Saturday, July 31, 2010

Product Review: Swivel Sweeper G2


** DISCLAIMER: I paid for this product myself. I have never been in contact with any company affiliated with this product. I received no product, cash or any other compensation for this review. **

I saw this product advertised one night on television. I thought it looked neat and would be a great product for our household. According to the infomercial I watched, it would clean up all types of messes on any type of floor. It would clean up dry and wet messes. However, my husband wasn’t sold on this product at all. He even rolled his eyes at it. Then one day our vacuum broke and we were put in the position to purchase a new one. We looked at all types of vacuums, my heart being set on a Dyson. However, the Dyson was out of our price range. I then asked again for the Swivel Sweeper. He relented, and we found it at Walgreen’s for $39.99 + tax. I was confident that this was going to be a great solution to our vacuum problem.

I used it the next day. I was not impressed at all. When I used it on my carpet, it “bounced” when being pulled back and all the dirt fell back out. I tried cleaning the floors several times and it just did not pick up much at all. When I emptied the dirt container, it was simple enough to do. I really liked that it was cordless, the battery was supposed to last for 45 minutes on a charge (it didn’t) and it seemed like there wasn’t enough battery power to work the vacuum. The swivel design was a nice feature, as was the bendable handle to reach up under furniture. This would have been the ideal product for me had it worked properly.

I ended up borrowing a neighbor’s vacuum for that day and then purchasing another vacuum that night. The Swivel Sweeper found its way to the trash. I even gave it a few more tries before completely trashing it. I do not recommend this product based on my experience with it. Please leave me a comment if you have had a different experience with this product.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Aloha Friday (#4): July


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani of An Island Life thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. So, she created the Aloha Friday meme.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just answer my question in the comments section, post your own question on your blog and then hop over and visit An Island Life and leave your link!

So, for this week:

Q. How was your July 2010?

A. Mine was ok. I turned 16 for the second time! (LOL Do the math: 16 x 2 = ?) My baby boy turned 5 months. So hard to believe that almost half a year has passed. That is really all that happened.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday 13: Must See TV

I used to be all about TV. I watched everything I could possibly squeeze into one day. When I was a teenager, I had a list of TV programs that I would watch on a daily basis – at least 16 hours worth (especially during the summer). As I got older and had kids, I realized that I had to give up more and more of my TV time. Now - a – days, it’s a bitter fight for me to watch TV. Most days I end up waving my white flag in surrender and let the kids have the TV. Why?, I end up asking myself. They never watch it! It’s just background noise to them. While I’m stuck with watching the images of Phineas and Ferb (a show I absolutely despise!), they are running around screaming and shouting and playing. But, heaven forbid if I turn the channel to something else, like the news or even a soap opera. “But, Mammmma! We were watching that!” “Uh, no you weren’t….” *Note to self – Do not argue with this! A mother will not win!* But, at night the TV is mine! So, below are 13 of my must see TV shows that I watch, listed in no particular order.

1) Cake Boss – I am completely fascinated with designer cakes. They are absolutely beautiful. This is something I have no patience to make so watching someone else make them is the next best thing. Plus watching Italians in a bakery. Hysterical!

2) Hell’s Kitchen – I have watched almost EVERY season of this show. I love to cook so cooking shows are like my all time favorite shows! I also bought the Hell’s Kitchen game for my DSi and mastered it in a week! LOL Sure, Chef Ramsay’s language is a bit explicative, but that’s what makes it so entertaining.

3) Teen Mom – At first I hated the whole 16 & Pregnant concept. I even refused to watch it. Then one day my curiosity got the best of me and I watched the first season of Teen Mom when MTV ran a marathon. I even watched the second season of 16 & Pregnant (I would really like some updates on these girls! Listening MTV?) and am now watching the second season of Teen Mom, which is still chronicling the lives of some of the original 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom girls.

4) If You Really Knew Me – This is a new show that comes on right after the original airing of Teen Mom. I only began watching it because I just never changed the channel one night (LAZY!! LOL). It was actually really good. It talks about the different cliques in high school and then explores the people individually and shows why they may act the way they do.

5) Rescue Me – I began watching this series is first season solely because it was about firefighting and more importantly FDNY. I stopped watching for maybe 2 years and sadly since beginning to watch again this season, I am not lost at all. It’s actually pretty sad that I can miss 2 years and still understand everything! This has strong language and strong sexual themes so it is not for little ones at all.

6) The Colony – This show actually began last year, but I missed it. I decided I wanted to watch it this season after seeing the previews. It is also set in Chalmette, LA which is nearby. There has only been one episode so far and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows.

7) Dog the Bounty Hunter – I absolutely love this show. I only began watching it a couple of years ago but I have seen every single episode. All I can say is the Chapman family rocks!!

8) Real World: New Orleans – I have never been a fan of the Real World – ever! But I wanted to watch this season solely because they were in New Orleans. The show concept has not grown on me still, but I watch to see my beloved NOLA! For the record, I also tried to watch the Washington DC one. That lasted 2 episodes before I was done with it.

9) Ghost Adventures – I found this show one night while flipping through channels. Actually it was a marathon and I watched about 5 episodes of it that night. I was instantly hooked. I love ghost stories. Period. Good ghosts, bad ghosts, makes me no difference. I can’t say I believe 100% because I have never had an experience with a ghost but with the same token, I can’t say 100% that they don’t exist either. But, I would so go ghost hunting in a heartbeat!

10) Pawn Stars – This show is so cool! Some of this stuff that people pawn is so interesting. And some is such junk! LOL I watch this when I remember it’s on or when I’m flipping through channels and see it. I just saw that TruTV is starting one as well based in Detroit (Pawn Stars is located in Las Vegas).

