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I love to design stuff.

And I love free stuff.

So, with those two things in mind, it is with great pleasure that I make the following announcement.

One of my bloggy sponsors, Uprinting.com contacted me about a great give-away.

They are offering two of my readers, 500 free post-cards. You can personalize your custom postcards for Invitations, thank you cards, announcements, holiday greetings, custom greeting cards or anything else you can think of.

The possibilities are endless. You could use these custom post cards as an extra special invite to your next party or event.

As a sponsored blogger, they are even giving me a free set of post cards.

I am deciding between holiday greeting cards or invitations to our Fall Revival at our church.

Or Alex’s birthday party.

Or thank you cards.

Decisions. Decisions.

Anyway, here are the facts….

(2) PRIZE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE

200 Custom Postcards (choose your size: 4×6, 4.25×6, 5×7″); 14pt gloss or matte, 13 pt uncoated

Full Color on both sides (4/4)

To win, simply leave a comment telling me what you will use the custom post-cards for.

A winner will be chosen at random with the help of Random.Org on Thursday, September 3rd at 11:00 pm ET.

Contest is open to US Residents only and winners are required to pay shipping costs.

Good Luck!

Thanks to Uprinting Dot Com for a great give-away!

(Give-away is now closed!)

Congratulaltions to the following commentors

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

10
11

Timestamp: 2009-09-04 03:54:27 UTC

10 – Julie at Organizement who commented on September 2nd, 2009 4:10 pm

11 – Amber who does not have a blog, but commented on September 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm

Congratulations ladies! I can’t wait to hear how you use your custom post-cards!  Enjoy!

A Walk Down Random Road

I typically do a Not Me! Monday post on Mondays, but I don’t think MckMama is doing a ‘Not Me! Monday’ post this week, so I thought I’d just do my own thing today because its always fun to shake things up a bit.

It is too late in the evening to worry with complete sentences and cohesive thoughts, so I’ll bring my friends, the bullets, along.

  • As I sit in my Big, Blue, Bloggy chair trying to decide what to post, McDaddy is watching something on the Speed channel. The two jokers guys are putting a grill guard on a JEEP. They are rambling on about lifts, tire carriers, torque, roll cages and axles. I on the other hand, would rather be watching Big Brother.
  • During our AM service at church, I sang in a Ladies Octet. We sang a song called ‘All Because He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away.’ It is a beautiful song that I had never heard before we practiced it three weeks ago. It is a song about forgiveness and second chances. I am thankful for both.
  • We ate at a Mexican restaurant after church.
  • After that, I went to the Grocery store.
  • My brother-in-law let us borrow The Price Is Right for the Wii. Stevie won a Ford Mustang last night. I triple love that game. I will certainly be placing it on my Christmas list this year.
  • Christmas is less than four months away.
  • I still love and want the Saturn Sky.
  • We attended a birthday party for our 3 year old neice, Madeline on Saturday. Another sister-in-law announced she was pregnant. Do you remember this post where I mentioned that at any given minute, another sister-in-law could announce. Well, she announced the news on Saturday. If my math is correct (and it probably isn’t) that means there will be 15 grandbabies under the age of seven on McDaddy’s side of the family. I tease these gals that they really should invest in a game of Monopoly. You know, to pass the time.Seriously though, we are so excited for all of them. Three of my four sisters-in-law are currently pregnant. The other sister-in-law just delivered a baby girl on July 4th.
  • As one might imagine, Christmas is a fun time at grandma and grandpa’s house. We finally drew names this year. Instead of  buying Christmas gifts for ten kids we will be buying two. We drew Madeline and Kirklen.
  • I just realized I’ve mentioned Christmas three four times in this post.
  • The Pottery Barn catalog makes me want to remodel Stevie and Alex’s bedrooms. Unfortunately, I would need a loan from the bank to pull it off.
  • My dishwasher needs to be emptied.
  • My dryer needs to be emptied.
  • McDaddy is now watching a TiVoed edition of Extreme 4X4. Big Brother is far more interesting than the guy on this show demonstrating a drill bit.
  • I currently have eight blog posts in my drafts folder.
  • My highest traffic day on the blog last week was Tuesday. I had 280 visitors.
  • The McFamily is going camping on Friday with 12 other families from our church. I am very excited.
  • McDaddy just went to bed.
  • I am now watching tonight’s episode of Big Brother.
  • I need to use the bathroom.
  • My iPhone is sitting right here beside me. It is the coolest gadget evah!
  • The time is 11:25 PM
  • I seriously need to get back in the gym.
  • Survivor starts on September 17th. I haven’t watched the last two Survivor events, but I might watch this one.
  • We are having new siding put on our house. The color is Sierra. I like it a lot.
  • This is McDaddy’s last week off before going back to his civilian job since being on Military orders since January.
  • I do not like strawberries.
  • Not sure where the strawberry thing came from, but its true.
  • I seriously need to dust.
  • The last thing I ate was a bowl of Frosted Mini Wheats
  • My last blog visitor was from Melbourne, Florida.
  • McDaddy has a great aunt and great uncle in Melbourne. They are in their 70’s and they have this car.

