July 31, 2008


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Last night I went and visited a friend and her brand new baby in the hospital.   Is it just me or is there just an indescribable energy that radiates from a newborn?  You stand in the room and you just feel that something precious and pure has just washed over you.  It always makes me think of this song, which is one of the best songs ever written in my opinion.  My favorite line is “true love, it is a rock, smoothed over by a stream, and no ticking of a clock can truly measure what that means.”

Ok, I have tried for 10 minutes to get this stupid video to post to no avail so I’m giving up and going to bed.  I’ll try again tomorrow.

Screw it…..here’s the link lol.

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July 29, 2008

Not liking this at all

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:51 pm by sillydreamer

  I’m so over it already!!!!!!!!!

July 23, 2008

She’s Done

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I finally finished up the lap quilt that I’ve been working on for awhile now.  Originally I picked up one charm pack of Moda Simplicity squares that were calling my name.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them but I had to have them.  I decided to just keep it simple so I went back and bought some more fabric from the same line to add to what I had.   I’m not a very experienced quilter and normally use low loft batting but for this one I used high loft and I have to say I prefer that and will probably use it from now on.  I hand quilted it and then when it came time to do the binding, I sewed it to the back of the quilt and then used a decorative stitch to sew it down to the front.  I love the way it turned out and the fact that it took much less time to do it.   I’ve decided this will be my quilt 🙂

July 22, 2008

Family fun

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It’s not often that all five of us do something together…..willingly at least…..so going to see “The Dark Knight” was kind of a big deal for us.  That’s what we did on Sunday on it was fun.  Poor hubby had worked an 18 hour shift so we were going to postpone until later in the week but he didn’t want to spoil anyone’s fun so he napped for a few hours, went to the movies and then went back to work as soon as it was over.  He’s such a guy!  I could write a whole other entry about him but I’ll save it for another time.   I will say that I hope my daughter’s find a husband as good as the one I’ve got 🙂

The movie was good and it’s a shame that Heath Ledger isn’t here to see how people are loving what he created.  Too young and too soon.  My oldest daughter has loved him forever.  I have been looking at pictures on her walls for years so needless to say, she was really sad when he passed away.  I can relate…..I still miss Andy Gibb!  If you don’t know who I’m talking about then you’re probably too young to be reading my blog.  Just kidding!

Another fun family thing I’ve done, although just with my twins so far, is to play Disney’s Scene It game.  It’s really fun and I can’t wait until all of us sit down and play.  We love Disney 🙂  I used some of my “My Points” for gift cards and saved $20 on the purchase so of course I love it that much more lol.

Speaking of My Points, if you aren’t familar with it, you should check it out.   It’s an online program you sign up for and they send you several emails a day and all you do is click on the link and earn points.  Usually it’s 5 points but sometimes more depending on what it is.  If you sign up for different things then you earn more but all I ever do is click on the link.  These points accumulate then you cash them in for different rewards.  Usually I redeem them for Starbucks or Wal-Mart cards.  There are many different things to choose from…Target, Linens & Things, etc.   You can also shop online and earn points for every dollar spent at various sites.  Again, all I usually do is click.  I’ve been doing it for a few years and have earned several gift cards along the way.  It’s a good way to pick up a little extra “cash” from time to time and who doesn’t want that?  You can check them out at www.mypoints.com

Bonus…..I was off by 3:15 today!  I know I was just off for two whole days but there is just something about getting off early and double bonus when it’s unexpected.  I love that!

July 20, 2008

Heartbreak Hotel

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I knew it was inevitable having three teen age daughters so here we are dealing with our first real broken heart.  Of course I’m really sad to see my child so upset but a small part of me is a little relieved.  I want them to be happy and have good relationships but I also don’t want to see them tied to one person and miss out on just being a teen.  I know this will all be ok but being the 16 year old girl with a broken heart, you don’t see that.  I remember being dumped at that age by the “love of my life” and it really stinks.

It’s interesting to see the advice the other two are giving their sister.  One daughter has been telling her to dump him for two weeks.  Apparently he’s been wanting to break up and when he finally did, he told her that he had been trying to make her mad for the past two weeks so she would break up with him.  Don’t you remember how silly and childish you could be at that age?    Looks like sister was right all along 🙂

My heartbroken one, of course, wants to get back together with him and he told her he wants to come over on Sunday evening when he gets back in town so they can talk.  I was talking about it with my oldest daughter and she was agreeing with me that him coming over is not a good idea.  She told me that if she were in that situation and ex boyfriend wanted to come over she would tell him “suck it, you aren’t coming to my house.”  LOL!  Now THAT’S my child!  I will never forget when she was in about the third grade she had a “boyfriend” at school and she got mad at him on the playground and she told him “when I count to three, it’s over…..one….two…three…IT’S OVER”.  This child takes absolutely no gruff from anyone and I love that about her.  I told her that my advice to her sister was probably falling on deaf ears but to feel free and talk to her all she wants because she will heed her words more than mine at this point.

I know that there is a good chance they will end up dating again so I’m not saying too much at this point.  He handled the breaking up badly but hey, he’s a 17 year old boy so what do you expect?  These are lessons we all have had to learn in life and while I see it for what it is…..a high school break up…..I understand that for her, it’s her whole world so I’m picking my words carefully and trying to stay as neutral as possible.  I wouldn’t want to have to go through that age again for anything!

