Currently {V.4}

Currently is a weekly feature hosted by Randalin of Harvesting Kale and Lindsey of OT and ET.


THIS WEEKS THEMES:
WATCHING, READING, EATING, DRINKING, & LEARNING

Watching a ton of movies lately.  We recently signed up for Blockbuster @ Home through Dish Network.  I've seen more movies than I should have.  They have a streaming service and a DVD service.  Here's what I've (we've) seen so far:  

Premium Rush (DVD), Savages (DVD), Brave, 21 Jump Street, Looper, John Carter, MIB3, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Vow, The Possession, Underworld: Awakening, Ghost Rider 2, The Cabin in the Woods, Straw Dogs, 10 Years...

 and I have a DVD that we haven't watched yet, Lawless.

Reading the Mortal Instruments series.  I'm on the third book now, City of Glass.  I tend to lean toward the young adult novels.  Sue me.

Eating peanut butter right out of the jar.  Specifically the Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful. It is simply the best peanut butter I've ever eaten.

Drinking 7Up Cherry.  I have always loved cherry sodas.  This one is no exception.

Learning new things about sewing.  I recently used bias tape for the first time.  It wasn't as hard as I expected.


NEXT WEEKS THEMES:
LOVING, CRAVING, MISSING, LISTENING, WISHING

Lake Water

I know I've been rather absent lately.  I've been, ya know... livin' life.

We live about 10 hours from a beach, but we really, really wanted to get that sand in our toes.  We took a chance, loaded everyone up, and headed to a nearby lake, Barren River Lake.

Rowan at the lake

There are three beaches at the lake, but only two are open. We arrived early, set up our little area with beach towels, blanket, and umbrella. I think we were all in the water before the blanket hit the sand! The water temperature was absolutely perfect!  Our littlest was fearless with the water. I had to watch her like a hawk. She had no problem just running out into the water.

Rowan making sand castles

We made sand castles. Or at least what passed as castles!  Ro was very much into being at the lake.  When it was time to go, she screamed.  Like a two year old who is just learning what no means.  I was surprised when no one called CPS.  She was screaming that loudly.  I think we were only a couple of miles down the road before she was completely conked out.

It wasn't the ocean.  It wasn't white sand beaches.  It was the best Sunday ever!  I think we'll be going many more times before this Summer is over!

Why I Had to Pay Google

A couple of days ago, my daughter yells at me from her room.  I go see what all the fuss is about and she tells me that she can't seem to get logged into her Gmail email account.  She's sure that she knows the password, but it's not working, she says.

I sit down on my own computer, pull up her information because as a parent of two teenagers I make sure that I have all log in and password information for ALL ACCOUNTS.  Sure enough, it doesn't work.

Because it's been disabled by Google for TERMS OF SERVICE violations.  

She didn't reach the minimum age limit of 13 years old.  

What a pain in the arse.

She rarely uses the account.  Mostly it's for logging in to OTHER services (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) because everything requires a valid email.  She does have a couple of friends that she emails with that have moved out of town/state.

I think an email to the account and also one to the recovery email, which is mine, would have been sufficient to provide proof of age verification.  And what exactly gave them the impression that she isn't 13 years old?!  I set up the account myself years ago using my own birthday.  I am well beyond the 13 year age limit.

So I had to jump through a few hoops, entering my birthdate information, etc.  Then... THEN I had to verify myself either using a form that had to printed and mailed in or by using my credit card.  I don't have any credit cards.  Bad juju. I had to enter my debit card info.  Which it wouldn't accept!  It kept telling me that I wasn't entering a correct number.  Excuse me Google, but I'm looking right at the damn thing.  I even triple checked to make sure I was entering the right number.  No dice.  I tried three different times, but could never get it to work. 

Ended up having to use my PayPal debit card.  They said they would be charging just 30 cents, but I ended up being charged $1.30.  

I know this isn't a giant lump sum of money, but give me a break.  With all of the stupid hacking emails and junk emails and let's not even go into the Sir Spams-A-Lot's of the world, why did I have to pay to keep my email address?!  

Ri-donk-ulous.  

Currently {V.3} Plus the June Citrus Lane Box!