11) 24 Hour Restaurant – I watched this show once, but it quickly grew on me. Two teams are given 24 hours to decorate a restaurant, plan a menu and open it. They are given $4,000 to spend on décor and food (menu must have at least one each of appetizer, entrée and dessert). They are given painters, a sous chef and waiters to assist. Customers then choose the restaurant they want to eat at based on décor and menu. Judges then eat at both restaurants and determine a winner based on the "concept, execution and viability" of the restaurant. The only episode I watched was called “The Battle of the Italians”. Perfectly fitting…..

12) Law and Order: SVU – I have seen every. single. episode. At least twice a piece, if not more. USA runs a marathon every Tuesday (usually) and sometimes even on a weekend. This is my absolute favorite of the Law and Order series. Hands down!

13) Kendra – Kendra was always my favorite on Girls Next Door. I think it’s because our personalities were so much alike. So, when she got her own show I started watching it. And will continue to until they stop making them!

Hop on over to Thursday 13 and link up with your list of 13.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Way Back When - esday: Christmas

Timeline: December 2007
Ages: Crystina - 9 years old; Carolyn - 5 years old; Caitlyn and Charlotte - 2 years old; Cheyenne and Courtney - 2 months old

This was the baby twins 1st Christmas. Notice how Carolyn is not sitting like a proper young lady? Cheyenne is acting like a drama queen. Caitlyn and Charlotte have had enough of pictures. Tina looks asleep. What a lively bunch I have!
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Happy Birthday to......



On July 28, 1978 at 3:08 am EST, I entered this world, so Happy Birthday to me!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What I Learned This Week: Hodge Podge


Welcome to another edition of "What I Learned This Week". It'll be another pointless, completely random hodge podge of information. As usual. But, hey, maybe someone can actually find something useful. Or fascinating.

Well, if you read yesterday's blog (Forget Tropical Storm Bonnie...), then you know the first thing I have learned is to never, ever, ever, and I mean ever! leave a $25 can of formula out on the counter. Especially cans that have only had one bottle made out of it. Odds are, it'll end up on the floor courtesy of my evil spawn precious children.

Second, have you ever seen the show You're Cut Off! on VH1? Oh. My. Gosh. It is so freaking hilarious. You know how all of us "normal folk" always dream of living the "good life"? Well, this show takes the high maintenance socialites and makes them live like us normal people. They have to do chores, give up their credit cards and money, grocery shop on a budget. I absolutely love this show! Watching it now as I type this. And it was the finale. The families gave these spoiled rich chicks new rules to live by in order to graduate and come home. One got all hot and all because her mom said that she wasn't going to pay for her tanning anymore! Haha! At the end of the show it said that she has downgraded and gone from tanning beds to spray tans. Then one's husband said that there would be no more housekeeper and she, at first, said that she couldn't accept these terms then finally broke down and agreed just to go home. Oh, to be rich and spoiled.....

Third, have you ever noticed that all the good shows always come on the same day at the same time? Why is this? When Chris was flipping through the channels, I saw a preview for a show called "The Colony" (apparently this is the second season. I must've missed last year's). This season premieres tonight at 9 pm CST. So, I go to look at my Cozi calendar (hey, it came free on my laptop. Figured I'd try it out). Yes, I use a calendar to keep up with the shows I watch. Otherwise I forget! And I realize that I watch 2 other shows at 9 pm! WTH? But, yet my Thursdays and Saturdays are completely empty. Well, luckily The Colony replays at midnight so I guess I'll be watching TV on Tuesdays from 7 pm - 1 am! (Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef, Teen Mom, Rescue Me, and The Colony). I never remember Tuesdays being the best day for TV. Times sure have changed....

And I spent all afternoon Monday stalking the New Orleans Hornets websites waiting for word on the CP3 (Chris Paul) situation. Staying? Being traded? I was just impatient for the word..... So, with that I've learned that my husband is probably one of the luckiest men in the world. While I am not the type of wife who is willing to likes to  will cook and clean (no, let me rephrase that. I LOVE to cook. It's the cleaning that has me desiring sticking a pencil in my eye... But I digress...) and I will delegate as many chores to my children that are legally allowed. I even resort to bribing my kids to do chores so its less I gotta do. While I'm not the June Cleaver type of wifey, I will sit down and watch sports, argue with him over sports, threaten to kick his a$$ if he downs my team, etc.... I have witnessed his jaw drop when I am the first one to turn the TV to Sports Center because I am the one who wants to watch it. I realize that there are other women like me, but there are probably a lot of men in the world that wish their wife, girlfriend, whatever is like this.

While watching the above mentioned show, You're Cut Off! and reflecting on Saturday's blog - I Am Who I Am, Part Deux, I learned that if I had the money to spend on myself, I would definitely be a prospective candidate for the show. I can just see Chris standing there at the Graduation show reading me his list of new rules - "Crystal, you must start cleaning house. You can no longer buy yourself shoes and purses and jewelry. No more clothing shopping sprees; you already have enough clothes that you hardly wear. No more tattoos. No more tanning beds and manicures and pedicures."
Hostess of show -  "Crystal, do you accept these new rules that enable you to graduate and go home?"
Me - "Uh, H*ll f*ck NO!"

Stay tuned for next week's edition. I think I'm going to start calling this "Crystal's Completely Random and Useless Hodge Podge of What I Learned This Week" blog post. Nah, that's too long to type every week!

Hop on over and visit Julie at From Inmates to Playdates and see what else you can learn through someone else!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Forget Tropical Storm Bonnie....

She had nothing on my kids this weekend. While the Coast Guard/BP were busy pulling vessels out of the Gulf from the Oil Spill site and our parish president was busy strategizing for possible flooding (it takes nothing to flood down here!), my kids were in the Hurricane stage. If they could tear it up, they did!

