Monday, June 30, 2014

Pics from Panama City Beach FL

Friday, June 27, 2014

Flashback Friday

Claire and Taylor.

Summer Time

Claire's birthday is coming up.  Technically Bryan's is first since his is in July but we all know us parents don't really do much for ourselves.  I can't believe Bryan is going to be 37 and my Claire Bear will be 14 in August!  What I wouldn't give to be able to go back in time and be the parent/person I am now and relive it all.  Baby days, toddlers, elementary years......  Don't get me wrong, I love that they are both at stages where they can dress themselves, feed themselves, Mr and Miss Independent.  I guess we all get mushy about our babies as they grow.  I have a memory of Claire when she was a baby and me thinking how boring she was.  Funny to me now.

Last year was the first time Claire asked not to have a real party with friends and family.  She wanted to be dropped off at the skating rink with friends.  So that is what we did.  I paid for all of her friends, provided money for them to eat and drink on, and then the girls that wanted to spend the night could.  This year she is asking to be dropped off at the mall with Lady for the day with money to shop with.  I remember spending weekends from open to close at the mall with friends.  I guess some things never change.

I figure I will give her some money to "shop till she drops" and then she asked for colored contacts as a gift.  She doesn't have eye sight problems but I heard it is still best to get them from the eye doctor so they can make sure they fit well and don't cause eye issues.

So the other night I was watching Kate Plus 8.  I used to love that show and she was doing a 2 series special for the sextuplets because they were turning 10.  It was fun to see how big the kids have gotten.  Taylor was watching with me when he asked if I would ever want that many kids.  My answer was no and he said he didn't want that many either, just two - a boy and a girl.  I was dying from the cuteness that he was already thinking about that.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Throwback Thursday!!!

Loretta on our trip last week to Panama City Beach FL.  She literally spent the entire trip there and back right next to me.  =)

You're Caller Number 95!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I won tickets on the radio yesterday!!!!!  Claire and I are going to see Beyonce on the 18th of July!  I can't wait - So freaking excited!!!!!!!!!!!!

It worked out perfectly too because Claire was in a pissy mood when I got home because her Playstation wasn't working.  When I told her the news, she started screaming and jumping up and down.

Later she watched Annie with me.  It was a good night.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Bad....

Let's start off with the before the trip.  Friday night Bryan and I were finishing up last minute things before leaving the following morning.  One of the things on our list was to clip Jackson the Pug's nails.  We usually have the groomer or vet do it but they were all booked up.  Anyway, we know both places struggle with him because he fights like a bull and the vet always makes him bleed so we weren't surprised that some of his nails were bleeding.  Bryan put him in his kennel to keep him from trekking blood all over the house and we went on about our business.

About five minutes later, I let Jackson out and watched as he walked on the tile.  I didn't see any blood and figured we were good to go.  I went to the bedroom to get something (Bryan was in the garage) and when I came back, there was little drops of blood all in the kitchen, all in the livingroom, and all in the dining area.  On our beige carpet.  And we were out of the pet spot treatment we normally use when they have accidents.  Bryan was pissed.  He actually gave me the silent treatment for an hour which I guess is better than yelling but I hated it.

He ended up making a mixture of carpet cleaner and I don't know what.  Our carpet now looks like it has chicken pox after you put the calamine lotion on them.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Like A Shark Tooth Necklace

I'm bbbaaacccckkkkkkkk!!!!

I was hoping to get some writing today in about my trip to Panama City Beach but it just hasn't worked out that way.

So, I will leave you with this until tomorrow.

Taylor lost one of his few baby teeth that he has left yesterday.  He gave it to Bryan and that was that since he no longer believes in the Tooth Fairy.  A little while later, I asked Bryan what he did with the tooth because Bryan is well known for putting shit in a safe spot and we never find the damn thing again.  *Cough* Gift Card, Check *Cough*

Bryan:  I put it in the container with all of his other baby teeth.

Me:  Ok good.  Just want to make sure that you are still saving them all because I plan on making them each their own necklace out of their teeth.