Currently is a weekly feature hosted by Randalin of Harvesting Kale and Lindsey of OT and ET.


I almost forgot to write a Currently post this week! I am not at all surprised with myself about this either.  But better late than never!

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
CAPTURING, RELEASING, SENDING, MENDING, RECOMMENDING

I've been capturing memories lately.  Not too many with the camera though.  I have taken several of my youngest playing in her pool, but the older two are teenagers and let's be honest... they sleep all day.

Releasing some worries.  At least trying to release them anyway.  I worry entirely too much.  I need to just let it all go and enjoy this life.

I've been considering sending a few postcards.  A friend on FB has joined PostCrossing and it seems like a lot of fun! From the PostCrossing site: "In short: the objective of Postcrossing is to allow people to exchange postcards via mail (real mail, not email) with random Postcrossers from around the world. Oh, and it is absolutely free, meaning, if you send a postcard, you will receive one back from another random member."

Mending.... hmmmm.  Well, the only thing I've fixed lately is the washing machine drain.  We live in an older home.  Our basement drain goes under the concrete basement, under a concrete slab, through part of our yard to an outlet pipe.  A couple of months ago the drain began to back up when washing clothes.  We thought it might have just been clogged with washing machine gunk (and hair! Ick!), but after some down and dirty research (double ick!), we're pretty sure the pipe has collapsed somewhere under all that concrete.

Recommending the subscription box service from Citrus Lane.  Rowan got her first box this month.  She loved it!
Contents:
1.  Happy Tot Plus from Happy Family.  Blueberry, apple, and purple carrot pouch.  I'm not a big fan of these pouches.  Rowan always squeezes the pouch too much and the contents go everywhere.  I will say though that this pouch was super yummy (yes, I tasted it!) and I wouldn't mind buying more and just putting them into a bowl.

2.  Sunny Sunscreen SPF 35 from Episencial.  I really liked this sunscreen.  It didn't have a heavy smell and worked well for the hour or so that we were outside splashing in the pool.

3.  Reversible Sun Protection Hat from iPlay.  I love this hat!  Rowan loves this hat!  It's super lightweight, made from a UV protective microfiber fabric that has a rating of 50+SPF.  She wore it while playing in the pool.  It got wet, but was quick to dry.  I would definitely buy more of these.

4.  Sand Toy Set from Haba.  The cutest little snail and spoon.  Rowan slept with them for two nights in a row.  Seriously.

This was our first box.  I don't really have anything to compare it too, but I've heard that previous boxes had five items instead of four.  We are satisfied and look forward to getting next months surprise!  If you are interested in giving them a try, use this link to receive $10 off your order (and I get $10 too!).

NEXT WEEKS THEMES:
WATCHING, READING, EATING, DRINKING, & LEARNING

Dude. Duuuuuude.


This was recorded on February 18th, 2010.  Just THREE years ago.  I had completely forgotten about this video until running across it last night.

Neil looks so tiny and his voice!!  Oh muh gawd... My husband and I cracked up laughing at how I comment that he's so short.  Now he's taller than me, sounds like a man, and face palmed when he heard himself talking in this video.

*sigh*  Can I haz my wittle boy back now?!

See Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind anyone who may be listening, that Google Reader is shutting down in just a couple of weeks!

I was an avid Google Reader user, but back in March when Google announced it would be closing the service, I panicked.  Oh Lawd... how am I ever going to find the time to go to every blog that I like to read!   I'm not one to comment too often on blogs though and I guess that makes me a bad blogger.  So sorry if I read your blog, but don't often comment.  I feel like since I don't often comment that I look like a stalker when I do.  

Anyway...

If you are still hanging on to your GR, July 1st is creeping up quickly.  Move to BLOGLOVIN'!  It's the perfect replacement.  I switched back in March and haven't even seen my Google Reader since.  It's clean and easy to navigate.  
Bloglovin' makes it easy to import your GR feeds as well.  

Just click here:


Click the big blue button and BOOM!  Imported.  It's really that easy.  You'll have to make new categories, but I think it's a small price to pay because Bloglovin' is so awesome!

You can follow my randomness on there too!  

