Friday, February 26, 2010

If I Could I Would...

• Wear my slippers everywhere...

• Drink Iced Coffee with every meal...

• Get a facial once month...

• Eat Fresh Chips & Salsa for lunch every day...

• Hire a maid to dust my house...

• Go on a date with my hubby every week...

• Hang out with all my Bloggy Friends IRL...

That includes Miti & Beth...blogger was trying to keep us apart....NEVER!

Live next door to my Cousin Tarah...

*Because she bribed me to say this*

What would you do if you could?

Just being my wishful nosey self,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kids Grow Up Way Too Fast

Even before they're born, they're rushing it!

Just a word of advice for all the young & the restless out there, enjoy being a kid cause one day you're gonna wake up with gray hair, bags under your eyes, wrinkles that can't be ironed, an achy breaky body, no energy, lots of bills, wetting your pants (again), forgetting your teeth on the counter and wishing you were young again.

Yours (truly),

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

5 Mom's Masterpiece

It's Official.
I'm a lunatic.
No matter how hard I try, sometimes I see the world in different shades of green, red, blue.
Kinda like Andy Warhol {but without the funky glasses}.

I'm not done collecting my photos of wacky-ness.
I had only 2 poor souls awesome bloggers send me their goods, and I need more to create a masterpiece!

 5 ~ Moms~ Masterpiece

So, while you are pondering what you are going to send me,
I'm going to give you a little laugh at the expense of the "other" 4 Moms.

I always thought she would look great as a punk rocker! Watch out Cyndi Lauper....

Oooo...somewhat dark and mysterious, but so Beautiful!!!
Does anyone else think that Miti Toots Rainbows..
I mean after last weeks post we know she has issues!

Somehow E gotta little green boog coming outta her nose...
sorry E, I tried to fix it but gave up after try 25!!! ;)
{She still looks amazing inverted}
I tried something fun and funky and I was not expecting Marge Simpson's hair color. I know that Nan will forgive me for this one because as you can see there is NOOO beehive anywhere in this photo!
 PS, Nan DOES not condone Marge Simpson's behavior...she is a MUCH nicer wife ;)
Does anyone else think that I look like Boy George? Kinda weird.


Boy George Lookalike

*Note, this is unauthorized use of their photos.*
All legal complaints can be sent to:
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1111 Right Back Atcha Ln

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

You Meet The Strangest People At The Movies

I like movies with happy endings, don't you? I don't like movies that get me to like someone and then they kill them off. That is not a happy ending to me.

Of course, I don't personally "know" the character, but if I have invested two hours or so of my life into something, I want my happy ending. I need my happy ending. I demand my happy ending.

So, as you can imagine, I am careful about what movies I watch on t.v., and I almost never go to a movie theater. I have gone out to the movies only once in five years.

The thing I don't like about movie theaters is that no one is willing to stop the movie so that I can get up and go to the bathroom. The nerve. And yes, I went before we left. Your point?

The other thing I don't like about movie theaters is that no one is willing to stop the movie so that I can get up and buy some more overpriced snacks.

My husband and I view going to the movie theaters differently. He doesn't really see a need to buy any of their goodies that they sell.

I very rarely go to the movies, as I said, so I tend to think of it as an "Event." Something along the lines of Disneyland. Only without the rides. And without Mickey. And without the castle. And without the long lines.

Oh wait a minute, this is a movie theater. There are usually long lines somewhere. Especially in the food line and the bathroom line.

I also have a fear of leaving my seat (to go to the bathroom if you must know) and not being able to find it again. I have a fear of walking up and down the aisles in the dark, glancing from side to side trying to find where my husband and children are sitting.

For some reason I can't bring myself to tell you about my bathroom habits (aren't you glad?). They are fine, really they are. But for some reason whenever I sit down in a movie theater, the call of the bathroom is like a siren's call. Or call of the wild. Or the young and the restless. I just can't avoid it.

As I mentioned before, it's dark in there. I have a fear of coming back and sitting down next to a total stranger, putting my hand in their popcorn, whispering "Wow, I really had to go!" into their ear, and drinking their pop and burping quietly but annoyingly into their popcorn.

See, this is why I stay home. I almost never get lost coming out of my own bathroom.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Apparantly I'm A Pack Rat

We'll soon be putting our house on the market to sell... and I'll have to find a place of my own for the kids and I to live.

