Jan 252013


John and I are starting to stock up on books and movies for Kayleigh.  I know, I know.  It’s a little early yet, but we like to be prepared!  We’re not going overboard right now, just buying some cheap kids movies here and there.  I found quite a selection of cheap kids movies on Amazon.  These are all $5.00 or under, can you believe that?!  What a great deal!  Take a look:

Cheap Kids Movies – 40 DVD’s, All $5 and Under!

1.  Milo and Otis – What kid doesn’t love a movie about animals?  I haven’t seen this one yet, but it looks pretty cute!

Milo and Otis

A curious kitten named Milo and his inseparable friend, a pug-nosed puppy named Otis, tumble through one exciting escapade after another in The Adventures of Milo and Otis, a heartwarming live action film.

2.  Annie – This will be a good movie for when she’s a little older.


Annie is the story of a plucky, red-haired girl who dreams of life outside her dreary orphanage.

3.  Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – I remember watching this movie many times as a kid.  The image quality in this newly released version is supposedly much better than in the original.  I can’t wait to see it!

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

A poor little boy wins a ticket to visit the inside of a mysterious and magical chocolate factory. When he experiences the wonders inside the factory, the boy discovers that the entire visit is a test of his character.

4.  The Goonies – I have never actually seen this movie, but John and his cousins rave about it, and he says that Kayleigh must watch it!  In fact, every guy I know loves this movie.  I guess I’ll have to watch it to find out why!

The Goonies

Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden dubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys… and a mild-mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.

5.  The Princess Bride – This was another one of John’s favorite movies, and I had never seen it up until he made me watch it with him a couple of years ago.  I have to admit, it was pretty good, and full of laughs!

The Princess Bride

A Wondrous Tale Of Wit And Whimsey, The Princess Bride Willtransport You To A Magical Land Where Fantasy Reigns Supreme,And Kings And Queens Of All Ages Will Want To Return Again Andagain.

6.  The NeverEnding Story/The NeverEnding Story II – I remember watching The NeverEnding Story many times as a very young child.  I think I was probably about 3 the first time I watched it, and I was completely enthralled in it.  I haven’t seen the sequel yet, but I’m curious!

The NeverEnding Story

When 10-year-old Bastian opens the mysterious, ornately bound book entitled The NeverEnding Story, he never imagines he will be transported into its amazing world of Fantasia – and become the hero of its even more amazing tale. Now you can go there too in this magical film full of astonishing creatures and directed by Wolfgang Petersen (The Perfect Storm). Bastian, the Luckdragon and the genial Rock Biter return for more adventure in the spellbinding The NeverEnding Story II The Next Chapter from director George Miller (The Man from Snowy River). This time, new forces threaten the world of imagination. But they aren’t the only foes Bastian faces. He must also overcome problems at home!


7.  Free Willy

8.  Where the Red Fern Grows (Bonus Digital Copy Included)

9.  Yours, Mine & Ours

10.  Turner & Hooch

11.  Beethoven/Beethoven’s 2nd/Beethoven’s 3rd Triple Feature

12.  Wallace & Gromit:  The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

13.  Robbie the Reindeer – Hooves of Fire/Legend of the Lost Tribe

14.  Chicken Run

15.  An American Tail Double Feature

16.  Open Season

17.  Happy Feet

18.  Robots

19.  Horton Hears a Who

20.  Handy Manny:  Handy Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure

21.  Monsters vs. Aliens

22.  Flushed Away

23.  All Dogs Go to Heaven

24.  Rio

25.  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

26.  Bee Movie

27.  The Reef

28.  Antz

29.  Surf’s Up

30.  The Tale of Despereaux

31.  Ferngully – The Last Rainforest

32.  Planet 51

33.  The Ant Bully

34.  Astro Boy

35.  The Iron Giant

36.  The Road to El Dorado

37.  The Prince of Egypt

38.  Joseph – King of Dreams

39.  Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina

40.  Curious George

*Please note – Amazon.com’s prices change frequently and without notice.  All of the above DVD’s are priced at $5.00 or under at the time of writing this post.

A Fight With My Sister

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Jan 252013


Last week I had a big blow up fight with my sister.  She’s 9 years younger than I am, and we’ve never really been all that close.  We hang out from time to time, but she’s not someone that I really ever share my deepest darkest secrets with or anything like that.  Because I am so much older than her, I think I come across as an annoying motherly type to her, more so than a sister.  That, often times, leads to us having little tiffs here and there, but this fight with my sister was much different.  It really felt like a personal attack on me.

A couple of weeks ago, I found out that she too is pregnant.  She and her boyfriend have been together for about 9 months, and I honestly don’t think they’re ready to have a baby, but I’ll just keep my mouth shut about that whole thing.  I tried to act happy for her, and offered her any help and/or advice she might need.  She’s never taken my advice in the past, but I offered it anyway, since I’m 5+ months pregnant right now myself, and thought maybe for once in her life she might accept my help.  I talked to her on the phone a bit, texted back and forth with her, and I thought things were going pretty well.  Then, it happened.

Late one night, out of the blue, she texts me the following:  “hey i want to name my daughter if i have a girl hayleigh is that okay or do you want me to spell it diff”.  Upon seeing the name Hayleigh, my heart immediately began to race, I could feel the rage consuming my body, I yelled to my fiance “Oh my God, Amber just texted me that she wants to name her baby Hayleigh if it’s a girl!!!”  Then, I called my Mother and complained to her about it.  You see, John and I are naming our baby Kayleigh.  KAYLEIGH.  And then Amber all of a sudden decides she wants to name her baby ONE freakin letter different than I’m naming my kid?!  I don’t think so!

I have had the name Kayleigh picked out since I was in like the 6th grade.  We KNOW we are having a girl already, and her name IS Kayleigh.  We have hand-painted wooden blocks and a handmade quilt with her name on them already.  There is no going back for us now.

