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Friday, July 31, 2009

Relay For Life

It is our small communities 15th annual Relay For Life this week-end. My ex MIL is the chairperson for this and has got my youngest son Devin who is only 11 really involved with the whole thing, he is the youngest member of their team. He's been involved in the different things they have done to raise money, and even went around our neighborhood and collected over $100 in donations, all by himself! Devin's other grandma (my mom) died when he was only 6 1/2 months old, even though he and I spent every day with grandma those 6 1/2 months he of course has no recollection of this. But he loves being a part of the whole Relay For Life because he knows it helps others and he feels he does it in memory of his own grandma. So tonight while you are all relaxing, and settling down for the night my little Devin will still be out there walking around the track in memory of his grandma.

* they sold luminaries and people were able to decorate for someone they lost to cancer and even for the survivors of cancer, during tonight's event they will light the luminaries all around the track and they will take the time to read each and every persons name on the luminaries, its a very touching moment...this is the front and back of our luminary*

Last year the Relay For Life raised $409 million across the United States and 19 other countries around the world. In Nebraska (where we are from) there were 47 events that raised$ 3.3. million. About 40% of the money raised goes towards research, with the remaining 60% divided between education, advocacy, and patient services. The Relay For Life is a life changing event that brings together more that 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember those loved ones lost, and to empower individuals and communities to fight back against this disease.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Not trying to offend anyone...but

Sooooo this one day(today actually) at my house I was standing out on the deck in my back yard to see what it was the dog was barking at. On the next block over is the swimming pool, a baseball field and all around it is a walking track. I cant see the pool from my house and I can only see a tiny little bit of the baseball field from here, and of course I can also only see a small portion of the walking track. I do notice each and every day there are many people walking or jogging on it at different times thru out the day and night, (which should motivate me more to get my butt over there when I have a free moment). Today as I was looking around too see what had the dog all in a tizzy I noticed something like this walking on the track. I realize this is just a cartoon clip I found on the Internet because obviously I couldn't go over there and take a picture of this woman..Id for sure find myself banned from the public walking track if I did something of this nature. I do applaud her for getting out and doing some form of physical exercise and I could definitely use some of her spunk to get me to do the same thing. I just can not for the life of me figure out why some women choose to wear things that are too small. Now this is coming from a woman that has plenty of extra poundage herself I try to keep it know incognito...but for some they seem to like to show it off...let the world see their" lovely lady "lumps" "bumps" and whatever else might be hanging out there for the world to enjoy! I dont get this??? I probably never will!!! Yes I do think that we all need to learn to accept ourselves in whatever form we are in....and that what is on the outside does not define who we are on the inside. But that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact of why do some women have no problem letting it all hang out????? I also wonder why some take pictures of themselves or video and then post it on the if the people around where you live getting to enjoy the view wasn't enough lets just show the world!!!!! Anyway this again is my opinion about something I see alot and since its my blog I can write about it. Now for a video I found while I was searching for the cute little cartoon image.....enjoy...or beware....whichever fits!!! (now where is my spandex?hehe)

