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Monday, October 31, 2005


Thank you everyone for your great advice concerning our home and the possibility of us moving! We are still unsure what is going to happen, but we have to have a decision made by Wednesday (cause if my hubby doesn't take the job, they have to find someone asap). My hubby will be talking to a realtor friend tomorrow and we will also be checking into refinancing again.

If we end up moving, I still think we will def take the larger townhome. My hubby found the perfect one and he let me go through it. The townhome has never been lived in and has no one living next door (yet). It also has tan carpet (instead of the gray in most) that will match our furniture. It's really pretty and has soooo much space! My hubby would get his own den in the finished half of the basement and we would have an extra bedroom in case a little someone was created soon! And we have even graphed out the master bedroom to see if all our furniture will fit...we're crazy, I know!

But thanks again everyone for your kind words and advice! It has really helped my hubby and I out with this big decision! We will be sure to keep you all posted with any new developments.

Btw, please add yourself to the Frappr map to the right (thanks Jen for the idea!!!) if you would just be nice to see where everyone is commenting from!

Blogger Shelley said...

Big Decisions all around. I am still praying for you. Definitely the bigger townhouse would do, it's the subletting your home that would be a concern, for me at least, if you didn't sell. Good luck girl, and I added myself to your map! Shel

October 31, 2005 12:29 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Good luck with your decision!

October 31, 2005 2:52 PM

Blogger Father of 3 said...

Whichever you choose, you'll be fine. (I say, go for it!)

October 31, 2005 4:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm sure it will all turn out great. i'm on the map as well and happy halloween to you tonight!

October 31, 2005 5:26 PM

Blogger Kimberly said...

Good luck in your decisions & Happy Halloween:)

October 31, 2005 8:52 PM

Blogger Captain Berk said...

Graphs should not be dismissed lightly. They are useful for many things (including space travel, and drawing space ships)

Ask Spock. He loves graphs

November 01, 2005 7:08 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Good luck with the decision. I think it is always best to be well informed and that includes asking people. Sounds like the new place would be really nice too.

Keep us posted!

November 01, 2005 10:51 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...


Wow! I will pray for you as you make this decision!

November 01, 2005 3:22 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Good luck to you, Trin.

November 01, 2005 3:32 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks again everyone for the prayers and good luck wishes!

Right now we are leaning towards moving and selling our house...but that could def change.

November 01, 2005 11:51 PM


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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Big Decision!

My hubby and I have a big decision coming up. As some of you know, my hubby is a maintenance man for apartments. Well the company he works for has a property that needs a rm (resident manager). The rm lives on site and is the first one called to emergencies (like a resident's clogged toilet). They also pick up trash every morning and deliver notices in the evenings. But the rm also gets reduced rent. So, my hubby and I are considering moving to this apartment complex to save on money (and to help pay off credit debt).

If we get a large townhome, we would save several hundred dollars a month compared to our mortgage. If we move into a small townhome, we would save twice as much a month, but it's much smaller and has no garage (unlike the large townhome). We would have a harder time being able to fit into a smaller one especially if we have another little one. And I don't think I would be happy in the smaller one. I walked through one and it just didn't feel like home (unlike the beautiful large townhome). But again, we would save twice as much a month living in the small townhome!!!

So, we just don't know if it's worth us moving out of our house...which we LOVE! We are def running out of room in our home, but we could be okay for the next couple of years. We would have to do some more cutting back (if possible) or one of us would need to get another job to help with the credit debt if we stay right where we are, our first home (and where we have been for the past 6 years).

I just don't know what to do right now. I love my house and I would hate moving, but it would save us money each month. But is it worth moving just to save a few hundred dollars a month...and have my hubby have more work to do? Remember he would have to get up early every morning and pick up the grounds and possibly have work/errands in the evenings.

And if we do move, should we sell the house or rent it out? I'm worried with the time issue since we would need renters by the end of the year...but would we even be able to sell our house in a few short weeks (and without taking a huge loss)???

Oh did I mention we have to make our decision by the middle of next week (and that we would have to start moving next month)? Ahhhh!!!! Help please!

Blogger Shelley said...

I would so totally go for it. We have often looked at the costs involved with our home and have considered the apartment life, for exactly the same reasons as you...bills. Pray pray pray....don't sweat it too much. This is falling in your lap for a reason. I wish this would happen to me! I can't seem to get any definitive answers in my life lately! GO FOR IT! Huggs...

October 29, 2005 5:59 PM

Blogger Peaches said...

Hmm....tough call. You reall have to look at all your total costs involved with the current house...including lawn, repairs, utilities, HOA feels, property taxes, insurance. Probably more expensive than you realize to stay at the house. Also you need to look at how much money you can make if you sell the house...would it be enough to cover all the credit card debt? If so, it might be worth it to sell the place, save up for a couple years at the new gig, then move somewhere you can AFFORD and really want to live. Tough call, though. Good luck.

October 29, 2005 6:16 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

hmmm.... i am not great at money, but i would say do not sell your house, whatever you do. your equity in it is worth more than the money you will get, just because there is the time factor involved as well.

move into the large townhome, and rent your house out while you save money. you can pay your credit bills down, and you will still "own" something. the money you make from renting your house will probably pay the mortgage each month.

October 29, 2005 6:31 PM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

Well, I'll be praying for you. I know about moving to a small home and about debt...we are going through bankruptcy right now. I'd caution against renting out your home though. Unless you do great walk-throughs and get first and last months rent plus a deposit and a deposit for friend just got through a horrible experience with a family (who USED to be friends) that rented her home. They did more than $1,000 damage. Anyway, sometimes if you are happy where you are, you shouldn't change it. Money is just money...the more you have the more you spend.

October 29, 2005 8:44 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

sitting from the outside, I would def move to the large town home. You would save money and still have the room you need/want. Maybe try renting your home to cover the motgage payments until you can sell it. Which ever option gives you the most peace is probably the right decision.

October 29, 2005 9:08 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

It's hard to tell someone else what they should do. There are so many things involved. I say, pray about it. One way or the other you'll know you are doing the right thing when it you have a peace about it.

October 29, 2005 9:25 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

A friend of mine is a police officer and he got reduced rent at apartments. They had a house they loved but were outgrowing so they opted for a townhome apt and it worked great for a little over a year. Then they bought another house, did some remodeling, did the SAME THING by selling and moving into a lower-rent townhome. Just two years ago they built their own home on 2 acres of land and couldn't be happier.

If you are wise with your money, it could work, but sacrifice and tight space is required!

October 29, 2005 10:05 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Boy, there are a lot of factors in this decision.

I am always concerned with equity. Selling your home, gaining the equity you just might be able to make a good dent with your debt. On the other hand, you could possibly refinance, pay off your other debt and still have your home. Which could be cheaper in the long run.

Look at the area you are currently in. Will propert values rise in the next few years? If so, stay put and possibly refinance. If it is a so-so area, you might be better to cut your losses and start over.

I wish you all the luck. Please keep us posted.

btw, Suze Orman is awesome with personal finances. I highly recommend any of her books or tune into her show. She is direct and to the point. She does not sugar coat anything.

October 30, 2005 12:12 AM

Blogger jennypenny said...

I would definitely go for it but I would go for the bigger townhouse. You have to be happy where you are and be proud of your home and you don't want to put of something you really want like having another child because you don't have the room. Cut back on spending in every possible other area and when you are ready and you have prepared buy another home and make it your own. Good luck!

October 30, 2005 1:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only advise I have is to right a list of each advantage/disadvantage and see which weighs the other out.

Moving is so hard when you get attached.

Remember a house is a house, but a home is were the heart is.

October 30, 2005 7:29 AM

Blogger Kevin said...

Here from Michele's.

Far be it from me to tell anyone else what to do, but since you asked:

* Go where the happiness is. Don't let money make the decisions for you.

* If you are moving and you can rent out the house, it'll more or less end up paying for itself. Sell it and you've pretty much got nothing.

* Again, if you do move, go with the bigger townhome. You sound like you'd be miserable in the smaller one, and the money is little consolation.

Just my two cents.

October 30, 2005 9:14 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... that's a toughie! I'd be all for saving the money though. Would this resident manager be his only job? Or would he still have to fill in other places?!

Here via Michelle's!

October 30, 2005 9:28 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

We are def praying Shelley!

We plan on talking to a realitor Peaches to see what we could do with our house...and to see how much we could get out of it if need be.

We would hope to make about $200 a month with renting our house Amanda Sue (if we decide to rent it out).

Good point MC, "money...the more you have the more you spend".

I def want to be at peace with the whole thing Leslie! And I was at peace while walking through the larger townhome.

I really hope we do the right thing OGO.

Wow, it would be nice to have 2 acres of land Jenn! And I would rather live tight now and be very very happy in a few years.

We refinanced three years ago DW. And they tell ya to stay in the home for four years after refinancing...but we would def need to move out before another 4 years are up (especially with another little one). And we are in a good, but not great, area.

Bigger townhome looks better and better everyday Jennypenny!

My hubby and I will be making that list today DBD4-2D!

Thanks for the two cents Kevin...I would like to rent out the house (if we can find a renter in time).

The rm works before and after their regular shift as a maintanence man Cathy. So my hubby would be out at 8 picking up trash, head to work by 9, and pass out flyers (if need be...not an everyday job) at 6 when he gets off.

October 30, 2005 9:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually was here yesterday and came back to comment on it, wanted to think about what i said before is said it. i agree with quite a few of your commenters here, i think if you able to rent out your house, you should do that. the rent will probably cover the mortgage and you'll continue to build equity into it. as for which townhouse, you will always need more space. if you are able to rent your current home, think of that as a way to earn extra money, it's not in your pocket every month, but it's slowly building up, probably faster than you would even be able to save.

October 30, 2005 11:42 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

It's a no-win situation there, Trin. You will always miss the bigger house you had before. Could you not look for bigger houses in the area?

October 30, 2005 12:34 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

This week we will be seeing what a realitor says about keeping the home BSTS.

Even the small townhome would be bigger than our current house Capt.

October 30, 2005 7:49 PM

Blogger Mamacita (The REAL one) said...

Here's my vote: Bigger townhouse, rent your house.

I'm just sayin'.

(Michele sent me.)

October 30, 2005 8:17 PM

Blogger Captain Berk said...

You will eventually come to realise that there is no house.

Then it will not be the realtor that bends, but yourself....

October 31, 2005 9:43 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Never fear, the master of advice is here. This is what you do: buy loads of fire insurance, then set the house on fire. You get to collect the insurance, then you get sympathy (and therefore casseroles) from your friends and family. And you get rid of that house you don't need anymore and actually BANK on it!

October 31, 2005 10:05 AM

Blogger Becky said...

I wonder if another alternative is that if you don't move into the townhome and the company can rent it out at a regular price, can they still give the money back to your husband that they would've reduced? If you are already close to the complex, then chances are, he'll still respond to the requests in a timely manner.

Otherwise, if you can rent your house out at a monthly profit or sell it for equity to pay off your house, I'd do those and move into the larger one. There's only so much happiness that saving will bring on a daily basis.

November 02, 2005 4:19 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Part of the responsiblities of being a resident manager Becky is that my hubby lives on site. So if he takes the job, he has no choice but to reside there.

And I think we are def leaning towards selling the home and moving...but only time will tell.

November 02, 2005 7:28 AM


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Friday, October 28, 2005

Hmmmm, Pizza!

Last night my family tried the new square pizza (called the Perfect Pan) from Papa Johns! We all would have to say that it was quite yummy!!! I've seen the commercials for it for a few weeks now, so I was def craving one! But I must say that I really wasn't comfortable spending so much for a pie. It had up to 5 toppings, but still...too much to pay for pizza in my book!!! But, I think it's the best pan pizza I've every had though. The crust was buttery and soft and was actually eaten unlike other crusts I've had. The sauce had too many tomatoes chunks for my taste, but my hubby loved it even more because of it! I loved getting to choose up to 5 toppings, but I only ended up getting 3...pepperoni, ham, and pineapple. They were sooo good together especially with the ooey gooey cheese!!!

Life is grand with a whole post about pizza!!!

Blogger Jen said...

What a timely post! We're having pizza tonight. I should have ordered that, we're having Pizza Hut...

October 28, 2005 9:16 PM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

I think Pizza must be the Friday nite thing to do because we went out to Pizza Inn (a local all you can eat pizzaria)...I am so full. I don't even want to think about cheese until next Friday!

October 29, 2005 12:24 AM

Blogger Becky said...

That sounds so good right now. Papa John's is my fave so thanks for the recommendation.

October 29, 2005 6:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been eye balling that pizza myself lately. THe topping thing would also be a waste at my house unless I was buying just for me, Then it would be green ppers, ham, mushrooms, black olives, banana peppers!
With my family just ham.

October 29, 2005 7:28 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...! Sounds like lunch for us :)

So, what's for dinner tonight?

October 29, 2005 11:36 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

We had mexican tonight Jenn! I had a huge taco salad that even I couldn't finish! Yummy!!!

October 30, 2005 1:12 AM


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Thursday, October 27, 2005

I Actually Remembered...

Thirteen Things about Trinity's Life

1. My mom called me up yesterday asking to spend time with the boy. I guess she has been missing him. She used to keep him every overnight on Wednesdays before my hubby's schedule changed. Now he hardly every spends more than a few hours with her a week.

2. I mowed the grass last night for hopefully the last time this year. And my hubby trimmed up the bushes so the yard actually looks half way decent.

3. Every few months I like to have a major house cleaning, so last night my hubby and I worked our butts off! He cleaned the shower (he actually took the doors off and everything!) and the litter box, vacuumed, folded laundry, and did a few maintenance tasks around the house.