So this weekend, I was trying to force myself to begin to organize. It's been one of those things for me that seemed too overwhelming to face. So I pushed the daunting task aside and tried to ignore it... as if that would make it go away. But alas, I knew at some point, I'd have to do it.

On Saturday I had a fun afternoon planned, so I decided that I'd face "the house" in the morning while knowing I had something to look forward to that afternoon. Talk about OVERWHELMING!!!

My house is full of THINGS. Full of CLUTTER. When we moved here 9 years ago, I swore I wouldn't collect clutter. I didn't want to have to ever deal with moving CLUTTER again. But ya know what? Somewhere along the way.... four kids and two adults re-cluttered this house.

Yep, and trying to unclutter is hard for me. Everything I pick up is a "memory" or a "might need this someday!" Not that I've needed it for YEARS, but "what if?" And knowing me, the day after I throw it away, THAT is surely when I'll need it. But was it worth the cluttered space that it took up in my house all this time?

Nope. It wasn't. So in the days and weeks to come, I'm boxing things that we want to keep, boxing things that we want to take to Goodwill, and throwing tons away.

My name is Erica...
and I am a PACK RAT.

But I'm trying really hard to un-be one.

Anyone wanna fly down to Texas, get me organized, and help me with the last of the repairs that need to be done on the house? Pretty please with sugar on top? I'll let you take all the clutter back home with you!!!?


Friday, February 19, 2010

I Need To Patent Something...

Don't you wish you could be the proud owner of some great patent? I mean, wouldn't you like to be THAT person that made someone else's life just a little easier...or more fun by something you invented?
Way Back in the day...
My dad was tearing his HOT coffee cup lids at McDonald's so he could sip it with the lid on. Years later some smart person invented the lids that you can now drink out of.

My Dad totally should have patented that idea...I might be on EASY street right now.

Don't get me wrong...I love the street I live on, but EASY Street sounds fun too...Kind of like Sesame Street.

I have to say I am THANKFUL for many of the GENIUS people out there that bring their ideas to the shelves of AMERICA!

I have ruined countless loads of laundry because the colors from my clothes have bled...but now my laundry is saved THANKS to some very smart person & their color catching idea!
My husbands pinks SALUTE YOU!

I'd like to personally thank the person that put the lotion in the Kleenex.
Now THAT was PURE Genius!
No longer do I have to look like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer during Allergy season!
God Bless YOU...person that put lotion in my Kleenex!

How about the maker of the Snuggie? Really? I think that person accidentally put their robe on backwards & fell into millions of dollars.
This Christmas my family definitely put that person in the next Income Tax Bracket. *I Kid*

Do you have any patent ideas in the can go here for help.
Your Welcome...but remember to share the wealth when your idea is a success.
What are your favorite things people have created that make your life easier?

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Did I Do That???

We all have moments when we think to ourselves, "Did I just do that?" Some of those moments make you wanna crawl under a rock while others make you wanna climb the tallest mountain and announce it to the whole world. I've had my share of both and here they are.

  • Blogged about bleaching the hair on my chinny chin chin and then some. Oh and don't forget about the picture. Oh boy, why did I have to bring that up again?
  • I once told my boss that he resembled the company mascot. The resemblance was uncanny to say the least. The only difference was that one was a cartoon sailor boy. He got a pretty good laugh out of it, thank goodness.
  • Gave birth to a little 7lbs human being. Wow, man, I did that?? How many men can say that?!!! Well, there is that one man, but let's just not go there, ok?!
  • Peed my pants. It's true! I laugh. I pee. I sneeze. I pee. I even run to the bathroom as if I were a pull-up wearing two year old doing the potty dance. And apparently I'm not the only one with leakage problems. I didn't know it was part of the post-preggers package.
  • And since we're on the subject, I'll go ahead and confess another leakage incident. First, let me ask you a question? Have you ever dreamed that you had to go and you searched and searched for a potty like there was no tomorrow? Well, I have and not only did I find that potty, but I actually used it too. I vowed that from now on I was going to pinch myself before I go.
  • I'm also guilty of the toot and run. Come on. Y'all know what I'm talking about. You're in the store and all of the sudden it hits you and it just comes out. Then you try going under the radar and over two or three aisles. Don't deny it...
Hmmmm.... I'm seeing a pattern here. Maybe I should stop before I give y'all TMI. To late for that, right?! Well, for what it's worth (my dignity, for sure) I hope you at least got a good laugh out of my mishaps.