Thought 4 my Thursday

Too often , we lose sight of lifes simple pleasures.
remember, when someone annoys you it takes 42 muscles in your face to frown but, it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and
Bitch-Slap the MOTHER-F@$%ER in the head!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I have days where it just seems that the things going on in this world really get to me...and today is one of those started this morning when I was watching tv and they showed the "newly engaged couple" from The Bachelorette...I am probably one of the very few people out there that doesn't get into all of this reality tv my opinion its NOT reality at all!!! I do not know exactly what it is that drives people to watch what "they" call a reality tv show. When the concept of reality first entered our entertainment world we were intrigued, shocked, excited and for some outraged. As time went by with the "reality craze", seems to have turned into a scripted show, so now to me the fact they act reality just seems ridiculous! And yet it seems to be what alot of people find entertaining. Is it because we want to see people fail. We want to see the winners be the nobodys and the losers be the drop dead gorgeous man or woman we'd all fantasized about. But , that is not the case. The beauties win and the not-so pretties are kicked aside. We can watch tv, read a newspaper , or even read the headlines on the Internet and sure they give you the news of whats happening in the world but it is followed by "Who will be the next American Idol?" or "Who will win the dance title"? Or "what kind of ring did Jillian get?" The idea that the true reality isn't as important as a winner for a tv show apparently is. Is society becoming less and less caring for what's really happening in the world? The excuse of wanting to "get away" from reality is bogus. Our grandparents and the baby boomers have all thrived. If nothing else,"reality" made them stronger. As the years go by and reality is apparent, it has turned us into bitter, ignorant and selfish individuals. However, we all want to run away from reality and see what is on the tv to give us some hope that we can still go on. REALITY..isn't dating a number of guys/girls at the same time and then deciding at the end of a few weeks which one you want to marry...we have names for those kind of people, and they certainly aren't glamorous names either! Over the course of about 1000 hours of time on the secluded location for "Survivor" it is edited to give the public a very small percent of what actually happened. This is all selected and prepped by professionals whose jobs are to make the show as dramatic as possible. Even when they have their alone interviews where they reminisce about their experiences, they are prompted with questions and suggestions of what to talk about in those scenes. Survivor, Amazing Race, Real World, and Rock of Love, are created to attract the most viewers possible. Thousands of applicants are screened, the few chosen to be on the shows are picked because of their attractiveness to the audience, and their ability to create conflict. This ensures a dramatic and conflict riddled season. If the scenario is plausible, and if it follows through to a logical consequence, then many adults will consider it reality, the viewers sometimes forget that the participants are surrounded by camera crew, sound crew, and directors. So many attempt to make a difference in the world, there are too many people and not enough empathy to make a difference. If the producers of these shows would want to make a change then they should open the world's eyes and air a single mother working 3 jobs to feed her children, a war veteran on the street corner trying to hold back his pride, the forgotten, the poor, the homeless, those that truly need aid. That is reality of how horrible society is becoming and though we might want to "run-away" from it....we can't its all around us. And pretending its not isnt going to make anything any better! Why place a tragic headline on the front page if the second title is the results to a reality show? It's as if no one wants to pay attention to what's important. We cannot focus on tragedy and sadness constantly, however, we need to set our priorities straight and look at what we can do to help a person out, not see them fail. We are capable of doing so much, but so many choose not to do anything. The "American Idol" results seem to outweigh the anguish and pain the family of the American soldier that just gave his life for our freedom. As reality tv shows will continue in their popularity, it’s important to remember that what is called ' reality ' on these shows, may not necessarily be so. Even though they are based on parts of real events, they are still created for a target audience, they are constructed and edited by professionals to create the most commercially viable product possible. And this brings me to an email I got today.....makes a person stop and truly THINK..its
Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation:
'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. In Jesus' Name, Amen!'

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I got MAYBE a total of 3 hours of sleep last night...and now I get a day full of taking care of kiddos!!! I hate those nights when I just can't sleep and yet the next day comes and I still have to face it!!!!

Toon 4 My Tuesday

Monday, July 27, 2009


Is there any way we can get rid off Mondays??

I honestly start feeling all kinds of moody Sunday night when Im getting ready for bed....because I know when I wake up its going to be Monday...I pretty much do the same thing each day of the far as work and all my motherly duties go but for some reason Mondays just seem to really bum me out..I think because I know Ive got what seems like such a long wait before its the week-end again....I dont know...does anyone else go thru this???
DO you HATE Mondays???

