Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 6:51 PM
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I had a very unsettling experience this week with a couple of Marines. Actually there were 4 female Marines involved.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:10 PM
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Last night as I was attempting to get dinner ready and Zeus was trying to get Omega and Zulu out the door to Basketball practice Ziggy decides to be silly. He runs into the kitchen while all of us are chatting and proceeds to choke, pretend choke. I think he just learned this last week. I have seen him do it before but not to this extreme. As he is "choking" he falls down on his back in the middle of the kitchen floor. Then his eyes close, his head rolls to the side and his tongue falls out. Zeus and I look at him and can't stop laughing. Zero was laughing so hard I don't think she was able to stand up straight. Guys, seriously. Zeus asks" Did you teach him that." I say"Heck NO" He either taught himself or one of these older hooligans taught it to him. It was so funny, he laid there on the floor so still for a LONG time. Then he JUMPS up and says "Surprise I died." Man, I'm telling you kids can be hilarious sometimes.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:38 AM
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The next singer was Josh Groban. Again, another amazing singer with a beautiful voice. He sure can play that piano. When he sang his eyes were closed. He is such an emotional singer. It was such an honor to be in the same room with these stars. Along with the new Vice President and President Biden and Obama and their beautiful wives.
Sorry the pictures are not straight computer not cooperating and I want to get this up quickly. I will email the photos later on today. If you want some email me or leave me a comment. So after an amazing time and lots of dancing and singing my little heart out with J.B.J and J.S. I was so happy to end the night with one last picture, well maybe a few last pictures. Enjoy.
(Sorry some pictures are turned, I will work on that, until then enjoy them)
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 7:39 AM
Friday, January 16, 2009
I decided it was time to take a little shopping adventure. So me and my sweet Ziggy took off before 9 yesterday. There is a mall about 30 miles North of us that seems to have everything. So that was our first stop. We shopped there for more than 2 hours, in and out of the dressing rooms. Ziggy doing well with every new trip back to the rooms. It was funny to watch him make himself at home. He had goldfish and my wonderful Pinky (AKA iPhone). I have downloaded several kids games and coloring to keep them busy in times of desperation. Yes, yesterday was a time of desperation. So the shopping went over well. I actually have never taken one of the kids for an all day shopping trip like this and the child not have a melt down. WHOO HOO. Thanks to a few snacks, stroller and Pinky for averting what I thought was the inevitable. It can be done folks. I did it!!! We ended up shopping at over 20 stores, including 3 malls looking for that perfect dress. Oh yes, you would have thought I was shopping for a wedding dress. But now that I think about it, I did not get to shop for a wedding dress so this was kinda my time to shine. I ended up finding just the one I wanted. It was a little over budget but gave me that feeling. You know that feeling, you are all giddy and you find yourself singing "Ten minutes ago","impossible" from the movie Cinderella. Come on fess up. I know you have done it. Well I have. Underneath this mother of 4 facade there is a Cinderella that loves to get all DOLLED up. She is trying to find her way out. The loot. It is a beautiful blue to green to blue prom dress/ball gown. It has beautiful sequence and glitter around the waist. I am so thrilled. I feel like a million bucks with it on. I don't need a special bra. I don't need any altering. It fits perfectly. Almost like it was made for me. Now, if I can only wear it. That is the true question. Zeus and I are suppose to get tickets to this dance you see. We were put in for it and should have heard something yesterday which makes me a little nervous but maybe we will get word today. Anyways, I am keeping my fingers crossed and will let you know as soon as I hear something. Wish me Luck. This could be a dream come true. For now I must get back to dishes and laundry. HUMMMMM, sounds a little like the real Cinderella. Ta Ta for now.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 7:16 AM
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Most of you know that Ziggy and I stay at home while the oldest 3 are in school. It is nice for us to have our time together to hang and play and talk and potty train. But the cutest, or saddest thing during the day is when Ziggy says, " where's the kids." Oh buddy, they are at school. He does not understand that we just can not go get them when he is ready. Lately it has been much harder for him because the kids were off 2 weeks and he had them here all day everyday. So yesterday he says where's the kids as he is coming down the stairs and WHOOSH the front door opens and 3 bright and shining faces come barrelling through. Ziggy says "KIDS". "I missed you." Then he proceeds to leap off the stairs onto Omega, which by the way is his birthday brother. They share the same birthday. It is so cute to see Omega hug Ziggy and give him big kisses. Zero is next in line to hug her baby. She loves to "baby" Ziggy. Zulu, well he is my independent child who does not want anything to do with anyone. Moody, yeah. He runs at the point his name is called. Ziggy usually attacks him when he is taking off his shoes. Poor Ziggy just wants a hug and Zulu just wants to talk to Twinkle. This seems to be the daily routine just about everyday. You would think Ziggy just got a new car, won the lottery or something to that effect. But no, it is only the kids coming home from school. So cute. Check back for more news and smiles from the Haskins House.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:49 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2009
I am one of those people who loves to get out and experience things, even things I am not sure I will even like. So 2 weeks ago Zeus and I went to a Musical called Next to Normal. Well I was just in awe after we saw it so I decided that I wanted to see it again.
