Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'm still here

Okay, I know it's been forever since I've posted. No excuses, I've just been forgetful. This is more of a quick update. The Hubby and I are a month away from our first wedding anniversary! We're going on a cruise the week after. Pretty Girl is in cheerleading. She is going into her second year on show team and loves it. Sweet Boy started karate at the beginning of this year. He also loves it. He attended a nun-chuck workshop and got a set of nun-chucks. He wants to go to the next workshop to get a second set....then he wants to be Michelangelo ( the ninja turtle, not the artist) for Halloween.  The Hubby now drives regionally instead of OTR (long haul), so he's home every week, instead of every other month. I'm still subbing; I also joined Jamberry and Advocare. Sweet Boy is nearly done with first grade. He has been doing so well, maintaining straight A's on every progress report and report card (so far) this year. We're very proud of him. The Hubby recently passed his tanker endorsement exam, so next he plans to go for his HazMat (hazardous materials) endorsement. That will open up tons of local opportunities for him to get a better paying job that will bring him home every night. He works so hard to make sure we have everything we need/want. He's a super awesome guy, who I'm so lucky and proud to be married to.

Monday, December 15, 2014

First Cheer Competiton

This past Saturday, Pretty Girl had her first cheerleading competition. It seems kind of silly to say competition since she is on show team, which is non-competitive; so we'll say she had her first cheer performance. I did wonder if she would get stage fright, but she didn't. At home, it's hit or miss if she wants to practice. At the gym, she's totally focused. Well as focused as a 3 year old can get. She pays attention to her coach and the older girls who help out, but will sometimes look away to wave to me. When they came out to perform, they were so cute! It was nice seeing the routine head on, instead of from the side like we usually see it practice. They stuck their stunts. Yes, the little ones stunt just like the big girls. Their coach and the older girls help them of course. Pretty Girl is a flyer for one stunt and a front spot for the final stunt. When they first started to stunt, she didn't like to fly. She thought it was scary. Now that she's more comfortable with it, she LOVES to fly. It was cute watching them do their jump sequence. I noticed that Pretty Girl did three toe touches instead of two, but it didn't seem to throw her off. After their performance, they were all given trophies and we got to leave. Unlike the older girls who have to stay til the end, show team has the option of leaving after they're done. I guess they don't expect the little ones to sit still throughout hours of competition just yet. When we left the venue, she said she had a lot of fun and was ready to go to competition again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A new adventure

I've recently decided to try something new. I joined Jamberry Nails as an Independent Consultant. I'm definitely nervous since sales isn't really my strong point. But after trying samples that I got from a friend, who is also a Consultant, I absolutely love the product. But what are Jamberry Nails? They're vinyl nail wraps that come in a wide variety of colors and designs. Well over 300 and counting; and that doesn't include designs made in the Nail Art Studio (NAS) by other consultants. A Jamberry manicure will last about 2-3 weeks, while a pedicure will last about a month.

Here is a breakdown of how many nail wraps come on a sheet. Each sheet costs $15, which is less than the cost of one shellac manicure. When your buy three sheets, you get the fourth one free! So for the cost of ONE shellac manicure and ONE basic pedicure, you could get three months worth of manicures and pedicures instead, Not to mention the money you would save on gas, 

They also make smaller wraps for little girls, which is perfect for petite princesses who like to have 'pretty nails' but have trouble sitting still long enough to wait for their nail polish to dry. 

Pretty Girl was so excited to get Jamberry Junior wraps of her own! While I don't expect to make a crazy amount of money right away (I, of course, wouldn't object to that though), I do hope to make enough to be able to have some extra money for fun, or for an emergency. Once I (hopefully) get it going, I also hope to eventually do well enough with Jamberry to be able to stay home on the weeks we have the kids. I do still love my job as a substitute teacher and have no plans to quit any time soon (even if we did win the lottery), But it would be nice to be able to supplement my (our) income while still spending time with the kids. 

If you're interested in learning more, please feel free to visit my Facebook page Jam Out With Jasmin, Independent Jamberry Consultant.
If you would like to place an order, book a party, and/or join my team, visit my website at
And remember: Life is too short for dull nails!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Your Battle Is No Less Important Than Mine"

Five years ago, my ex told me that he wanted to change careers and become a police officer. While he was in training, I joined an online community of women who were police spouses (PWs). A year later, my ex and I had gone our separate ways, but I still kept (keep) in touch with the women I had formed friendships with. In 2010, a friend was given the news no woman wants to hear. She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. I can only imagine that her emotions ran the gamut that day, and many days after. Still she pressed on with grace and dignity. She continued to live her life as a loving wife and mother. She faced each obstacle with her shoulders squared and her head held high. And no matter how tired she felt, if another friend seemed to be down in the dumps, she had a smile and words of encouragement for them. I remember when my aunt was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer, she was quick to reach out and offer her love, support, and encouragement. If someone wondered why she was so giving of her love and support, despite her own obstacles, she  simply said "Your battle is no less important than mine". But that was the kind hearted person she happened to be.  Last week, at the age of 44, her body succumbed to the cancer that riddled her body for so long. I was at work, cleaning a house, when I received the news. It came as a shock. I knew her time was limited, since only a couple of days earlier we had learned that she was going into hospice care. But I don't think any of us expected her time to come that quickly. I remember praying for her and her family, and hoping (maybe a bit selfishly) that they could share at least one more Thanksgiving together. Just one more Christmas.No matter what your family history is with breast cancer, I would definitely encourage women to check their breasts regularly. My dear friend was a lovely and lively woman, with her whole life ahead of her.  I wish I could have met her in person at least once. However, even though our friendship was "just" online, I'm still glad to have known her and like I've commented on a post about her passing, her body may have passed on but her spirit and fight will continue to live on.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Let's do some laundry

Okay, a washer and dryer isn't making all of my dreams come true....but it sure is making life a lot easier!

