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Reading & Re-Reading October 10, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge — Sara @ 1:46 pm

A book you could read over and over again and never get sick of.

Confession Time– I haven’t read an actual book for pleasure in ages. I skim through autism books from time to time, read the news 2-3 times a day (I’m a news junkie), and read all sorts of junk online. But to read a book more than once…can’t do it…I already know what happens, why read it again? The ending is still the same, the story doesn’t change, the characters are still the same, it’s like watching a movie over and over– not my thing (however- with kids who watch everything on repeat, and their cartoon channels showing the same 4 episodes over and over I’m getting a little more patient about it).

When I was younger I loved Jane Green novels. I am also a huge fan of what I like to call toilet reading materials- books filled with useless facts and short tidbits of info. I love books filled with useless facts. One of my favorite books was one I found at a book clearance sale, it showed every major invention and how it worked from the past 100 years. Reading is knowledge, I like to read facts.
I still haven’t answered the question though – none of these books have I, nor do I have any desire to, read more than once. If I have to pick a book, I’ll give you two. The first is Fish Eyes – Okay It’s not one I can read over and over again, but rather listen to my son read over and over to me. It’s the first book Ry learned to read on his own. Autism + Mostly Nonverbal + A book he can read = The best book any parent can ever have!! And number two [which is actually the number 1 book] is one that while I admit I’ve never read cover to cover, it never gets old, and is full of lots of good stuff – The Bible .

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Highs & Lows

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge — Sara @ 12:56 pm

So, I’m still playing catch-up on the 30 Day Blog  Challenge….In my defense real life just keeps interrupting my blogging time – Rude, isn’t it…lol

Anyways, getting back on track – Today’s post topic – Your Highs and Lows of the Past Year

I like to take things one day at a time and I choose not to forget the bad, but deal with it and push it aside, focusing on the good and hanging on to the good memories.

In all honesty, I’ve been staring at this post for a while and I’ve got nothing! My life is wonderful, and while I can’t pinpoint anything specific that’s happened this year (Hey, uneventful is good sometimes) every day has it’s ups & downs and it’s our job to make the best of them all. To find the positive in the negative, to find a high, even in the lowest low, to make every day the best it can be because it could be our last.

So I’ll answer this post topic with a question for you…Do you choose to push the lows aside and focus the highs? Stressing / focusing on the bad won’t change anything, so I say push all the crap aside, find the good, and SMILE.


Mainstream Music October 5, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge — Sara @ 3:50 pm

30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 16: Your Views on Mainstream Music

Yes, sadly I’m still playing catch-up on the 30 Day Blog Challenge…..

What is mainstream music?

Urban Dictionary defines it as, “Music that’s usually on the radio, Top 40 and is well known to the general public. Usually criticized by fans of the previous mainstream generations, and people who prefer bands and/or genres that aren’t apart of the mainstream popularity of the time” as well as “The worst music out there. It is usually for people that have low IQ’s, are conformist, and are afraid to explore other music out there.” []

I’m very guilty of jamming out to massive amounts of Top 40 hits in every genre of music. I’m a radio junkie. I’m too cheap to buy albums, and I don’t even know where to begin (and I’m kind of lazy) when it comes to finding new, less heard of bands and their music. I have to admit, I’m particularly fond of 90’s music and a lot of the stuff on the radio today makes me smh…which according to Urban Dictionary fits the definition…lol

If you ask me, most artists who make music would love to make it to the top. They’d love to be discovered, make and sell tons of records, and make millions.  But that doesn’t happen for everyone. Not everyone can be famous and have their songs played on the radio. It sucks that it’s so difficult for up and coming artists to get their music heard. Does that mean they have any more or less talent than another….No, not by any means.

That being said, I love music…all kinds, whether it’s on the radio, on MTV, on YouTube, or a local band playing at the coffee shop. I don’t however love artists that rely too heavily on the pitch correcting software. That’s where a lot of today’s more famous artists lose me…I’m not going to name names, but I remember watching a certain performance on one of the MTV award shows one year where the pitch correcting software wasn’t on and the unnamed artist had less actual singing talent than I have..which doesn’t say much since my kids put their hands over my mouth EVERY TIME I try to sing.

So to sum up —- I don’t care if you’re playing The Local Show, at a hole in the wall bar, or on National Television, if you have talent I 110% support your right to rock out….and if you sound like me…remember, ‘Professionals get paid to sing so no one has to listen to you or I do it’ 😉

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30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 15 October 4, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge,Uncategorized — Sara @ 4:45 pm

15 Interesting Facts About Me

Honestly, I’m not that interesting…let’s see…what can I tell you guys that you might at least find mildly intriguing?

1) I was there when they were tearing down the Berlin Wall….I was young and the wall was partially down already, but I was there. Somewhere, boxed away, we have pieces of both sides of the wall.

2) For someone who never shuts up once you get to know them, I can be ridiculously shy.

3) While I love my kids more than life itself, I had never planned to have kids. The thought of being a parent never even slightly interested me, instead I wanted a puppy. Funny how life has a way of showing you what you really want.

