Southern girl plowing her way through life making the rules up as she goes. Warning: likes to bake, curse, quote movies/literature, is tattooed, married to The Man and mother of two girls. We bring new meaning to the "griswald way of life". Come along for the ride!

Life is My Highway

Montana and North Dakota have become home.... dang it lol.

These Girls

Lord help me but these babies wear me out.... they are just perfect!


Yes, it's from last winter but I adore this us....


This kid glows from the inside out... my almost 11 year old!

We are so smexy!

Favorite sport: embarrassing our kids in public


My mini-me is finding her own way in life

Friday, June 29, 2007

Exploring The Mountains

So last weekend, we finally began exploring our new mountainous home. It's breathtaking. When we first got here, everything was covered in snow. However, once it goes green, WOW~

The sheer size is hard to imagine. This beautiful wall of tree and rock was taken on the furthest zoom I can manage, as we were driving along at 65 mph, cause The Man drives to get places people, not to look.

However, in the middle of nowhere we pull off the highway when we saw a sigh pointing toward the mountain with a weird word on it. Yep, the weird word was a city name. Apparently a city of 4 people! Seriously, however we drove it and passed by this old mining equipment out on the side of the road....neat! By this point, my kids woke up and started paying attention to the whole sight-see thing.

Next we drove right past this! Until I made him back up. In the middle of nowhere was this beautiful house...empty. Wonder if they mind us squatting for a couple of years....

By the time we reached town limits, we were 20 minutes from the highway and the mountain was closing in on both sides, there was barely room for anything other than the two lane road. We round a corner and see this......
Seriously! The people park their cars and use ATV's in town only. Visitors are welcomed but everything was closed when we got there, the locals were having a church service and bbq in a pasture next to the road.
Hmmmmmm..... we decided to come back later.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Come To Momma....

Meet the love of my life....okay one of them.

The Man has a horrible time with candles, perfumes and the such. Walking through Macy's perfume section is like making him walk butt-naked through hell, he's miserable. Soooo being a lover of anything that smells purty and looks purty, I said "I do" when I found these candles.

(Whisper) You can't let this get out.... Circle E Candles....

They are made in Texas, go figure, everything from Texas rocks! These bad boys are the Elvis of all candles. They last in point. I bought my fav...Bird of Paradise when we moved here in January. I got the 40 oz candle, it still has 1/8 left in the jar and people, I burn candles like I used to burn cigarettes, everyday!

I'm not much of a brand person but I encourage you to try one of these babies. You'll thank me. And Circle E if you're reading this....I deserve a discount!

So since The Man (see below post) agreed to purchasing somemore, I thought I'd get some samples of scents I haven't tried before....I usually get the same old same old. Very girlie....

So I'm trying:


Creme Brulee-kitchen


Tropical Rain-I'll think of somewhere

Leather-laundry room

Mind you I didn't get greedy (yeah yeah I did) but I just have to share!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Around about way

There are several ways to do things...this is my favorite:

Me: Honey, I'm out of candles, the good ones....from Texas. Can I get some more?

The Man: Uh-huh

Me: Is that a yes?

The Man: Uh-huh

Me: Are you sure?

The Man: Yes

Several hours later, The Man comes to me and goes, you did it again didn't you? You got me to approve to shopping while I was asleep didn't you?

Who me?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

We actually left the house today!

Dear people,

Big news, the royal family finally left the house and set out to explore our new state, oh about six months after we moved here. We actually planned a day trip, packed up and then did the last minute detours (you know, the where is my purse, I need my blankie, who locked the doors) But we piled into the car and drove around the mountains to a community festival, oh about 60 something miles away.
But before we left....
Duchess killed her very first bug, with my brush. I'm so proud.
(Adding a new brush to the shopping list right now!)
But we finally got there, and look what we found. The girls got their portrait done!
It's awesome, they added camo and rifles to the picture, I'll have to post that one soon.
This guy was cheap and really good.

The girls totally went prepared for the outdoors. Here are my resting pumpkins,
enjoying some homemade ice cream in the shade. Notice their beloved Cabela's hats.
Their dad is so proud! Both girls pick their outfits around their hats.
Duchess had issues with the sand. Poor baby, like her momma she hates dirty feet.

Princess practiced her rappelling skills. Gonna have to remember how talented she is when her teen years roll, around. Need security bars on her bedroom window...

But all in all, it was a great festival. We came home with full bellies and no souvenirs. I love thrifty! We got some amazing landscape shots but those will come tomorrow. :) I'm gonna go nurse my sunburn now.

Friday, June 22, 2007


While crusing the web, okay while reading all my favorite gossip sites.... (guilty pleasure) I came across a picture that really upsets me.

This is my favorite scarf. Sent to me from OVERSEAS by a blogger I faithfully read. I have actually been practicing wearing this scarf. I have followed tips and tied it, draped it and heck once I just threw it over my shoulder and went to church with it. :) Notice due to the extreme sunlight in my bathroom (can you image looking in the mirror at your face without makeup in this room?), the scarf looks lighter than it is.

