Sunday, January 8, 2012


Potty Party?
Really? I'm all for celebrating mediocrity...
pre-school/kinder/6th/8th grade graduations, everyone gets a trophy for softball, and on and on...but an entire party for crapping in the toilet? 
Like toddler moms don't talk about this shit (pun intended)enough already with each, hey I'm gonna throw a Potty Party to throw it in your face that you suck as a mom...and so does your kid.boom.
(I guess baby showers are along the same lines too--"look what i/we did.")

Normally this chick has cute ideas. This IS a cute idea as I just can't until her daughter turns 12
 and we get to see the huge "You started your period" bash! Oh I can't wait to see those decorations and favors.
Here's the sound track for the background music:
1. “Evenflow” – Pearl Jam
2. “The Tide Is High” – Blondie
3. “Red Red Wine” – UB40
4. “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2
5. “I’ve Got The World On A String” – Frank Sinatra
6. “Muddy River” – Johnny Rivers
7. “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis
8. “Here Comes The Flood” – Peter Gabriel
9. “Red Rain” – Peter Gabriel
10. “Waterfalls” – TLC
11. “Red Red Rose” – The Weepies
12. “Red Tide” – Neko Case
13. “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” – Travis
14. “I Love You, Period” – Dan Baird
15. “Just A Girl” – No Doubt
16. “Here Comes The Rain” – Eurythmics
17. “Everybody Hurts” – R.E.M.
18. “Stormy Pinkness” – They Might Be Giants
19. “Time To Flow” – D-Nice
20. “Blood Is Thicker Than Water” – Wyclef Jean featuring The Product G&B

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hey Girl:Jack Johnson Edition

Oh Jack.
He sings to me too:

Hey Girl:Eddie Vedder Edition

I LOVE the Ryan Gosling "Hey Girl" pictures...they make me smile every time. 
However I'm not 100% in love with here is my kinda "Hey Girl"

Oh Eddie.

He can sing to me too:

Sunday, January 1, 2012


So I thought we were supposed to have flying cars by now? Maybe that's 2020?
Either way 2011 DID become a big year for technology in our house. I hope the evil-geniuses over at Apple appreciate our hard earned money...2 new iPods (plus 1 recall trade-in), an iPod Touch, an iPhone and an iPad make us happy and nerdy all at the same time.
I'm not going to recap the year, that's what the right side of the blog is for. But I'd like to note that we are thankful for our jobs, friends, family & health. 
I will however talk about what's in store for 2012. 
I always make the same resolutions:
-get healthy (formerly get skinny)
-get organized
-pay off bills
Every year these things don't happen.
So apparently I need to change my game plan.or actually follow through with the said plan.
As for the get healthy portion I am currently reading these two books
I'm fully aware that merely reading these won't actually help, so I suppose I will have to put for some effort in my get healthy plan. I already have been working on cutting out(or) back on animal proteins. So far my mechanism for dairy is just not adding any. Like not adding cheese, butter or sour cream. Things that already have them in it are still going into my cookies. 
As for meat, I had a turkey on Thanksgiving and pork on my birthday. Along with seafood twice since then. 
It's not a big deal. I..I have made sure to not make it a big deal. 
What I have involved others in is this:
After watching this:
I convinced my mom(a die-hard water bottle fan) to use a filtered reusable one. Though she (nor I) love the ones that I bought...poor flowage. We'll see. 
Watch for yourself and tell me you don't want to run out and buy one.
Those above books were influenced by a few documentries I watched on Netflix...damn Netflix.

The get organized issue isn't being solved with reading blogs. SO I guess I'll have to be a little more proactive on this one.
The pay off bills portion is a slow and steady battle. I'd like to change this to save money.someday.
I told my girls that once this place: 

is opened that if I can't buy it there we aren't getting it.
Yea, this didn't go over well.

So that's about it. No trips planned, nothing fancy like that. 
However we will now be frequenting this place:
Can't wait for softball season to start.
Can't wait for 2 weeks off for Spring Break.
Can't wait for summer time.
Hope 2012 is full of Sunshine, Rainbows & Lollipops!
I hope we ALL stay safe, happy & healthy.
And hope this for you as well♥.

(fyi-thanks google for the pictures)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Xmas 2011: Over

Christmas around here is really about three things:
{*this holiday and birthdays are the only time I visit the toy aisle all year long-cause I'm not a sucka.much)

We are little more:
But every year I hope for this:

This year we celebrated the 
Welch Family Christmas the week before the 25th. This is normal for us and the best idea ever...this year we had the Taco Cart Guy.always awesome! 
{my girls with their Great-Great Grandma Rita}
It's always great to see my aunties, uncles, cousins, Grandpa and my Great Gma. Bradley was able to have the entire day off to join us, it was a great day.
We didn't get to see Brad's family this year. Next year we really need to make a trip out to Nevada.

Christmas Eve my dad and his lovely girlfriend Carol came by with goodies. 
{Flip Cameras-now they don't have to steal my phone}

For the last decade or so we have spent Xmas Eve with friends. Our friend Peggy passed away in April but we are SO thankful her daughter Sucky (Jessica)and Rose carried on the tradition and had us all over. Everything was perfect. 
It's so nice to visit and EAT with good friends♥. 

