Characters welcome

Is anyone else glad to finally have some real tv to watch again?

I know how pathetic it seems but we are really happy to finally see some new shows- thanks USA. Honestly, now we can keep track of what day it is by something other than hovering the mouse over the time in the corner of our computers. I love USA's tag line- characters welcome. Yep, makes us feel right at home.

Thursdays we watch Burn Notice- if you haven't seen this show it is on our MUST WATCH and dvr list. They have a lot of contests going on now and I am trying to win the boxed set of season one. Michael Westin was a spy and his own team burned him and we're just now finding out why. The setting is Miami and the show moves right along.

Fridays we have Monk- think OCD former cop trying to make it as a PI. He can't be a cop any more because he couldn't save his late wife and he can't get past that. He's in therapy and has a personal assistant who is really more of a partner. It really is funny and moving.

Following Monk is Psych- okay this seems like it should be terrible and it is... terribly clever. Shaun's dad was a cop so he doesn't want anything to do with that, but he notices things and can solve crimes, it's what he does well, so he pretends he's psychic and helps out the PD. His partner Gus is his boyhood friend and kind of gets dragged along for the ride.

Corbin Bernsen (Arnie from LA Law waaaaaaaay back in the day) is his dad and they have a screwy relationship and just this season they brought in Cybil Shepard as his mom and he is just finding out that everything was not his dad's fault.

House used to be on after that- not sure what happened there- heard it was on a network now or something but we never remember to look.

Anyhoozles, we're glad to have something new that we like to watch on tv. Now when Brothers and Sisters comes back on we'll be all set.

Know any other good shows we need to get hooked on?

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Parenting Is Not For The Faint Of Heart Or Queasy Of Tummy

Sometimes being a mom really stinks! Today is one of those days. My kidlets are hurting and I can't do a thing to make them feel better.
The two littles went to the oral surgeon and had some teeth yanked- not just the easy pull- and the mini-diva woke up during the procedure. They gave her another shot, but OMG OUCH!!!
Thank God for Ken. He took them and is even now running to get their meds. Yes, I know, earlier I bitched about the ex and my excellent (NOT) judgment, but I have to say I did okay this time around, as the girls say he more than makes up for the first screw-up.
This is one of the few parts of parenting I really have a problem with. Give me good old rebellion or the no no no or mine mine mine or teen angst any day. Those I have coping skills for. I can hold it together during a real emergency but I am such a wussy weenie I about passed out... or puked. Ken had to carry the mini-diva in from the car and she was crying.
I have to say though, that even though they hurt her, even though she woke up and moved and they gave her a few unnecessary jabs her manners are so ingrained that she kept thanking them. Whoever says manners can't be taught in this day and age is full of it. She also apparently treated them to a couple of songs from Forbidden Broadway, which amused them greatly I am told.
The littlest miss is faring a tad better as in her drugs had not quite worn off before we got more into her. (Ken made it back with their oxycodone.) She's reading now- they are both in their beds resting and my ears are on alert so I can run if they need me.
Oy I will never get this post done. Had to go running because the girls each need at least one dog with them... and Miss Kitty thinks she has to bully the others- she didn't want to lay but she doesn't want them to either. None of us can stand seeing our girls hurting.
On to something happier- have had some more happy mail the last few days... a few more prizes came in-
The Dark Knight Soundtrack; Oprah Tote which included: Bright orange zippered tote that folds small, another tote green, bottle Wishbone Bountifuls Salad Dressing, Dove Cream Oil body wash, Neutrogena mineral sheers powder foundation, Eucerin everyday protection body lotion, Aveeno sunblock lotion, Estee Lauder advanced night repair complex, Lancome paris mascara, Clarins Paris younger longer balm, several samples and trial sizes of make up and food and a coupon for a free Contessa convenience meal; Lucky Max Factor Prize Pack which didn't have everything it was supposed to but had a few things of eye make-up and a Magic Bullet Platinum Pro 20 Piece Set.
I know I am going to sound like such a dork here but when I was in the hospital I can't tell you how badly I wanted a Magic Bullet. Night after night it was that or exercise infomercials. I could not eat or sleep for days at a time so I tortured myself watching it over and over. Of course that was when things were a lot tighter financially and really I have enough appliances to get by (err more than there is comfortably room for to be honest) so there was just no way to justify getting one.
Kyra got a Magic Bullet for Christmas this year and she loves it- keeps telling me I really need to get one. She uses hers mostly to make up smoothies for her and the grandson in the mornings. I considered, I debated, I kept putting it off for some reason. Apparently this is the reason- I would have just gotten the small one in Target and it was meant that I have the super-duper deluxe model.
I can't wait to try this baby out- and since the littles will be needing some soft smooshy foods, the timing was absolutely perfect. Poor babies are hurting now... how long before those dang drugs kick in already? I wish I could take their pain for them.
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Ian versus the pavement

Well, my grandson has a pretty hard head. They tell me that the pavement took quite a beating but I wasn't there to see the dent he left in it. Ki and Aaron took him to the er just to make sure everything is okay and it is... and he was running around and playing with the girls and dogs here for quite a while so it's all good.

They also brought a pic from Chick-Fil-A when they dressed up for the free meal deal so I'll put that on here too.
The girls were going to put the spots on Ian's face but he wasn't having any of that but he did have the spotted onesie so he still counted as a baby cow.
Kyra's such a good little mama doing stuff like this for him- and trust me when I tell you he's more of a handful than I had with all 4 of them.
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Whoever Said Dogs Don't Sweat... LIED!

