Thursday, April 29, 2010

Winner of DigitalRoom's sticker/label giveaway

The prize up for grabs was... 250 Stickers/Labels from DigitalRoom.com

Random.org picked comment #24 as the Lucky Winner.....

Congratulations to henrysgraphics...

Thank you to all those that entered and to the wonderful sponsors...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The great house clean up

It's amazing how much "stuff" one acquires when they aren't looking...

Honestly, where did all of this stuff come from?

With the count down to move day approaching I've stepped up the spring cleaning. I have devised a plan...

THE PLAN... go through each room twice maybe three times and get rid of the extra stuff. Goodwill/donate as much stuff as possible... Thin out the kids ever growing army of toys... Toss the stuff that we think we need and keep the stuff we really need...

THE REALITY... time is ticking and things are not going according to plan.

We did get rid of a few key items that we needed too... The Step 2 play gym/slide/swing set went to a neighbor (that we like)... They also got the almost new canoe/boat we were getting rid of... The custom playhouse might also go to them IF the person that wants it now falls through....

However...

We acquired a free Barbie 4x4 Jeep for Lil Kiwi (thanks DH).... Then the neighbor that took the other stuff gave us a 4x4 Dora Quad for Lil Kiwi... It is sooo cute and she loves it... Plus, I found more boxes of books in the garage... Bollocks!

Just about a month left to get this household ready for the move.... I'm scared...

Needless to say I am not getting on the computer much at all.. In fact, two whole days went by without me even turning it on. Even my mom has called me and told me to check my email a few times...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Quality Control Check

Are you sure this one passed inspection?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Digital Room Custom Stickers Giveaway

Several years ago I use to work for a large company and part of my job was to promote it. It was a hassle getting everything ready for printing only to find out it was going to take at least two weeks (that is unless I was willing to pay extra). If only I would have known about DigitalRoom.com my job would have been so much easier.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

What to do....

We are getting ready to move in about two months so we are cleaning out extra "stuff"... There is a ton of extra "stuff" for us to go through and that means figuring out what to do with it.
So, I started cleaning up the spare boxes and papers in the computer room. Was feeling good about it until I came upon a box of books and then another box of books... Imagine my complete joy horror when I found a few more boxes of books. These are a few of the boxes...
They are all in good to new condition and most have been read by me already. I plan on some marathon reading in the following weeks to finish the ones I haven't read. There are some I plan on keeping because I really like them but the others need to go.
Here is my question should I ......
  1. pack them up and Goodwill them
  2. give them away on my blog
  3. pack them up and hope DH doesn't notice
  4. other
Let me know your thoughts in the comments... If you pick other please let me know what you would do....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

LIVID!!!! Does not even begin

to describe how PISSED I am... Seriously, there are soooo many things I wish I could blog about but do not. We try to not post about how crazy it is living on this street with the WACKOS that we call neighbors... However..... after living here for three years and dealing with them everyday I am done... Thank goodness we are moving...

Before I get into what happened... *deep deep DEEP breath*  Let me give you an idea of what it has been like...

Four kids... their ages now are 4,5,6 and 9... It has been like this since we moved here three years ago (ie starting ages of 1,2,3 and 6). They are always outside playing without ANY supervision adult or otherwise... Several times the youngest ones have almost been hit by cars because they don't look... They will open your front door and walk right in (never this house because I always lock it)... They will open your car doors to "help" you out and them "in"... The cops were called when the now 5 year old was 4 and was standing and jumping on top of their minivan (once again no supervision)... They scream.. push kids off bikes or toys and take them... In fact, one tried to run over Lil Kiwi with her bike but I took the hit and then chewed her out... Not five minutes later she ran into Wee Man as he got off the school bus and I had to chew her out again... The 9 year old picks on Wee Man. This is the tame stuff... So... you get the picture.... One of the adults doesn't care what the kids do and the other one sometimes encourages it..

Oh and I have tried to talk to the kids and explain to them right and wrong.. They don't care either..

Well, yesterday.... OH yesterday was the last straw... We were getting ready to run to the store and the door bell rang and rang and rang... DH opened the door and told the 5 year old to please stop pushing the doorbell and that we were leaving so please leave... Ten minutes later we go outside and see this...
OOOO my mom can tell you how I dislike these particular neighbors... However, it's not like we have a choice and we are civil with them... The gloves are off now... I'm taking it to the mattresses... No longer will I take this bullpoop... We have complained before but nothing was done... For two years we have asked to be moved to a different house on base but there was always some excuse...

DH already went next door to talk to them about paying for it but the husband is TDY and will be back Sunday. The wife already knew which kid was to blame without DH telling her... Perhaps because this is what their minivan looks like...


Anyway. She said they will pay to fix it and that they are responsible however, I don't think the husband will be as understanding... I hope he will be but *sigh* he is the one that would say something like "kids will be kids"... If he does fight this we are trying to figure out what to do. We already plan to report it to the MP and housing but that doesn't mean much... Not trying to cause problems but honestly what the POO!!! At my wits end here people...

