Sunday, August 28, 2011

Big & Rich GNO!!!

So if it has been 5 years since you had a Girls Night Out... You do it right, RIGHT?!?


And man did I ever!!!

I started with this crazy gal. 
And YES those are curlers in her hair! She was worried that her hair wouldn't keep a curl so we fixed it right before we got to OKLAHOMA! Which since she is a speed demon (15 miles over the speed limit all the way and it was a 75 MPH to start with!!!!) it didn't take near as long as Google Maps said it would!  My hair almost went straight out of FEAR! NO SERIOUSLY!!!!


Doesn't she look pretty! She was so excited  because in just a few minutes we were picking up our ......


To go and meet and talk WITH
 these GUYS (and gal) and boy was he a cutie! 
Doesn't she look so happy! 

Me and My Drink of choice!
Which is a good thing because SOME ONE had to drive us home and by the time "He"
 was done performing, along with this guy,
And she was done dancing

 ( I mean you have to dance to "SAVE A HORSE, RIDE A COWBOY" right!) 
I sure did! ;)

She was this! LOL
Which meant that I was driving home!  
Which also meant I would arrive home in one piece!
So Long story short me and about this many 
people had a BIG & RICH time! So ladies I ask you.... DO I KNOW HOW TO HAVE A GNO or WHAT????

Sunday, August 21, 2011

SOOOOOO You're a Drake not a Duck... Opps!

As I am soaking up the sun rays in my pool and  feeling sorry for myself due to my dying garden(thanks to our 3 digit weather)  I hear all kinds of ruckus going on with the ducks. First thought is that something got in the duck area again! And me without my gun.... great!

NOPE! Instead I apparently interrupted some private time!  Surprise MOM!!!
it seems that Cali is on top of Freckles and all the others ducks are making this strange noise ( i didn't know they did that, little exhibitionist.)  YES I am a little    S...L...O...W     at getting it  
(don't judge... this was shock!)

 OHHHH ok!!!!

now it all  makes sense!  Cali always seemed to be in charge ( here I thought her a bossy little girl....) and the others just more timid. NOPE the company I ordered my GIRL ducks from sent me a drake!
 So "Cali" is now "Cal"

  AND  it seems "he" and Freckles have decided they are an item. 
 Well they are cute together...

Well it seems I will get some little ducklings after all and HONESTLY who can resist those little balls of fluff with big feet ???   Not me!
However I may need a BIGGER duck house!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Me and My Milking Bad Self

So when I started this little adventure I thought it would be a cake walk, seriously how hard could providing milk for your family be? Well with Ali it has been interesting to say the least. I love my little girl but she can be such a  pain stinker and there is so much more to milking then you think. NO SERIOUSLY!!!  So just to help you out here is the easy 7 steps required!

Step 1. Get up nice and early (and try not be a witch) because that is when the milking is done (and if you ever breast feed your babies you KNOW what is like to have milk building in the breast and  not being able to feed... PAINFUL...same for a goat) and the rooster crows anyway!

Step 2. Get out the milking pail and clean cloth (without running your half sleeping self into the chair one of your children left in the way..... thanks again guys!)

Step 3. Get grain and goat to cooperate and get on milking stand while keeping baby goat away and in the pen. 
(and though MOST mornings Ali makes this a simple task there are some when it seems like I actually have to pick up said 105 lb goat and put her on there while keeping baby goat (Zoie) back with one foot... I truly think this would make an entertaining video someday.... perhaps I can talk someone into getting up and taping it for you all... DOUBTFUL but I could try )
and lock in her head.

Step 4. Wipe down milk bag, underside and get stared at by goat who is not happy with you messing with her underside while she is trying to eat her breakfast.... ok I can't really blame her, after all who wants a morning bath while trying to eat?

Step 5. MILK.... this is the  simple task of now pulling on teats and getting the milk to come out. One teat then the other, over and over and over again and over again!

Step 6. Bring in milk and set up jar, funnel and filter said milk (no one wants a stray Ali hair in their cereal!)

Step 7. Clean and sanitize all items used and prepare to do it again tomorrow. (I only milk once a day now so baby goat can get what she needs)

So that is the morning process and the REWARD when I started this adventure....
That's right one stupid TBSP of milk. All that work. and this is what I get???   So back to the books I go and here is what I found out. THERE IS SO MUCH TO THIS THAT I DIDN'T KNOW that I didn't KNOW!!!!

But am I one to just give up, admit defeat or that I was wrong still had more to learn???  


So day after day, new trick after new trick and this is now my reward...

