Tuesday, June 30, 2009

please tell me where it is hidden...

Summer term began today.

Chemistry 2203~~oh hours of enjoyment!!!

We have been fortunate enough to be able to pay for my classes out of pocket, but it is beginning to put a strain on the dwindling almost non existent savings account.

So last night I asked nicely whined for Steve to complete the forms for financial aid.

the deadline was today...we didn't want to rush and have it finished to early:)

I received an email today stating my forms had been processed and that the estimated family contributed is $xxxx.


Oh financial aid gurus, could you you please tell me where in my budget $xxxx is hidden and unused?

No seriously! Where??

Please...I could really use it!

Monday, June 29, 2009

an interview...with unexpected results...

I saw this interview over at A Modern Mother and thought I would take a chance and see what my darlings would say!!

1. What is something mom always says to you?

Mac: I love you. This answer FINALLY given after "I don't know." and "Stop acting like a moron." were given.

Emma: Go to your room!

2. What makes mommy happy?

Mac: When I listen to you.

Emma: Obeying you

3. What makes mommy sad?

Mac: When I don't listen to you.

Emma: Not obeying her.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

Mac: When she is sarcastic and makes fun of things.

***Me sarcastic??? Well, I never!!!

Emma: Makes jokes.

5. What was your mom like as a child?

Mac: You disobeyed your parents.

Emma: Don't know.

6. How old is your mom?

Mac: 39

***She was trying to earn brownie points~~~she should have said 29!

Emma: 40

7. How tall is your mom?

Mac: 5' 5"

Emma: Ummmmm! That tall (holding hand above her head)

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

Mac: Ummmm. Ummmm. Take pictures

Emma: Go buy Pepsi.

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?

Mac: Read, go on the computer, do laundry, watch Emma

Emma: Go to school.

10. If your mom became famous, what would it be for?

Mac: Hmmm. Acting. No wait, a famous photographer

Emma: Hmmm. Doing a play.

*** Where does this idea that I can act come from?

11. What is your mom really good at?

Mac: Being creative

Emma: Cooking ***I am not sure what delusional world she lives in!

12. What is your mom not very good at?

Mac: Waking up in the morning.

Emma: Laundry

***Both answers were right on!!!!

13. What does your mom do for her job?

Mac: Stay at home mom.

Emma: You don't have a job!! ***Good to know I do nothing!

14. What is your mom’s favorite food?

Mac: Pepsi. Or it's either Indian, Italian, or Mexican food. Wait!!! I want to change it to salted tomatoes.

Emma: Chipotle

15 If your mom was given one wish, what would it be?

Mac: It would be, ummmm, to be able to live in England. PAUSE....For Emma and I to grow up and be good children.

Emma: Me being good.

I asked the girls separately. It is amazing how similar some of the answers are. Down to the Ummmms and the Hmmmms.

And I guess if I didn't want to hear some of the answers, I shouldn't have asked!!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

upon the first day of the week...

This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Saturday, June 27, 2009

enough already...

***this was my post for Thursday, but I could not add it due to the internet being down.

The sky was a darkening quickly. The clouds changing from fluffy white to ominous gray in a matter of moments. I was frantically trying to get the cover onto the pool before the skies opened up. Michaela, seeing me struggling from the kitchen window, ran outside to help. We each grabbed an end and began to pull. As we were finishing up, she looks over at me and says, "They said on the radio that someone may have died. Someone named Michael Jackson?"

Her NOT knowing who Michael Jackson was could be a post all of it's own:)

We finished up with the pool and ran inside seconds after the rains began.

The radio was playing Michael songs one after another, but there was no information being shared. So having no television to watch and the internet being out, I waited patiently to hear what the DJs had to say I picked up the phone and called Renea in Alabama to see what she had heard. Nothing of his death was being confirmed.

Finally, the DJs came back on and confirmed that he had indeed died.

And then IT began.