What would you do?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Ol' Blue Eyes


Lil Kiwi attempting her best Frankie.....


Think she did a good job?

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I can see clearly now...

Turns out that little Kelso moment with my eye was kinda a big deal. No one is sure what I did (including the Dr) but I had a nasty deep laceration on my eye. Woo Hooo.... After taking my eye medicine 4x a day for seven days I can see clearly again.

Today we took Wee Man to the ENT (Ears Nose Throat) Specialist to see if we can figure out what is going on with him. Ever since we moved to this state three years ago, Wee Man has had reoccurring ear infections every two-three months... Almost all have been bilateral, always quick onset and very painful...

Diagnosis is...... No clue....

"Well, his nose is beautiful.... no really his nose looks great." Dr. E explained after looking up Wee Man's nose.

"Hmmm" *smile* "Thanks..?.." I reply

"Looks like his Eustachian Tubes have a tendency to pull in more than normal, or suck like a vacuum" *holding up chart*

To which I just nod and stare clueless at Dr. E. He then went on to explain that most likely it's not allergies but rather the common cold that is causing all of Wee Man's ear infections... Since we are PCSing to a new base in June we decided to just see if that helps. (ie.. hope a different climate helps)

SO.... His Eustachian Tubes are unable to effectively regulate air pressure thus causing ear infections when he comes in contact with sick kids at school the common cold virus. I guess Wee Man really can claim that going to school makes him sick.. hehee

Anyone else have a child with ear issues?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party... Let's party like it's errr 2010

Aloha... O-si-yo... DobrĂ½ den... Guten Tag... Haileo... and

Hello to everyone visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom!
Ultimate Blog Party 2010
I am a tad late in joining the party this week; which in real life would never happen but here in the bloggy world I tend to get lost reading blogs... Shame on me I know... Going to keep this short so everyone can keep the party moving and visit all the wonderful other blogs joining in this year.

Brooke... that's me... *waves*  I am a Jill of all trades.. Before I became a wife and mother I held many other job titles. I've trained dolphins, tigers, dogs......done property management, marine mammal rescue, and everything in-between. Then when I wasn't looking I found DH and changed my title to SAHM. Which I guess isn't much different than what I was doing before.. LOL

Daddy Shenanigans is referred to as DH here on the blog. The two of us grew up in the same state but it took moving to Hawaii before we found each other.

Wee Man is our almost 6 year old son. He didn't start talking until he was 3 1/2 years old but is now at the top of his class. Yes... I know he is only in Kindergarten but ooo you should listen to the teach and staff at the school praise him (and not just because)... Although that does not mean he listens to anyone and is quite a handful. I love him even in those moments when he questions everything and everyone. I swear he is already a teenager. ov vey.

Lil Kiwi is just shy of turning 2 this year. Sugar, spice and almost everything nice... Before she was born we already knew that she had a few medical issues but the list grows with each doctor visit... Currently she has six different specialist that see her on a regular basis... Nothing slows her down though... She is just as active as other kids her age and you would never know there was anything wrong with her... I melt when she smiles.

Of course, in this family the animals are included. Black Dog was a rescue from Hawaii and is without a doubt the best dog I have ever known. He turned nine this year and has more airline miles than a lot of people I know.

Fawn Dog is the residence couch potato even though the dogs are not actually allowed on them. She was born in Ireland and then had a racing career here in the US for a few years. We were lucky enough to rescue her after her retirement and enjoy her crazy zooomies and helicoptering...

The short and sweet of it is that this is the Shenanigans blog. It has photos, the struggles and joys of being a parent, photos, story of Lil Kiwi's medical journey, giveaways, book reviews, rants, ramblings (a few too many) and did I mention photos... Okay it actually is more than that but trying to keep this short remember.. *laughing*

I hope you will come back and visit from time to time. OH and if you do please let me know and I will follow you back to your blog.

Aye yes the goodie bags at the end of the party... If I'm LUCKY I hope to see these three items in my bag...
Toshiba Satellite L505D-ES5025 (but I think everyone does), INTL 14S7 Blog makeover and the USC 3 – $50 Target Gift Card....

Otherwise finding any of these would be great too... (in no particular order) US76,US105, USC 8, USC 15, US112, USC 37, USC 57, USC 44, USC 39, USC 40, USC 36, USC 25, US107, US87, US77, US73, US74, US52, US32, US31, and US2... oh and any that deal with blog makeover (for blogger)....
Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you all soon. Now I'm off to visit a few parties and make some new bloggy friends...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Outsmarting Temptation with Yoplait Light Giveaway/Review

Temptation is not a good thing when you are trying to watch what you eat; even more difficult when you have others around you that leave tempting foods out for you to see.