Bryan:  Blink.  Blink.  For real??

Me: Hahahaha!!  Nah, I'm just kidding.  You know my ass isn't all arts and crafty.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Goodbye For Now.......

The time has finally come for our vacation.  I am happy to say that I am finally excited about it.  This means I won't be posting again until I return on the 23rd.  Everyone be good and no parties while I am gone, ya hear?!?!  ;)

Throwback Thursday!!



The other night we went out to dinner and on the way home, a motorcycle drove by that was making it's super loud "BLAT BLAT" noise.

Me:  What was that??

Bryan:  That motorcycle.

Me:  Man, that was lous.

Taylor:  Oh yeah?  Check this out! 

He proceeds to lift his left butt cheek up and let out a fart just as damn loud as that motorcycle.


Him:  Sorry Mom.

Bryan:  I think he just shit himself.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Be Careful What You Name Your Kid.

I was talking to a coworker this morning about maiden names.  She wouldn't tell me because she disliked it that much.  Made me think of my childhood friend I have mentioned on here a few times, Vashti.  She hated her name when she was a kid.  Children were mean to her about it and noone knew how to pronounce it right.

She told me one time her Mom took her to the doctor and when they called her back, they said "Va-Shitti".  I could not stop laughing.


I worked really hard on Claire's name and I hated that when she was younger, she didn't like it.  She hasn't said too much about it these days but I remember washing her hair one time while she was in the tub and her telling me if she had a twin, we would have named her Chloe and she wanted to be Chloe, not Claire.  Oh well, I used to hate my name because there were so many Nicoles out there and everyone of them I met were bitches.  Hmmmm, maybe that is saying something.

No More Brace Face!!

After 2 1/2 years, Claire got her braces off yesterday!  She did so good with them, much better than I expected.

The first thing she did after leaving was going to Target with Bryan to get popcorn.  Then, she had some gum when she got home.  We went to Chili's for dinner last night and she ate corn on the cob.  For dessert, Twizzlers.

She has to wear a retainer 24/7 cept when she is eating.  When I got home from work yesterday and she spoke to me, I was all oh hell no, they broke her.  She doesn't even sound right.  Turns out she had her retainer in and right now it is causing her to lisp.

I am glad they were able to get her all taken care of right before our vacation so now she eat whatever her little heart desires.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Teen Years

Claire is going to be 14 in 2 months.  When did this happen??  She was the cutest most spunkiest little 2 year old that everyone wanted to be around.  Now she is the prettiest most bit**iest (sometimes) teenager that some want to be around.  Lets just say, she has her moments but it does make me feel good that it still bothers her if I am mad or dissapointed with her.  At least she still cares.  For now.

Bryan asked her to unload the dishwasher yesterday and vacuum the living room.  Her response?
Are you trying to ruin my summer?!?!?

They still let you blog in prison right?

My Squishie

Monday, June 9, 2014

My Ball Likes The Water When I Play.

I have started playing golf on the Wii with Bryan on Friday nights.  I have never played golf for real or on a game so I suck but am getting better the more I try.  Bryan plays both so of course he has to help coach me alot.  The first time I played, he had to keep reminding me to hold the remote like a golf player would and not a tennis player trying to "bump" the ball.

Friday came and I asked him if he was ready to play another round of golf with me.  He said sure and I thought I'd get a little cocky and said, "Good because I am getting better at this and am about to be the next Bagger Vance in golf!"  He said, "Bagger Vance was the caddy hon."  I looked at him with a confused look and was all, "My Bad.  That sounds about right for me anyways."

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Donut is Not Just a Donut.

Last night Bryan and I were catching up on The Middle.  Brick (the youngest son) had noticed that his pretzels didn't have as much salt on them as they used to so he decided to call the company to complain.

It got me thinking about when I was pregnant with Claire and craving a donut.  I was living in Atlanta GA at the time and my idea of the perfect donut was from Shipleys, which they do not have up there but we do here in Houston, or Dunkin Donuts.  The closest dount place to where I lived was a Krispy Kreme.  I had never had their donuts before but decided I would give it a shot.  I drove over, ordered one donut, and drove back home.  I ate the donut but was not impressed.  I decided to call the number on the bag where it said if there were any complaints I could reach out to them. 