For hours, 'tributes' to the King of Pop were being aired. There was no escaping the Michael Jackson madness that had taken over the airwaves. Beat It. P.Y.T. Thriller~~~all being played more in the immediate hours after his death than they had been the last 10 years combined. People calling in to express their sadness and disbelief that 'he was really gone.' Phrases like, "He was such an icon." "He was such a huge influence on the American culture." "He will truly be missed." were being uttered by crying, distraught fans. The emotions being expressed for this singer were those of reverence and awe; as if for a god.

I was appalled.

He was an overpaid SINGER/ENTERTAINER!

I could easily climb up onto my soap box about musicians, actors, and athletes being paid millions while teachers, fireman, and police officers are paid barely enough to support a family, but I will save that for another day.

He was not a humanitarian. His ability to sing did not add value to society. He did not leave this world a better place because of his existence. He did nothing more than sing.

He will be missed?

He was a successful singer from the 80s that had little success in the last decade.

He will be missed?

In the past 15 or so years he has been best known for his bizarre behaviors, his various botched cosmetic surgeries, his hospitalizations, and his cancelled appearances.

He will be missed?

In 2002 he was photographed hanging his 11 month old son upside down over a balcony.

He will be missed?

In 1993 he was accused of molesting a 13 year old boy who was a regular guest at the Neverland Ranch. The accuser was paid off~~~cementing the doubts of many concerning his professed innocence.

In 2003, his home and lands were searched and he was again accused and arrested for child molestation; for being a pedophile.

He will be missed?

News agencies have stressed not dwelling on the negatives of his life, but rather celebrating the accomplishments he made.

But I am sorry, introducing parachute pants to the fashion world, adding moonwalking to the world of dance, and selling the most number of albums in history does not overshadow the abusive, bizarre behaviors that have been exhibited; it should not earn anyone praise and honor.

Friday, June 26, 2009

isn't the internet great!!

When it is working:)

Ours has been down since yesterday morning...

It just came back up!!!

Now I can find out what I have missed the last 2 days!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

wordless wednesday....nearly

I am getting back on schedule...you can look forward to more consistent sharing of my wit and insights:):)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

should we be worried, part 2

Many, many months ago I posted these pictures of our little 'hoochie mama' pole dancing in the London tube.

I was worried than!

My worries have not been laid to rest:)

Today I took little 'hoochie' to Old Navy to buy her another swimsuit~~because watching her put on a wet suit made me cringe!! EWWWW

As we were walking back to the children's section, the request for 'one that shows my belly' was made.

So off to the bikinis we went.

She tried on several. They were either too big or did not show enough of her belly (her words). After several tries one that fit and showed enough belly was found!!

Happiness abounds!!

disclaimer for all of the lectures I am going to get about modesty....
***We believe in modesty. She is only allowed to wear it in our pool and at some point she will not be able to wear a 2 piece, but she is only 5 now. She doesn't know about sexuality at her age and neither do her 5 year old friends.

AND....Michaela wore a 2 piece for years and she is now the most prudishly modest child I know!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

i am here...i am here...

Wow, almost two days without posting...

but....no worries

I am here.

Enjoying the lazy days of summer with my girls.

And since I haven't posted pictures in a while, I added a few today!

After 6 hours in the pool, Emma and her friend Tess cooked up a feast in the 'outdoor kitchen'

While Emma and Tess cooked, Michaela and Hannah played in the pool for hours.

They are both very talented:)

Emma took a break from the kitchen and did a photo shoot.

She is very talented in a variety of areas:)Steve came home early because SOMEONE locked her keys in the van.

I would like to defend myself the individual that locked the doors with the keys still in it...
Steve started the van after church last night with HIS keys. I drove home, took the keys out of the ignition, locked the doors as I always do with the remote, and then went inside and threw the keys in the basket. Not giving a thought to the 'ownership' of the keys.

So in reality it is Steve's fault! If he had started the van with MY keys, I would have followed my routine with no issues and MY keys would have been in the basket where they belonged instead of between the seats in the van!!!



Do you notice anything missing from the picture above?

Oh, there is no mower deck you say.

Yes, something cracked so I got TO PUSH MOW THE BACKYARD!!!

Now our backyard isn't huge, but it isn't small either (1/2 acre maybe).

