Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I am a bag lady

Yep.  I love bags/purses.  Throughout the years I have collected many bags; diaper bags, purses, camera bags, computer bags, school bags, wallets, and so on.  I also have a hard time letting go of my bags.  I always think I will find another use for them, when in all reality, I would much rather just go and buy a new bag.  Who wouldn't?  I will say in the last few years, my bag buying has slowed down (who knew kids were so darn expensive?).

Since May, I have been "living" between three or four bags.  When we went to New York, I packed up a new bag ($8 at goodwill), that I could use for my HEAVY camera and everything else.  But then, who wants to carry a HUGE bag around New York City, so I had a smaller purse for that too.  When I got home, I was switching between those two bags (and a backpack that I use for camera equipment).  Long story long, I have been needing to find ONE bag to suit my needs.  Thankfully my needs have changed!  I no longer have to carry wipes or diapers or any of that kind of stuff, so I can carry a dainty little bag right?

WRONG!  Now I carry, hand sansistizer (as my 6 year old calls it), McDonald toys, balls, snacks, gum, pads of paper (for restaurants), pens, business cards and so on.  So I need a big bag, but not a diaper bag.  Time for a new purse, right?  Wrong again!  Due to budget constraints (and the fact that I just had to buy 2 new "bags" for the kiddos to go back to school- so that is where my bag money is going!!!), I cannot buy a new bag.  So today, I did what any budget conscious mother of three would do.  I went shopping in the crawl space.  I have a plethora of bags and purses that I no-longer-needed-but-couldn't-get-rid-of hiding in the basement.  Oh what fun I had!

However, in true busy woman fashion, many of those bags never made it to the cleaning stage.  They were quickly thrown aside in haste when the new bag came and I just had time to transfer the necessities.  I am sure none of you do this, but I am a big culprit.

Would you like to see what I found in said discarded purses?  I thought you would never ask!

Most scientists use carbon dating to figure out how old something is.  I have a different scale.  The benedryl dating.  We have A LOT of allergies at our house and therefore, I have become the benedryl hoarder.  I always have some on hand.  If you have an allergic reaction, just search for LISA LORD and I will hook you up!  Of course it may be in the form of children's liquid benedryl, but it might just save your life.  Chris had to resort to this once when he ate some pesto (with nuts) at his best friends rehearsal dinner.  Think of the movie Hitch where Will Smith is drinking the medicine out of the straw.  Yep, been there, done that. 

That being said, there was benedryl in almost every purse.  I could tell how old the purse was by the expiration date on the benedryl.  The oldest one says 3/2008 (meaning that the purse was probably used in 2007).  Before then, I usually carried liquid benedryl because my kids weren't big enough to chew the medicine.  The bottle was much bigger to carry, so it usually made it to the trash can when it expired.  These little guys like to hide in the deep recesses of the purse.  Notice the one that has been used?  

Also carried constantly in the purse is the epi-pen.  Again, if you are in anaphylatic (by the way, spell check thought this word should be prophylactic...hahahahaha- no comments about the shape of the epi-pen) shock and need some epinephrine, I am your gal.  These are also cumbersome and therefore also tend to get trashed when they expire.  This one needs to go in the trash too, but that seems so wasteful (especially when they cost a FORTUNE, luckily never had to actually use one)

Further dating of the purse can be done using postage stamps.

Thanks to Google, I know that the 37 cent stamp was used from June of 2002- January of 2006.  So the purse that this came out of could be upwards of 10 years old.

Ummmmm, apparently this purse was used when I was still a Coombs (over 13 years ago). 

Foley's.....really?  Apparently didn't use that very often.  This card was pre-kids (almost 9 years).  However, (again thanks Google) Foley's officially became Macy's in early 2006.  I probably didn't even need to cover up the number on this one.  Doubt the account even exists anymore.  Wish I could say that about my other credit card!

Apparently Target receipts are not a very accurate date scale.  The only thing you can see is their terrible return policy on the back, the front is totally blank.  Hummmmm, interesting.  Wonder what I bought that day?

Walmart, on the other hand, much better.  I can see that I went through the self checkout on 5/9/2005 with 24 items.  Who does that?  Apparently me.  I must have not wanted to wait in a long checkout line with a two year old and being 6 months pregnant!