Miti Anonymous Momma

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In case you wondered...Im on Vacation!

Did I forget to blog last week? Yes.
Did I tell a friend I would meet her for coffee and accidentally stand her up...GUILTY
Do I normally call my mom every day but for some reason there just isn't enough time lately?
(What the heck is my deal)????

I realized what my problem is.....I've been on Vacation!

Not the kind of vacation that I want to be on like this one...

But more of a vacation like this one...

One of these days, I am going to snap out of it. I am just not sure when.
Soooo...Here is what I have decided.
I want C-R-A-Z-Y pictures of all of you!
Send them to my email address:

We are going to run a little contest. I don't know what you will win...but rest assured,
it WILL NOT be a vacation to St.Lucia!!!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Why Don't Vegetables Taste Like Chocolate?

O.k., here's a question. If I said to you that I was going on a diet, you would know that meant I was going to watch my calories, be careful what I ate, try and do some exercise, etc. You would probably even work with me and encourage me. Not go against me. Not sabotage me. Right?

Right? come when I tell my body that I am going on a diet, it ignores me or acts like it has no idea what I'm talking about? Hmmmmm? How come my brain doesn't seem to remember that fact and instead reaches for the Dove chocolates that somebody bought me? Hmmmm?

And why did somebody buy me Dove chocolates anyway?????

How come my body seems to have no interest in exercise? How come my tummy keeps reminding me how good ice cream tastes? How come my willpower always says "There's always tomorrow. Tomorrow looks good. Start tomorrow." How come "tomorrow" never comes?

Why, people? Why????

Why did I zip up my slacks yesterday, only to discover that I can barely fasten them and have nothing that fits and why isn't my body cooperating with me????? Ugh.

Why don't vegetables taste like chocolate? Why doesn't chocolate taste like liver? Then I would never eat it. Why??? Hmmm, maybe I should have some cheese with that whine.

Monday, February 15, 2010

When's the last time YOU saw a rabbit?

So I have this theory...

But it's more than just a theory...


Next time someone you know has the hiccups, I want you to try something. Let the hiccups go on for a few moments so you know they're a REAL GOOD CASE.



Ask them "When's the last time you saw a rabbit?" They'll look at you like you're crazy. Keep talking til you get them to tell you whenever the LAST time was that they actually saw a real, live rabbit. Then ask them a few specifics about it. Try "What color was it?" "What was it doing?"

After about three questions, the hiccups are usually gone. But it could take up to five.

Anyway.... you should try it!

You just might be surprised. I've been using this method for 16 years, and I'd say its worked in all but maybe 3 cases EVER! Those are pretty good odds, don't ya think?

If it works for you, be sure to come back and tell us about it, okay?

So....when's the last time YOU saw a rabbit?

Friday, February 12, 2010

I Will Give My Heart!

What Valentine Can I Give Him?

What can I give to Jesus
On this special Valentine’s Day?
How can I tell Him I’ll love Him,
And follow Him, come what may?

How can I show I need Him?
Should I send a red heart, with lace?
How can I thank Him enough
For his sacrifice, love and grace?

What Valentine can I give Him,
My adoration to impart?
I’ll give to Him what He wants most;
I’ll yield to Him my heart.

By Joanna Fuchs

Have a Blessed Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The One In Which I'm Being Gross

Do you remember The Great Toilet Paper Shortage of '73?

Back in 1973 there was supposed to be a toilet paper shortage. I don't know if that was really true or not, but my grandparents believed it, apparently. They had a whole wall of toilet paper storage. Shelves and shelves of toilet paper.

My mom got a kick out of it! In fact, she figured that they had enough toilet paper to last them the rest of their lives.

You know, not to get too personal or anything, but there are just some things that you don't want to run out of. Toilet paper being one of them. Kleenex being another.

My dad grew up in the "handkerchief" generation, and without being too gross, let me just say that you couldn't pay me to use one of those. I say use it and throw it away. Don't wash it!

Although that is kind of hypocritical I guess. I used cloth diapers and well, you know the stuff on that doesn't even compare.

By the way, when I say "I used cloth diapers" I don't mean that I personally used them. I mean that my children used them. But since they were babies, they really weren't into the whole washing and hygiene thing, so they used them but I was responsible for cleaning them. Just wanted to clarify for any of you that were seriously concerned about the health of my bladder. It is fine, thank you. My colon says "hello" as well.

