Wednesday, June 9, 2010

where did my baby go?


My baby is no longer....I now offically have a school age kid....what do I do, my baby is now a first grader!!!!!


Today is the last day daughter #1 will be a Kindergartner. I think I may be taking this a little worse than the day she acutally started!


She has learned SO much since she started! She writes her name better, she reads, she sounds out words, she calls things"lame," (not sure where she got that)she has an endless collection of those damned silly bands, and I couldnt be more proud!


I am just so in love with her and am already starting to have anxiety about her entering the 1st grade. With Kindergarten, she was only gone a few hours, with 1st grade she will be gone ALL day! What will I do?


What if she needs me sometime during the day? What if she gets tired? What if she has noone to sit with at lunch?

This graduation came SO fast, im hoping that the next one, high school, takes its sweet ass time!





Tuesday, June 8, 2010

brette

I know I totally said I was going to boycott the bachlorette but ive fallen under its spell again! I keep protesting against it and find myself watching it again. SO I decided to tell you all my thoughts as I watch....

~ I am loving the guys with no shirts on by the pool! YYEsssss. This why I continue to watch!

~ The weatherman looks like hes about to bust out in some hangin tough moves. He totally looks like a NKOTB!

~ What happened to the other bare naked lady? Is he still in jail for that crack bust?

~ I love the dude who has a tatoo of his moms signature...awwwww

~ Weatherman is gay. Why doesnt he just admit it. He HAS to be!

~ Doesnt Alli realize that her family is going to see this show! Whore!

~ Yay! No shirts again!

~ Is it me or was that music video a joke?

~ Hunter reminds me of curious george.

~ Aww now I feel bad that I said that because he just got the boot.

~ There is more drama in that house than in a sorority house! Bitches.

~ Oh . my. goodness..I cant wait to see Casey freak out next week! What have I become.....Im ashamed....


Thursday, June 3, 2010

I fly like paper get high like planes


... a song by MIA....like me...MIA get it?? Hahaha

Ive been so sucky at keeping up with blogging lately but I do have some news...Im getting a new blog design! The lovely ladies over at Zaney Dezines are whipping me up something awesome!

So stay tuned because I have an announcement for you all!!!!! Its exciting!!!



Thursday, May 27, 2010

What does memorial day mean to you?

Does it mean a day off of work? Does it mean that you are going to get that grill out for the first time begining grilling season? Does it mean summer is here?

Whatever meaning it has for you, please remember the meaning it has to millions of us Americans, our freedom and those precious hereos who fought to preserve it! No matter what your political views or what you think about war, today is a day to celebrate and give thanks to those who fight and have fought for your freedom!


To often we forget what the "Memorial" in Memorial Day stands for. It goes unreconized or ignored by too many of us who are the recipients of our fallen hereos sacrifice. The day comes and goes and we forget to observe the day as it should be, remembering our family members, loved ones, neighbors, friends and those who came before us!


My husband is a former Army soldier and I am so proud that he fought for me, and for YOU! I cannot image life with out my soldier and this weekend, I will remember his fellow soldiers and those soldiers who came before him. Not only was a my husband a solider, but so were both my grandfathers and my step-father. I can image this day is bittersweet for them as they all know too many soldiers who who gave up their lives to protect ours!


Please remember them today!


Now go have to some fun!!! Happy Memorial Day!




SYTYCD

My favorite show(other than its always sunny in philidelphia), so you think you can dance, was on last night! Yeeessss!


I love this show! Dont ask me why because my moves are only sweet when Im drinking and delusionsal. Ive been know to do a little running man and the carlton every once in awhile. I also have some moves made up of my own awesome talent! Those tend to come out when I hear 80's music and kenny rogers, the gambler! YyYeessss!


Anyways, a few of a favs were the 123 party guy, obviously only there to get on tv. I like the big girl dancer, she was inspiring! There was this one dude from russia or something and he got me to thinking, where in the hell do dudes find shirts like that! I mean the ones with tons of sequins and no closures? I was craking up at him! What dude walks into a store and is like "oooh man I HAVE to get this shirt! It will look awesome on me!"