I was so livid that Amber would pick that name, out of all of the names in the world that she could have chosen.  I mean, who does that??  What was she trying to do to me?  All of the people I told about it thought she was being resentful to me, because my pregnancy was welcomed by everyone with happiness and excitement, and the news of hers was met with worry and doubt.  Maybe this was her way of trying to take the spotlight from me.  I don’t really know.  All I know, is that I was furious about it.  Our kids are not going to be twins, and they are certainly not going to have practically the same name!

I texted back and forth with her that night and told her how upset I was.  I was too mad to actually talk to her on the phone.  I tried to remain calm about it, but she accused me of yelling at her through my texts.  My Mom was no help either.  She for some reason, didn’t think it was a big deal.  Not a big deal?!  It was a HUGE deal to me!

I was ready to pull my hair out, and my fiance was seething too.  He couldn’t believe that she was doing this to us.  After texting back and forth for what seemed like forever, and having my other sister try to talk some sense into her, she backed down and said that she would not name her kid Hayleigh.  I honestly don’t know if I can trust her now though.  There’s this part of me that thinks she is just saying that to get me off her back, and that when her baby comes in September, a mere 4 months after I give birth to Kayleigh, she will name her daughter Hayleigh.

After the fight with my sister, I didn’t talk to her for a week.  I didn’t plan to talk to her again for a while.  I was still upset.  Then, I fell down outside the other night.  Luckily, I landed right on my knees and Kayleigh seems to be fine, but I was pretty shaken up about the whole thing.  Mom told my sister about it, and she called me to make sure I was okay.  So, I guess that broke the ice a bit.  I still can’t help feeling a little upset towards her though.  I just felt so betrayed by her.

Hopefully we can just move past this, and be on good terms with each other.  Neither one of us needs added stress during our pregnancy.  You can be sure though, that with my next pregnancy, I will NOT be announcing the name until the baby is here!

Has anyone ever stolen the name you had picked out for your child, or named their’s something very similar?  What did you do in that situation?

Happy Birthday, Mom!

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Jan 032013

Today is my Mom’s 50th birthday, but don’t tell her I told you that.  She would kill me!

I remember the day my Mom turned 30 years old.  She was very somber that day, and went to bed early.  As I laid in my bed, in the bedroom next to hers, I heard her sobbing through the wall.  My Dad was working nights, and she was alone in bed, crying because she felt old.  I was 11 at the time, and didn’t really understand why she was so upset.  I’m 31 now, and still don’t understand.

My 30th birthday made me feel a little old, sure, but not to the point of sobbing because I felt like my life was over.  Maybe it was because she had already had 3 children, and here I am, just now having my first.  My life is just beginning, really, and hers had started when she was 18.

Later that night, her sister, my Aunt Tammy, who lives 2 hours away, knocked on the door and completely surprised her.  She spent the night, and I remember hearing them laughing together on the couch, while drinking coffee brandy, eating Doritos with cheese sauce (a ritual whenever my Aunt comes to visit), and watching tv.  That’s some sisterly love!

Mom now says the only good thing about turning 50 years old, is that she is going to become a Nana (finally).  I still don’t know what the big fuss about turning 50 is.  It just doesn’t seem that old to me.  Maybe it’s because I know that I’ll be 50 in less than 20 years.  My daughter Kayleigh will probably be in college, and any other children John and I have may still be in highschool.

My parents were always very young to me growing up.  I remember hearing the ages of my peers’ parents, and I thought some of them were really old in comparison to my own.  Now, age doesn’t really mean all that much to me.

My Mom has always meant the world to me, and no matter how old she gets, she will still mean the world to me.  She has always been there for me, and ever since I told her I’m pregnant with her first grandchild, we have become closer than ever.  I know she’s been itching for a grandchild for years now, watching her friends become grandparents one by one.  Now, it’s finally her turn, and she is going to be the best grandmother ever!

Happy Birthday, Mom!  I love you with all my heart.

Love, your daughter.


Jan 022013


I am by  no means a “girly girl”.  I don’t wear high heels.  I don’t put on make up every day.  I don’t wear dresses all that often.  And I sure as heck don’t wear pink. EVER.

I was completely prepared to find out that I was having a boy.  I had visions of greens, blues and browns in my future.  Earth tones make me feel comfortable.  Feminine colors just freak me out, and I absolutely HATE pink!!

So, when I found out I was having a little girl, I immediately thought, ok, well, I will have a little tomboy then, no big deal.  I’ll have her wear reds, blues, greens, yellows, oranges.  Anything but PINK.  Then, it happened.  I announced to the world that I was having a baby girl, and the first response from everyone was “Oh, I can’t wait to buy cute pink baby clothes!!!”  My future mother-in-law literally SCREAMED in my ear over the phone “I’m going to buy so much pink stuff you won’t know what to do with it all!!”  I cringed.

I politely told everyone that I would rather not have pink clothing for Kayleigh, and would prefer it if they would buy other colors if possible.  Is that horrible of me??  I just can’t stand the thought of looking at pink on her all day long, every day, when I despise the color.  People have already started buying outfits for Kayleigh, and guess what?  Most of them are pink.  /smh

I’ve tried resisting the pink as long as I can, but I think I’m just going to have to finally give in to it.  I certainly won’t be buying anything pink for her myself, but I will politely accept anything pink that comes our way (even though I’ll be protesting on the inside).  After all, she will be just a wee baby and won’t even remember wearing pink.  Hopefully by the time she’s old enough to know what she’s wearing, and the excitement of my baby girl has worn off, everyone will stop buying pink for her!

Do any of you not so girly ladies have baby girls?  Do you hate pink too?  How did you deal with it?