From There to Here

On Tuesday, I took the kids to the dentist to get their teeth cleaned.  On the way back home we passed a road that we had lived on back in 2003.  One of the kids mentioned it and wanted to know if we could drive by the old house.  We didn't really have anything better to do so we made a mini road trip to visit a couple of places we used to live.  {Check that off my Summer bucket list! Print yours here courtesy of Alicia from Project Alicia!}

We didn't stop at the first place because the residents were home.  There were cars in the driveway at least, but the place looked much better than when we lived there.  My husband actually milked cows for the homeowners grandson when we were there and I saw several calves being born.  Including one that was breech and had to be pulled out via a rope around it's leg.  Weird.  It was just an old farm house back in 2003, but it looked like it had been remodeled.  New roofing and siding.
There is almost nothing better than taking a leisurely drive through the back roads of the country.

I really didn't expect that the next place would still be there.  We call it the "Crap Trailer".  We lived there in a very low point in our lives.  The lowest.  It was a single wide, two bedroom (one on each end), one bathroom, no backdoor (two front doors!) piece of crap.  It was a salmon-y pink color when we lived there.  Our rent?  $105 a month.  I worked at Wal-Mart, Chris worked at a local gas station where they actually pump your gas for you.  The washing machine was in the tiny bathroom and the dryer was in the kitchen.  At one point, the dryer heating element stopped working.  We replaced it twice and couldn't figure out what was wrong.  My then step-dad discovered that the socket, that should have been attached to the wall, was just hanging off of the wall and the plug was melted and black on one side.  We were so lucky that the socket was separated from the wall because it would have surely burned the place down.  I was so embarrassed to live there that we never had company.  Occasion visits from family, but they were brief.
I was shocked when we rounded the corner and there it sat.  There is a for sale sign in the yard.  No one lives there.  From the looks of things, it's been awhile since anyone did.  I'll admit that my first thought/emotion was sadness.

We re-planked that tiny porch with those very boards.  My husband slipped and fell on that porch, breaking his hand.  This was where we lived when Kaia was born.  She and Neil shared a bedroom.  I was sleeping in the bedroom on the far left of this photo when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.

Chris's great grandfather died the week we were moving out of this place.  We'd gotten most of our things out, but when we went back to get the rest, we discovered that the landlord had moved it all out to the front yard and burned it.  I have no idea what all he destroyed.  We were so poor and had no way to hire a lawyer.  What good would it have done?  Our things were gone.  It was kind of symbolic, having the last of that life burned.

I'm glad we drove here.  Perspective.  We've come SO FAR in such a short time, but it feels like lifetimes ago that we weren't so lucky as we are now.  Sometimes it takes going back, looking back, at the life we didn't have to appreciate the life we have now.

Currently {V.2}

Currently is a weekly feature hosted by Randalin of Harvesting Kale and Lindsey of OT and ET.


THIS WEEKS THEMES:
BUILDING, SHARING, FORMING, DREADING, SINGING

Building the courage to rearrange.  Our house has a strange, annoying layout where you have to walk through a bedroom to get to another bedroom.  Right now, the walk through bedroom is our oldest daughter's room.  We need to change rooms.  The older kids are getting big enough that my son's friends don't need to be walking through her room to get to his.

Sharing a room with our youngest child has it's pros and cons.  She will turn two next month (just 24 days!!!).  It looks like we will continue to share a room with her until we have the funds to finish our basement.

Forming an ingenious plan to get us to the beach at some point this Summer.  It's all any of us want, but with Chris just starting his new job in April, we feel that it wouldn't be a good idea to ask for a week off.  Not to mention, it would go unpaid.  BUT...  a weekend away may not be out of the question.

Dreading my son's orthodontist appointment next month.  I know he's going to have to have braces.  What an ordeal this will probably end up being. *sigh*

Singing - Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell  I can't help it, the beat is catching.

And yes, I'm STILL singing Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Am I the only one who thinks Macklemore is HAWT?!

NEXT WEEKS THEMES:
CAPTURING, RELEASING, SENDING, MENDING, RECOMMENDING {a favorite blog}

This Girl

How can she be almost 2 years old?! It feels like we were just bringing her home from the hospital yesterday.

