Saturday, December 27, 2008

This poor neglected Blog

I sat here tonight fixing up the backgrounds of my blogs and I realized how little I blog here. I post lots of photos on the photo blog but I almost never blog on here. Not because there is nothing interesting going on because believe me when you live with a child like Kaylin there is always something, I just never sit down to blog about it. No excuse but still.

I hope all my wonderful friends and family out there had a wonderful Christmas! I got the best Christmas gift this year! My Husband Came Home!! After a year of being a single Mom and almost losing all my sanity I can finally hand over the little monsters and hide!

I think my husband thinks I completely lost my mind while he was gone though, thanks to my new obsession, Twilight. The fact that a mom my age has read the series of 4 overly large meant for teenage girls books in a matter of a month, and then saw the movie twice, really has him worried. What is not to love about the books? Vampires, Werewolves, and true undying love! What more could a stressed out mom want in life? It was my alternate reality for that last month of the deployment when life had me to the point of breaking, I sent the kids to bed and visited Forks for a glimpse into Edward and Bella's fascinating life.

Don't get me wrong I love my children very much, but some days are more stressful than others and when they hit those teenage years those stressful days are much more often! Some of you may know what I am talking about, that point in life when your kids realize you are not cool at all, this whole time you had them convinced you were the coolest Mom around, and then POOF! They see you for the NERD you really are! I wish there was a cure for that! Until then I just keep trying, bribing them with cool Christmas gifts like Rock Band 2, and then trying to be cool by playing with them. By the way as fun as it is they wont think you are cool just by playing and singing cool rock music! I guess I will just have to hang on to the fact that Kaylin still thinks I am the best Mom around!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Conversations with a 3 year old........

Me: Kaylin, would you stop that you are driving me crazy!

Kaylin: With my Barbie Jeep?

Me: (runs screaming from the room)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Just a glimpse of my life married to a Willoughby boy...

For those of you who wonder just exactly what Amanda and I have to tolerate being married to Willoughby boys, I may be able to help in that area.
You see just one Willoughby brother alone is hard to handle but when you put the two together things get just plain silly, you have to stop and remind yourself that they really do have a redneck family tree. The things they find amusing is usually only amusing to them, unless you consider loss of brain function funny, and I guess some people do.
Anyway here is just one small example of their sense of humor, this is a conversation my husband (the oldest of the Willoughby boys) sent me, it is what they discuss over IM while Tod is in Afghanistan.

Tim Willoughby: I was going to grill some corn too, but every time I pour the can on the grill, the corn falls through the grates. I can't figure out how they do it.

Tod Willoughby: LOL

Tod Willoughby: put the whole can on there!

Tim Willoughby: i didn't think of that!

Tod Willoughby: or you could use cream corn and freeze it into popsicles then grill it, but make sure you put a bowl under the grates

Tim Willoughby: yes, I like cream corn better anyway

Tod Willoughby: everybody does, Tim….EVERYBODY does.

Tim Willoughby: i wish there was a way to put cream corn back on the cob, I going to figure that out and make millions

Tod Willoughby: hmmm...

Tod Willoughby: maybe you could form it into a paste and glob it on the cob, then slow bake it at 300 degrees!

Tim Willoughby: what if you could pop hominy? That would be a massive piece of popcorn

Tod Willoughby: will it pop?

Tim Willoughby: i dont think so, but everything is worth trying

Tod Willoughby: yeah, there is literally no risk involved

Tim Willoughby: true

Tod Willoughby: and I think everything will pop at the right temperature

Tod Willoughby: I was putting some thought to your cream corn on the cob idea

Tim Willoughby: go ahead

Tod Willoughby: well, first you have to buy cream corn, then corn on the cob, and that is a waste.

Tim Willoughby: right

Tod Willoughby: so you could just grill the corn on the cob...

Tod Willoughby: then chew the kernels off the cob and let the saliva work its purpose

Tod Willoughby: and let your mouth empty its contents into a bowl of milk

Tod Willoughby: and then you have a bare cob and cream corn. Genius!

Tim Willoughby: but how do you get the cream corn back on the cob?

Tim Willoughby: you can dip the cob in the cream corn

Tim Willoughby: It all sounds like it would work, but I think it is ridiculous that you stick a whole corn cob on the grill, I have never heard of that.

Tod Willoughby: well, that is the small risk of an innovation

Tod Willoughby: I am still not sure about the getting it back onto the cob, unless you use my slow bake methodology

Tim Willoughby: what if you mixed it in flour after the milk stage and formed a paste.

Tim Willoughby: then paste it back on the cob and deep fry it for about two minutes

Tod Willoughby: now your thinking!

Tim Willoughby: how dare we think of cooking something without frying it

Tod Willoughby: Grandma would be so unhappy

Tod Willoughby: I wonder if she would help us un-cob the corn?

Tim Willoughby: she may have some un used cobs laying around the house.

Tod Willoughby: I'll bet she does!