This might just be the best!  Apparently I had to make a last minute deposit on December 31, 2002.  Those deposit slips were made to last!  No guess work here, except why did I keep this?  Oh yeah, no internet banking yet (also no kids yet, no wonder why I was depositing so much!).

Now, onto the treasures I found.  Now that I know WHEN I was using the purse, I can find out what I was using the purse for.  Before kids, there were a large quantity of feminine products.  Girls hate to be caught without those, and plus it is a good way of keeping men out of your purse. They are always scared they are going to accidentally touch one!  There were also a vast array of beauty products.  Some....very interesting.  My 6 year old niece is about to come into a gold mine of beauty!  (really.  Starburst lip smacker lip gloss.  How old was I?)

Perhaps this one should have gone up into the "dating" section.  For the life of me, I cannot figure out who's wedding this would have come from.  If you recognize it, let me know and help me solve the mystery of WHY there was UNEATEN chocolate in one of my purses.  This is highly unusual.

Gotta love things that don't have expiration dates on them!  Chick-fil-a here I come!  The McDonalds one might be harder to use.  It looks pretty dated, but I am going to try.  Perhaps if a cute little boy with a sweet smile gives it to a young gal behind the register I might be in luck.

Really, a bouncy ball.  Who carries this around?  Perhaps it was a crazy woman who let her kids convince her to give them 25 cents at Old Navy while she was trying to shop and they HAD to have a bouncy ball from the big dispenser.  Then said bouncy ball proceeded to bounce ALL over the store until the mom had enough and made the little boys give it to her.  She then stuck it in her purse where she prayed that they would never find it or think of it ever again.  I am just guessing.  That wasn't me running all over Old Navy after 3 boys and a bouncy ball.  Not me.  Never.  (at least not recently, I learned my lesson with this red ball).  All you moms out there.  Word of advise.  Don't do it.  Don't be lured in by the cute little people whining.  It will just make it worse.

Who says stay-at-home mom's don't make any money?  I made a huge haul today.  There was so much change in all of those purses!  There had to have been at least $2 in pennies!  I also found a few gold dollar coins.  Good thing.  The tooth fairy has been on the prowl.

Are you ready for the sentimental part?  Look what I found.  Tons of wallets of my favorite little boys.  It was so fun to walk down memory lane with these pictures.  Sorry that it isn't a very good picture.  Pictures of pictures are never very good.  Aren't they so cute?

This one is each boy at 6 months old.  Makai's face is hard to see, but they all look so much alike!

At the end of the night, all I am left with is a big bin of purses and a lot of memories (oh yeah, and a HUGE pile of junk on my kitchen table).  Time to transfer all my "important" stuff into a new/old bag!

Anyone need to do some bag shopping?  We could work out a deal!

Time for bed, this old bag is tired!

Monday, July 16, 2012

This is how we roll.....

During the summer (or warm days in the spring and fall), you can find our family hanging out in the yard, in our "hood".  Many times we hang at the corner (down the street), but the last few nights we have been hanging out in our own front yard.  People walk by and say hi, the kids play and we relax and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL state we live in!

I'm not gonna lie......we are a little white trash.  Especially lately!  Last month we had a water leak in the basement.  Let's just say the repair made us look even more white trash.  They had to rip out the 4 juniper bushes (HALLELUIAH!) and dig under the front porch.  This required a bobcat......meaning it tore up the grass in the front too.  We were never going to win the contest for the nicest yard on the block anyway (can you say no sprinkler system?), but now......let's just say there is a big pile of dirt in our front yard.  I am sure the neighbors love us!  Dear Neighbors.....retaining wall and plants coming soon (and by soon, I mean eventually-like a year or so at the rate we move).

However, this pile of dirt has given the kids hours of enjoyment and playtime.  They have started a new game of "rock science".  Which basically gives them a chance to use a hammer to split open the rocks.  Every boy's dream, right?  In my opinion, what is the harm (other than the use of hammers with 3-or more depending on who stops by- boys wielding hammers in close proximity)?  They are loving it!  Of course, said boys in the yard with hammers and LOTS of piles of rock dust all over, really adds to our classy home appearance.

