Sunday, December 23, 2007

9 INCHES **update**

Can you say WHITE CHRISTMAS?!?!?!
Because we are gonna have one!!!!! AWESOME!!!!

The trail from walking outside......Jensen couldn't resist sticking his foot in the snow....

Look at how high the snow is!

And when we tried to close the came the snow!! OOPS!!

Well....we have officially survived the first full day with in-laws. It hasn't been that bad. Well, up until the point when she feed them cookies at 5:00pm, when Ike and I were paying the bills online. Yes, they went thru over 2 dozen cookies!!! So...guess what my kids ate for dinner?!?!?! Yep, that's right folks......COOKIES!!!! Because they were too full of cookies to eat anything else. Marinne even came to the table to eat and looked at the food and took one bite and said, "My tummy hurts!" WELL, GREAT!!!! Everyone else just refused to eat.

Then, at 10:30pm, Griffin came upstairs and bazooka barfed everywhere!! GREAT!!
I gave him a bath....and made big daddy clean up the barf. (not without telling can thank your mom for that! ha ha ha!!!) turns out it's probably a virus, because now Logan has it. Poor guy. He hasn't had this throw up thing in about 2 it was a rude awakening for him! He's forgotten how bad it sucks! So, I feel really sorry for him. I mean, darn it...this is the best snow for sledding we've had. But, I don't want him to be left we won't go.

And, it's the princesses birthday! So, our plans are kinda on hold for now.....
We'll have to see how L feels later, but G seems just fine.

Have a good one!!!

Griffin is fine. After a long day....Logan was feeling better by dinnertime! And.......
knock on one else has gotten it!!! Yay for that!!!!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007


OK....I AM FRANTIC!!!!!!

#1 - I have to get the gift done for Big Daddy's boss and our friend, K. TODAY!!! And I can't seem to find the paper I need for it! GRRRRRR!!!!!

#2 - In-laws will be here today. Trying to finish up the cleaning, etc. before the scrutiny patrol shows up.

#3 - Grumpy girl is full-blown because I started my period early, again...and I have cramps, a headache and a sore throat. GREAT!!

#4 - All 4 kids are home and their fighting like banshees. (where's the rope?!?! Ha ha ha....just kidding!)

#5 - I haven't wrapped one gift....NOT ONE!!! Can you believe that?!?!

#6 - Christmas cards...ya right. Just couldn't seem to get it together for that. So, I am making a Christmas Web Blog. Really been busy working on that.....stay tuned for the info coming very soon!!!


:) rox

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What's going on with me?




My in-laws will be in town on Friday. Trying to clean, organize and get ready for the scrutinization. Trying to figure out how I am gonna hide the fact that I returned the Waffle Maker she got me for my birthday that she wanted me to have.....for the air popcorn popper that I wanted to have! Trying to figure out how to ensure the kids don't repeat things we don't want her to know. (good luck with that delusional thought.....)


For a good friend who I finally talked to today after a long week of phone-tag. And I was overjoyed to learn that she's expecting a new bundle of joy by mid-Summer!! Unplanned and not the best time....but still a blessing!! Congratulations!! (you know who you are!! :) That's all your gonna get, because I have to keep this one under my hat for now!!


Trying to come up ideas for my CHA assignment!


Came on tonight. Really bugging me. Heading to bed with some meds!

Have a good one!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

THE ICE.....

Camping out in the living room.....since it's on the upper floor (ya know...heat rises.....if you really want to call it that...since it was 56degrees in here!)
I just told them this was like Little House on the Prairie!!!!

The food I threw out from the refrigerator. Basically, if it said Refrigerate after went in the trash. Because I have had food poisoning recently....and it's just not worth taking the chance. And I especially do not want my children to get it!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Update......Thursday 12/13


We have power.
Just want you to know we are fine.

No time to talk. Too much catch-up to do.
Piles of laundry. Piles of dishes.
Cleaning out the fridge and freezer.....
(we've lost all our food in the fridge/freezer.)
That really sucks because we had just finished the grocery shopping for all our meals for a 2 week period.

I had to go to the grocery store to get the basics, at least.
Milk. Eggs. Bread.