Im gonna get me one of those shirts and just wear it to bed! Awesome!






Tuesday, May 25, 2010

SWAGGER WAGON

I told you I like to rock!



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Its my anniversary!

Soooo I didnt get my coach purse...booooo! BUT I did get a romantic evening with my husband and thats all that I could have asked for! Plus my birthday is next month so he has another chance.

We were trying to find the perfect romantic resturaunt and ended up at this little italian place that was perfect!

We ate toooooo much, stopped for coffee and called it a night. PERFECT! Plus, we got to sleep in!!!

Thanks for all the Happy Anniversarys!! Hope you all had a great weekend! What did you do?


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Random Random Randomness

So I cant get my head together for two seconds to write a whole post so I thought Id just do a random randomness post:



-I was really getting sick of the shitty ass blogs that were clogging up my reader so I had to go through them and delete delete delete. I was wondering why I even followed some of them in the first place and was wondering if anyone has ever deleted me? Bitches...



-So daughter #1 had portfolio day at school. She had a cute little stick figure with writing under it that said..."My name is ..... ....... I am 5 years old, and I like to party! Thats awesome! or is it scary?



- Im giving up on doing my designing my blog myself. These wonderful girls are going to whip me up something special! and FINALLY ill have a button! I know all of you are dying to add it to your page!






- My anniversary is tomorrow. I cant think of anything to get my husband. Im hoping he gets me a new coach purse, in honor of my bloggy bff Nikki!



- My Macaroni Kid newsletter is coming along. Id love for you all to become subscribers and help me get my numbers up? Pretty please! You dont have to live by me and I try to have some awesome articles in it!


You can "like" my facebook page here!
Or subscribe through my home page here!

-Please be patient with me, I know I have been neglecting blogs, including my own. So hopefully Ill get some new post ideas soon and Ill be back! Thanks!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Were you wondering?

Im so sorry blogging friends. Ive neglected you. Ive had the same post up for like 5 days. Do you want to know why? Probably not but Im going to tell you ANYWAYS!






Ive decided to become a Macaroni Kid! Thats right! I jumped it and Im loving it!






Guess what else....you can be one too!




What is a macaroni kid you ask? Good question! Macaroni Kid and our big family of publisher moms, (that's me) give you the scoop on all that is cool and awesome, family-friendly, goings on in our communities each week by way of an e-newsletter! Its free to subscribe! I do it so you know its awesome!

First, check out my newsletter......Canonsburg Macaroni Kid Make sure you subscribe while you are there, you dont have to live in pittsburgh, just get it for my amazing articles!




Then, email me if you are interested in starting one in your area...............JessicaBranagan@macaronikid.com






Now I will leave you with a picture of my real life macaroni kid!





Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lets get it on!

Awhile back my good bloggy friend Maria bestowed upon me this gem of an award. Hows that for an image first thing this morning!


Anyways, for this award, I must tell you 5 CHARACTERS with whom I would chose to knock boots with, or bump plastics with in this case I guess.




So first, here is my list of men and second my list of whos lists' I would like to see! Got all that?


Here goes:


I have to start with my husband...Hes been the star of a few movies...home movies....




Then there is Vince Vaughn in Old School. Or any movie hes in for that matter. Im choosing this one because hes a family man in it but hilarious!


Next Michael Corleone. Nothing like a cute, shy, little ganster.





And cant forget Noah from the Notebook...ok ok dont gag I know its a total sap movie that I dont normally go for, but Im a sucker for southern gentlemen.



Jason Segal in I love you man. I love this movie! Dont ask me why. I just think hes cute!



Cant forget MrT. from the A-Team. I pity the foo who doenst like gold chains.




And Ron Burgandy. Im a sucker for a male flute player.





Ryan Renolds in...ummm...anything....I guess ill pick Van Wilder...your welcome....





Ben Stone...Seth Rogan in knocked up. Aww he was sweet in this movie.






Peter Klaven..also in I love you man.....




So thats my list!


