If I could be anything in the world & Weekend Shenanigans

Monday, July 22, 2013

So I decided I would blog since the rest of my week will consist of finishing up some things for classes since only two more weeks of the semester exist and doing some things to set up for applying for my daycare license such as going to get TB tests tomorrow, oh joy! Anyways I decided to do a Weekend Shenanigans and the 52 weeks of blogging with a purpose.

I will first start out with the If I could be anything in the world for the 52 weeks blogging question. This is a toughy because I really haven't thought long and hard about it. I don't think I would want to be someone else just someone who was rich and could live carefree without worrying about their next move. That would be ideal for me, to have money and not have to worry about saving every last bit. One day I will get there, hopefully. Starting up my own daycare is the first step because I can make almost as much as I was making at my job before I got laid off with just six kids since Donovan will play stay-at-home dad and watch Arianna and the baby so I don't have to include them in my six. This weeks question won't have much detail to it because in all honesty I don't want to be anybody but myself. There are times where I wish I was someone or something else but I think to myself, I don't have it nearly as bad as other people. Yeah I am laid off and 9 months pregnant and Donovan hasn't had luck finding a job and I just bought a house but I was blessed to get quite a bit of unemployment and my student loans to not have to worry about making bills monthly. So I thank god for that. Anyways onto my Weekend Shenanigans. This will be under the cut.

High five for Friday

Friday, July 19, 2013
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So I decided to post while I am at the computer doing homework, or at least trying to heh. I at least completed everything that is due soon so a girl needs a break. Only 2 weeks of summer semester left and then a few week vacation! YAY! Anyways so here are five things that excited me this week! ps; sorry there aren't any pictures, I am being lazy!
1. The Capital Area Humane Society here in our city had a free pet adoption today if you brought in things from their urgent list and we did that and came home with a 3-5 year old dog. She is named Sierra and is a collie mixed. She is super calm and pretty nervous at first. I am hoping she opens up! Gosh she is so loving. What makes it better is she was a stray and someone found her so we rescued her ;-)
2. I am closer to my due date and being full-term! AMEN! Ugh. The heartburn is horrible and the kicks are non-stop and jabbing pains when he kicks and certain way. 2 weeks from Tuesday and I will be full-term, he can come that day lol.
3. I have been taking pictures with my camera as well as Donovan, playing around with it and it was definitely a great investment, love it!
4. I have been web-surfing (lol I hate that word) and found a few things I want to do and take up in my free-time and maybe make some extra income on them, be on the look out!
5. This week has been horribly hot and sunny but I have loved it because we haven't had much of a summer. But now it can go away. We have had a heat advisory for the whole week since temperatures have been in the 90s and heat indexes in the 100s. Only in Michigan would it be 70-80 and then skyrocket lol. Luckily it has cooled down a little because our lawn needs some loving tomorrow or Sunday, ahem Donovan is going to mow that lol.

Again, sorry about the lack of pictures. I will try and be better with that form now on since I have a camera instead of my phone which is useless. If you aren't yet, you can follow me on Instagram because I do post from time to time throughout the week on there. It is private so you have to request to follow me back but I do follow back!

If I were to win the lottery...

Monday, July 15, 2013

I again, am linking up for 52 weeks of blogging with a purpose with Frommrstomama.com. This weeks topic is "If I were to win the lottery, 5 things I would buy" How fun! Now I don't know how I am going to sum up just five things I am going to buy! I will try to pick the top five things I will do/buy if I were to win the lottery and oh, that'd be nice! Oh and I would take a buyout rather than installments because I would probably die before I got the rest of my money!