Yeah, crazy, I know but I knew if I did not go back that I would surely be regretful for not following through. So after inviting numerous people this week I ended up not having anyone to go with me. WOW, I must not be fun or maybe musicals just aren't peoples things. So disappointed me decided to stay home. Oh well, I thought. I guess it was not really that big a deal. But then Zeus stopped in at lunch and asked if I was going and I told him nobody wanted to go(with a big pooty lip and my arms crossed). He insisted I go because he did not want to here me whining later on because I didn't. So he makes a phone call and Wholla, done. I have a date. WOW, he needs to be my secretary more often. The lucky date was K, who by the way was hilarious. So we fought traffic all the way there, me panicking the whole time thinking we will miss the show because we had terrible D.C. traffic at 7pm on a Friday night. She is completely calm saying we'll get there in plenty of time. You see my biggest pet peeve of all time is tardiness. I like to get places at least 20 minutes prior to the time I need to be there. I had this instilled in me from early middle school days. So it has stuck with me and now if you or I are tardy or late I get super irritated. We made it with plenty of time and a great parking spot in the garage. Perfect.
Now this musical is fairly new to the circuit. It was written in the early 2000's and was previously performed in NY. Most of the original actors/actresses came from the prior showing in NY so they mesh great together. I must RAVE about this absolutely amazing yet emotional ride these characters take you on. They tell such a true, believable story that one could imagine themselves in. The story line is about a woman's life as she deals with love, depression, grief, medication and the hilarity of psychiatry. It gives true understanding of how an average family navigates through life. I love how the music tells the story. Not too many plane speaking lines, which is awesome. Perfect balance of comedy and drama. This is a provocative and intense performance. I was drawn to Aaron Tveit, who plays Gabe. His body, ummmmmmmmm well lets just say perfect. His eyes, expressed so much emotion. His muscles, they way he moved and stood conveyed the true frustration, anger and love he had. Amazing to have someone use their body language so simply and convey such deep emotion. His voice, oh dear how do I explain how beautiful and breathtaking the mans voice was, I can't but you can hear it if you go to one of the links. WOW, he was absolutely my favorite character. GORGEOUS!!!!!! YUMMMMM, I know I am married but this is my blog and I can dream. Deal with it.
So back to the show. If you get a chance to go see this truly eye opening performance and amazing new musical I urge you to do it. There is some harsh language but it is in keeping with the story line. There are twists and turns along the way that make your jaw drop. Yes, I will be buying a soundtrack to this WHEN it is produced. Until then I will listen to it online. Thanks Arena Stage the show was the best I have seen. Great job Tom Kitt, Brian Yorkey and Michael Greif. My play and musical desires just leapt into full throttle. I am all about the next performance. Maybe I will see Gabe again. HAHAHAHA.
Now K was so funny with her people watching. The faces went from normal to bugged out in 3.6 seconds. Absolutely hilarious. I thought she would slap a few girls silly with their inability to dress appropriately. Then there was this guy. OH YEAH, this guy. He was not easy on the eyes at all, slightly over weight but he smelt like a million bucks. K was sitting on an aisle seat and he was standing back behind her at like 8 o clock. She asked me if that was him who smelled so good and of course I nodded trying to be discreet. She abruptly turns her head all the way around and proceeds to sniff him. YES, she sniffed him for quite a while. Probably making him uncomfortable. Oh my word, I was laughing so hard I could have cried. She wanted that scent just not the man wearing it. Mercy me, she is so much fun to take out. So girls night out was an success. We both enjoyed the play and I will have visions of Gabe while I daydream today.
Get out and see a play you have no idea what you are missing. We spent $24 total and experienced true theatre.