4. I scrubbed the kitchen counters, organized the junk drawer and the tupperware, cleaned up the all the stuff lying around in the kitchen and on the dresser (I can actually see the top of it now!), cleaned both bathrooms (even around the bottoms of the toilets), windexed all the mirrors and the front door, cleaned out my closet and stored items in the crawlspace, switched around summer and winter clothes, washed all the rugs and towels, and mopped all the floors!

5. My parents dropped off the boy...and a Caramel Moolatte!!! It was soo good! And I have been craving one for a while. But I'm glad I did all that house work to work it off!

6. My hubby didn't like his I might have helped him eat it!

7. Even with all that cleaning, my hubby and I still got to bed before midnight. What an accomplishment...heehee!

8. Believe it or not, I was too tired last night to blog. Shocking, I know!

9. I love ending sentences with exclamation marks!!!!!!!

10. My hubby and I are going to try to finish up our Christmas shopping tonight. We actually have the money to do so since I just got paid. (This doesn't include the gift cards we will be getting.)

11. We also need to grocery shop tonight. I never write up a list since I only buy items on sale. Even if we need an item, like say strawberry jelly, I won't get it if it's not on sale (we have been out for a few weeks but I won't pay full price...I'm stubborn like that).

12. I am soooo looking forward to Halloween! My son and I are going to look so cute together! I'll be sure to post some pics of us on Tuesday!

13. I think the family is planning on getting our pictures taken this weekend. We usually go the the same portrait studio every time since they always have such a great portrait package deal. I'll also be getting holiday greeting cards that I send out every year. I think it's nice for everyone to get an updated pic of the family every Christmas.

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1. Better Safe Than Sorry

2. Texas_Ivy10

3. Interstellar Lass

4. MommaK at Petroville

5. Phoenix

6. Leanne

7. Jen

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Blogger loelsh said...

Ooo! A caramel moolate! I haven't tried one yet, but I've been wanting to.

Sounds like a trip to DQ is in order for Lo soon!

October 27, 2005 10:26 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I have no idea what a moolatte is but it sounds delightful.

October 27, 2005 10:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm playing today too.
mmmmmm, caramel, wait until you read how bad i've been;)
i'm the same way with buying stuff, i'd rather do without than pay full price, i find if you wait, it goes on sale usually the next week or so.
and yes, i have noticed !!!

October 27, 2005 10:44 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

They're sooo good Lo!!! I just love caramel!

They are a frozen coffee smoothie Armaedes...def try one!

Glad you noticed BSTS!!!!!!!!!!

October 27, 2005 11:33 AM

Blogger Texas_Ivy10 said...

Great list! I played today as well!

October 27, 2005 12:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

we crossed paths earlier today, i was visiting you while you were visiting me. you should go and say hello to everyone i have linked and everyone they have linked, etc. and leave a note that you're playing today, it becomes one big circle. i guess try and squeeze it inbetween your kiddle time.

October 27, 2005 1:27 PM

Blogger InterstellarLass said...

Found your 13 over at BSTS.

Um, if you want, you can come do my house too. I'll buy you a moolatte!

Exclamation points are fun!

My 13!

October 27, 2005 2:59 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

A good list here, Trin.

October 27, 2005 3:09 PM

Blogger Becky said...

YOur Christmas shopping is almost finished? I'm so impressed! Not sure what a moolatte is, but since I"m not a coffee fan, I probably would've let you have mine too:)

October 27, 2005 6:21 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sounds like a deal Interstellarlass!!!

I'm not a big coffee fan either Becky, but I love Moolattes!

October 27, 2005 9:08 PM

Blogger Jen said...

Man, I need to get organized! If I buy you a Carmel Moolatte will you clean my house?

Here's my 13 I'll run and link to you!

October 27, 2005 9:47 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Okay, okay...I will clean for moolattes!!!!!!!!!!

October 27, 2005 10:01 PM

Blogger chirky said...

wait. a. second. it's october 27th. you're almost finished CHRISTMAS shopping?


i mean, i don't even start THINKING about it until after thanksgiving! if you haven't already, you MUST share your tips!!!

October 27, 2005 10:38 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Yes Jes, we are almost done. I like shopping all year round since we don't have a lot of money to spend all at one time (for the 55 people on our list). I also get great sales by shopping all year. I buy summer items in the winter and winter items in the summer.

But I think my fav sales are right after C-mas sales!!! I find so many great items that I hold onto for the next C-mas!

October 28, 2005 9:55 AM

Blogger Internet Street Philosopher said...

Cool! I want to cut grass again, but haven't been able to because my parents sold our house. Sigh.

October 28, 2005 12:59 PM


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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

My Sis

Okay, let me just say this up front...I love my sister! I would do anything for her, which is probably part of the problem. She likes to take advantage of people without realizing it. She is always looking for a hand out and it's starting to get to me! She always says that she doesn't have any money (but buys a new DVD every other week-this week it was Batman Begins) and claims that she will pay you back. And she always assumes that our mom will pay for everything while they are together.

I really can't talk to her about any of this. She has been sensitive all her life. I remember trying to get her goose when we were kids. I could make her go off in less than 30 seconds (what are big sisters for?). And when I say go off, I mean whine, cry, scream, and run off into the next room...and I didn't do it unless she deserved it of course! My hubby has actually done this to her (make her run off and cry that is) a few times since we've been married. Did I mention that she's 22?!

With this Halloween she has decided that she wants to dress up with me and the boy. That meant that I had to find her a costume, buy it, and now I am waiting for her to pay me back. After I bought the costume, she decided that she wants face paint...but she just doesn't have the money for it. So she kind of gives me a guilt trip about the stupid paint. I know she wants me to just buy it for her but I've been too nice already.

I really do love my sis, but come on now, enough is enough!!!

Blogger Becky said...

I think I would be annoyed myself. My brother can be like that, but he's better now that he's married and it's become more of a pride issue. Unfortunately, I don't think she'll learn until you tell her "no."

October 26, 2005 3:07 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

You are preaching to the choir sister!!!

I hope you can find a way to talk to her about it. Just because she is sensitive does not give her the right to take advantage of others!!!

You are the best big sister evah!!!!

October 26, 2005 9:27 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

It's hard for me to have sympathy for you here, she's only taking advantage because you let her. SAY NO!

Give her the gift that keeps on giving - a swift kick in the ass. It won't even cost you anything!

October 26, 2005 11:14 AM

Blogger War Eagle said...

Have u tried talking to her about her very calmly. Tell her how u feel with out getting angry. Then, let her talk. It is worth trying.

October 26, 2005 12:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

does your sister have a blog, or a link to this one, cuz if you can't tell her, let your readership tell her.

October 26, 2005 12:59 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

sometimes it is soo hard to say no. I just had a week long visit because I couldn't say no. But, I am learning and have been getting better at saying, 'no'. You may just have to bite the bullet and say 'no'!

October 26, 2005 3:02 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

Time to be tough! Believe it or not, she'll still love you once she's over her overly dramatic reaction to someone saying "no" to her.

I think sometimes it is up to siblings to help each other, whether they want it or not. In the end, perhaps you can better your relationship and teach her responsibility. Besides, you don't want the money issue to cause you to resent even talking to her, right?

October 26, 2005 10:27 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

it seems like there's always someone in a family who is similar to that. some tough love might be in order. hopefully she'll mature with time and grow out of this.

here's to hoping!

October 27, 2005 7:46 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

You're right everyone, I def have to start telling her NO! And maybe have another sit down with her about what it means to be an adult.

Btw, she doesn't have a blog yet BSTS.

October 27, 2005 11:26 AM

Blogger Texas_Ivy10 said...

Just say no! I have a sister who is very similar, but mine is much worse.... ugh! :)

October 27, 2005 12:20 PM


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Monday, October 24, 2005


My hubby is actually going to be home every night this week! Usually he has band practice, or a guys night, or plans with his dad...but not this week! How weird is that?! I'm just not used to seeing him at home tonight. And then to see him tomorrow night too?! Crazy!!!

But, we are def taking advantage of this time together. Tonight the three of us had dinner and then went bowling. It was a lot of fun (and pretty cheap too-6 games for $15). My son did okay with our help...and had a high score of 28! Yeah him!!! And I'm always happy if I get over 100.

I am def going to plan something special for tomorrow as well. I think I'll actually cook up a nice meal (that doesn't come from a box) for us to eat together!

Life is grand with my hubby home!!!

Blogger G said...

Weird is not the word. Wonderful fits better. I'm really looking forward to several solid days of Fam time leading up to Trick-or-Treat night.

Bowling was great, and I loved having the boy with us! It was nice to have some competition. Our little man really is in a league of his own!!

A home cooked meal sounds marvelous! Whatever you whip up is guaranteed to be delicious!

p.s. Fruit salad sounds Yummy Yummy!

October 25, 2005 12:36 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Let us know if it's still going well on Day 3.

October 25, 2005 9:52 AM

Blogger Jootastic said...

i love getting to spend time with my honey. congrats on a week full of hubby love. :)

October 25, 2005 11:47 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Glad you have a great hubby week planned! Nothing like time alone with your honey! Enjoy!

October 25, 2005 12:12 PM

Blogger Princess21 said... did you do that???? I am lucky if I get to see my hubby one night a week....but all five!! Priceless!!! Hope you have a great week!!

October 25, 2005 1:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

my husband was away on business last week, it's so nice to have him back. still don't seem to have much alone time together.

October 25, 2005 1:56 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I could never bowl. My bowl always went into the lane by the side.

October 25, 2005 3:30 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

YAY for you! I hope you enjoy every bit of it!

October 25, 2005 5:21 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

how nice. I love family time like that. enjoy. what fun will you come up with for the next night?

October 25, 2005 7:44 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I'll tell you Friday whether it was wonderful or not G...heehee!

I think we might go see a cheapo movie some time this week Leslie. It's always a good time!!!

October 25, 2005 9:42 PM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

I know how you feel. My husband works the 12 hour night shift and sleeps as much as he can when he gets home. He's been volunteering to go in on his time off because we need the mulah. I barely see him. *sigh* To have an entire week would be a miracle!

October 25, 2005 9:48 PM

Blogger The Great and Powerful Oz said...

Yeah, he wanted to make sure that you knew that he was NOT my boyfriend!!!!

October 26, 2005 7:16 PM


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Sunday, October 23, 2005


I'm feeling frustrated, agitated, depressed, tired, and fat tonight...and my aunt isn't due for another couple of weeks! I don't know what my problem is.

Even though my hubby says my house looks great, I still think it's a wreak.

Even though I've been told that I look great, I still think I look like crap.

Even though my son is the greatest, I still think I'm a terrible mother.

What a mood I am in!!!!!!!!!

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I have had days like that. Relax sweetie. Judge by the evidence. You are doing a great job.

October 24, 2005 8:13 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Awww....I have days like this. A LOT OF DAYS LIKE THIS!!! Just keep trucking...relax...try to find some time for yourself to recharge and chill. You're doing a great job....have a super day okay??!!

October 24, 2005 10:00 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I think you look hot, kind of like Carrie Ann Moss.

October 24, 2005 10:53 AM

Blogger Leslie said...

it sucks doesn't it? I feel like that off and on and it is a yucky feeling, but take heart, it will go away and you'll be back to normal soon!

October 24, 2005 12:31 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Ok...who is Carrie ann Moss????

I have those days too honey!! It will be ok!!!

October 24, 2005 2:59 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

If none of us felt like this, we wouldn't be human.

October 24, 2005 3:00 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks everyone for your wonderful, uplifting comments! Ya put a smile on my face!

Btw Armaedes, I looked a lot like her for the Matrix movie premier last year.

Carrie Ann played Trinity in the Matrix movies PJ! She's a hottie!!!

October 24, 2005 4:33 PM

Blogger Mr. Shife said...

Wow, I thought I was at home for a minute. My wife is feeling the exact same way, minus the child part because we only have a fat basset, because we are having a huge Halloween gathering and she is starting to feel the pressure. Hang in there, it will be alright.

October 24, 2005 5:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've spent the last couple of days just slacking around the house in fleece sweat pants, it's cold and damp and raining and i can't get motivated to do anything. i know sometimes the weather brings me down. as for not being a good mother? you need to go back into your archieves and read some of your posts, i recall reading the opposite of what you're thinking.

October 24, 2005 9:07 PM


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Saturday, October 22, 2005


My hubby and I have been church shopping for quite a while now. The main reason we left our old church was because the nursery was terrible. The workers would either keep your child in the swing the whole time or they would walk the halls with the babies (mine included) to settle them...which is a major security risk in my eyes. If you have to walk the halls to settle a baby, don't you think it's better just to beep the parents? And I really didn't think it was safe to even leave the nursery with a child, especially if you're not a regular nursery worker.

Another reason we left was because we just didn't feel like we belonged there anymore. Everything my hubby and I were involved in was canceled or completed, so the church didn't feel like home anymore.

That was months ago and my family has yet to find another church to call our own. We would visit a church and the preacher was terrible. Another church didn't have a pager system for our child (made this mommy very uneasy). Then another church had everything we wanted, but we didn't feel like we belonged there. We also went to a church that had the kids and toddlers stay in service for the music (very disruptive) and then had a 5 min meet and greet right before the message (plus they had no pager my son fussed for 15 min and I didn't know about it.)!

I can't tell ya how many churches my hubby and I have visited. We aren't looking for the perfect church, but the church perfect for us. Sometimes we think we've found it, but after a few weeks we start realizing that the church just isn't for us. And that's were I'm at at this time. We have been going to a nice church for a few months now (off and on). I love their pager system, music, drama program, friendliness, and the fact that they don't have a greeting/hand shaking time during the service. But (there's always a but, right?!) once again there is one thing I don't like about it...the pastor. Like with a few other churches my hubby and I have already visited, the pastor talks to us like we are children. We are learning nothing, but I don't think there is anything better out there.

