Sunday, February 28, 2010

Getting to know you!

This is my first time joining this blog hop because quite frankly I don't usually get sucked into the great world of blogs on Sundays... I assure you I have had plenty of time on my hands today (note: husband is STILL in the field....)

Check out MannLand5's blog and get to know someone!

The questions..

1. Would you rather bungee jump or sky dive?
How about... neither? I know, I am a HUGE chicken.. I am not spontaneous. I guess if I was forced to choose I would go for sky diving, something about bungee jumping, perhaps the bungee will break? How about indoor skydiving? That, I can handle. 
2. When using a public restroom to you squat over the seat or sit?
I would like to say I squat over the seat, but I am known to wait until the last minute if I do have to enter the dreaded public restroom, then I just have to plop down and go, ya know what I'm saying? I try and avoid those places as much as possible. They literally make me gag. Potty training is a blast.
3. Favorite flower?
I am all about those tropical flowers.. you know, orchids and such. But I also love tulips, so simple.
4. Pedicure or manicure?
I have been a good girl for a while now and kept up with getting my nails done, but I would much rather enjoy a relaxing pedicure. Waiting for summer and flip flops, would hate to cover those babies up!
5. How many siblings do you have?
2. I have an older sister and an older(est) brother. We are all 16 months apart. Yeah, a little crazy Mom!
6. Do you pee in the shower? (gasp!)
I used to.. I usually use the bathroom right before I get in the shower!
7. Bikini, tankini, or one piece?
 What is this bikini you speak of? Maybe 3 years ago..... I vote tankini!
8. Where do you hate to shop at, but go there anyway?
Big time WALMART. I hate the environment, crowds and small isles. I try and avoid it at all costs, but somehow I always end up there looking for something. 

Friday, February 26, 2010


It's Friday! Normally I would be super excited, but it is yet another weekend while the hub is living in the field.... Good news is, my Momma is here! Let's see how long I can keep her down here...

My Little Life

It is time for 5QF with the one and only Mama M....

1. Do you sing karaoke? If so, what is your go to song?
I ventured out of the box and sang karaoke for the first time ever with my famous karaoke singing sister just a few months ago.... Liquid courage helped, and we sang some Dixie Chicks - Cowboy Take me Away. I vote faster song next time. Here is a horrible and blurry picture for your viewing enjoyment. I am on the right.

2. What is your favorite coffee drink?
Favorite? I will always love me a frappuccino from Starbucks, but on a cold day I choose a Cinnamon Dulce latte or Carmel Brulee latte. Yummo!

3. If you could choose your own name, what would it be?
I am not sure I would want to pick my own name, I would like to rename my husband though (ya know, since we have the same name and all)... He always said he grew up wanting to be named Kevin. I always grew up wanting to be named Johanna. I have no idea why!

4. Were you ever bullied?
Kids are mean. No way around that. I remember some kid in 7th grade used to call me Kelly Gorilla (similar to my maiden name) and that hurt...

5. How often do you eat fast food?
Not as often as I'd like... Hehe, jokes Mom, jokes...I am not a big fan of Wendy's or McD's sort of fast food (or rather the feeling AFTER the fact), but I lurve me some Chick-fil-a or Qdoba or Chipolte or Arby's...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I sit here tonight next to my sick baby.. Today has involved lots of scary temperatures and throw up.

I look at him peacefully sleeping, my eyes fill with tears wishing I could be the one who feels sick.. not him. As a mother I think it is safe to say that our biggest fear is something happening to our children.
He is my whole entire world and I can't imagine it any other way. - And that is putting it lightly.

I think of these parents whose children have terminal illnesses. I think of those parents who have lost their babies. I think of those parents who never got to meet their precious angel.
How can it be? It is something far too vast that I don't think I will ever fully get it. I know God has bigger and better plans, but until I get to heaven I am not sure it will ever make sense.
I think of Layla Grace who is losing her fight right as we speak. I think of Kate who is fighting with all she has, her mom and dad switching shifts on the oncology floor while they take care of their other two children, while their sweet baby girl gets chemo pumped into her little body.. I think of sweet baby Audrey who went straight up to Jesus, and the parents who are longing to meet her again.

