a DVR and I have been recording all the episodes that I miss. I am such a couch potato.

5. As Brenda mentioned in her blog, I can drive 18 wheelers. Yes that is a semi (as in tractor-trailers) for those of you that don't know. When I became a single parent of 2, living in my parents home, I realized that I needed to get a job that could support me and my little ones so I would never have to rely on a man to do it again. (sorry Big R, you do a great job, but that was in the past) I have a Class A CDL and can drive doubles and triples (trailers that is), and can haul tankers and HAZMAT! I did this in the oil field for 4 years, before I became a SAHM of 3.

6. Now that my baby is getting older, I am going back to work in the oil field. However this time I will not be driving 18 wheelers. I will be inspecting oil and gas wells!

7. I broke my foot at age 27 while attempting a double back flip in gymnastics. Actually attempting isn't the right word. I did it and I did it well, it was the landing that didn't come out quite right. I landed up too high on my toes, my right ankle rolled to the outside with all of my weight on top of it, and I went to the ground. Long story short, I broke several bones in my foot, all 4 smaller toes were broken, I completely severed the ligament that crosses the ankle bone and partially severed my Achilles tendon. I was black and blue for 3 weeks from my right knee to the very tips of all 4 of those broken toes. That should have been my first clue that getting older was a bad thing (see # 1 above)!

8. I shot an elk 3 years ago. Yes I am a regular Annie Oakley. Not! I actually just shot a cow elk, no great mount for me. But she was beautiful and it was one of the neatest things I have ever done. I won't tell you about how I cried over her when I found her in the brush! It just seemed like such a reverent moment in time and I felt like she deserved my respect. I also won't tell you that I have not attempted to kill anything since. Some day I will post tribute to her and the meat that still fills my freezer!

9. I am secretly dying to take all of my kids and my husband to Disneyland! Me and my 2 older children have been there, but I really want all of them to experience it. And I really want to go there with my husband. I want him to see and feel the magic of it. I am really hoping that one day a trip just falls in my lap, cuz I am pretty sure that is the only way we will be going in this century. Now you know that I am really just a kid at heart! WHO says that I am going to be 30!?

10. My husband is my best friend! I honestly thought that moving so far away from my family and friends at home was going to kill me or drive me to kill someone else. I was absolutely certain that I would be completely overcome by sadness and depression. But since we have been here, our relationship has just grown stronger and gotten better and better. We are no longer just fiance's, we are no longer just husband and wife, oh no we have surpassed all of that! I thought that you became friends first, then became husband and wife...and that may still be true. But you become friends, then husband and wife, and then you become BEST FRIENDS!

Now I award this HONEST Scrap award to 7 other Bloggers:

Katie, she doesn't blog often, but when she does they are always heartfelt and fun! Plus we share the same name!
An Italian Momma, because she loves purple too!
Michelle, because she has really great stories and pics!
Jill, because her and I share a love of theft! LOL!
Jenny, because she is brutally honest...don't believe me, just read the first line of her blog!
Straigt to Your Hart, because she is Temple Chaser like me!
Honey Mommy, because she has a great love for her family!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tell about a time that I stole something!

So over at Kat's she has once again given us a Writing Challenge. I am choosing to accept the prompt to tell about a time that I stole something. So here goes.

By now most of you know that I have 6 (yes Six!) older sisters, right?! Well they all had jobs of some sort at one time or another. One sister in particular (this one), had a baby sitting job I think. She was making pretty good money from it too. The family always paid her in cash, and she always stashed that cash away.

I must have been about 12 at the time, you know old enough to know better. Anyway...I had seen her counting her money one day and was extremely jealous that she had so much! I also got the opportunity to see where she was hiding it. I won't tell you how, a girl has to have some secrets, right?! So I waited, and waited, and waited til she was out on another babysitting job.

When the time was exactly right (and everything was eerily quiet), I made my move. I crept quite sneakily into her room, opened her creaky bottom drawer, and took the wad of cash that she had so carefully stowed away!

I took that oh so coveted wad of cash and ran to my room, opened my bottom drawer, and ever so carefully stowed my precious loot away. I was so proud, I was now the owner of someone else's hard earned, blood and sweat soaked, Cold Hard Cash! I couldn't believe that I had gotten away with it. It felt so good!....or did it! Why did my heart not stop racing? Why did my stomach feel like it was tied up in knots and about to release the mother of all explosions!?

What had I done, but more importantly what was I going to do about it! Nothing, of course! I had schemed, and plotted way too long to go back now! Hadn't I?!

I waited for her to come home! And just as I thought, she went straight to her room, opened her drawer and started screaming! Now the drama would begin. Everyone was brought together and asked about the "missing loot". And everyone swore they had no idea where it was. So everyone, including my parents, started looking for the lost wad!