 Woot WOOT!

Yep that is right from this to this! 

So do I now admit this was much harder then I EVER imagined it would be, that early mornings aren't really my thing.... MAYBE..(to myself) but in the mean time I am going to brag just a little about me and my milking bad self! Well of course my girl as well,  my sweet patient girl.... she knew WE could do this all along...
Ok I know I look  horrible  in the am. BUT HEY.. it truly is toooooo EARLY to care, but isn't my Ali beautiful, she never has to worry about not looking her best so jealous!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I'm Back!!! And Ready to Confess!

Well it is that lovely time of day to let it all out... and after hmmmm  (what is it 3or more months) I am ready to confess! 

I confess... that having my parents living with me has taken some gettting use to adjusting, but I am really glad they are here. I like having time with them and they are such a big help with things around here! But I will also be happy for them when they are able to have their own space again.

I confess... I am so so so  ready for school to start... not really because my kids are driving me crazy (ok maybe just a little bit) but just so I can be  back on schedule again as well. I have been more of a BUM this summer then any other I can think of!

I confess.... that I love AQUA ZUMBA... ( i know you want me.... you know I wan't cha ...) and I  CAN'T get the songs out my head!

I confess... I love having a tan line!!! I have a body right now with 2 different colors... I know YUCK right? But not for me. I love it! I have taken time to get a tan! Woot Woot!

I confess... that this swimsuit contest. has been a little nerve wracking... I really would like to win since I want to use the money to take my kiddo's on a vacation
but I am the oldest one there and that is a lot of competition!  But all the lovely comments I have received have also really boosted the self esteem! Go women over 40! We still got it!

I confess... that when someone noted on my pic that I looked like I did nothing but laid around all day on the beach that I laughed out loud. Like seriously my mom was looking at me like I lost it... yet again!    If only she could have seen me with sweat pooring down my face just 20 minutes earlier cleaning out my goat barn and chicken coop! OH if that poor girl only knew the truth how disappointed she would be!

I confess... that if one more person calls me a NOT  "real mom". I am going to load up my 4 teens and ship them to their house for a week... (maybe 2) AND  I might just throw in the goat, chickens, ducks and dogs to boot!!!  ;)

Well there you have it.. my confessions... Can't wait to READ yours.... So join up with

Monday, August 1, 2011

Please Vote for Me and Check these out

Hapari Swimwear Logo
Ok Ladies so you have already heard me talk about these suits once before but here I go again these are so great and now I am in their contest. That's right they are having a contest for models and I passed the first stage. So if you don't mind head over and check them out and while you are there vote for me. You have to like the page and then click on my pic. They will decide who wins but the more likes I have the more I stand out. 


Hapari Swimwear was founded when a couple of designer moms put their heads together to try to solve all the problems found in a traditional swimsuit. Unhappy with the available options—it seemed impossible to find a swimsuit that was both flattering and stylish—they decided to create a line of swimwear that real women would love to put on. From that beginning Hapari has seen incredible growth, largely thanks to our commitment to provide quality, modest swimwear that help women everywhere feel beautiful and confident.
One piece suits are especially made to enhance the curves you love while downplaying those you don’t.
Most women have trouble with their midsection, but Hapari’s exclusive Tummy Tuk bottoms can be your little secret for tummy coverage and containment. All of Hapari’s tankinis and one pieces are made with secret pockets sewn into the breast area that can be fitted with our Illusions silicone enhancements that will supplement your curves. Our S.O.S. tankinis feature the same gorgeous prints as our other suits, but are built with an underwire directly into the suit to give you added support where you need it most.

In the last year alone, Hapari has seen a 137% growth through online sales. We know this would not be possible without our loyal customers who share the good news about Hapari’s shape saving secrets with their friends and family. With our women’s swimwear line, an expanding line of plus size swimwear, junior’s and girl’s sizing, and men’s and boy’s swim trunks, Hapari is poised to remain at the top of the swimsuit game for years to come. 
That shows how great their product and customer service truly is!

Hapari caught my eye with an ad I saw on someone's blog, and immediately I had to check out the rest of their site! And I am so glad I did. Most swimsuits can be worn 3 ways so you get to to choose! They offer a great variety of styles... for every body type.
Raspberry Ice Twist Bikini Swimwear
Retro V-Neck Tankini Swimwear
Hapari Girl Ruffle One Piece Swimsuit
Open sided one pieces as well as

Island Fever Sport One Piece Swimsuit
Sport one pieces

So check them out and thanks again for taking the time to vote for me!