this is way to funny I had to share…

22 06 2009

I came across this on another blog, It was so funny i had to share it with you all!! This is a real ebay auction!!!

Funny Ebay Auction
I came across this Ebay auction for Pokemon cards (no really this is an Ebay auction) that was written a while ago from Dawn Meehan. She is the funniest person, I love her stories about her kids. The first time I read it, I couldn’t stop laughing/crying, it is so true. I only have 2 kids and run into the same problems at the store with them. I know it seems a little long, but the story is so funny!!! She even wrote a book because someone read this and they loved her (at least that I how I understand it, there must be more details involved!!) Enjoy.

I’m selling a bunch of Pokemon cards. Why? Because my kids sneaked them into my shopping cart while at the grocery store and I ended up buying them because I didn’t notice they were there until we got home. How could I have possibly not noticed they were in my cart, you ask? Let me explain.

You haven’t lived until you’ve gone grocery shopping with six kids in tow. I would rather swim, covered in bait, through the English Channel, be a contestant on Fear Factor when they’re having pig brains for lunch, or do fourth grade math than to take my six kids to the grocery store. Because I absolutely detest grocery shopping, I tend to put it off as long as possible. There comes a time, however, when you’re peering into your fridge and thinking, ‘Hmmm, what can I make with ketchup, Italian dressing, and half an onion,’ that you decide you cannot avoid going to the grocery store any longer. Before beginning this most treacherous mission, I gather all the kids together and give them “The Lecture“.

“The Lecture“ goes like this…
MOM: “We have to go to the grocery store.
”KIDS: “Whine whine whine whine whine.
“MOM: “Hey, I don’t want to go either, but it’s either that or we’re eating cream of onion-ketchup soup and drinking Italian dressing for dinner tonight.
”KIDS: “Whine whine whine whine whine.
“MOM: “Now here are the rules: do not ask me for anything, do not poke the packages of meat in the butcher section, do not test the laws of physics and try to take out the bottom can in the pyramid shaped display, do not play baseball with oranges in the produce section, and most importantly, do not try to leave your brother at the store. Again.

”OK, the kids have been briefed. Time to go.

Once at the store, we grab not one, but two shopping carts. I wear the baby in a sling and the two little children sit in the carts while I push one cart and my oldest son pushes the other one. My oldest daughter is not allowed to push a cart. Ever. Why? Because the last time I let her push the cart, she smashed into my ankles so many times, my feet had to be amputated by the end of our shopping trip. This is not a good thing. You try running after a toddler with no feet sometime.

At this point, a woman looks at our two carts and asks me, “Are they all yours?”
I answer good naturedly, “Yep!
“Oh my, you have your hands full.”
“Yes, I do, but it‘s fun!” I say smiling. I’ve heard all this before. In fact, I hear it every time I go anywhere with my brood.

We begin in the produce section where all these wonderfully, artistically arranged pyramids of fruit stand. There is something so irresistibly appealing about the apple on the bottom of the pile, that a child cannot help but try to touch it. Much like a bug to a zapper, the child is drawn to this piece of fruit. I turn around to the sounds of apples cascading down the display and onto the floor. Like Indiana Jones, there stands my son holding the all-consuming treasure that he just HAD to get and gazing at me with this dumbfounded look as if to say, “Did you see that??? Wow! I never thought that would happen!

”I give the offending child an exasperated sigh and say, “Didn’t I tell you, before we left, that I didn’t want you taking stuff from the bottom of the pile???”

“No. You said that you didn’t want us to take a can from the bottom of the pile. You didn’t say anything about apples.”

With superhuman effort, I resist the urge to send my child to the moon and instead focus on the positive – my child actually listened to me and remembered what I said!!! I make a mental note to be a little more specific the next time I give the kids The Grocery Store Lecture.

A little old man looks at all of us and says, “Are all of those your kids?”

Thinking about the apple incident, I reply, “Nope. They just started following me. I’ve never seen them before in my life.”

