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Virtual GNO - I'm Sunscreen Barbie!

I mentioned a week ago that my 11 yr. old was starting Sex Ed. at school. We talked, we looked at books, we talked, she blushed, (I drank... just kidding... kind of) and I thought that it was under control and all was understood. But, last night, she just felt that she knew too much. She changed her mind and didn't want to grow up. I don't want her to either!!! Oh, if only we could go back. But that's just not a part of Mother Nature's plan.

You know what I need? A Virtual Girls Night Out!!!

New to the party? Welcome! The original Virtual Girls Night Out is a blog-hopping party that began in the summer of 2008. I couldn't get a sitter and I was in desperate need for time away from my children. So, I did the next best thing and turned to my blog friends.

To join the blog-hopping fun, check out my VGNO post then, due to Mr. Linky not working for me (ARGH!) leave your blog link in the comment section. Visit fellow bloggers that have left their blog links. Go blog…

Who Knew?

I have to say, I honestly didn't think I would enjoy going to a gym. Truth be told, I never thought I had the nerve to actually step inside one.

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Fake Or Real. Really?

I can't believe what I'm seeing. Is this really real?

I was watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" (don't judge) this afternoon. When that show was over the next one began. I'm still waiting for the punchline. Here I was, being welcomed by the host to "Fake or Real: The ultimate plastic surgery game show". Huh?

Our host informed us that three women would be coming on stage, each trying to convince the "celebrity judges" that they've had plastic surgery when, in fact, only one has. If the judges claim that someone looks "Fake" when they are actually "Real" then that woman wins the prize of... wait for it... $1,000.

yeah.

I kept waiting for the laugh track. Something to tell me that this was not only a joke to me, but to those participating.

I just about lost it when I saw the "celebrity judges". Now, I'm not making this up, the first judge was from MadTV, Debra Skelton. I do think she's f…

Time To Head To The Beach

Yeah! The weather is terrific! What a lucky break since there's a 3-Day weekend. We gathered our beach gear and drove to Sauvie Island. (Along with everyone else in town we discovered.)


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That Benny, he doesn't want to be the only one smelling like wet dog. Shake it Benny!

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Virtual GNO - 3-Day Weekend and A Giveaway!

Am I the only one still in town for the 3-Day weekend? I feel like it.

Yesterday I was a chaperone for my youngest's field trip to a working farm. It was a beautiful day and the opportunity to spend the day in the sun was fantastic. (I live in Oregon... 'nuff said) 2nd graders have crazy energy and incredible minds which lead many of the parents to ask "Is there a bar in the barn by chance?"

You know what I'm in the mood for? A Virtual Girls Night Out!

New to the party? Welcome! The original Virtual Girls Night Out is a blog-hopping party that began in the summer of 2008. I couldn't get a sitter and I was in desperate need for time away from my children. So, I did the next best thing and turned to my blog friends.

To join the blog-hopping fun, check out my VGNO post then sign the Mr. Linky guestbook below. Visit fellow bloggers that have signed in as well. Go blog-hopping!

Time For Some Tunes!

Carolina Liar "Show Me What I'm Looking For"

My l…

You Need This! Buy Now!

I’m inspired by a new show on the Discovery Channel called “Pitchmen”. It follows Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan as they search for the next great invention. Well, I’ve got a few inventions that I would like to see become a reality.

For Your Consideration:

Comforter Weights: These handy-dandy gadgets will clip easily onto the comforter corners on your side of the bed so your sleeping partner has no chance of hogging the covers.

Applause Alarm Clock: A positive way to start the day after a comfy night's sleep with all of your covers. This Applause Alarm Clock will rouse you from your slumber with enthusiastic applause to start you off on a cheery note.

Toilet Paper Roll Direction Correction: We all know there is only one true way for the toilet paper to hang on the dispenser. This little gadget will guide those, who so graciously decide to add a new roll of toilet paper, to put it on the one-and-only way.

There you have it. Gadgets that will have us asking ourselves "How did I eve…

Benny and his Care Bear

Time to chill

Think Of What He's Seen?!?

Keeping my neighbor busy while her husband prepared her surprise party was not hard. Our neighborhood was holding its annual parade and carnival so as we returned to her house after our fill of local crafts and waffle cones, the added cars surrounding her house wasn’t unusual. How do you hide a group of 75 people? Plan the party the same day as a neighborhood celebration!

After going home to change I walked in the door to a party going full steam. It was a wonderful turn out. I met her sisters from out of town and her old college roommate. I had heard so much about these people I felt as if I knew them already.

I had excused myself to refresh my drink and, upon returning, I saw the back of a head that looked strangely familiar. My neighbor said “Oh Ann! I believe you know my brother-in-law?” This tall man turned around with the biggest grin and said “Well, hello Ann! How are you?”

Oh-my-gosh!

It was my OB-Gyn! What the?!?

I stood there shaking his hand like a fool. His wife said “Oh, are y…

Virtual GNO - Sweet!

Is it really Friday? The week actually went quickly for me. I almost missed an important appointment yesterday because I've been a day off this week. Maybe due to the fact that I was a bit fixated on my 11 yr. old's Sex Ed. class that began this week. We're growing up in this house!!! Know what I need? A Virtual Girls Night Out!