Last night, my sister and her family made the walk from the corner down to Berry (our street) to slum it with us.  The kids played "rock science" while we sat and chatted.

Working hard- wish they worked this hard at their chores!

The no-shirt really added to the overall "theme" of the night!

Poor Adah!  She is the only girl in the family, but she can hold her own.  She got right in that pile of dirt with all the boys, dress and all!  Love that girl!

Safety First! 

Love Noah's expression in this one!

Our "Special Drink"- in a mason jar

Love having my sister right around the corner!

We got pizza and made a night of it!  The Newmillers also made the trek down Berry and by the end of the night, we were quite the site!  At one point a passer-by asked us if we were having a red-neck party!  HAHAHAHAHAHA!  I can't imagine why he would think that.  We only had 6 adults, 8 kids, 3 pizza boxes, 2 coolers, 8 bikes, 50 pieces of sidewalk chalk, 1000 water balloons (pre-water, that had been spilled EVERYWHERE), a buzz lightyear ride-in car (that doesn't work anymore), 6 hammers, rock dust, a bed sheet spread out (not a blanket) for our "pizza picnic", cups, plates and napkins strewn about......need I say more.  Oh, I forgot that at the time the neighbor walked by, Brandon was laying on the lawn talking on the phone (but to the passer by it looked like he was passed out!).

It was truly a white trash night.......and that is how we roll!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Just one more book.......

Do you ever hear the phrase, "just one more book"?  How do you say no to that?  Well, to be honest, I say no MOST of the time.  

I don't know about you, but putting the kids to bed at night is exhausting!  Everyone is tired and cranky (including mama) and all everyone needs is just quiet and sleep (including mama).  I tend to get more of the bedtime duties because my husband travels quite a bit and therefore, when bedtime comes, I am READY for the little monsters angels to just GO TO BED!

The long list of "I need: a drink, snack, my back rubbed, another drink, to pee, different music, more books, a certain stuffed animal that has been long lost for months" get the picture.  My kids will fight and say I am not tired until they finally close their eyes to blink and....viola! they are asleep.

I do have ONE exception to the "just one more book" rule.  It is my favorite book to "read" with the kids.  If they ever ask for that book, they sucker me in!  Luckily, they haven't figured it out yet and so on the rare occasion that they ask for it, I read it, smile and love it!

Are you dying to know what the book is? has a story behind it.  My husband LOVES John Denver!  And therefore, after 15 years of dating/marriage,  I have come to LOVE John Denver too.  There is nothing like driving in the beautiful Colorado Mountains on the way to our family cabin singing "Rocky Mountain High"!  Christmas of 2010, my mom found a book on Amazon and wanted to give it to Chris.  I was skeptical.  It was the John Denver song "Country Roads", with pictures.  Sounds lame (I thought to myself-sorry mom).  But in the true form of my mother, it was GENIUS!

Once we got the book and took a look at the pictures, we were hooked.  They are the most beautifully drawn "quilt looking" pictures of all sorts of family members driving to a family reunion.  It is AWESOME!  Then came the best can't really read the book!  You have to SING IT!!!  It is awkward to try to read the lyrics of a song without singing it.  I will never forget the first time my husband picked up the book and started reading it.  I was in the other room and he said "this book is really hard to read"!  The next thing I heard was his amazing voice coming from the other room, singing the book to our boys.  Of course, I dropped the laundry I was folding in our bedroom and ran in to sing along.

So tonight, when I was REALLY ready for the kids to go to bed, and had already read 3 books (way past my one bedtime book quota) my oldest pulled out the "Country Roads" book with pleading eyes and said, "can we read one more"? what else could I do?

So we snuggled up together and sang "Country Roads" together (because they all know the words by heart now).

Suddenly, bedtime wasn't such a chore anymore and everyone went to bed with a smile on their face.  And when I was asked for a drink, a back scratch, and a new stuffed animal, I did it all with a cheerful heart and a blessed soul!

Sorry, no pictures of us reading the book- too hard for tonight.  But here is what the cover looks like.


If you are a John Denver fan, or love beautiful illustrations, I HIGHLY recommend getting this book.  You can find it here on Amazon for a pretty reasonable price (and you can preview it and see the purty pictures).  Would make a GREAT gift!