Saturday, August 30, 2008

I miss you

September 18th is approaching fast. It will mark the 1 year anniversary since my pop pop left us. It's been more difficult now then it was when he left. My grandparents raised me therefore he was more like my dad. I will probably blog more about him when the time is right.

Pop-pop and Grandmom

Pop-pop as I remember him most.

Always holding the little ones

My Aunt Pam who passed away December 2007, 3 months after Pop left.

Another as I remember him most

My favorite person and myself

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Child Locators

I know I know, I just posted a blog, but I had to do a separate blog for this! I watched the new Duracell commerical where the lady and her son are at the park and he runs off. She starts to panic but pulls out some type of device allowing her to "track" her son down. So, being the noisy person I am I had to do some research in order to find out what that was she was using!

The Brickhouse Locator! This device is probably one of the best things ever invented for any parent! For a price of $189.95 it can be yours! That's one heck of a price considering our children are PRICELESS! Therefore, I am purchasing this product and will let everyone know much I love/hate it! So far I'm in love. They also have a cute little bear locator for $39.95, haven't read much about it but should!

http://www.brickhouse-childsafety.com/



I was just reminiscing on the past 2 years and how fast they've gone by. All that rambling that my parents use to go on and on about is becoming a reality. Kids really DO grow up, and FAST! This was my little man at 7 months



And this is him now:



This makes me sad! =( He's growing so fast, too fast at that.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Learning Channel (TLC)

TLC is one of my favorite channels on TV. When you're flipping through the guide and something just catches your eye, like, "Half Man, Half Tree" you know you're going to want to flip to it and see what the hell it's all about! Well, today, and actually a time before this, I watched the show, "Wild Child/Feral Children" it was fantastic. It's saddening to see how people could do this to each other, let alone their own children. But, it is also a great way to get people to realize that there ARE incidents all over the world just like these. It's amazing, absolutely amazing. It's stories like these that make you realize how insensitive people can really be. How horrible the human race can actually be.

I can't embed the link I wanted to, but here is a link from YouTube about a girl named Genie. She was completely isolated as a child and finally found at age 13. Her mother kept her in a secluded room with no human interaction. You'll see how see walks, which is an affect from being strapped to a potty chair or locked in her crib for 13 years. Unbelievable.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICUZN462qMw

Another link is one of Oxana Malaya. A girl who was raised by dogs after her mother kicked her out because she wasn't a boy. She lived with the families dogs. Therefore, acts out EXACTLY like a dog. It gives me chills everytime I see this video. It's quite intriguing to see how a human can learn that from a dog, but a dog cannot learn human like insticts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyqbnDjId7g

I have also been quite drawn to the violence and outrage in countries like Sudan and Darfur. I'm VERY interested in learning more about these crisis' and how I may be able to help. I would like to, in the future and if possible, travel to a country that is in need of help and make a change in someones life.
This next video is a documentary on the children in Sudan. These guys did a terrific job on it and I give them many kudos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qds5MQCqWnk

I hope that people reading this blog will get a better understanding on life itself, how there ARE in fact people out there who have it 100 times worse then they.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Staying organized is a problem for me!

Yes, that's right. It's practically IMPOSSIBLE for me to stay organized to a degree where I'm satisfied. I see so many moms out there with 2, 3, maybe even 4 or 5 kids and they make it look so easy! The past 2 months I've been pulling my hair because we've been strapped with money. I've not even paid this month's rent! Luckily, my landlord has been taking it easy, I've never been late a payment so that helps. I won't even start work at KOHLS until a couple weeks. I'll find out more Tuesday at orientation.

I have so much going through my mind all day and it's hard to not get a headache from thinking too much. I want to have so much but forget that it won't just take over night, I have to work for it. I feel the only way I can stay organized is to figure out what I want. I recently downloaded mommybar and it seems to be helping. I've also found numerous websites/blogs from other moms with very helpful tips, advice, recipes, etc.

After Tuesday's orientation at work is over, I'll have more of a foundation for what I am able to do to move forward with my life. I plan on staying at KOHLS for awhile, so hopefully everyone will be nice! I hate switching jobs, so I'm sure I'll do my best with staying. I don't know what my rate of pay will be, but hopefully with 2 years prior work experience it will be decent.

I'm having a hard time deciding whether I want to break my lease here or not. If my landlord can agree to lowering my rent from $725 to $650 that would make my decision of staying easier. I just know I won't be able to afford $725 every month right now. I'm still so young and I want to focus on saving money for my family's future. I will cut anything out that I don't need right now to do so. All of this is with the realization that the entire world is hurting economically, so it's not just me going through a rough time.