Technically, maybe it is not sweat. But pansies that my dogs are they go outside to do their business then come right back into the air conditioned comfort of our home. They come back in reeking! Maybe I am hypersensitive to unpleasant odors, but you know that smell that little kids get when they have been playing hard outside for hours. The one that is not quite like when we lived in Alaska and whenever someone a little less meticulous than we are and had some vile body odor that made you gag when they passed by. That's the one. That is how my dogs smell after two minutes out in this hideously oppressive heat.
Now, I know dogs aren't going to smell like people (well we don't care for dog shampoo smell so mostly ours smell like either the Nexxus I use or whatever one of the girls whose turn it is to bathe them can use without another sister finding out and killing them) but that yummy smell goes away since it is bad to bathe them daily... but they don't usually STINK.
It goes away when they cool back down but ewwwwwwwwww I can barely stand to be around them until it passes. Can we say NASTY!!!
Why is it the nastier they smell the more they feel the need to come say hello to mommy? Just like human kids. Okay this probably sounds bad but we have this thing... hehe yes we have a lot of things... anyways if someone gives you "THE LOOK" and a number drop whatever you are doing and run, don't walk, to the shower because you have a stench factor. Usually it is after they have been on the school bus and the AC wasn't working and they've been sitting next to a bunch of sweating teens and tweens or something like that when they will get busted.
I know some people are opposed to deodorant but if I was ever stuck on a deserted island and could only take one thing, if they wouldn't let me pick a fully stocked, fully staffed, fully functioning cruise ship I would bring a lifetime supply of Degree Deodorant.
What can I say- I was the one handing my kids back to the nurses and saying help me to the shower the minute I saw they were healthy and had all their fingers and toes.
And I am rambling. So, anyone know any good cures for smelly pups that doesn't involve bathing them and ruining their skin every time they come back in the house?
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Pick your own orchard, nature

Nature and diva's don't mix. Period. Well unless it is at the ocean.
We went to Collin's Orchard here in Conway yesterday and it was really fun. But. You knew that was coming, right?
Ever since I got home, nosebleeds and sinus/allergy pain & pressure.
We had a seriously good time, though. Nectarines and peaches are in season- there were like 6 different kinds of peaches ripe- the white ones are the sweetest and it was so funny. Kyra bit into one and then held it for Ian to take a bite and instead he sipped the dang thing, it was that juicy.
We also ended up with regular and Japanese eggplant, white scalloped squash, peppers, cukes and baby grape tomatoes. Prices were better than anywhere else around here, we will definitely be going back.
While we were checking out a couple of different people came up asking about the corn- they had none left but apparently it is THAT good so we'll be back Friday morning unless something comes up to get that and a watermelon which will also be ripe then.
I did squeal when a stink bug landed on my Hello Kitty shades and then the stupid thing got on my shirt and wouldn't get off!!! so I started to panic but thank goodness my brave girls saved me.
Kyra and Ian spent the rest of the day with us- she made us a delicious peach cobbler that was just divine with some vanilla ice cream.
She also took some of the bounty home for their little family and her mother in law. I don't mind sharing but the kid did not take one of the more interesting specimen's my wonderful grandson picked. Next time he gets his own bag as he was not always gentle putting them in. Also some were overripe and others... so tiny they have no chance. Bwahahah he had fun and there is more than enough to go around I am teasing baby girl, you know that monkey boy can do very little wrong in a gigi's eyes.
I suck at putting pics in but we got some really cute ones of Ian with his aunties so am gonna try to put a few in here to share.
Hey mama!!! and sissy!!! You guys can say hi on here to me you know I don't bite (very hard or very often).
Oh, and T, mom said you have some pics of my great nieces so I can show everyone what a fabulous gene pool we come from so send them when you have a chance.
xoxoxoxoxox Love love everyone and thanks for reading. :)
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I'm melting! & Jump!Zone

I totally feel like the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz. Not because I am so mean (this time) but because I want to go around yelling
I'M MELTING!!!!!!!!! I'M MELTING!!!!!!!!!
Whew it is HOT out there! Really, we're wilting from just running in and out of the car. Had fun and got the monkey boy all tired out though so that's what matters.

We just had a Jump!Zone open here so Dev and I went with Ki and Ian. Fun and they only charged for one ticket since Ian is under two. They only charge for one adult with a child under two, but since we had to pay for Devii they didn't do the adult charge. It was $7.58 with tax and it's good for all day- you can even leave and come back, so not too bad.

The kids say the winner is the Pirate ship- it has the best slide, but the E-dude liked the thing with the balls best- he's obsessed with balls. Dev kinda liked the giant gumball machine, but I think that was because she's a sweethound more than that she thought it was the coolest thing there. We left after Ian got knocked over by a bigger kid. Total accident, but the little man was ready for his nap.
We hit Subway on the way home- the $5 footlongs are a pretty good deal, and since this Subway happens to be in with TCBY Ian and Dev split a cotton candy fro-yo while we ordered. Poor little tyke was so tuckered out he fell asleep at the booth. But 30 bucks for 5 subs, 1 drink, 1 chips (naturally I forgot the gazillion coupons I won for free chips) and a fro-yo is not too bad, I think- especially since that will be 2 meals each for us. Best part- no dishes and no mess to clean up! Yay!!!!! I love cooking but when it is this hot out I am not fond of exerting myself too terribly much from mid-afternoon on. I'M MELTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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