AHHHHH, this is just so frustrating!

Blogger Oh great One said...

church shopping isn't easy! We went to one here that was HUGE and NO ONE talked to us. NO ONE! Then we tried another and my family of 4 increased the congregation by 1/4! We still haven't found one. Good luck!

October 23, 2005 12:51 AM

Blogger Pete said...

You know that I feel you on this one. I don't know if there are five good teaching pastors in the entire city of Columbus (and surrounding suburbia).

October 23, 2005 1:25 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

That is so frustrating. I hope you find one you like soon.

October 23, 2005 10:59 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

If the pastor is the only fault in a 'perfect' church, it might be wise to remember the name, as he may move on later.

Good luck in finding what you want.

October 23, 2005 11:05 AM

Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

Your family is more then welcome to join our church. But you will have to get up mighty early to get here my 9AM. No paging system though, only have about 80 to 100 each Sunday. The nursery is so close we can here the children playing, when we sit in the back.

October 23, 2005 12:22 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

trin! i wish i had known you were having problems. just come to MY CHURCH! seriously, we love our church, and i don't envy you having to find a new one. :(

but when you find one that God has for you, you will know it!

October 23, 2005 6:00 PM

Blogger Becky said...

It's interesting how we are all bothered by different things, isn't it? I find the handshake greeting a little uncomfortable because I have such a wide perimeter of a comfort zone. Like the others said, you'll know when you find it.

October 23, 2005 9:17 PM

Blogger Shannon said...

as long as you have your faith, you'll be ok, i always thought God didnt lve in a building anyway. You'll find one, and when its right you'll know it.

October 24, 2005 2:53 PM


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Pumpkin Show

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We had such a good time last night. My mom, sis, fil, son, hubby, and I all hopped into my Ford wagon and headed to Circleville. After our 45 min drive, we finally found a parking spot and then walked several blocks to get to the event. Once there, it seemed like we went from one food stand to the next. We shared corn dogs with pumpkin sauce, pumpkin burgers, funnel cake with pumpkin topping, pumpkin roll, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin ice cream with pumpkin caramel on top (soo good!!!), and a few other foods without the pumpkin (like battered mushrooms and pickles (((puke!))), stromboli, fried cheese, cream puffs, pizza, cotton candy, graham pretzels, and fairmade potato crisps with cheese and bacon).

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During the eating fest we visited Lindsey's who makes a huge pumpkin pie every year. It's just incredible! But by the end of the pumpkin show (Sunday night), it looks pretty bad!

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We had a great night together even with it sprinkling on us. We left the show very happy...and VERY FULL!!!

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My son eating a pumpkin sucker!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm planning on taking the kids to a cidar mill this year. Nothing like what you did, but still cidar and donuts. Hopefully the bees wont get us.

PS your son is a cutie!

October 21, 2005 3:23 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't believe how much stuff goes into that one pie!!!
and i'm glad you're not there on the last day to take a picture of it, ewwwwwww.

October 21, 2005 3:42 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

You must have been full! Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm glad you had a good time.

October 21, 2005 4:08 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

That looks like a blast!!

October 21, 2005 11:26 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks DBD4-2D! I think I'll keep him...heehee!

It's really gross BSTS! There are a ton of flies around it and it starts to stink.

Thanks for stopping OGO. We had a fantastic time!

October 21, 2005 11:27 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

It was a blast MrsG!

October 21, 2005 11:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks like so much fun! Once, when I lived in Tx, my friend and I went to an art festival and literally ate our way from one end of downtown Ft. Worth to the other! Not too mention the wine tasting and drink samples...I think I slept for a day after that. There's nothin' like a good corn dog, even with pumpkin! Your son is a doll baby!

October 21, 2005 11:34 PM

Blogger phoenix said...

LOL I am hungry now!! Looks like ya'll had a blast! mmmmm pumpkin!!

Hi from Michele!!

October 21, 2005 11:36 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love samples Alisha! We found quite a few things to taste along the way! :-)

Pumpkin is the best Phoenix!

Thanks for stopping by!

October 21, 2005 11:40 PM

Blogger Russ said...

Not sure if you are a beer drinker but if you can find a good pumpkin ale you might really enjoy it!
Visiting from Michele's place.

October 21, 2005 11:44 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Not a beer drinker, but the pumpkin show had all kinds of pumpkin drinks to try!

October 21, 2005 11:54 PM

Blogger ribbiticus said...

sounded like it was loads of fun! and that pie looked delish! here via michele today. :)

October 22, 2005 8:14 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

That looks like so much fun. Great pics! I'll bet you came home feeling pretty full.

October 22, 2005 8:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this time of year! That sounds like so much fun.

October 22, 2005 7:13 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

It really is a lot of fun! That' why we try to go every year!!!

October 23, 2005 9:38 AM

Blogger G said...

All I can say is... MYBELCH!!!

October 25, 2005 12:46 AM

Blogger Princess21 said... why such a big pie??? It is not like you actually get to eat it! Isn't that rather wasteful??? And just think of the gallons of whipped cream you would need!!

Sounds like you had a great time!! And how cute is the little man??? Very!!!!

October 25, 2005 3:56 PM


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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Flyin By

I can't believe how fast today is going. I mean, it's lunch time already for crying in the mud!!! Maybe the day is going fast because I didn't have the autistic boy this morning. I actually got to sleep in till 8:15!!! And I can't believe that I think sleeping till 8:15 is sleeping in! What happened to me? Oh that's right, I grew up. I remember sleeping till 1-2 pm when I was still living at home. Ahhh, good times, good times.

I've got to tell ya about what my hubby and I had last night for dessert. It was sooooo good!!! We had McDonald's pumpkin pie! It's like their apple pie, guessed it, pumpkin. Good grief it was so very yummy. I haven't enjoyed a dessert this cheap in a long time. The only thing to make it better would have been whipped cream to dip it in. You have to try the new pie!!! You won't be disappointed people!

I couldn't find a pic of the pumpkin pie, so here is their apple pie.
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On a side note, we're going to the Circleville Pumpkin Show tonight! It should be a blast and I'll blog all about it tomorrow!

Life is grand with pumpkins!!!

Blogger Princess21 said...

I love those pies!!! So yummy! Have not had the pumpkin though!

HAve fun with your little pumkin at the pumpkin show!!!

"for crying in the mud!" Good stuff!!!

October 20, 2005 12:51 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I'll have to tell my bro about that, as he's a huge pumpkin pie fan. I doubt they have them over here, since we don't have much in terms of seasons. And, our McDonald's serves rice, saimin and portugeuse sausage to get the local flavor.

October 20, 2005 1:47 PM

Blogger Shannon said...

Ive been reading up on your blog, and I have to agree with you whole hartedly about taking care of the babies, and needing a break but you cant get one even from your own...Im living it everyday too...

October 20, 2005 2:15 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I'll have to give the pie a try! (I'm a poet!)

October 20, 2005 3:03 PM

Blogger Pete said...

I had a bad experience with the pie. About two years ago, I saw they had pumpkin pie and scored the 2 for $1. They were so bad, that I threw 1.5 of them away.

Maybe a lot of people complained and they've fixed the recipe, or you just have a lovin for some not-at-all sweet pumpkin pie.

October 20, 2005 3:50 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Try the pumpkin PJ, you'll love it!

That's too bad Becky...I'll send ya one! Heehee!!!

I'm hearin ya Shannon!

Def OGO...heehee!

Try it again Guru. But give one to your wife. I think Lo would def enjoy it since G was in pumpkin heaven.

October 20, 2005 4:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love pumpkin pie in general but my kids won't do mcdonalds any more, they saw that super size movie and have sworn off it for good. i do have a frozen sara lee i could bake up anytime soon. have a great time tonight, i'm looking forward to seeing pics, since i missed going to ours and wound up at the grocery store instead.

October 20, 2005 6:31 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

hmmm..I have never heard of this, I wonder if it is in Canada too. I'm checking for sure. Maybe I'll bring a spray can of whipped cream in my purse!!

October 20, 2005 9:35 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I have to find out if they have that here in Newfoundland. It sounds yummy

October 21, 2005 8:43 AM

Blogger said...

McDonald's pumpkin pie?!?!

They are not here in TX. Bummer

October 21, 2005 9:01 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Well that makes perfect sense to me, if it's got McDonald's on it is HAS to be both tasty and nutritious.

October 21, 2005 10:42 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Not in TX?? What am I going to do?

October 21, 2005 11:27 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

It's very yummy everyone! In fact, I just had another one tonight! And I really do need to carry some whipped cream in my purse (thanks for the idea Leslie)!

October 21, 2005 11:51 PM


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Finally On!

Ahhh, I was not happy with my hubby last night. He knows that I get online to blog around 11:30. It's a night routine of mine that I look forward to. Well my hubby got on the computer around 11 saying that he only needed a few minutes. Well a few minutes turned into an hour and a I went to bed. He ended up sleeping without a pillow (for some reason he couldn't find it!), but everything is settled now and we are back on kissing...I mean speaking terms. Heehee!


Blogger loelsh said...

Pillow theft is a perfeclty acceptable punishment in my book.

I do the same thing.

October 20, 2005 11:21 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

You took his pillow??!! That is classic!!!

Glad you guys are back to kissing!!

October 20, 2005 12:53 PM

Blogger G said...

My advise to the guys if you're ever in this situation: That pair of fleece pants you just shed on the floor next to the bed; They'll roll up into an excellent substitute pillow.

October 25, 2005 12:53 AM


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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Feelin Pretty

I finally got in to see my mom tonight. As most of you know, she is my beautician...and I must say that she does a wonderful job! Tonight she colored my re-growth and now I'm a beautiful red again! I love having a fresh color makes me feel so sexy and pretty! My self confidence is way least it will be for the next few weeks till I have re-growth again.

Oh, I found out recently that my bro changed positions at the airport he works at. He used to help with luggage, drive the little carts, push people around in wheel chairs, and assist where ever he was needed. It didn't pay well hourly, but he got great tips. He decided to apply for another job in the same airport where he would get benefits and a better hourly wage. Plus, with this new position, he and the family (that would be ME!!!!) gets to fly for free!!! How cool is that?!

Life is grand when I feel like Peter (from Family Guy of course) in the episode where his wife is a flight attendant!

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I know exactly what you mean! I celebrated my news by going out and getting my hair done. It was wonderful to feel liked I looked okay again.

October 19, 2005 9:41 AM

Blogger Pete said...

Am I right in understanding that it would just be you flying for free, or could G and the boy go, too?

I'm not complaining, cuz that is awesome, I am just checking the degree of awesome freebeeness that you have achieved.

October 19, 2005 9:53 AM

Blogger Father of 3 said...

I bet there was some chica chica wah wah last night.

October 19, 2005 9:58 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Flying for free . . . I guess that's cool, but where can flying take you except away from home?

October 19, 2005 10:35 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Yeah for your brother!!!

And yeah for you!!


October 19, 2005 11:25 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes TC!!!

My mom, dad, sis, and I flying for free is a definite thing Guru. My bro is still checking on G and the boy. If they have to pay, they would get the friend discount of only paying 17% of the ticket price...which is still a great deal!!!

There was def something going on last night Fo3...heehee!!!

I could fly over my home Armaedes!

Yeah PJ!!!

October 19, 2005 11:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

one of my friends works at the airport and gets to fly for free, with family members and gets a really good discount at hotels as well, guess you'll be busy planning a trip now.

October 19, 2005 2:14 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

A redhead! That's great.

October 19, 2005 3:30 PM

Blogger Matt said...

Im back ty trin lost link to blogger :)

October 20, 2005 6:09 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Actually Guru, we found out last night that it's 12% not 17%...what an even better deal!!!

Already planning something BSTS!

I love being red Capt!

Glad to see you back Matt!

October 20, 2005 11:15 AM


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Monday, October 17, 2005


Good grief, I'm so tired!!! Of course I always am after spending a few hours cleaning up my mom's (hair and nail) shop. And I had a lot to do tonight!

Ahhh, I can't stop yawning! And I def need some meds tonight. It's been a long day and my head is pounding because of it.

And while I'm complaining (I know,I'm such a baby!), I should mention that my fingers hurt as well. I've been working on a few blankets that need to be done by Christmas. I am almost done with my father-in-laws (I only have the edging left) and I just started up one for my great grandfather. And I'm still not sure if I'm going to be able to make (as in crochet) a blanket that my hubby has requested for himself.

Btw, on Sunday we went to the baby dedication of the 5 month old (the red head's little bro) I watch. His entire family came into town to witness the event. Afterwards there was dinner for the family and us (hey, we're family...heehee!). The red head's grandma ended up sitting across from me and we started up a conversation. Then she had the nerve to ask me how life was going with raising her grandchildren...with her daughter (the red heads mom) sitting next to me! I didn't know what to say since I was a little embarrassed. Usually she is very sweet, but she said this in such a way that she was critizing her daughter...I guess she doesn't like it that her daughter works full time and leaves the boys with me all day. But how do you get off saying something like that????

Ahhh, life is grand when bedtime is near!

Blogger G said...

Pop some pills, and get to bed! You work too hard!!

You don't need to make our blaket by Christmas silly. Mark that off your list.

The boys' G-ma is just rude.

October 18, 2005 12:31 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I can't believe she had the nerve to say that to you! How rude.

I hope your head is better this morning.

October 18, 2005 7:22 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

Wow! How incredibly rude!

October 18, 2005 9:40 AM

Blogger Pete said...

I would have guessed that she was trying to be funny. But you said her tone wasn't that way? How rude. Not only to you, but to the mom, who the barb was probably very intended for.

October 18, 2005 9:42 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

My fingers hurt too, but for nothing so noble as crocheting. Maybe I'll blog about my every ache and pain, too, you big whiner.

