Don't open the windows….

Even though the weather is getting milder.  Even though some fresh air would probably help my tension level a bit. Even though. . .  I will NOT open the windows.

I just cannot bring myself to let the neighbors hear this mess!  The baby is teething, my new Kindergartner can’t decide if she does or does not want to do school, and my ‘teenage’ second grader keeps screaming “THEY ARE DISTRACTING ME MOM!!”

I know the teething will pass, and things will settle down, but in the meantime…  these windows are staying shut and the voices will stay inside.

A foggy headed momma

As you enter the main road over the mountain there is a sign, complete with flashing lights, to warn you of fog on the mountain. Slow down, pay attention, turn on your lights. Today I need a sign, maybe on my shirt, with flashing lights:

“Foggy Headed Momma: slow down, be quiet, give her hot tea and the tv remote and you might get out alive”

You see, for five days I’ve had my little cousin here with us. She’s six, I think. Which meant I had four girls, age 7 and under, in my house for almost a week.  (Those of you with LOTS of kids are laughing at me, and those of you with only 1 or 2 are shuddering)  Honestly, it was loads of fun . . . until, momma got sick.  I played tough, chin up, vapo rub on my chest.  We still went to the library and to the lake.  We still sang songs on the four hour car ride to take her home yesterday.  Now, I pay the price for playing.

I want so badly to sew, or fold laundry, or vacuum, or doodle, or do dishes, or ANYTHING but everytime I get started I get whoooozy.  Right now as I type this I’m thinking how it would be easy to go downstairs to the garage and fold the load of towels and move the stuff in the washer over.  Realistically that walk down the stairs will wear me OUT! 

To make matters worse, I’m sitting here staring at a to do list a mile long: pack for the girls trip to moms, get invites out for Bubbagirls bday party, find K’s dress and mail it to her, etc. etc.  UGH….  frustration does not help a stuffy head and yelling at everyone to be quiet does not help a sore throat. 

Soooo,  I will narrow down my list a bit.  Anything involving the telephone (talking) is off.  Working out- out of the question. Cleaning, well it can wait another day.  The pot roast is in the pot, and everyone has clean clothes for at least another day.  Maybe it would be okay if I napped with Bubbagirl.  Maybe the world won’t fall apart if take it easy for a moment.  Maybe tomorrow the fog will clear . . .

Maybe I'm just slow

It’s been a rough day, not terrible..there are people way worse off than me right now.  My aunt is one, bad bad day there.  My hubby has to work late (real late), bad bad day there.  And my friends, online and off, in the hospitals with sick kids… really really bad day.  I can’t even imagine, nor dare compare myself too…  but I’m human and I did take a moment at my keyboard to put my head down and have a mini pity party.  Call it a time out before I hit someone party.  When I saw this for the first time:

not the sharpie marker…  i knew about that already…

When did they start putting cheats on the keys?  and are they on all keys or does my hubby just have some fancy *bleeping* keyboard that he’s been hiding from me for all these years? 

 Yes, it’s been THAT kind of day where I find this worthy of posting to my blog…

Thank you for listening.

I guess that's what it was supposed to taste like.

Good morning friends!

I’m hoping we all survived yesterday. If you live in my house then survival was by the skin of your teeth. Hormones: nature’s hit man. The fabulous Mr. B came home in the final inning last night and entertained the little rug rats sweethearts so I could take a refreshing, energizing bath. Unfortunately this county water couldn’t energize me if it was struck by lightening; sometimes being clean has to be the silver lining. He held the babes at bay long enough for Pandora on my Blackberry to lock up but not long enough for my water to get cold…good enough for me.

While I was hiding, there were pork chops in some ‘stuff’ in a dish in the oven. I’d like to thank my friends from Twitter and Facebook who gave me some recipes and ideas (Beth, Steph, and Melanie). I didn’t follow any of them (just missing ingredients that’s all) but it did give me some direction to try a few things on the chops for flavor. Smelled scary and burned my nostrils a little while it cooked but in the end it tasted…. well, like pork. I guess that’s the important part.