First and foremost I would pay off my house so that'd alleviate a bill I wouldn't have to pay, probably pay off all my credit cards and car and alleviate quite a few bills! Now I really am dreaming because I wish this would happen. I do, usually, pay off all my credit cards when tax season comes but then they end up being used again when money is tight and we need something. That is my main goal, especially if I won the mega millions lottery!
Second I would of course give to charity. I am not sure which charity but it'd probably be a few especially ones that help children out and battered women. That is something I have always wanted to do but cannot because I do not have the funds to do so right now.
Third I would more than likely invest a couple thousand in a trust fund and probably some cash deposits, something that will make the millions I have made grow into more money! OH that sounds so lovely! Now after posting this I definitely want to go grab a mega millions ticket just for the heck of it, I am feeling lucky haha.

Wow I really don't know anything else I would do, so I guess I will say the three things I would first do. Maybe buy another car for the family so we have two cars? I have no clue.

Anyways...I bought a new camera because my other one is broke and there isn't anyway to fix it and I need a camera to take pictures of baby when he is born, don't worry it'll be paid off come next eternity lol. I bought a Nikon D3100 which is a DSLR camera and I am in love. Still learning the tricks of the trade and if anybody knows any, feel free to share. I finally got down what shutter and ISO controls. I am working on aperture because it still is a little confusing to me! I got some pictures with the effect I was trying to achieve which is the subject standing out against a blurry subject. So I was just snapping away at Arianna haha. I will post those underneath the cut here. I also want to get a bigger memory card that will hold more pictures while in RAW format. On another note, Donovan is really erking my nerves lately, I don't know if it is the hormones or us being together 24/7 but he seems to be getting more and more lazy as the days go by, but this will be for another post because it is a rant in itself! Not to mention I had to go to the hospital the other day but again, another post. I will post those hopefully this week. I am trying to get ahead of homework and the semester is almost over so expect more posts, hopefully!

My Weakness

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

So I found while browsing blogs that I am following an interesting "bloghop/linkup" that I definitely wanted to take part in! It is the 52 Weeks of Blogging with A Purpose by Frommrstomama. It is a link up that opens every Monday with a different topic for that week. This will get me blogging weekly (hopefully) and on top of that, I won't have writers block while trying to find something to write about. While browsing I also found quite a few more things I wanted to take part in! YAY! So I will start this week since she just started 4 weeks ago so I am not too far behind. So why don't you join me with 52 weeks of blogging with a purpose! So while trying to think of my weakness or weaknesses, only a few come to mind that really stand out. Mind you, I have flaws like everybody else and have my weaknesses like everybody else so I will just choose the ones that I struggle with a lot.

Friday's letters

Friday, July 5, 2013

Two posts in one week, let alone in a row? What is wrong with me?! I decided while I am printing out my next assignments for school, I would do a Friday's Letters since I haven't done one in quite some time. We actually ended up not seeing fireworks last night. We got there and were having a jolly time and then some dumbass had to mess it up for us and I about went ape-shit on him being pregnant and my hormones were raging. He decided it'd be awesome to light off bottle rockets in an actual bottle on gravel (could possibly tip over) and guess what?! It came back down and almost hit a car. What makes it worse is he had on a firefighter shirt, I doubt a real firefighter, probably a volunteer but I'm pretty sure if something tragic were to happen, he'd get quite a bit of grief for it! Once Arianna saw that and that it was so close, she started freaking out and I started freaking out. I am terrified of fireworks after the incident that happened at the Riverfront two years ago when a dumb kid through an M-80 into the crowd and it hit a lady who jumped in front of her son and flew past me, my friend and our babies and almost took us out. That was it and we haven't seen them in two years and Arianna has been terrified of them until this year, she was excited but of course, that all came crumbling down by this one person. We went to a different place because it is in the country and they have specifically on their flyers, NO fireworks because there are numerous children around and they even had it twice in all caps but of course, people don't listen. So we sat at home with Donovan and watched the fireworks across the street from the window and the Macy's 4th of July parade on TV. Anyways onto Friday's Letters.