It just isn't fair. My baby is fighting a fever, and I sit here feeling so helpless. And I know he is going to be ok. I feel so weak compared to these Mom's who go thru SO much worse. I am ok laying on the floor next to my Bug, I am ok with not getting any sleep tonight just to listen to him breathe and take his temperature. When you are trying for a family you don't think of the sick nights that lie ahead with your children.. I will hold MY baby extra tight tonight and thank God for a healthy and strong boy. I will weep for the Mommy's that go through the unthinkable.
Dear Field,
I hate you for stealing my husband so much!
Much love,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I have been MIA once again, but I can assure you under much better circumstances than the last black-out!!! Things are all well in the Jones house...

Now, onto bigger and better things... Effe! Boy, am I thankful today.

#1. My family.. I love my little family, I love the family I was raised in, and I love my in-laws (well.. mostly!!)!

#2. Facebook. It almost made the #1 spot...

#3. Food. Well, you get it.

#4. Friends. Good ones seem hard to come by!

#5. Faith. Life is SO much easier knowing someone else is in real control!

#6. Father's Day. An aftermath of Mother's Day... to show my Daddy and my baby daddy how much they are loves..

#7. Federal income taxes. I guess I just don't notice them getting taken out, but I SURE do love that tax-return every year!

#8. Flour. (I know, right? Did I really just say I am thankful for flour?? Hello! It's like a major ingredient to my favorite cookies!)

#9. Frappuccino- Weather, PLEASE warm up! I am so craving one!!

#10. Freedom. We can freely use our speech, religion and make choices. Thankful for the ones who keep it that way...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ten on Tuesday- E style

E... Hmmm, shouldn't be this hard, right?

1. Elmo. Even tho Cayden isn't totally into him anymore, he has still provided me with a minute or two of silence. Plus, he is just soooo darn cute. (P.S. Have you seen the guy who does Elmo's voice? Google it! You'd be surprised)
2. Eggs. What else would I get the little bug to eat everyday for breakfast?
3. Egg Beaters. Even better (can you say, easy?)!
4. Ebay. Okay, okay... I'm not really that thankful for this because I could live without it, but it has saved me many a money!
5. Email. Easy way to stay in touch with Grandmother's and in-laws! (Oh what am I kidding, I mean easy way for everyone to forwards me junk joke mail!)
6. Espresso. I. Like. Caffeine.
7. Earth. Although it's a beautiful place to stay, I'm glad to know it's not going to be where I spend eternity!
8. Elephants, and the cute noise C makes because of them!
9. Elk. Not a fan of the taste, but love the pride it brings to my grandpa.
10. Elliptical- you know, for that one time I got on one. Heard it's good to tone the buttox.

Updated: My Mom pointed out that I didn't list Etsy. Heeeeeello, what was I thinking?????? So there. Etsy is my #1 choice :) And yes, I am thankful for it!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I would love to help you look!

I am married to a man who loses everything. Mainly keys, cell phones, leave packets, shoes, coffee mugs....

I swear. And once he notices it is missing, he gets super stressed out. Like, frantically tearing running around the house.

And the thing is... 9 times out of 10, I find what he can't. And I think he is starting to count on me to find it.

Last nights scenario...
We had a late appointment across town to get our taxes done. We rushed home to get C in bed, which we managed to do before 9pm.
Husband comes downstairs after checking on him one last time, and asks if I have seen his cell phone.

Why no, I haven't.
Maybe you should check the dirty clothes hamper where you took off your ACUs... Did you look in the car, maybe it fell out of your pocket? Have you tried calling it? Maybe you accidently put it with the toys when you so lovingly picked up? Are you sure you brought it home from work? Retrace your steps...