Ha-ha, only kidding, please don't come hurt me.

October 18, 2005 10:23 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Awww...try and get some sleep. You need to be taken care of!!! People are so stunned I rude.

October 18, 2005 2:28 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

That was awful; it was said deliberately.

October 18, 2005 3:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a terrible thing to do to both you and her own daughter, no excuse for that at all

October 18, 2005 8:14 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Sadly, that sounds like something my mom would say out loud. I'm becoming less surprised by peoples' gall nowadays. HOpe you got some rest.

October 18, 2005 8:53 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I got a pretty good night sleep everyone...thanks for your concern! And my head is feeling a little better.

And yes, the grandma was very rude!

Btw, I would sleep with one eye open tonight Armaedes...heehee!!!

October 18, 2005 11:26 PM


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Sunday, October 16, 2005


The lovely Better Safe Than Sorry has tagged me for a meme!!! I just love memes! But since I've done this one before, I changed it around just a little...heehee!

Three nicknames my hubby game me:
1. Honey
2. Sweetie
3. The Momma

Three nicknames I have for my hubby:
1. Honeybabe
2. Baby doll
3. Sweetness-love

Three physical things I like about myself:
1. Lips
2. Freckles
3. Toes

Three physical things I don't like about myself:
1. Stomach
2. Belly
3. Tummy

3 parts of your heritage:
1. Native American
2. English
3. Chezkoslovakian

Three things that bore me to tears:
1. Un-funny comedians
2. Commercials
3. Golf

Three of my everyday essentials (excluding my family):
1. A shower/self-care products (b.o. juice, toothpaste, etc)
2. Coffee candy
3. The internet/the computer

Three of my favorite musical artists (at this time):
1. Third Day
2. Barlow Girl
3. The Rocket Summer (I love love love the song Never Knew!)

Three movies that I could watch over and over and over...
1. The Village/Signs (they tie for first)
2. The Matrix Trilogy
3. Star Wars

Three things I have in the relationship with my hubby:
1. Commitment
2. Understanding
3. Love

Three lies and truths in no particular order:

1. I love sour cream
2. I know how to drive a manual
3. I never use spell check

1. I want to have a sister for my son soon
2. I'm stubborn
3. I don't do make up chica-chica wah-wah

Three physical things about my hubby that turn me on:
1. His eyes and lashes (sooo long!)
2. His legs...he looks great in shorts!
3. His singing voice-beautiful!!!

Three new hobbies I want to learn:
1. Making and decorating cakes
2. Quilting
3. Knitting

Three things on my to-do list:
1. Complete Christmas shopping
2. Finish crocheting a few afghans (for C-mas)
3. Get winter clothes out of storage

Three past jobs:
1. Concessionist/box office worker/usher/projectionist (all in a movie theater of course!)
2. Secretary/cleaner
3. Vault teller

Three past vacation locations:
1. Kiawah Island
2. Arizona
3. Niagara Falls

Three kid's names I like:
1. Leah
2. Jonathan
3. Andrew

Three things I want to do before going to bed:
1. Finish this meme!
2. Brush teeth/floss
3. Set three alarms (to help get my butt out of bed by 6)

Three ways that I am stereotypically a guy:
1. I can burp on command
2. I love action movies with tons of violence
3. I have to be in control of the remote

Three ways that I am stereotypically a gal:
1. My toe nails have to be painted at all times
2. I don't like getting dirty if I don't have to
3. I like my hair played with

Three celeb crushes:
1. Orlando Bloom
2. Topher Grace
3. Joaquin Phoenix

Feel free to steal if you would like (PJ!) pressure (oh please PJ)...just take if you want (and you know you want to PJ)!!! Heehee!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent job!!!
ummm, are you're three things about your body that you hate kind of the same thing???lol
and i noticed you didn't put any girl names, guess you keeping your daughter's name (fingers crossed) to yourself;)

October 17, 2005 7:24 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Gee, Trin. What a great meme, Trin! I wonder if I should do it, Trin! :)

October 17, 2005 9:28 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I still don't get it when people say they were "tagged," I always thought that was the kind of thing you got killed or went to jail for. But then, I grew up on the streets, brotha.

October 17, 2005 10:26 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Great answers. I have never heard of any of the music artists you mentioned.

October 17, 2005 11:11 AM

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"The Mama"

that had me laughing pretty hard.

October 17, 2005 2:06 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great answers here, Trin; they really tell things.

I love 'The Momma!'

October 17, 2005 3:24 PM

Blogger Shelley said...

This was great!!!! OH! Love your pic of Matthew Fox down further...drool....

October 17, 2005 4:55 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks BSTS! And yes, I hate my stomach/tummy/belly!!!

You should so do it PJ!

You never played tag when you were young Armaedes?

Great groups TC! Third Day especially!!! They are outstanding!

After my son was born, my hubby started up the momma...I think it's cute!

You gonna steal Shelly...heehee!

October 17, 2005 9:46 PM

Blogger Abigail Alexis~ said...

Hey, saw you on C.C.'s blog. Had to check you out, because Trinity used to be my Family name. I was also born in Columbus, Ohio! LOL ! :) Great blog! AB

October 17, 2005 10:56 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for stoppin AB!!! How neat that Trinity used to be your family name! Love it!!!

October 17, 2005 11:05 PM


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Saturday, October 15, 2005


I used to be such a homebody. I was so comfortable just being home and never leaving the house....sometimes up to a week at a time. My home was my refuge. And it has been ever since I was young. My parents would plan an outing and I would want to stay home. Even if the whole family was going out to eat, I was the one who wanted to stay behind. I could find so many things to keep me occupied. It was so nice to have that time to myself.

Now a days (as in the past few months) I look forward to getting out of the house. It so weird!!! I've never been this least not that I could remember. It just feels so nice to get out and breath in some fresh air. And I think it's because my home is causing me stress right now. Since I have no freedom during the day to get out (because of the kids), I actually look forward to leaving the house in the evening...and have been out three nights in a row this week! Again, it feels so weird to be this way.

Life is grand with fresh air!!!

Blogger ribbiticus said...

no one will begrudge you a little time away from the house to enjoy yourself. you deserve it, so don't worry. hi, michele sent me. :)

October 16, 2005 1:31 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Good for you!

I look forward to changing from the homebody that you describe. I would love to just enjoy getting out of the house once in an while!

October 16, 2005 7:31 AM

Blogger Haris said...

I a huge homebody and am looking for away to break this vicious cycle as I have been like this since I moved to this place which I really do not liek whiich is the odd part. Love the blog. Keep up the good work and if you want you can visit myne. I woudl much apreciate it.

October 16, 2005 8:26 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I'd like to break that cycle a bit; I do love home too much.

October 16, 2005 11:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

as much as i enjoy being a homebody, after a couple of days at home, i'm ready to get out. i can fully appreciate how you must feel after being home all day with those little ones.

October 16, 2005 12:31 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey trinity, i left you a tag at my place, i don't think i've seen you do this one as yet.

October 16, 2005 5:08 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

after staying at home so much right after dillon was born, i welcome each tiny excursion - whether it is to church, walmart, or to get gas. i love getting out of the house cause i felt so cooped up!

October 16, 2005 6:18 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I want to get out in the summer, but in the winter, I am a homebody. I love being curled up at home with my family.

I read your post about Christmas shopping. I am starting next week. We buy for everyone. There is no way to avoid it. All of the adult women on both sides I make something for them. The last couple of years I made table runners (quilted).

This year I am making them teacup birdfeeders. Take a dowel, using apoxy place the saucer on the dowel, then apoxy the cup onto the saucer. Place burdseed in the cup and put in your garden and you got a whimsical birdfeeder.

I know sappy, but I am running short of ideas... LOL!

October 16, 2005 8:21 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

Fresh air will do wonders for you!!

October 16, 2005 8:50 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I do deserve it! Thanks for stoppin by Ribbiticus.

Go for it TC!

Thanks for the love Haris!

I love my home as well Capt.

Thanks for tagging me BSTS. I'll get right on that! (Btw, it's almost time for me to get out again!)

I feel the same way Amanda Sue.

I would love to start quilting DW! It's next after learning how to cake decorate!

October 16, 2005 11:17 PM


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Friday, October 14, 2005

Nearing Burn Out

Watching four boys under four is really starting to wear on me...just a little. Don't get me wrong, I love them and I love watching them. It's wonderful to be able to provide reasonable child care service for their parents while at the same time help me be able to stay home with my son. It's a win-win situation.

But (there's always a but, right?) I'm getting a little tired. I feel like I'm about to reach my breaking point. I'm sure everyone goes through this with their job, but I can't take a sick day from mine.

The one wearing me down the most is the 5 month old. He is either really good or really whinny. Crying I can take, but whinnying really starts to wear on a person. He also spits up his food about every other day. And when I say spit up, I mean throw up the entire meal he just ate! It gets all over me, the couch, the floor, his face and clothes, and his burp cloth. But I never know what feeding his is going to do this after. I'm just not sure what to do anymore. I've told him mom, but she doesn't seem concerned. I just hope he grows out of it soon!!!

Btw, I'm really not a baby person to begin with. I love holding them and having them fall asleep on my shoulder, but you can't play with them. You can't sit down on the floor and get out the toys together. You can't run around the house chasing them. You can't put puzzles together, make shapes with playdough, color pictures, or watch Sesame Street with them. They just aren't as fun to watch compared to the older boys. the time the baby will be old enough to do some of the things I listed above, I'll have a new little one. One of my moms is pregnant and due this Christmas. So by next year I will have a new born, 8 month old, 2 year old, and two 3 year old's (one being my son who will be turning 4 in March). I'm not looking forward to having all of those children (excluding my own), but their mom's need me and I like being a dependable person for them. I just need a vacation...and soon!!!

Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Some how you need to let the moms know that you need a day off here and there. If you don't get some free time you are going to burn out for sure. I know that you are trying to help these mothers out but you need some space of your own. See what you can do to work it out.

The little one that is spitting up probably has a week stomach valve. Try feeding him smaller amounts of food if you can. My sister had a baby with this problem and he finally grew out of it, but it was messy till then. Good luck.

October 15, 2005 3:35 AM

Blogger lazylol said...

Hi - I'm from Michele's - I thought I would stop by after reading your banana comment.
You sound busy busy busy - I could not cope with 4 kids let alone 5! I agree, you need to take some days off. I hope you don't work everyday? If it really is getting you to breaking point - maybe you need to reduce the amount of kids you look after. Is that a possiblity for you? How old is your own child?

October 15, 2005 7:42 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

The difference between what you do and what other mothers do is that with moms, our kids grow up so quickly they don't seem to be baby's long enough, but with you as soon as one is no longer a baby, you have another one coming. That would be difficult. I think you do need to take a little vacation.

October 15, 2005 8:49 AM

Blogger G said...

The Moms shouldn't mind giving you a well deserved, long overdue vacation. Even if it is only a small one... maybe a four day weekend.

You should just pick a time and let them know they'll need to find alternate care for a couple of days.

You don't even have to tell them the details unless you want to. Either way, they will understand and cooperate.

How can they expect continued top quality child care at such reasonable prices if the sitter gets burnt out?

Lastly, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT feel guilty in the slightest about your time off request, but rather enjoy every moment of the hard earned break!


October 15, 2005 8:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't these moms take any time off, surely they must have vacations themselves, you just need to make sure they have them at the same time;)
hope you enjoy your weekend and have some down time, sounds like you need it.

October 15, 2005 10:07 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

ghraper - TOO FUNNY. I love Geico commercials, especially that one :)

Hats (and bibs) off to you, Trin. I couldn't imagine watching that many of other people's children!

It probably surprises some people that a 5 month old can wear on you most, but it is so true! I agree he probably needs to be fed smaller meals and more frequently. He could have reflux. Either way, he'll grow out of it in the next few months.

October 15, 2005 12:19 PM

Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I admire you. Any person you has the patience to watch that many little ones, is a saint. I need a day off from my boring secretary job.

You are entitled!! PLEASE ask for one SOON!!! And NO GUILT TRIP!!

October 15, 2005 2:55 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I'll def try feeding him less Lucy...thanks!

I work 5 days a week from 7:30-5:30 with two of them Choccycherry. The other I usually watch 3 days out of the week from 8-4. I should reduce the amount of kids I watch, but their mom's need me (and my hubby and I need the money). My own child is three.

I think a vacation will be coming in December TC...I can't wait (but unfortunately it's not at the same time as my hubby's).

A four day weekend would be nice G.

That's just it BSTS, they never have vacations at the same time!

I can't wait till the next few months are over Jenn!!!

Thank you for the uplifting words WfI!

Thank you so much everyone for your kind words and advice! They mean a lot to me.

October 15, 2005 11:56 PM

Blogger Pete said...

I definitely think you should set aside some 'you' time.

Unless it would be a financial burden to do it, you should just give your moms a month notice or so to find alternative childcare for a week. That is the way that most in-home childcare providers that I've known do it.

You aren't the Energizer Bunny. You need to recharge. I know the moms need you, but I think you will ultimately offer better service by taking some time off (like I said, if it is feasible to y'all).

October 17, 2005 12:29 PM


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Thursday, October 13, 2005


I think you either love it or hate it...stubble that is! I just happen to hate it!!! I don't understand why an actor would think that it makes him sexy! Just tonight I saw my beautiful Tom Welling with stubble! Talk about making me want to vomit!!!

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Stubbled Matthew McConaughey

First off, what woman would want to kiss a stubbled actor? Not me (if I wasn't married of course)!!! I don't care if it's the sexy Matthew Fox (below). Why would I want my lips (and checks and neck and arms and...ummm okay, that's enough...for now) scratched up?