Let's get back to toilet paper. Hurry. Since when did toilet paper seem a safer topic than diapers?

Just for fun I googled "What did people do before toilet paper?" and guess what? People have already googled that phrase before. Guess I'm not all that original. Kind of scary that that many people are interested in toilet paper shortages though.

By the way, you aren't going to get a history lesson here. I don't know what people did before toilet paper. Matter of fact, I don't even want to think about it. I just think it's funny that you can google that.

After I typed "google that" in the previous sentence, it made me wonder if "google" was actually considered a verb. Then I googled "Is google a verb?" and you can google that too! Yes, apparently it is a verb.

If google is a verb now, how come my spell check doesn't seem to even recognize that it's a word? Oh well. Make sure you don't run out of toilet paper people. I'm just sayin'.......

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Winner Winner! chose number 14!
The winner of the picture frame & gift card is Kristin @ These Little Girls Of Mine.
Be Sure you stop by & tell Kristin congrats!
Thanks for all the comments!

Friday, February 5, 2010


Well it's February & it is my turn to host the giveaway here at the 5 Moms Blog!
Thanks for stopping by!

This week is a fun little giveaway.
Think Girly...
I am giving away two super cute 5 X 7 frames for the sweet little Ballet Dancers in your life.

a $10 Gift Card to a place of your choice...

I will be giving away these on this blog
I will also be giving these away at my personal blog He & Me + 3, so head over there & leave a comment for another chance to win.
I will be using Random.Org to choose the winners on both blogs.

To enter on this blog:

• Leave me a comment

That's it!


Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Got Bit by Some Kind of Bug

Today, I got bit by some kind of bug. It didn't make me sick. Oh, contraire! It put a little skip in my step. All it took was finding a little message on my Facebook. It was from an old high school friend and the message was as simple as her paying me a sweet compliment about my sisters and I. I won't mention any details. All I will say is that it made me feel good and it gave me a little boost throughout the day.

Isn't it funny how someone's kind gesture can turn your day around? Even doing something kind for someone else can lift you up. It's like that Liberty Mutual commercial. It just amazes me how kindness can spread like a wild fire. It's very contagious and I hope we all get bit by this kind of bug today, tomorrow, and always.

With Love & Kindness,

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wishful Wednesday...

Wish I had more time to hang on the blog this week....Be back soon!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

You're no bunny 'til some bunny loves you

People, people, people. Can I call you people? I know we don't necessarily know each other that well, but I feel like I know you well enough to call you people. I could call you People, if you prefer. Or Miss, Mrs. or Mr. People.

Anyway, I haven't cut chocolate out completely but I have cut down on it. Until my oldest found the hollow bunny for me. I love the hollow bunny. The hollow bunny is hallowed around here. At Easter time......and by the way, it's not even Valentine's Day yet so what are hollowed bunnies doing out????? Anyway, I love me some bunny.

I have to eat the ears first. It's all about the ears. I know it's sick, and to those of you who are repulsed and offended by my vicious attack on the bunny, I want you to know that he hit me first. Look at those wild, crazy eyes. Is there any doubt as to who was the aggressor here?

*munch, munch, munch* Yes. *munch, munch* He started it.

Oh, and you know those little fuzzy yellow marshmallow chicks? I rip their heads off and eat them, and leave their poor little defamed bodies for the rest of the family.

However, should we ever meet in person, I just want you to know that you're perfectly safe with me. Unless you're made of chocolate.

Or unless you look like this.

Graphic courtesy of Webweaver

Ooops. Wrong chick. Sorry. I meant this one.

Graphic courtesy of Webweaver

Oooops, wrong again. Well you know what I mean, right?

Monday, February 1, 2010

First Day

Well, today is my big day!

I start my new job today.

I'm excited and I'm nervous all at the same time.

Yes, this job is right up my alley,
it's administrative/clerical which is what I do best,
and it's exactly what I wanted...

After all, I've been stagnate for over a year,
and I think my brain may have turned to mush.

I know I'm capable of doing... or learning to do anything they ask me to do. But learning so much new stuff, and having them cram it all into my already crowded head makes me NERVOUS! Afterall... my pegs and drawers are already FULL! Or did you not see that post?

I know today will be a day of filling out paperwork, reading forms, and probably (hopefully) rather boring. Yet still I'M NERVOUS.

I'll be glad when I find my groove and fit into it nicely...

when this job is something I can do with my eyes closed...

and when the training is over.

But for at least this first week,