27 November 2006
Holy cuteness and fun!
Woke up at 4:00am to do my annual "day after Thanksgiving" shopping and I'm all. done.

Yes. I'm. all. done.

I just love all the craziness and fun things that go on that day. Not to mention picking up a few things for myself while I'm at it. You see ladies, if you get up early enough to go, you can actually try. on. clothes. with. no. kids. And eat uninterrupted. And go to the bathroom alone. And browse every aisle. And carry just a purse. Oh yes... the day after Thanksgiving shopping is always a good day.

And I think that is the first time I ever arrived at Starbucks BEFORE they opened. :-)

Now onto holy cuteness! I got the girls "Christmas dresses" this past week. So Saturday while hubby was out doing his fun day of shopping I got the girls dressed to take a picture for our Christmas cards.
I first tried indoors but the pictures kept coming out all blurry. So then I thought since this will probably be our last Christmas in Arizona, I would take it in front of a Saguro cactus.

No such luck.

All the cactuses were too far and the sun was WAY to bright. Plus the girls kept squinting their eyes in every picture. But, I did have some fun playing with iphoto and I perfected the art of 'cropping' some pictures. Below is a glimpse at a couple of my faves.

In addition to a lovely turkey dinner and my shopping, the girls and I spent the day before making our Christmas chain and wrote 25 things we were thankful for on each link. I love to see how much Sissy (especially) has grown over the past year. We moved from thanking our toys to thanking people.

I love this time of year!

  posted at 12:25 AM  

20 November 2006
The Big Weekend, Part 2
The moment you all have been waiting for...the dyed/highlighted hair. Let's just say I haven't seen my sistor in over a year and when we get any time together it's usually...

lots of talking, giggling, late nighters, chocolote eatin' sistor-time!

So in the moment of all sistorhood she says.... "hey, let's dye our hair." And, of course with all sistorhood worthyness I agree.

Oh did I agree. I haven't had my roots touched up since my last bloggity trip to Savannah - oh did I just admit that? So without further ado, we headed to our local Walgreens to pick out just the right color! LOL!

Sistor recommended that I use the platinum color to lighten my roots and she chose the caramel color kit. So, the adventure started at 9:00pm and ened after midnight.

RESULTS: I had orange roots and she had orange/blonde hair. There was no "caramel" color anywhere to be seen. Of course the problem was with the hair highlighting kit and not with the person who was applying it, right? :-)

So here are the said color results! The picture was taken around 12:30am so the lighting was not very good.
However when it came to the toes we left it up to the professionals. And as you can see we have the prettiest toes in AZ!

As for the hair...sistor called and said she is all brown now. She actually got up the nerve to fix it herself. I on the other hand had an appointment first thing Saturday morning for what they sytlists call a 'Color Correction'. Well, let's just say 4 1/2 hours later I came home looking somewhat normal! :-)

*The word sister is misspelled intentionally because this what call each other sis-tor!

  posted at 8:02 AM  

17 November 2006
Thinking out loud
I just hung some Christmas lights on my garage this afternoon...oh my!

Ya'll... is this way too early?

  posted at 5:18 PM  

16 November 2006
The Big Weekend, Part 1
Well Part 1 will have to start on Thursday when my Dad and sister arrived. The girls and I picked them up from the airport. They arrived an hour early, can you believe it? We finally met up in luggage and the first stop was at In and Out Burger.

Yes ma'am the best burgers EVER.

Once we arrived back home, my Dad and I busted out my most recent Ebay purchase. Oh yes, the train that we had going around the Christmas when I was younger will now be parading around our tree this year. CHOO CHOO!

Check it out...Dad got er' up and running, uncoupling and smoking!
This is a vintage Marx Big Rail Work Train.
A little later in the afternoon I decided to go out and get our mail. Below is what I saw in our front yard on the way out!
YES, that is a giant pile of busy bees trying to make a hive. I'm sure the queen is under there somewhere.

