Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We Want to Know


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This week's questions from Mamarazi and Queso

{1}Do you prefer to text or call?
{2}What is the last text message in your phone and who is it from?
{3}What are your favorite phone apps?
{4}At what age do you think kids are ready for a cell phone?
{5}Share a current pic or video taken with your phone.

My answers:

{1}Do you prefer to text or call?  Call.  Texting from time to time, but I think calling is more personal and shows you are taking the time to really talk to them.
{2}What is the last text message in your phone and who is it from?  Last person to text me was my son, Ethan this morning.  Shortly after I dropped him off school, I received a call from him.  This is abnormal so naturally I worried.  I called him back as soon as I got of the phone at work, he then texted me... "Sorry, I butt called you."
{3}What are your favorite phone apps?  Yeah...well I have just a flip phone, not a smart phone, so I do not have any apps...
{4}At what age do you think kids are ready for a cell phone? High School, a parent needs to be able to get a hold of them when needed.
{5}Share a current pic or video taken with your phone.  I do have a camera on my phone and I wanted to test this blue thing out, I just woke up and not a stitch of make up...sorry... so here it is.

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Wordless Wednesday



One thing the Iowa State Fair is famous for is... the butter cow.  
Here is a picture of this year's butter cow.

Soon I will post a blog about the state fair.

This has been posted to 5 Minutes for Moms

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tackle It Tuesday


The past few years I have not been very frugal with our garden, especially when it comes to the onions.  Typically we do not allow all of the onions we plant grow larger.  In the past I have tried braiding them by the stems and hanging them to dry but it does not work right for me.  The stems become brittle and dry.  I hung them in the garage where it is darker but we have mice in our garage and they have eaten them.  This year I chose to cut most of them and freeze them.  This way I can have them for meals this winter.  Anything you typically purchase frozen onions for I will be able to use my own onions from our gardens.  I wanted some packages with bell peppers in it as well, so I took 3 of our bell peppers and blanched and then cut them to freeze as well.  This is what I tackled this week!



12 bags of onions to freeze and 4 bags of onions and pepper mix to freeze.  I still have 4 large onions left for salsa.  To see how I did this click here.

This will be posted to 5 Minutes for Moms
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Confessional


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It's that time of week for Friday Confessional. Please join Mamarazzi for confession!


I have not posted a blog for an entire week.  I have a couple in the works, one from our short visit to the Iowa State Fair, the other about parenting.  I just have not had the gumption to finish them.

I confess...

It is not that I do not want to finish them, it is just I have been so worn out by the time I get home, I barely want to cook.  Moving my oldest back to the dorms and watching Taj that same day, the next day walking around the fairgrounds for 5 hours, then back to work where we are desperately short staffed trying to train temps and learn a new product for myself.  The new product I am even writing a manual for.  Wednesday we watched Taj again after work and harvesting our garden.  And I am exhausted more now with Todd's schedule then before.  The 8-4 day hours were only for 2 weeks, now they are random some as early as 3 am, which means I am awake and can not fall back to sleep. 

I confess...

This weekend looks to be a busy weekend with the garden.  I am going to start some freezing today when I get off work this afternoon.  I believe I will have several tomatoes to pick too.  Happy Dance... I am so excited!

I confess...

I saw my first humming bird in our butterfly/humming bird garden I just made earlier this year.  I thought it was not going to amount to much this year but I was so shocked to see one.  I was so shocked and trying to figure out what it was I forgot to take a picture of it.  I even had the camera in my hands, can you believe that.

Well this is going to be short, I need to get back to work, lunch is over now.

What do you have to confess?
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Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Confessional

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It's that time of week for Friday Confessional. Please join Mamarazzi for confession!

I confess...

This week has been a repeat of last...stressful, however that is life.  We all have stress from time to time.  Mine right now is in full mode but it will lighten, it always does.  It is actually starting to look up some.

I confess...

It was so exciting listening to Ethan talk about his first day in high school.  When I dropped him off in the morning he looked a little scared.  He ended up not seeing his little girlfriend all day, no classes not even lunch, but he did walk her home after school.  This is a big deal because it is maybe a 20 minutes the opposite direction he needs to walk to come home, so he is adding 40 minutes to his walking time. 

I confess...

I simply love the idea he did walk his girlfriend home.  It makes my heart swell that I raised him to be respectful to females.  He even carried her books.  Awh... this one I raised all on my own from Kindergarten on. 

I confess...

This is Noah's last year in elementary.  Yes, my last year of having a child in elementary.  My elementary days began 17 years ago.  Wow! 

I confess...

I feel a huge weight off my shoulders when I received a call from Matthew (my oldest) this afternoon.  He explained that by 4 pm he will be able to register for classes.  Classes start on Monday.  He has a HUGE bill he had to pay before they would let him register for the new year.  All summer he has barely tried to find a job to pay this HUGE bill. He is lucky my Mom offered to lend him money or he would have had to take a year off.  (Thank you Mom!)

I confess...

It is going to feel strange next Monday knowing I have 2 children in college.  Another Wow!

I confess...

Last night my husband made me feel so wonderful.  We shared our concerns with our older 4 children, how they are stressing us to the max.  My latest battle with Matthew regarding his paperwork and registering.  As we were in bed, he rolled over, scooped me near him and told me that I am such a great wife and mother.  I love this man and I am so glad I have him in my life.

I confess...