I managed, while the noodles boiled, to get my first product listed in my new Zazzle store! Turtle Doodling is now proudly displaying the flamingo card from my previous post! I am hoping to get more listed today; however, my Doodle Bug has her first visit with the ENT for her tonsils. I’m fully expecting (and almost looking forward to hearing) a recommendation to remove the oversized marbles but I fear Doodle’s may have a small panicky moment either in the office or just outside the front door.

So here are a few fun links to play with while we’re gone today, and hopefully by tomorrow I’ll have something even more crazy to share!

History of Pink Flamingos

Pork Recipes
A randomly chosen cool mom blog I follow: Mommy Confessions

Before I go!!! I have a few friends due to have beautiful babies soon and that means I will soon be participating in my first “meal train”. I need ideas ladies… We’re talking about feeding 4-7 people a full meal when I can’t get the five in my house to eat the same thing for dinner. I need tips to make it yummy for mommy, daddy, kids and a nursing baby!

It's that time again.

It’s that time again. Time for me to post again, and apologize again for being gone way too long.  I could blame Twitter. Since it lets me ‘micro blog’ in tiny fragments which is almost the extent of my brain function at this point. Tiny fragments of thoughts tossed around the chaos of three little girls and a move and upcoming school and finding a new church and making new friends and starting my business all over again and and and…

But, today is the first day I’ve tweeted in a while.  So, I guess I could blame Facebook and that horribly addictive game FarmTown.  I don’t want to be a complete child though, so I will take responsibility for neglecting my own blog.  I had a lot of posts running around in my head.  Hubby even purchased me a new desk so I could comfortably sit and blog.  I just didn’t.  I played, I sewed, I rode my bike, I helped Abby learn to walk, I prepared for the new school year, and I hung out with my honey.  It seems getting him closer to work cost me a couple of hours of ‘mom time’ but that’s okay.  I like him.


Pretty soon we’ll make that last summer trip to Nanny’s house, the kids will get ready for me to teach school officially and my husband will start getting used to late dinners and a cluttered creative living space-again.  That is when I hope to be able to blog more often.  When I can take a moment while they do work to type a quick howdy and my crazy ideas for the day.

In case you’re wondering if I’ve come up with anything lately…. yes…  I’m designing note cards and I doodled out the plans for a fabric coupon holder that will also hold a note pad that’s 8 1/2 by 11  and folds up like a padfolio.  Well, what else am I supposed to do at 1 am?  SLEEP?  You’re crazy.


This is what I sent my dear auntie this morning in her email.  That’s the other thing I was doing at midnight last night.  I could have cleaned house but that might have disturbed the children and we NEVER want to disturb a sleeping child: EVER, EVER, EVER!

So I doodled, because that is relatively quiet and it makes my eyes warm after I stare at the screen for a long time and it helps me feel the urge to go to bed.  It worked, until about 4 am, when AbbyDabby woke up and decided I did NOT need anymore sleep.

For all my loving, loyal readers I’m going to leave you with a question, an opportunity to leave some link love in the comments and a promise to post something good again soon!

I need ideas for our homeschool workboxes, craft ideas, favorite sites for printables, audio books, online play.  I’m collecting bottle caps… got cute ideas for them?  Anyone know of kid friendly ways to grow something hydroponically? (yeah, I probably spelled that incorrectly)  Have any ideas for things to put in our sensory bucket?  I look forward to hearing your ideas! 

Remember: you can always find me sticking my foot in my mouth on twitter (TaderDoodles) and now you can find me on FaceBook

Funny things my Tader says

Tonight I heard:

"My traption lost it's powerings"

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Going IN the closet was their idea

While I sat on the floor REfolding the clothes from FIVE people my kids entertained themselves beside me…
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Our first sunny day in the mountains

Despite my nagging cough, I was NOT going to let our first sunny day pass by without a trip outside to soak up some vitamin D.
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