Monday, March 31, 2008

The History of Dog Tags

For anyone interested, I have included the history of Dog Tags.

Enjoy Amy as it is very interesting reading.

What is D-Day?

D-Day . . hmmm (in my daughter's view) where people died.

Confused? Let me explain: Last Friday, March 29, my daughter Kristin went on a school field trip to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. I gave her my camera for the day to take pictures for us to enjoy since we haven't been yet. I really wanted to see what kind of pictures she would take. Upon picking her up, I immediately asked for the camera. Here are some of the pictures she took. I was pleasantly surprised at how well she did. However, there were more shots of "friends" than the exhibit.
During the ride home, I decided to "quiz" her on what she learned. Friends ~ my daughter didn't learn a damn thing! I then asked if she bought anything at the gift shop and she said why yes, a necklace. While driving, I can't see it because she has it on so I asked what kind of necklace. She says, "I don't know. I think it is a dog necklace". Matt and I at the same time say, Dog tags? Yea, yea thats it. You know what is coming next; I asked if she knew the importance of the dog tags? not a clue. Matt and I then give her a history lesson of dog tags. I think my son was impressed with my knowledge on this subject. Matt then says Kris, did you learn anything at all, seriously? She says not really. I bet if I asked what some of her friends were wearing, she could tell me.
(sigh from mom) The rest of the way home, I think in my head what I could have done with the $30.00 we shelled out for her to attend this great memorial. ( New shoes, GAS, groceries, the list goes on and on!)

Friday, March 28, 2008

100 Things about Amy Sweet

1. I was born in Winchester, VA
2. I have 2 Children; Boy 14, Girl 12
3. I love to get dirty
4. I drive a Jeep Wrangler
5. I have 3 tattoos
6. I HATE Summer
7. I LOVE Winter
8. I refuse to swim/play in the ocean because of Jaws movies
9. Chili's is my favorite restaurant
10. Love all types of music
11. I love fast food!
12. I hate C section with my son and VBAC with my daughter
13. I was in a head on collision with a tractor-trailer and walked away with scratches
14. I have a sailor mouth (filthy, filthy)
15. I love reading Nicolas Sparks books.
16. I always fall asleep at the beach
17. I do not eat cheese- YUCK
18. I do not eat eggs - YUCK
19. I do not drink milk - YUCK
20. Love to order Pepperoni pizza's with NO CHEESE - Crust, Pepperoni and Sauce! YUMMY
21. Love transvestites
22. I know I will be reincarnated as a skinny gay guy
23. I only carry Dooney & Bourke purses
24. I love Reese's peanut butter cups
25. I am a HUGE VA Tech Hokies Fan
26. I love watching Ultimate Fighting
27. I do not drink alcohol
28. I Have been a Non-Smoker for 2.3 years
29. I Hate cats
30. I am a collector of Snowmen
31. I have met Bruce Jenner
32. I met Irv Cross and his wife
33. I cannot play an instrument; nor read music
34. I was in the Band Flag Corp in school
35. I took dancing lessons as a child (tap, jazz and ballet) for many, many years
36. I do not like deer meat
37. I hate Watermelon
38. Love to watch Roseanne reruns
39. Love to watch Drake & Josh reruns
40. Ate fried corn on the cob and loved it!
41. I have 5 piercings on left ear and 4 on right...all have closed but 1
42. Had to have plastic surgery on my left ear due to a growth from cheap earrings
43. Had my gall bladder removed 10 years ago
44. I have one older and one younger brother
45. Brothers and me all have 1 boy and 1 girl
46. Failed my drivers license test the first time I took it; ran a stop sign. (on my Birthday)
47. I want to participate in the AIDS Walk in DC one day
48. I am secretly scared when the day comes for my kids to leave home
49. Love to work in my garden
50. I love canning
51. I would love to go to Australia
52. Never went on a Honeymoon
53. Hate spiders
54. Hate snakes
55. Love to take the kids to the pool
56. I have no desire to bungee jump
57. I failed Kindergarten due to shyness
58. I suffer from Panic Attacks
59. I have absolutely NO patience
60. Love a good Horror movie
61. When growing up, I wanted to be a teacher
62. My first NEW car I bought was a Pontiac LeMans
63. I only drink Sweet tea and Dr. Pepper
64. I don't eat Hot Dogs (10 years since I had one)
65. I am not a big fan of Pork
66. I LOVE red meat
67. I love to shop
68. The longest job I ever had was 10.5 years
69. The shortest job I have ever had was 3 months
70. I hate snakes and spiders
71. I love to watch the rain
72. I love to spend evenings burning brush
73. I like working crossword puzzles
74. I am addicted to tabloid magazines
75. I am a Reality TV junkie
76. I love Chinese food
77. I don't eat sauce on my spaghetti
78. I would rather give than receive
79. I wish I would have had one more child
80. I would never drive a Van
81. I was a HUGE fan of Culture Club and Boy George
82. I have no desire to go back to Disney
83. I despise the game of Golf
84. I love to play badminton
85. I was on the Volleyball team in middle and high school
86. Love that I was introduced to the blogging world (Thanks Melis)
87. I love to mow grass
88. I despise dusting and cleaning toilets
89. I hate watching the news
90. I worked at the mall movie theatre in high school
91. I love grilling food during the winter more than summer
92. I would like to go to a strawberry patch to pick berries
93. I wish I didn't have such a gasoline a$$
94. I wish I had more money for worthy charities
95. I rode in the Apple Blossom parade on the Kiwanis float as a child
96. I love to go fishing
97. I wish I could live on a farm
98. I wish I would have gone to college
99. I am a good bowler
100. I hope you all enjoy reading about me!