It was hot and yucky!!

I need my riding mower back:)

Boy, I don't like when my children begin thinking more and more like me and begin to out smart me!

Michaela went outside to get something and was being a goober so Steve locked her out. (it was a joke, d/n call CPS!).

All of a sudden we see her climbing through the kitchen window.

I was truly impressed with her cleverness:)
Emma had some cuddle time with her Daddy.

It certainly doesn't look like she likes him or anything does it:)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

i am tuckered out....

Steve got called into work today because three of the AC units went out.

too bad he is salaried and not hourly!!!

so with three whole hours of sleep, off he went to work for a few hours of replacing units.

So, the projects at home were put on hold again.

I went out and mowed the neighbors and our yard and weeded some.

and as much as I love love love my landscaping, I HATE (if we said that word here, but we don't cuz' it's a bad word) dislike vehemently weeding!!!

Can I just say, I am tuckered out....

and burnt~~~of course!!!!

So this little ol' post is all my sun fried brain can give you tonight!

And the lesson of the day.....

if you are fair skinned and burned easily all of your life, chances are when you are 40 and back in the Kentucky sun for the first time in years, you will still burn...and probably easier than before.

Two words, or maybe it is only one????

Friday, June 19, 2009

friday frivolity...

My husband has a new love.

He drools over her.

He is on the internet looking at pictures of her.

He knows ALL about her.

I should probably be jealous of his new infatuation...

but I know she is WAY out of his league.

But a guy can dream can't he!!
Mac is off to Indianapolis for the young people's weekend devotional.

I will be driving her half way to La Grange to meet up with the Morris'

that is if she EVER finishes getting ready

We will not see her again until Sunday morning.
Emma will be grumpy and irritable all weekend~~see above

Hopefully it does not rain and the neighbors are home so she has someone to swim with.
I finally had to break down and turn the air on this week.

I hate hearing it run...

the whirl of the compressor = the sound of $$$$$$$$

But when it is 90+ outside, you gotta do something to stay comfortable inside.
I finished my classes for this term on Monday.

My 4.0 GPA still remains!!!

I will be taking another Chemistry class and an online Interpersonal Communication class, and possibly Calculus this summer.

Some go to Europe, Hawaii, or Iceland for the summer...

I go to fun science and math classes!!

Jealous aren't ya'!!!

Emma and I went to buy some flowers today after dropping Mac off.

She informed me it was too hot here and she would like to go back to England where it is cold.

I am right there with ya' darling!
Lazy mornings and unproductive days end on Monday for the Martin household.

Days of sleeping until noon are being replaced by mornings of 'summer school'.

Pre-algebra, writing, and literature are in Michaela's near future.

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are waiting for Emma Shea.

And they are SO excited. (insert sarcasm oozing from every word.)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

what is truly important...

Recently I have been extremely frustrated about the lack of progress on the projects that have been started and not completed or not begun at all at the house.

I try not to say anything to Steve because I know the hours he is having to put in at work...

but sometimes the aggravation of having a grass covered and 'pool water dripping' 5 year old having to run up the cream carpeted stairs to the bathroom because the WC is not finished downstairs gets to me...

and I lash out at my overworked husband.

It's not pretty.

I am trying really hard to bite my tongue.

really, really hard!!!

And then today, God took a big frying pan and knocked me in the head....

with just one arbitrary sentence I randomly came across...

My house is not the showcase I would like it to be, but as long as I am decorating it with love, compassion, patience, good-will, and Christian beliefs, it is all it needs to be.

Kind of put things into perspective!

Whether or not my house is the 'showcase' I want it to be will not be what shapes my daughters' hearts. The love and contentment, patience and compassion that surrounds them in their home is what will mold and shape their hearts.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

wordless wednesday...nearly

there is nothing better than a yummy chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting...
especially given to you by a friend for being good...
20 minutes before your mommy has to be somewhere!!!