Note to readers: If you live where I live, this is how to take care of the bees: :)

1. Call animal control because it will ring the police department.
2. The police department will tell you the "Fire Department takes care of bees".
3. They will give you the fire dept. number and the operator will say it's out of service.
4. Next, call the animal control services back - read 'police department' to get a new number.
5. They will rudely question your intelligence and then try the number themselves.
6. Then, they will sound like they're sorry and give you a new number.
7. You will finally reach the fire department and they will tell you they don't handle the bees...unless they are hostile and stinging people. They will tell you that the bees are very transient and he "guarantees" said bees will be gone in a few days.
8. You will share your concerns regarding littles one in the house and kids being dropped off at the school bus stop near your home in 45 minutes.
9. The fire department will THEN tell you, "unfortunately they don't know kids are allergic to bees until they start dying on us".
10. Said fire department will "suggest" you patrol the area while the kids are walking home to be sure none of them bother the bees. OR, call a bee keeper and pay several hundred dollars to have them removed.

Here is what WE did:

1. Waited almost three days for bees to leave.
2. They were still there (surprise!) so we called our friendly neighbor Jim who owns a Pest Control company.
3. Said neighbor comes over to check out bees that evening.
4. The next day he was out there spraying them.
5. We paid him $20 bucks and the all the bees were dead in about three hours.

Luckily, no one got hurt/stung but Dad did say that he saw Jim running down the street because the bees started to chase him. Yikes!

Hubby paid him $30 bucks instead... :-)

Stay tuned for more adventures and pictures of "The Big Weekend..."

  posted at 10:35 PM  

15 November 2006
My Big Weekend
I had such an awesome weekend that I'm still trying to absorb it all.

In a nutshell, my dad and older sister came in town to visit. And, boy did we have a blast. There are so many stories to share I guess I'll have to post in parts. We climbed mountains, dyed (read tried) our hair, pampered our toes, road some trains, chased away some bees...oh the fun.

But for starters, at the request of my sister I am posting pictures for her and all her friends at work of Sissy and Sugars playroom. It's kind of hard to get pictures of the ceiling and the floor in the same shot so I took a few of each area.

"Hi gals, here you go...don't work too hard!" Enjoy! (Claire is waving Hi Aunt Nese!)

  posted at 2:34 PM  

08 November 2006
Thank you Coffee-mate
Oh yes...it's that time of year again where my all. time. favorite. coffee creamer is available. I swear, if I could get them to send me an email to a product review their sales would blow through the roof! But seeming how they didn't respond to my email I sent to them at this time last year, I don't think I'll be seeing anything in my inbox anytime soon.

Anyhoo, if you haven't tried it yet you have got to get the Coffee-mate Peppermint Mocha creamer. And, I emphasize this...

while supplies last!

Because I'll tell you what, I'll find it at Wal-Mart one time and then they never have it in stock again.

So this year I got smart.

I knew it was going to come out around November 1st, so I headed to my local Wally World and bought myself EIGHT bottles! Yes, you read that right. There were only nine left and I felt bad buying them ALL, so I left one in the case for the next lucky soul.

I know this sounds extreme, but trust me...once their gone they're GONE. Now Coffee-mate will come out with three other seasonal flavors, Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread and Eggnog. But none of them will compare to the Peppermint Mocha!

If you haven't tried it all ready...Go Get Some Right Now! You'll love it!

And if you don't...send it to me I'll drink it. :-)

  posted at 10:55 PM  

06 November 2006
My blogiversary
Late as usual...but just over two weeks ago I had my one-year anniversary in bloggityville! Wow, it's hard to believe it's been a year since hubby hounded me to start my own blog.

I can't say I've become a better person or that blogging has made me a better mother but there are a few things I can say...

I've made more friends then I could ever imagine. I've mirled some of the best women in the entire blogosphere. I've learned some great SAHM tips, acquired some great recipes and received prayer and support from so many I can't count. And, if those aren't good enough reasons to blog then I don't know what is.

Looking back, this little blog has gone from "Thoughts with Theresa" to "Bullfrogs and Butterflies". It's gone from posting pictures just for family to sharing them with the world. It's gone from sharing silly stories to asking for advice. It's gone from 3 readers to over 500.

It's gone from fun to fascinating.