OK, now onto the bakery section where everything smells so good, I’m tempted to fill my cart with cookies and call it a day. Being on a perpetual diet, I try to hurry past the assortment of pies, cakes, breads, and pastries that have my children drooling. At this point the chorus of “Can we gets” begins.

“Can we get donuts?”
“No.”
“Can we get cupcakes?”
“No.”
“Can we get muffins?”
“No.”
“Can we get pie?”
“No.”
You’d think they’d catch on by this point, but no, they’re just getting started.

In the bakery, they’re giving away free samples of coffee cake and of course, my kids all take one. The toddler decides he doesn’t like it and proceeds to spit it out in my hand. (That’s what moms do. We put our hands in front of our children’s mouths so they can spit stuff into them. We’d rather carry around a handful of chewed up coffee cake, than to have the child spit it out onto the floor. I’m not sure why this is, but ask any mom and she’ll tell you the same.) Of course, there’s no garbage can around, so I continue shopping one-handed while searching for someplace to dispose of the regurgitated mess in my hand.

In the meat department, a mother with one small baby asks me, “Wow! Are all six yours?”I answer her, “Yes, but I’m thinking of selling a couple of them.”

(Still searching for a garbage can at this point.)

Ok, after the meat department, my kids’ attention spans are spent. They’re done shopping at this point, but we aren’t even halfway through the store. This is about the time they like to start having shopping cart races. And who may I thank for teaching them this fun pastime? My seventh “child”, also known as my husband. While I’m picking out loaves of bread, the kids are running down the aisle behind the carts in an effort to get us kicked out of the store. I put to stop to that just as my son is about to crash head on into a giant cardboard cut-out of a Keebler elf stacked with packages of cookies.

Ah! Yes! I find a small trash can by the coffee machine in the cereal aisle and finally dump out the squishy contents of my hand. After standing in the cereal aisle for an hour and a half while the kids perused the various cereals, comparing the marshmallow and cheap, plastic toy content of each box, I broke down and let them each pick out a box. At any given time, we have twenty open boxes of cereal in my house.

As this is going on, my toddler is playing Houdini and maneuvering his little body out of the seat belt in an attempt to stand up in the cart. I’m amazed the kid made it to his second birthday without suffering a brain damaging head injury. In between trying to flip himself out of the cart, he sucks on the metal bars of the shopping cart. Mmmm, can you say “influenza”?

The shopping trip continues much like this. I break up fights between the kids now and then and stoop down to pick up items that the toddler has flung out of the cart. I desperately try to get everything on my list without adding too many other goodies to the carts.

Somehow I manage to complete my shopping in under four hours and head for the check-outs where my kids start in on a chorus of, “Can we have candy?” What evil minded person decided it would be a good idea to put a display of candy in the check-out lanes, right at a child’s eye level? Obviously someone who has never been shopping with children.

As I unload the carts, I notice many extra items that my kids have sneaked in the carts unbeknownst to me. I remove a box of Twinkies, a package of cupcakes, a bag of candy, and a can of cat food (we don’t even have a cat!). I somehow missed the box of Pokemon cards however and ended up purchasing them unbeknownst to me. As I pay for my purchases, the clerk looks at me, indicates my kids, and asks, “Are they all yours?”

Frustrated, exhausted from my trip, sick to my stomach from writing out a check for $289.53, dreading unloading all the groceries and putting them away and tired of hearing that question, I look at the clerk and answer her in my most sarcastic voice, “No. They’re not mine. I just go around the neighborhood gathering up kids to take to the grocery store because it’s so much more fun that way.”

