Saturday, January 31, 2009


As we were pulling into our driveway tonight (after being gone all day), Camden says, "Mom can I have a cocktail when we get inside?" WHAT??? He only watches a little Disney and maybe some Boomerang. Where did he hear that? His father and I don't drink cocktails. He's not really around anyone who does. I thought maybe he was thinking of cocktail shrimp and I said, "Do you mean something to eat or drink?" To which he replied, "Oh, something to drink."

I think I just answered my own question......Be worried, very worried!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

God and the Wii

This was the conversation this morning as I was driving home from school drop off:

Camden: Mommy you are my life. (OK that really melted my heart.) Well, you and the Wii are my life. (At this point I'm slightly concerned.) Actually, you and daddy and the Wii are my life....and Claremarie, and Grandma Park and Grandma Holmes and Grandpa Park and Grandpa Holmes.

Me: I think you are forgetting someone very important.

Camden: God and Jesus. They are way more important than the Wii.

(Whew. At least something is sinking in besides how to conquer galaxies in Super Mario World.)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009


This is a hard one to post but I'm committed to either being disciplined or suffering the consequences of being publicly humiliated so here it goes.

Sherilyn-0 pounds lost but nothing gained. I'm even steven. Not a good week for eating or exercising. Jan. is kicking my rear end.

Sam-1 pound lost, Total-16.5. He even made it to the gym once this week.

Here's to better eating and more activity this week!!

Friday, January 23, 2009


For as many Husker football games as we've attended over the years, neither Sam nor I had ever been to a Husker men's basketball game. We decided to go last Sat. night. It was fun to get dressed up in our big red gear again. We were having a bit of withdrawal. Occasionally the kids will ask when they get to go to a football game with us. Quite frankly, neither of us is all too thrilled at the thought of that. First of all that means one of us has to give up our ticket. Second of all we don't have enough money to buy the amount of concessions it would take to keep them entertained for 4 hours. Third, they would get bored and wouldn't fully appreciate what they were watching. It would be different if either one of them had actually shown an interest in football. We did decide to take them to the BB game and we didn't even hear the first "I'm bored." until there was only 1.3 seconds left in the first half. That's not too bad. Nothing an order or nachos and a bag of skittles didn't solve. But a basketball game is much shorter than a football game. I think it is going to be a few years before they get to Memorial stadium. By the way, we had a great time and saw an awesome game. Definitely going to be making a return trip to seem them play again. Also, it was a lot cheaper than football!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Have to vent a little otherwise my head is going to explode (my apologies to those of you who don't agree with my political leanings). Anyway..........

Don't you just love all the people who are now calling for all of us to unite behind our President and to respect the office he holds? These are the same people who, for 8 years, have maligned, made fun of, disrespected and been unsupportive of our former president. It was unbelievable to me to hear how Pres. Bush was mocked when he walked out on the stage yesterday or the pot shots that Pres. Obama took at Pres. Bush during his hopeful, uplifting inaugural speech. It is just maddening. Maybe we should make a deal. We will be as respectful and kind to Pres. Obama as they were to Pres. Bush.

I actually heard a celebrity say on tv tonight how nice it is to actually have a first lady who puts the lady back into the title. Another one said what a great perk it is to actually have a good-looking first couple. Whew, I can rest easy tonight. Our country is in the hands of good looking people who the celebrities of the world approve of.

And the media-don't get me started. Are they more excited that we have our first African American President (which, I have to admit, is very cool-just wish it were Condi or J.C. Watts) or that the person, they worked so tirelessly to get elected, won? No crying on the air for Katie Couric this year. I'm also so tired of hearing Pres. Obama compared to Pres. Lincoln. How can he be like Lincoln. HE HASN'T DONE ANYTHING YET!!

Sam and I both got accused of being racist this week because we aren't happy about him getting elected. WHAT? Because we are critical of his ideology and proposed ideas we are bigots. Is that how it is going to be for the next 4 years? Anyone who disagrees with him is a racist? Not that anyone in the media will be questioning him since they are totally invested in him being a success and will do everything they can to ensure that. The only racist comments I heard yesterday were from the black preacher who gave the benediction. Oh, and don't e-mail me and tell me that comment is from an old slavery poem/song. I know that is the guise it is being excused under.