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, July 4, 2013
So I decided while I was at the computer doing some homework I would write a post since my homework is done and some of next week's homework started up (sigh), only 4 weeks of summer left and then school starts up again August 22nd. I really haven't been up to much but getting things around the house done. Today we are going to the fairgrounds to see fireworks and I finally got the motivation up to do Arianna's hair yesterday for the 4th of July. Don't worry I have pictures lol. These next few weeks I am going to be super busy with cleaning the old apartment so I can hand in my keys, taking some classes to hopefully start up my own group daycare in my home. I also want to set up my file cabinet so it is organized and not a mess. I also need to finish up school for the summer and I only get a few weeks off before fall semester starts. I wasn't going to take the classes in the fall since I will have the baby but I need the money and if I continue, I should have my Corrections degree by next Summer. Classes start 5 days before baby is due, I am hoping that he comes earlier than that, like say oh 37 weeks lol. I only have 4.5 weeks left before I am full-term, maybe less since my stomach was measuring ahead. We will see Monday where I stand for my next appointment. I tell you though, this little boy never sleeps, when I am sleeping I wake up to him punching me. I hope he isn't a one-hour sleeper or I have a problem lol. I have his hospital bag packed and I need to get mine and Donovan's around. I put his carseat base in the car the other day so all we have to do is grab his carseat and our bags and go. Anyways I am going to post some pictures that I have posted on instagram and facebook throughout the week. Some include the new house ;-). The pictures aren't that good of quality because they are taken with my phone and well, my camera doesn't work anymore. ps; I also received my General Associates Degree in the mail this week!! I was so excited! Also expect pictures from tonight!

31 Weeks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I decided I would do an update in between moving and school homework. I have my homework done for the most part except a class that is due tomorrow but the teacher forgot to change the dates to open the discussion board so I am patiently waiting on that. I have only two chapters to read for homework in another class and then the homework assigned and I will be good until the next set opens. Today I am 31 weeks pregnant, I cannot believe I am that far!! This pregnancy is definitely going by super fast. I had a regular check-up today and baby is head down but he still continues to do flips from one side to another which doctor said is normal until about 34 weeks. My belly is measuring 32 weeks and he was measuring a week ahead at my 20 week ultrasound. I am surprised they won't move my due date! What if he comes at 36 weeks but is actually 37 weeks and I have to leave him at the hospital for a week, not happening! He likes to jab his foot in my side and leave it there until I push it away. We have everything we need right now except pants, I cannot for the the life of me find any 0-3 months jeans!! Everywhere we have went, there is nothing. He has a bunch of onesies but no pants! I am getting frustrated with that! We are officially moving into our house Thursday. Two men and a truck is moving all of our big items and we are slowly moving everything else between today and tomorrow. I am ready to be in my own house. I don't want to pay electric on both places but I have to until our lease is up which is fine as long as only one place we are using electric. Once we get everything moved in and settled (we are just going to be waiting on our new couch set and dining set), I am going to apply for my daycare license. I have everything needed to start up, I just have to start the application process. I found these little pregnancy questions on this blog and decided to use them to document the rest of mine.

I am alive

Saturday, June 22, 2013
I am a alive. I have been super busy with school and keeping up with it. I have bad news, I got laid off from my job on Wednesday, June 19th so I am freaking out trying to find out how I am going to make ends meet. Luckily I have financial aid coming in and I will be getting unemployment, just waiting on hearing from them as to how much. I applied for foodstamps for the time being. It sucks but I have to do what I have to do. This is the time where I am going to be proactive and apply for my daycare license. I am almost done with the last minute touches for the house and then we are going to move into it. Once I move in, I am going to apply for my license and get all those things going. Right now I am going to do it on my own with the six kids limit and them up it to 12 and get a daycare helper. Luckily Donovan is out of work right now and he can watch Arianna and the baby so I can have the full six kids instead of four. I have faith that things will look up soon. I got everything the baby needs, I wish I could have more clothes but for now, he has enough to get him through a week or two without laundry. I feel bad and like I have failed but it isn't my fault. The property was for sale and I knew that and new owners were taking over soon. I interviewed with them and they supposedly liked me but never made an offer. Two maintenance men stayed WITHOUT knowing how much they are making. I wasn't comfortable accepting a position not knowing how much I was going to be making first, that is a big no-no for me. So right now I am taking this much needed down time to focus on school and my family and spend more time at home. So I might be able to update more often, maybe not because school is hectic right now. I have two papers to write, which I started on one and finished one, just waiting on the guidelines so I make sure I did it okay. I have four chapters to read by Thursday and do the discussion boards and everything and then probably two more in another class starting tomorrow. I am super busy but that is okay. It keeps my mind off of things. So I just wanted to stop in and touch base with everyone and let you know what is going on. 6 weeks from Tuesday I will be full-term (37 weeks). I have a doctors appointment and WIC appointment so I will be pretty busy. Anyways hope you ladies are doing okay! Ps; if anybody knows any LEGIT work from home jobs that I can take part in for some extra income or to live off of, let me know!