New to the party? Welcome! The original Virtual Girls Night Out (boys welcome too) is a blog-hopping party that began in the summer of 2008. I couldn't get a sitter and I was in desperate need for time away from my children. So, I did the next best thing and turned to my blog friends. This is how we do it. Check out my VGNO post then sign the Mr. Linky guestbook below. Visit fellow bloggers that have signed in as well. Go blog-hopping!

So about that very important appointment I almost missed yesterday... it was time to color those grey roots!


What the heck happened to my eyebrow?! Where'd the rest of it go???

I am so bad about doin…

Phase One - Sex Ed.

Preparing for the first class of Sex Ed. went pretty well. The problem is, my daughter just isn't interested in "What's that for? Why does this happen?" It's more like "My friend said this and it's just gross!!!"

While my oldest daughter and I were having our serious phase one of the Sex Ed. conversation in our garden her little sister, who is 8, was sneeking up to the windows and slowly opening them, thinking we couldn't hear the metal sliding against each other.

During the explanation about the man/woman connection I heard a giggle from the open window. That sent my oldest screaming, "Lily! Leave us alone!"

Phase one of the Sex Ed. conversation was over and my youngest came outside and said "I want to know everything you just told Katie". I said, 'Well, we were talking about sexual intercourse.' She screamed "YUCK! NO!" and took the book that I had been using as a guide and leafed through the pages. …

No Turning Back - Sex Ed.

Tomorrow is the day. I remember Sex Education in 7th grade when I was growing up. Now, for my oldest, the class begins in 5th grade. *heavy sigh*

Of course I've been talking with her about the body and how it works for years. I was brought up with a mother that was fantastic about being available for any and all questions. It was really up to me and my comfort level.

Now, after reading the letter that came home from school, tomorrow is the day that the 5th grade class begins their F.L.A.S.H. program, "Family Life and Sexual Health". For me there was no fancy program, it was just Sex Ed. That was it. Let the giggling commence!

I want to go back to preschool!!! I want to be Parent Helper #1 and bring the juice! (Or was it 'Crackers'? I could never remember what I was supposed to bring so I just brought one of everything).

I talked with my daughter about the class last night and she asked "Are they going to talk about private parts?" 'Yep…

Buds Become Blossoms

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Virtual GNO - Working At The Mom Thing - And A Giveaway!

ARGH!

Mother's Day is Sunday and this morning I growled at my daughter. (You know, that deep throat grumble that's one step away from all out screaming). Well... I guess no "Mother Of The Year" awards are coming my way.

She can just be so much. All. The. Time. And I couldn't believe that she was ready to rumble first thing in the morning, I mean, come on?! I feel terrible. You know what I need? A Virtual Girls Night Out! (A real one would be best :-> )

New to the party? Welcome! The original Virtual Girls Night Out (boys welcome too) is a blog-hopping party that began in the summer of 2008. I couldn't get a sitter and I needed time away from my children desperately. So, I did the next best thing and turned to my blog friends. This is how we do it. Check out my VGNO post then sign the Mr. Linky guestbook below. Visit fellow bloggers that have signed in as well. Go blog-hopping!

Now, go put on something cozy and settle in for the party. Add your bl…

5th Grade Talent Show

A story for my 5th grade daughter:

Picture this, I'm in 5th grade and it's time for the school's Annual Talent Show. My best friend Wendy and I had worked out this great (;-> ) dance routine to one of our favorite Captain and Tennile songs. Wendy and I practiced on weekends and after school until it was dark. Our bodies were different sizes and we desperately wanted to look coordinated. We were devoted.

I was a full foot taller than Wendy, actually I was a full foot taller than everyone in my class. It had been that way for a few years and I was doing my best to deal with it. But there were times when I would walk with my shoulders slumped just to appear shorter, in my own mind anyway. However, my mother, and my friends, wouldn't let me get away with it and would poke me in-between my shoulder blades to straighten up. (I thank them to this day for doing that!)

Not only was I taller than the others in my class my body seemed to be, well, developing faster than the other…

Thanks Kid

The thought of wearing a bathing suit is something I've never been comfortable with. And it has nothing to do with the size of my thighs or the width of my hips or the range of my rack. All my life I've dealt with something that has made me very self conscious. And the only thing that took me away from my self-absorption was becoming a mother.

I was born with a birthmark on my back. When bathing suit season came around I made sure my swimsuit was a certain style so my birthmark wouldn't show. All my friends had a "two-piece" while I was the one in the body covering "one-piece". I lived my life thinking that if people knew of this "thing" I have on my back that they wouldn't... oh, I don't know, wouldn't like me anymore. Stupid, I know. But self-absorption does that to you.

When my purpose in this world became more about someone else's well-being and less about whatever unique feature I had, it was freeing. When you'…

Virtual GNO - May Day Fun!

Guitar Guy and I are getting the house ready for our annual May Day gathering. Our house is small but our yard makes up for our tiny rooms. (Cross fingers that the rain holds off, at least for Saturday please Mother Nature!) I need a break from the party prep. Time for a Virtual Girls Night Out!

New to the party? The original Virtual Girls Night Out (boys welcome too) is a blog-hopping party. You are where the party begins! Check out my VGNO post then sign the Mr. Linky guestbook below. Visit fellow bloggers that have signed in as well. Now, go put on something cozy and settle in for the party. Add your blog link to Mr. Linky below and join in the blog-hopping fun!

Time To Twirl!

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I want to hang out in a field and play guitar too! (I should probably learn how to play first. Oh well ;-> )

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday. We make sure to have a delightful blend of the classic Derby drink…