They have gotten smart and have learned that when they wake up, to be very quiet so Mommy and Daddy won't hear them. The younger ones have also learned that they can pull a fast one over on their big sisters, Tina and Carly, and can wreck havoc even in their care! So, Mommy made a mistake and left the can of baby formula on the counter Friday night. Yeah, bad me! I had about half of a 12.9 oz can of powdered formula left. I walk out to tend to Connor. I come back and the kids have dumped it out and played in it. Aghhhh!!!! So, I call Chris and ask him to stop by the store and grab a can on his way home from work. I knew it was ok because Connor had just finished a bottle and wouldn't want one again until after he got home. Chris stops by the local Walgreen's and gets the larger can of formula (23.2 oz can of powdered). I make Connor his early morning bottle (2 am) and dumb me, left the can sitting right there on the counter -- AGAIN! (definition of insanity -- repeating the same action over and over expecting different results) Well, I wake up 5 hours later and the whole freaking can is dumped all over the floor! The kids were all asleep so my best guess is they woke up and wrecked havoc overnight or we have a ghost! (By the way -- is it illegal to lock your kids in their room? And baby gates are useless! They're monkeys; they climb them!) So, Chris (had to go back to work for a couple of hours that morning) assured me he would stop and get another can on the way home. I figured Connor would be ok until then. If anything, I had jarred foods for him and could water down some juice until Chris got home. Well, a few hours later (was only supposed to be 2 but ended up being 5 hours!) he brought another large can home. Now, the small 12 oz cans of powder usually last us 2-3 days so I figured the larger cans should've lasted about a week. So, far the kids had dumped 8 days worth of formula on the floor!! I fix Connor an afternoon bottle and he takes a nap. I leave the can on the counter, but miraculously its still there later in the evening when I go to fix his next bottle. I fix his nighttime bottle and leave it there again. Hey, I figured it lasted this long and should be safe. WRONG!!!! I found it an hour or so later, all over the floor! So, now count it people -- 2 weeks worth of formula wasted! I was in tears. I called Chris, who was at work for his scheduled shift on Saturday, and I was like "Sit down." He was like, what? I told him the second $25 can of formula was dumped out. I finally decided that I was not buying Enfamil anymore. I found the Parent's Choice brand (23 oz powdered) for only $12. That's even cheaper than the 12 oz can of Enfamil! So far he has been good on it. And so, far the formula has stayed in the can. (Ok, maybe that's because I even sleep with it now! LOL)

Well, this morning I wake up at 5:30 am and find 3 of the 4 youngest girls eating the lunchables that were bought for today's lunch! Not only did they eat their own, they ate the other 3's too! As well as the hot dog buns for dinner tonight and decided to pour their own milk! Grrr......   

I'm serious people! For some reason I'm thinking it's illegal in all 50 states to padlock them in a room. So, any advice on how to keep (quiet) wakers and climbers out of everything???

And, no, I did not take any pictures of the powdered mess(es). I have them burned into memory and every time I picture them, the vein in my forehead starts popping out. And I start thinking, "Oh, bring on a tropical storm cause right now they ain't got nothing on my kids!"

Sunday, July 25, 2010

QOTW: Stay at Home Moms vs. Working Moms

This week's question of the week touches on a topic that is sensitive for a lot of moms- the subject of whether to stay at home with the kids, or work outside the home. Having done both, I can see that neither are the ideal situation at all times, and the choice you make depends on any number of personal factors. There is one thing that we all know; and that is that the grass is always greener on the other side! So today, let's share our experiences and see if we can learn something about life "on the other side"!

Do you work outside the home, or stay home with your kids?

■How did you come to that decision? Are you glad that you made that decision?
  I stay at home with my kids now. When my oldest was a baby, I worked for 8 months, then again a few years later for a few months. I worked again when my second child was 2 years old for 7 months (until my doctor took me out for bed rest with my first set of multiples). After that there was no way I could afford daycare for all my kids. My check would be for nothing but daycare and its not worth it in my opinion if its not contributing to the household (other than daycare).

■What is your favorite aspect of working, or of staying at home? Your least favorite aspect?
My favorite aspect of staying at home is being with my kids and seeing all their milestones. I also home school them all so I see all their educational accomplishments first hand as well. My least favorite aspect would probably be that I am with them all the time. Sometimes, it seems like I never have "me" time. However, I wouldn't trade it for anything!

■If you stay at home, did you have to make adjustments to your lifestyle in order to make this work?
Too a point, yes. As I said before, any job I had would've only paid daycare and now with 5 under age 5, it wouldn't have even covered that. So, whether I stayed home or not really didn't affect our lifestyle. Having kids in the first place is what affected our lifestyle. With her birth is when we gave up all the fun things. (However, at tax time, we take any remaining refund after bills and spend on luxuries for all of us. Usually not much! LOL). 

■Do you plan to continue what you are doing now, or will you make a change in the future?
I am currently in college working towards my Associate's in Accounting and then my Bachelor's in Accounting (as well as an Associate's in Maritime Logistics (Management). I plan to work when I am done with school (and by then I won't have as many, if any, in daycare).

■What advice would you give to a mom who is pregnant, and trying to decide whether to stay home with her kids, or go back to work?
I would say to sit down and think hard about it. First, and foremost, do you NEED to work and if you did, would your bring home pay be greater than the daycare and transportation expense. If not, then you and your spouse need to formulate a plan of living off of one salary. Also, some mother's just can't handle not being there with their kids during their early years and wait until they are in school to go back to work. The only thing that matters is what works for YOUR family and not worry about someone else's situations. If you decide to work, then you will come across mothers who will try to belittle you for working instead of staying home. Ignore them. And if you decide to stay at home, you will come across working mothers that are jealous that you got to stay home when they didn't and they will come across as mean. Ignore them. You do not need to validate your parenting decisions to anyone!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I Am Who I Am, Part Deux

And guess what? Still not looking for approval!