So, up for auction is an opened (they ripped open the box on the way home from the store) package of Pokemon cards. There are 44 cards total. They’re in perfect condition, as I took them away from the kiddos as soon as we got home from the store. Many of them say “Energy”. I tried carrying them around with me, but they didn’t work. I definitely didn’t have any more energy than usual. One of them is shiny. There are a few creature-like things on many of them. One is called Pupitar. Hee hee hee Pupitar! (Oh no! My kids’ sense of humor is rubbing off on me!) Anyway, I don’t think there’s anything special about any of these cards, but I’m very much not an authority on Pokemon cards. I just know that I’m not letting my kids keep these as a reward for their sneakiness.

Shipping is FREE on this item. Insurance is optional, but once I drop the package at the post office, it is no longer my responsibility. For example, if my son decides to pour a bottle of glue into the envelope, or my daughter spills a glass of juice on the package, that’s my responsibility and I will fully refund your money. If, however, I take the envelope to the post office and a disgruntled mail carrier sets fire to it, a pack of wild dogs rip into it, or a mail sorting machine shreds it, it’s out of my hands, so you may want to add insurance. I will leave feedback for you as soon as I’ve received your payment. I will be happy to combine shipping on multiple items won within three days. This comes from a smoke-free, pet-free, child-filled home. Please ask me any questions before placing your bid. Happy bidding! 🙂





Happy Father’s day!!

21 06 2009

Ok well seeing as it is Father’s Day there is no card to show today, BUT I did want to come on here and with My dad a Happy 30th Father’s day and My Hubby a Happy 1st Father’s day!

Taryn and I took Rob and a few of his friends fishing today! Boy do I wish we had of planned this trip for yesterday! we got up early this morning, packed up the truck, and headed up to Jones Lake. We were told to count on a 10% chance of rain… well let me tell you we got that 10% and a whole lot more!! it rained the entire day! When Taryn and I napped in the back of the Tahoe (hey she needed to nap, and I needed to make sure she was ok back there) the boys worked on building a fire, no one thought to bring an axe so it took them a while to get it going. A few hours later when Taryn and I woke up the boys were about ready to off load the boat and head out to do some fishing! (boy do I wish they had gotten that started when we were sleeping, because when you have a 7 month old baby and a small picnic tart that leaks, it is VERY hard to keep everyone happy. After Taryn had a quick bite to eat, we bundled up, strapped Taryn into the Snuggli, and went for a walk. We discovered a number of awesome camping spots, and walked along the dam. Taryn was a bit tired, and fell asleep on our walk, it always surprises me how babies can sleep any time any where. we got back and Taryn slept some more before we ate again!! Before we knew it the boys were back and wee were cooking hot dogs and packing to come home. Because no one expected it to rain the boys did not bring their rain gear so needless to say when they came back in from being on the boat they were all cold and wet. We packed up quickly and headed home! We got home shortly after 8 and put Taryn to bed! I hope Daddy had a good first Father’s day, I know Taryn enjoyed it!





Gone Fishin’

29 05 2009

No really, I may fish, I may set out crab traps, I may read, cook, eat, drink, OR I MAY JUST RELAX!!!  We are heading out of town this weekend to celebrate my brother’s 30th birthday!  We are going back to Galiano Island (see earlier post for how much we love it there) Any way I just wanted to let you all know, that this weekend, no computer will be turned on (unless it is for the endless music supply) and no email or blog will be looked at, SO if you post a comment it will not be visible until I get home Monday night.

Here are a few pictures of my sweetie for your enjoyment!  I can’t believe she is 6 months old!!!

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Looking cute as can be in her mini pool!

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this is her “oh… you didn’t see that did you?” face.

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This is her get that camera out of my face look!!!

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Daddy put up a swing in the back yard!  Aren’t Daddy’s GREAT!!!

Have a GREAT WEEKEND!!!

