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Moody Monday #2: Fresh


  • newly made or obtained
  • new; not previously known, met with, etc.; novel
  • pure, cool, or refreshing
  • not faded, worn, obliterated, etc.

Front Row (l-r): Uncle Cy, Aunt Sissy, Grandma Gene, Jon

Middle Row (l-r): Dave, Elliott Richard (held by Aunt Kate), Gavin, Emmett John (held by Aunt Teri)

Back Row (l-r): Pa-Pa G, Grandma G, Tim, Brian

Grandma Gene and her family celebrating Grandma’s birthday!

I chose this family portrait as my representation of “fresh” because Grandma Gene is just that – not faded, worn obliterated. Plus her stories always have a way of refreshing my perspective and view-point.

camera: FujiFilm FinePix Z35

If you’d like to join the fun of Moody Monday, head on over to and visit Jan at Murrieta365 to play along.


Friday Fill-In #8

And…here we go!

1. On vacation, I like to have fun and relax.
2. The Little Mermaid lives in the ocean. (Can you guess what my Boys have been watching lately? lol)
3. One of my favorite vacation spots is my bed – without children or alarms or phone calls.
4. All of the crazies come out during a full moon.
5. Up, up and away Junior Birdman. (Okay, so those aren’t the actual words but it’s the first thing that came to mind so that’s what I put. =) lol)
6. Bananas, sometimes I feel as if I’m going bananas.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to junk food and watching “America’s Got Talent” with my hubby, tomorrow my plans include celebrating Mr. Emmett John’s 2nd birthday and Sunday, I want to sleep and recover from celebrating Mr. Emmett John’s 2nd birthday!


These are my answers to this week’s Friday Fill-Ins. If you’d like to join in the meme fun, just head on over to Janet’s blog! =)

Six Word Saturday #12

Remember when “things” were much easier?

Well, Christmas has officially come and gone. There are now…what, 364 days to Christmas 2010. Or something like that. Thank God! No offense to Jesus or Mary or anything but I’m telling you what…every year the Holidays get more difficult to survive.

I had everything planned out this year. I was going to start preparing just after Halloween so that I wasn’t running around like a chicken with my head cut off come Christmas Eve. It didn’t work. I didn’t get any of the gifts made that I wanted to. I didn’t get the kids all figured out etc so I could help them create their gifts for everyone. My Mom was the only one who’s gift was completely finished in time to give to her. And I was running around up until 30 seconds before she came in the door to get that wrapped etc.

But it’s not just the prep work. Or the decorating, which I can’t even manage to find a way to get done anymore. It’s all of it. It all seems so complicated. Now don’t get me wrong here, I’m not a Scrooge by any means. I just noticed this is all.

Take toys for example. You have the gifts that Gavin and Elliott Richard received, which were taped in and twist-tied in. Am I the only one who thinks this is complete and total overkill? But I digress…their gifts are protected with the strength that I thought only Fort Knox could offer. Then you have Mr. Emmett John’s gifts. Most of his gifts were what I affectionately call “Old School” toys. He received the pull behind telephone, the shape block sorter and the little “bed bug bopper”. None of those were taped or twist-tied. You opened the box and pulled them out. End of story.

Heck even if you compare video games! When I was a kid, the Nintendo was the “in thing”. Everyone either had one, knew someone who did and/or wanted one so badly they could almost taste it. True, by today’s standards the graphics are horrid. However, the controls were easy and straight forward. Up was up. Down was down. You get the idea. Nothing was overly complicated. Now there are 3 different major systems with beautiful graphics in their own right. Each specializes in a different type of game genre. And each seems to have their own unique way of making the controls complicated.

Sorry to be all doom and gloom, I’m just over-whelmed from all the running and buying and wrapping and the going and visiting and whatnot. I still think it holds true though – things have gotten far to complicated over the years. At times, I really do feel that it’s almost complicated simply for the sake of being complicated. But that’s just me. =)

Aside from taped and twist-tied to death new toys (more pictures to come tomorrow), the Cheerios are doing well. We are exhausted and well-fed. We had a blast with family. And now we are all attempting to recover. Except the boys seem perfectly content to stay hyper and completely bouncing-off-the-walls. (lol) Our Christmas was beautiful and everything a Christmas should be. And we hope that you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!


Cheerio Family Christmas 2009

Christmas Morning 9:00 am
After Gavin and Elliott Richard work us up for presents, we got ready and went to Grandma and PaPa’s for Christmas Breakfast. Here’s some of the family hanging out, drinking coffee and chilling while breakfast is finished up. (FYI we ate 45 eggs!!!!! OMG)
And of course, what is any picture montage without group picture of my Baby Boys – Daddy (not a Baby Boy), Elliott Richard and Emmett John. Emmett John had lost his patience for waiting for the 45 eggs by this point. (lol)
After we after a huge breakfast prepared by PaPa and Aunt Kate, which was absolutely delicious! Then the guys did the dishes so Grandma wouldn’t because she had to be at work at Noon. Once we were fed and cleaned up, it was time for presents!!!! =) lol
I took this picture of the bow on Jenna’s gift because it was just the most adorable bow I have ever seen! Grandma made it herself too. And she says I’m creative. Pfth.
Family…ah who am I kidding…MORE PRESENTS! =)
Here’s Mr. Gavin opening one of his gifts. He’s always so serious. =) But even with very little sleep and so much going, he did really well.
Family Time
Elliott Richard loves this Pokemon game that Grandma and PaPa got him. There are little marbles and Pokemon cards. You shoot the marbles and they hit these triggers which causes the cards to *pop* up. Anyway, he adores it and Grandma was brave enough to play a few rounds the “Elliott way”. Gavin was just kind of chilling and watching.
Here’s Aunt Jenn kicking back and reading her gift, The Postcard Secret book. (Or whatever it’s called…I’m too tired to go looking for it.)
Passing Out
After breakfast we all went our own ways for a bit, then we met back up at Aunt Carol & Uncle Rick’s house for lunch/dinner (so what is that called? Linner?). It was huge and delicious – turkey, cheesey potatoes, brocolli cheddar rice casserole, salad, stuffing, ham and a whole bunch more. It was so, so, SO good! Some of us wished we could pass out afterwards with full bellies surrounded by family. Then there were a few of us, *cough* Kate *cough*, who did. (lol)


