Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Blah. That is how I feel. Blah. I started getting depressed Sunday morning. Just before my husband left for Toronto for work. He's only gone until Thursday, but that is simply too long for me.

I know I sound like a suck. So many women have had their husbands go off to war. Gone for months at a time. And here I am crying into my computer because my husband is gone for four and a half days. This is why I never wanted to marry someone in the Army, et cetera. I knew there was no way I could handle the time they would need to take away from me to serve our country. I hate being a single mom of four. It is exhausting. Not to mention that I am having a bugger of a time sleeping at night without my husband home. I'm just wallowing in this great depression that I can't seem to shake. I know once he returns I'll immediately feel better. Logic tells me I'm fine and he's coming home. My heart tells me it is breaking without him here even if it's only a four day stint.

No, my life doesn't revolve around my husband. But I do love him, and he brings a lot to my life that I would not have without him. This only serves me to love him more, and greatly dislike being away from him for even four days.

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Gifts Keep On Coming

I am really into this spending money on myself. Well, not really. I had perfume from possibly seven years ago. I have just started really using it more. That is until my daughter sprayed half my bottle into my bathroom and it stunk for a week. Simply, I needed to buy more perfume. Seeing as I had a bonus coupon for 4000 Shoppers Optimum points for spending so much dollars or more on any fragrance, getting a perfume from Shopper's Drug Mart was a no-brainer. Plus it's just down the street from my home. BONUS!

The girl was amazingly helpful. I was amazingly picky. Some perfumes smelled just narsty with their offensive violating my nostril smells. (The best sellers yet too) Were you aware that Justin Beiber has a fragrance? Me neither. I am really thankful that I don't like the smell. I am trying really hard to continue to not like him. This made it easier. The bottle was pretty though. Whoever had the idea for the packaging was smart. Some bottles smelled strongly like DEET. Mmmm...bug spray...yum. Others I strictly smelled the alcohol content in the bottle. Not sure about you, but I like to drink my alcohol, not smell like I bathed in it. Although, if Vodka was a scent. Nevermind, I digress. There was one scent that brought me back though. So for today's post I went searching through Google images to find it to post. That brought me to another perfume I tried out. Ah high school memories.

Do you remember this scent?

Exclamation! by Coty. I think every girl in my school wore it and I remember seeing the ads in Seventeen Magazine. I loved them. I thought they were fresh, and sophisticated. The ads themselves made me feel older.

My favourite by far though was this one

I had all but forgot about this little number until I came across a similar smell yesterday at the cosmetics counter. I felt young, fresh, and happy. All the good parts of high school came back to me. Hanging out with my friend Mel. Doing pretend fashion photo shoots. (She'll remember those. I promised I'd never show anyone, sorry readers. Maybe one day I'll put mine up.) Staying in and painting our nails. She was better at it than I. Heading all the way to St. Vital on the bus. Not sure what we were thinking and hitching a ride back in a car full of "cute" guys. Yeah, the good old days when we were invincible.

Then there was another scent. It was nice, subtle. It was a pink bottle and that is all I remember of it. Because when it came down to it, all I could smell was "Tribe" and the memories kept skipping to the forefront of memory lane. So what did I end up buying that was so similar?

I will note I was extremely disappointed by the packaging. Sure it could possibly ring true to the brand of Versace (Really I wouldn't know. I'm not "up" on all things fashionista), but it wasn't the type of packaging that would bring that kind of smell to mind. It's rather bland for the type of youth and excitment the scent brings me. The $62 price tag just about made me crap my pants though. Hubby said it was a decent price and for that name alone the price is typically $150. I also found out that perfume goes bad. Having a life span of about five years. It was my husband that told me that. I still don't know why he knew that and I didn't.