Well I must get back to my own journey for now. Thanks for leaving me comments.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:11 AM
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Many of you know that Ziggy is the last one still in diapers. Zeus has been the one to take hold of the potty training. I help, don't get me wrong but with all my other duties it felt overwhelming to me to be in charge. Plus it is nice for them to be in control of something other than work. So I let him. So I made a plan that after the holidays I was going to start really being attentive to Ziggy's potty needs. So yesterday was day 3 of learning the routine. We take off our diaper, put the seat down on the potty, grab a book, climb on, push our parts down and proceed with our book reading. It is kinda fun. Takes quite a bit of time but he seems to be getting it. So yesterday he really did do it. Finally, Success, he pee-peed and pooped in the potty. He has super excited and told me when he was all finished. It was so great to see that smiling face. He was jumping for joy. Of Course he had to tell everyone. Today we start day 4. I am hoping we can be successful more than once. Wish me luck. I definitely do not enjoy this part of parenting. But, nevertheless, I will be sad when he does not have to have diapers anymore. He is a baby until that dreaded, oh I mean Happy day. Blessings
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:18 AM
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I was talking to my mom today and she told me about a dear family friend that after 18 years lost his job, indefinitely laid off. Surprised, oh yes. This is not the first story in our downward spiraling economy. Now, these stories did not happen 25 years ago. Why? What happened 25 years ago was a friendly neighbor helping out the single mother with her plumbing or broken fence. The church that helped with the cost of funerals for deceased members. Someone who would pull over to help you out if you ran out of gas or needed a battery jump. Do you see this today? Absolutely not. We have turned into selfish, self-centered people that do not want to help or put forth any effort if we get nothing out of it. REALLY? Can you say you are proud of America when this is what we have turned into? I can't. When did we become such greedy idiots? Yeah, I am talking about us as a whole. This is not race, sex, or age based it is all encompassing. 2009 has brought us ridiculous people that are all about themselves. This share your boat mentality is no longer. I feel extremely scared for my children's future. I think what happened was the loss of Jesus Christ several years ago when someone got offended about the Pledge of Allegiance. A loophole was created and now everyone believes God should be pushed aside and we should take control. Well take a good luck at what WE have done. We have definitely taken the reigns. The friendliness, helpfulness, and caring acts of all were pushed away/aside right with God.
Everyone is trying to fix it by throwing money here and bailing out this and that when all we need to do is get back to the basics. Lets rewind our minds and thoughts. We can hold America together. But the glue is God, Jesus, the bible and honesty among most. We need to force each other to be honest. If immigrants saw that we Americans were honest maybe we could rub off and spread the honesty toward them. They would in turn become citizens, pay taxes and become law abiding citizens. Right now, they do not follow rules, they are not honest, they do not pay taxes, they make money and send it back to their home country. Do we see any of it? NO. Do we benefit from more jobs? NO. Do we raise tax revenue from them? NO. You see a lot can be solved with just very little.
Rather than try to get more for yourself reach out and help someone else. Send a box of clothes to a needy family. Go mow the neighbors lawn without receiving payment. Call your neighbor when his/her dog gets out instead of the pound. Go clean a church building. Go to your local library and help stock books. Meet your neighbors. Check on your extended family regularly. Coach a little league team. Help chaperone a elementary field trip. Read to senior citizens. Put on a smile and talk to a stranger. Many simple things we can do. Step up, commit yourself to one act a week. ONE, that is only 52 things a year. Not very much but when someone sees you stepping up they feel obligated to step up too. Then we start multiplying and before you know it 6 months down the road your acts of kindness are now several states away. You may never physically see those acts happen but you will see our country start to rebuild itself. You will see happier children, safer neighborhoods, more jobs, and less homelessness and less hungry. So when you watch the news this week and more job losses are released and gas prices go up and more stores close just know there is something you can do. It does not require any money/financial backing. It just requires your time and caring attitude. A new President is about to assume the office of CEO. We can help in his effort to Change. We all voted for Change now step up, change yourself in order to help America. Our children are counting on us. One act per week. You can do it. I have committed this week to
1. Coach a little league basketball team
2. Volunteer for the Presidential Inauguration.
My 2 small acts this week will continue with a positive attitude, the words Hello, How are you? and my helpfulness to the children and people.
I challenge you. What will you do this week? Will your Tiny Task Tuesday go unanswered or will you join me and my journey to truly change America?
Blessings and Congratulations
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 1:35 PM
Monday, January 5, 2009
Well today I sit and reflect upon what the future holds. This year is going to be big for Zeus and I. We are hoping for a few changes and looking forward to the many milestones that 2009 will bring. We started the New Year out with a visit from Terry and Sherry, AKA Mawmaw and Pawpaw. It was a great visit. The kids really enjoyed having more people around to play with and to give them a different kind of attention. I always enjoy company. It was fun. We did lots of sight seeing and talking. All in all good visit
My gingerbread wonderland has been completely dismantled. I was heartbroken seeing it come down. So so so sad. I love having all the lights on and all the beautiful bows and decorations up. It is so warm and cozy feelings. Just another reason why I love the holiday season. But now it feels so dreary. Just boring. I must come up with some new decorations for my everyday house. Spring can not get here soon enough, in my eyes. I love to get outside in the garden. We have yet to have any measurable snow so winter has not really felt like winter for us. Maybe we will get a nice snow to go play in. We'll see.
I hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year. Blessings and good fortune are my prayers for all of you.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:29 AM