One way to outsmart temptation is to indulge that craving with yogurt. With so many different flavors and brands you are sure to find one that is perfect for you. One of my favorites is the Thick and Creamy French Vanilla from Yoplait; which is why I was thrilled when Yoplait and MyBlogSpark sent me a gift set with a coupon to try the new flavors.
Blueberry Pie

Red Velvet Cake

Did you know that....

Red Velvet Cake 400 calories, 24 grams of fat per slice
Yoplait Light Red Velvet Cake 100 calories, 0 gram of fat per serving

Blueberry Pie 360 calories, 17 grams of fat per slice
Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy Blueberry Pie 100 calories, 0 gram of fat per serving

So, now when you are tempted to grab a dessert you can instead indulge in either of Yoplaits new yogurts without all the extra calories. In fact, you don't have to use them just to curb your temptations because they are the perfect snack between meals. Yoplait light yogurts also provide 20 percent of the recommended daily value of calcium and vitamin D. 

It took me awhile to find the newest flavors at the store but when I did I also picked up the Cherry Cobbler to try. I'm telling you it's difficult to pick because there are 32 wonderful flavors and they all sound so yummy. They were all good but I did like the Thick and Creamy better however, that's just personal preference on my part. They just seem more rich and decadent and makes me wish they had more flavors in the Think and Creamy selection.

The only thing I did not like was that they use Splenda as the sweetener. There is nothing wrong with that at all except the fact that I am very sensitive to those types of sweeteners. So, if you have no problems with the sweeteners then you are most likely going to love the new flavors.

You are also going to love the fact that Yoplait and MyBlogSpark are giving one of my readers the same Yoplait Light "Outsmarting Temptation" gift set that I got. It includes an insulated gourmet lunch tote, a food journal, a travel utensil set and a coupon for one cup of yogurt.

Please note *The coupon offer for a free cup of Yoplait Light yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee that doesn't mean you can't enter but you wouldn't be able to use the coupon.


Can't wait to try the new flavors? Head over to Yoplait's website and grab a coupon for a $1 off or check out some of the recipes you can make using Yoplait..seriously there are some yummmmy looking ones.

To Enter: Mandatory Entry (one time only): Leave a comment telling me which of the new flavors is your favorite OR your favorite Yoplait yogurt flavor overall... If this rule is not followed your entry will be deleted or removed from consideration.

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This giveaway will end on Wednesday April 21 at 11:59 pm EDT...

The Winner will be emailed on Thursday April 22... So, please make sure your blogger profile has your current email address OR leave a valid email in your posted comment. (ie. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com) The winner will have 24 hours to reply or new winner will be drawn.

Please note that Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

Good Luck to everyone

*Disclosure: I may receive the same item being given away from the company for hosting this giveaway. Product for this review/giveaway was supplied to me by the company or pr representing the company for the sole purpose of reviewing and/or giving away. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All opinions in this post are that of myself and do not represent the views of the company. Reception of product does not influence my views on the product and I will always give an honest candid review of product received. In this case, I received the gift set from Yoplait and MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Kelso Moment

One of the nicknames DH uses for me sometimes is Kelso... If you ever watched that 70's show you know who Kelso is and that he often says... "AAAA my eye"

Well...

AAAAAA my eye......

Not sure what happened but my right eye is painful... red.... watery... and no it is not pink eye....

I find it hard to watch the kids since I can barely keep my eye open (mostly just keeping it closed)... So, I am not doing Wordless Wednesday this week since I can't really see the monitor anyways... On the upside Wee Man is better and returns to school tomorrow....

In just a few moments we are heading out to the hospital/clinic since the base doctor can't get me in until next week. Since they are a first come first serve I don't know how long it will take to be seen but don't worry I'm sure it will be fine. If not there is a full scale hospital right next door literally and a professional eye doctor just down the street.

So, what I'm saying is.... "everyone (ahem) MOM..... Don't worry too much and I will call you when we get home..."

I do have a photo from yesterday before it got this bad but I think I will spare you the visual.... Although DH said he wanted to make it his WW.. Post the photo with a cartoon eye patch drawn on and title it "Arrr me pirate wife"... Yes he is that much of a dork....

Monday, April 5, 2010

It's all a bit crazy

Due to all the missed days of school from snowmageddon the school was open on Wednesday and Thursday as make up days.... Sounds great until it's 0230 in the morning on Thursday and you hear your child whimpering and crying in pain...

Yes.... it was as feared.... Another Ear Infection!!!

Early morning call into the doctors and we had a 1030 appointment. Which is just early enough I can't send Wee Man to school and just late enough that if we don't get out on time he misses school. *sigh*

They were running late so we waited... and waited...

The diagnosis..... One and a half ears infected.... When Wee Man gets an ear infection he goes all out. Seeing as how he never had any until we moved here and now her gets them just about every two to three months it is now a problem...

Next week we are off to the ENT specialist to see if we can figure out what is the underlying problem or to talk about tubes...

Needless, to say I have been busy playing with the kids so I have not been on the computer much. I really need to fix my laptop or see about getting a new one; so that I can use it more.