Still looking for that bottle of Tribe, even if just for the bottle. Until then, Versace Versus will do. Except for the packaging. I swore I would find a way to pretty up that bottle before I allowed it to take up residence on my dresser.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Present to Myself

Sometimes you need to gift yourself things. For me, it's being able to actually take care of myself. I am the typical mom who leaves herself out so that her family can have. Maybe it's a leftover trait from my single mom days. Those days where you starve yourself and look like a hobo just so your kids can eat and have decent clothing, as well as a shelter over their head.

It's been seven years and I'm still stuck in that mode. At this point it's probably to my detriment. Well, no more. At least not to those extremes. I have been working on doing for me. Zumba is so much fun, but will be ending soon. Then what? No, I have not emailed about those Burlesque lessons yet. I intend to soon though. I think that will be my after Zumba thing to do. I need to step up my workouts at home. Like actually have them.

Anyways, my babbling does have a point. With all this activity and better self treatment that I'm giving myself, I am down 8lbs of the total 50lbs I want to lose by the end of 2012. So I allowed myself a reward. I got a new 'do! It makes me feel sexy and want to improve myself more. Here's to feeling good about oneself and moving forward! Cheers!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What Have I Been Doing?: A Shameless Promotion Edition.

So, I have been busy.  Except today.  I am just feeling down right lazy and not wanting to do a single thing.  This includes interacting with my children, cleaning, feeding them, taking them to school, cleaning, picking them up from school, doing my writing.  Even doing this.  This is work after all on a lazy day like today.

Anyhoo, this is my shameless promotion edition of My Glass House.  I have been working hard to build myself besides being "just a mom".  There is nothing wrong with being a mom.  It is the most rewarding job I have outside of wife.  However, these monsters angels grow up and then I'll be left dancing a jig depressed out of my mind with all the freedom spare time I truely won't know what to do with on my hands.  My identity will be just that.  My children.  I believe we have discussed this fear in a couple of previous posts.  Sure my baby is only fourteen months old and I have a long way to the empty nest.  But believe me, my oldest is fourteen years old, and it comes quicker than you think.

So new business idea turned reality.  Thanks to Wendi Gratz over at Shiny Happy World for her tutorial and permission to sell her creation.  Thanks to my mommy group on facebook.   Thanks to my friends in Winnipeg who keep telling me I need to get a life and stop  hating on talking about my children.  Thanks to my children who have put up with me telling them that I need them to leave me alone for a bit and to "not touch".  Thanks to my husband for his hours of patience and input and cheers.  Thanks to my parents for saying they'll support me in whatever I do.  Thank you to God for helping me with well, everything.

Okay, I'll get to it.  At the top of my page you will notice the By L.A.C.E. tab.  This is my business name.  I am making cute little stuffies to start.  My first was the Shiny Happy Bunny.  This is Wendi Gratz's creation.  My first sewing project since high school.  I actually finished this one.  Then I went on to spend the month of February designing my next Cuddly, "Katie" Koala.  She's a cutester.  I know.  I am completely biased.

 So go jump to the tab, check out what I have to say.  At the bottom of the page is the link to the facebook page with more pictures and colours to choose from, prices, et cetera.  I believe you can still access it if you don't have facebook.  I do plan on doing a better website set up later on in the future.  For now though, this is where I am at.  I really hope you enjoy.  Now on to make lunch, apprarently starving your children is neglect no matter the reason  :/

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Imaginary Friends Are Welcome Here! and An Update On Carsen.

One Word: Nicolae.

Nicolae is E's best friend. I know a lot about Nicolae. Although I am sure my knowledge is still the bare minimum.

Nicolae has been with us for possibly two years now. He showed up about the time E realized that his dad wasn't his brothers dad. For years we had said C was going to his friend's house for the weekend. We knew a two, three, four year old could not possibly understand that his mommy was in another relationship before daddy and that I had a son from that realationship, et cetera, et cetera. And I like living in denial that that part of my life even exists. Well E heard it said one day around four and a half years old and that is when Nicolae came along.

Nicolae lives in the mountains.