We are having sandwiches for dinner.
Because I have no time to cook a big, fancy dinner.

Remember, I still have a Design Team deadline!!
Holy Moly.....I am so stressed!!

Down in Tulsa (where my dad/stepmom live) things are really bad though. They haven't had electric all week and the electric company says that it won't be on till next weeks some time.

They also had 3 limbs that fell and came through the roof of their sunroom...and my dad is using a 2x4 to hold up part of their ceiling!! It's been raining and the water is just pouring in. And the sunroom builder company can't even estimate when they can get to them. It's bad. So, in the grand scheme of things.....we were very, very lucky.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Impending Disaster?!?! ***2nd UPDATE***

Well, the Governor of the state of Kansas has declared a "state of emergency."

And, they've already shut down the cities' schools for tomorrow and it's only 9:26pm.

Almost the entire state of Kansas is covered in a giant cloud of ice and
it's expected to come down from tonight for the next 24 hours straight.
We are expecting like 2 inches of ice.

This is the type of ice that breaks trees and brings down power lines.

One of our major things we didn't like about this house was it's lack of having a fireplace.
Most days it doesn't impact us. Today it could.

If the power goes out....we won't have heat.
Heat....that's one of those things we tend to take for granted, until it goes out!

When Big Daddy left for work at 7:45am, he knew it would be a long day. By 10am, he was telling me he'd be home at 7pm, but had to go back by Midnight. When he actually made it home at 7:15, he scarfed down dinner, took a shower, changed clothes and he was back to work by 8pm. His last words to me were....see you on Wednesday. (It's Monday.)

So...I guess we'll see. But, it doesn't look good.

So, if you don't hear from me for a day or two....this is why.


So far, so good. (for us, so far....)

My lights keep flickering, but so far we still have power.

I feel like hell....I couldn't sleep with Big Daddy gone. I was laying in bed, awake, until 4am.

We have LOTS of ice....and more coming.

Thanks for worrying about us. You guys are the best friends ever!!!!!

***Update ~ 12/11 11:48am***

We have no power.
We had it. Everything was great.

I was scrappin'. (got a deadline ~ you know me, procrastinator!)

Now...I am in the dark with 4 kids whining... "mom, what can we do?!?!?!"

Right now they are doing playdough.
Shoot...I can't even vacuum up the mess.
Pray for my carpet. LOL!!

I do have internet for about until the juice is gone....for emergencies, of course!!!!
(this is an emergency, right?!? I mean....I have to talk to my friends!!!)

(Ummm.....for those of you surprised I have internet....well, duh, I am married to Big Daddy the computer geek!!!! Of course I have emergency internet!!!!) :)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

My Design Team *ROCKS*!!!!

So....imagine my surprise when the FedEx guy showed up at my house....
I wasn't expecting any packages......

But, I was filled with pure joy when I read this mailing label!!!!
It was from FISKARS!!!
You see.....about a week ago my Design Team Coordinator asked us to make a "wish list" of things we'd like from Fiskars. (they are one of our partner companies)

Well, I didn't want to seem greedy, so I only asked for a new trimmer (mine was recently accidentally broken by kid#2) and some replacement blades. Not this this was anything to sneeze at......a very generous gift. Well, then she wrote me an email asking if that was really all I wanted.... So, I sent a list of 3 more punches that I'd like to have. Well....she said, ask for what you want, but you may or may not get it.

Well, I certainly didn't think I'd get it this soon.....but opening the box was like an early Christmas.....

What was inside????

How lucky am I?!?!?!

Friday, December 7, 2007

For Amber.....Gorilla's are your friends!

Ha ha ha ha!!!

Love....Yo GABBA GABBA at our house!

Wanna win some really cool WorldWin stuff!?!?!

Then, run and join in on the Scavenger Hunt
on the WorldWin Papers Blog!!

All you have to do is download the questions, then look around the WWP Blog and answer the questions and email it back in!!

EASY PEASY and you can learn more about the WorldWin products, my WorldWin Design Team and explore out WWP Blog and get some INSPIRATION!!!!

There are THREE prize packages and they totally *rock*!!!