Shellie





You’re NOT Going to Believe This……

22 05 2009

Hi all, I don’t know if you have noticed but there has been nothing new on my blog for a few days!!!  Well you are not going to believe the reason why!  I went out Sunday morning over to my Mom’s place (AKA Kate from Scrap ‘n Stamp).  We had planned a Design Team get together over there so everyone could play with the `new stuff`.  Well I came home just before supper time, and was unpacking my truck, when I went to open the door to my craft room and to my surprise the door would not open!!??!!  I put down everything I was carrying, and managed to push the door open a crack, and what would you know… the desk to ceiling shelves I had up with ALL MY CRAFTING SUPPLIES had fallen off the wall.  There was craft crap EVERYWHERE!!!!  Holding back the tears I called my Hubby over to see what had happened, and do you know what he said?   And I quote “Well, I guess we didn’t hit studs after all hey Hunny??”  Ok so let this be a lesson to me, MY STUD… not so good at finding studs!!!!

Well there is a bright side to this story!  For Mother’s Day (my first ever) my Dad wanted to buy me something I really needed!  He said I should spoil myself… So after trying to book a massage at the spa with my mom and finding out that they were all booked up until the end of June, Mom and I decided to go shopping!!  Every gal loves shopping right??  We set out Monday morning with out a destination in mind, and quickly found en route to Ikea.  What does this all have to do with my craft room you ask?  Well it turns out that Dad bought me NEW SHELVES for my craft room.  I picked out some very lovely upper kitchen cabinets (with out the doors) which I must say are VERY reasonably priced.  With new cabinets in hand (or trunk in this case) we called my Hubby and Dad to see if they would be able to put them up for me…. they agreed to do it that night!!!  Do you believe it?  Mom and I raced home to clear out the craft room, we worked as fast as we could to clear the room so teh guys could work, and with in 4 hours, including a dinner break, my craftroom was revamped and better then ever!

Now as nice as it is to get all new shelving in my craft room (and let me tell you it is AMAZING!!!) the job of putting everything back into my craft room was not so great!  It took me a full 48hours, with my hubby staying home from work, to get everything back in there.  I decided that since it was all out, I may as well sift through it and see if there was anything I coulod purge.  I managed to pull out a few stamp sets I had not used in YEARS, blew the dust off their containers, and set them aside for sale on Craig’s List.  I reorganized my embellies, and sorted through my scraps, and managed to take out 2 boxes of recycling ( I recycle everything) and one large bag of garbage… I even found a brand new ink carterage for my old printer (oh well I guess that is going on Craigs list too!)

The only thing I forgot to do in my panic during the ‘exploded craft room episode’ was take a picture of the wreckage!  It’s too bad too, it was quite the sight!

Any way I thought I would share a picture of the ‘project’ I have been working on, it may not be a card or scrapbook page to inspire you, but it may inspire a little clean up, and reorganization (and inspection of your shelving)in your craft room!

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Above: The new shelves!  Don’t they look GREAT??!!

Below: A few of the ‘old shelves’ revamped and this time attached to the studs!

These are UNDER the desk to utilize all of the wall space in my room!

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Until Next Time,

Happy Crafting!

Shellie





I don’t know what was wrong with this thing…..

31 03 2009

Ok I don’t know what was wng with my Blog (or computer) but I posted 3 posts and all three of them did not publish, and now I can’t find them anywhere!!!  SUPER FRUSTRATING!!!

Well I will quickly summarize… We had a SUPER vacation to Galliano Island, the dogs had a blast and Rob Taryn and I all came back VERY relaxed!!!  The cabin was right on the ocean in the middle of a private bay with only 3 homes on it.  The view from the porch was amazing!!!  It looked as though the house was floating on the water.  Rob and I were only there for 20 min. before we started planning our next trip.

When we got back it was back to the grind.  Rob has been working non stop, weather it be at work or side jobs at home.  He has not been around much, but on the plus side, he is half way to paying for the black top for his driveway!!!  How nice will that be?  No more mud being tracked into the house!!!  We were home for about a week when we found a tick on each of the dogs, a quick trip to the vet and they were removed, but now we have to wait to hear if they carried lime disease, and if they did…. another big bill at the vet!  Crossing our fingers they are free of disease!!!