It is going to be fun to go to Iowa State Fair this Sunday, just Todd and I.  The older two are working and the younger two are going to go to Adventureland (an amusement park) with their father that day.  I'm looking forward to some time in Des Moines and plan on seeing my Mom as well while we are there.

What do you have to confess this week?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Want to Know






This is the first time I am participating with We Want to know hosted by Mamarazzi and QueSo

This week's questions are from Mamarazzi
Today she wants to know about your  childhood...so here we go:

{1} Did you live in the same town or move around a lot as a child?
Yes to both.  I lived in Des Moines, which is the largest city in Iowa.  My parents moved a lot prior to 3rd grade and I went to 4 elementary schools, 1 junior high, and 1 high school.
{2} What were your parents like?
Hmm... tough one.  How honest do you want me to be?  I will give the very short version.   I love my parents, however they were definitely role models of what NOT to be as a couple.  There were moments of happy memories of them but more tolerated moments OR maybe the bad memories just stand out more.  My Mom put her children first most of the time and worked very hard to make ends meet.  She raised 4 girls since I was 15 (I'm the oldest) on her own.  She wasn't perfect but I held her high on a pedestal.  Deserving?  I don't know She definitely taught me many things in my life good and bad.  She went to every function I was involved in and was very supportive.  My Dad was loving at times but he was an alcoholic and later became involved in drugs towards the end of my parents marriage.  When he was drunk he was a mean drunk.  He was abusive to my Mom, to my sister Lisa and myself.  He never abused my younger two sisters.  After 7th grade I can say he was never there for me until the past year.  He would tell me how I was fat beginning in 6th grade, I stopped wearing shorts then because of it.  He would also say how beautiful Lisa was and all I had was my brains going for me.  He is now sober and trying to be a father/grandfather.  I'm still close to my Mom, she is not on a pedestal any more but close to it.
{3} Do you have any siblings? What were they like growing up?
Yes, I have 3 sisters.  I'm the oldest, then I have a sister Lisa who is 1 year to the day younger then I am.  Yes, we share the same birthday.  Then there is a 10 year span between the two middle children.  My parents had an Ooops...Amy and my Mom did not an only child as she feared Amy would be so 3 years later came my sister Katie.  Lisa was very good at softball and had a mean streak in her, but very protective of me.  Lisa was a tom boy and she and I were very close up until she started using alcohol and drugs.  She was in 6th grade.  It was her way to escape from the abuse of our father.  My Mom tried hard to help Lisa beginning 8th grade but she refused it.  I think if intervention would have started right from the start, Lisa may be a different person today.  I miss being close to her. Prior to college I was very close to my younger sisters.  I doted on them and was very close with the youngest.  Amy was in 3rd grade when I went off to college.  I remember Amy as always smiling and wanting a male approval after my father left.  She was my father's favorite and it probably hurt her the most when my parent's divorced.  She fell in love with the first boy who showed her interest and unfortunately he was not a good one. She too lived the lifestyle like my father and used drugs when she was in high school.  Katie was in Kindergarten when I went to college.  I remember her calling me and telling on my Mom for not letting her do this or that.  As I said Katie and I used to be very close, I think she thought I was one of her parents, she was 2 when our parents divorced.  Katie was very spoiled by all of us and her friends too.  She is more like me where we never got into drugs or alcohol, more like our Mom.  
Prior to the addictions, my sisters and I were in separable.  WE were there for one another.  Played with one another.  We were everything to one another.
{4} Share a short story from your childhood.
I'm going to share 3...I feel I need to say some positive things about my parents as well.  I just want to.
One of my favorite memories of my parents as a couple:  This happened maybe a couple of times but I feel warm when I think about it. Saturday late morning/early afternoon, an 8 track was playing (yes, I am dating myself there.) and while my Mom was cleaning my Dad went up to her and started dancing with her.  I remember standing in the door way looking at them thinking how they must love one another and how happy I felt seeing them look like they were enjoying one another.  I was maybe in 2nd grade then.  My Dad would then grab Lisa and I and dance with all 3 of his girls he would say.

Mom had a rule: 1 concert only while we were under 18 years.  My first was when I was a junior in high school.  My friend that was suppose to go with me backed out only a week prior so my Mom stepped in and went with me to see Men At Work (again dating myself.).  I remember standing on the chairs to dance and listen to the music and my mom was right there next to me.  My mom was a young mom, she was only 16 years older and she looked young too.  I remember looking over and she was talking to some boys...yes, boys not men.  As we were leaving I asked her what did they want?  She told me how they said: "Hey do you and your friend want to get high?"  Her response was, "No thank you, I do not think that would be a good role model for my daughter."  They then looked at her and told her sorry.  

Prom, my date and I drove to my grandmother's house so my father could see me.  He actually had tears in his eyes and told me how beautiful I was.  I get a little emotional every time I think of that moment.  He also told me how proud he was of me.
{5} What did you look like? (share a childhood pic for a chance to win a prize)
I'm going to share 3...   I have uploaded 2 of them in previous blogs, so I will create links to them.

To see a young Jolene, click here.   Here is one with my sisters, I am 14 years old, click here. 
Finally here is a new one... Homecoming my Sophomore Year.  I looked for my prom picture but I haven't scanned one as of yet.  Maybe I will for a Flashback Friday this week.  Excuse the water marks on the photo...it survived our house being on fire when I was 16.
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