I am very excited to start work again though. I love the thought of a steady income! It's great! Not having a car payment every month is another great thing. Really helps save money! Anyways, I'm not believing it's already 12:07AM and I'm still awake, so I'm off to bed!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I am now employed!

Yes, that's right! I'm finally employed! KOHL's has built 2 new stores in my county, and I got a position at the one closer to us. I can't wait to start. Everyone seemed so nice and I like the fact that it's a BRAND NEW store! I may not be able to go back to school this semester, which if not, I'm not going to worry about it. I can reapply for the Spring term and that will give me time to get some work in. I go next Tuesday for orientation. Bad news is, I don't know how much the pay is! And they don't open the doors until October! ALDI's has called back for a 2nd interview. It's this Sunday and I think I'm going to go just in case. I will be sure to let everyone know what happens!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Animal Planet came!

A family friend of Paul's came up this past Tuesday from down south (about 4 hours away), James Billie. He owned Billie Swamp Safari a few years back when he was chief of the indian reservation. He was the man who started all the casino's. He use to be Paul's dad's boss and they wrestled alligator's together. Well, they have a video tape of a time when James Billie's got his finger bit off by an alligator! I've seen it once before on one of those Most Extreme Videos or something. Anyways....Animal Planet came out to do an interview on them!! SOO Paul's dad is going to be on TV! Now, the whole point of this was:::

Paul got his Chiki Hut building business underway. James Billie is the one helping him out. I've heard all this talk about this guy James Billie and I finally met him! He was the man paying Paul $18-$20/hr when he was like 15-16 years old running equipment! Now, mind you, this was all when Paul lived down south with his dad at the safari. This guy was chief for 20 years and each year made $1,000,000! Do you realize how much that is! I even heard him say, from his own mouth, his chiki hut business just made him over $600,000 last year! And he is coming up this week to help Paul get everything underway. Paul and I have sat down and talked about it and we realize that all this arguing we do is because we're broke. We use to have money and didn't have to worry about bills being late. With the economy being like it is employment is becoming so hard, and Paul did go out for a while trying to find a job, but every where that deals with people driving heavy equipment are the one's who are laying off 100's of their employees! And personally, I love to work. It gets me out of the house and God knows I can't stand being locked in the house! I am just going to continue to pray to God that everything goes on the right track. I pray that my landlord works with us on rent, I pray that we will get all our bills paid, I pray that my little family will stay safe through all of this.

This past weekend

Friday I had an interview with ALDI'S. It's a grocery store kind of like Save A Lot, my old job. I hope it went OK. I do know one thing though, I was wearing a dress and facing the man and noticed him looking at my legs. I immediately remember how hairy my legs were! OOO was it embrassing!

We also went to The Father's House to the Phat & Heavy Rock Show. It was Paul, Landon, Myself, and we also brought Paul's neice and nephew, Bobby and Tori. We left early to go eat at Ramshackles.

Saturday, Landon and I went to Tristen's birthday party. Kate really did a great job! She always throws the best parties! We were there for about 3 1/2 hours.

Paul's friend John, his girlfriend, and their son are here for a little while. Hopefully it will turn out good. I think it will help us out with bills. I've never had roommates before so I just hope I won't be too picky. They are all real nice so that's a plus. I'm not sure what we're doing today, it's only 11:30 AM. I know I have to go grocery shopping though, and boy I hate doing that!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Introduction

Hello to all! I am quite new to this whole "blogging" scene, so you will have to bare with me at first. I've noticed a few people who do this and I think it's great! It's an excellent way to let family and friends know how you and your family are doing.
My name is Tiffany and I was born September 6, 1986. I have 1 son, Virgil Landon, who was born May 24, 2006. He's what I live for every day and he makes my life complete.

We have 1 dog, Rufus, he's a rat terrier. We had 2 cats, Phylis (laying down) and Murphy (sitting up), but Phylis recently ran away. We miss her a lot and Murhpy is lonely. Rufus likes to play with Murphy though so it's not so bad for her.
My place of work closed down the 1st of July this year so I have been out of a job for a little over 1 month. It's been hectic and something I didn't expect, but we've dealt with it the best we know how. Luckily my landlord has been very leant with me. The worse part about all of this is that I must have put in over 10 applications all over. Finally, I heard back from 2 places, Aldi's and Kohl's. I am now stuck between which one to go with. They are both being built, finishing up really, so it will be another month before they open. I like that though. I've decided to go back to school AGAIN this month. I will be going for business management. The reasoning for this is because I just opened my own ice cream catering business! Yes, that's right, I'm the proud new owner of Lickity Split Ice Cream Catering! I'm very excited! I am still in the beginning stages however. I have yet to get any customers, but I'm willing and able to wait patiently. I will post a blog on that!