Looking, looking... Still nothing.

H: "I just know it fell out of my pocket in the parking lot. I just know it."

So as I am still looking around, he decides to drive the 20 minutes back to the tax office. I take a break and unpause the end of The Biggest Loser..
Then, I decide to look just one more place... you know, maybe he accidentally put it away with the toys when he cleaned up?

And alas... There it was.
On TOP of the toy box.
You know, the second place that I suggested he look.

You're welcome!
Sigh.. He completes me, and I him.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

I now introduce you to my friend... Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie

I love me all things pumpkin... Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin coffee creamer, pumpkin ice cream, seriously.. you name it. You can bet when I heard the words "pumpkin chocolate chip cookies" I was all over that. I make these on a regular basis (husband loves this, my big butt doesn't.). They truly are heavenly and very filling, very soft- cake like.. Here is the recipe!

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt.
2. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.
3. Add vanilla and chocolate chips.
4. Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Ten On Tuesday

Let me just start this off by saying.... I am SO beyond ready for summer. Granted, we are not snowed in like most of the East coast is, but we have snow which means no going to the park to burn energy, and it takes twice the time to get bundled up and out the door... Come on, spring....

This week's ten are all about the letter D, as in Delta.

1. Dishwasher. I may hate unloading it (in fact, it's calling my name right now) but I really hate washing dishes!

2. Drive Thru Starbucks. Now, I haven't always felt this way.. I used to work at one and saw some pretty lazy people come through. Now I get it! You try lugging a kid in and out of Starbucks in a timely fashion.

3. Dinner. We grew up eating dinner together as a family every night and now I look forward to it with my boys every night. Not necessarily the cooking part, mostly the eating!

4. Dog. Not because she sheds worse than my own head, but she does a nice job of cleaning up the floor around C after said dinner.

5. Dessert! Enough said.

6. DVD player. Since the one in my car is out of commission for the time being, I will go with the one that is currently playing Up just so I can write this post.. it has been a long winter!

7.Dads. Mine is pretty cool.

8. Dark wash jeans. Dresses things up a little (Don't laugh!).

9. Diapers, not!!! I am so tired of buying diapers.. But I guess I am thankful for them, because without them my life may be a mess.

10. Direct Deposit. I love the 1st and 15th of every month. :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Fragments

It's Friday and we all know what that means.... We survived another week and Daddy gets to take over breakfast duty for the next two days! Woo!

Mommy's Idea

I am full of it today... a whole lotta nothing, that's what! Friday Fragments are hosted by the wonderful Mrs. 4444... usually bits and pieces that are too short for a blog post of their own.


~What a long week this feels like. Sick babies are not my favorite thing. Proud to report fever is gone, now we just have to kick this cough and boogers outta here! Ready to get out of the house, let alone not miss another MOPS!

~Potty training is going good, maybe this is because we have been in the house most of the week. We have been in "undies" since 7am and only had one accident!! Now only if we could completely get the hang of it and 86 diapers for good!!

~My SIL, BIL and twin two year old nephews are driving down from Denver tomorrow to spend a couple nights with us! It should be a really good time with three 2 year old boys! I love having company.

~As stated above, that means I have been busy cleaning! Which reminds me, I should be scrubbing a bathroom, not sitting here... hmm..

~We live in a townhome which means they have a company come out and shovel snow. Well they usually wait until the day after, so it is completely iced over. One of my friends slipped and hurt her knee, and the husband slipped yesterday too. Maybe I should invest in some ice salt?

~We are hosting our own superbowl party. I don't think too many people are coming, a few of Kele's buddies, sister, friend and SIL/BIL. Should be a good time, we are making some mexican food!

~ I have gotten 4 new blog followers this week.. Do you know how giddy this makes me?????? Love all you ladies! :)

~My sweet husband came home for a late lunch today and decided that he wanted to take Cayden back to work with him.. Here I sit, enjoying TWO whole hours of silence!!! I love that man.