WHEW... that was actually fun. You should try it. Take a step back and look at yourself then post it! I hope you make time to do it.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I love NATURE!!!

After working around the yard for about 3 hours yesterday, I was pooped and just couldn't do anymore. I wondered inside (saying under my breath) how tired I was of limbs, weeds, ponds, grass, rocks, gardening and the list goes on and on. Well, that is until I saw this out my kitchen window!
After aweing over the beauty at my back door, I went and visited with our rabbit Snuggles. I only held him briefly as he is really big and hates to be held. (well, they usually like to be held but our daughter, who just HAD TO HAVE this rabbit, hadn't held it since day 3 or 4.) I know many of you are saying why didn't you just say no? Well, two reasons:
  1. We are avid gardners and know that rabbit droppings are FANTASTIC for your plants.
  2. Look at him, could you say no to that face?

And finally, I had to take pictures of my daffodils. These are my most favoritist spring flower ever. (see the miniature one . . isn't she cute?)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter weekend updates:

Easter weekend was FANTASTIC! It could not have been any better.

Saturday morning around 10am my family started arriving. Once everyone had time to potty and explore our house, it was time for the kids to hunt those eggs! With the weather sunny and 70 degrees, it was perfect!
Good times were had by all! Unfortunately, the goods times have to end and everyone departed about 4:30ish for their trek back to Winchester. Before they all departed, we took a few family pictures. My younger brother and his family tried to kidnap Stewart but we rescued him!

After everyone left and I picked up around the house, I retreated to the couch. I didn't move the entire evening; well until I awoke at 8:45pm and went to bed! How sad is that? People, I am getting old! I honestly cannot hang with the big dogs.

On Sunday, JD began tilling the garden; getting it ready for this years crop! While JD tilled, the kids and I picked up rocks! After about an hour, I was done. I just couldn't do anymore. My body was telling me it absolutely could not handle anymore. Therefore, I listened and stopped. I was excited to get back to work to get some
R &R.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Easter from The Sweet Family
May you all enjoy the Easter Holiday filled with
family, love, faith, marshmallow peeps
and all those hidden eggs!

It's almost here!

I am so EGG'STATIC that my family is coming to my house for Easter on Saturday. JD and I are going to hide eggs on over 4 acres which we think will be interesting and very challenging! We are going to pair up the kids and send them off with baskets and ATV' searching for that waskuwee wabbits treasures!! I am hoping the weather will be nice. Right now the forecast is afternoon showers for Saturday.
I have decided to change up the menu as I am so sick and tired of the ole' standby holiday foods.
Salad, Baked Potatoes,
Rolls & Desserts
See my kids' Easter picture? They were both so excited to have their pictures taken together! As you can see, I can't dress my children up in the cute little Easter outfits anymore. (Actually they both wined because I wanted a picture of them together) Luckily Survivor took a commercial! T E E N S UGH!!!!
Do you see their horns? Look real close!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Tackle that wasn't ~

My Tackle it Tuesday was a bust! I had all intentions of getting the front of the house windows done but other issues came crashing down and killed my window cleaning mood!

We have been back and forth with our homeowners insurance due to the damage our house sustained during the last wind storm. To say the least, I blew when the last rep called us asking stupid questions like: Is your carport attached to your house? How high off the ground is the damage? OK, I don't want to sound like a complete B*t*h but what is a "carport"? Isn't it a "port" to park your "car"? Also he asked how high off the ground is the damage? OMG, I could totally feel the other Amy trying to intervene; but I kept my cool! Then he starting asking me questions about the construction. Here are some of my smarta** answers: First of all sir, I can't even read a tape measure therefore, I don't know. Secondly, the ceiling has this white stuff on it that looks like concrete but isn't. It may also be that stuff that my husband uses to fill the holes from all of the nails I slam into the wall for hanging pictures. Its white and it is really making a mess every time the wind blows. Yes, it breaks up like chalk and then everyone tracks it in the house. At this point, my husband says give me the damn phone and I begin laughing...It worked! (Seriously, I can't read a tape measure. Well that isn't totally true. If it is on the 1/2 or 1/4 ark, 'm good. IF it strays to the other lines, I'm lost. My husband has tried numerous times to teach me but I just can't seem to catch on . . . . . ~sucker~)

This morning when I woke up, I had high hopes for a better day. How quickly that was shot in the butt when I looked at the clock! I had overslept by 1/2 hour. It is now raining cats and dogs outside so the windows will not get done until the weekend. I guess my family will have to look at dirty windows! UGH!