I would love to see what these ladies come up with so Im passing it on to:

Nikki @ myfantabulouswonderfullife

Mandy@ suburbanstereosype

Rachel @ littlegirlshinyworld

Jamie@ daydreambeliever

Pamela @ 2muchtestosterone

LauraJane @ callmelaurajane

Jane @ mylifeasjane

MommaKisss @mommykiss
Messy Mommy @aliasblogger

Purse Blogger @ purseblogger

Tabatha @ expressingitall

Jen @ thisiswhatmommyhastosay

Daisygirl @ adailyscoupofchaos
Alyssa @ bloggintonoggin
ok i better stop there, you are all too funny and I want to hear who you would pick from ALL of you!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wah Wah Waaahhhh...

Debbie Downer will be guest posting today....I cant help it. She just took over! Sorry folks, I keep telling her to leave but she refuses and continues to use words like folks. Ha



I LOVE Mother's Day! It is a much needed, guilt free, day off. I call it Mother's Day weekend. I get to sleep in, dont have to cook, could maybe take a little nap if I wanted. PERFECT!



but...on this day, I am reminded that I dont like my mother. Its true! I didnt couldnt even bring myself to call her yesterday. Instead, I sent her a text. Im horrible. I struggle with it alot and it would take me an entire 500 page book to tell you all of the reasons why.



Im trying to be a better Chirstian woman and this includes respecting your mother and I just.cant.do. it! I try to rasie my girls in the exact opposite way she raised me and my sister. From things like she worked, I stay home, she had 2 girls, now I have to work on three, all the way to the words that come out of my mouth!



My husband really gets upset about this thing between me and my mom and he says "What if one day your girls didnt want to talk to you on Mother's day?" or " What if you girls dont answer the phone when you call?"All I can respond with is, " That will never happen because I will hunt them down and stalk them until they talk to me. And its true. I would definitly do that!



My mom, she wouldnt/doesnt. I really dont think she cares. She onlys cares because she wants others to think she is worlds best mom/grandma. Now I know I sound like a whiney bitch but I can tell you that I am ok with this! I have a great relationship with my grandmother and really feel like its my mom who is missing out on all this coolness!



Its just when mothers day rolls around and I am faced with the fact that I AM ok with this, that when the feelings of guilt come. The sound of her voice can put me in a bad mood for days so I just prefer to keep my distance and live my life happy! People tell me that one day I will be sad about it but I just dont think I will be. Ive lived the majority of my life dealing with this issue and have had enough therapy to come to terms with our relationship.



I have issues...but so do you right? Tell me Im right?





Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thank heaven for little girls.

Last night at my Apples of Gold meeting, we discussed purity. This was hard for me because I am the mother of two girls. It is a topic that I have struggled with since the day they were born.

You take a look around at some of these young "ladies" out there and think, "Gee, I hope my girls never look/dress like that when they get older." Some sights actually make me throw up a little in my mouth.

Sexualizing young women in this society is a big problem! I want to find some of these parents out there to punch them in the neck and ask them what the hell they are thinking for letting their kid walk out of the house looking the way some of them do!

It makes me ask myself, how do I teach my girls to be respectable young women? How do I get them to realize they need to respect their bodies? To be modest? How do I teach them that boys really arent looking at their hearts but something a little different in that vacinity of the body?

Ive always said that I love having little girls its the teenage ones I dont want! I know how I was and it really is scary to think that they will be like me one day. I mean, dont get me wrong, I did turn out awesome. That is no thanks to my parents. They let me do whatever I wanted!

Am I overreacting? Im just trying hard now to put some good thoughts in their heads and let them know that they are beautiful every chance I get. My grandmother tells me I do it too much and that they will be big-headed but I disagree. In this world, I dont think that there is a such thing as too much love or too many compliments!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Blogging is making me fat

Ive been missing....in case you noticed.....

My computer decided it wanted to take a visit to gangsters paradise and never return. Unfortunately, my husband decided to bring my beloved computer back! Yay!!

Upon the demise of windows, we now have installed vista so we will see how this works! The good news is, I also have sound back! Its the little things folks, the little things.