I re-read what I wrote last week and realized that there is more to me than just sports. It really made me look like a major tomboy. But, that’s not true. While I will admit that I am a part tomboy, there are other layers to me.

Some may say that I am not girly girl at all. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I can 99% assure you that if I didn’t have all the kids right now and more money to spend on me, I would be girly girl. I did walk into one store last year and spend $500 on clothes for me. I did at one time have hundreds of dollars of makeup. I love jewelry and have seen several sites I could spend a small fortune on right now. I like going to the salon and getting my hair done. I love getting manicures and pedicures. I used to get my nails done every other week. I love going to the tanning bed. But, right now with all the kids and their needs wants, there is no extra money left for me. I dream of the day I can be so high maintenance again. Maybe once I finish college, I can be….

And shoes and purses? Do you realize how many I could own if I had the money? I would have a closet full of just shoes and purses. Right now I own 1 purse! Just one and I so desperately want a new one. I bought this one last year when I first got to Louisiana. It had two of my favorite things on it: the Fleur-de-lis and the color pink.


Now, for anyone who wants further verification that I am a girly girl who just happens to love sports, here is a Crystal Fact. Crystal Fact: Crystal's favorite color is and has always been PINK! Below is exhibit A: my pink laptop, my pink headphones, my pink phone, my pink flash drive and my pink Nintendo DSi.


Surfin' Saturdays


Friday, July 23, 2010

Aloha Friday! (#3)

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani of An Island Life thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. So, she created the Aloha Friday meme.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just answer my question in the comments section, post your own question on your blog and then hop over and visit An Island Life and leave your link!

So, for this week:

Q. What are some of the things on your "bucket list" (list of things to do/accomplish before you die)?

A. I listed 13 of mine yesterday. See this post: Thursday 13: Bucket List

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thursday 13: Bucket List


We all have a bucket list; you know a list of things we want to accomplish before we “kick the bucket”. While my list may be longer than 13, I’m going to share 13 off my list with you. I will, at a later date, post my entire bucket list. So, here are 13 items off my “Bucket List”, in no particular order:

1. Visit Italy
2. Attend a Home Saints game at the Superdome
3. Visit Hawaii
4. Own a Mazda Miata
5. Graduate college
6. Skydive
7. Learn to cook Chicken Marsala
8. Own a house
9. Visit NYC
10. Own a restaurant
11. Learn Italian
12. Lose my “baby fat”
13. Go scuba diving

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Way Back When - esday: Halloween

This Wednesday I chose my 2 oldest kids (singletons) to feature.

Crystina and Carolyn
October 31, 2005
Ages 7 and 3

Crystina was a Glitter Witch and Carolyn was a Snow Fairy.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Noise I Learned This Week!

My baby boy, my only son, Mama's little boy. He is just too adorable for words!

But, I have learned a little something about this precious angel....
This angelic, beautiful creature, that I love more than life itself,

snores like a horse! No lie! He rivals some adults I have heard! It's the cutest thing ever! And its reassuring since I can now hear him at night! LOL
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Bayou Baby????

Connor Jamison -- almost 5 months
With the Mardi Gras Alligator

I have numerous nicknames for my children. I'm surprised they even know what to answer to anymore. One nickname I have for Connor and have always had for him was "Bayou Baby". After the gender ultrasound, it became "Bayou Boy". He was conceived while I lived in "the Bayou" and ultimately born down in the Bayou (you know not really in the bayou but you get the point.

This was one nickname I was always getting questions about. I figured it was pretty self - explanatory but ya know?

And for the record I cannot wait until his first birthday. Since Mardi Gras is in March in 2011 he gets King Cake for his birthday. Yay!!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

QOTW: Crying It Out

The subject of CIO, (or "crying-it-out") is hotly debated and quite controversial to many people. As parents, we know that what works for other families, doesn't always work for our own. As parents of multiples, we are quick to learn that sometimes one or more children may have to wait for the attention they are seeking, and there is just no getting around that. This week's Multiples and More Question of the Week is:

How do you feel about CIO?


Charlotte and Caitlyn
Oct. 2005 -- 1 week old

■Did you use this method for sleep training? Are you against it?

I have never used this method for sleep training with any of my children. I am personally against it. However, I will not belittle someone who does it. Parenting styles are a personal choice and CIO is just not one of mine.

■If you are against it, do you feel that it is damaging in any way to a child? Why?
Well, I wouldn't say damaging per say. I believe that a baby cries for a reason. It's up to us as parents to figure out the reason. I don't think that babies truly throw temper tantrums. Now, if one of my older children wants to throw a temper tantrum because they can't have their way, then they will throw the tantrum. I can't comfort anger like that. I'll stay around so they know that I am still there for them; just not giving in to their demands.

■How well did/do your multiples sleep?
They have their moments. Some times they only cat nap. Some days they sleep for long hours. I have 7 children total so I am used to little or no sleep.

■Do you think you are/were more likely to allow a child to CIO because he/she is a multiple?
No! I would be too afraid of the crying baby waking the sleeping baby. Or if they were both awake and need something, I still have to provide. CIO was never an option for me with any child.

■What instances do you think it is appropriate, or inappropriate to allow a child to CIO?
Like I said before, if the child is throwing a temper tantrum then I will let them continue. I will stay in the same room and reassure them every so often that I am there and willing to listen when they wish to talk calmly. I would never put my child in a room alone screaming just because.

