Thursday, September 25, 2008

Trail mix

I have come up with my own little idea for trail mix.
My ingredients:
Mini Teddy Graham's (honey)
baby goldfish ( of course not REAL goldfish, the cracker kind ;-)
mini jet puff marshmallows

I do believe a few choclate chips in here would be pretty yummy too.

I don't really know what possessed me to mix these things together. I was in the snack cupboard trying to figure out what I wanted to give Jadyn for a snack and I started pulling things out and mixing........... I do have to say I think I LOVE it way more than Jadyn does. She tries to thief all of my marshmallows out of it.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A little of this and a little of that

Dare I say it??

I believe my dog is starting to get better!! I have noticed that he is gaining weight again!! His face and belly don't look as skinny to me. He is starting to look normal again. Better than he has in a few months! Now, I do still have him on antibiotics. I am half afraid for when he isn't taking them anymore. I have a big fear that he is going to get sick again :-( I would rather just keep him on antibiotics the rest of his


On another note, something rather bizarre happened today. Wait, let's just do a flashback to a few years ago first. I started my photography business about 3 years ago. Soon after my site went live I got a harassing email or two from another photographer in this area saying she was going to sue me and she said "You would think you would want something better for yourself seeing as though there is ALREADY a natural light photographer in the area". Well, honey, I hate to break the news but there more than just ONE other. I also heard through the grapevine that she would have felt differently if I would have asked her to mentor me. I like to figure things out on my own. I don't like to be a follower. I don't like being a leader either. I just like to be. Be me. Be myself. I like to do my own thing. Even if that means many trials and errors.
Anyway, whatever, life went on.
So, that brings me to this morning. I have this email in my inbox:

I am interested in some photos for my 6 year old daughter. I enjoy the fall in our area and was hoping you might be able to do some outdoor pictures of her when the leaves start to change. I loved the outdoor ones in your site. Could you also please suggest a few places for the session, especially the places on your website.

Thank you!


That is fine. I mean that's a normal thing.....right? The first flag "Especially the locations on your website." Okay well, that's getting a little specific, yes? So then I am looking at the email and WALLLLLLAAAA the from address is BUT right beside the email is the name. It was her!! It was the other photographers name starring at me right in the face........ Emailing me from some made up email account to try to get information from me.

Ya know, if she was looking for new locations all she had to do was ask. Seriously, How old are we? I have NO problems being social with said photographer. NONE! Hell, I have even considered hiring her to do my own family photos. Just because Bubba pumps gas at one gas station doesn't mean he can't be friends or social to Jimmy who pumps gas up the street. There is always competition. No matter what you do. That doesn't mean you have to cheat, steal and lie from your competitors.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

My Old man......

My Bone Head is feeling a lot better lately. Of course, he is still skinny and sickly looking. He will only eat people food. Even a lot of that he won't eat. He really is LOVING hot dogs and scrambled eggs lately. This morning I even made him a hot dog omelet ( yuck). I think he thought he went to heaven. Tonight he ate some noodles with Chili juice over the noodles. He seemed to really like that, so I saved him the left over noodles and we have a WHOLE pot of Chili! I am still giving Chip antibiotics. His urine isn't as strong smelling but he did pee on my floor this afternoon. That is very very very unlike him so I know something funny is still going on in there. I hope whatever is wrong will soon go away with the antibiotics. I really believe he has a wicked urinary tract infection or a bladder infection.
In the mean time my other dog is eating way more than he should because Chipper only eats a little bit at a time. So, he is getting to be a chunker boy. I can't

