Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets are the New Craze!

I just had no idea what these things were until-

I went to Toys R Us to exchange a toy for my son and it was not open yet. We saw some people standing by the front door and decided to wait it out with them. It was a little odd because everyone was standing in a perfectly straight line and not just the usual milling around. I stood behind a woman with 2 kids who were running and trying to run in the parking lot while their mom chewed a man's ear off who was waiting with his small daughter telling him how mental illness runs in her family! I decided to ask someone what was going on right before we got in and she said they were all waiting for "Zhu zhu pets". Apparently this store did not have them for a month and these people wait evey Wed. morning for a shipment.

What are Zhu Zhu (pronounced zoo zoo) pets, you might ask? Well, do not feel bad, I had no idea either. They are virtual hamsters that make a squeally sound and crawl around the floor resembling a real hamster. You can buy the hamster and then (of course) you can buy a bunch of playsets to go with them.

I told myself just to do what I had to do and get out of there, but curiousity won out and we went to check it out. I took the 2 kids in the cart and followed the small crowd. People were all shoving and pushing for a spot around this tiny endcap where a salesperson was trying to take the boxes out of their shipping boxes. A couple of women were frantically going over their lists to make sure they had all the pieces they needed. I grabbed a couple and just announced to no one in particular, "I'll just sell these on ebay"! WELL- the looks that followed and then, "That's not fair!"
I took what I wanted and went to do what I had originally come for. I went to do my exchange. The phone was ringing off the hook at the register with people asking, "Do you have zhu zhu pets?- How many? - Will they still be there after I pick up my kid from pre-school?- Can you put them on hold?" NO, no and no. I go around by the pets just one more time and the lady with the mental illness in the family decided to let her kids roam the store- mind you they looked to be about 3 and 5. But apparently that didn't matter as long as her cart was fulled of zhu zhus. The manager comes up to me and she says, "I have had complaints that you are going to sell these on ebay and if that is the case, I'll have to limit what you can buy!" I told her honestly, "I have 4 kids- I know the 2 that are in school are going to come home asking for these for Christmas, so I am just going to stick them up in my closet."
I left at this point only to find a lady in the parking lot who told me that the manager is remembering my face and I am not allowed to buy anymore at this store, so I should find another store.
Great- Now I am blacklisted at Toys R Us.
I should of just stayed home- I guess that is where the title comes in- stay at home mom! No job- no money - no going out!
Did I mention these zhu zhu pets are now in my closet and not in my budget and not selling very high on ebay!
It is always something!

Thursday, September 24, 2009



That's right - it's my weight and I am posting it for everyone to see. Maybe to shame myself a little! LOL
I am always struggling with weight loss- much like a lot of women- especially after having kids. I started posting my weight in a weekly email to some friends and that helped for awhile- I got down to 148! But alas, I put on more weight and need to get it off. So you know, if you haven't seen me - I am short - too short to weigh 155.
My goals
-Wedding at the end of October with all my husbands' friends- must look good
-I NEED to be in single digit clothing! I am not buying anything else until I lose weight (well, maybe a pair of jeans, because I only have one pair.
-Have my husband say "WOW"!!!
Did I mention the wedding with all my husbands' friends?
So pray for me! Here I go.
Why does food taste so good?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James Dobson is at the top of my reads right now. I am in the process of reading the book as well as taking the class and doing a study guide with a group at church. It is really great! I am not always Dr. Dobson's number one fan, but a lot of good things have come from Focus on the Family.
His insight on boys is amazing and really drills into you how different boys are from girls and why. Some was common sense, but a lot of it was a real eye-opener.
The book spans many issues and is food for a mother of any age son. Some of the people taking the class at church have infant boys and they are trying to learn anything they can.
This is a great book and well worth the read!

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Well, this is what happened to my husband's car very early on a Saturday morning about 2 weeks ago! Thank God he is ok except for reoccurring backache that I am praying goes away soon! And thank God my husband had on his seatbelt! He was at a red light waiting for it to change and he looked up in his rearview mirror when a woman came barreling down at him and hit him hard doing about 50 mph! She was very disorientated and said she wasn't sure if she was texting or fell asleep. Now we are at the mercy of the insurance companies. Just waiting and waiting. In the mean time, we are once again down to one car- He needs to work, so he takes the van. I miss the van, but it does keep me out of Marshalls not having it here!!! lol And then last night, the husband picked up another used car that is good for travel!!! Woo hoo- just in time for us to hit the library program today!!!!
Half of us is back at school and I am missing them! And now we are very into the September birthdays that must be celebrated!
Sorry for the lack of blogage!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl


Ok- so not so professional yet, but I am starting my own "day thing" and today will start Book Review Tuesday. lol

2 of my friends recently recommended the same book to me without knowing that the other was reading it. It is Created To Be His Help Meet by Debi Pearl.
Debi and her Pastor husband, Michael are well known within the homeschooling circles, as pioneers of the homeschooling movement and have a website This is my first time hearing of them, but the book is an answer to prayer.
Over the years, I have spoken to many women older than I within the church and asked the question of how to treat my husband as a Godly woman.
Many women some with saved husbands and some without, have told me that "God does not want me to be a doormat", meaning I am a strong woman and should always stick up for myself.
It seemed like faulty advice, but not many people were telling me anything different with the exception of my grandmother who just seemed outdated. - Sorry Grandma.

Debi's book pretty much spells it out- if I want to have a "glorious" marriage (who doesn't?), then I have to submit to my husband and what God wants from me. She gives basic truths in her book with scripture that shows what God would have me do as a woman and a wife.
I have been applying Debi's principles (which as she writes are really God's principles) to my marriage and the past couple of weeks that I have been reading this book have been so rewarding. Being a better wife to my husband leaves me to be a better mother to my children as well.
I encourage you to read this book and put it to the test in your marriage today. I have not finished the book as of yet and may blog about it again in the future.

**Update- I finished this book and continue to look back to it. I believe every marriage could benefit from it.**


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