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My hubby even knows that the only way for him to get any chica-chica wah-wah is to shave his face. He must be smooth!!! Just as I shave my legs for him, he MUST shave his face for me! It's only fair.

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George Clooney with stubble

Anyone think that I'm totally crazy by thinking that stubble is gross? Are you a stubble lover and proud of it? Well here's your chance to defend your stubbled men! Let's hear it!!!

(Btw, sorry for the in your face post, but I'm tired and a little slap happy! Heehee!)

Blogger Curator said...

A bit out of my league here, but any woman with stubble would scare the hell out of me.

Cheers and TGIF.

Michele sent me.

October 14, 2005 1:19 AM

Blogger War Eagle said...

I can explain stubble I think. I sometimes have it. The reason I sometimes go with that look is that shaving is at times too time consuming and when u havent done it for a few days it is painful.

October 14, 2005 4:51 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I think stuble is kinda hot on some guys....not my hubby!!! I like to see it not feel it!!! And there is a diff btw stuble and "OMGosh, you sooo need to shave. Like now! here is a razor!!"

Oh, and I sooo loved the in your face post!! hehehe!

October 14, 2005 9:16 AM

Blogger Father of 3 said...

Stubble gives me an appearance of having an actual chin. If I do it right, I can fool most women for about 20 seconds into thinking I have a square jaw. After that, it's all my big, Irish no-cin face. My wife hates it and my kids say I look mean.

October 14, 2005 10:09 AM

Blogger Veruca Salt said...

There are definitely some guys who look HOT with stubble - like George Clooney, because he's always so... handsome and groomed and then when you see him with stubble, he's got a little James Bond-still-awake-after-a-night-of-saving-the-world kind of vibe

but some guys just look dirty

and making out with a guy with stubble is just uncomfortable

October 14, 2005 10:30 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I like a little stubble on some guys but not all guys. The two Matthews in your post, look good with stubble to me, but George Clooney does not. I guess I am just fickle.

October 14, 2005 10:32 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I'm stubbled but my girlfriend is also 197 billion miles away right now so there wouldn't be any "chica-chica wah-wah" for me anyway.

October 14, 2005 11:04 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I think stubble is sexy looking but not feeling. If my hub has stubble, my daughter gets annoyed with his kisses and will "gripe" at him (she's 15 months). Pretty cute, but he'd rather have kisses than stubble so that always makes him shave :)

October 14, 2005 11:10 AM

Blogger The Complimenting Commenter said...

An interesting balance here. I loved the post. I like the way you defend your position. Looks like you got some good comments too. Great site overall.

October 14, 2005 12:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like the look of stubble on most guys but up close and personal, it's got to be clean shaved. love the pics, but i'm not a fan of george clooney, with or without the stubble.

October 14, 2005 12:45 PM

Blogger A Woman From Illinois said...

I personally like the stubble!

October 14, 2005 1:46 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

As Cate says, a lot of men just look dirty. I get mine off as soon as I can.

October 14, 2005 2:06 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I don't mind looking at stubble, but I don't like the guy I'm going to kiss to have it. It makes my face break out and get all irritated.

I think it sometimest depends on the situation. If they come on a talk show, then it's not a good fit. But, if they're posing for a photopraph with this cowboy vibe going...Hmm...I kinda like it.

October 14, 2005 4:11 PM

Blogger Crayonsetc said...

Ok, I know stubble is scratching, but how can you say Matthew doesn't look totally hot anyway ;) (and Keanu isn't too bad either ;))

October 14, 2005 9:00 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

My hubby wears a goatee most of the time so I'm a little biased here. My oppinion is that it's HIS face. If he wants the stubble then so be it. My honey looks hot with it!

October 14, 2005 11:56 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks everyone for your imput!!!

I guess the general consensus is that having stubble looks hot, but not a lot of women want to feel it.

My hubby will sometimes go a few days without shaving because it hurts to shave everyday. I'm an understanding girl, so it's cool. I just don't like the look on him. He does wear a goatee, which I love, but it's wonderful when his checks are smooth!

October 15, 2005 1:07 AM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

I'm not much of a stubble kinda gal...but I have to say that Harrison Ford as stubby Indiana Jones made my heart go pitter patter. No other man though.

October 15, 2005 1:07 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

He did look good...but I had no desire to kiss that scratchy face! Heehee!!!

October 15, 2005 1:41 AM


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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Christmas Shopping

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying to finish up my Christmas shopping. I really don't want it to wait till the last minute since I have 55 people (includes family, friends, and co-workers) to buy for!!!

Last year I had about 45 people to shop for and it was just too much on our budget. A lot of the purchases went on the credit card. Well this year I want to avoid that. I don't want to have to pay for this C-mas all next year. So I'm doing everything possible save money. There isn't much to cut back on since I don't spend a whole lot on gifts as it is. But with me shopping so early I'm able to get a lot more sale items. I really hope this helps us financially this holiday.

I'm actually pretty proud of myself. I have all the cousins (well all but 2...but 2 out of 13 isn't too bad!), grandparents, siblings, and children (except my own) bought for! I'm also making a few gifts that should be done before December. Yeah!!!

Have you started yet? How many to you have to buy for this year?

Blogger War Eagle said...

I just buy for immediate family. My friends and I don't exchange.(none of us make much money)

We are so doing something new this year we are doing Secret Santa with the cousins and my aunt and uncle. U draw names and u buy one gift for one family member.

October 13, 2005 3:53 AM

Blogger War Eagle said...


U have made my blog listing. Thanks for all the posts lately.

October 13, 2005 4:13 AM

Blogger said...

45 people to shop for? wowzers! you must be a real giving person.

October 13, 2005 9:04 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

We also draw names on one side of the family WarE. But since there are three of us, we draw three names. And thanks for adding me!

55 this year BON!!! And I like giving everyone a little something. It's a bad habit of mine...heehee!

October 13, 2005 9:29 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Is it the day before Christmas already?? Wow, I have missed a lot!! hehehehe!

Well due to our financial sitiation, our list is not that long. Plus I always thought that knowing me was gift enough! No??? Hmph! :)

Great job on being on the ball this year!! So what is it that you are making others??

October 13, 2005 9:56 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I don't buy presents for anybody. And I tell them not to buy for me. Luckily, as a guy, I'm able to get away with this - people expect me to flake out and forget things like Christmas presents.

October 13, 2005 10:50 AM

Blogger Leslie said...

I shop pretty much all year round. We cut out exchanging gifts for the adults (siblings) in my family so I just buy for all the neices and nephews (and parents of course). It is quite a lot and hard on the pocket book. Wal-Mart always has toys on sale, when I see something I grab it and put it in my closet. Around Christmas I go to the closet and decide who gets what and what I still have to get. It works well. I get $30. toys for $10.

I also do this because my kids get invited to a lot of B-day parties. When an invitation comes, I go t o the closet!

Ahh, I love Christmas!

October 13, 2005 12:34 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Ha ha PJ, you think I would tell you anything?

You sound like my bro Armaedes...only he wants the present without giving them! Gotta love him!!!

I do the same thing Leslie. I've mentioned before that I have 4 bins of clothes under my bed (along with two dresser drawers and my closet filled with clothes and toys). I too buy things when on sale. So most of the time the kids I buy for get summer clothes and toys for C-mas...heehee!

Btw Leslie, ever shop at Meijer? Their clearance toys are 25% off right now!!!!!

October 13, 2005 1:17 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

55 people? That's a lot of people.

Present wise, it is around 10, but there are more when it comes to cards.

October 13, 2005 2:58 PM

Blogger InterstellarLass said...

I haven't even started yet! Oh my! I'd better get moving. Thanks for stopping by yesterday.

October 13, 2005 3:05 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

I've never heard of must only be in the states.

October 13, 2005 3:49 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

It's very similar to Walmart (and was around before Walmart as well). They have a grocery side as well as a general merchadise side. I like going there since they aren't as crowded at Walmart. And I think their sale prices are better (like milk for $1.79).

October 13, 2005 4:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm just starting and i don't use credit for anything. i don't have 55 people though, more like 20, but my three kids that i spend way too much on.

October 13, 2005 8:37 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Wow! That is far too many. My immediate family even shortened our list and we do a Secret Santa and get one good gift. We are all supposed to give to the kids, though, and the parents. I'm also not close to my extended relatives, so that "helps."

October 13, 2005 8:38 PM

Blogger utenzi said...

Holy crap, Trinity. 55?! I can see why you start early. I'm a typical guy. I start the week of Xmas in the stores and a week before that on the Internet. I finish the day before I drive whereever we celebrate that year. But I only am buying for something like 15.

Michele sent me your way!

October 14, 2005 12:46 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

We used to not use credit as well BSTS. It was just last year that we HAD to put things on the card (it was a bad year financially) or else no one would of had gifts to open from us. But since we only have the one credit card, I think we're doing pretty well!

We are close to everyone Becky! But it's cool...we love them!!!

I shop all year round Utenzi...but I used to really pick up speed after Thanksgiving. I just can't wait till then anymore.

October 14, 2005 1:26 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Im my hubbies family, we finally reached 12 cousins with new hubbies and wives, so we decided to do a chinese exchange with gift cards. Its a win win! Of course we all still buy for babies, but luckily we only have one of those so far!!

October 15, 2005 5:06 PM


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I Couldn't Resist!

Aaww, you're woodstock! You're a peculiar but popular cutie, who always seems confused. Youre a little forgetful and adventurous, and although you might get the odd funny look, the opposite se
Aaww, you're woodstock! You're a peculiar but popular
cutie, who always seems confused. You're a
little forgetful and adventurous, and although
you might get the odd funny look, the opposite
sex flock around you! Sweeeet!

Which Snoopy Character are you?
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Blogger IndyPindy said...

I hope your hubby is feeling better. Last week I ate some of my mom's allergy pills and she rushed me to the vet and they gave me all kinds of fun!


October 12, 2005 10:51 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

I'm Snoopy! Ha HA

Youre Snoopy! Youre outgoing with strong opinions and you act without thinking, but can be a bit of a wimp sometimes! Your big personality can annoy people but you are loving and people love you!

October 12, 2005 10:55 PM

Blogger War Eagle said...

I also got woodstock. One question though. why do all those quizzes ask what ur favorite color is?

October 13, 2005 3:56 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

They always do War Eagle...I don't know why. :-)

October 13, 2005 9:27 AM

Blogger G said...

Here are my results.

October 13, 2005 11:26 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I am Lucy!!!


October 13, 2005 11:40 AM

Blogger Pete said...

You are Charlie Brown! Youre strong willed and determined, but sometimes a bit of a fool! Youre always the butt of the joke but you never give up, you are intrigued by life and people cant resist you!

October 13, 2005 12:45 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Wait!! I want to be woodstock!!!!

October 13, 2005 1:59 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got woodstock too!

October 13, 2005 8:35 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for playing everyone!!!

October 15, 2005 1:46 AM


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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

10 Reasons...

10 Reasons why I don't like it when my hubby is not feeling well:

1. He turns into a big baby
2. He's never comfortable
3. He steals all the covers at night
4. No chica-chica wah-wah
5. I hear some of the most unusually noises coming from his body
6. He's always tired
7. He wants sympathy
8. He gets clingy
9. He won't get up in the morning
10. I have to wash the sheets about every day since he sweats through them

10 Reasons why I do like it when my hubby is not feeling well:

1. I don't have to shave my legs (see number 4 on the list above)
2. It exercises my patience
3. I get to baby talk to him
4. The littlest things make him smile
5. He becomes more grateful than usual
6. He appreciates me even more
7. The slightest touch of mine gives him pleasure
8. He prays more
9. He is very health conscience
10. I get to take care of him!!!

I hope you get to feeling better honey!!!

Blogger Princess21 said...

#4 - You don't get to be in a bad porn movie??? :)

I hope G feels better soon!!

October 11, 2005 4:39 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Hey, it's Oz's word, not mine! Heehee!!!

October 11, 2005 4:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you fed him some chicken soup to bring him around and i love that phrase, chica-chica wah-wah. wasn't sure what it was until i read the reasons you like him to be sick, then i got it;)

October 11, 2005 5:02 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

I have to tell you that I think it is awfully nice that you are able to find something nice about him being sick. And they were sweet!

October 11, 2005 5:27 PM

Blogger Becky said...

i was laughing at your first list, but your second one is sweet. You're right in that they do seem to appreciate the caretaker so much more.

October 11, 2005 6:19 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

The Deputy always gets "sick" when the kids do. Drives me nuts. The first few years I had sympathy for him. Now, nothing. The big baby lays in bed and acts like he is dying.

When I am sick, he goes fishing. Maybe we have been married too long?

October 11, 2005 8:48 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I feed him some chicken soup just last night BSTS...and don't ya just love that phrase?! Chi-chi wah-wah!

Let me tell ya one thing OGO and Becky, the second list def took longer! Heehee!!!

Btw, I too have no sympathy for my hubby DW and we've only been married for 7 years!

October 11, 2005 9:27 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

great list, made me smile.

October 11, 2005 11:36 PM

Blogger said...

love is so sweet

October 12, 2005 9:36 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Very sweet list. I hope he is feeling better soon.

October 12, 2005 9:40 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Awww....nice list! Our husbands must be related! Or is it every guy is like this when they're sick. Hope you have a great day!

October 12, 2005 10:06 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I don't know, sounds like the bad outweighs the good, next time he gets sick you should have him shot, like the do when horses break their legs.

October 12, 2005 10:13 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for the well wishes. He is almost running at 100%. And it's taking him a shorter time than usually to re-coup since he has no sick time left.

Btw, very funny Armaedes!

October 12, 2005 12:13 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Ok, I am glad that your hubby is getting better and all...but I there are like no !!!'s next to my name on your blog roll and it is making me sad!! I thought we needed to talk about something of importance! You! (hehehehehehe!!)