We have been having a great weekend. Yesterday we took Jadyn to the playground for a little bit. We then went to Walmart and Jadyn got to buy her most favorite movie "Camp Rock". She was so excited. She also got a new pair of sneakers. She is now wearing a size 10!!! I think her donor may have been Big Foot. After that we went to Tops and Jadyn and I picked all of the stuff out to make chocolate chip cookies. So, when we got home Jadyn and I made yummy cookies together :-)
Today we have pretty much just hung out at home but it has been very eventful. This morning we went through all of Sue's clothes and she is giving a ton of them to our nephew Kyle. She has a ton of men's jeans and shirts she can't wear any more. He is going to make out like a little bandit. I, then, went through some of Jadyn's clothes. I am trying to find all of her old Gymboree outfits to list on ebay( I have a ton of 12-18 18-24 and 2T's if anybody is interested). I have to get them all washed and unwrinkled and the picture taking for ebay will begin.
Then, I started a crock pot of Chili for dinner. We then went through and packed up all of our CD's because our case is falling apart. Maybe just maybe one day my house will be in order?!?!?!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

It's always something.....

This morning I got up early to edit photos. Usually when I come upstairs Sue is sitting on the couch drinking her coffee and watching the morning news. Well, nothing was different this morning. I didn't think anyways. I sit down to watch the news with her and the t.v is blank. The sound is coming out just fine. There is just no picture! Well, isn't this lovely?? Now, on top of everything else, we need a new TV. I need to be rich....... Seriously!!

Chipper is still doing well. I made him and Tyson some eggs, cinnamon toast and hot dogs for breakfast. Why is it I feel the need to make a dog breakfast food?? Do you think he really knows the difference between morning, noon and night??

Miraculos Recovery???

Ok, So I wouldn't exactly say a miraculous recovery but my dog is eating and drinking again. He is also able to go outside and go up and down the stairs. I thought for sure he was a goner. He has been sickly for a few months. He has lost a ton of weight and is pretty much skin and bones. Although he is not eating dog food, he will gladly let you make him a plate of people
I have no idea what is going on with this dog. That will now raise the question " Why haven't you taken him to the vet?"
Well, here is my reasoning. Why am I going to pay hundreds, maybe even thousands to a vet for them to tell me he is sick? I have had him on antibiotics and I have dewormed him. He is actually on antibiotics for the 3rd time in a few months right now. I am not going to pay for x-rays for them to say "Oh, he has cancer." Obviously if it isn't an infection or a parasite of some sort then it is a terminal illness. What do you do with a dog that is eleven years old? Take him to the vet and spends hundreds or thousands of dollars for them to say there is nothing they can do?? He is happy and well-loved. He is just a skinny boy right now :-) He may never get better.... I don't know. Regardless, I will do what I can to make him comfy and happy. Even if that means giving him people food every

Monday, September 15, 2008

He's Dieing :-(

My buddy, my pal, my baby......... My dog Chipper has started to refuse food and water. He has been sick for a little while but while I was away this weekend he really decided to give up. We can get him to drink every now and then but he throws it back up after a little while. He is losing control of himself and lays in it. Of course we clean him up and lay him back down on clean blankets/towels. We have him sleeping on Jadyn's little couch with a garbage bag covering the couch and then some towels down. We also have him covered up with a baby blanket. If he isn't covered up he gets real cold and stiff.

I can't believe my life with him is about over. He was my first baby. He was my first dog. The first dog that was all mine. Not a childhood family dog. He has been an excellent friend. He is probably the only one that knows my most deepest secrets. He has been here through the good times and the bad. He has never given up on me and has always been my most best friend. He is one of the most loyal friends in the whole world. Chipper was my will to survive when times were hard. He would get happy and excited when I was happy. When I was sad he would come lay his head in my lap and be my shoulder to lean on. He is a very intelligent and funny boy. He is also the only Lab I know that doesn't know how to I dont know how many times I had to save him.

Chipper my boy..... I am sure going to miss your companionship! I Love You my Bone Head :-(

Friday, September 12, 2008

Dear Tyson, Jadyn and Chipper

Dear Tyson,

PLEASE be careful when you are playing with Jadyn. Her skin is sensitive and she is smaller than you. Do not SCRATCH her when you want her to play. You running around like an idiot barking at her is clue enough. I am tired of you putting scratch marks on her face, legs, belly and arms. I feel the need to crush your skull when you hurt her. Please do not pee on Jadyn's car and bike that are in the kitchen. It doesn't make it work any better. STOP beating up on Chipper. He is an old man and he need not have you stupid self bothering him! Save me from insanity and stop the bullshit!!