(.......and they include our super secret new paper line!!! Meaning, win it before you can buy it!!! AWESOME!!!!!
And I have a super special secret about
this rocking new paper line.....can't tell you just yet.....
but hoping to tell you VERY SOON!!!!)

Christmas Vacation Montage....

Simply the BEST Christmas movie ever! Period.

Decorating the Tree.....

So, the tradition is that Big Daddy puts up the tree and puts the lights on and
then we decorate the tree......
(mommy and the kids, that is...)
(Jensen took this ^ picture! Good job for a first try....)

Marinne was overjoyed by it all.....

Logan, the pre-teen just puts up w/ his mother's photo obsessions so I won't fuss at him!

Griffin really enjoyed decorating this year! He took great care in hanging his!

Then, we went on to the other tradition when you are decorating the tree...
....Christmas Vacation!!!
Yes, we let Marinne watch it. I know, I know. Stop judging me!! Yes, there is some colorful language and adult humor......but, what can I say?!?! It's not like they haven't heard things before. And, it's a tradition. Well, crap, now I am judging me!! Oh, well!
At least she fell asleep after 20 minutes!
Jensen was still working hard on the tree during the movie!

The pre-teen was doing this ^!!!!

Griff snuggled next to mommy......

And, Big Daddy enjoying the movie.....he's seen it like 62 times!!!

A day late and a dollar short.....

This was the snow we got yesterday.....about 2 hours into it. It snowed a total of 7 hours.....and we got about 3 or 4 inches, I don't know for sure how much. (and yes, the wife of the News Director should know this.....but I don't!!)And, no....I didn't get my van in the garage before the snow....
....there are still about 13 boxes, still not unpacked from the move...... :-p

Can't you just tell she feels like crud?!?!

My poor sick baby girl......
...she wanted to cover up with my sweater!! Isn't that so sweet?!?!
And I gladly took it off and gave it to her.
Whatever makes you feel better, my Princess.....

So....whose coming to KS to go see it with me?!?!

I am so excited.....

Thursday, December 6, 2007


1 Year
365 days
285 posts
7,680 Visitors*
12,768 Page Views*
A bunch of new "blog" friends
A Zillion Laughs, Sorrows and Memories....

Thank you for everything!
You guys seriously ~rock~!!!

And, in case you missed can read the very first
~the Real Roxann~ blog post .....right here! It's funny, NOW!
Does it say "sucker" on my forehead? a.k.a.
Who knew housekeepers could be so DIRTY!?!?!?

*these numbers actually only include Feb. 2007 - Dec. 2007

My Mother's Angel Tree.....

Beautiful Memories of a Beautiful Woman......
.....because she was and is an Angel!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

So....Big Daddy seriously *rocks*!!!!!

This may look like an ordinary angel. But, it's not.
Big Daddy brought her home to me, in memory of my mother.
You see, my mother collected angels. Lots and lots of angels.
So, this being the 10th year that my mom has been gone, I have made a special angel Christmas tree and the only ornaments on it, are the angel ornaments that I've purchased in her memory. One per each year. It's beautiful....and pics of that to come soon.

Anyway, with all the sickies around here....Big Daddy had gone to the store and come home with her. Now, I know she looks kinda boring, but she's not. She really is beautiful. And then she has a light inside her that changes colors, sending light thru the prisms all over her and reflecting onto the ceiling and the walls. It is so beautiful.

So, he comes home w/ chicken noodle soup, 7-up, Saltine crackers, toilet paper, Tide and this angel. I was downstairs in the laundry room. (where else would I be?!?! ha ha!) Well, he set her up and turned her on. Then, he called me upstairs. He said, "I saw her and thought you'd like her and she'd remind you of your mom."

I couldn't even speak, I just had massive tears. And once I started, I couldn't stop.

But, this angel actually does have a deeper meaning to me. When my mother "knew" she was dying, she would tell me about these "dream" she would have. (Read my mother's story here and read about the diamond dress....but get a box of kleenex, because it's a tearjerker.) Because I believe my mother was seeing heaven and described to me her diamond dress. And this is exactly the type of dress I pictured when she told me the story.
This gift means so much to me.....

I told Big Daddy that this was probably one of my most favorite gifts he has ever given me.
And I mean it.

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