(google images)

He is "big like C". He comes to visit quite often, although we never know when, until after he's gone and E has given us a new tidbit of information. He has a dog like C has at his dad's. Nicolae has facebook. He likes Star Wars, Plants vs Zombies and Angry Birds. When E gets upset he even revokes his house visiting privledges from A, which upsets A very much. I have to step in and say that it's not very nice of Nicolae to leave A out while everyone else can go to Nicolae's. E says she can go again. Crisis averted and tears dry up as quickly as they appeared. E has been to Nicolae's house many times. Apparently late at night for us. I wish he would ask before he takes my second born to the mountains.

After much thinking and date changes we finally know when Nicolae's birthday is. February 7th. E insisted that I make him an Angry Bird cake. He wanted it done that day. Instead, thanks to my ingenius husband, we bought a cake and downloaded a picture. Cut it out and put it on the top of the cake. Nicolae never showed up and we ate the cake without him. E said it was because C said Nicolae wasn't real and hurt E's feelings.

Happy Birthday Nicolae. Maybe next year we can finally meet you and eat cake together.


Now for an update on our non-imaginary friend Carsen

In Amanda's own words on Friday.

"We experienced our first adrenal crisis on Saturday night. She has been in the picu since then, finally getting off the ventilator today. The cause of the crisis was a mild fever caused by a hep B shot she received 24 hours prior. We are very lucky that she is still with us today and I am so thankful for the medical staff who saved her. Everything I have read about an adrenal crisis and what to look for was completely wrong in our case. I have always been told she would be lethargic and unable to arouse. Our situation was quite the opposite. She was breathing rapidly, could not take in enough oxygen, her heart rate was 240 and her temp sky rocketed to 107 within minutes. Now I know what to look for thankfully as I know this won't be the last time. Keep carsen in your prayers for a speedy recovery and pray that I have the knowledge in the future to act quickly in the event that this would happen again."

Thank you all for your prayers. Carsen is still in the hospital. Please continue to pray for our friend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tag Your It! If You Don't Play Along It's Gonna Be One Sucky Game and I WILL Have To Cry.

Danna over at 3 Pink Cupcakes tagged me. (Like a month ago, I'm such a late comer with this one). If you have never visited this awesome lady, get your tuckus over there. But wait, read my post first :D

The Rules:

1. You must post the rules. 2. Post eleven fun facts about yourself on the blog post. 3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you've tagged. 4.Tag eleven people and link them on your post 5. Let them know you've tagged them!

ME Fun Facts

1. I have 4 children. Three boys and one girl. After my daughter, I am quite content with just her and all my boys.
2. I dream of being a movie star but not popular enough to be dogged by the paparazzi. The paparazzi are also the reason I never felt really sad I never pursued that dream.
3. I really enjoy Zumba and don't care that I look like Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective dancing around in his tutu.
4. I took a cue from a really great mom friend and while in Dollarama I bumped and grinded in front of my hubby to a R&B song playing over their system. I think the store employee caught me. teehee.
5. I really enjoy being impulsive for most things.
6. Thinking of the last fun fact, I plan my days. You might not think they are planned, but they are. If someone else does something impulsive to derail that plan it ruins my whole day. (Not really a great personality trait)
7. I failed my high school sewing class because I never finished my sewing project. I have started my own business. I have a page on Facebook called By L.A.C.E. I sew.
8. I have started a new writing course and it has led to me wanting to research and write about wanting to become a surrogate mother.
9. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
10. No matter what I feel that my family is my greatest achievement in my life.
11. I have wanted to do Burlesque since I saw a show on it last year on Slice. I have found one in my city that is highly recommended Miss La Muse. I am getting up the nerve to email about classes.

My 11 Questions

1. How many siblings do you and where are you in the birth order? I have one sibling and I'm the oldest.
2. What is the last book that you read? Switched by Amanda Hocking. If you haven't read it, go read it!
3. What food do you crave the most? chocolate or salt and vinegar chips. I'm really into sea salt and malt vinegar kettle chips right now.

