Saturday, February 28, 2009

Introducing the New Additions to our Family!

Michael and I went out yesterday to pick up a few things at the store and came home with 3 new additions to our family!

We would like to introduce you to; Stripey, Orange Slice and Doriee!





They are taking a liking to their new home and friends Yoshi and Goomba (Michael's idea to put them in the tank with them LOL)


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Golf Lessons for Michael!

I just signed Michael up for golf! I am super excited to tell him when he gets home from school!He has been asking me for a long time to sign him up, we have signed him up for soccer and basketball...but he didnt seem to like those. Continues to want to play golf...the places I have been looking into seemed a bit pricey or just no luck at all...until today!I called Hank Haney to just check on pricing...they have a beginners Sunday clinic which is 1 hour every Sunday. The lady I spoke to told me that some kids that come into it are naturals, and some it will take a month or so of practicing every Sunday until they get it. It will only cost $20 each Sunday clinic! That isnt bad at all! They then evaluate the kids to see if they are ready to go to the next level (which I forgot the name she called it) on that they start to actually really play and can do competitions. And that upon the evaluation on if he can go to it or not will only be $250 a month!I am praying this is Michael's "thing" since he shows such a strong intrest in it...and wants to pick up a golf club everytime he sees one.I really believe in my heart that Michael's want to play golf may stem from when we lived back in VA and Mike would take Michael and me along when he played golf or went to the driving range. It was something and is something Michael probally rememers doing with Mike.Soccer and basketball isnt something that Michael was ever introduced to before he started the teams he played on.I am praying that Michael actually will enjoy golf and want to look forward to going to his lessons.

I am guessing I will have to go at this golf lesson thing alone...with just Michael and me because after talking to Mike he thinks it is a waist of money - and thinks he can just take Michael out and show him on his own...well I do have some thoughts on that since Mike is always busy doing something else, there is no gaurentee that Mike will always be available to take Michael out and teach him golf...pluse with out being in a club or what ever it is called - how can he join into competitions? I told him well I am going to do it anyway it was just 20 a lesson...and asked him to please come on Sunday which he said - that I cam do what ever I wanted with MY money but not to use his for it and he will THINK about coming on Sunday...I am a bit upset by this...but oh well, if Michael doesnt like it there is no contract that he has to stay in it. It is pay per lesson...so if he starts to not like it then I just wont take him anymore - simple. Right?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I got my hair cut today - I have not had a hair cut since this summer past...pictures are not great and it was close to bed time when i took the pictures - so the style has mostly come out :(


But here ya go...it is more shorter then I normally get...but I like it :)














Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Here is an excert from Rueters website about Vatican's adding "new sins" to the original list. If God wrote the seven sins - did God go to them and tell them to add on to the original list? Did they take a vote and decide to add them on? I am not understanding how they can just add on to it...so do you follow it because they say these are the new sins or do you keep going on following the original?
I dont know - just felt the need to post and to get some other's opinions on this subject...although I know religion is a very touchy subject to some...I am still trying to get some things.




VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.The guidance came at the weekend when Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican's number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance, spoke of modern evils.Asked what he believed were today's "new sins," he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul was the largely uncharted world of bioethics."(Within bioethics) there are areas where we absolutely must denounce some violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulation whose outcome is difficult to predict and control," he said.The Vatican opposes stem cell research that involves destruction of embryos and has warned against the prospect of human cloning.Girotti, in an interview headlined "New Forms of Social Sin," also listed "ecological" offences as modern evils.In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican has become progressively "green".It has installed photovoltaic cells on buildings to produce electricity and hosted a scientific conference to discuss the ramifications of global warming and climate change, widely blamed on human use of fossil fuels.Girotti, who is number two in the Vatican "Apostolic Penitentiary," which deals with matter of conscience, also listed drug trafficking and social and economic injustices as modern sins.But Girotti also bemoaned that fewer and fewer Catholics go to confession at all.He pointed to a study by Milan's Catholic University that showed that up to 60 percent of Catholic faithful in Italy stopped going to confession.In the sacrament of Penance, Catholics confess their sins to a priest who absolves them in God's name.But the same study by the Catholic University showed that 30 percent of Italian Catholics believed that there was no need for a priest to be God's intermediary and 20 percent felt uncomfortable talking about their sins to another person.(Editing by Keith Weir) http://www.reuters.com/article/topNe...rpc=22&sp=true


The seven social sins are:
1. "Bioethical" violations such as birth control
2. "Morally dubious" experiments such as stem cell research
3. Drug abuse
4. Polluting the environment
5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
6. Excessive wealth
7. Creating poverty

The original deadly sins:
1. Pride
2. Envy
3. Gluttony
4. Lust
5. Anger
6. Greed
7. Sloth

Chili's Guiltless Grill Menu!