Then I find this....

It seems this is a rocker, druggie and general yucky famous man. Weeeeee, he's wearing my scarf!!!!!!!!!!
This is not right!
If yucky famous man is reading this, cease and desist at once!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Rants from a Non-Smoker

Yet another day in the life of a reforming smoker, not sure why but this topic is pretty much controlling my every thought, action and movement! It is all centering around not have a ciggie. Dang it. I thought I was better than this.

Anyway, just this morning as I drove to work, I began a list of things that are bothering me. Doesn't everyone do this?

  • If you spilt it, clean it up

  • If you see a spill, clean it up

  • It if is due, send it off....procrastination is a tool of the devil

  • If it is seriously overdue, don't ask me why I haven't sent it

  • If the room is dirty, have the decency to close the door

  • Turn off lights, have you seen my electric bill?

  • Do what you say you will do

  • When you don't, then don't act like I'm stupid or I misunderstood you
  • This is just a small list of what was eating my goat this morning. Yet I did not stop and get a smoke. :) I'm trying. However, I did give an old lady the finger this morning when she cut me off, what is it with old people here?

    Correction: This is pretty much the winner of "what bothers me the most" today....this is just disturbing... this is a toliet??????

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Four plus days...that is four plus days that I've gone without smoking. I'm kinda proud of myself. But mainly, I'm a big ole bag of b*tching, moaning and whining. But I have the best inspiration. They are worth it.
Happier posts coming, as soon as I find that dang bottle of nicotine pills the doctor gave me!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Yet More Redneck Proof...

Me, propped up on the bed watching a chick flick, hankies and chocolate nearby...

The Man walks through and announces that he is going to play with Duchess. However, he says this like it is a prison sentence.

Me, trying to be consoling... "She is gonna curl your hair again?"

"Nope, it isn't beauty shop today."

Me, thinking.... "Pet shop, are you a tiger?"

"Nope, not pet shop either."

Me, engrossed in the movie again.... "Hmmm, well have fun, oh wait, what business did she open today?"

"A tattoo parlor"

Me, bad parent.... "Cool, are they washable markers?"

Friday, June 15, 2007

Nasty Little Secret

I have a nasty little secret, I am a smoker. Most people know this by now, however I still treat it like my nasty little secret. I am the person huddling behind the building sneaking a smoke. Even if there is a ashtray next to the door, I'm out back. I try hard to never smoke around my kids. In fact, my oldest calls it my "nasties". I am one of those freaky people who enjoy the taste of a good cig. Yep, just thinking about it makes me smile, yum.

HOWEVER, I sit here feeling like I'm gonna puke! Cause it is day 7 and my dosage went up to 2 full pills a day.....cause
I'm quitting. (Silence?) Yep, after oh about 14 years of being a dedicated smoker, I'm quitting. This is a very difficult post to write as I physically hate the sign above. Cause people hate smokers. And I'm a smoker. I figure I'll always be a smoker, just a smoker in remission. Cause it is an addiction, thankfully I'm only kicking nicotine not a crack habit, so it could be worse....right? Hello?

Anyway, if you're the praying sort, please send some strength over here. Cause The Man is quitting too. The pills make me really yuck and puky but they have given him hotflashes and a very interesting temperment. So be glad that you're not living in this royal house!

My lungs and my family will hopefully thank me for this one day. Cause I'm not thanking myself yet that is for sure. This sucks!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

New Paths

Having just celebrated our six month anniversary Post-Navy, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the differences between Navy life (military life) and civilian life.

Leaving the military was never something we seriously considered until The Man was just shy of his nine year mark. We had already done two dutys and were looking at choices for our third when bam! it hit him upside the head. A little voice that said "hey there is life outside of the Navy, life where you can see your kids everyday, you've given them almost ten years and maybe we can move on and be proud of that, somewhere else."

That little voice turned into a roar and before we knew it, we were civilian job hunting, attempting to turn ten years of military experience into a civilian resume (OMG, you have no clue how hard that was, just try googling military resumes! Civilian employers can't read them darn things!) and attempting to ascertain life outside of the Navy.

That was not easy. For instance, we were leaving behind:

insurance for the whole family, at no cost
reduced daycare costs on base
the uber grocery store where everything is about 20% cheaper than civilian stores
the sweet department store , read above line, same thing
military housing: reduced rent in great military only communities, people in the same boat as you, no pun intended
life insurance on The Man

However, we were also leaving:

6 month plus deployments with contact only via email or occassional phone calls
Duty nights every three to six nights where The Man was required to spend 24 hours on the ship away from us
Missed holidays, birthdays, and special occassions like oh I don't know, births!
Navy having total control of The Man and therefore the family

Having six months of civilian life under my belt, I will say this: it was the best move for us.

We were able to pick any location in the US and move there. We were able to find great housing in a good neighborhood and get the kids involved into the local scenes. I breath very deeply every morning when I get up cause I smell his aftershave. He may already be gone for the day but he was there and there is more proof in the dirty clothes on the floor. Cause he is there at home everyday!