She loves to be outside.  A friend of Kaia's parents gave us a couple of those Little Tykes climbing contraptions.  One has a slide.  She goes around and around and around. Up the steps, down the slide.  Then runs and jumps in the pool.  Loves to splash, but can't seem to do it with her mouth closed!  It kills me.  She is such a ham.

P.S.  She is wearing a bathing suit that used to be her older sister's!

Currently {A New Feature}

I feel it's kind of obvious that I'm pretty scatterbrained.  I think that's why I have so much trouble with those daily challenges.  So... I have a plan.

It's a feature.  NOT a challenge.

First seen on Craft, Interrupted, hosted by Randalin of Harvesting Kale and Lindsey of OT and ET.
Currently.  It's a weekly feature with prompts.  It's also a blog link up.  I think I can manage a once a week feature post.  I feel it's not looming over me.  A nice little way to say, "Hey!  Here's what is going down with me."

Today I start.  I even made my own cool little picture to go with it!  I am committed y'all.

THIS WEEKS THEMES:
COVETING, IMAGINING, ASKING, SAVING {FOR}, FEARING

Rowan is now 23 months old.  She is coveting everything.  Back in 2011, we drove to Chattanooga for my oldest daughter's birthday.  She picked out a huge stuffed otter.  Now Ro won't go anywhere, and won't sleep, without "Cocoa".

Right now I'm imagining what in the world my son could be doing in Nashville with a bunch of other middle and high school basketball players.  At 13 years old, this is his first overnight camping experience.  It'll only be for three days/two nights, but I still worry what kind of trouble he might get himself into.

I keep asking for a book light.  I mention it before major holidays.  I've still not received one.  Dear Husband,  BUY ME A BOOK LIGHT! I DON'T NEED ANOTHER BOX OF MILK DUDS.  Thank you.

I hadn't mentioned it here in on the blog, but we were in talks with a couple of lenders to buy our first home when my husband suddenly lost his job a few month ago.  The money we were going to use for down payment and closing costs, etc. ended up being used for other things.  {Like a second vehicle...}  So we've just opened up a new savings account in hopes of being able to find a lender in the next few months that can help a brother {and sister!} out!

I am fearing that we won't find another lender to help us out and will end up having to move.

NEXT WEEKS THEMES:
BUILDING, SHARING, FORMING, DREADING, SINGING

Bang and Fizzle

Well, I'm probably the world's worst at accepting a challenge and then finishing it.  Be it a blogging challenge or a photo challenge.  I always start out with a bang and end with a fizzle.

The Blog Every Day in May blogging challenge was no different.  Sometimes though I just don't have anything to say.  I don't/didn't want to force myself to write on a prompt or subject that I just wasn't feeling.  Ya feel me? Ha!

Part of the problem is that the kiddos are now out of school for Summer break.  That means I have to do things like feed them.  Gah... why do they need to be fed every day?!  Also I've been doing things like all the piled up laundry, extra dishes, and cleaning the dirty house.  Oh and the yard.  We've been really hitting the yard work. Hard.  We even bought a new rechargeable electric weed whacker.  The husband and I were both so tired of yanking and yanking and yanking on the pull cord of the barely two year old gas weed whacker.  With no results.  Why do they make that stupid pull cord?  Stupid.

And honest to goodness reading.  A book.  A physical, made out of paper and cardboard, book.  I made a goal to read 25 books this year.  (Oh lawd... another "challenge"!)  I have only read four.  (One of the books was actually three books combined into one volume, but since it was all together I'm only counting it as one.)  That means I'm about six books behind schedule if I plan on actually completing this goal.  I could probably stand to spend less time on the computer anyway.  I'm on GoodReads if you want to be my fwend.  We can compare our poor reading choices together.

On the nail front, I'm down to seven good nails.  Three have done their classic split on the edge.  It's always so low that I fear I'm going to rip it off below where it should be.  I wish I could figure out why they keep splitting in that same place.  Here is an example.  I guess I just haven't found the right nail routine quite yet.  I'm determined to not have chewed up, nubby nails!

So if you don't hear from me for a little bit you know why!  I'm washing, cooking, chasing a two year old, and chewing all my nails off!!