4) I don’t believe everything happens for a reason or for the best. I believe things happen and it’s on us to find the good in them.

5) I don’t know how to ride a bike. I mean I’d like to think I could if I had to, but I never learned as a kid and as an adult never took the time to learn.

6) As a child I was diagnosed with scoliosis. When my curve finally progressed enough to require surgery I got to be the first patient at the hospital to have the procedure done using a scope.

7) I’m terrified of roller coasters!!! It’s not heights, or the speed, or even the coaster itself. It’s the fear of falling out of the moving ride. You put me on a ride like Jaws at SeaWorld that harnesses you in, I’m good. But the carts with a bar or dinky little seat belt…no way you’re getting me on those!

8) I can pinpoint the above fear to two separate occasions where I was scared shitless because even though I was the right height to ride I was too light, so I’d end up standing straight up feeling like I was going to fall over the front of the ride.

9) Funny this one comes after my roller coaster fear – I’ve always wanted to go skydiving. Someday soon!!! (I’m hoping **Crosses Fingers**)

10) I’m loud…freakishly loud…I don’t mean to be, and it’s only at the most inopportune times. You know when you mumble something under your breath, or tell your friend ‘Hey look over there’….those times.

11) You will never convince me a butterfly is anything more than a worm with wings….their beauty is lost on me.

12) I was in Times Square for the Millennium.

13) I’m a make-up junkie, yet despite the giant drawers overflowing with products, for my eyes and lips I always tend to go back to to the same colors I’ve used since I first started wearing make-up

  • Clinique ‘Pair of Shadows’ Eye Shadow Duo [Starstruck & Golden Lynx]
  • Clinique ‘Black Honey’ Almost Lipstick (or a shade similar)

Hey, when you find what matches your skin tone stick with it.

14) I love to bake and cook – only if it will get eaten (which with 3 picky eaters doesn’t always happen lol) – okay this one’s not that interesting, but I’m running out of things to tell you…I’m really kind of boring

15) I love the smell of fresh cut grass

See…I’m not that interesting…but I guess if you’re still reading at least I didn’t bore you too much…Don’t forget – Join me in the 30 Day Blog Challenge – Just click here –


30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 14 October 3, 2011

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge,Uncategorized — Sara @ 7:55 pm

My earliest memory

I don’t remember…don’t laugh…I have tons of childhood memories, but I have to admit the line from what is a memory, and what is just a memory of a story I’ve been told numerous times, is kind of blurred.  I can say, that in all my memories I am surrounded by family and those who loved me.











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30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 13

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge — Sara @ 7:49 pm





Somewhere you’d like to move or visit.


Where do I start??? I want to see it all!! I want to experience it all! I want to soak it all in!!




As a kid I was fortunate enough to get to see parts of Europe, and while I was too young to appreciate it at the time, as an adult it makes me want to see everything the world has to offer!


As for moving somewhere new…I’m happy where I am, but I believe home is where ever the family is. So as long as I have my loves it doesn’t matter where I am.


30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 12

Filed under: 30 Day Blog Challenge — Sara @ 7:34 pm

Bullet your day

I have two versions –

Version 1- (The Cliff Notes Version)

  • 5 ish – wake up and get the monsters ready for school
  • 7:50 – 10:30 Kids at school…wah stuff, catch up on the DVR, lazy time
  • 10:30 – 12:30 Running errands
  • 12:30 – 1:30 More Lazy time
  • 1:30 – 3:15 Running errands Take 2
  • 3:15 – 7:45 Lazy Time / Hanging with the family and a little cleaning
  • 7:45 – Make Dinner
  • 8 – 9:15 Eat Dinner and get the cuties ready for bed
  • 9:15 Off to harass the hubby and catch some ZZZzzzzz’s



Version 2 – (Same Day…But way more details than anyone could ever need or care to know lol)

  • 5 am-ish — Get woken up by a cutie searching my pockets for an iPod, stealing my blanket & trying to drag me out of bed


  • 5:10 — give up on sleep…searching for a kiddo iPod w/o turning any light on –(no luck)
  • 5:15 — reading the news, checking FB, catching up on WWF
  • 5:40 — Still awake, so is the kiddo…20 min until alarm is scheduled to go off…calling sleep a loss. Off to harass the cutie…Hey, he woke ME up, it must be at least partly because he wants to hang out with his awesome mom…right?


  • 5:50 – Colin has had enough of me….stole my phone and kicked me out of his room. Saw self in mirror for first time this morning…scary stuff…Now-teeth have been brushed and hair re-pulled up.


  • 6:05 – Spent the last 5 minutes searching for a hoodie that was hanging up in my closet all along (Hey these 70 degree mornings are icccccyyyyyy). Starting the morning now – dogs let out, starting to make lunches and get the little man something to eat


  • 6:15 – Load 1 of laundry started / back to making lunch


  • 6:35 – Kiddo still has the iPod and is watching YouTube ridiculously loudly / Now to get backpacks ready…Yes, I am such a slacker mom that I wait until the morning to go thru the kids bags.