Dear Chipper,

Refusing to eat your food will NOT get you people food. Stop being a block head! Also, please stand up for yourself every now and then. Your bigger than you think you are. Besides, you have more tetth than Tyson. Rip his ear off or something.

Dear Jadyn,

Please honey STOP screaming at the top of your lungs at 7:30 a.m. It's not a pleasant sound. I know you get excited but THAT is aggrivating! Please do not say "Mommy" every 5 seconds. It makes me want to tape your mouth shut. Stop asking me where your things are when you are the one that just had it and misplaced it. OPEN your eyes because 99% of the time the thing you are looking for is right beside you. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE start using the potty. Changing the diaper of a 3 year old is ridiculous. Especially when I know you are capable of using the potty for you have used it a full day before.

The Mommy


Thursday, September 11, 2008

This coming weekend......

We are going to see my brother in Pittsburgh. He is at Laurel Highlands prison. He made some very wrong choices in life while on a alcohol and drug filled period in his life. I hope and pray he is in there deciding to turn his life around. Last year he was in a car accident and went through the windshield he got to take a helicopter ride from the scene. He walked away with just a broken foot and a concussion. That's pretty good for what could have happened. A few days later he slit his wrists pretty deeply. I personally believe and have heard of other stories of people attempting suicide after concussions. Well, if that wasn't enough a while later he decided to steal 4 vehicles in our small hometown. He, of course, got caught. Now he is serving some time. I think he is supposed to get out in March/April of 2009. I am hoping with a new attitude and outlook on life. I hope he gets the help he needs. So, my mom, my nephew ( his son), Jadyn and I are all going to go to Pittsburgh for a night. He can only have visitors until 3:30 p.m. each day so hopefully we can find something fun to do! Like maybe shop??? I also reserved us a room at a hotel with an indoor heated pool! Jadyn and Kyle will LOVE it. Who would have thought going to see someone in prison would be so fun???.......

Monday, September 8, 2008


On Friday I had my lovely yearly........Blech...... I spoke with my OB about things that have been happening with the RE. A second opinion is never a bad thing I suppose. I told her about my IVF and the outcome. She told me that she believes I have egg quality issues. So, maybe it is time to stop......I believe it is egg issues too.... I mean, what else could the problem be? I had 8 fertilized eggs and only ONE went to a 6 cell. That is "normal" but it isn't great. 32 years old with egg quality issues..... Great........

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Family Weekend......

This weekend probably couldn't have been much better. The beaches have closed for the year now and that begins "our" season of lake glass hunting. We will probably go to the beach every weekend from now until it is to darn cold to go. We walk the shore line from one end to the next looking for lake glass. We mostly find clear and green..... with brown being next in line. We always have a race to see who can find the oh so rare dark blue piece of glass. Whoever finds it first is the winner. The winner gets to pick what we have for dinner that night. Sue is usally the winner of this game. I think she We did our lake glass hunt on Saturday. When we were finished we let Jadyn play at the beach play ground. We were at the beach for a total of 3.5 hours.
Sunday ( today) we pretty much just hung out at home. We did let Jadyn stop at the play ground and play in the rain for a little while before we went to the store. We all took a nap together. When we got up we lounged, made spaghetti, and then lounged more. Jadyn and Moma are sitting on the floor reading a book right now. I am, of course, typing right this minute and instructing Jadyn that she NEEDS to go brush her teeth...... She is ignoring me........

Friday, September 5, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day Fun

Today we spent time at the Tifft Nature Preserve. We had a great time :-) I took several pictures of sister in her petti skirt by the water. But, I got some very special photos today and that is ones of just me and Jadyn. I don't have many pictures of Jadyn and I. So I really LOVE these photos even though Jadyn is being silly in the

Jadyn and Mommy:

Jadyn and Mommy:

My Sexy self.....haha!!!