I told them I didn't like the donut and that was something coming from a pregnant gal.  I also said they should be more like Shipleys or Dunkin Donuts.  A few weeks go by and I receive a letter in the mail from Krispy Kreme.  They apologized that I was dissatisfied with their product and had included .................................  a coupon for a free nasty donut of theirs.

Flashback Friday!

Because this weekend would have been my Poppa's big birthday celebration.  I love you and miss you every day Poppa!  Love, Colee

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Too Old For This Shit.

I am sure that you have heard of The Princess and the Pea story right?  Not calling myself a princess or anything but why is that I have the tiniest ouchie on my butt and everytime I sit down, it feels like I am sitting on a cactus.  Should be against the law.

Schools Out For Summer!!

Today is the last day of school.  Tomorrow starts the days of sleeping until noon, playing video games all hours of the day, and staying up all night.

I had a plan all worked out for this morning.  I was going to drop them off at school like I do every morning but since this was a special day, I was going to sneak an air horn with me.  As they got out of the car, I was going to blare the horn while screaming Happy Last Day of School and then cackle with delight as they hit the ground from terror.  *Rubbing hands together mischievously*

But, that didn't happen.  Taylor wanted something special for breakfast so Bryan took the kids to Waffle House and then to school.  There is always next year though........

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Claire & Taylor - 6th & 7th Grade

As The World Turns.....

This morning was a mess.  I finished dressing and came into the living room and was happy to see both kids were ready to go.  Bryan had made me a fresh smoothie of bananas, blueberries, and strawberries so I sucked it down quickly and we proceeded to head out the door.

Taylor went to grab a piece of gum and Bryan started to get on to him.  I told him he said they were allowed to chew gum and I told him he could have a piece yesterday.  Claire confirmed they were allowed and I thought it was a done deal.  Taylor opens the package and makes a comment that it is almost all gone.  Bryan and I both are all you are the only one eating it.  He tries blaming it on Claire who has braces and isn't allowed to eat gum.  She freaks out and yells at him, calling him a butthole.  I go to the car.

I have talked and talked to Claire about how her brother is an instigator and she just needs not to respond.  Just ignore home.  Don't let it get to you.  It has been working but I guess she was not in the mood this morning.  She was convinced he was trying to get her in trouble.

Then we are almost to school when Bryan calls.  He got an email saying Taylor is super low on funds which he thought was odd because we put in just enough for them to have lunches till the last day of school, which is tomorrow.  Woot!!  He logs in and sees that Taylor at breakfast at school yesterday morning.  We have talked to both kids and expressed that they need to curb their spending at school for lunches and snacks or they were going to have to start taking their lunches again.  No eating breakfast at school because you eat at home.  When I asked Taylor why he ate at school yesterday, he said he was still hungry.  I don't want him to be hungry of course, but we have TONS of stuff for breakfast at the house.  I know for a fact he ate a large bowl of cereal yesterday so it's just frustrating.  All I can say is, thank God school is almost out.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Can I Get a Taco Too?

We put the boys in the backyard for their potty breaks and the girls in the front yard.  I keep an eye on them via front door and the window in the livingroom but sometimes I get side tracked and have to call them.  Loretta isn't that brave yet to wander off on her own but she has no problem following her Mama Paris.  Paris thinks she owns the street and will walk down the sidewalk or sit in the middle of the damn street.  Luckily we live on a cul-de-sac street but I know of at least two dogs that have been hit on our street.

Yesterday I peeked out the door and Loretta was on the porch wanting in but no Paris.  Sigh.  I stepped outside and called her and she runs from next door with a darn tamale wrapper hanging from her mouth.  I called Claire to come see and she told me that Paris was just sticking to her mexican roots and bringing home a tamale. 

Conversations in the Car.