Hope every one has a wonderful weekend.... see ya Monday!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Must be the weather.

Nothing good going on here today... I am home with a very sick, sleepy baby. He is on his second nap of the day, which makes sense after being up all night.

We went to the doctor this morning to take care of what I thought was an ear infection. Turns out, his ears have been "sucked in" since he doesn't know how to blow his nose, and just sucks the snot up into his head instead. Pleasant, right? Now, we are just busy yawning and chewing loads of bubble gum to try and un-pop them.

Hopeful for a good nights sleep tonight, but I'm not going to count on it after how the last three nights have gone.

I am sure this will become habit even after he starts to feel better. How do you break a two year old of waking up in the middle of the night? Ignore him? Wait for two hours while he tries to fall asleep?

Really thankful for coffee today :D

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ten on Tuesday- C

This week's Ten on Tuesday is brought to you by the letter C!

1. Cayden! What did I ever do without that little guy?
2. Canned Starbucks! A wee bit cheaper than the real-deal and a must to have on hand!
3. my Car! A simple luxury we take for granted, can you imagine not having one? And for the first time I have a practical car with all the features I need!
4. Cable. Mostly so we can watch Diego and Little Einsteins, but I also appreciate MTV and TLC :)
5. Clumping cat litter.. Quick, but unfortunately still stinky.
6. Cell phone. Ya know, just in case.
7. Chapstick. Preferably Burts Bees. Because we all know how dry it is here in the square state of Colorado.
8. Cookies. Like pumpkin chocolate chip (recipe coming soon!). Helps my craving for sweets!
9. Cabin. The one my grandpa built. Even though we don't make it up there as much as we should, it is always a good, relaxing time when we do!
10. Cage-- For the dog of course! Last night her door didn't get shut all the way and she made her way up to my room around midnight. I decided to let her just sleep with us for once. After jumping on and off the bed about 4 times (she couldn't get comfy) I remembered why she sleeps in there in the first place!

Truthful Tuesdays

This is the first time I have done Confessions from A Working Mom's Truthful Tuesday!

If you could "do-over" any one scene in your life... what would it be, and why?

When I first read this question, the first thing that popped into my head was when Cayden was born.. Then the more I thought about it, I am not so sure that I want to go thru that pain again.. I was only in labor for 12 hours, but it friggin HURT! So.. Let's say, I would love to go back to the scene right after C was born, because it is such a blur and I really don't remember too much of it!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tired = Not too happy.

Happy Monday! I will not be doing a Not Me Monday, because quite frankly the only thing that can come to this sleepy head is about my child waking up a little earlier every single day... Today, 4:30am took the prize! Yawn.

The Crayon Wrangler posted about ten things that make her happy. I will take a break from nagging (finally! Says the husband!) and look on the bright side, for once!

1. When the Bug goes down for his nap or bed time without a fight! Today, nap was a success. Forget the fact that he was up at 4:30.

2. Pay day! Not that I love money, but man! I love money. Money = Target.

3. Cuddling on the couch with the pook while he drinks his milk! Nothing is better than feeling a little (well, not really in his case) head on your shoulder.

4. Good hair days. These are far and few between. If my hair is not up in a messy mess on top of my head, then it's a good day!

5. Grocery shopping alone. Not to be confused with grocery shopping accompanied by a two year old.

6. Coming downstairs and finding that the evening fairy has come to clean up.

7. Goes along with #6. When someone other than myself unloads the dishwasher! This is my least favorite chore. I guess it beats washing the dishes myself tho...

8. When someone saves me the last chocolate chip cookie.

9. An empty laundry hamper. I can't even remember the last time this happened.

10. Date night alone sans children. This is new to me. We went the first two years of his life going out once a year (anniversary) by ourselves. We took our first weekend away at a marriage retreat last weekend while C went to Grandma Jones's house! We all survived. And now know that dinner without a two year old is a whole notha' world!