Jul 29, 2010

Future Fire Fighters

Sorry if I've been a little picture heavy lately...I have a lot to share!  I'm sure to be back to my usual "I don't have pictures because I forgot my camera" self before long.

We took our vacation in the Texas Hill Country this year.  We had an amazing time, but the kids got to start their vacation a few days early with my in-laws while Clint and I were still working.

One of their adventures, I really wish I could have gone with them on.

Clint's step dad works with someone who is also a volunteer firefighter.

My kids got to go on their own private tour of a fire station, ride on the truck and even spray the hoses.

I am so jealous!  At least they got some great pictures!

Jul 27, 2010

Mama and Daddy Bring Home the Bacon

But now, maybe we don't have to.

I had a big surprise while we were on vacation.

My prissy little girl, who only wants to wear clothing from Justice, and is a diva in her own right...

Is an excellent fisher-girl.  While wearing Justice!

Now, she won't worm her own hook (we will have to work on that), but she put everyone else's catch to shame.  Including her Papa.

Our last night at the lake house we had a fish fry.  There was enough to feed all 6 of us.  Twice.  And the majority of it, was Angelique's catch.

Papa caught a few, Christian caught a few.  I caught 1 that was too small to keep.

She can't wait to go fishing again (as long as she doesn't have to eat more than a bite or two of her catch).

Angelique with her very 1st catch!

The biggest catch of the week - a blue cat
(that she was afraid to touch)

Christian's first catch

We actually required her to have a bite of fish for every fish she caught.

Jul 26, 2010

Monday Minute

Kmama is hosting this week.  Head over, link up.

Monday Minute

1. Who is your "what-if" person?

My what if would be my ex.  I look at how good I have it now and have to say "what if" I had actually stayed in the relationship and married him.  I can't imagine it would have worked out as well as my life is now.

2. What is your nickname?

Jelly Fish Girl.  You can find the story here.

3. If you could choose how you died, how would you like to die?

In my sleep

4. If you could have named yourself, which name would you have picked?

That is too hard.  It's actually one I never considered when I was growing up.  My kids have though.  My son wants to be Cody and my daughter wants to be Ashley.  At least we started their names with the right letters.

5. Who were you named after or for what reason did your parents choose your name?

My aunt baby sat for a little girl named Tara.  My parents thought she was adorable and wanted to name me something similar, but not the exact same thing.  So, they changed the first letter and named me Cara.
(What-if person being what if I married this person or am now in a relationship with "this" person)

Jul 22, 2010

How Many Times Did You Hear This Growing Up?

If you friends jumped off a cliff, would you?

Well, I've officially screwed myself out of the use of this one.

We visited Inks Lake State Park Last week while on vacation.  There is an inlet on the lake called Devils Waterhole that have cliffs and when the water is really up, some waterfalls.

What surprised me most, is my diva little girl wanted to climb up on the rock with everyone else there that day and jump.  Christian did also, but had to work his way up from low rocks.  My camera is waterproof and has a mode to take several frames in a shot.  Here are my kids jumping off cliffs.



Moms, my kids are the ones you need to warn your kids about.

PS:  My husband, MIL, FIL and myself all did it at least once also.

Jul 20, 2010

New Rule in The House

I must be insane.  I think I created a new rule in my home to punish myself.  I guess now I just need to cross my fingers and hope that it all works out for the best.

I have previously covered the fact that my daughter is particular about her clothing here.

Not only does she want to wear specific brands, she has specific requirements.  Such as:  no buttons, no zippers, no ties, she has to be able to put it on entirely on her own.  This has been the case since before her 2nd birthday.  Only in the last year did she start wearing jeans and tennis shoes.

Despite all of her limitations, the child has an overstuffed closet.  Somethings that still have the tag on them even since she decided it didn't meet her criteria after we got it home and for various reasons (like I hold my breath hoping she will change her mind, or lost the receipt, or its too big of a pain in the ass to take it back to the store) they didn't get returned.

About a week before we went on vacation, Christian was playing in Angelique's room and left it in a overwhelming state of disaster.  Being the wonderful, sweet, loving (is anyone else laughing hysterically) mother that I am, I decided to clean it up while she was staying over at a friends house.  It wasn't her fault (entirely) that her room was trashed. 

That's what I was thinking when I started.

After 3 hours of finding clothing behind the bed, under the dresser, hiding on the shelves under her clothes, in boxes on her shelves, and thrown up at the top of her closet, I was seething.  It was probably a good thing the child was not around at that time.  It gave me some time to cool down.  And to devise a plan.

Here are the main points of Angelique's new rule:
  1. No one will be buying her clothes but herself.  (Her Nana will have a bit of leeway, but not much)
  2. She will earn money to buy her new clothes by doing chores.  Specifically, she will unload the dishwasher when the dishes are clean, she will keep her room clean, put her clothes up (correctly) as soon as they come out of the laundry, and she will be responsible for washing 1 load of clothes per week - mainly the bright colors since her wardrobe dominates that load of laundry.  Dependant on her workload that week she can earn $10 to $15 a week.  I think it is a little high, but she needs to earn enough for back to school clothes.
  3. For every one thing she buys, she must remove 2 from her closet to donate, sell at the resale shop, or hand down to friends or family.  Whatever money she makes at the resale shop is hers to spend on new clothes.
That is essentially it.  The hope behind it is to teach her responsibility and the value of her clothing.  I am thinking maybe when it comes time to go shopping before school starts again, she may just realize how much more she can buy when shopping at Target vs. shopping at Justice.

What do you think?  Is 7 too young to start teaching these lessons?  Is my sanity worth it if I don't try?

Jul 19, 2010

Monday Minute with Mommy Loves Stilettos

This week's co-host is Michelle from http://www.mommylovesstilettos.com/

Monday Minute

What's your real name?

Cara - Nothing to hide here (BTW it's pronounced Care-uh even though I know none of you lovelies would ever mispronounce it)
Have you ever fabricated a story or anything on your blog?

No...I'm not that creative.  Although there may be a few things that I wished I had made up.

When in the car do you listen to the radio/CDs/iPod/etc?

Radio mostly, CD's rarely anymore, and iPod when my husband doesn't have it in his car.
Describe the 'sexiest' item of clothing that you own

Sexy as is sexy time, or sexy wear in public???  No answer until that is clarified.
Would you be willing to breastfeed your friend's three year old child?

Hell NO!  I wouldn't be willing to breastfeed my own child at 3 years old.  My children took over my boobs for about 9 months each and I was beyond ready for them to give it up by the time they did.
Now...quit being a slacker like I have been and go link up...