Courtney and Cheyenne
Feb. 2008 -- 4 months old
Courtney crying because she didn't want to take pictures. I did them anyway!

Head on over to Multiples.... and More! to read other opinions.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I Am Who I Am.....

And your approval is not needed!

Many people have called me a complicated person. Granted many of them were men and well, let's face it. Women are complicated in a man's mind. But, in reality, I am not complicated at all. I am a fairly simple person. Simple things matter most to me. I know what I want in life, maybe not always how to get there, but I know what I want!

I am who I am and I like what Iike. I will watch a football game from start to finish. I will understand 95% of what is going on. I know all the players on my team and I know the big names around the NFL. I will yell at the television. I will call refs expletives and I can get overly excited. And I will trash talk you. That's me. I mean nothing personal against you. I could care less who you like but if you play my team that week, then its on. Oh, but if you like the Dallas Cowboys, then I will be trash talking you on a regular basis. I just have an immense dislike for hate them.

You will catch me, on occasion, watching a NBA game. Usually its the New Orleans Hornets. I may not be able to follow this one as well as NFL, but I do try. If you ask who I root for, I'll tell you the New Orleans Hornets..... and whoever is playing the Lakers. In my defense, I liked the Hornets when they first started in Charlotte and the year Muggsy Bogues started with them. And I'll be honest. My girly girl side kicked in and I chose them because of their team colors. But, I always stayed a fan. So, hey I can say I have been a fan since Day 1. That's pretty cool. I guess. LOL However, with all the LeBron hype going on, I now hate the Miami Heat. Almost as much as I hate the Lakers. But, now they are at the bottom of my list until LeBron leaves them. Yes, I take my sports seriously.... I watch sports more than soap operas.

On we go to baseball. I have been an Atlanta Braves fan since oh, about 1992. This happened because I sat down with my granddaddy to watch TV and he was watching an Atlanta Braves game. This is how the Braves became my favorite team. I turned into such a baseball fanatic that I could give you the entire team's statistics for the 1994 season. That was also my 16th birthday. While most girls want flowery, prissy cakes I asked for a baseball cake. Which I got. It was decorated as the baseball diamond and then they took pictures of my 4 favorite players -- Steve Avery (p), Javy Lopez (c), David Justice (RF) and Ryan Klesko (LF) -- and made them into the edible cake pictures and put them on the cake. Yeah, I was in heaven.... That was also the year I called my high school baseball team a bunch of p*ss*es because they couldn't play as good as the pros. You know, as I write this, I realize my son is in for a crazy time when he starts playing sports. Great, I'm going to be one of *those* moms. Apparently I also have a thing for the position of catcher. My past favorite player was Javy Lopez who was catcher. My current favorite player is Brian McCann, a catcher. Hmmmm..... This is another sport where I get heavily emotionally invested. Umpires will get called "Blind, stupid M-F'ers" and if you screw up a play, I'm ready to fire you myself. I guess I would 100% be banned from venues if I were an owner/manager/coach. I'm the female Mark Cuban.... Wonderful......

I guess we should move on. since, you know, I've already knocked myself down a few pegs and all....

For minor league baseball, I used to be all about the Tides when I lived in Virginia. But, simply for the fact that it was where I lived. I switched to the New Orleans Zephyrs when I moved to Louisiana. Don't like that I switched? Oh, well... Deal with it. I didn't really like the Tides just rooted for the "home" team.

As for a baseball team I hate it would be the Yankees. Do I hate them because they win all the time? Nope. I hated them even in their bad years. I've hated them since I started watching baseball. I think Jeter and A-Rod are overrated. I can also *if I sat down and really thought about it* name some players on other teams that are extremely overrated. Just get back to me on that, k?

Now, hockey.... I really can't watch a hockey game. Every now and then I can watch it for 5 or 10 minutes then I'm done. However, I root for the Carolina Hurricanes. Why? I really don't know. I guess because at the time I was picking favorites I still lived in Virginia -- right between the Washington Capitols and the Carolina Hurricanes. So, I chose Carolina. End of story. I'm going to *try* and keep up with hockey this year. Yeah, wish me luck. On the "team I hate list" for NHL its Detroit. Always has been and always will be. I did claim to like the Anaheim Ducks at one point. That was just cause of the whole Mighty Ducks trilogy going on. When I discovered the movies had nothing to do with the team, I shrugged it off. Hey, I was a young'un. I'm entitled to a mistake here or there.

So, what am I leaving out? Oh, NCAA sports. I am LSU all.the.way. Without a doubt. Without a hesitation. Yep, I even keep up with NCAA baseball. I'm a sports dork. Yes, I know. And for the record, around the Final 8 time, I called South Carolina as this year's College World Series winner. Made me 3 for 4 for the year thus far. But that'll be later on down. I will also cheer for the University of Miami (FL). But they will ALWAYS be #2.

I do not watch soccer at this point. I have considered trying to get into it. But, to be honest I have no clue what the teams are. And I only know of 2 players. Beckham and Landon Donovan. I did follow the FIFA World Cup. I didn't watch it, but I followed the scores and teams. I cheered for the USA, of course, until they were knocked out. Then I chose Spain. Well, they took it all.

I used to be all into NASCAR. I had all sorts of memorabilia. I used to know stats, crews, everything. Now I could care less. My favorite was Dale Earnhardt, Sr. After his death, I chose Tony Stewart. I still pull for him. I just choose not to watch it.

Now, I mentioned before I was 3 for 4. That was for championships. For the Super Bowl, I called the Saints (duh!), for the NBA I called the Celtics (they let me down.), for College World Series I called South Carolina (keep it in the SEC!) and for FIFA World Cup I called Spain (in the Final 8 or so. The bracket right after the USA got knocked out).