4. Do you have any irrational fears? Nope. They all seem rational to me.
5. Growing up did you ever wish you had a different name and if so, what? Yes, Felicia.
6. What is your least favorite food? Sushi
7. What is your favorite movie? Probably my favorite of all time (I have many), is The Sound of Music.
8. Are you really into decorating for holidays or do you keep it to a minimum? Christmas yes. Although this year it was kept to a minimum.
9. What is your favorite color? I am such a girl. Pink.
10. How do you handle meeting new people, do you tend to be more outgoing or shy? Shy at first, but then watch out.
11. Do you wake up easily in the morning or do you have to drag yourself out of bed? I drag my butt out of bed every morning. I love my bed. I love sleep even more.

Your 11 Questions

1. Are you in a job that you truely enjoy?
2. Do you blog for fun? Or do people and life irritate you that much you need to get it out somewhere?
3. If you could do any job in the world what would it be? 4. If you were a lion? No I'm kidding, I hate those types of questions because I can't answer them because I think they are silly. If you could be a character in a novel who would you be?
5. When it comes to spending time with those you love, do you think it should be about quality or quantity?
6. When choosing an outift, do you buy it based on shoes you have or the purse you plan on buying with it?
7. Do you have the amount of children you wanted or did you want more/less?
8. Is there a job/career you wanted but realized you couldn't possibly do for one reason or another?
9. Which chore do you dislike doing the most?
10. If you had a favourite sport what would it be?
11. If you could live anywhere in the world or out of this world where would you live?

Tagging You!

1. mcai7td3 over at Not My Year Off
2. NicoleJ over at Pampers and Pumps
3. Ruby at Girlfriends Are Like Shoes
4. Mrs. McDancer at McDancing Through Life
5. One awesome Brit turned USA'er over at Stranger In A Strange Land. But don't let that fool you. The posts are chalked full of British humor and wit.
6. Terin at Modded Momma.
7. Marianna Annadanna at Snappy Surprise.
8. Always a thought provoking read over at Me and My Thinking Cap
9. Teresa over at Teresa Wilkinson Storyteller.
10. Jane at Flight Platform Living.
11. Esther at Laugh With Us Blog.

***I really enjoy reading all of these blogs. I am positive my readers will too.***

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Needing A Prayer Chain Today

Hello my blogoshpere friends. I have been neglecting you all I know. I have so much going on on my plate that the moment I sit down to write something, something else grabs my attention and I forgot what I was going to say. So I end up posting nothing.

Right now however, I really need you all. I am not sure if you recall my blog post Hope For Carsen (you can catch up right at that link). But Carsen is an amazing toddler. She made it to her first birthday fighting through many illnesses. She even welcomed a baby sister into the world a few weeks ago. But now Carsen needs your prayers. Today she was life flighted to the children's hospital. The doctor's don't know what is wrong, and have hooked her up to all sorts of things to help figure it out and get her back to good health.

Please pray that they figure it and can bring this little girls health back. Pray for strength for my friend Amanda and her hubby for strength.

Thanks so much everyone. Much love and may God bless you and yours.

****Since this is Sharing Sunday over at Flight Platform Living I wanted to add to this as well*****

My good bloggy friend Jane is blessed enough to be able to go to meet our wonderful girl Francine, whome with your prayers and financial help and shares we were able to raise a mass of funds and find Miss Francine her "Forever Family"!  God is so good!

Jane is also going to Orphanage 50 and is trying to raise funds to bring these beautiful children some music and art!  The thing is, you donate some money and then once there, that amount is used to buy toys when they are there to bring to the children of Orphanage 50.  If you cannot donate, please pray that her goal of 2000 can be reached by the time her plane lands.  Please pass this along to those who can help in prayer or funds or both.  Again, I would not ask if I wasn't going to do myself.  Music and Art for Bobby! Is the link to go to for information on this fundrasier.

Here are children who need your prayers if nothing else.  Please again, pray for my mommy friend Amanda and her very sick one year old Carsen.  And pray for the orphans at Reece's Rainbow.

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