Tim Willoughby: we just need to stay away from the brown ones

Tod Willoughby: mean LOL

Tim Willoughby: amanda just caught the last part of our conversation and she is a bit confused

Tod Willoughby: sometimes on Thanksgiving we buy indian corn. The birds eat the kernels and there are bare cobs everywhere

Tim Willoughby: i wonder what would happen if you stuck a whole indian corn in the microwave?

Tim Willoughby: would you have popcorn on the cob?

Tim Willoughby: thats it

Tim Willoughby: popcorn on the cob!

Tod Willoughby: hahaha...dangit, I mean LOL

Tod Willoughby: and would they be purple and red?

Tod Willoughby: would a giant thanksgiving gourd pop in the microwave too?

Tim Willoughby: i dont know, but I do know that you can transform a 5 oz chicken breast into a block of wood in about 5 minutes in an industrial microwave

Tod Willoughby: did you do that at work?

Tim Willoughby: yes, I was curious

Tim Willoughby: we have one microwave that pulls about 1800 watts and the other one is about 2200.

Tod Willoughby: I would recommend you try cream corn on the cob or indian popcorn on the cob at work, so Amanda doesn't get mad at you.

Tim Willoughby: good idea

Tod Willoughby: plus, I don't think the standard household microwave has the power to actually pop the indian corn

Tim Willoughby: i cooked a steak in it one day just to see what would happen

Tim Willoughby: medium in about a min and a half, but it tasted like s%$#

Tod Willoughby: I bet it tasted like the steak that got teleported in the movie "The Fly"

Tim Willoughby: yes.

Tim Willoughby: You ought to see what those puppies do to aluminum foil

Tod Willoughby: I bet it looks like a West Texas thunderstorm.

Tim Willoughby: fireworks

Tod Willoughby: man you have the coolest job ever

Tod Willoughby: all that food and appliances to play with

Tim Willoughby: its fun, we deep fried some ribs the other day

Tod Willoughby: wow!

Tod Willoughby: this is how things like crab-cake burgers end up taking the world by storm

Tim Willoughby: they were already smoked, we just battered them and fried them for about 2 minutes. Not too bad

Tim Willoughby: it is funny that you say that, I make a mean crab cake burger

Tod Willoughby: I would offer them to customers as a promotional. Ask them for their testimonials

Tod Willoughby: wow, I love crab-cake burgers.

Tim Willoughby: I tried to get a pasta on the menu, we ran it in our store for a few days, but they didn't really talk it up enough, so it didn't make it

Tim Willoughby: They are always looking for ideas, especially when it is from stuff we already have in the house

Tod Willoughby: will you make me a crab cake burger and send it over here to me?

Tim Willoughby: yes, i'll put the lettuce and tomato on the side so it doesn't get soggy

Tod Willoughby: perfect!

To some this may seem not too bad, but imagine this in person and sometimes they actually try these things!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Dont Blink

Today my two oldest kids started their first day of school. Tanner is excited to be the big man on campus as an 8th grader, while Savana starts her middle school days in 6th. What happened? It seems like just yesterday they were 2 and 3 and chasing each other around the house with lightsabers! Where does time go? I am glad (some days LOL) that I have Kaylin here at home still to help ease the pain of having a teenager!
And now a word From Kenny Chesney!

This is not the original video obviously lol

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Farm trip 08

Well we made it home safe and sound from the farm. All except for me anyway, I have a few scrapes and bruises.
While walking through the cattle barn at the county fair my ankle turned and I went down and now I have a scrape on my knee the size of Texas! Ok so it isnt that big but it hurts! The next day while getting off the bleachers after a lamb show the same ankle turned again this time no extra scrapes just now that ankle is more sore than it already was.
I locked my keys in the car! Well Kaylin locked the car without me knowing it and I closed the door then realized it was locked. We have onstar but the phone number was in my purse and you guessed it my purse was in the car also. I just so happened to be talking to Tod over IM on my phone so I asked him to look up the number for me, so here he was in Afghanistan looking up the number for onstar. So I called and they opened the door for me! I love Onstar!
Other than that it was a fun trip. Tanner and Savana helped with the animals and really enjoyed the work. They made a friend in the most unlikely place, a 1200 pound steer named Stanley. He was without a doubt the most gentle steer, he was almost like a puppy instead of a steer!
Of course seeing cousins and Aunts and Uncles and grandma and grandpa was fun too. By the way I didnt hit me until this trip but I am a Great Aunt! My nephew Seth has a beautiful girl named Blair and another one on the way! Now I feel old! LOL
Pictures of Stanley and more on the photo blog!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Words by Kaylin in pink

While Tod is away the best way of communication we have it Instant Messenger.
Today Kaylin decided she wanted to talk to daddy.
Her words are in pink (she typed them herself) Tod's are in blue, mine are in red.