Did I forget a sport? But, my point is - Don't criticize me for liking sports. Yes, I'm a girl. Yes, I like girly things. But I also like my sports. Don't knock it.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Aloha Friday! (#2)


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani of An Island Life thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. So, she created the Aloha Friday meme.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just answer my question in the comments section, post your own question on your blog and then hop over and visit An Island Life and leave your link!

So, for this week:

Q. Where are your favorite places you have visited?

A. I have always loved the Corpus Christi/South Padre Island, TX area. I also love the NOLA area of Louisiana. I guess that's why I never left here after visiting! LOL

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday 13: Random MP3 Songs

Ok. For this week's Thursday 13, I am setting my MP3 player to random and will list the first 13 songs that play.

  1. OMG (Usher feat. Will I. Am)

  2. Like We Never Loved At All (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)

  3. Pocket Full of Sunshine (Natasha Bedingfield)

  4. Going Under (Evenescence)

  5. Breakdown (Seether)

  6. Someday (Nickelback)

  7. I Gotta Stay Fly (Three 6 Mafia)

  8. Not Afraid (Eminem)

  9. Mississippi Girl (Faith Hill)

  10. Forever (Papa Roach)

  11. Not Meant To Be (Theory of A Deadman)

  12. Only Seventeen (Winger)

  13. Bring 'Em to the Dome (Dee-1 and Shamarr Allan)

And it was a strange 13 out of 350+ songs I have. Luckily, you got the PG version of my playlist..... You didn't even get the full range of music I listen to.

Now hop on over to Thursday 13 and see other lists of 13!

2010 ESPYs


ESPN hosted the 2010 ESPY Awards on July 14th. I, quite honestly, enjoyed this award show. I ended up hearing so many quotes during the host, Seth Meyers, dialogue. I’ll share just a few of his little “gems” that had me rolling.

About Lebron James’ 1 hour ESPN special announcing where he was playing next season:
"Did it really need to be an hour? Somebody time me. Miami. How long did that take? A second."

This led into a spoof of “The Decision”

Then, Meyers reassured the Cavs fans:
"Literally every single team that's ever won a Championship has done it without LeBron James."

Ahhh…. So true. And I, a sworn Lakers hater, hereby hope that any team BESIDES the Heat win the championship every year that Lebron is in Miami. Really prefer anyone over the Lakers but definitely don’t want the Heat to win. Yes, I’m mean. Deal with it.

Let’s not forget when Meyers was explaining what the ESPYs are all about – entertainment and sports. Which he compared to some famous sisters:

"This is where sports and entertainment come together. It's like a Kardashian sister's bedroom."

Oh, the look on Reggie Bush’s face since ESPN panned over to see his reaction!

And of course the night would not have been complete without a few jabs at good old Tiger Woods:

"We all know which free agent is making the most money this summer -- Elin Nordegren." And, "Everyone, give it up for Tiger Woods, if you haven't already."

Below are the winners (my thoughts are in purple):
Arthur Ashe Courage Award: Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High School coach Ed Thomas' family (I totally teared up during this presentation! Read the story here.)
Jimmy V Award For Perseverance: George Karl, Denver Nuggets coach
Best Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier (I completely thought Serena Williams had this one!)
Best Male Athlete: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (I was thrilled with this one although he had some tough competition.)
Best Comeback: Kim Clijsters, tennis player (I can’t even find the list of other nominees for this one)
Best Performance Under Pressure: Landon Donovan, soccer (Sure. None of the others stood out to me)
Best Moment: Landon Donovan, World Cup soccer, U.S. vs. Algeria (Ummm…. Can we say “unhappy”? It’s not even the fact that the Saints didn’t win although Hello! First Super Bowl Appearance in its 43 year history and they won? But the other two nominees were the Canadian Figure Skater that skated at the Olympics right after her mom died and Mickleson winning the Masters not knowing his wife who was battling cancer was there. One of those 2 were more deserving than the soccer team. But, whatever…..)
Best Team: New Orleans Saints (Over the moon with this one!)
Best Coach/Manager: Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers (Really wanted Sean Payton to get this one)
Best Game: Canada vs. USA, Olympic men's hockey gold-medal game (OK, they can have this one)
Best Championship Performance: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (YES!!!)
Best Play: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings (NO! Besides the fact I don’t like “Mr. Needs to Retire”, but the baseball play that was nominated was way better!)
Best Upset: Northern Iowa over Kansas, NCAA tournament (Sure, they can have that one)
Best Breakthrough Athlete: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (I thought Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals had this one. But, I can deal with Chris Johnson)
Best Record Breaking Performance: John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut, longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon (sure. Although shouldn’t that fast little Jamaican man deserve to win?)
Best Sports Movie: "The Blind Side" (This was a given)
College Athletic Program: Duke men's athletics and Stanford women's athletics (ok. I don’t know the other nominees)
Best Baseball Player: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals (I really thought that Jeter was gonna win)
Best NBA Player: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (Blech! I didn’t want him, Lebron or Dwayne Wade to win)
Best WNBA Player: Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury (Don’t follow)
Best NFL Player: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (Woohoo!!!)
Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (I don’t follow hockey players, just teams)
Best MLS Player: Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Galaxy (Don’t follow)
Best Male Action Sports Athlete: Shaun White, skateboarding/snowboarding (Don’t follow)
Best Female Action Sports Athlete: Torah Bright, snowboarding (Don’t follow)
Best Bowler: Walter Ray Williams Jr. (That was a given)
Best Driver: Jimmie Johnson (BOOOOO!!!!! But, it was a given)
Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather (Sure. Although my fave of the nominees was Georges St. Pierre)
Best Male Golfer: Phil Mickelson (This was my choice. I didn’t know the second nominee and Tiger is on my sh*t list)
Best Female Golfer: Lorena Ochoa (Don’t follow)
Best Jockey: Calvin Borel (Don’t follow)
Best Male Tennis Player: Roger Federer (Don’t follow)
Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams (That was a given)
Best U.S. Male Olympian: Shaun White (Sure)
Best U.S. Female Olympian: Lindsey Vonn (Sure)
Best Track and Field Athlete: Usain Bolt (Don’t follow)
Best Male College Athlete: John Wall, Kentucky basketball (Don’t follow individual players)
Best Female College Athlete: Maya Moore, Connecticut basketball (Don’t follow individual players)
Best Male Athlete with a Disability: Steve Cash, hockey (OK)
Best Female Athlete with a Disability: Amy Palmiero-Winters, track and field (OK)