Christmas 2009 at Home in photos

Just a quick Christmas 2009 at Home recap in photos…okay, sadly these are the only photos I took with my cell phone. The rest are on my camera and I haven’t had the chance to pull them over yet. Thoes will come tomorrow. =)

Elliott Richard and Emmett John just after we decorated the tree.
(If you look carefully you can see that we only used candy canes to decorate this year. That way if they fell off and broke there wasn’t any harm done; we could just eat the carnage. =) Also if you look again, you’ll notice that the candy canes only cover the top half because I was trying (in vain) to keep Emmett John from stealing candy canes.)
Our sad little yellow “golden star” on top of our tree.
Elliott Richard kept asking so sweetly for a “golden star” to put on the top of our tree. Unfortunately, the ecomony being in the lovely state that it is we just couldn’t get one this year. So I made one…sort of. I made this one, which isn’t gold and it fell apart the day after I took this picture because the glue gave way. No matter. For a day or so, I was able to give Elliott Richard the star he wanted. =)


Tuesday Toot

My Christmas shopping is finished.

Okay, at least as far as the Boys are concerned. I might have a few things for others left to pick up. But the main things are done. Now the gifts that need created by the Boys, yeah, let’s not go there shall we? (lol)


I Don’t Wednesday ~ #6 KetZchup

Its been a while since I’ve posted (sorry about that) but I felt like posting an I Don’t – Wednesday” today…and away we go!

I Don’t Wednesday #6: KetZchup

I Don’t … Know why I haven’t posted in so long.

I’ve started ketZchup posts but they are all so long and unfinished and the longer it takes me to finish them – the more behind I become. I hate being behind like this. So they are still waiting to be finished.

I Don’t … Know why I don’t just start from the here and now.

You know…Say, screw the postS waiting to be finished and move on. To Hell with those damn wanna-be posts!

I Don’t … Know why I just wrote that “I Don’t” because I do know.

I Don’t … move on because for starters, I’m suffering from some serious OCD. Secondly, someday I will publish this blog. Someday it will be added to the other journals I have that chronicle my life. And to cut those things out would be to remove large sections of my life.
As it is, I’m already not blogging HUGE, GINORMOUS parts of my life over the past 3 to 6 months because it has been made quite clear to me that if I chronicle those happenings:

A) I would be using MY BLOG against others. You know, because that’s why I started it. Revenge. Spite. Viva la Revolution! And all that jazz. *insert eye roll here*
B) I would be hiding behind MY BLOG even though the thoughts, feelings, expressions, etc that are/have been/would be covered (if I were to cover said taboo topics) have already been shared privately (via emails and a very few phone calls) with the parties involved. So I’m not hiding behind anything. But whatever.
C) I would be discussing other people’s lives and that isn’t right. Nor is it fair.
Now I have not had a single complaint about my blog from people – except for a few loons who felt that I was being unkind to my dead-beat-dad exhusband once upon a time. So I stand corrected – by myself – that I have had a few complaints over that past 2 years or so. That being said, in case it has escaped anyone, I tend to discuss other people’s lives on a pretty regular basis – when I can find time to blog that is. I discuss my own and those of my family (ie Rob, husband; Gavin, 9 year old son; Elliott Richard, 3 year old son; Emmett John, 17 month old son; Maggie Sue, nanny-dog; Cleo, cat). I discuss my sister, Trisha, my Mom, Mary. (See Mom, I’m posting again. lol) I discuss quite a few people. Yet no one else is screaming unfair. But don’t worry … I think I have come up with a way to discuss what I want without further pissing anyone else off. Hhhhhhmmmm……..I’ll have to think about that some more.

Anyway, I digress.

I Don’t … Believe how quickly the month of December is flying by!

I had it all planned out so that the boys could do our usual traditions – make ornaments, make Christmas gifts for Grandma & PaPa and now for Grandma Mary (who they are beyong super excited to include to the traditions this year!) etc. Plus there are Godparents to consider. Then while I get the gifts together for the 3 boys. I’m also putting together a group gift for the boys. Plus a few surprises. I’ve had it all figured out, planned out and ready to go on paper since mid-October.

I was so sure I had it all figured out. Then I forgot to take my Lyrica for 1 flipping day! Which has thrown me off by like 3 days! So I’m back to not being able to drive again; so unhelpful right now!

I Don’t … Know how to care for Gavin effectively all the time.

Sometimes its a breeze. Sometimes I see the damage others have done to him before the legal system finally got a clue. Before I finally got a clue. Sometimes that damage is more than I can deal with and I know that they knew what they were doing – whether they deny it now or not. Sometimes I wish for the chance to interrogate them about it, with the chance to only get honest answers and then smack them all silly in the end. Sometimes I wish for a winning Lotto ticket, too. None of those things is going to happen.

I Don’t … Know how to raise Gavin his way.

Elliott Richard his way. Emmett John his way. Without making any of them feel singled out. Without damaging any of them.

I Don’t … Know how to survive anymore.

Surviving is usually the only thing I know to do. It comes naturally. After a lifetime of various rings of my own personal hell. Surviving is as natural to me as breathing. Lately, I can’t seem to remember how.