So, when you do not have time to clean up the chocolate mess that is inevitable
you grab what you can from under the kitchen sink...
and make a REALLY large bib!!!!

floor clean...
clothes clean...
the sweet shock of "Mommy, I am wearing a trash bag dress!!"
out the door on time!!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

i have become a 'soccerdance mom'...

Michaela received the official letter inviting her to join the Spirit Dancers dance team.


She will spend 8 hours a week in classes.

I will spend three days a week driving her back and forth...

and then Saturdays will be take up with competitions around the tri-state.

The craziness begins now!!!!

***Just to clarify since some one's response was, "You are allowed to do that?", dance team is NOT the scantily dressed girls on the field at half time during football games. Dance team is ballet, tap, and jazz dancers that compete with other teams of dancers.

it's monday...

We have had a ssssssllllllooooowwwwww start to our morning...

'we' as in the girls and I, Steve was up an out the door at normal time.

Yesterday we got up and drove up to Indianapolis to spend the day with our friends, The Browns.

I even took Steve with us~~~to squash the doubts that he still existed.

We worshipped with them at their congregation...

once we found the building in the middle of the cornfields:)

and then had a great time visiting and reminiscing about our years at Ball State University.

I even laughed so hard I almost spit watermelon everywhere!!!

Boy did I need to have time away to laugh with friends.
Now it is time to review for my Chemistry final~~~this term officially ends tonight after I finish my exam.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

going to the zoo....take two

Emma and I have been to dress rehearsal this morning...

I have taken my Biology final (94 for my final grade!!)...

I have put rollers back in Emma's hair in hopes that the curls are tighter and stay in longer...

and now we are just hanging around the house until 6:00...

and then its off to see this little cutie in her show!!!!
Tap dancing Llamas....Ballerina octopuses...
Recitals complete...until next year:)

Friday, June 12, 2009

friday frivolity...

****I just realized that the part in Emma's hair is on opposite sides in her Before and After pictures. I couldn't remember which side she parted it on (Hey, I am old. It's not like I brush it everyday or anything). I parted it, took the pictures, got ready to cut and realized it just didn't look right. So I switched the part to the other side. Sure glad I caught it before I snipped!!!
WOO HOO, it's Friday!!!!

not that it matters. everyday is the same for us now that school is out:)

Michaela slept until after 11:00~~I think yesterday wore her out!

She finally decided to get out of her pajamas at noon!

At about 1:30 we headed down to La Grange to pick up Emma Shea. She had a great time with Ms. Cari and the kids. Thursday night they went up to Terre Haute, IN to pick up H from FC camp. They stayed in a hotel and went swimming in the pool. What could be better!!!

Michaela and I got to La Grange before they did so we stopped in the salon (some women from church own it) to see if they could fit Michaela in for a haircut.

After much disagreement about those silly 'side bangs' she wants, we compromised and she got shorter ones. Now she just has to keep them out of her eyes~~~or I have threatened to hack them all off!!
Emma has been a BOOGER since I picked her up.

and Cari and Katrina are witnesses to her poor behavior

She missed me so much she wanted to stay with Cari!

And then to make her REALLY happy, I gave her a haircut.

Because her bangs are almost to her chin, I decided to cut her hair so that it will all be one length. We had planned to wait until after her recital but went ahead and cut it. She just will not have a dancer bun tomorrow.


Now it is 9:00pm and I am ready to put rollers in Emma's hair and send her off to bed.

Tomorrow is another busy day!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

we're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo...

You can come too. too. too!

( I wish I could share the tune to that song with you, cuz' why should we be the only ones wit
h the song going over and over and over in our heads:)


and penguins...and horses....Oh My!!!

9 years of seeing her dance and I still get a lump in my throat and have to hold back the tears whenever I watch her.

i am tired already...

Okay, so I have a soul searching post in the works, but it will have to wait because today is packed full.

completely full!

Michaela and my day will begin by 7:30...

which I know for some is late, but for us it is obscenely early~~especially since I am still awake at 12:30!

Michaela must be showered, hair up (i.e plastered down with gel and hairspray so that it doesn't move), ballet costume on, other costumes and accessories in hand and out the door no later than 9:00am.