He is able to be more involved in our family, he picks up kids, drops off kids, runs to the grocery store (can't recall him ever volunteering to go to the commissary) and does the errands on his days off. He is not just passing through our house anymore or as Duchess used to say "visiting". He lives there full time. He can be found taking the family shooting, fishing or just hanging out. He even cleans and cooks some too.

Yeah, we are truly loving civilian life. Now a better question is would we trade our military life for the past ten years? NEVER. That was an experience of a lifetime and I'm taking so much with me from it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Too fast...

Princess is growing up too fast. It just melts my heart, those sneaky little moments of motherly pride that make my eyes tear up....or it could just be those darn allergies again. Any who, tonight Princess had her ballet class and I went early to try and catch her in action. Something I see too little of.

I cried. My first baby, the one I miraculously didn't kill with my parental stupidity, was just breathtaking. I've wanted for so long to feel like we belong somewhere we live so that I can involve my girls in things that little girls should have. Well it's everything I dreamt of and more!

She hopped and did little fancy jumps. She did the pointy toe thing with her arms gracefully reaching up. She did the squats and didn't look like a frog at all.

Princess has been moved up to Conservatory Ballet Beginner. Which means my baby will actually start real ballet in August. I'm so very excited. I know nothing about ballet but from the talk the director had with us, it's more serious and geared towards techniques and actual ballet study than the fun kiddo classes she has had in the past.

Sniff, sniff. I guess my ignorant butt better start reading up on ballet. I'm sure there will be a test and I better know what the pointy foot thing is.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Good Bye Old Friend, RIP

For many years now, The Man has been a fan of the Sopranos. Well, somewhere along the lines, I got hooked too. Last night was awesome, a great ending although a slow moving episode. I like to think that we, the audience, got whacked and the show just keeps going on in TV land.

Yeah, never said I was totally sane.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

I wouldn't if I were you...

Never, ever upgrade your tanning bed. I'm not a big fan of tanning and I can count the times on one hand where I've tanned. However, The Man saw the need for some sun on my pitiful white self (seriously I'm whiter than a piece of paper) and got me a membership for my birthday.

Yesterday when I got there, the regular beds were full, so I upgraded three bed levels, for convenience.

If I were you, I would never to do this!

I came out after 12 minutes looking like a lovely (hmmm how do I describe the color) golden cake. Just yummy. However, three hours later I had turned into a red velvet cake.

It took one bath, two coats of the gel stuff and one coat of lotion before I could lay down.

If I were you, I'd be utterly careful when tanning. Take my word, this sucks. Cause it's the first time in my life that I've went into my local library in my pjs without a bra. Cause it hurts, and my books were overdue. Not sure when I'll recover from the look of utter disapproval from said librarian though.

Thursday, June 7, 2007


In my quest to clear utter junk out of my house, I ran across some's amazing what seven years can do to ya....

This is yours truly and The Man (wow, he was young) and my father-in-law at our combined birthday/anniversary party in 2000.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

One word is all it takes

There is one word in my four year olds vocab that sends me screaming for my closet. I want to curl up somewhere dark and suck my thumb...


Why is everything about bodily functions this week?

Monday, June 4, 2007

How not to spend a Saturday night...

When planning an outing with your kids, do not under any circumstances plan to take them to a concert, an outdoors country act that is very family oriented. Do not give into temptation! Heed my warning, people.

1. You'll rush to get there and forget to take cash ahead of time. Cause in the boonies, they only take cash. You'll go through hell and back to get a $20.00 to pay for those hamburgers and funnel cake (okay the cake was great and worth some of that effort).

2. You'll arrive a little early and then wait 2 hours for the opening act to start. Meanwhile you'll have to entertain your children.

3. It's hot and the wind is just blowing grit so you'll feel like you've spent seven years in the Sahara before any music starts to play.

4. There are only port-a-pottys. Duchess doesn't do port-a-pottys. But then she'll have to go three times before the music starts and you'll have to listen to the drama of "oh-how-mistreated-I-am.

5. The Man who is at work will call and happily say "How is it going?" then ask "Which one is crying?" which rubs your nose into your misfortune even more.

6. Then rude arse people will start packing the area and begin WALKING through on your blanket, with you on it. Princess was then highly encouraged to PUSH any such people ( I love the photo elusive step-dad).

7. You'll shake out your blanket forty times before the music starts. Preferably in the direction of that ole b*tch on the blanket next to you who keeps getting snotty.

8. Your four year old will have to poop at the concert right after the main act begins. You've been there for four hours by this point, so why not poop right?

9. However the line of old people at the port-a-potty enclosure ensures that she is in line with you for a while. To which at one point she looks up and says "My tummy hurts" and then two seconds later says "I didn't make it".

Well crap.

We're going home.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Blogging Taboo....

I'm gonna break blogger rule number 2. I'm gonna talk about my dinner. Sorry people, but dang, The Man and I had a real date night. We decided to get some grown up food....

Oh man, starting the diet next week! The gym too, and the pool. I love being a grown up.