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Archive for October 2011

Isaac’s preschool had a Halloween Parade. All the kids came to school dressed up.

The cuteness was overwhelming!

Isaac dressed up as Dash from the Incredibles. Again, the cuteness overflows my heart!

Ms. Donna (his teacher) dressed up as a queen and marched the kids outside and around the park at their school beating a drum.

Seriously, it doesn’t get any cutier than 24 little three year olds all dressed up, huge smiles on their faces, waving to all their adorning parents shouting “Happy Halloween”

They stopped momentarily to pose for their fans before finishing the route.

Isaac was at the front of the marching line the whole time; right behind Ms. Donna with these other boys Stitch (from the movie Lilo and Stitch, the zookeeper, the garbage man, and the frog. What great friends to have!

We love Isaac’s preschool!

I have been married for seven and a half years. A long time in today’s society but not long compared to some.

Hubby and I have had extreme ups and extreme downs and through it all I have learned two things that makes a marriage last.

Want to know what they are???

1. God

We put God at the center our of marriage. We believe our own marriages are doomed to fail because as humans we all are just too selfish.

Having God as the focal point of a marriage allows Him to intervene during the hard times, He teaches us to love our spouse in a way we couldn’t do on our own, and we learn to pray for each other’s needs.

A God centered marriage honors the marriage commitment; divorce is not an option in our marriage…EVER!

I truly believe that God is the reason for our successful, happy, loving marriage. We would have defintely screwed it up on our own!

2. Friendship.

Friendship is what makes a marriage not only survive the times but thrive.

Being married to your best friend; not in a sappy, cliche way but in a truly literal sense. There is nobody I would rather hang out with than my hubby. We are spending the day in Temecula today and I am so excited. Not because Temecula is some great vacation destination spot or because I desperately need a break from the boys; but because I get to spend all day, twelve uninterrupted hours with my best friend.

And I know hubby feels the exact same way.

That is why one day we will be celebrating our fiftieth wedding anniversary; because we are best friends.

And best friends lasts forever!

Happy Friday!

Let me start by saying I am all for protesting. I don’t think I would ever actually participate in a protest but I think it’s great when people stand up, take to the street, and express their feelings in a peaceful, constitutional manner. Protesting helped get women the vote, it got our government to withdraw from Vietnam, and was a huge motivator in the civil rights movement.

I am all for protesting.

Well that isn’t entirely true. Let me rephrase…

I am all for protesting with a purpose.

The protesters in the Occupy Wall Street/Orange County/Your Backyard movement that is happening now around the country is pointless and I completely disagree with it.

Of course I am against corporate and Wall Street greed, and of course I think it’s awful that so many people are out of work or can’t find jobs that pay them for what they deserve. My hubby had three jobs in one year due to the recession/depression of our economy. But here is where this protest totally comes unglued for me: I plan to fight against this greed by voting new, fresh people into congress, the senate, and our local government, so that we can turn things around from the inside. The Occupy protesters seem to just want to complain about life not being fair. Most of their random demands almost have an air of communism or socialism about them.

For example:

  • Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment. WHAT? That makes absolutely no sense unless we live in a socialist society. People work hard for the money and the positions they earn. Yes, many people are struggling right now making less than they should, but the economy WILL come back. We will not be in a recession forever and when it does those people who are underemployed now will be promoted. If you aren’t being recognized financially for your work find a new job (they ARE out there,) or go get more education to help make more money. But this whole one income for everyone only works in places like Russia or China, so move there.
  • Free college education. America is a democracy. Supply and demand. People earn what they get here and we pay for quality things like education. If you want free education I guarantee it would be a crummy one and again you should move to a communist country like Russia or China if that’s what you want.
  • Racial and gender equal rights amendment. Don’t we already have this???
  • Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. Go to Canada. Our American democracy will never have socialized health care and it shouldn’t. Think about something the government is in control of, like the DMV. How awful is the DMV? Do you really want the government running your healthcare system? I have family in Canada and they wish they didn’t have socialized healthcare. It takes months to get in and see a doctor. Most people call an ambulance for an ear ache just so they can be seen by a doctor immediately. Do you really want that?

The protesters pride themselves on being leaderless but I think that may be their main problem. Their demands are all over the place and most of them are so far off in left field; it’s ridiculous. There needs to be a unified point of a protest for it to, one: be taken seriously; and two: have demands met.

This last demand is by far my favorite and just sums up how absurd these protesters are:

  • Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Listen up protesters! You are to blame for your debt. Nobody held a gun to your head and made you sign up for a credit card, let alone to use it. Nobody forced you to buy a luxury car you couldn’t afford. You chose to go to that elite college that costs a hundred thousand dollars a year; when you could have gotten the same education from your amazing state college. You chose to be in debt. You chose to live outside your means. That is not the governments fault, that is you being immature and irresponsible.

