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I just love being loved by so many

Well, now since I have been followed here by some "admireres" I figured why not say a great big warm welcome and yep, its me. I am known as green here and these are all my GuG friends. I have been here for almost 2 years (I think?) so go to my profile, visit my track page and see everything I have posted for the last 2 years.

Silence can hurt

I am an Aunt who is grieving the loss of my nephew. I am not a parent who lost a child and could never imagine such a loss. At 16 my nephew chose not to be here anymore and took his own precious life away just over a month ago. Since, this has happened I have learned a lot about who my nephew and those around him were. Secret hiding places in different aspects of his life held more clues. I don’t fault his mom or his dad. They loved him and were parents to him the best they knew how. He was not an angel and had many problems both within his circle of friends and family from immediate to those of us a bit more distant. I came here to GuG to try to find some answers of my own.  A “safety net” for my children. I just wanted to encourage other parents who are here to look. To ask. To watch. And when you’re not sure, invade privacy. It could be the difference between writing down an action plan with your child and writing their eulogy.

A First Time Tooth Fairy

A friend of mine's son lost his first tooth tonight. I pulled out a poem I wrote years ago when I was a first time tooth fairy to give to her. It brought back memories of my girls when they were younger and thought I would share it with some of the "first time" tooth fairies here on GuG



Under A Pillow Tonight

So very proud to be a quitter

*Update* on my blog from April....I vowed to quit smoking:


It has been a long and tough road. I have gone back and forth. I have tried patches, and gum, and pills. But, do you know what really got to me?

 The thought of my oldest daughter only being a year younger than my age when I first started smoking. How in the heck was I going to sit her down at 12 and tell her why she shouldn't smoke, the risks, the whole *no child of mine will smoke* speech if I am still smoking?

School is in session! *happy dance*

The first bell ring of the day on a beautiful and HOT September day is the sweetest sound my ears have been longing to hear since about mid- August.


 I loved the time at home this summer with my kids and I feel blessed that being an at home mom gives me precious times that I will want back someday but, I will not lie I had days that required a straight jacket and little men in white coats. We had alot of fun this summer and spent alot of time at the pool. We worked hard on swimming and now two more of my children know how to swim. yeah! But, I also had alot of days of stepping over those little green army men and well, not missing some of them (ouch) The constant wars over what to watch on tv, and who can forget the million Mom, he hit me, she's touching me, they won't play with me...and my favorite one is spending two days trying to find out what in the heck "that smell" was in my youngest' bedroom. (finally found it) So incredibly gross.

Latest and Greatest from Green

It is been very busy here in the green household. The end of school year is fast approaching. The kids are ecstatic and I am ..well, not quite as enthused. Don't get me wrong I love my children with all my heart and soul but.... oh my!


I have been preparing for summer for about a month now. The kids have no idea that I have plotted to keep them busy so that I can stay sane for the 77 days 8 hours and 50 minutes of summer approaching fast. The dollar shops love me. I visit them weekly and have filled our treasure chest half full so far to prepare for emergency situations. I have been making playdough in every possible color for really hot days inside. Construction paper will soon become our indoor handprint flower garden that will line the walls of our dining room. Pipe cleaners in bright colors will be made into butterflies, ladybugs and bumble bees. These work great to hang from the ceiling with thumb tacks. I have been saving 2-liter soda bottles for patio bowling tournaments. I have decided this summer we will choose a day with the neighbor kids to make a cardboard city. this easily keeps the whole block entertained for a good week. The only adult effort required is about 3-4 hours to cut out the shapes and the kids do all the decorating. Then someone always becomes Godzilla and I am forced to retrieve the emergency treasure box and soon all tears are smiles again. I have been shaving crayons with sharpeners for a week and keeping each color separated by snack size plastic bags. These shavings along with black poster board for frames, wax paper, and a hot iron become sun catchers for the kitchen window on sunny afternoons. Of all the fun stuff I am trying to get ready my greatest challenge is and has always been bedtime. My kids seem to think that since school is out .. all other rules are out too. Regardless of how many times mom says.. nice try but, no way. In a previous blog I shared how we choose one of our kids to be the star of the day and all decisions are given to them for their way that day. Such as what cartoon to watch. What cereal to have for breakfast.... you get the idea. I decided to put a new twist on bedtime and our tradition of star time. I have decided that my children will have to earn this special right this summer. They are getting older so, responsibilitles of behavior and recognition for positive behavior should be encouraged not always just given to them. I will have to share if this new way works but here is my idea. (if you have any ideas or feedback- please share) My kids will have the opportunity to become the star of the day if they go to sleep when they are supposed to. If I have a problem with a certain child getting up 20,000 times for one more drink of water. Or if a have a child that has to use the bathroom 60 times in 20 minutes, or (here's my favorite) They think that negotiations for umpteen million different things should be attempted 15 to 20 minutes after bedtime kisses have been given. These acts will disqualify them from being included in my new rendition of star kid. If they have followed all rules and have gone to sleep as they should they can look above their door and if their name is the one inside a golden star they are the winner today. If I have a night noone follows rules and Mom appears in the star....Mom believes in manual labor as punishment and my walls will shine that day...ok so, I rambled on about nothing really.. just that I love the summer time with my kids and I know I will miss it....until then however, Calgon take me away

All I want to be is a quitter

I have just sat down and figured out over the last 8 years I have spent over $16,600.00 on cigarettes.


How to quit? I have tried patches, gum, medication. I have tried to only allow myself 3 cigarettes a day which turned into just one more. Then before I knew it I was smoking a pack again. I have smoked the cost of a home down payment. How horrifying is that? I have smoked clove cigarettes for 7 of those 8 years. I was hoping that maybe some fellow geek friends can share with me some ways that they quit. I really need to quit. I am a mom of 4 kids and I don't want my kids to lose their mom to an illness caused by silly things I selfishly pay for.  help!!

For me this holiday is more than colored eggs and a bunny rabbit

I have lived life with faith. I chose to walk away from it. Then circumstances brought me back to Him.


This is why~

My Lord, My God

My God, is in my heart.
He opens

Pyrex bowl dreams...shattered

Paying tribute to a shattered Pyrex bowl


I was mixing up frosting for my cake. One of my family treasures slipped through my hands and went crashing to the floor. It was an ugly bowl. It's faded and chipped around the mouth. It’s a Brady Bunch avocado green color. It is really quite dumb that I am so sad.  I had to give it a proper burial into my hutch. I will pull out the glue later and see if I can salvage it at all.  I am really sad.

Mommy has gone bye bye

Ever have one of those days.. nothing fits in your closet. The kids are all fighting. But, they are not just fighting. They are fighting over who gets to carry in tha last abandoned glass from the coffee table so mom can finish dishes. WHY? I mean if they are going to fight why not over a cartoon or coloring book you know something kid fun.. but a coffee cup? It's not like they were in such a mad hurry to help mom clean. It was the power of victory over who won... the coffee cup. I Guess, like


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