There was also a spoof of the movie; The Blind Side entitled The Dark Side. I laughed so hard. I would honestly go watch it if they ever made it!

Now, my favorite football team – The New Orleans Saints – won 4 awards in some capacity. Drew Brees won the Best Championship Performance and Best NFL Player awards during the Pre-Show. He also won Best Male Athlete. Here he is accepting his award:

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He also gave a shout out to the “Who Dat Nation” which I thought was awesome!
"I'd also like to thank the Who Dat nation," Brees said. "We love you." (Awwwww, Drew! We all love you too!)

Then came time for the Big Award. The one for Best Team. I was a little concerned about this one because the LA Lakers and NY Yankees were also nominees. I have no doubt that the Saints are better than both of them combined (you must know by now that I hate the Lakers and the Yankees), but you never know how these things will go. Kenny Chesney was the presenter. He made a little statement about the relationship between a sports team and its fans:

“Favorite players come and go
But our favorite team is forever
Passed down from generation to generation
Like a family heirloom
Our teams represent our home town
Our father’s home town
We don’t just root for them
We live for them
We don’t just wear their colors
We bleed their colors
And win or lose we believe that our team is the best”

Yes, Mr. Chesney… No truer words have been spoken. Although I am the first generation Saints fan, but hey, it’s gotta start somewhere! Then came the announcement….. The fans have decided the ESPY goes to…..
Photo from ESPN

Dat’s right, Da Saints!!! I was ecstatic! It totally made up for the Saints losing Best Moment to the USA Soccer Team. Well, at least in my eyes! But, you know….

"We were playing more than just football," said Sean Payton (NO Saints Head Coach), in his acceptance speech for the best team at the ESPY Awards. "We were playing for the region, for our city, beginning in 2006 after [Hurricane] Katrina and culminating this February in Miami."


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

And the Drought Is Over!

Since my favorite baseball team is the Atlanta Braves, I naturally cheer for the National League every year in the All-Star Game. The last time the NL has won an All-Star Game was in 1996! 14 years ago! So, believe me, last night when the NL won 3-1 I was ecstatic. And if it hadn't been so late at night, I would've been screaming like it was the World Series or something!

And to make it even better, the game MVP was Braves catcher Brian McCann. That made the win oh so much better for me!

Way Back When - esday: Tony's Littlest Fans!

My favorite NASCAR driver was always Dale Earnhardt, Sr. So, after his passing in 2001, I had to pick a new favorite driver. That slot was filled by Tony Stewart. When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I immediately started loving the idea of buying 2 of everything just alike. (Of course, I do not feel that way now! LOL) Well, since I had no idea of the sex of either at 8 weeks, the first thing I bought was matching Tony Stewart socks.

Timeline: Early November 2005
Age: about 3 weeks old

Then I made this one:

Head on over to Twinfatuation to see more Way Back When - esdays!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What I Learned This Week: The Randomness of My Life

They say knowledge is power. So, exactly what is it I have power over? I’ve got knowledge. Knowledge of important stuff, knowledge of trivial stuff, knowledge of absolutely nothing. I am known as “Google Queen” because if I don’t know something, I WILL Google it. But, sometimes I come across little gems of info out of the clear blue.

For instance, this week I learned that when I give my 5 month old flavored Tylenol for his fever, he comes to expect that flavor ALL the time. Why can’t they make flavored Enfamil? I mean they flavor medicine but not formula?

I learned, the hard way, that I am not superwoman. I have a history of migraines and when one hit last night, I thought I’d take the high road and brave it out. Yeah, not a good idea! My head was pounding. All light made it worse. All noise made it worse. I got nauseous. Connor was in a mood (teething, I think) and wanted to cry. Oh, not good for a pounding headache. I tried drinking caffeine. Nothing. I tried eating. Took one bite and wanted to hurl. Finally, I broke down and sent the hubby to Walgreen’s for some Excedrin Migraine (also, they have them on SALE. 100 gel tabs for $7.99!) Took 3 and 2 hours later I was awake and headache free. And had to re-heat my dinner.

I learned this week that planning my semester classes is harder than planning for childbirth for me. I make a list of classes I need/want. Scratch through them. Make a new list. Scratch through it. Repeat. Until my schedule is made up of classes combined from all of them. Then I have to stare at it on my screen for half an hour before I will hit “Submit”. I settled on 4 classes, 14 credits, after months of agonizing over it.

I learned this week that my kids can, and lately will, sleep in shifts. I think they do this because they think I am absolutely beautiful with only 2 hours of sleep a day. Gotta love this bunch!

I learned this week that my 5 month old son can take off his own diaper. Wonderful news! Apparently he is going to be a genius!

Now, hop on over and visit Julie at From Inmates to Playdates to see what others have learned this week.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

QOTW: To Sleep or Not to Sleep......