For three hours she and I will be at her full dress rehearsal.

Emma is staying with friends from church until Friday~~thank you Cari!

After the dress rehearsal we will grab some lunch and then head to Cincinnati State.

At 3:15 I will begin my Algebra final. Michaela will read in the lounge outside the classroom.

I was going to study tonight, but I figured up my average and I can make a 60 and still pull an A in the class so I will look over notes during rehearsal.

After I finish my final, we will grab some dinner and then head back to the theater for the recital.

Sheesh! I am tired already!!!

Friday I will take my Biology final and drive down to pick up Emma.

Saturday I get to do the dress rehearsal and recital fun all over again with Emma.

minus the final!

Sunday we are driving to Indianapolis to visit with friends for the day.

Monday I get to take my Chemistry final (rescheduled~~couldn't take a final AND be at a recital at the same time).

And then NOTHING

Nothing until my summer classes begin.

Two weeks of NOTHING.

Nothing is sounding good about now!!!!!


Tuesday, June 09, 2009


11:44pm~~~One hour later and I am going to attempt finally watch Army Wives!! iTunes kept shutting down telling me to update. So I have done what I was told and now I am going to try it again.

So much for winding down with mind~numbing television:)
I just returned from my Algebra and Chemistry classes.

It is FINALS week.

Need I say more!!!!!

I downloaded the season premiere of Army Wives onto iTunes and I am going to get in my bed and sit for 45 minutes with mind~numbing television!!


Monday, June 08, 2009

i got nothing...

I was taught that if I didn't have anything nice to say, to not say anything at all.

so I am going to take my hurt and sadness...

and remain quiet.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

upon the first day of the week...

I was getting ready to post a scripture...

but Emma just came up and asked me what a condom is!

SHE'S F.I.V.E.!!!!!

Michaela is watching Kate and Ally. I didn't realize sex ed would come up on a show from the 80s!

So instead of a scripture, I am asking for your prayers to help me survive parenting my little spitfire:):):)

Saturday, June 06, 2009

summertime fun...

Yesterday it was M's slip and slide in our front yard... Check Spelling Today it is the half filled pool in our back yard.This pool has been a PAIN to get set up. The first spot we set it up on turned out to not be as level as we thought it was. So I dumped about $40.00 worth of water and sanitation bills onto my yard yesterday. Steve and I moved it~~to a spot we thought was level enough and I began filling it again last night.

The spot is about 6 inches off, but the pool is staying. Emma and her neighborhood friends begged to go into it. I told them it was half filled, has no chemicals in it, and the water is freezing... but if they cannot wait any longer, go to it. They are having a blast!!! Michaela even is in on the fun!!!

Friday, June 05, 2009

friday frivolity...

Well, the girls are out of school for the summer!!


They started the break off with 67 degree weather (AH! Glorious!!) and a lazy morning of lounging in pajamas until 1:00, and then an afternoon of running to the Dance House to buy a black leotard for Michaela.

Today was a little warmer but just as lazy!!!!
Michaela is officially an 8th grader!!!

Her last year in Jr High!


Her report card was fantastic.

All grades in the mid to upper 90s

Recommendation for Honors English for next year.

She even survived Math!!!
Emma is officially a 1st grader!


She had a great year and has decided she does not want to leave Kindergarten.

She has a fabulous teacher next year, so I am sure after a day or two in the 1st grade she will change her mind!
Michaela tried out for the Dance Team at her dance studio last night.

She was N.E.R.V.O.U.S.

but she did a great job!!

I have it on pretty good authority that she will be receiving an invitation to join...

Ms. MJ is not announcing the team until after the recital...

she does not want the drama to overshadow the show!!
My week has continued being 'one of those days'.

today's frustration????...

the people who were adding our antiques to their shipment to come back to the states emailed to inform us that they will not be adding it to their shipment.

so now, from 3000+ miles away, I have to try and figure out what to do with a storage shed full of furniture!
My mother used to say that when life wasn't going well, you must be living wrong!

She said it jokingly...

but I am beginning to wonder!