Yes, I am posting a blog on Chili's Guiltless Menu...GREAT!
They have several items on the menu and they are all less then 750 calories!
I must say the carne Asada Steak is great and it it a pretty good size peice of meat, with some steamed veggies on the side :)
They also have a "Meatless" dish which is a blackbean burger - for those who omit the meat.
I think I will try them all at some point...they also offer a Grilled Salmon or Honey-Mustard Salmon, Chicken Sandwhich and a chicken platter. There is a total of six entrees I believe.
I would have never found out about this Guiltless menu, as I dont venture to Chili's often, and when I do I try to stick with what I know. Being on this diet isnt helping either, I see it pointless to eat out because all the menus I look at have way too many calories or dont have a calorie count at all, and why go to a restraunt and be disappointed?
I joined Bzzagent.com a while back and I must "Bzz" about it for a moment because this is an awesome site.
They sent me 4 coupons to try this guiltless menu for FREEE! Super cool!

What is Bzzagent you ask?

Well basically it is a site where you give opinions and again that is also FREE, you pay nothing you just sign up and browse.

You are basically known as a "bee" you have status' so the more opinions and the more often you log on to the site the higher your stats are, and the more campaigns you can join.

They have a "Frog Pond" with different websites on it, you go to the websites, look at it browse around and give your honest opinion of it. (that will give you points)

You also get invited to "campaigns" which is basically a company trying to promote a product, i.e.; chili's, they send you a kit in the mail and usually provide products for you to try out and give opinions about and share with friends, family, co-workers ect...

In the past I have got to try and share several things such as, Teddy Ghrams Trail Mix (the sent me 2 boxes), Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner (They sent me a whole bottle and sample wipes to share), Srubbin Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner (yes I got one and it is cool), and many other things as well.

I log in a couple of times a day and I have been able to find out about so really awesome websites I would have never known about if it wasnt for bzzagent.

Okay enough about bzzing...but really a cool site!

Just wanted to share something cool with you all!

Basketball Pictures!

Well we got Michael's basketball pictures back and he looks oh so cute! We also got a team photo but Mike wasnt in them because he had to work. Michael's uncle John was there with the boys so atleast one coach was there in the picture :)

Here they are!




Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well today is Valentine's Day and I dont really feel like doing much of anything...Michael had basketball game this morning at 10, which ended at 11am, and they WON! I am waiting on pictures from that game from another parent who was taking them :) Then directly afterwards we had to go to a birthday party for one of Michael's classmates. That was from 11-1 and it was very much fun. They played laser tag so that was cool!
I didnt get an acknowledgement that is was Valentine's Day from Mike, but that was expected - he didnt get me anything for Christmas or my birthday either - oh well, some guys just are not into that stuff I guess.
I did get a yummy cookie from Mike's mom...and I got a hand made valentine from Michael, after he asked me today what I got and I said nothing, he ran to the craft cabinet and got his construction paper, ribbon and crayons out and made me one :) I love him so much!
So I wanted to extend the Valentine's and say Happy Valentine's to everyone! If you did not have anyone to say it to you, or spend it with you, know that even though I have a man here - I spent it with my son, and that is the best Valentine's I could ever ask for :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Michael's Basketball Game 2/7/09



Michael played against the Eagles - they ended up being a tie.

Here are some pictures from his last game :)

His team are the Bears and they are in the red jerseys, he is the one wearing number 1.








Update! on me

Decided I would blog today :) I have not in a while but that is because nothing really has been going on :(
We have not been any where new...or done anything exciting. But as soon as the weather gets warmer we will for sure.
We did get to go to this restraunt called 'Buca Di Beppo' which is an Italian restraunt - family style. It was really good, and we went to celebrate mom in law's birthday.
I had the chicken with lemon and it was pretty good :) it was the only thing that LOOKED low in calories...I also had a bite of Mike's Ravoli, and a small portion of mom's alfredo :)
I did pretty good as far as not OVER eating there and I only had 1 bite of birthday cake :) YaY me!


I went on a job interview for this HVAC company, a couple Fridays ago...I met with them today and was offered the job! I start March 2nd so I am pretty excited about that as well!

Michael has his class Valentine's Day party this Friday which I volunteered to help - it should be neat, I also said I would help at the christmas party which was a lot of fun to do, so this one should just as fun.

Michael has been doing his basketball - Pactices on Monday nights and games on Saturdays. This last one I believe they ended up being a tie!
Which is really good considering they lost practically every other game LOL Poor lil kids :)
We got Michael's basketball pictures and are waiting for those to come back, I cant wait!
I got some shots of the photo shoot :)
Mike wasnt able to show up to it because of conflicting work schedule, but assistant coach White was there.










We did have an ice storm here - which I also didnt blog about - it was something of a big deal I guess...I mean hey it WAS ice...I have learned that in Texas it isnt a common thing so they are not as used to it as we in VA are...which is totally understandable :)
They also dont treat ice and snow here with the same chemicals as we do, something about the soil here and the water...not to sure about that.
Here are some pictures I took :) I love to see ice forms and snow but DO NOT like to be out in it!





I am trying to think of some other fun things that have been going on - but at this time I can not think of anything else exciting LOL

Hope you enjoyed this long - about nothing really, blog of mine :)

Love ya all!

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