This year I finished my shopping weeks ahead of early in fact that Black Friday had nothin' on me and I completely forgot most of what I bought.
A few last minute revisions made by one small peeps list caused a last minute K-Mart..yes..K-Mart shopping trip along with a Target one(thanks for joining me mom!). 
Normally I don't give into these added items, especially if I'm DONE shopping, but this year I was a little soft {*}.

Christmas morning was lovely. 
I woke up at 6am after 4.5 hours of sleep, needing to go potty...but I didn't want to wake up anyone else. So for 30 minutes I thought about waking everyone up, bangin' out 12 minutes of unwrapping festivities and climbing back into bed while they played. (I actually told Brad a 1:30am that we should just let them know right then that Santa came so we can sleep until 8am).
By 6:52 everyone was awake and the breakfast casserole and Monkey Bread were in the oven. 
Present Time!
(I told you Christmas was about presents over here)
Brad was able to stay home with us until 11:45am then he was off to work.
 That evening we enjoyed some yummy Chinese food:
{flaming pineapple}
Good Times.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Insta-Friday:lots of great and a drop of drama edition

Here's two weeks worth of Insta-ness:
*Last Monday was my "25th" birthday.
*My husband is super.
*Goodies for co-workers {these are awesome}.
*They got little bags of fun too.
*Kids dig technology.
*Something ate these TOMS after 4 times of wear.mystery.

*Nutcrackers are great.
*Trees make great photo ops.even if you didn't actually climb the tree.good thing your dad is 6'4".
*"I love sushi."well California rolls anyhow.
*This happened.

*Play-doh is always rad.
*Kits are fun.never taste good.
*Made her.
*Freaks making the fun-nasty kit.

life rearranged

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

We just wanted to make cookies...

I SOOO appreciate all the concern and well wishes everyone sent yesterday. Juliet is doing fine and sporting her wrist guard and stitches like they are accessories. 
I've had several of you ask "what the hell happened?" So here's how the freak show went down(yes I'm long winded):

   The girls and I went to the library, then to a Japanese food restaurant that is next to what would be our next destination: the grocery store.

I sent my mom a text to invite her and Randy(her bf)to join us for some sushi. They were there just as we were finishing. I told the girls to use use the restroom at the restaurant but they insisted on waiting because they LOVE going in the back of the grocery store to use theirs. "Whatever." I said. When I paid for our food I secretly paid for my mom and Randy's too.
   Off into the grocery store the girls and I went. A few minutes later when my mom realized I paid for their food they came in the store to give me a hard time and thank me. During this time the girls needed to use the bathroom, "don't be loud and wash your hands" I said. 

   A few minutes later I heard them from an isle over, and rolled my eyes in regards to them being loud. Then in that instant i said out loud "shit that's a hurt cry!" and ran to the other isle while Abby was telling my mom and I that "sissy's hurt bad."

   Juliet had spotted Randy at the end of the other isle and began running toward him (I didn't see him and just though she was running like a crazy person) so I yelled for her to stop. She did, yelling and crying.then I saw all the blood. "Oh my God" was all my mom heard and then was the call-911-panic. Apparently Siri thinks "call 911" sounds like "call Gwen" my boss. Good thing Randy was able to sanely dial his phone. During this panic mode Nicole, an RN, appeared and help immensely until the paramedics got there. Nicole assured me the cut was not over her artery(i think that's right?) and whispered, "it'll be alright." My mom was holding Juliets wrist while we got her up onto the check out belt. {My only suggestion when the kids get bumps at home is "grab a coldy(ice pack) outta the freezer." So I grabbed a pack of P.F. Changs Orange Chicken out of the freezer area...not helpful Kim. Hope they didn't put it back, there was blood on it.} Along with drips up and down the isle. 
   Nicole stood holding Juliets arm up while chatting with her to keep her calm. Not really sure what I was doing(besides grabbing a Pillow Pet off the shelf for Juliet to hug on). My mom was being frozen by the orange chicken she didn't realize she was holding. Randy was on the phone with 911. The store manager had her clip board ready to take my info. Brad was waiting at work to know what was going on next. 
   The ambulance(and fire truck) quickly arrived. I hugged Nicole about 3 times and thanked her. Asked my mom to pay for the Pillow Pet-Ralphs comped it. The girls and I boarded Orange Fire Ambulance #4 and took off to St. Joesph's.all is well.
I know for some families stitches aren't a big deal. For us over here though this is NOT the norm. I've been lucky enough to avoid any sort of major injury with my peeps for almost 11 years. It's something I hope I don't have to ever get used to. However I now have more of a realization and empathy to those in this situation.
Hug your kids people.tight.
Be thankful for family members and strangers alike.
So just what happened in the restroom? Here is the story according to my little peeps:
This trashcan was over-full and when Juliet put her paper towel in the front part the swinging portion stuck up in the back. Juliet reached around the back to push it down. Her hand got stuck and she tried to yank to out. The lip around the inside edge of the top is sharp metal.evil trashcan.
yes i have people.the end.
In such a freak-non-ideal situation anything that could have gone RIGHT did:
*Juliet's cut was not across any arteries, tendons or nerves.
*Juliet is lucky to have a big sister that alerted me to the issue quickly.
*My mom and Randy happened to be at the grocery store when we were.
*Nicole, an RN happened to be in the store.
These little things all add up to big pluses in this crazy ordeal.
Good Karma.Good Karma.