Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I'm usually a quiet person, but I will always give you an honest opinion if asked. As I tell my friends, "don't ask if you don't want to know the truth." I have strong opinions about politics, abortion, alcohol, our new president, whether or not "thongs" (panties--not the shoes) should be allowed to be made for 5 year olds....BUT, I'm stumped on something. What's the matter with me? I'm trying to form an opinion, Lord knows the whole country (including my sweet hubby) has something to say about this situation I'm about to bring up to you, but I can't decide if she's right or wrong.
The "octuplet mom".....You all know her, and if you don't, you apparently haven't read a newspaper or watched t.v. in the past 2 weeks. What do you think? Part of me feels mad at the country for ousting her, making a public fool of her, for wanting to have a big family. Many people in our country think 3 kids are too many, so I know the "14" is a BIG deal to our country. I also know that she's going to be on welfare, and dependent upon others to help her. But, we keep murderers, thieves, currupt CEO's locked up for years--paying for their food, shelter, cable t.v., cute orange jumpsuits, why is it ok, and not a public outcry, for us to pay for them and not for her.
On the other hand, what the heck was she thinking? 14???? With no hubby, no home of her own, no job?? I struggle sometimes raising 4, and I have a phenomenal hubby who has a phenomenal job, which provided a phenomenal house. How do you breast feed 8 kids? And, why should my hard-earned tax dollars go to support her crazy decision to mother 14 kids?
Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Usually, like I said, I have no issues with forming quick, strong opinions. Just curious to see what you all think.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


It was the craziest thing....somebody actually told me that I had a blog....and that I had been neglecting it for a very long time. Could that possibly be? I vaguely remember typing needless bits of information into my computer....vaguely. Maybe it's that I've been too busy catching up on American Idol or The Bachelor--because I certainly haven't been keeping up with the dishes, laundry, get the idea.
I've been having so much fun being a mom. Sometimes it gets so busy that the joy of being a mom and wife is forgotten. When Rick's been in town, we've been playing games with the kids at night or we'll watch "Survivor Man." The kids' love watching that crazy guy eat sheep eyeballs, make fire out of nothing, etc. They're so obsessed with Survivor Man that when it iced last week, they all ran out into the backyard with bowls in hand. They were collecting every piece of ice they could that their dear, adoring, wonderful mom could boil it and make grape koolaid. And that's exactly what I did. Mind you, I didn't take a sip of the koolaid, but the kids loved every drop of it. They loved being in "survival mode"--even though their koolaid was accompanied by a nice, warm, bowl of soup in a nice, warm house.
I'm also preparing for The Cowtown Half Marathon later this month. My older sister, who is every bit as crazy as me, is flying in so that she can walk with me. I was up at 3:45 a.m. to walk 10 miles before the kids woke up. Why again am I doing this to myself??? I am only walking to see the great signs that say things like, "This sounded like a good idea in September."
So, other than being a good mom, training for a marathon, neglecting household duties, watching reality t.v., and carpooling to tennis, basketball, guitar, dance, gymnastics, horseback riding, and swimming, it's been a relatively normal start to another great year.
P.S. Brenton, here is the video of Piper that I promised.