  • 6:45 – Waiting for popcorn to pop (for school snack time) / throwing the kids clothes in the dryer…Gotta be wrinkle free!


  • 6:55 – 5 min break to sit on my butt and watch the news…the kids wake are supposed to wake at 7am


  • 7 – Get Mason out of bed in the 1st attempt to wake him


  • 7:05 – Giving Mason a break…of to work on waking Ry


  • 7:25 – 20 minutes later – 2 partially ready kids / 1 still sleeping / school in a few….running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off.—Also—I hate the boys hair!!! I want to shave everyone’s head! So sick of fighting with boys who hate having their hair done #morningwhinning


  • 7:40 – 1 needs shoes / 1 needs meds / I need pants (No Pajama Moms Here) / everyone needs hoodies, then we are good to go


  • 7:45 – Last minute mom flip out over throwing my phone, hugs to make it all better, and we are off


  • 7:50 Kids at school / So beautiful out my lazy butt is walking to the mailbox instead of driving


  • 7:55 – Home, making breakfast for myself, playing on my phone and catching up on the DVR


  • 10:30 – Caught up on the TV,  finished my wah stuff, talked to the monsters doctor about pre-op for Monday’s dental stuff,  now to get ready to run errands #SpackleAndPuttyTime


  • 10:45 – Off to the kiddos Dr’s (Yes 2 different doctors)  to pick up RX’s ….driving through Downtown all I can think about is how it is such a beautiful day and I’d rather be at the Water Gardens.


  • 12:30ish – Got Home, yelled at the dog for confusing his dog food bowl and my trashcan, ate lunch, took off for round 2 of running errands.


  • 1:30 – Left the bank, realized I left the dog outside….rushing home to let him in the off the grocery store.


  • 2 – The dog surprisingly didn’t escape, now I’m sitting on my rear watching Rachel Ray while I should be out grocery shopping.


  • 2:20 – I’m off….take 2….To the grocery store….


  • 3:05 – Rushing Home to put the groceries away


  • 3:15 picking up The cuties


  • 3:20 — Snacks for the boys, listening to whining about lack of iPod / Ry has stolen the laptop to YouTube


  • 3:25 – Masons already playing on the soap…at least he keeps it in the sink these days


  • 3:30– Dishes done…hey if he must play in the sink the least I can do is empty the crusty dishes out every now & then lol –Dishwasher running 🙂


  • 3:40 Monster time chug chug chug…let the energizing begin in 5..4..3..2… Oh who I am lying to…I have about 15 min to be a bum before the juiced-upness kicks in…in the meantime something smells funky…off to check diapers


  • 3:45 — in case you were wondering…apparently old age mixed with eating trash just causes awful gas…stupid dog!


  • 4:00– I am EVIL for saying no eating peanut butter with your fingers while on the laptop…


  • 4:10 — A little 1/2 assed cleaning done, laundry load #2 in the dryer (nothing folded), found out Fuzzy’s is having $1 tacos next week which makes me way happier than it should, talked to my mom, kids playing semi nicely, all’s good…power cleaning time!! (Can’t let the hubby know how unproductive I really am lol)


  • 4:40 –Floors clean…being a bum with my Colin…waiting on the hubby to get off work.


  • 4:50 –Taking a moment to say Damn you Keebler for making cookies that taste just as good as Girl Scout Cookies…and 1/2 a box of cookies & 1 angry child (apparently he was only my friend for my iPod…Which he didn’t get) later I’m back to cleaning….


  • 5:20 –Not even going to admit what # energy drink I’m chugging…spent the last 30 min hanging with cuties & chatting on the cell.


  • 5:20 — Yes I know it’s 2 5:20 posts, but the last one was to fill you in on what I was actually doing while I supposed to be cleaning lol— Making PB&J for Mason & Ry, Colin made himself a bubble bath and is chilling…I’m pacing back and forth across the house in an attempt to supervise and keep an eye on everyones shenanagins…all in all a lazy afternoon so far


  • 7:10– been being a bum w/ the fam…While sitting with Mason the other kids semi flooded the bathroom


  • 7:45 –Can’t be a bum any longer…finally making dinner…tonight’s frugal mom (who am I kidding…) tonight’s slacker mom meal is grilled cheese & Ramens….Dinner in 15 minutes…And for me? Trying to eat healthy and all I think I’ll add some OJ to my meal …for vitamin C and all…and hey they fact that my OJ may have a little coconut rum in it…well coconuts are a fruit too, and isn’t alcohol good for you heart…So there you have it…I’m getting my vitamins & being heart healthy all at once for the WIN!


  • 7:55 –How long does it really take water to boil…this is why I usually make noodles in the microwave….Ry’s going to have all the uncooked noodles eaten before I even start cooking….


  • 7:55 – 9:15 –Not sure what all was going on….(Somehow nothing got written down for this time)I’m sure it included eating dinner, chasing kids, making meds, changing kiddos into PJ’s and all that good bedtime stuff.


  • 9:15 –Watching GH, kids asleep. Soap first then off to harass the hubby…Goodnight Friends…Hope you enjoyed my day

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