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We are pleased to announce the addiction of Jackon Briggs to our family!  He is a 4.5 pound 9 week old Shih Tzu!  We are all in LOVE with him!  He is amazing!!  I am thrilled we took the plunge! He went for a trim today and they want him back everyday because of how perfect he was!  And the little goofball LOVES to run in and eat the snow!  And of course, Princess is in deep love with him!  Enjoy some photos!  jackson-day-one-014










Been sick since last Tuesday.  I came home early on Wed and besides a trip to the Dr I did not leave the house again until this morning.  I feel human again but it took a ton of sleep and vegetation.  I did exercise tonight and hope to continue.  I feel much better after except for the tight muscle I have in the back of my thigh!  Mr Big rubbed it out for me but I have a feeling my back needs adjusted to help it loosen up- it screams of sciatica!!

Tomorrow is month 4 of the New You Program and because we went through the holidays since the last I am a bit worried!!  But, life will go on and I am 100% back on track now.  OK 99%!!  That’s about all except for another horrible reality show that I found.  I am way too addicted to bad TV.  It is called Tool Academy and boy- they are all TOOLS!!

Off for a little (do I ever get anything else) sleep!


I have signed up for a scrapbooking crop to help a little girl named Kiara – they call her Kiki.  In October she was Dx with cancer.  This is to raise money for her family so they can make it thru this tough time.  I am trying to raise extra money to take with me to the event to present to the event organizers to give the family extra.  If you can help please send me a message and I will let you know how to send me a donation for the family.  Since I also have a 5 year old this really is tough to read!

The the former front man of Survivor who sang this song:

Also sings these songs:

My sister’s friend Lori is a newer single mother trying to make ends meet.  I ordered from her online Avon service and enjoyed it.  Easy to shop, pay and it comes right to your door!!  Please support a mom and visit her site and shop!!   The great thing is, it doesn’t matter what state you live in when you choose to shop online. 

Please visit

Since they live fairly close to where we live (same county now) I started watching the show when it started (or soon after) and have read and researched a lot on the internet and even joined and now own one and run another message board group on the site Cafe Mom.  Here is the link to the group that I own…

The group that I Admin is not taking new members so there is no need to link it.  There is a LOT of disagreement between the two “sides”  You have fans and non fans -or- as some people call it Lovers and Haters.  I do not use the word hate so I would never call someone that.  I consider myself to be on the fence.  I watch the show and I love the kids.  A lot of people cry exploitation of the kids and while I do think too much of their lives are shown and they do not “seem” to have a lot of privacy, I do not think they are being abused and exploited in the same way others do.  I really like Jon for the most part- he is funny and laid back.  Kate gets on my nerves mostly though once in awhile something comes up that tickles me.  I do not care for the fact that they are living off of having 8 kids and they do nothing else to contribute to society.  Writing a book about the same things we see on the show does not count.  Neither does going around on speaking engagements.  I do not see them as inspiring so the engagements are for their financial gain so they do not have to get , real jobs.  They did not invent the large family.  It does not matter that you have kids the same age- people who foster and adopt have that happen all the time.  What are you contributing to other than showing America how to live free??  They get free clothing (this is a fact!), free trips because they go and “advertise” for wherever they are, free food and drinks, free toys and get to now live in a 1.3 million dollar home because of it.  Did they pay for the home?  We will never know, but if they are in fact paying the mortgage they are doing it from the earnings on the show – which they would not have without those 6 kids so in fact, they are living off the lives of their children.  I think the day will come that we have a book and made for TV move a la Christine Crawford style.  In the meantime, I love this article that I found.  It sums up just about all my feelings about the show and the family.  It is New Years Resolutions for Kate.–New-Years-resolutions-for-Kate

I do think she is somewhat detached emotionally from her children.  An example is the episode that Jon made a Korean dinner for everyone.  Little Aaden was sad that it was not his turn to go with daddy.  She told him to either come make a project or get in the corner.  He sat in the corner and continued to cry.  She then told him to stop crying or go to his bed.  He opted for his room.  She never once touched the child.  How about a down to his level hug and say something like “I am sorry you are sad but it is not your turn”  NO affection for him or his feelings.  She later stated “they are old enough to know better”  A 4 year old is not emotionally stable enough to understand his feelings and turn them on and off.  Why am I Surprised though?  In the same episode she called one of the other boys a pig.  She never takes blame for any of the negative actions she displays and always finds blame (mostly on Jon) for someone else. 

Why do I watch?  Why do I feel this way?  First I am NOT Jealous.  This is the mantra of the “fans” when someone does not like the show.  You could not pay me enough to trade places and live thier lives so in no way, shape or form am I the least bit jealous.  And I watch for the children.  I just think all 8 of them ae sweet and have their own little personalities that make us love them.  I honestly would not care if they never showed the adults again.  All we get to see anymore are the parents.  No family or friends show up to be on the show anymore so we are stuck with the two of them. Maybe we will get to see old friends again once they get moved or to help them move.  Who knows!  Or, maybe the thinking of some folks is correct that they have thrown these people out of their lives because they do not have a need for them anymore.  Whatever the case, it sure would be nice to see some interaction with others without security and bodyguards around.

Can’t help but wonder how long they can go on like this.

OK – maybe it is because I am looking for it now because I read something about it, but I have noticed that I do not get as much attention/customer service or care as thinner people.   I noticed today at the bookstore outlet as the employee (male) was right next to me and did not even acknowledge me let alone ask me if I needed help walked up to another gal – smaller than me of course- and asked her if she needed help finding anything.  I left the store and did not look any further.  I plan to make it my mission after I lose weight to point out to people like this what they are doing.  I was at first thinking that I would say something like “well, you did not want to help me 100 pounds ago so I dont need your help now”  but instead, I think I am going to say to them “did you ask her?”  and point out someone heavy or just ask – did you ask the fat girl that was here today or only the ones who look like me??  If I can do this and help just a couple people take notice they need to stop judging like this then my job will be done.

He is one of my very favorite people ever!  Not just actor, but person…and she is a doll too.  I feel so bad for them and cannot even imagine what is to come in the press for this family!


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