Music 4 My Monday

I think
that sometimes it is hard in life to decide when it is time for a second chance and that is what I this song conveys. Even though it is a hard decision to make sometimes you just have to say "f*%k it" and do it.
You never know something or someone amazing might be right around the corner!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Wet Paint

Yesterday since I didn't have to babysit I decided to paint the hallway upstairs, Devin asked if he could help me, I thought that having an extra pair of hands would be nice....needless to say he no longer thinks painting is a fun thing to he quit 30 minutes into it and when I asked him if he was going to ask to paint again his answer was a very loud and clear...NO!

He did enjoy his own form of graffiti
(he wrote the word in get back here mom
when I left to go pee)

And then he had to paint over it and make it
all nice and pretty for mom

we had some messes along the way

(yes Im wearing glasses, no make-up,hair pulled back
and I actually posted the pic...just so you know I was painting too!!)

And now we have a newly painted hallway...yay!!!!!!

After painting 3 rooms and a hallway,I still have 4 rooms to paint and now Ive lost the help of Devin and Josh as they do not wish to ever paint are there any volunteers????

Favorites 4 My Friday

Just some of my favorite things to enjoy during the summer time around my house




(it's not a huge one..but it works for us)

This guy use to be AFRAID of water

(some really relax)


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thoughts 4 my Thursday

Why are there flotation devices under plane seats instead of parachutes?

Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

If 7-11 is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, why are there locks on the doors?

If nothing ever sticks to Teflon, how do they make Teflon stick to the pan?

Why do they put Braille dots on the keypad of the drive-up ATM?

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Why is it that when you transport something by car, it's called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship, it's called cargo?

If a black box in a plane is indestructible, why can't they make the whole plane out of it?

Why is it that when you're driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

Why is it called a TV "set" when you only get one?

Why is it, whether you sit up or sit down, the result is the same?

Why call it "take" a dump, when you leave something behind?

Is there another word for thesaurus?

Why did God give men nipples?

If ATM stands for Automatic Teller Machine, why do we call it an ATM machine? And if PIN stands for Personal Identification Number, why do we call it a PIN number?

and finally....

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life, we could simply press Ctrl Alt Delete and start all over?


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What about me 4 Wednesday

I don't know what it is...apparently something in the air but the last couple of days I've been sneezing, and have a scratchy throat, been blowing my nose ALOT lately. I think I need to get one of these ...what do you think???? I will no longer be running around looking for a Kleenex in hopes to get it before that sneeze comes out..and heck next time Im in a public bathroom I wont have to worry if the stall I choose is out of toilet paper!!!! If nothing else I bet I get a few looks with this strapped to my head!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Let's dancy-dance!!!!

All day long 5 days a week I am taking care of other peoples kiddos......there is one show that they just LOVE to watch...well today the kiddos...Devin and myself were sitting there ready to watch this show...and well here is a clip of the dancy-dance time which is just a segment of this oh so wonderful show.....brace yourself what you are about to see maybe harmful to your eyes!!!

I will have to say I give this woman credit for being brave enough to do this....wonder how much she gets paid????? For more great fun like this watch Yo-Gabba Gabba on noggin each weekday morning at 10 central time!!!

I got an award!!!

I got an award from Devin and from Riley.....yay Im so excited!!!!!

The Rules:

-Each blogger to whom the award is given must post these requests.

-Each blogger to whom the award is given must list 10 random things about themselves and pass the award on to other recipients.

-The award recipients then need to do the same.

-Don't forget to leave a comment telling the recipient about the award.

1) I'm extremely claustrophobic!!

2)my eyes change color in different kinds of light...some times they look blue and sometimes they look green

3) I've been hurt alot in life ...because of that I tend to be very
cautious of everyone

4) I tend to over analyze things

5) I rarely drink but when I do Im a happy drunk....everyone always wants to drink with me...cuz I do silly things and laugh alot!

6)Now that my two older boys are off to college I sometimes feel really sad inside like they dont need me like they used to

7) and yet I love that they both are able to survive on their own..and they both are going to college!!!

8) before I got with Josh I was a single mom raising my boys on my own...its not an easy task....but it can be made me and my boys stronger

9) I have a very crafty side...I just seemed to of lost it in the last few years...I kinda want it back!