Sunday Social - Summer!

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Well something funny happened with blogger and it deleted ALL the blogs I follow or at least it looks like it by the way my blogger dashboard has no blogs there. Hm I will investigate! I should update soon, maybe. I have lots of homework and school just started today lol.
So sorry for not updating, I started my new position and am officially on my own starting tomorrow. Definitely nervous. Also we have a temp. assistant helping me out for the time being and we will see where that goes. There is so much I have to do tomorrow and I am going to delegate some stuff out to her like typing up the renewals and everything. Ugh. So much to do so little time!

1. What is your favorite Social Media outlet?
Oh man, I have quite a few but right now I haven't been using anything other than Instagram and Pinterest. Ahh I am definitely addicted to Pinterest.

2. Do you subscribe to any daily news reads?
I do subscribe to my local news feeds, such as WILX and WLNS. I probably will subscribe to CNN sooner or later since I check that website quite a bit a lot.

Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 27, 2013
I won't say much but Happy Memorial Day! This is the day where we give thanks to everyone who has put their life on the line for us and some have died for us to have our freedom. My cousin Sarah was in the Air Force, she never went overseas, however I do still give her thanks since she did take that risk with doing the job she did. Also a few friends of mine have joined or are in different forms of the military, marines, air force etc. So as you are BBQing and hanging out with family and friends, remember some other families aren't so lucky to be able to do that on this day.

I am going to my mothers and we are going to make some yummy peanut butter fudge, I am so excited because I am hankering for it. I also got some motivation up to vacuum the house and clean the downstairs bathroom and kitchen. I do still have to mop the floors down there and clean this upstairs bathroom. I somehow also managed to put laundry away that wasn't from 2 weeks ago but rather from this weekend. Heh. Anyways I am going to go now and eat some breakfast that the hubby is cooking up. ps; Does anybody else have a problem with the new pinterest? Mine shows up weird and some things I cannot click on. Meh. Let me know.

Sunday Social

Sunday, May 26, 2013
So once again I am linking up with some wonderful ladies for Sunday Social.
Best Summer memory as a kid?: I really don't remember, I loved going swimming in our pool when we had one and to the Aquatic Center.
Favorite summer drink?: Non-alcoholic would be Kool-Aid, I am a sucker for some nice Kool-Aid lol.
Favorite Summer TV show?: I don't have just a favorite summer show. I usually watch the same shows but a nice little romantic or girly movie would be great.
Best outdoor summer activity?: Playing outside with my booger and swimming. I definitely love swimming!
Summer vacation essentials?: Sunscreen of course lol. Flip-flops, maxi dresses, sandals, anything cute and summery!!