October 12, 2005 12:43 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Silly PJ, the !!!'s are for when someone posts something recently! That way you know if you'll see something new on a blog!

October 12, 2005 1:02 PM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I know, and I had. But still no !!!'s. But I see them now and I am happy!!!! Yeah!! :)

miykje! (Mikey, he likes 'em!)

October 12, 2005 2:50 PM

Blogger G said...

Um...yeah...#7 on the second list...that's true all the time!

October 12, 2005 7:59 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

Hmmm..well, when he's sick, try the every time!

October 12, 2005 10:23 PM

Blogger utenzi said...

I'm sorry that your hubbie is/was sick, Trinity. One thought: leg hair increases traction for the partner. Nuff said.

October 14, 2005 12:43 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Aawww G baby!!!

I have to think about that Jenn!

Traction Utenzi? Never thought traction was a good thing. Hmmm...

October 15, 2005 1:45 AM

Blogger Thaleia said...

I hope he's feeling better now... and don't they all turn into big baby's when they're feeling sick?

Here via Michele's

October 15, 2005 2:39 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes Thaleia! Thanks for stopping by!!!

October 15, 2005 2:45 AM


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Another Meme

I borrow (stole) this one from Utenzi. Thanks!!!

1. Have you ever been to the emergency room?

I have been a few times, but not because of me. Most of the time it was/is with my hubby's side of the family. And I have also been there with my son (he fell and had to get 7 stitches).

2. What's the worst pain you've ever had?

I would like to say childbirth, but I felt nothing (except a little pressure, not pain) since I had a c-sec.

Does emotional pain count?

3. If you could choose your doctor, do you prefer someone of the same or opposite sex?

Same sex!!!!! I am def more comfortable with a woman than I am with a man...especially with the womanly stuff. It's only fair since they too have to go through it once a year as well.

4. Do you take vitamins?

Yes, every night. I take an off brand Centrum (cheaper!) to keep me healthy and a garlic pill to help with blood flow. By taking these two daily, I don't get sick very often.

5. Would you prefer to go to the doctor, the dentist or go sky diving?

My brother has been trying to talk me into sky diving with him for years now. He goes every few weeks and then shows me the videos of him falling to his death...I mean, riding the air. So that's really out of the question.

The dentist is guaranteed to hurt (I've said before that they don't know the difference between the gums and the teeth..and then they wonder why you are bleeding), so I'll pick the doctor. The doctor usually makes you feel better by prescribing meds while the dentist makes your teeth sore all day. Doctor all the way!!!

Life is grand if you steal this meme!!!

Blogger Becky said...

I'm same sex with the OB-GYN and anything therapeutic (hey, I'm divorced, so it probably goes without saying). For other docs, I haven't cared much about the gender. I wonder if women are more comfy with other women or if men even care?

October 10, 2005 11:47 PM

Blogger said...

I always wanted to sky dive, but for some reason after I got married I no longer want to. Weird, huh?

October 11, 2005 8:26 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

You'd rather go to the doctor than go skydiving? That's insane!

October 11, 2005 10:54 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Sorry Armaedes, falling to my death does not sound like a good time!

October 11, 2005 10:55 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

Nope, I agree doctors over skydiving every time!

October 11, 2005 1:45 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I'd rather go skydiving than have a doctor's exam!

October 11, 2005 3:01 PM

Blogger Pete said...

I think that you might need a new dentist!

It is possible to get out without pain and bleeding.

Do you pay your bill, or is he mad at your for some other reason? :-P

October 12, 2005 12:42 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

It's his assistants. They just want to do a thorough job I guess. But I can take it!!!!

October 12, 2005 1:07 PM


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Monday, October 10, 2005


Stolen from Cate! Thanks!!!

Click here to make your own.

Blogger Princess21 said...

ahhhhhahahahahahah! "and yelling!" Funny stuff!

October 11, 2005 11:20 AM

Blogger G said...

Very nice! Please come see my cyborg.

October 13, 2005 11:30 AM


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Nice Day

Since it's Columbus Day today, I didn't have to watch the red-heads (their mom is a banker). So, I felt kind of free today with only two little ones! We were able to met my hubby and his grandparents for a nice lunch. Then we went grocery shopping.

Btw, do you know how nice it is to shop during the day? Plus, the place I shop at closes early in the I don't get to shop there (for my discounted prices) as often as I would like.

Anyway, it was just nice only have the two year old and my three year old. We were able to take it easy and I was able to do a lot around the house (like mop, clean all the rugs, change the bed sheets, etc.).

Life is grand with an easy day!

Blogger War Eagle said...

I love shopping during the day especially at the mall. I hate crowds and love having the place to myself. The only better time is in the early morning when everyone else is sleeping. This is great at walmart or the grocery store

October 13, 2005 4:01 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I love walking through Walmart in the middle of the night. It feels like you have the store to yourself.

October 13, 2005 9:31 AM


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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Trinity Needs...

Stolen from the very cute and little Jemmers!!!

Do a google search with "(your name) needs" and list the top 5 (or your fav 5) results!!!

-Trinity' needs a transfusion like Keith Richards needs a fix. (Ummm, okay)

-'Trinity' needs some chocolat. (What woman wouldn't?)

-Trinity needs to be clad in leather. (You betcha!!!)

-Trinity needs your financial support,...(I could always use some extra cash!)

-Trinity needs a counselor on staff. (I wonder if Deanna Troi is available)

Blogger carmilevy said...

Punching my name into Google frightens me. Too much stuff from work comes right back at me!

Visiting from Michele's again. Great to e-see you.

October 09, 2005 11:23 PM

Blogger utenzi said...

Michele sent me here, Trinity.

Nothing interesting popped out of my Google seach, Trinity. Utenzi is too unusual a name and so using "needs" as a modifier didn't make much of a change from just using the name "Utenzi" all on its own. Your list seemed interesting tho!

October 09, 2005 11:35 PM

Blogger Crayonsetc said...

Ok, this could be fun ;) Thanks for stopping by Crayons via Michele!! And yes, I am enjoying the white stuff coming down!!! (I think it is cuz I grew up in Phoenix... No snow!!)

October 10, 2005 3:24 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Loved it! Wasn't it sooo much fun??!!

I think I need chocolate too! Can you share?? :)

October 10, 2005 9:58 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I need:

1. Magical Dreams (Game Boy Advance) Fact Sheet at GameSpot

2. Skeleton Books

3. MSN Entertainment - ... Cinderella Needs Anger Management

4. an escape from life

5. a couple of rats, a pumpkin, and that torn dress

October 10, 2005 10:35 AM

Blogger Oh great One said...

This is the 4th one of these I've seen this weekend. I think I'll have to give it a try! (It HAS been a long time since I stole anything from you after all!)

October 10, 2005 1:02 PM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Super-lame, mine didn't do anything cool.

October 10, 2005 1:03 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Mine seems to keep visiting something called

October 10, 2005 3:04 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Better check that out Capt!!!

October 13, 2005 9:33 AM


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Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Dentist

Since my son turned three this year, it was time for him to have his fist visit to the dentist. I decided to go ahead and schedule him right after my filling (also a was the first time I've ever had a cavity and it was a half one at that!). While it was my turn in the chair, my son sat very quietly in the corner and watched. It only took the dentist 15 to complete my filling and then it was my son's turn. After 5 min of trying to let an assistant count his teeth, we had to call it quits. He just would not allow it! I couldn't believe it! He wouldn't even sit there for a few minutes, while cartoons were on, with me there right next to him, and the promise of two prizes after he was done.

So, I have now scheduled him a dentist appointment with his father!!! It's his turn to take the boy...(evil laugh) heeheehee!

Blogger Unknown said...

Hello - Michelle sent me!
I bet your son thought he was going to get a filling too!

October 09, 2005 2:00 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I hope your dh has an easier time.

October 09, 2005 9:38 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

oh dear! It sounds like a dentist trip will always be difficult.

October 09, 2005 1:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i can't remember how old my kids were when they had their first visit to the dentist, but i do remember it was a pretty quick checkup too, it's just something they need to get used to. my were a little freaked out cuz they were those masks, it's kind of intimidating.

October 09, 2005 2:39 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

good call, maybe daddy will have better luck. My 3 yr old just had an appt too. The dentist gave her a 'ride' on the chair and just 'counted' her teeth and said that's all he would do. She was fine. Next time will be the real deal.

October 09, 2005 3:45 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for stoppin by everyone...I too hope he does better with his daddy!

October 09, 2005 11:08 PM


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Last night was Andy's party. He's finally home after serving since January!!! It was so nice to see him! And he looked pretty good too! When I hugged him hello, I didn't want to let go. I was (and still am of course) very grateful for everything he has done for our country.

Here's a pic of Andy in Irac.
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Today my hubby and I have tons of things to keep our hands full. Already this morning he has been working on a few maintenance issues at a friend's house. I will soon be baking a cake and then cleaning the house for an OSU party tonight. We also have to get over to my hubby's grandparents house where more family has come into visit. Then we're off to one of my hubby's co-workers house for his annual party (I'm bringing the dessert-the cake). After that, we will head home for the Buckeye game.

Ahhhh, I'm tired already!!!

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I know you're pleased about that!

October 08, 2005 12:03 PM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

Thank God he made it home!!! Wonderful. I have a friend who made it back a few months ago; he doesn't like to talk about it at all...he was a gunner for convoys.

Aren't you the party animal? Have fun.

October 08, 2005 7:57 PM

Blogger Karen said...

Yay for Andy and serving our country! Pass along our heartfelt gratitude.

Michele sent me...

October 08, 2005 11:24 PM

Blogger carmilevy said...

Andy truly is a hero. I'm sure he'll be happy with your online tribute. You're good friends indeed.

Visiting from Michele's today.

October 09, 2005 11:10 AM


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Thursday, October 06, 2005


I am definitely known to eat some weird food mixes. For instance, when I go to Wendy's I always get a Frosty to dip my food into. It doesn't matter if I order fries, nuggets, chili, or a baked goes into the Frosty! I just love the hot food mixed with a cold Frosty.

I also will pour milk over a cup of pudding. I find it to be very yummy, but it grosses my hubby out (I don't know why it would, pudding is made with milk!). Of course it also grosses him out that I dip chicken into ketchup, but that's another story.

Speaking of my hubby, he loves to dip his fries into mayo! I was weirded out the first time that he did that in front of me, but I'm now used to it.

I had a best friend in elementary school who mixed ketchup in with her mac n cheese. It made her meal a nice orange color.

I've see a lot of food mixes, but the one I saw today takes the cake. The autistic boy's mom mixed milk and pop together for her breakfast! I can't tell you how gross it looked. And I about lost it while I watched her drink it! Dis. gust. ing. (But yet I'm tempted to try it...gotta see if it's any good!)

Do you mix up any food items that other people would consider weird?

Blogger Leslie said...

hmmm...found all of these to be weird (er I mean different) but very interesting ha ha.

I am trying so hard to think of something I do that is weird....I like cheese wiz on celery....maple syrup on bacn....that's about it!

October 07, 2005 12:56 AM

Blogger G said...

Woah! Wait a minute. Syrup on bacon is completely normal. You mix it in with eggs fried over easy, and bust the yolks.

BTW, Laverne (as in & Shirley) used to drink milk and Pepsi, but that's the only other time I've heard of it.

October 07, 2005 1:04 AM

Blogger Pete said...

G beat me to saying it. Laverne used to drink milk and Pepsi and I personally have had it.

At a family reunion one time, one of my relatives was making it, so I tried it. I remember liking it. It isn't much different than making a float by putting ice cream (a milk product) in pop. You should try it.

Fries and mayo is gross. Well, anything with any amount of mayo is gross. Mayo should be used sparingly in my opinion!

Chicken and ketchup is perfectly fine. Syrup is fine with bacon. I know Trin and Lo will disagree with me, but fries, baked potato, and chili in frostys are nasty!

My only weird food thing that comes to mind is that I dip potato chips in ketchup. To me, it is the same as thin crispy fries, but Lo thinks that I'm weird.

October 07, 2005 5:18 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I just thought of another thing G thinks is nasty. I like dipping scrambled eggs into ketchup. We did it growing up, but I don't do it much now.

I also like peanut butter on my pancakes and waffles and crumbled, peanut butter topped cornbread in my bean soup. I'm def hungry!!!

October 07, 2005 8:40 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I have heard of the peanute butter and cornbread thing.....yuck!!

The only thing I mix is my corn and mashed potatoes!! Oh, and I have been known to dip fries into the frosty. But not on a regular basis!

In my opinion, most food should stay seperate from other foods!!

But I do remember as a child watching my dad eat. He would mix everything on his plate together and chow down!! I always thought it was gross. He would just say, "hey it all goes to the same place!"

Happy mixing!!!

October 07, 2005 9:32 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

The only thing I can think of that hasn't been mentioned that I do, is dip my fries in honey mustard sauce! YUMMY!

G, do I remember correctly that you used to put ketchup on corn?

October 07, 2005 9:33 AM

Blogger Leslie said...

I thought the syrup & bacon thing was normal and that is the extent of my food mixing.

I used to watch L&S and didn't pick up on that!

Trinity, your food combos are crackin' me up!

October 07, 2005 10:44 AM

Blogger Pete said...

I find myself thinking along the same lines as PJ. I keep food seperate most of the time. Though, I also do the corn and mashed potatoes thing.

October 07, 2005 11:01 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

most of those food combinations sound ok except the pop and milk and the milk over the pudding thing. i also like peanut butter on celery, mmmmmmmmm.

October 07, 2005 11:46 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

My dh mixes mayo and ketchup together and dips his fries.

My friend, mixes ketchup into her gravy on her fries.