Cheri Willoughby: m545555555544q3k
Tod: 36403298647hEHFK !!!!
Cheri Willoughby: jjjjjjjjjjjjjhhu5uu656t5y56y4uu6yu5nynn6ny6uyu5n6y54uyu65yuu6yy6u5yuyu56nuy5u6u5y65y6uynuy6u6y665yuu456u6n u5nu6nu5 u6u nu5uuun5u n6uy 5uy yu5 uy 6 yu yuy6yu6 y
Tod: 7777777777R3377777777732999910000000 VEGNMVJCEQQXKWd aDWWWWW
Cheri Willoughby: 7l8lll,l7llulul7l ullllulu7;;;lu7l7;;lnu;7;l7;;7;;7;;7;7;7;7; op[
Cheri Willoughby: ';32;2;2;32;2;;31;;2;3;2;23;2;32;;;;2;2;3;2;3;2;22;;2;3;23;;2;32;2;;;2;
Tod: ]][WQWWW7W7CNCENE8C28hhfre88fhnnnnnnnecnklw;e'cw0303498385756634tew
jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj7888888ggggggggggggggggggfddrsdhvgkjhhjlkhlkiueivwAI4uoqcuwiQEJXQLWEBXQWEB QWEB,.WE2HHgjgjglhjralecr
Cheri Willoughby: kte tii5i5i46i4i6i5i6i5i6i6i5ii5i5i56i65ii5i65ii56ljyl lukkkkkkkkkkklkilol;l ;po;;;7;n9; ;k';llkjhy7890]]\
Cheri Willoughby: tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttgt
Cheri Willoughby: ioh8oih8o,io8,ootttttttttttt6ttttfrrdx
Tod: 99455555555j2jaaaaaaaaaaaaaf jflar;garg;;ag;argaropweirpoiwerier jfn a asf
Cheri Willoughby: eq
Tod: eq?
Cheri Willoughby: tew
Tod: tew tew
Cheri Willoughby: zvcxzaq23456789[\4536/looo0i78n7ip[8p[8[p[p[8[p[8i[p8[[[8[8[8p8pp8pcxz
Cheri Willoughby: WETT79]
Tod: WETT79]???
Cheri Willoughby: i AM TRYING TO GET HER TO STOP
Tod: hahahaha
Cheri Willoughby: she said no not yet mommy
Tod: that is funny
Cheri Willoughby: she said it just as serious too
Tod: she means business!!
Cheri Willoughby: yeah
Cheri Willoughby: I told her to get her computer
Tod: yeah
Cheri Willoughby: I was laughing so hard she looked like she was really typing something serious
Tod: she was! She had a very serious message...would you like to know what she said?
Tod: Only I can understand it
Cheri Willoughby: sure what did she say
Tod: she said...
Tod: "Daddy, I want to be able to run and play outside in the court all by myself and nobody here will allow this. It is a serious grievance that a young lady of my energy and responsibility is not allowed the basic freedom that an American girl deserves....
Tod: "I also would like to note that your wife has hidden all the Desitin, and I am no longer allowed to express myself artistically...."
Cheri Willoughby: you are funny
Cheri Willoughby: anything else
Tod: "It is truly a shame that the only reason your wife provided for hiding all the Desitin and not allowing me my free time outdoors (alone) was that "Mommy said no! We don't paint the dog and run in the street!" "Can you believe it? I request that you speak with your wife about my grievances immediately" - your loving daughter, Kaylin
Tod: and she told me that she wants a 2010 Camaro
Cheri Willoughby: Funny!
Tod: now I see why she is complaining! You don't take us serious!
Cheri Willoughby: yeah ok
Cheri Willoughby: I will get right on all that
Tod: ok, thanks!

And I wonder where she gets it?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sometimes life sucks!

Yes this may sound harsh, but it is so very true and I just dare you to disagree.
There are so many things to be thankful I know if I try really hard I could think of more bad than good. But then there are days you just dont want to get out of bed, just pull the covers back up over my head and pretend that the kids arent fighting, Kaylin is not destroying something else, Tod is home in bed with me and not in some strange country fighting in a war, and I dont have crazy people calling me all the time wanting me to fix their problems!
Dont get me wrong I really do have so much to be eternally grateful for but sometimes the stress just gets overwhelming.
What sucks?
Husband is off at war
I am raising 3 kids alone
I am also responsible for 50 other young wives and their drama
I have a 2 year old who is almost 3 who WAS potty trained and has now decided not to be
I am alone with no family nearby to talk to when I am down or to give me a break

I think all that is enough to drive most women insane!

What do I have to be thankful for?
A husband who loves me
To be married to my hero
To be married to my best friend
To have 3 beautiful healthy children
To have a family who loves me, and would be here to help if they could
To have some of the best friends a girl could ever ask for
To have a mother in law who I love as much as my own mom
To have a sister in law who I love as much as my own sister
I have a roof over my head
We have everything we could ever need and more
We live in a country where we are free
That I serve a loving caring God who will always take care of my every need.

I think that last one is the most important one. No matter what I am going through it is only temporary, and I know that God will give me strength to get through it.
So I guess things could be a lot worse.
But I would still like to stay in bed some days!