In my forced day away from the computer I got a lot accomplished.

I did yoga for an hour with my little one. It IS a little hard to be "zen" when you have a 2 years old tell you 6,000 times,"Mommy I have to go poopy." I did a sculpting workout and I went for an hour walk! Oh yeah, and I got a lot of housework done!

Anyways, I realized that I did so much when the computer is down, that blogging is making me fat! I dont do much physical activity when Im sitting here reading blogs and writing! My husband was happy when he came home to a clean house too!

Sooooo Im thinking, maybe I should just throw in the cards and quit the blog? Hmmmm, nah! BUT I do need to better manage my time. Maybe all you bloggers need to start writing crappier stuff so I dont want to read it anymore? Sound good?

Just kidding! I love your blogs!! They do say laughing burns calories right?



Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cloudy with a chance of hands in the pants

Last night we went to daughter #1's school for family fun night and they showed the movie, Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs.


My girls did great! They sat and snuggled and watched the movie. Yay! Then....there were some of the other kids....


I swear I wanted to hide in ebarrassment FOR the parents. The kids were running around kicking people, yelling and one little dude stood in front of everyone with his hands down his pants playing with his junk for like ten minutes! and I mean RIGHT in front of everyone. I had to distract my girls!


This begs the question, is it the parents fault when kids act like that? Or is it just the nature of the kid? I think I would have a heart attack if my kids acting like that!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Hannahs part four



Today while I was visiting Carissas blog as I do often, I saw that she was participating in a blog party hosted by Hanna at Aspire. I went to her page, checked her out, saw that her blog was awesome and decided to join!


So in order to be eligible, I need to tell you 4 things about myself in this post....oh boy, im totally running out of things!


1. I stink at planting things, every time I do, they die and my girls are upset.


2. Im obsessed with cleaning my girls ears. I do it daily and I know its bad but I cant help it. Developing the same habit with their belly buttons. Im totally weird and gross!


3. I like to do irish jigs on st. patricks day.


4. I really dislike watching kid movies. Im so tired of them already! Ahhhhhh.....


Well thats it! You should check her out and link up too!!






Yay its my first review! Ive never done one of these before so here goes:



I was asked to review the site for McKenzie books. They are an online book buyer and seller. They have this tool called BRAIN, Books Recently Added Inventory Notice. I think its the best idea ever!



What BRAIN does is it allows you to create a "want list" of books and they automatically notify you the minute they get in the book in matching your title, author, ISBN, or keyword search. You can set preferences such as the minimum book condition, how often & when to get alerted, maximum number of books to include in each alert & more.



As a mom, this can save you TONS of time and money from having to search all over the place for that one book. They usually sell books for about 80% off the list price so you are saving a ton of money! My husband, who is a grad student will really like this so he can get his textbooks for cheap. I get pissed when he has to spend like $400 dollars on one book!



I do, on occasion, get a chance to read and its great that I can get them for so cheap instead of paying 20 bucks a book! Thats crazy!

Ch-Ch-Check it out!



Fabulous Friday!


Hello everyone from Friday Follow!!!


I feel so bad writing this post today because I really dont have too much to say! Things have been crazy for me and Im trying to make some changes to my blogey blog and Ive been overwhelmed with that!!

So anyways, heres what happened this week to make my week fabulous!

nothing~! Thats right, I a big old ball of nothing!

I do have one exciting piece of info to announce!!

Im going to be a macaroni kid publisher!!! Yay! Ill keep you posted as I get my shit together!




Wednesday, April 28, 2010

My first wordless wednesday

Ive never done wordless wednesday so I thought id share my girls spring pics today!

Enjoy and dont be jealous because they are so cute!













Monday, April 26, 2010

business in the front, party in the back

The mullet: a true haircut phenomonon. People who sport mullets are a rare breed. An awesome breed. Not to be messed with. Some drive cameros, some rock acdc shirts, and some just rock some sweet sunglasses at night.

I mentioned in my last post that my weekend entertainment consisted of a band called Bon Journey, a cover band that does Bon Jovi and Journey. I am so sorry to announce that I saw NO mullets in the crowd! NOT ONE! I did see some lepoard spandex pants but they hold no interest for me.
Instead I am doing a post dedicated to those rare folks who are few and far between....