I pass this award on to:

Alicia @ boylerpf at boylerpf

Juls at Every Day Is a Crazee Day

Meeko Fabulous at The Ramblings of a Disgruntled Secretary

Homer and Queen at Raders Out Loud

Simply_Pam at Smelling The Roses And Dodgeing The Thorns

Toons 4 my Tuesday

Monday, July 20, 2009

No its NOT red neck!!!

This past week-end we went to cruise night in a town about 50 miles from us. In the past 15 years Ive gone to this about 12 times. Its a day full of checking out some really cool cars starting out with the show n shine in the early part of the day, you can go check out the drag races during the later part of the day. And then the cruisin starts. Now to alot of you reading this you will probably think how stupid or how boring...or maybe even well if that doesnt sound "red-neck" but to the thousands of people who join in on this tradition its just plain fun and it doesnt cost a thing!!! You literally pick your spot anywhere on the main two strips of road in this town and you enjoy about 500 vintage cars, and some tricked out cars, with around 20,000 other people. People bring coolers and grills, you have people smokin food...grillin food....and everyone kickin back enjoying cars cruisin the strip all night long. Its like a big party!!!! People come from all around even other states to be a part of this some to show off their car and others to sit back and just enjoy all the cars. Here are just a few of the pictures we took. Im a 68', 69' ss Chevy Camaro lover, Josh loves the1977 smokey and the bandit Trans am, and we both think the Chevelle is a pretty smokin car. There was every old car you could think of here!!!!

Devin thought the tricked out cars were the coolest!!! Here's just a couple we took pics of.

He also really liked the guy riding around with the Mohawk helmet!!!

of course he turned his head just as the camera took the picture...grrrrr!!!

Anyway it was a good time had by all both of my older boys were there Dakota cruised in his painted up Sunbird...or "the bird" as he calls it sorry I didnt get a pic of that beauty he showed up when it was me you aren't missing a thing..hehe (love you Dakota)
Anyway if you are around here next year around the middle of July you will have to join us...I just know that you wont be sitting there thinking we are a bunch of crazy rednecks once you participate in this yearly event!!!!! And if you do I'll just get you all boozed up and put you on the back of the bike with the Mohawk guy...see who's thinking red-neck then!!!

Music 4 my Monday

I love these guys!!!! This is one of their newer songs and I have to say its another GOOD one!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Favorite 4 my Friday

Honestly do we even need any words for this one????? One of my FAVORITE things is brother and sister live in Texas and talk about going to the Cheesecake Factory I have yet to ever go there...maybe they are afraid of what I will do if they take me...but next trip to Texas...I am SOOOOO going there!!!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Happy Birthday

Twenty years ago today I was holding you in my arms...looking in those beautiful eyes and thanking God once again for giving me another healthy baby boy. I should of known then that you was going to be the one that was never going to do anything the easy way..... my water broke early in the morning but you just wasn't ready to come out yet and then finally late that night I started having horrible contractions and the doctor told me that you managed to get the umbilical cord wrapped around your neck and we had to have an emergency c-section....yep that should of been my sign...that you was going to do everything the hard way

As the years went by you was always my little dare devil...climbing trees...doing tricks on your bike...or the skateboard...always running in the house with a scraped knee or elbow or then there was the time that you did a trick on the trampoline that didnt go as planned and you bit a HUGE hole in your cheek.....omg I can still remember the horror of seeing that hole!!!!!

You always had to work harder at your school work then your older brother and it always made me feel sad inside and yet proud of you for never giving played sports...had a job and went to school.....and then decided after high school to go learn more about what you to work on cars. Im so proud of you Dakota and the man you are becoming....Its been an awesome thing watching you grow up. You have such a sweet, kind and loving side to you and I hope that you never lose that. Your smile can make anyone just melt. I love you with all my heart and the last 20 years have been awesome...I can't wait to see what happens in your life in the next 20!!!!!