This week's Multiples and More Question of the Week is:

How do you encourage healthy sleep habits in your children?

Twins, Part 1
Charlotte and Caitlyn
Oct. 2005
A few days old

■When they were infants, how did you get your babies to sleep/nap at the same time?
I never had a problem with them not sleeping at the same time. Some times I wish one would have been awake when the other one was asleep so I could've had more one - on - one time with them. It never happened though. I guess I'm considered lucky in the sense that they were on the same schedule since birth.

■If they wake up early from a nap, how did/do you handle that?
My philosophy on babies sleeping is they slept when sleepy. So, in a sense, there was no waking up early from a nap.

■Do you have a minimum amount of time that you want your babies to sleep, or at least rest in their cribs for?
No. I. of course, wanted them to get the healthy amount of daily sleep but I didn't expect more than that.

■Napping transitions (this is a big one!): How did/do you handle the situation of going from two naps to one, when one child is ready and the other(s) were not?
I really saw no difference. But then again, I had 2 singletons before my first set of twins so if one wanted to be awake, I already had kids awake.

■If you have older multiples- how did the transition to toddler beds affect their sleep patterns? When did naps *gasp* come to an end?
Naps ended around 1 year - 18 months. They just decided naps were no longer desired. If they do fall asleep for a nap in the early afternoon, they will be up half the night *sigh* . They went straight from cribs/my bed to a regular bed.

Wow... apparently I have life pretty easy. I never realized it.... LOL


Twins, Part 2
Courtney and Cheyenne
Oct. 2007
A few weeks old

Hop on over to Multiples.... and More! to read other responses!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Another Semester......

Well, on the 6th I pre-registered for my Fall 2010 classes. First, let me say that trying college after age 30 is a struggle. Throw in 7 demanding kids and guess what – even more a struggle. I have been working on my associate’s degree in Accounting for going on 3 years now. Yes, 3 years! I’m so much a perfectionist that if I do not get the grade I want the first time, I just re-take it. Yep, just go through the course a second time. For instance, Introduction to Accounting II. I didn’t like my grade the first time so I re-took it the next semester. Let’s not forget Computerized Accounting. Easy class, but the first time I took it, my printer/scanner was messed up so I didn’t turn in a test (or 2) until I got it fixed. So, boom failed it the first time. Re-took it and passed it. Like I said easy class. And then I took some classes I wish I could kick myself in the rear for. Like for my humanities I took Greek Mythology. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CLASS. PERIOD. But, since I failed it, I have to take a different Humanities course for my credit. And, let’s not forget that not only am I doing 2 Accounting certificates and an Associate’s in accounting but also an Associate’s in Liberal Arts (to transfer for my Bachelor’s for Pre-Law). Plus, I like to take extra non-required courses just because I think it helps with my chosen profession. First one that comes to mind is Interpersonal Communication. Yeah, wasn’t what I thought, but I got an A so whatever!

Now, back to my original thoughts. I pre-registered online for my classes this next semester. So, here are the 4 classes you will hear me talk about from August – December: Intermediate Accounting II, Cost Accounting I (AGAIN), Beginning Spanish I (oh, please just be a refresher since I took 4 years in high school!) and Religions of the World (my 2nd attempt at a Humanities course). I also ordered my books and I laughed at the book list for Religions of the World – Complete Idiot’s Guide to World Religions. That was the funniest of them. The other book was Everything You Need to Know About Islam. Well, I don’t know anything about it so anything would be something new. I just thought it was hilarious that one of the books was called the Complete Idiot’s Guide. Hmmmm…. Guess that’s just my random self.

My semester begins on August 19th, so wait about a month after that and then you’ll hear about how behind I am or how much I hate some class, etc. I take all my classes online so there is no “real timeline” for class work. I always end up behind. And playing catch up the last week of classes.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Aloha Friday! (I)


In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So Kailani of An Island Life thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. So, she created the Aloha Friday meme.

Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response. If you’d like to participate, just answer my question in the comments section, post your own question on your blog and then hop over and visit An Island Life and leave your link!

So, for this week:

Q. Do you have any special ways you promote your blog?

A. I have a Twitter page and a Facebook Fan Page for my blog.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thursday Thirteen -- Birthday Edition


My birthday is in just 20 days! Yep, in 20 days I will begin a “new year” in my life. So, if anyone is wondering here is the list, in no particular order, of what you could buy me for my special day. I’m not expecting anything on this list and some of these are even impossible at this point, but hey, a woman can dream……

1. A Gift certificate for every item at the Fleurty Girl store in NOLA (I absolutely love this store!) Or at the very least a gift certificate for at least one shirt.
2. A gift certificate for the Black and Gold Sports Shop in Metairie. This will need to be a major amount because I have spent $500 in there at one time before!
3. Seasons 1-5 of Dog the Bounty Hunter plus the wedding special
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4. The 2 books by Duane “Dog” Chapman
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5. Season tickets for the New Orleans Saints (good luck with this since the waiting list is as long as me!)
6. The 3 new books I want – you know the ones by Drew Brees, Sean Payton and Kendra!

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7. A Mazda Miata
8. Jeremy Shockey Miami Hurricanes Throwback Jersey
9. Gym membership with babysitter
10. Wrestlemania XXVII tickets
11. I’d say a gift certificate for tattoos, but I don’t think there is such a thing. So, money for my tattoos. I’m not sure how much since I haven’t designed them all yet, but enough to cover all the ones I have in the works would be great!
12. Money for the “medical procedures” I want done. And there are several of them. But, I prefer to keep them to myself.
13. But, since I know I won’t be getting the above 12, how about just send me a maid and a nanny for the day so I can relax!

Hop on over to Thursday 13 and see other’s lists of 13 things!