This is what I worry about (and if we can believe his campaign pledges, what he has pretty much promised to do):
a systematic, dismantling of our military,
giving terrorists the same rights as criminals,
nationalized health care,
his tendencies towards socialism (as evidenced by his radical associations),
indoctrination of our young children in nationalized pre-school programs,
raising taxes on those of us who actually work and giving more money to those who don't,
bigger government and more regulation of EVERYTHING,
the cult-like following he has among people who can't tell you ANYTHING about him or what he stands for, and I won't even get into to his liberal social agenda which I fear is where this country will be hurt the most.

I recognize that Pres. Obama is my president and I will pray for him and his family but as far as I know there has only been one man who walked this earth who could actually save anyone and it wasn't our new president.

On a lighter note, Claremarie came home from school yesterday and asked if she could watch C-Span. That made me laugh. Maybe politics will be her passion. Heaven help us if that's true.

Thanks for listening (if you made it this far).

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Over Christmas we were playing Taboo while at my parents. There were 7 adults playing and Claremarie. Sam was giving my team (which included Claremarie) clues for the word he was trying to get us to say. For those of you who don't know, Taboo is the game where you have a word you want people to say but you are given a list of words you can't use as clues. Anyway, Sam said, "This is what Obama is going to raise.." and before any of us could say the word Claremarie yelled, "Taxes." She was right!! I guess she's heard that somewhere before........

Happy Inauguration Day!

Monday, January 19, 2009


This guy's blog is awesome. Check it out!!


Sam-Pounds lost: 3.5, Total: 15.5
Sherilyn-Pounds lost: 1 Total: 4

Not so good on the exercise front. Will try to do better this week.

Thursday, January 15, 2009



a terrible sore throat,
-15 on the thermometer,
missing gloves and hats,
a broken furnace,
a full blown case of SAD,
too much tv not enough exercise,
that about sums it up,


Monday, January 12, 2009


Monday-January 12, 2009
Sam: Pounds lost: 12
Exercise: 0 (but he was pretty sick for most of the week)
Sherilyn: Pounds lost: 3
Exercise: 2 days

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

DISCIPLINE NOW (read this like George's dad on Seinfeld saying Serenity Now!)

Really trying hard to be disciplined in my eating habits so what do I do for my reward-mess around on the computer instead. Doing what you ask?? Blogging, checking blogs, Facebook games, keeping up on everyone's news on facebook, looking for cheap trips on all the trip websites, reading political blogs........................................

Not sure substituting one addiction for another is the right approach in the new year.

P.S. to all you friends who have blogs, that check this one, I listed you all under the mommy blogs section. If you don't want to be listed please let me know and I will delete you (not you, your blog :-) or if I have accidentally left you off and you want to be added let me know that too.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


I'm sitting here looking at my beautiful Christmas tree, trying to get motivated to take it down, and thinking back on my favorite moments of the last few weeks. They all have something in common. They aren't the grand gestures or the largest presents but rather the simple things that made this season so special for me this year. These are the things I'll remember.

Unhurried family time on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.

Chocolate balls wrapped in foil (found at World Market) and hung on the tree before the kids woke up Christmas morning. What a hit!!

Every time the topic of Santa, presents, etc would come up Camden would always say, "But Jesus is the most important thing right mom?"

Claremarie found out, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Santa isn't "real" but she was a real trooper and played along for Camden's sake.

Spending two afternoons decorating wooden ornaments, found at Michaels for $1.00, to give to Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles.

Finally having a batch of fudge turn out, not to mention perfect chocolate crinkles, and trying a new dessert, eggnog cheesecake, which was a hit.

A new book given to Claremarie, for her collection, called We Believe in Christmas. What lovely illustrations.

Your cards, letters, and pictures. I love, love, love them. Getting mail was so much fun in December and I don't even throw the pictures of your kids away.

Giving thanks for such wonderful memories.