Ladybugs have landed on our house. A bajillion of them. They started coming here about a month ago and quite a few have moved in. I read that they are attracted to light colored houses and they’re just here for the winter so just leave them alone. That’s fine with me! I can use all the ladybug luck I can get! Here are some having a meeting in a corner of the kitchen:click to enlarge. I never knew their little spots were so symmetrical and each one has a different pattern. They were dive bombing my husband and BIL while they were building the fence and my BIL told me they were biting him! Big baby! They don’t even have teeth! šŸ˜‰

Sign here Cap’n

Speaking of online shopping….I bought Morgan’s (little sister) Christmas present online a week or so ago. Now, before I get to the meat of the story I have to remind you of something. Back in September it was National Talk Like a Pirate Day. So I looked up my pirate name online and found it to be Cap’n Misty Buttscar. Cute right? Well I typed it into my address book on my computer along with the other Tiara Girls’ (Susan, Deb, & Shannon H.) pirate names. My Crackberry links up with the computer so when they call and Jelly Legs Velma comes up on the screen it makes me laugh. Anyway, I got to the check out part of the order process for Morgan’s gift and just hit S when it came to name, address & so forth to let the computer fill everything in. A couple of days ago I was checking my gmail and found the following email:

From: B&H Photo
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 20:33:55 UT
Subject: Order Status

420 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001
800 – 221 – 5743
212 – 239 – 7765

Order Status


We are pleased to inform you that the following order has been shipped.
Order Number: 1021734
Billing Address:5*** H********* DR *********G NC 2****
Shipping Address:Same As Billing Address
Shipping Method: UPS 3 DAY
Boxes: 1
Tracking #1:1Z1310352319686


If the Ship Date is a non-business day (i.e. Sunday or Legal Holiday)
then the shipping carriers are closed and your order was NOT shipped
on this date. It is merely the date that your order was packed by B&H
and will be picked up by their respective carrier on the NEXT business
day. Please be advised that the above Tracking number(s) were created
by the B&H shipping department and they will only be recorded by their
respective carriers late in the evening of the day of pickup. Tracking
information for orders shipped via USPS is not available for all

Item Qty Item Description
MOAIIPFMCH 1iCarPlay Wireless – FM Transmitter/Charg

There are two options available to track your orders with B&H.

1. Email:

Send a blank email to, Include ONLY the
ORDER NUMBER in the SUBJECT LINE of your email.

2. Phone:

Call our 24 hour automated Order Tracking Line at 1-800-221-5743 or

We hope you enjoy your new purchase and look forward to serving you again.

Thank you
B&H Customer Service

Lord help me! My auto fill must have put my pirate name in as my regular name! And they are sending it UPS! Which means I might have to sign for it! Can you imagine what the UPS guy would think? Uh, Cap’n, can you just sign right here? And, um, how big is your butt scar?

O Tannenbaum

Thanksgiving: This year was our year to be at Jon’s parents’ house. It was nice to see everyone and we all had fun catching up. Jon’s aunt, uncle, cousins, and a couple that’s good friends with his parents (kind of like our honorary aunt and uncle) were there.

Today: I was able to do all of my Christmas shopping online this year (save one hard to find item that Susan found for me in her town- THANK YOU!) so I did not brave the Black Friday crowds. I did that 2 years ago and it was enough for me.

Tonight Sara and I took the boys to a Christmas tree lighting. We ran into Melissa, Logan & Andrew while we were there. Some photos:

I’m a danger to myself even while I sleep!

This was going to be a boring ol update post, but now you lucky devils get a near death story to boot! But you’ll have to wait til the end- muhahaha!
-Our bed situation: the king size mattress is still in the family room, however, we’ve been upgraded! My mom gave us 2 twin mattress sets that my little sister used to have in her room. They were covered in a plastic anti-allergen cover the whole time and Morgan only used them from ages 6-12 or something so she didn’t weigh but a thing so it’s like they are brand new. We pushed them together and it’s like we’re sleeping on a king sized bed again! Woohoo! I can sleep with my arms at my sides! Now CSP just has to get the bed frame upstairs (won’t fit- shocker!) and we’ll be all set. (foreshadowing!)
-Health: my arms are doing well. The braces really help. We’re putting off my surgery for a while because we just can’t afford to do that and finish our dossier right now. My arms can wait. My knee is also getting much better. My Ortho recommended physical therapy but I just didn’t see the need to pay $80 a week so someone could tell me what exercises to do to get it stronger when we have Google. My only weak points right now are after I sit or sleep for a while and try to get up, and going up and down stairs, or after a long day of walking it will tighten up and buckle. So I’m really pleased with all my progress!
-House: I’ll be devoting an entire post to all the reasons why no one should ever build with CP Morgan, but that will have to wait for another day. We’re slowly getting unpacked. It seems like we moved in then all kinds of things happened to slow me down, but I’m picking up speed. We have to wait on painting and putting up lighting and ceiling fans until CP Morgan comes in and fixed our ceilings so we’re still living in a white box with horrible lighting and no one is allowed to visit yet. But we’ll get there!
-Nephews & Neicelet: LOVE and adore them. Jacob has become really affectionate and loving and gives the best hugs. Joey has become a lint eater. This kid will sit on the sofa and pick fuzz off the afghan and eat it. He will choose sock fuzz over real food snacks. Bizarre. Oh, and did I mention that Olivia regularly says Shanny now? Melts my heart.

Ok, you’ve been patient long enough… I was sleeping peacefully on my twin/king bed last night when I awoke while drowning. See, you’re not supposed to have your machine higher than your head, but the bed frame has to be taken apart and put back together up in our room (CSP built it himself) so we’re just on the mattress/box springs right now and my bedside table is higher. And somehow, some time during the night I managed to pull my machine off the table and tipped it so it was standing on the humidifier part on the bed. And all the water in the chamber raced down my tube and into my nose. I woke up in a panic (mainly because I was drowning! in my own bed!) and ripped my mask off. In the process I broke the little plastic piece that holds the strap on. I coughed and sputtered and cleaned up my mess and tried to rig my mask back to my face to no avail. I managed to get some sleep last night, but not much. My throat is killing me today. But the good news is that the way my machine fell meant that the water went away from the motor. Yay!! But no one is calling me back from the supplies place- probably because of the holiday. Boo!! Oh, and what was CSP doing throughout my ordeal last night? Sleeping peacefully on his twin mattress side of our ghetto king bed, blissfully unaware that I was facing one of my least preferred methods of dying. Thanks for all that marital support there, honey!
So there you have it. Proof that even while sleeping I’m a major klutz and a hazard to myself!

Picking up where we left off

We’re all moved in, the checks have cleared. We’ve taken care of all the business necessary when you move across state lines- new driver’s licenses, car tags, etc. Now, we’re ready to begin again with our paper chase and get this adoption finished! There are lots of things we have to do differently now that we’re in NC vs SC, and some things we have to revise- like parts of our autobiography that describe our home and its proximity to hospitals and schools and whatnot. I’ve already got my call in to the social worker to come check out the new house- unpacked boxes and all! I plan on doing everything within my power to make this the fastest dossier put together the world has seen. We’re tired of waiting. We’ve sold our house and made our move for our girls, and now, we want our babies home.