Overall, this little blog that I thought only my close family and friends would read has become a true support network for me. And, I know those of you who don't blog (but read) truly do not understand that last statement. All I can say is that I am blessed to be a Blogger and I wouldn't have it any other way.

  posted at 8:10 AM  

03 November 2006
Blog-O-Lantern results are in...

Wow! This was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Hubby and I have been looking at pumpkins for the last hour. I thought it was only fair that I have a unbiased judge help with the winner. So after numerous debates the winner is...

WINNER: Jack Benny
by Jules over at Everyday Mommy.

(Jules make sure you send me your address so I can send you your prize!)

It was so hard to pick just one, so I wanted to give you a few honorable mentions...

1st Honorable Mention: Curious George
by Stacy over at Just Me and the Guys (y'all she did this WITHOUT a pattern!)

2nd Honorable Mention: Spider
by Jennifer over at The Wilson Six (hubby really liked that spider!)

Thanks to everyone who participated. This was a whole lot of fun and I enjoyed looking at all the pumpkin carvings. So if I'm still around bloggityville next year, plan on this contest repeating...and if you didn't participate this year make sure you start getting your ideas going for next year.

May the best Blog-O-Lantern win!

  posted at 8:34 PM  

02 November 2006
Product Review...huh?
Okay I'll bite... about a week or so ago I got an email from the lovely folks at Clorox. Yes, the bleach one. As if there were someone else with that name? They kindly asked if I would accept a free sample of their new Clorox UltimateCare Premium Bleach and then post my review on my blog. So of course they twisted my arm and I said yes. And, yes, this type of coercion does happen through email. *smile*

Did I mention it was free?

Anyhoo, I read through all the papers and ads to see what was so special about this new bleach. See being OCD and all, we do these kinds of things even though we know what bleach is for. But for your information, I DO use the regular Clorox bleach so I needed to see why I must switch to THEE premium bleach.

So off to the laundry room I went with a day old onesie outfit covered in chocolate ice cream. After reading through the materials it seemed to me the selling point of this new bleach was that you can pour it directly on the fabric.

So that's what I did.

I covered all the soiled chocolate areas and tossed it in the wash with my other whites. For some reason I was a little distracted by a toddler pulling at my leg and I may have poured a little more than I should have. :-)

Nonetheless, we were going to see if this stuffed really worked!

So last night I'm pulling out my load of whites from the dryer and they did look pretty bright and white. Oh, and the little areas on the onesie outfit that I covered (read drowned) in bleach was, drum roll please...

CLEAN! There was not one chocolate stain left of the entire outfit! Sold!

So after using (read abusing) the premimum bleach, I will definitely buy it. Quite frankly my friends, it does work and here is what I liked most about it:

1. You can pour it directly on the fabric (if you don't have said toddler pulling on your leg)
2. It's thicker than true liquid bleach so it's easier to pour (if you're paying attention) :-)
3. I love that fact that when I touched the bleach directly with my fingers, they did not smell like bleach all. day. long. Now that's a bonus!

Finally, I believe a product review is not worthy without seeing proof. So, since I knew I was going to do a review about this product I took before and after shots...

Because truly seeing is believing!

Here are the results...L@@k at the top left sleeve, middle, and bottom left - awesome eh?

*The first pic is a little yellow because I took it in the laundry room.

Thanks Clorox!

* Note to readers: What you can't see in the picture was that I obviously poured WAY too much bleach directly on the fabric and it slightly faded the colors in some spots. Now I'm talking it was very minimal fading and I was surprised it didn't come out completely white! This obviously wouldn't of happened if the product was "used as directed".

In my eyes, that's a plus for Clorox, because even a goof like me couldn't ruin an outfit! :-) I just wanted to be honest.

  posted at 9:16 AM  

01 November 2006
Halloween Open House
I know this is a day late, but I told Chilihead I would share my pictures...at least the few that we have. I kept it super conservative this year since we have the house on the market.

With that being said, here are my little touches of fall around the house. I also included of picture of hubby's haunted garage but I couldn't capture the full effect on camera. Let's just say there were lots of strobe lights, fog machines, scary music and some good old scary costumes and kiddos! :-)
Alright, either blogger is being stubborn or our connection is on a frenzy because it would not let me load any more pictures - Arrrr! Anyhoo, there's a couple to look at...I'll try again later.

  posted at 8:47 AM  

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