This whole time you are out on the street protesting you could have been looking for a job, getting a job, or working a job.

Get off your lazy booties, take responsibility for your actions, and stop playing the victim.

Life is hard. Get over it!

Occupy Responsibility!

As many of you know I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey, financial expert. Dave’s purpose is to teach people how to get out of debt, how having no debt will increase your income and help you to become wealthy, and most importantly how being free from debt is a biblical teaching. Hubby and I have been listening to Dave’s radio show for months and we have made huge advancements in becoming debt free because of him.

But I saw something on Dave’s website yesterday that disappointed me.

One of the methods that Dave teaches is the Envelope System. This is by no means a Dave original thought. This financial system has been used by your grandma for decades. I even wrote a post on it a few weeks ago. The Envelope System is actual envelopes, or in my case a small file folder, where you put the cash you have allotted to each spending category every month.

As you can see in the picture, I have labeled each category in my budget (food, entertainment, medical, misc, etc.) and each slot has cash in it for the month. This file folder cost me $1.50 at CVS or I could have bought fifty white envelopes for $3.99. That’s why I love this system: it’s simple and inexpensive.

But Dave, oh Dave…

Dave Ramsey, the man who says his goal is to get people out of debt and to teach them to stop frivolous spending is selling a Deluxe Envelop System Kit on his website for $14.95.

This fancy leather envelope folder comes with coin purse, places for your checkbook and check register (which you could get free at your local bank), memo pad, debit card holders, and extra cash-management envelopes.  http://www.daveramsey.com/store/budgeting-tools/envelope-systems/deluxe-envelope-system/prod210.html

Really Dave? Really??

Why are you pushing this useless, unnecessary crap on people?

You are supposed to help break people of wasteful spending, not push it on them so you can make an extra $14.95 plus shipping and handling.

Dave, I get that even millionaires need to keep making money, but I am pretty sure you make enough money from your radio show, books, speaking engagements, and the other resources you sell.

I am disappointed Dave. Very disappointed.

My oldest will be a future Tour de France Winner.

He is such a strong bike rider and he got to show off his excellent riding abilities at his preschool Trike-a-Thon.

Ready to take off on his Lightning McQueen bike and bright yellow helmet.

And he’s off…

This bike race had hills, tunnels, and a straight away.

He was so amped!

He was so determined and working so hard. We were so proud of him!

After the race most of the kids sat with their families for a picnic, but not our boy.

He took off running around the track, because why not?

He ran around the track at least ten times. My kid has lots of energy!

We had a great morning and my boy proved what an amazing athlete he is and is going to be.

Oh, and my youngest had a great time too!

It’s Halloween time and naturally we took the boys to a pumpkin patch.

It was a make shift patch that had been built a few weeks earlier.

Complete with two bounce houses, petting zoo, miniature ponies to ride, some sort of haunted house, and mechanical rides.

Oh and they sold pumpkin there too.

All these great things cost money (surprise, surprise) but hubby and I had no intention of spending money here. We just wanted some cute pictures of the boys surrounded by pumpkins.

Easy right?

Nope.

The second we arrived the boys ran right to the bounce houses, then the petting zoo, and next the horses.

Three disappointments in a row and I could see the meltdown coming.

Hubby and I locked eyes across the patch and telepathically both said “let’s get a picture and get out of here!”

So we wrangled up the boys and positioned them in a pumpkin pile.

I would think that getting two kids to look at the camera at the same time with smiles wouldn’t be this hard. I mean I know it’s hard sometimes but I always end up getting the shot….but not today.

In this first shot, my youngest is wondering why he is almost doing the splits on a pumpkin and my oldest is practicing his pouty face.

In the next few rounds of shots my oldest decided to use his hand as a prop to make his mouth wider.

Now he is telling me to “hang loose” and my youngest is trying to figure out how to get down.

Ten pictures later… the clapping began. Yes cute but not picture friendly.

Twenty pictures later….more signing and still no boys looking at the camera.

FINALLY, my oldest came around and gave us his beautiful smile…just as my youngest made a break for it.

Forty pictures later hubby and I gave up.

Kicking, screaming, and crying we left.

Maybe we will get to another pumpkin patch before next Monday…

I think Hulu is the best website EVER!!!

To cut back on our expenses hubby and I got rid of our cable. Not having cable is a bit strange at first…until we found Hulu.

The best website EVER!!!

All of our favorite shows are right at our finger tips, ready for us to watch whenever we are ready.

No need to pay for cable or extra for a DVR. We have Hulu

The best webiste EVER!!!

I’m just saying.