I have had some time to play since we got back and have come up with a few cute cards.  I would love to hear what you think of them, leave me a little note giving your opinion!

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Well hopefully this post posts!!!

Till next time, Have a great day!

S





My First Post ~ A Little Bit About Me!

11 03 2009

Ok so here goes nothing….. I have officially set up my own blog and I HOPE I have enough time to make it interesting for you all!!

Background:  I have been crafting my whole life, but have been overly excited about card making for about 6 years now.  I love glitter, stamping, and watercolouring.  My very own Big Shot came home with me last week and already, I can’t live with out it!!!  I sell Stampin’ Up! supplies, but mostly only so I can get my supplies at a discounted price.  I LOVE Scrap n’ Stamp.ca and WISH I HAD MORE MONEY so I could get everything on the site.  But until I win the lottery, I will start my wish list and accumulate ‘things’ slowly!

On November 4th, 2008 at 8:25am I gave birth to my Beautiful Baby Girl, Taryn.  At birth she weighed 6lbs, 7oz and was 19.5 inches long.  She is the most amazing baby!!!  She has slept through the night since she was 4 weeks old, not that I should be surprised because the first night in the hospital she slept 4 hours, woke up to eat and then went back just the three of us!!to sleep for another 4 hours!!!  Until about 2 weeks ago Taryn was a very social little girl and then all of a sudden she decided to ‘make strange’ and now is only happy with Mommy or Daddy  I sure hope that ends soon!!!  I have 2, that’s right 2, yellow labs!!  Abby, the mom, will be 5 in August, and Clutch, her baby, turned 1 on February 4th.  I know I am crazy, 2 large dogs and a baby all at the same time!!  There are definitely days where it is just too much for me, the dogs want a walk, Taryn needs my attention 24/7, and Rob (that’s my hubby) is busy taking care of the house, the cars and the bills!!!  For the most part, however, it is awesome having 2 dogs around that love my little girl as much as I do!  Abby checks up on Taryn when she is napping, and Clutch, well Clutch is quick to give her a bath if she is getting ‘messy’, mmmmmm baby drool!!!!  Taryn LOVES her puppies too, she likes to go for horsey rides on their backs and enjoys petting them and pulling their hair.

On top of it all I have started a number of new projects.  After all I need something to fill my time while I am home on MAT leave.  So first I have taken on the role of design team coordinator for Scrapnstamp.ca. This is an amazing little online scrapbook store close to my house (around the corner to be exact) that my mom opened a year or so ago!  I get so excited every time I go over there because there is always something new to check out!!  I have also started three little side projects of my own.  Together with my friend Carly, I have started to make and sell Diaper Cakes.  these are the cutest little things, and they make fabulous baby shower presents.  I will post a few pictures soon, so you can see what they look like.  I also make and sell my cards, why not right??  it gives me a purpose behind my crafting and gives me a little money in return to help pay for all my stuff!  I am also starting to sell my hand made wedding invitations.  I have created custom invitations for a number of my friends and have now finally decided that I would like to do it for money!!!

You are probably wondering how, with so much on my plate, do I find time to craft?  Well that is simple… I don’t sleep!!!  No really, I put Taryn to bed around 8:00 and then spend a few hours hanging out with Rob.  By 11:00 Rob is off to bed and then I have a few hours to veg in my craft room and create!!  I normally hit the hay around 1:30, and then am up again the next morning around 7:00 (5:00 the last few days) to feed the baby!  Luckily for me Taryn goes back to sleep after her morning feed  and usually stays asleep until about 10:00.  It is a little crazy I know, to stay up so late and craft, but I love to do it and am the most productive at night, and hey a  girls gotta do what a girls gotta do, right?!?!?

Well, now that I have shared my story with you, and the baby has awoke from her nap I will have to let you go, but Don’t you fret I will be back, hopefully often, to share with you what is new in my life!!

Cheers,
Shellie