  • Which to the untrained eye looks A LOT like my beloved Saturn Sky. Only it is a Pontiac. A Pontiac Solstice.
  • Fall is my favorite season. I always decorate my porch with a bail of straw and scarecrows.
  • My cousin Bo got engaged last week. He is getting married in June. On the beach. In Florida.
  • I just yawned for the fourth time since starting this post. That means it is my bedtime.
  • The current time is 11:46pm.

And that, as they say, is that.

Enjoy your week y’all!

First Day of First Grade

Dear Stevie:

It seems like just yesterday I was cradling your eight-pound body in the hospital wondering if you and I would ever get the whole nursing thing figured out.

Today, I blinked back tears as I thought of you starting the first grade. 

Time is forging by with or without my permission.

With your Mario Kart backpack slung over your shoulders, you confidently walked into school ready to face a new year and a new teacher.

It thrills me that you are so excited about the first grade. Your classroom looks like a fun place in which to learn.

 

 You are a delightfully, pleasant kid with a wonderful sense of humor. I hope you have a wonderful year, sweet boy!

I’m glad you are mine!!!

Love, Mommy

Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Things Stevie learned in Kindergarten

While the McFamily was enjoying the camping trip that I keep rambling on about, I had the chance to ask Stevie if he was getting excited about starting the first grade. We talked about how it would be different from Kindergarten and how much fun it would be meeting new people and having a new teacher.

As he began telling me about things he learned in Kindergarten, it struck me that a blog post was being born.  Because as you can imagine, I am always on the lookout for a good blog post. Especially one including thirteen of something. 

I waited until this week to post this one because school for our county started yesterday.

It was fun hearing about all the things he learned in Kindergarten. I’m sure his Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. F. will be pleased that he retained such useful information.

1. You should not bring a knife, bow, arrow or gun to school. (Ahem!)

2. Killer whales hunt fish and are friendly to humans. (I had no idea about the friendly part. Nothing with the word Killer in their name sounds friendly to me, but what do I know?)

3. I learned how to plus and minus.

You need to pay specific attention to these math lessons, Stevie. If your dad is working out of town, I’m afraid I will be of little help once you get to the really complicated math, say, around third grade.

4. If you do not milk a cow 2 -3 times each day, it will get sore and swollen.

I cannot speak for the cow, but I know this to be true. After breastfeeding, the girls will NEVER be the same.

5. One of our Rainbow rules was, “Respect All Property”

6. The counselor taught us about worrying and the opposite of worrying and why we shouldn’t worry.

7. The art teacher taught us how make really big snowflakes.

8. We learned that you should always turn off a computer when you are finished using it.

9. You can tell how old a tree is by the number of circles in the middle of the trunk.

10. Sharing is always good.

11. Coloring nice makes the teacher happy.

12. Always try your best to write good sentences in your journal.

13. No yelling in the lunchroom.

Sweet boy, I hope you have a wonderful time in the first grade!

Learn lots of great stuff and don’t yell in the lunchroom.

And be sure to leave your bow and arrow home too!

Enjoy your Thursday, y’all.

Food For Thought

This week’s You Capture challenge is food.

And as one might imagine, it has also been one of the easiest weeks for me because I love me some good food. Sadly, my photography skills do not match my ability to eat.

I’ll kick this thing off with a few pictures of the easiest peanut butter fudge on the planet. You can find the recipe here and you can thank me later.

(I’d love to have the know-how to do a fancy collage like Beth does but I have yet to figure out how to round the corners and put the pictures in a side-by-side formation.)