Here are a few of my favorite mullets that I found on mulletjunky.com:




The "Biz" Mullet


A Classic example of "Business on top, Party out back." The short part says, "Look at me, I can conform to the man.", while the back says, "Suckers!" Biz mullet works in the shadiest of corporations and often likes to add a pretend zero to the end of his salary. * Look for him on the commute home, blaring Bob Seger, with the top down in his early 90's canary yellow Mazda Miata.











The Permullet





TIME and MONEY is what's needed for the upkeep and maintenance of the Permullet:
TIME in front of the mirror, and MONEY on hair care products, that is. But if the end result is this...then it's definitely worth it.
* There is only 1 drawback to the permullet: A moist surface drowned in chemicals tends to irritate the skin... which leads to neck acne. Girls are NOT into neck acne.












The Famullly Man

It's not common, but every so often a mullet will take the "other" road. The straight and narrow path, focusing on becoming an honest, responsible and productive member of society. They are as dedicated to building a good, solid family unit as they are to preserving their well-kept mullet.
Keeping the mullet reminds them of their youth and delusions of their individuality. It's crucial that these two traits are constantly reassurred in order for the Famully Man to sustain his new, responsible role in society.
In some more poverty stricken families, the mullet actually functions as a toy. (Comparable to a rattle, blocks, etc.) The child grabs/tugs at it, and it is fun...fun for the whole family. As we know, mullets are easily amused.






The Family Mulltrait


"Hell no mom, we're not dressin' up for the family mulltrait. We're wearin' our matching powder-blue and yellow tank tops!" These were the same tank tops they wore when they "necked" the Barbossa twins in the dugout on the baseball field. "High-five bro! Huh huh huh!"






Rapping Frolet


Let's get this party started! Bringin' in 2000-fo like its 1980-fo, yo!
Check-it, I'm Devastatin' Dave, The Turntable Slave and I'm here to make you wave. Come on, come on, put your hands in the aiiiiiir, wave 'em like you just don't caaaare. You like my hair? Break it down: Jerry curl juice runnin down my mullet, oops i gots curls, they call dat a Frollet.






General Contractor Mullet




Construction worker, plumber, electrician & painter are the occupations and classic rock is the inspiration. Non-work days are always spent at ANY sporting event. Mullets that haven't quite reached the high level of the "GCM" (General Contractor Mullet) tend to be "handymen". Taking out overpriced ads in the Pennysaver, the justification is, "It's an honest living." This GCM in particular is ranked high within the mullet community due to many reasons: The length of his mull, the contrast of his mull, and the bleached tips. His occupation has secured him a strong position in the mulligarchy which is reflected by his sure, confident demeanor.
* He just gave his son "Tobey" a tool belt for his 6th birthday.
* Possible delusions of Mel Gibson from Braveheart.








"I am the Mull"




Every once in while a truly great mull comes along like this. It IS a 'Diamond in the ruff', every detail is completely intentional and accounted for. Look at the aero-dynamacy, the colors, the length of this mull. A true craftsman. Now check out the accessories; The 44oz. Big Gulp, the wife beater, the beaded necklace, the aviator sunglasses and finally the baseball hat attached to the belt loop of faded denim shorts. The attitude, the confidence in his stride are also key, undeniable elements that make this mull stand above the rest. 'I - AM - THE - MAN' emanates from within and is projected to all. Good luck dude.













Karoke Mull


As she gazes affectionately at his passionate romantic mull, she actually surpasses her original "bait" role and becomes captivated by this species. The Mull stays focused on the song while keeping his cool. When he finishes, he will smoke his cig, finish his drink, and "nail" the girl...






Femullet



"Get away from me with that camera, punk. Ya, i've got a mullet, so what! What, because i'm a women I can't have a mullet?! Whatever, you're just a MAN you would'nt understand."















As a disclaimer...I truely think mullets are awful, but they are hilarious!
What is your favorite?