Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I love NY

My favorite part of coming home to visit. You can't get anything like this back at Bragg.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The cool thing about horses...

...is they're kind of like people.

I'm sure all of y'all have seen the commercials for ancestry.com where you can research your family tree back generations and generations. Well, if you've got a fancy schmancy horse, you can do that too.

(Our friend Lance riding Illusion last winter. She's so pretty with a rider)

I belong to a group on facebook for milspouses who own horses. There aren't too many of us in it (around 50), but it's a great forum for advice. There are some really knowledgeable ladies on there. I've never been too concerned with Illusions lineage, even though we were told she came from champion bloodlines (for dressage) when we picked her up at the rescue for the whopping price of $0. Well, curiosity got the best of me, and Illusion is apparently a pretty big deal for those that are into the whole dressage/hunter type competitions (aka they do their manes all silly, dress them up pretty, and jump them over things. lol)

(her lineage)


She's the proud momma of SEVEN offspring that sold for thousands of dollars each.

(Her "babies")

(Some of her "grandbabies")

Her sire (father), Ceylon 454, is apparently a pretty popular stud in the Swedish Warmblood circles. If you google him, you'll find out his little swimmers were a prized commodity. lol.

(papa-dukes)

I've even found pictures of some of the sires in her bloodlines that run back to the early 1900's/mid-to-late 1800's. It was actually pretty nifty.

(Sainfoin-1887)

(My Pet II-1904)




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

If only everyone followed this...


Snow Man Cupcakes

I got this from one of my kiddos today. A super cute winter craft!

Beret is a cookie
Choc chips for the eyes & mouth
Chopped up an orange slice candy for the nose
Covered in white crystal sprinkles

Monday, December 12, 2011

A Sorry Secret Santa

I know Christmas is supposed to be about the spirit of giving, but getting an OPEN box of pasta from my secret Santa made me a little Grinchy!

The maximum is $2 per day and an unopened box is well under that.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Card Rejects

Using the self timer/continuous shooting left me with ONE decent picture out of FORTY. Oy Vey. Oh well, I hope y'all enjoy the pictures we will definitely NOT be using on our Christmas Cards this year!



Miley is winking at you ;)

Gross

Lost a dog...

And myself

Being licked

Big Yawn


F*ck it!



Another big yawn

Epic Fail!



Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Fill In #66

I havent participated in one of these in forever (like since week #52) but I'm home alone while the hubs is out hunting, and enjoying watching My Best Friends Wedding while stalking Blogger, Facebook, & Pinterest, and I figured, why not?


1. My favorite song of the season is  Totally Cheesy-but I love 'N SYNC's Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays & Britney Spears' Santa Can You Hear Me
2. Anyone who faces extreme hardship and does something great is someone who inspires me because I havent had to face too many challenges in my life, and it's always good to keep things in perspective.
3. If I had $100,000 to give to a charity, I’d give it to Tia & her pitbull rescue at Villalobos for sure!! Pitbulls & Parolees is one of my favorite shows
4. If I had a theme party, I’d make it black & white... keep it classy.
5. If I had one wish for my kids/future kids/some young person I care about, it would be that they actual have a planet to live on. It really aggravates me that people don't take care of the planet, passing it off as future generations problems.
Join Wife of a Sailor to participate in the fun :)


I take NO credit for this crafty cuteness!

We buddy read with some adorable little kinderbabes and here are the oh-so-cute things they did for Christmas this year.
Tiles with finger print trees & reindeer sweatshirts!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What's wrong with our society!



Too many people who are looking for a handout... what happened to the people who were too proud to accept help? Seems like nowadays there are way too many people who feel entitled, and always wanting to know what the government is going to give them. How about you earn it yourself?!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mennnnnnn

The hubster is horrible about ruining my headbands. Between him & the puppy, I think I only have one left that doesn't hurt my head.

My husband & I have traded cars to save some extra cash to travel home for Christmas. Since I only travel around 20 miles to work round trip, I can go almost all month on one tank of gas (which is around $35 in my carolla). On the other hand, Post is a lot further for the hubster, plus once he's there it's back & forth to the btry, motor pool, battalion, etc. In his Tundra he'll end up spending close to $400 a month in gas. Typical men & their big boy toys! Lol.

This morning when I got in my car I found my favorite headband smashed & covered in dirt from him stepping all over it last week. Wahhhh!

Guess this kid is either going to have to buy some new headbands or make some... Keep your eyes peeled for some crafty headband posts in the near future!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Something to think about this Christmas

I DO NOT know how factual this information is, as I received it in an email from my mom, and I'm too lazy to research it for myself right now. I know a lot of people who request people make charitable donations instead of gifts at the holidays, and its something to think about before you mail off your check.

I always say that if my husband or I wins the lottery for the big bucks, then I want to donate $1,000,000 to Tia (from pitbulls and parolees) for her pitbull rescue, Vialobos. Maybe one day, if North Carolina ever decides to start giving teachers their raises like they used to when I started, I'll be able to send some money her way. She is by far my favorite non-profit. What about y'all? Do any of y'all donate to charities?




Christmas is coming.  Think about these.
  
As you open your pockets for the next natural disaster, please keep these facts in mind:
 The American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J. Evans salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses

 The United Way President Brian Gallagher receives a$375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

 UNICEF CEO Caryl M. Stern receives $1,200,000 per year (100k per month) plus all expenses including a ROLLS ROYCE . Less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

GO "GREEN" INSTEAD AND PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE IT WILL DO SOME GOOD: 

 The Salvation Army's Commissioner Todd Bassett receives a small salary of only $13,000 per year (plus housing) for managing this $2 billion dollar organization. 96 percent of donated dollars go to the cause.
 The American Legion National Commander receives a$0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
 The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their
families and youth!
 The Disabled American Veterans National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
 The Military Order of Purple Hearts National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth!
 The Vietnam Veterans Association National Commander receives a $0.00 zero salary. Your donations go to help Veterans and their families and youth! 



Again... Like I said, I DID NOT verify these salaries... they came to me in an email... but its something to think about before you give money to a charity... Where is your money actually going?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Adoption Bans

Adoption bans are running ramped through North Carolina. The county that I live in thankfully is really lax about animal control, and doesnt participate in the adoption bans, but Cumberland County, just one county over, was considering automatic euthanization for any dog deemed a "bully breed"

Meaning all pitbulls, German shepherds, rottweilers, and the like would be automatically euthanized within 3 days of being brought to the shelter, with no chance for adoption.

Thankfully, they were met with 18,000 emails, and 100 strong crowd. As a compromise, the Animal Control Board has decided to make adopting these banned breeds harder (ie a background check) and that way hopefully preventing them from being adopted for dog fighting, and any other forms of animal cruelty. (more HERE)

It absolutely floors me that people can be so discriminatory towards a helpless animal. I have never met a mean pittbull, GSD, or rottweiler. Ever.

I don't know how many times I can say that my pitbulls are the sweetest dogs on the planet. They are cuddly, loving, and crave affection from people. As I type this I have one curled up at my feet. HOWEVER, my dachshund is MEAN. She absolutely does not like meeting new people. She has nipped at repair men & little children.

They say the most aggressive dogs are chihuahuas, dachshunds, jack russels, cocker spaniels & chows. In that order. No mention of any of the so called "bully breeds" Why? Because the media likes to highlight any wrong-doing of these so call evil dogs.

How can anyone not love these squishy little faces?!