Can you see the awesomeness?

I can smell the peanut butter from here.

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This next picture makes me smile.

I make Martha Stewart proud.

In case you are wondering, those are toaster strudels decorated with my loving touch.

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I tried to go and get all artsy when I took this next picture.

Unfortunately, it did not turn out the way I had hoped.

You can just imagine the heart-burn this mess caused. ahem!

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I wonder if y’all know the secret of the broiler? Seems the same day I picked these suckers up at the grocery store, our grill decided to show itself. While talking to my sister-in-law on the phone, she suggested I use the broiler.

Since I haven’t used the broiler EVER, I wasn’t sure what to do or how long to do it.

So, I GOOGLIZED broiler + steak + time.

In case you are wondering, it took less than 20 minutes to cook these slabs of meat (medium). YUM! As it turns out, the broiler is wonderful way to prepare meat.

Sadly, I snapped this next picture before the camera had time to focus.

What can I say?

When a plate of food like this is before me, it is hard to focus on anything else.

And for dessert?

A mint-chocolate-chip-ice-cream-sugar-cone.

My favorite.

Okay.

That’s all.

Thanks for stopping by my bloggy buffet. I’m hungry now!

Visit I Should Be Folding Laundry for some of the best lookin’ food you can imagine.

NEXT WEEK’S CHALLENGE – Old Signs?

Another Culinary Delight

I would be lying if I told you that I am a culinary genius.

Actually, I’d be lying if I told you I was a genius of any kind.

Because of that, it might surprise some of my IRL friends that I am posting a recipe on my blog.

While it is obvious from all appearances that I have a love for all things sweet, it is a well-known fact that I am not known for my mad skillz in the kitchen. In fact, things tend to go way wrong when I’m in the kitchen. For that reason, when I find something that works, and I mean really works, especially in the kitchen, I feel the need to share it. And, for something to really work for me in the kitchen it must meet the following criteria.

  • fast
  • easy
  • fail proof

What can I say? I’m a simple girl.

The “Poke Cake” is one of my favorite desserts.

  • Prepare a regular cake and bake it according to the directions in a 9X13 pan  (a white cake works best)
  • Just before the cake is done baking, dissolve one 3 oz. package of jello in a cup of boiling water.
  • Stir in just 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Poke the cake with a fork every inch or so and then carefully pour the jello all over the cake. (Pour slowly to allow the jello some time to seep into holes)
  • Chill for three hours.
  • Cover generously with whipped topping and chill for another hour.
  • Top with your favorite fruit.

Then, try like heck to keep from eating it all.

And that, my friends is how you make a poke cake.

What I Learned This Week

Welcome to another week of random things I learned this week. Besides learning more than I ever wanted to know about that The Swine Flu, I’ve learned a number of interesting things.

1. The Snickers Ice Cream Bar is the best tasting thing on the planet.

2. The Tagalong Blizzard is a very-close second.

3. The broiler is a great, quick way to cook thick steaks when the grill decides it will not cooperate.

4. The broiler is not a great, quick way to cook vegetables.

5. If you find yourself in the woods with a Jeep Club, you should probably keep yourself away from leafy, green weeds or else you may spend the better part of the next week treating the poison ivy on your leg or digging a hole in your leg because OHMYWORDITS MISERABLE!

6. When spending an hour in a waiting room waiting for your Doctor to come in, the iPhone is a great gadget to have on hand.

7.  When all of your friends are playing a typing game on Facebook, you should totally resist the urge to play it the first time, because hello?

You know you will not be able to QUIT! PLAYING! IT!

Kind of makes me understand Stevie’s obsession with his beloved DS.

8. People ride on and race ostriches.

Crazy, but true.

9. The Pampered Chef ice-cream scoop has a “Do not place in dishwasher” warning for a reason.

That’s all for this week.

Visit Musings Of A Housewife for more things that people learned.

Opening Day Jitters

I remember my first day of kindergarten very well. I had long blonde hair and Iwas the tallest girl in my class. I wore a white Winnie-the-pooh dress with a big red bow. I was excited about riding the school bus. And, I was ready to start school at Kanawha City Elementary School. My teacher was Mrs.Richardson.