July 18, 2008


Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 7:53 pm by sillydreamer

Everyone can relax…..the two Starbucks close to my house are not closing….I repeat, they are not closing.  I don’t frequent them a lot but when I want a frappy, I want a frappy.

July 17, 2008

Very bizarre story

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:52 pm by sillydreamer

Balloons carried gun away in Red Lobster executive’s ‘CSI’-like suicide

Thomas Hickman drove through New Mexico, police say, until his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo ran out of gas. Then the 55-year-old North Richland Hills man walked into a field, tied helium balloons to a gun, covered his mouth with duct tape, and shot himself in the back of the head, according to New Mexico State Police.

That determination is a far leap from what authorities first suspected when Mr. Hickman’s body was discovered March 15 near Santa Rosa, N.M., about 100 miles east of Albuquerque. Authorities initially thought the Red Lobster executive had been kidnapped and slain.

But investigators came to the conclusion that Mr. Hickman committed suicide. The first clue was the bundle of white helium balloons, with the gun still attached, found snagged on bushes and cactus near Mr. Hickman’s body.

The grip of the Smith & Wesson Airweight had been removed and the trigger guard ground down, said Lt. Rick Anglada of New Mexico State Police.

“He took as much weight off as he could to make it light as possible,” Lt. Anglada said. The plan apparently was to have the gun float far away after being fired, but that didn’t happen.

The gun and balloons led police from that field back to Mr. Hickman’s house in North Richland Hills.

“This was apparently an elaborate attempt to make it look like he was murdered,” Lt. Anglada said. “Investigators were able to show that he purchased the balloons and purchased the gun. We also found shavings from the gun in his garage.”

Partway through the investigation, one of the investigators recalled seeing a television show in which balloons were used in a suicide.

The investigator obtained a copy of an October 2003 episode of the television drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and noticed that there were several similarities between that show and Mr. Hickman’s case. But Lt. Anglada said New Mexico authorities are not sure if Mr. Hickman ever saw the program.

Detectives would not speculate about the motive for his suicide, the lieutenant said.

However, the investigation showed that at the time of his death, Mr. Hickman’s life was in turmoil. Lisa Hickman, his wife of 29 years, was ill, and he had been caring for her for some time. Mr. Hickman had also recently lost some money in the stock market, Lt. Anglada said.

Mrs. Hickman could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But in March, she described her husband as a generous Christian man who “did not preach the word of God, but he walked the walk. He lived it.”

The couple moved to Texas from Florida in 2003 and had one son.

Mr. Hickman worked for Red Lobster for 32 years and oversaw restaurants in the chain from North Richland Hills to West Texas. He started as a manager trainee, company officials said. In 1977, Mr. Hickman was promoted to general manager and headed operations at restaurants in Wisconsin, Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. He became director of operations in 2003 when he took over restaurants in parts of Texas.

As the West Texas director of operations for Red Lobster, Mr. Hickman regularly traveled through the region where he died. He was last seen at a meeting in Abilene on March 13. The next day, he missed a meeting in Lubbock. On March 15, two motorists discovered his body in the field.

July 16, 2008

Rain, glorious rain

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I’m so happy right now because it’s raining.  Not just a little shower, this is a full on down pour and I hope it lasts for a couple of hours at least 🙂  We need it so badly right now.

Thankfully, hubby didn’t wash the cars or else I wouldn’t be relishing this quite so much lol.

Guess what I was supposed to do today?  Serve jury duty!  I called last night and was told it was cancelled so I didn’t have to do it.  it’s not that I didn’t want to, because I think it would have been interesting, but I hate to put my daycare parents in a position that they have to find someone else to take care of their children or take off from work.  Actually, the parents of one of my little guys are both attorneys so they of course understand and didn’t have a problem with it but did try and get me out of having to serve.  It didn’t work though and if the trial wasn’t cancelled I would have been pleading my case with the judge this morning to try and get excused.  Maybe some day I will have a “normal” job where all I have to do is make one call to my boss and tell them I won’t be in due to jury duty.

Not much else is happening in my world lately.  I’ve almost finished quilting my blanket and hopefully will be able to start the binding tomorrow.  I read on someone’s blog (sorry, I can’t remember who’s) recently that they sewed the binding to the back of the quilt and then used a decorative stitch to sew it down on the front so I thought I might try that and see if I like it.  It would certainly save a lot of time!  I’ll share pictures when I’m done.

Still raining 🙂

July 7, 2008

Playland Etiquette

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It’s been so flipping hot here that we haven’t really played outside much, which is not a good thing.  Last Thursday, Hubby and I loaded up my three daycare kidlets and off we went to Chick-fil-A for a little snack and some fun in their play area.  When my kids were little we spent many hours playing in these type places but I had forgotten a few things.

Some people think turning their little ones out to the play area means they are totally fine by themselves.  Why they think this I do not know because it’s mass chaos out there and there is always one or two of “those” kids who really, really need some supervision.  I am not about to say that I was the perfect, supervising Mother with my own kids but I was at least on hand, within earshot or line of vision to see what was going on.   We had two out there calling the other kids names, blocking the entrance to the slide and, my favorite, climbing on the outside of the structure.  Both Moms are chatting away inside the restaurant without a care in the world.  That just drives me crazy.  Hubby and I both had to make a few comments to them and as they were leaving, we heard one of them “telling” on us lol.  We were very nice and respectful and know that it really wasn’t our place to do but for goodness sakes if we didn’t, who would?  After spending a few minutes with these boys I think I can understand why their Mother’s turned them loose out there.  They probably needed a break!