One of the main things you hear a mom complain about is the never ending mountains of laundry. It's true...just when you think it's all done, someone needs to change clothes and the cycle begins again. We've gone five months without a washer and dryer. Now obviously I don't mean we've gone five months without doing laundry. We've used a local laundromat of course. Though sitting around, waiting for the machines to finish washing/drying the clothes was not my idea of fun. Sure I'd have my phone and could surf Facebook and Pinterest.....but there wasn't always a place to sit. Then there was the constant (yet slightly irrational) fear of leaving clothes behind on accident or someone else taking off with them. That has changed now. MIL bought us a  dryer from her neighbor. The kids' SM gave me a heads up on a washer that was being sold for fifty bucks. We acquired both this weekend and used them tonight. Managed to get about three loads done; jeans, kids' clothes, and towels.....Well, I just checked the towels, since the dryer had stopped, and they were still damp. Hubby thinks it's cute how excited I am over finally having a washer and dryer in the laundry "room".  I asked if I should feel "old" because of that. Still, it is going to be so nice to be able to spread the laundry out throughout the week and to be able to do it at home, instead of having to set aside a chunk of time in the day to load it all up and drive somewhere to do it. Now if only there were a way to get the dryer to fold the clothes.....or at least the socks......

Monday, September 8, 2014

Family Fun at Splash Town

This past Saturday was the Hubby's company picnic which was held at a water park in Houston. He had RSVP'd for the four of us to go a few weeks in advance. We opted not to tell the kids about it, just in case the weather was bad and it ended up being cancelled. But PTL, the weather was perfect! It was such a relief, especially since we had such horrible on Friday. There was even a tornado warning, but luckily I had already arrived at the school I was subbing at that afternoon. We told the kids we'd take them someplace really cool as a surprise and boy, did they light up when they saw the park. It was their first time going. We spent the bulk of our time at Wet-n-Wild Jr; we also spent some time in the wave pool and the lazy river. Pretty Girl wasn't too crazy about the current and clung to me on that one. They really enjoyed themselves, so we're thinking of putting them in swim lessons next summer. They love being in the water, but would feel more confident (especially Sweet Boy) if they had lessons. I'd like to say that we got through the day injury free, but I can't. When we stopped for lunch, Hubby ripped his big toe on a bench. He's okay, but it was not pretty. Still, it didn't stop him from enjoying the rest of the day. About thirty minutes before it was time to leave, we had decided to go to the wave pool again. However, by the time we got there, the lifeguards were herding people out of the pool due to the possibility of lightning. We decided to get some ice cream to see what would happen next, which was an extra treat for the kids since we had gone out for ice cream the night before (we try to limit splurging on sweets). While we were eating our ice cream, the weather turned very ugly, so we decided to go ahead and pack up. It was just about closing time anyway, so it wasn't that big of a deal.  I will say, that was a bit of a blessing since we didn't have to deal with them whining about not wanting to leave yet. They couldn't deny that the weather was too yucky. Hubby did find it amusing to see people huddling underneath covered areas to stay out of the rain....after they had spent all day IN the water at a water park. There is another water park that is much closer to us (about half an hour, instead of an hour), which we plan to visit next summer.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Friday Night Lights

I live in Texas and if there's one thing that's a big deal around here, it's high school football. I don't fully understand football (yet), but I love it. I was on my high school drill (dance) team and loved it. I loved practices, pep rallies, game day...all of it. Y'all may have heard that football is practically a religion here in the Lone Star state and that is pretty damn true. I've seen towns practically shut down on Friday nights to go to the game. Businesses that do stay open operate on a skeleton crew. If there's an away game, some folks will even drive an hour or so away...and I'm talking about folks who don't have a kid on the football team, cheerleading squad, marching band, color guard, or drill team! Yep, we like football around here. We like it a lot. The other day, I told The Hubby that I wanted to go to the (pre)season opener at my old high school. I had heard through Facebook, that they'd be playing a team from Florida. No real reason; they just wanted to play a team from Texas and my high school happened to be who they were matched up against. The game was even billed as the 'Battle of the Gulf Coast', since both states flank the Gulf of Mexico. I'm not sure what kind of score anyone was expecting, but I'm sure both sides expected a big, fat W.....which is exactly what we got. Final score was 26-0. All I could say was, "Damn...don't mess with Texas". We had arrived about halfway into the first quarter and as we were walking across the parking lot, we could hear the game as a second touchdown was scored.It had rained throughout the day, yet the bleachers were packed. The only place we could find to sit was by the band....which suited me just fine. I like sitting by the band. They scored again before the second quarter, making it 20-0. The kick for the extra point was no good. The score stayed the same for the rest of the first half, then a fourth touchdown was scored in the third quarter. The attempt at the extra point was (again) no good, but we still had the lead. There were a few times we thought Fl would get on the board. But every attempt at a touchdown pass was incomplete. At one point, it even looked like one of our guys had slapped the ball away, just before a Florida player could catch it to score. They attempted a couple of field goals, to at least get on the board, but those attempts where thwarted. It probably didn't help that they were right in front of the band, who would then play obnoxiously to distract them. The band has won five state titles, as well as numerous other awards, and puts on a good show. Of course, this week we only saw a portion of the show. I look forward to later on in the season when we see the whole show. We plan to take the kids to a few games this year; we'll take them to a couple home games for my high school, as well as the high school they'll most likely attend. We had a good time at the game on Friday. It was a fun date night, but could also be a fun family night as well.