In 1978, kindergarten classes were half-day. I was assigned to the afternoon class. I remember the classroom vividly. In one corner, there was a wooden kitchen where we played house or dressed up in one of the outfits in the clothes trunk. In another corner, there were stacks of red cardboard blocks that looked like bricks.

The boys spent most of their playtime stacking the blocks and the girls would walk toward the blocks, pretend to trip and the stack would come crashing down. We would run back to the kitchen corner snickering. On the last day of the month, we celebrated birthdays. The teacher would serve the birthday child a Hostess Snow-Ball Cake (remember the ones? round and pink and covered in coconut) with a candle.

Instead of desks, we sat at tables in small groups. At the first parent/teacher conference, Mrs. Richardson reported to my parents that I was a “mother-hen” to the other children and that I talked too much.

Ahem! Some things will never change.

In April, I registered Stevie for kindergarten.

It was an emotional day for me.

Before we left for our scheduled appointment, I talked with him about the importance of using his manners. And, I also explained some of the things they would ask him to do. I used my best mommy voice when we talked about how exciting school would be.

What I really felt like saying was, “Forget kindergarten, I’m home-schooling you.”

After all, home schooling would only require me to stay one-day smarter than him. And, I suspect I could pull that off until the advanced math kicked in…say, in third grade. By that time I would be better equipped mentally for sending him to public school.

Instead though, I gathered the necessary shot records and required forms, took a deep breath and headed out the door. We made the short drive to his school and found the library. As my boy went skipping up the hall-way, I was reluctant. The school directory located in front of the office listed four kindergarten teachers. I wondered which one of those four teachers would have the priviledge of teaching him next year.

Being a stay-at-home-mom, I have made just about every decision regarding his well-being for the last five years. As much as I know he will enjoy school, it seems that this growing-up thing is forging on — with or without my approval.

Life keeps pushing along while I stand stunned, swiping tears and staring at this handsome boy who used to me my baby. He talked with two little girls from his pre-school while we waited and I sat there in the hall-way across from the library ready to sob. The Registration process took less than thirty minutes. He was evaluated by a speech therapist, had an eye exam, a hearing exam and finished up with a dental exam. As quickly as it began, it was over.

Growing up is scary. I will no longer be able to control his environment or protect him from pain. I will take a deep breath, exhale… and send him to kindergarten, mostly because state law says I have to.

To enjoy stacking blocks. And being aggravated by chatty little girls.

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This post was originally posted on the blog I had over at MySpace a year ago today. 

Tomorrow, my sweet boy will begin first grade.

What a difference a year makes.

The Swine Flu

Wow!

What a week it’s been.

All four of us here at the McResidence are on medication for something or another.

Some of us for infection.

Some of us not for infection.

The pharmacy no doubt loves us this week.

Our insurance company probably does not.

For your consideration…. 

It wasn’t me who was shocked to find out that our sweet boy did in fact have pneumonia.

It wasn’t me who dropped her jaw the next day when the Pediatrician called to confirm that yes indeed, our three-year old also tested positive for the swine flu.

Swine flu? Are you kidding me?

It wasn’t me who immediately assumed our sweet boy would have to be hospitalized because, who does that?

Oh, and before you ask, I’ve never been the kind of person who Googlizes a medical condition to diagnose myself or y kids with some weird disease or ailment.

NEVER.

The next day, It certainly wasn’t me who watched in disbelief as our sweet boy flew past me on his scooter at light speed as if nothing was wrong with him.

It wasn’t me who wondered how in the heck he could fly through the house in his Cozy Coupe as if he was perfectly healthy.

He has the swine flu, already.

It WAS me who thanked God over and over for taking care of our sweet boy. As serious as this flu is, I am thankful that he has a mild case of it. With the exception of a fever, you would never know he was sick with something like the swine flu.

Here’s a free tip.

If you or your child suffers from a cough that goes from mild to where did that come from in a span of 12 hours and then gets a fever, you should not ignore it.

Be on the safe side and have your child examined.

You can thank me later.

My friends would tell you that I have been known to be a freak have dramatic tendancies when it comes to my kids. (Ahem!)

98.7% of the time, I have been right.

The other 1.3% of the time, I was right because I followed my motherly instinct.

Oh, and for those of you wondering how you treat the swine flu? I hear that it takes two doses of medicine each day for five days.

Like I said. What a week, it’s been around here. Glad it wasn’t me who lived it!!!

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