Lo and behold! was found, and can you guess where? Yup, right where I put it. In my own drawer, in plain site. I had not even attempted to cover it with anything. At that exact moment in my life, I felt like I was 2 centimeters tall. It was awful! The expression on my sister's face, the chagrin that showed in my parents' eyes. But worst of all that feeling in my stomach that had been there since early that afternoon, had just gotten ten times worse. I was evil, surely I was the Devil's Spawn, what kind of sister would do this sort of thing?!

I apologized and of course she got all of her money back, but apparently that was not enough! No, I was kept home from school the next day, and had to do every one's chores including my own. I even had to do things that weren't even any one's chores. Just random things to keep me busy, and this all went on for the rest of the week!

It must have been enough though, because I have never taken another thing that was not mine again. And if the punishment was not enough, so the pain and guilt that I felt after was!

Thanks Kat for the great prompt!
Now all you amateur writers, get on over to her place and see who else played along!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

First Time Eva!

So you all know that we just moved, Right!? Well we moved just in time for the holiday seasons. Not a good thing to do considering that I have never spent a holiday away from all family! We did go back to Utah for Thanksgiving and spent it with my whole family and Big R's Grandma Z. But for Christmas we had to stay home and do it all by ourselves. That included dinner.

I was bound and determined that I was not going to cook Christmas dinner! There are too many things that can go wrong and then I would ruin dinner for the holiday and I just could not stand up to the stress and humiliation of that! So I suggested to Big R that we just go to dinner somewhere! Anywhere, I didn't care if we went to McDonald's if that made him happy, but I was not cooking Christmas Dinner!

Well, about a week before Christmas, I decided that I was going to do it! It can't be that hard to cook a dang Turkey, can it?! Just because I had never cooked a Turkey or a ham or any of the fixings in my entire life, didn't mean that I could not do it now. RIGHT!?

So I braved the grocery stores and bought all the items that I needed to make all the traditional fixings and of course the Turkey and the ham. I was nervous all week. I was anxious, and fidgety, and I felt like my chest was going to explode. Now you know why I usually try new things early in the morning and then throw them away if needs be, way before anyone gets home. That way no one knows that I attempted to cook and failed. But I couldn't do that with these things. Some of them had to be started the night before, and of course the Turkey had to be dealt with all week cuz it was frozen when I bought it!

Well, Really long story short?! Here is the outcome of the Turkey!

This is her before, I rubbed her with liquid smoke and sugar cured salt, stuffed her with an onion and celery, and sprinkled her with salt and pepper. How does she look?

And this is her after! I don't know what the deal was with the skin, it shrunk in the oven or something. But other than that, isn't she gorgeous! And just so you know...she was the best tasting bird I have ever eaten. The most tender and juicy and flavorful meat that I have ever had! I was so proud! I honestly thought that it would be awful! I think by the time it came to eat her, Big R was a little nervous about how it would taste as well. But he too was pleasantly surprised!
Come back Friday to see the Ham and the rest of the Fixings that I baked/cooked!

BTW...I am participating in Wordful Wednesday with Angie
Head on over to see more great stories attached to neat pictures!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The "other" Women in My Husband's Life

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.

I never thought I would ever be posting a Tribute to "the other women'" in my Husband's life. However these 2 "women" are pretty special! They have him completely wrapped around their little fingers! They get what they want, when they want it, and don't you dare argue about it! LOL!

They get his complete attention whenever they want/need it! It's hard competing with one "other woman" let alone two. And these "women" are gorgeous, smart, creative, always happy, can make anyone laugh, talented, gifted, loving, a lot of fun to be around, and they just happen to be the best big sisters and daughters around!

Just wanted to show off what great daughters we have! But don't get in the way of their Father/Daughter time, unless you want the wrath of them brought down on you!

Love you both Very Much! Thanks for being you!

Friday, January 9, 2009

"Gone Away Is the Bluebird"......

Well who says he's gone away? I took this picture on Christmas day after we got done opening all the presents under the tree! The picture is not that great cuz I was taking it thru the window so as not to scare the bird away! There were actually 2 of them, but the other picture didn't turn out.
He was beautiful! Vibrant blue and black and turquoise in color. My 11 month old had a ball just watching him! They have actually been around all winter! And I still see them every now and then!

And of course I have to add a photo of some of the peeps in my family! On Christmas eve, Big R brought home a "little" something for the baby! She loves soft things, i.e. her blankie, her "babies" and stuffed animals, the sheep skin rug on the living room floor, the huge elk hanging on the wall. And now of course she loves the big "Teddy Bear" that Daddy brought home to her!

She sits on it, lays on it with her bottle, rubs the hair between her fingers, puts her face on it's face and rubs it. This thing scares the crap out of me, and she loves it to death. NOTICE the pink blankie thrown carelessly to the floor? She didn't want it all night long, just wanted to sit on that dang bear!