Sunday Social

Sunday, May 19, 2013
I promise to update tomorrow for Sunday Social. Things have been crazy this week. Trying to finish up some last things before we can close on the house and it has been stressful and pretty hectic plus my raging hormones are not helping. See you tomorrow!
So since I am back to the blogging world, I figured I would link up again for Sunday Social. I haven't done a bloghop in awhile and I am excited to have my blog back. A way for me to let out everything! So here it goes.
1. What is your favorite kind of surprise?: Any surprise to me is exciting! I really don't have one specific favorite. I do like when I come home and dinner is ready and the house is cleaned and laundry is put away ;-).
2. Flowers or Chocolate?: Chocolate all the way, I love flowers, in the garden but when you bring me something I would rather have chocolate over flowers!
3. What is your favorite summertime activity?: Going to the beach with Arianna and friends or the park with Arianna and Donovan. I love also to take a walk with my family at night. Definitely cannot wait to go swimming with my pregnant self this summer!
4. Do you have any vacations planned this Summer?: Nope. With baby coming and the new house. We definitely have to start saving money when my raise kicks in.
5. Favorite Summer Holiday?: Fourth of July and Memorial Day (even though that is spring). Both days I have off from work so it definitely is great.
6. Dream Vacation?: Any vacation. I have, believe it or not, never technically been on a vacation. I went to Wisconsin Dells when I was like 15 with my mom and that was that. I haven't been anywhere exciting. I am hoping if everything with my job goes well and I come back from maternity leave and still have the same position, that we can save a lot of money for a vacation, that would be nice.

Summer Love

Saturday, May 18, 2013
I went online browsing again today like always and on a mission to find some cute things I could wear while fat pregnant this summer. I am thinking when I am not at work, maxi dresses and flat sandels are going to be my best friend. I was pregnant with Arianna during the summer and it really didn't bother me but then I was smaller when I got pregnant with her and stayed pretty little my whole pregnancy stomach wise, even though my hips, thighs and butt grew. This baby, I am almost 26 weeks pregnant and look like I did when I was 33+ weeks with Arianna and my legs and butt and thighs are even bigger than with Arianna, ugh! I am ginormous. So here is a little collage of some cute and quite cheap things that I found at Rainbow. They definitely have some good deals and I was excited to find a shop near me, actually right around the corner. So as soon as my first check with my raise is here and I pay down some credit cards and buy last minute house things and things for Dre'Shawn. I definitely suggest checking them out!

25 weeks

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I am so proud of myself. I coded a blogger layout from SCRATCH! Yay! Now I can have my original layout. That was tedious though ha
Well I decided I would update while I am on a little break from school (3 weeks) and while I am on the computer and thinking about it. I was 25 weeks yesterday, only 15 (OR LESS!) to go. I am so excited to meet my baby boy! We are closing on the house in a few weeks or less also. Everything is falling into play. I got promoted to property manager and I am hoping everything goes good with that. Not many people are renting this year it seems like. Last year, this time, it was super busy and we got lots of rentals, this year, not so much traffic period. That or so many people are looking way down the road to the point that it is quite annoying because I want them in now, not August or later. Plus who is to say what prices and availability is that far down the road if you don't put in an application and people just don't seem to understand that. We are running great specials and everything, I told the regional that I am going to start stalking and kidnapping tomorrow! Seriously! Ugh. So annoying. I really don't have much to say. I just wanted to pop in. I will definitely post pictures of the house once we close and take occupancy. So excited! Also with my promotion I am going to be making $14,000+ more a year! Hopefully things go good like I said, lol. If not I will open up my own daycare and make decent money too. So I definitely have a back-up plan. Anyways I am going to go now and eat something and lay down since I am pooped, even though I haven't done anything haha. Night ladies!

I'm here!

Saturday, May 11, 2013
So I decided to try out blogger to see how I like it as far as a free blogging platform. I currently have WordPress for Urbanscenes.org but the free host I am using to host my domain through keeps going down and certain things are annoying me over there because I can't update some things because it is a free host so things are definitely slower and limited. I decided to give this a go though. I used a layout from Nympfont (sp?) link is on the bottom for now. I am hoping since I am out of school for 3 weeks until summer semester starts up that I can learn some blogger coding to hopefully code my own layout to my liking, we will see. I am going to keep this post short and hopefully go through and update my link in some peoples google friend connect. Anyways so here I am with a blogger, it will take me some time to get used to since I am a WordPress lover all the way but do not want to pay for hosting right now.