Conversation on the way to school:

The radio was tuned to my favorite morning show, Hot 95.7 and they wanted people to call in and regale them with honeymoon horror stories.  The winner got to choose between Dynamo tickets (soccer team here in Houston) or Backstreet Boys.  You can imagine which one I wanted.

Me:  Backstreet Boys!!!

Taylor:  Dynamos!!  Mom, don't you like soccer?

Me:  No.  But I llooovvveee the Backstreet Boys.

Taylor:  They are all old now.  Like in their 30's.


Me:  Taylor, I am in my 30's.

Taylor:  Oh.

Claire:  Snort.  Snort.  Giggle.

Taylor:  Well, I bet they all have beards now.

Mario or Luigi?

I was walking by Taylor's room last night and did a double take after looking in and seeing the below.  He wore it all night last night, ate with it, went to bed with it.  While I was tucking him in, I had him remove it so his upper lip wouldnt get irritated from the glue.  Silly kid.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Gabbin With the Girls

Sunday Claire and I went to to dinner together at Casa Ole, a fave of both of ours.  I enjoy going to dinner as a family but some times it is nice to go to eat with just one kid at a time because it allows me to listen to them becoming their own person. 

I listened to her talk about going skating Saturday night and what friends were there as we munched on chips and queso.  She told me about a friend that had moved an hour away a month or ago but had recently gotten back in touch with her via KIK.  Don't get me going on this.  There are so many apps out there and Claire and a lot of her friends have these kik accounts.  It is basically like texting but what the benefit of using it over normal texting is beyond me.

She talked about stuff her and Lady had done, who she sat with at lunch, and girls who didn't like her for no reason at all.  She talked about mutual friends her and Lady have together and how one of the girls' nickname is Poopie.  When I enquired about how she got this nickname, she said the girl was black, super dark and that she was fine with being called that.  Alrighty then.

She went on to say how it frustrates her when people talk about their parents and say things like my parents don't care about me.  She said she told this person of course they do, you have clothes don't you?  You have food right?  The lunch you are eating right now they probably paid for it right?  She said the girl said yes and then Claire said, well then they obviously Claire.  She thene said how much that irritates me Mom and also, when a guy or girl are all I don't think he or she cares about me when their boyfriend/girlfriend is sitting there saying they love them.  She flips her hair, rolls her eyes, makes this disgusted noise while this proud Momma smiles on the inside but on the outside acts like it is just as big of deal as she thinks/feels it is. 

Claire Bear Selfie

A selfie pic that Claire took with her new hair do.

Loretta Love

A new pic of my Loretta Baby and a pic of her in her party dress.  =)

Weekend Recap!

It's that time again!  This weekend was pretty uneventful, which is my cup of tea.  ;)
Thursday Bryan got a call from Claire while she was school asking for him to come and get her (he was off) because *drum roll* she had lice.  Again.  He went up to the school and spoke with the nurse about how this was our daughter's 4th time to get lice this year and we are doing everything right on our part as far as getting rid of them, even paying a professional at one time, but she kept getting reinfested from school.  The nurses response?  Well, they did have an epidemic with the girls' volleyball team last year.  WTF?  Thank God Thursday is the last day of school.  Oh and I did have Lady go to the nurse as well to check her head but she got a clean bill of health so at least that is a plus.

Bryan actually ended up cutting Claire's hair per her request Thursday.  They stopped and got the lice stuff from Walgreens and once they got home, he took her braid and chopped about half off.  She got in the shower, washed her hair with the lice shampoo and then he did the comb treatment.  He said it was SO much easier to comb through and then after they were finished, he trimmed her hair up.  When she went back to school on Friday, people were actually telling her how awesome her hair looked.  Seems Bryan missed his calling!

I am almost completely caught up on all of DVR shows.  I am on the season finale of Once Upon A Time and then I have 4 or 5 Castles left till next Fall.  Ooohhh and the 2nd season of Orange is the New Black is about to start as well so yahoo to that!  I am still watching The L Word and Weeds on Netflix.

Has anyone else seen these little guys?  I have been told they are THE new pet to have.  They sure are freaking cute?