Dakota did come home yesterday after class since he didnt have to work and he was ever so excited to see that mom made him his favorite chocolate cake with chocolate frosting to take back to his place and share with his if I can just get the kid to shave...cuz honestly seeing him like this truly makes me feel even older and that can't happen......Im just sayin!!!

(and yes he came home straight from auto body class ...dirty and all..oooooh good times good times..hehe)

It was too funny I called Dakota before he went to class today (hes taking summer classes to get thru college faster) I wished him a Happy Birthday...he said he has classes til 3 today and then works from 3:30 til 10:30 tonight. We laughed about how sometimes being an adult kinda sucks!!!

Thoughts 4 my Thursday

We receive and give gifts all the time for special occasions but each and every day we can give a gift to someone that doesn't cost us a cent

1) Gift of listening.....really listen, no interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response, just listen

2)Gift of affection....Give hugs, kisses, hold hands, give pats on the back. Let these small actions show the love and appreciation you have for your family and friends

3)Gift of laughter....share articles and funny stories ...laughing is truly good for the soul

4)Gift of a written note.....It can be a simple "thank you" note or a note expressing your love..a handwritten note is one of those things that will be remembered for a lifetime

5)Gift of a compliment.....A simple and yet sincere "you look good today" or "you did a super job" can truly make someone's day

6)Gift of a favor.....every day do something for someone else and not expect anything in return

7)Gift of solitude....there are those times when you want nothing more than to be left alone,be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others when they need it

8)Gift of a cheerful of the easiest ways to feel good is to extend kind words to others, sometimes all it takes is a simple "hello" or "thank you"

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what our bank account was or what sort of house we lived in, or the kind of car we drove, but the world may be different if we do the best we can...we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or in the life of another"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thanks to Juls and Karen

Just wanted to say thank you to my bloggy friend Karen for creating a button for my blog and to my bloggy friend Juls for sending me directions on how on earth to make it work. Its so nice when you can count on friends to help you with happens even when there are miles between us...Thanks you two!!!!!

KimAndersonSisters.jpg Kim Anderson Sis image by katnash27

What about me 4 my Wednesday

Todays what about more about my son..but it fits the theme still because its about how proud of him I am!!!

My middle son Dakota goes to school for auto mechanic/auto body and this past week-end in our small little town we had a car show, and the car that his class at the college he goes to did, and are raffling off, was here. It gave me a good feeling inside knowing that my son was a part of this project. To know that something he always had an interest in is something he is actually doing and I get to see it! Of course he sends me pics using his phone now and then to show me something he is working on in class but it was so much better to be up close and see it. .this car was a rusty mess with no front end!! And this is what it looks like today..and MY DAKOTA was a part of it!!!!!!

The students, have restored a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle. Each year the Automotive and Autobody students at North Platte Community College decide on a vehicle and take a full year to complete an off-chassis restoration.

This car has been modified and has Tubular front and rear suspension. It has been lowered 3" front and 2" rear. Power comes from a 350 tune-port engine, bolted to a 700 R4 transmission and coupled to a 3:73 12-bolt posi-trac rear end. The sound system was donated by VK Electronics of North Platte and consists of a Kenwood/JBL sound system. Final touches include vintage air conditioning and a remote start system. It's wrapped up in PPG Paint (Hawaiian Orchid poly) that was donated by Mid Plains Auto Finishes.

This project is an excellent training resource for the students. The students must first understand the theory from both the old to the new and then configure a way to apply the technology to the vehicle. For example, this year's car has a late model engine equipped with fuel injection, computers, sensors and other major differences not found in 1967. The students must first understand how the engine is going to perform in a different car, find a place to mount the computer, make the sensors function properly and design an electrical system to support it.

Yep Im a proud momma...and Im just waiting for him to get done with school and find a 69 SS Chevy Camaro to restore for ME!!!!