I sometimes like gravy on my potato salad.

October 07, 2005 12:37 PM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I am NOT a food-mixer myself, but I have a friend that ate fries with ranch dressing, which I thought was kind of weird. That can't beat fries in a frosty, or fries with mayonnaise, but it's still kinda weird I think.

October 07, 2005 1:12 PM

Blogger Pete said...

Mmmmmmmmmmm. Fries and gravy....

October 07, 2005 2:55 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

Actually I tried to think of something, but I like everything the way it is.

October 07, 2005 3:06 PM

Blogger Becky said...

I don't know ifyou'd consider this the same thing, but I always get eye rolls when I eat plain ketchup with my seafood. I guess they forget cocktail sauce's base ingredient is ketchup?

An unusual dish over here is to mix ground beef, gravy, rice and eggs (any style).

October 07, 2005 5:42 PM

Blogger Pete said...

Becky, I can't see a thing wrong with that. Do you have a recipe for the beef, rice, egg, gravy thing? I want that for dinner tomorrow!

October 07, 2005 6:05 PM

Blogger G said...

Yeah I used to put ketchup on my corn, and I've even had it on scrambled eggs, but neither of those sound appetizing to me any more.

Some folks think tuna biscuits with mushroom gravy is nasty, and maybe even unheard of, but I absolutely LOVE it!

I'm also the one to make strange food combinations for the purpose of grossing other people out. One time when Oz and I went to our favorite Chinese buffet, I had some vanilla pudding get on my cooked broccoli. I ate it anyway. Now it's almost a given that I'll have some strange mixture on my plate when we go there.

I love corn and peas mixed with mashed potatoes.

I never knew you could put peanut butter on your Eggos before I met Trin. They're delicious that way and topped with maple syrup.

Cornbread in my bean soup is a given, but I haven't warmed up to the peanut butter in that genre of food quite yet.

I didn't find out how good fries w/ mayo was until I was an adult. So many wasted years!

Cocktail sauce-Horseradish=Ketchup.
I don't like horseradish by itself, and ketchup doesn't have the kick for seafood. I have to have cocktail sauce on any non-fish seafood. I take tartar sauce with the fish. Ketchup is ok with fishsticks if there's no tartar sauce around.

Sure, you CAN put ketchup on your chicken, but why? Chicken deserves something rich like a good BBQ sauce or honey mustard.

Honey mustard, made right, is good on just about anything.

Ranch dressing is good on fries, especially Chaze Froyz at Outback Steakhouse.

Ranch is also good on chicken, salad, chicken salad, mixed with salsa, and even gives a bite to deviled eggs.

Guru, if only they made ketchup flavored chips. That would be AWESOME!

October 07, 2005 9:53 PM

Blogger Unknown said...

I tried the milk and pepsi thing once. I gagged so hard it came out my nose. Yes. That did happen.

I like baked beans mixed with cottage cheese. How yummy!

October 08, 2005 12:52 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Baked beans and cottage cheese??? That's a new one for me...heehee! I don't care for cottage cheese unless it's in lasagna. But, I'll have to try your mixer some time. It sounds interesting!

October 08, 2005 10:23 AM

Blogger Amanda said...

i cannot emphasize how YUCKY i found this whole post and comment segment to be. it took a strong will (and curiousity) to be able to finish reading it, but i did! i can't say that i am better for it, but i won't ever look at frostys the same way.

dphte (defeat!)

October 08, 2005 6:33 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Awwww, poor Amanda Sue!!! Sorry about the whole Frosty thing. They are just so yummy...with everything! Heehee!

October 08, 2005 10:10 PM

Blogger Pete said...

G... I LOVE Ketchup flavored chips!

October 11, 2005 10:34 PM

Blogger War Eagle said...

The only slightly weird one i like now is :
Blue cheese dressing and Tuna Fish

But as a kid I loved: Orange Juice mixed with Milk.

October 13, 2005 4:09 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Milk and orange juice?? I'll have to put that on my must try list!

October 13, 2005 9:34 AM


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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

You Learn Something New Everyday!

I've got here's a quiz!!! Enjoy!

Your Blog Should Be Green

Your blog is smart and thoughtful - not a lot of fluff.
You enjoy a good discussion, especially if it involves picking apart ideas.
However, you tend to get easily annoyed by any thoughtless comments in your blog.

Blogger G said...

Here's my results. Not terribly accurate, but oh well.

October 06, 2005 12:00 AM

Blogger Pete said...

Well... yours has a little green here over to the right.

Mine should be gray with navy .... okay, that's not what it said.

Your Blog Should Be Orange

Your writing has a star quality - it's charming, bold, and flamboyant.

You write what's on your mind, without fear of embarrassment later.

You are one of the most honest bloggers around, and people appreciate your daring persona.

Ignoring the first paragraph of their analysis, the other two aren't too bad.

October 06, 2005 6:54 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Hey's my results...not sure how on the mark they are, but hey! That was fun!

Your Blog Should Be Red

Your blog is full of intensity and passion.
You are very opinionated - and people love or hate you for it.
You have the potential to be both a famous and infamous blogger.

October 06, 2005 7:46 AM

Blogger said...

if my blog color turns out to be pink i'm going to shoot myself.

October 06, 2005 8:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i got yellow, my favorite summer colour, how great is that!!
here's what it said
You're a cheerful, upbeat blogger who tends to make everyone laugh.
You are a great storyteller, and the first to post the latest funny link.
You're also friendly and welcoming to everyone who comments on your blog.

October 06, 2005 8:23 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Great answers everyone! Thanks for participating!!!

October 06, 2005 8:59 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Your Blog Should Be Yellow

You're a cheerful, upbeat blogger who tends to make everyone laugh.
You are a great storyteller, and the first to post the latest funny link.
You're also friendly and welcoming to everyone who comments on your blog.

October 06, 2005 9:34 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

Im a purple....and thanks for blogrolling me....

October 06, 2005 12:21 PM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

Apparently my blog should be orange:

"Your writing has a star quality - it's charming, bold, and flamboyant.
You write what's on your mind, without fear of embarrassment later.
You are one of the most honest bloggers around, and people appreciate your daring persona. "

I was hoping it would be like yours and it would say my blog should be green, because my blog is already green and that would save me having to switch it. Although orange IS my favorite color . . .

October 06, 2005 12:44 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

You're an expressive, offbeat blogger who tends to write about anything and everything.
You tend to set blogging trends, and you're the most likely to write your own meme or survey.
You are a bit distant though. Your blog is all about you - not what anyone else has to say.

October 06, 2005 1:58 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Great answers everyone! Thanks for taking the quiz!!!

October 08, 2005 10:12 PM


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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

First Name Basis

When I was young I was taught to call people by their last names. I even refused to call my mom's best friend by her first name. It has only been recently that I have since used her first name...and it still feels weird!

Also, my parents never told me/made me learn what their first names were. They were always mom and dad...even in my rebellious adolescence. I only learned what their names were by listening to their conversations with other adults. And I was even a little confused the first time someone called my mom by her first name. To me she was mom and nothing else.

But it's different today. A lot of children are being taught the adults first name instead of last. I'm having a hard time agreeing with this. I was taught that we use last names as a form of respect.

Now I am dealing with how to introduce my son to adults. Do I use their first name or their last? I would like to use last names, but it seems outdated. Also, I have been told that people feel older when called by their last name. But it still seems weird to me to have my son be on a first name basis with adults.

How does it work in your family?

Blogger Pete said...

My children call everyone by Miss or Mr and then their first name.

That is how it is done in the south (the stereotypical height of manners where I lived for five years) and I find it to be a nice balance.

October 05, 2005 6:22 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Everyone including grandparents? Do you really think it's a nice balance to use a grandparents first name?

October 05, 2005 8:02 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

My little princess calls people what they ask her too. Mostly it is by their first name but that isn't too unusual around here. She does call some people, "Mr. or Mrs. Smith" and she calls close family friends, "Aunt Jane or Uncle Joe".

October 05, 2005 8:09 AM

Blogger Pete said...

No, I was talking about people unrelated to them.

They are supposed to call people Aunt Trinity and Uncle G. Or Grandpa so and so (basically whatever the relative requests).

Your post asked about introducing your son to adults. Since he probably already knows his relatives, I responded to the situation of meeting an adult, unrelated to the child.

October 05, 2005 9:02 AM

Blogger loelsh said...

It really depends on the people. For example, we call my dad's parents gma and gpa and their last name. Growing up, we did the same thing with my mom's parents. Then when my oldest came along, my mom's parents started refering to themselves by gma or gdad and their first names.

My mom also prefered to be "mamaw Jean" and was "ms. Jean at church. That was her choice. I respected that and that's what the girls called her. I think it would have been disrespectful for me to force them to call her something she didn't want to be called.

It's really a personal preference. I think mostly older people are still more into the last name thing. I think it's true that it makes younger people feel older.

It started at church for us that the child care workers would all refer to themselves as Ms. or Mr. first name.

Besides where do you draw the line with the last name thing? I've never heard any one called "uncle Smith" or "aunt jones". They're adults, do they not deserve the same respect?

October 05, 2005 9:06 AM

Blogger said...

i say teach them to use the last name. i think it is more proper and if the adult doesn't like this, then the adult can ask to be called by the first name

October 05, 2005 9:08 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

I still use the last name system and I am 25! I think it is a repsect thing. Maybe if you know them on a more personal level, their first name is ok. Or even introduce your son to them as Mr. or Mrs. lastname and if they correct you with their first name then go with that!

October 05, 2005 9:33 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

My daughter is just beginning to talk and I've pondered how to do this as well. My husband grew up with calling his mother's friends "aunt" or "uncle" so-and-so, but they aren't relatives! So I'm not sure I can do that.

I think I will teach her Ms or Mr unless the adult wishes to be called something else.

October 05, 2005 9:34 AM

Blogger Internet Street Philosopher said...

My parents always taught me to call people Mr., Mrs. or Ms. or whatever title they had and then their last name. I have called a couple of older adults Aunt or Uncle and then their first name, but that's rare. I wonder what I'm going to do if I ever become famous and older celebrties try to get me to call them by their first name. I'm still a person who believes in being very respectful to their elders.

October 05, 2005 12:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i kind of let the adult decide what they want to be called, some of my friends want the mr./mrs. before their surname, some prefer first name basis, i think part of it depends on how close you are to those people in the first place. i prefer to go by my first name. i also kept my maiden name, which adds to the confusion. usually, if the parents want me to be known as a mrs., i respect that, but ask that i be known as mrs.jane, no one has been offended by this suggestion as yet.

October 05, 2005 12:11 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Lo, if your mom had asked you to call her by her first name, would you have respected her and done so? (Just curious)

Btw, I'm loving your input everyone! Thanks for helping me with this decision.

And one more thing, I wrote this post with two people in mind...the mom's of the boys I watch. I'm not sure how I want my son addressing them. He usually says red-head's mom or one year old's mom when trying to get their attention. So, I need to give him another way to appropriately address them.

October 05, 2005 12:27 PM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

If I called my mom by her first name, she would cry.
If I called my dad by his first name, he would beat the shit out of me.
Yeah, they are always Mom and Dad. And I will always be Dad.

October 05, 2005 1:01 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

Yes, if my mom wanted me to call her by her first name, I would have done so, since that is all I would have known. Children do what their parents teach them to do.

I still think it is just as disrespectful to someone to call them by something they don't wish to be called.

What do the boys you babysit call you? Or how do their parents refer to you to their kids?

Keep in mind that just because someone doesn't do things the same way you do doesn't mean they're wrong or being disrespectful.

October 05, 2005 2:24 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I would say it is good manners to address them as Mr X or Mrs Y until they ask to be called by their first name.

October 05, 2005 2:40 PM

Blogger Father of 3 said...

To me, it's more about the situation. I know several teens who, I want to call me John because we have similar interests and do some work togther. (We do video graphics.) This is different than a teen who watns to date my daughter. Then it's Mr.

October 05, 2005 3:23 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

For us it depends on who it is. Close friends and relatives we use first names. Strangers etc. we use Proper names..Mr.Soandso.

October 05, 2005 3:33 PM

Blogger Pete said...

Disrespect is a subjective thing. I can call my FIL by his first name meaning no disrespect, perhaps it was how I was raised and how my parents addressed their FILs.

But, maybe he perceives it as disrespectful, but never tells anyone.

Am I being disrespectful if I've done how I was taught and never been told differently?

I agree with both Fo3 and OGO's comments about situationalism.

I always introduce people to my children as Mr. Smith, unless they are family friends (as most people my kids meet now are) or if I've heard them have themselves referred to as Ms. Jane by other children (as most of the people at our church do, or my southern friends). Then I just go with the flow.

It sounds like the consensus is that it is up to you. You asked for opinions, and there are certainly no shortage of those here.

October 05, 2005 4:10 PM

Blogger G said...

"Mr. President?"

"Just call me George."


Even if he asked, I still think it would be more disrespectful for me to call him by his first name than to not honor his wishes. (opinions may vary)

He has a title for a reason. So do we as men and women in our society, and the proper respect should atleast be offered to one another.

I think it's ridiculous that an adult would become offended by being called Mr. or Mrs. Soandsoheimer as opposed to their first name. Especially if it is being done out of respect.

If I ever called my Mom by her name, I would have been slapped into the middle of next week (Momism). She never would have asked me to either. If somehow later in life her views changed on the matter, I don't know the reasons.

My son was taught to refer to her as "Mamaw", without the name part, because the very same woman had raised me to be that way. If she had ever expressed to me that she wanted my son to use her name, I would have been terribly confused.

For her to do a 180 on the traditional conventions she used in my upbringing would have been completely out of character,and irrational in my mind.