I must be living REALLY WRONG!
I am sitting here at the table,

looking at an almost full moon,

smelling a stunk that has just sprayed nearby,

and gorging on a large Pepsi and a chocolate bar.

Therapy in a wrapper!
I am off to study the immune system,

wallow in self pity some more,

and then fall to my knees in prayer to get myself back on track.

and probably NOT in that order.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

have you ever...

Have you ever had 'one of those days'?

Well I am having one...

it just seems to be lasting all week.

Financial worries...

Frustration with Steve having to work so many hours...

Car issues....

which of course add to the financial issues...

Boone County Sheriff at my door to serve me with papers...

failure to show up for jury duty~~has been taken care of~~just lots phone calls to the judge.

ME~~just letting all the little things build up...

ME~~ not having the faith I should have.

ME~~not giving my worries to God.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

mostly wordless wednesday...

First day of Kindergarten
September 2, 2008

Last day of Kindergarten
June 3, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

say it isn't so.....

Today was Emma Shea's Kindergarten luau and certificate ceremony.
Michaela skived from school today and went back to Kindergarten with her little sister.
Mrs. Anderson handed out certificates~~and shed tears...

Which of course started tears from those of us trying to be brave as our babies move on to the next stage of life!
Mrs. Anderson has been a fantastic teacher.

We could not have asked for a better beginning to Emma's public school career.

We will miss her.

Monday, June 01, 2009

just another manic monday...

Actually it wasn't manic at all...

but I needed a title!

Tuesdays and Thursdays are actually the maniac days in this household.

I have classes at 3:15. Michaela does not get off the bus until 2:55. My classes are in Cincinnati. I live in Northern Kentucky. That is a 23 mile trip that cannot be made in 20 minutes!

So sometimes I am late.

Which is fine. I spoke with the instructor about it. I am keeping up with the work. NO problems.

But some days I do not want to be late.

On those days I sign Michaela out early. 15 minutes early. She misses afternoon announcements and dismissal to lockers. Nothing of educational benefit is missed.

Unfortunately there is a lady in the office that gives her a hard time every time she takes a note in to get an early dismissal pass. I just put "personal family commitment/appointment" on the note. The school does not need to know any more than that. This secretary is mean and hateful to Michaela every time. Yet never says anything to me about it when I go in to sign her out.

Is a nasty disposition a requirement for working in the school office?

On Thursday I had a Chemistry test and Algebra quiz that I did not want to be late for. I wrote a note and included "If you have any concerns or questions about this early dismissal please contact me." I did not hear from the school so I figured everything went well.

When I picked Michaela up I asked if there had been any problems and she said no. I dropped the girls off at home and went on to school.

Fast forward to Friday afternoon....

I am walking by the entryway table and I see Michaela's dismissal pass lying on it.

I pick it up to throw it away.

As I am walking to the kitchen my heart skips a beat..

written in the 'reason' section were the words eye appointment.

I was furious~~I wanted to go up to the school right then and pull her out of class.

I was saddened~~how could my daughter have lied to avoid confrontation.

Lying and not taking responsibility for your actions and decisions are two of my biggest pet peeves.

I knew this was going to have to be nipped in the bud now.

She came home. I confronted her. She confessed to having lied. We talked about how disappointing her actions were. She said she had already made it right with God and that she was very sorry.

And then the words that caused HER heart to skip a beat,

"On Monday you are going into the office and telling the secretary that you lied to her and that you are sorry."

Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul. {Proverbs 29:1}

With eyes the size of saucers she accepted her Christian obligation.

And if your brother does wrong to you, go, make clear to him his error between you and him in private... {Matthew 18:15}

And I am proud to say that my 12 year old daughter did what most adults will not do. She went in and admitted her sin and apologized for lying.

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." {I Timothy 4:12}

I pray this lesson will stay with her...

She learned that lying is often easier than dealing with the consequences of the truth, but that the consequences of lying weigh heavy on the heart of one trying to follow the ways of God.

I learned that she is a strong young lady. She will make mistakes~~as we all do~~but her heart is honest and that she is meek and pure in her walk with God.