BTW....The bear IS real! Big R shot and killed this oversized "Teddy Bear" about 2 and half years ago!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Description of Me!

Being as today is Thursday, I am choosing to participate in MamaKat's Writer's Workshop. Sorry Kat, I can't figure out how to get the picture link. Anyway for all of you who want to see the full challenge or other creative vibes, head on over to her place for more info.

Today I am taking on the challenge of :

2.) Ask a loved one to use 6 descriptive words to describe you and report your findings. How well do they know you?

I thought for a long time about whom I should ask to describe me. I was going to ask Wonderful Hubby, but thought that he would be too biased. So I emailed my Mom and two sisters, and asked them to think about me for a minute and then describe me in six words.

Well, either I am really a crappy daughter and sister or they are all too busy. None of them sent me the six words. In fact they didn't even reply to the email I sent. I even told them that I could handle the truth, and that they should just be really honest! But still no reply.

So back to the thought of asking the hubby. So I just called him at work and asked him to give me 6 words that describe me. This is how he started:
1. HOT! 2. Sexy 3....okay at this point I stopped him and said that he couldn't use different words that are pretty much the same. Besides who does he think I am? Does he think that buttering me up will get him somewhere later, or what!?

SO...He started over and this is what he came up with. Unfortunately, I couldn't get him to just give me six descriptive words, so he gave me six phrases. Here they are:

1. HOT ( he would not let this one go, he said that was the truth and had to be number 1. Who is he looking at?!)

2. Special (I always wanted to be special, but my dad used to tease me that I was "Special Ed")

3. Cute Tummy ( this is the nickname that he calls me, derived from my enormous belly when I was hugely pregnant with our daughter.)

4. Good Mom ( he says that I am always there for the kids and that I teach them well.)

5. Family Oriented ( is this the same as Good Mom? He says no, that it's totally different! Okay, whatever.)

And last but not least:
6. His exact words were, "On top of S#@%!"

See I told you he was totally biased. He says that no he is not biased. That he told the truth, and "I don't make a habit of lying to you!" I should have asked my 12 year old. She hates me right now and I probably would have gotten an honest answer! LOL!

For the record, I have to say that I love my Dear Hubby with all of my heart! He is the greatest! And if he says he is telling the truth, I believe him. Thanks Big R for the nice, sweet, wonderful words! Love you tons!

Thanks Kat for the fun challenge!

This is the post script to my Post!
My mother has since emailed me her list back and I wanted to go ahead and post it too! it is In her words exactly!:
"If I put them in order of strongest first - I would list Responsible #1!!!!
Love you"

Thanks mom! Love you too!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wordful Wednesday/Who needs a pet?!

I am participating in Angie's Wordful Wednesday. Head on over to see more great stories and pictures!

A dog, A cat? No way who needs an indoor pet?! They walk all over and get in the way, they chew on things, they drag things around and make more messes for me to clean up! They..uh..piddle on the floor and other various items....oh wait, am I describing a dog or cat or am I describing my 11 month old?!

Somehow, she managed to get out of her clothes, out of her diaper, and crawled and walked all over before I found out what she had done!

Notice the little "wet spot" on the floor? Uh...yeah, that's a piddle spot! But look how proud she is about it!
I can no longer turn my back for a second! She is into everything! How many 11 month olds do you know that have been walking for 2 and 1/2 months? She definitely keeps me on my toes, while starting to walk on her toes! She is a joy and a lot of fun to have around! Everybody should have at least one! LOL!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuesday Tribute

Tuesday's Tribute
Yet Another Jay and Deb Production.

Thanks to Jay and Deb we have all been given the chance to give wonderful Tributes to those that deserve it! So here goes!

There are probably a hundred and one people that I could give tribute to, but today it is going to go to my Mother and to my Grandmother in Law. Sorry I couldn't choose just one.

These two ladies are the most giving, unselfish, willing to do anything for anyone women that you will ever meet.

I want to thank my mom for...well everything. I of course would not be here with out you. Thanks for your patience, wisdom, and unending love. Thanks for teaching me everything I always want to know. You taught me to cook, clean, sew, play the piano, toll paint, and many other great talents. You are always there when I call or email with a stupid question on how to cook my turkey, or how long to bake the pumpkin pie, along with many other various cooking questions. But most of all you taught me to be a mother, and hopefully I am just like you. Cuz you are the greatest mom of all moms!

And to Grandma "Z"...Thank you for accepting me before the first day was over. For loving me as much as you love Rany. For being there for him when he didn't have a mother of his own. You taught him to be hard working, loving, patient, and kind. You taught him to be a wonderful man. Thanks for all the time spent last summer teaching me to can all the veggies that we grew. Thanks for all the NEW recipes to try, mom I'll be calling you much more often for help with these.

I love you both very much and am so glad that you are a part of our lives. Thanks to both of you for everything you do!