I've attempted, though not always successfully, to pass on the "old-fashioned" ideas of respecting one's elders, and not sparing the rod. These principles do affect what kind of adults our children will become.

A great philosopher once said, "I believe the children are our future... teach them well, and let them lead the way..."

rant off:

In a nutshell, parents are ultimately responsible for teaching/training their child in the way they should go.

October 05, 2005 7:45 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Wow, thank you everyone for your comments/input! It's greatly appreciated and it will help me and my hubby G make the best decision for our son.

If you have any more advice, please feel free to email me.

Thanks again everyone!!!

October 05, 2005 7:56 PM


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Monday, October 03, 2005


Hi, my name is Trinity, and I have a clearance shopping problem.

I have been re-organizing my bedroom tonight. I usually do this about every other month since I buy waaaaay too much clearance children's clothing. Whenever I am feeling down...or happy...or hungry...or depressed...or ummm, my typical self, I go to a one of my favorite shopping centers. I then buy all their $1 or less clothing...whether I need it or not. Because of this I have 4 storage bins full of clothing plus a closet full of bags (and that's after separating the clothes I am giving at Christmas).

I'm so bad! But I just can't help myself! It's not like I spend a lot of money on this habit of mine. I usually spend $10-20 a month on great sales. But the clothes are racking up. I am running out of room for this habit of mine.

You know what, I just like having gifts on hand. I can shop my inventory, ranging from sizes 0-3 month all the way up to children's 14, for what I need. It's a real time saver and it helps with my clearance addicition.

Life is grand with sales!!!

Blogger said...

I was at Linens and Things yesterday and they had a HUGE clearance section. I gave into temptation.

October 04, 2005 8:16 AM

Blogger Princess21 said...

Don't worry, I am here for you! The first step is admitting you have a problem!! Now we can work on getting you back to a safe place in your life, without addiction! Now, hand over all of your goodies!! :)


October 04, 2005 9:49 AM

Blogger Jootastic said...

woah...that's a really good idea.
(oh...and my verification word is "nhtuzzy"...thought i'd share)

October 04, 2005 10:55 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

I would never complain if my wife/girlfriend spent $20 a month on a bucket full of clothes. Unfortunately, she will instead spend $200 a month on one purse.

October 04, 2005 11:18 AM

Blogger Father of 3 said... think your wife is bad?!? My wife's wallet was stolen and I didn't even report it. The thieves are spending LESS than she was!!! <--Old joke.

October 04, 2005 11:34 AM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

what a wonderful idea! After my move, I may develop a similar habit.

October 04, 2005 12:56 PM

Blogger Jennboree said...

I too cannot resist a clearance sale...or the $1 Spot at Target. I begin to salivate and my hands shake as they reach for the $5 I've allowed myself to spend.

I see no problem with having gifts on hand. Convenience and economical. Think of all the gas $$ you save in the long run. Or not.

October 04, 2005 12:59 PM

Blogger Suburban Turmoil said...

I'm all about the consignment sales when it comes to baby clothes. I get all kinds of hand-smocked and boutique clothing for practically nothing. And I love neighborhood garage sales in some of the upscale subdivisions near my home. Lots and lots of expensive toys to be had for a few bucks!

Michele sent me.

October 04, 2005 1:30 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

girl, i am with you on clearance sales! i love em!

i added you to my list finally! :)

October 04, 2005 1:42 PM

Blogger Tee/Tracy said...

Oh man! I love a good clearance! I was just at Big Lots this morning and I had to get myself out of there before I spent too much... So many good deals.

BTW, that's very cool and unique the way you organized your links my length.

October 04, 2005 2:58 PM

Blogger M. C. Pearson said...

Boy, I only wish I had $20/month to spend on cloths!!! LOL, Homeschooling is fun. I've been going through my buckets of cloths that are too small for the youngest one...maybe I'll be able to enter the garage soon.

October 04, 2005 3:28 PM

Blogger Shelley said...

WOW! Can I come to your house to shop? You could get some of that moula back!

October 04, 2005 7:48 PM

Blogger G said...

Maybe you should try the clearance shopping patch.

October 04, 2005 11:31 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Okay, so I'm not the only one who loves to clearance shop...heehee!!! I can go into just about any store and find a great deal. And I have even thought about selling (through ebay) some of the clothing I have bought to make some of the money back. But who am I kidding? That will NEVER happen. :-)

October 05, 2005 12:54 AM

Blogger Mar said...

I left a comment but it is gone...I LOVE sales and going out shopping. But I have no spare closet/storage space left. I go out with that in mind, it helps me!Michele sent me!

October 05, 2005 3:23 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

I hear you!! You never know when you will need that perfect gift!

October 06, 2005 9:53 PM


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Sunday, October 02, 2005


Yesterday my hubby, son, and I went over to my grandparent's (in law) house to spend some time with visiting relatives. I guess it was the grandparents niece and nephew, their son, and his daughter ( I don't exactly know how everyone was related). Well, the little visiting girl walked over and hit her grandpa. With her daddy watching, the grandpa smacks the girl back! Did I mention that his son, the little girl's daddy, was sitting right there?!

Okay first off, did she really deserve a smack? Second, if the daddy wanted her punished, why did he do it? If my son acts up in front of my parents, it is my responsibility to discipline him. I would be the one in charge and I would find it very disrespectful (to me) if my parents were to discipline my son with me standing there.

Am I crazy to be thinking this way? Would you be okay with your parents smacking your child right in front of you? Is it a Kentucky thing (where the visitors were from)?

Blogger Shelley L. MacKenzie said...

Hi, found my way here from Bonnie Writes.

I think I would tend to agree with you, that the discipline should be done by the parent in a situation like that. I wonder though if this is something they have discussed and the son gave his father and mother permission to punish the grandchildren.

October 02, 2005 7:59 PM

Blogger Pete said...

As you probably know, I was over there yesterday (earlier) too, and I saw the same kind of thing.

The grandparents were very active in caring for the girl and the dad didn't do doo doo.

Maybe the grandparents are basically the primary caregivers of the kid, at least in the absence of the mom.

The need to smack the 18 month old back though, can definitely be debated!

October 02, 2005 8:16 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

I know that they have a babysitter (not the grandparents) for her during the day, but, the families live close by. They see a lot of each other (or so I heard), so I think that the grandparents are a little TOO comfortable with disciplining in front of her parents.

October 02, 2005 8:25 PM

Blogger Pirate Princess said...

Thanks for visiting yesterday. :0)

I'm with you - sounds weird, but then, if what guru says is true, then I guess I could see why the grandparent took it upon himself to take care of the discipline (although the means of displine is definitely debatable).

I had a sister-in-law who took it upon herself to discipline ALL the kids - hers, ours, and others - when we went camping as extended family together. The other family members told me to "put up with it" because she is bipolar.. We finally quit going because the last time she yelled at my daughter I was ready to punch her in the teeth and my husband had to take us for a drive. Bipolar or not - I'm the parent. I'LL do the discipling, THANK YOU.

October 02, 2005 8:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm..I would say that it is a "parenting" thing, not a Kentucky thing. Some people find it easier to sit back and let someone else do it. Although that is never good for anyone in the end....

October 02, 2005 11:07 PM

Blogger Twisted Cinderella said...

I guess it is all about the family dynamic and what is normal in their circles, but I would not be comfortable with it in my house

October 03, 2005 10:07 AM

Blogger Dirk the Feeble said...

If anyone but me or my wife hit my child, I would beat the shit out of them.

When my child is born, if the doctor smacks his/her bottom to get them started breathing, I'm going to beat the shit out of the doctor.

If my child is choking and someone smacks him/her on the back to get them to cough up whatever it is they're choking on, I'm going to beat the shit out of the person who just saved my child's life.

I'm not even sure I have it in me to spank my kids myself, I'm certainly not letting anyone else do it (or, if I haven't mentioned it before, I'm going to beat the shit out of them).

October 03, 2005 11:07 AM

Blogger Tee/Tracy said...

I think maybe it depends on the family. I am totally OK with my parents discilping my boys if they're out of line, but we are very close and it's something that was discussed long ago (I expressly told them it was fine with me.) They know which types of discipline I find acceptable and if I've stepped out of the room they know what they're allowed to do... If I'm sitting right there in there in the room though, I would definilty be the one to handle my kid...

October 03, 2005 1:38 PM

Blogger Shelley said...

ey girl - this is way wacked! Totally off base! It's a parent's responsibility to discipline the child, not the grandparent's, and to do this in broad daylight to boot! MAN!

October 03, 2005 2:51 PM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

I'm a firm believer in discipline, however, it's important to tell the grandparent that only the parent has the right to do this.

October 03, 2005 2:56 PM

Blogger Oh great One said...

Under regular circumstances I would agree. However there are times when parents DON'T discipline the child. When it comes to hitting action should be taken. I have inlaws who don't disipline in those situations and I wait to see what they do, IF they don't step in, I do. The PARENT should be the person to take care of it but that isn't always the case.

October 03, 2005 3:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've never heard of that, but i grew up without being smacked and i've never smacked my kids.

October 03, 2005 6:44 PM

Blogger Amanda said...

wow! i would probably have said something, like:

"um, do you SEE her dad sitting right here? could you BE any more out of line? could i TALK anymore like chandler bing?"

seriously though, i think it probably depends on the grandparents relationship to the child. as a teacher, i see lots of gparents step in as primary caregivers while the parents continue living a life of sloth and irresponsibility. so in a situation like that, i would think that the grandfather had every right to discipline her, if it were something previously agreed upon by all parties involved.

October 03, 2005 7:25 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

you are not wrong to be feeling that way. I would be very upset if someone were to discipline my kids with us right there.

October 03, 2005 8:59 PM

Blogger loelsh said...

I also don't know them well enough to know what their situation is or their relationship. When my mom was alive, and she watched the girls, she was allowed to give them swats if they deserved them (not that she did it too often). But yeah, if the parent is sitting right there, he should have stepped up and took control of the discipline. But, like someone else said, maybe they have agreed that it's ok for the grandparents to discipline. Maybe she's done that before and the parents told the grandparents to "just hit her back". You never know. I'm not saying I agree with it, but there are plenty of people who do that.

I know I have said something to grandpa R before about him trying to repremand my kids while I am sitting right there. I think it is totally inappropriate, even if you're "in their home". It's the parents' job!

October 03, 2005 9:27 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for your input everyone!

I guess the general concensus is that it's the parents job to discipline...unless they have given the grandparents permission.

But it just didn't look right in my eyes.

October 03, 2005 11:20 PM

Blogger Becky said...

My 3-year-old niece would walk up to me and smack me, too, and I wouldn't smack her back but I'd sternly tell her not to do that again. I feel I have the right, as an aunt, to discipline her but not to smack her back. Her parents would jump in and tell her that if she did it again, she'd be punished, if they saw it happen.

October 04, 2005 12:41 AM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh yes, a warning is always best. It's good to let a child know that what they did was wrong and that if they did it again, they would be punished.

(Btw, there was NO warning when the grandfather before hit the baby back.)

October 04, 2005 7:27 AM

Blogger Pete said...

That is the biggest key for me. I don't care who is allowed to do what in what situation so much as I care that this kid is 18 months old and was hit without any apparent warning.

That troubles me most of all.

October 04, 2005 11:31 AM

Blogger Jennboree said...

Hi! Amanda Sue's sis here.

My overall opinion is that if the parents clear it with the grandparents to discipline, then that's the parents' call to do so.

HOWEVER, it bothers me that anyone would smack a child because hitting for hitting never makes sense.

I probably would blow up like a volcano of mother fury if my parents ever disciplined my daughter like that! But I wouldn't hit. I'd smack em around with angry words. haha

October 04, 2005 12:57 PM

Blogger G said...

Hey, [SMACK]... We don't hit!

When we were little, and in the care of our grandparents, they were allowed to discipline us as far as I remember. (Without our parents around)

The thing that deterred us most from misbehaving though, was the threat of our parents being told about our actions.

I think most of us are of a distintly different generation than the folks being discussed here.

Back in the day, if you acted up at your friends house, your friend's dad would whoop your butt, drag you home, tell your dad, then youd get whooped again!

It was almost expected that all adults took responsibility for all kids. Again, that's when the parents weren't around.

October 04, 2005 11:19 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Oh how different we are today then we were 20 years ago.

October 05, 2005 12:33 AM


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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Coming Home!

I know I have made mention of Andy before...he is part of the Marines Lima Company that had been in Iraq since January. His particular company had many deaths (48 in all) and we were scared a few times that he wouldn't make it back alive (you can read about it here, here, and here). Well, he is now back in the US!!! (thanks again everyone for your prayers and well wishes for him!) Last night 350 of his battalion (with 900 reservists in all) arrived in Camp LeJeune in North Carolina! They will then spend about 5 days in what they call a transition period to get them used to being back in the good ol' US of A. Then Andy will be coming back home to us here in Columbus, Ohio in the middle of next week! I can't wait to see him! His family is planning a welcome home party for him at their church and all I want to do is give Andy a big hug and to thank him. I am sooo proud of what he has done for our country!!!

Life is grand with Andy home!!!

Blogger G said...

What a man, What a man, What a man, What a man... What a mighty good man.

I'm really looking forward to seeing him too.

October 02, 2005 1:25 AM

Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said...

That's great to hear, Trinity.

October 02, 2005 11:49 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

that is such great news, a celebration week ahead!

October 02, 2005 1:15 PM

Blogger Style Me Organized said...

horrah! that is wonderful news!

here via michele.


October 02, 2005 7:24 PM

Blogger Becky said...

Glad he made it home safely and I commend (and thank) him for his service.

October 04, 2005 5:52 PM

Blogger Trinity13 said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone! I'll tell ya all about his return home soon...should be this Thrusday!!!

October 05, 2005 12:16 AM


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