Finally, it's here!!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tackle it Tuesday!!!

I'm on a roll! We finished the painting so now I am moving on.... YEP, tonight - I tackle (or begin) cleaning the windows. This is not going to be fun as my front windows are low enough for my dogs to constantly put their noses on while scanning the yard before their big break! My plan tonight is to get at least half done! (Only spoiler: rain all day tomorrow)

Good flicks!

This past weekend we rented a few movies and I wanted to share what I thought of two of them.

First we watched We own the night with Mark Wahlburg (yummy) and Joaquin Phoenix (yummy) and Eva Mendes. Absolutely fantastic.!!
We also watched Superbad. This is a very vulgar movie however, I thought it was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Paddy's Day

Well, I guess me looking at a calendar is asking too much! I get to work and see all of these people wearing green. One guy is wearing a green afro. I then realize that today is St. Patrick's Day. I am sooo bummed because MelisB gave me the cutest pair of St. Paddy's day socks (you only get one day to wear them) and I couldn't pull it off!

This weekend was so so busy! We burned LOTS of brush and did a lot of yard clean-up. We also cut up and split the wood from two trees that were lost due to the high wind storm a week or so ago.

It is so hard to believe that this weekend is Easter. Thank goodness for the three day weekend. The kids will be off from school for spring break Friday, March 21 - Wednesday, March 26. They would have been off all next week however, they had two snow days to make up.

Finally, HOW BOUT' THEM MILLBROOK PIONEERS!!! What an amazing accomplishment! On another note, one of the local high schools here, George Wythe Maroons, won their state tournament as well! Happiness is all around!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Quote of the Day

"I don't mind coming to work,
But that eight hour wait to go home is a bitch."
Need I say more?

Let's go MILLBROOK!!!

Millbrook Pioneers made our news!!!! Check out the story.

(Saturday night they will play Brunswick Co. for the Championship)

(just a little info, the Sweet Family knows Calvin and Clayton Rodney as we used to live a couple houses from them and in our neighborhood and would play wiffleball and high and seek. The Rodney's and their sister Octavia also used to spend days at our house watching movies and eating all our snacks. . . SMILE . . . GREAT KIDS!!!).

Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Ultimate Blog Party!!!

Stop in and check IT out!

One Year today!

Today is the Sweet Family's "1" year in Barren Springs!

It is hard to believe that I have been away from home (Winchester) for a year. I still miss bits and pieces but I really don't think I would ever come back. Now if I could just find a DAMN JOB! This is another frustrating journey for me. However, I know that good things come to those who wait! (Lord I have been waiting patiently. But my patience is starting to wear thin).

Welcome back TOP CHEF!!! I missed seeing Tom Colicchio so much - YUMMY!

Monday, March 10, 2008

We are DONE!!!

Correction: Thanks MelisB for noticing that the "Grammer Queen" made a mistake.

We are done painting the whole house! It was a struggle finishing; however, it looks great.

Since Amy requested to see the paint color, I have decided to share pictures of our favorite room in the house (the den). Can you guess why? We also used this color in the kitchen and entryway.

This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in regards to paint color. However, JD and I both liked it and agreed on it. Can you believe it, after 17 years, we agree on something? Go figure~

Here is a picture of Matt driving me home Saturday evening from a local convenience store. He drove approximately 5 miles back roads and thehighway. He did fantastic and I couldn't be more proud of his responsibility and maturity while behind the wheel. Whew.... at least I still have about 3.5 years until it is Kristin's turn. YIKES!

Friday, March 7, 2008


I was walking around my yard and noticed these "colors"popping out from under leaves in my one SPRING bulbs flower bed. Daffodils are next~ my favorite spring flower!

Don't forget - SPRING FORWARD!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Happy 7th Birthday

Have a fun day!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Bad luck for me again . . in the name of a job

I have been informed by the company that I am currently temping at that the position that they told me was temp-to-hire now is not! They have decided to "do away" with the position. However, they would like me to stay on until the new system that takes my place, is in great working order. Uh hello, are they new to the workforce? Isn't it always a CYA decision? Not, whats best for them!

Jobs are scarce. Well, thats not totally true, I could work at a fast food establishment: $5.50/hour. Then there is the Sheetz option: $8.75/hour. (which I will say is looking pretty good right now: Remember MelisB: Pump 3 is on, please pay inside when your done). Another good note: I still LOVE the Taco Salads there. However the funniest jobs of them all are the ones at the hospitals, colleges, etc... they are requiring an Associates or Bachelors degree and the minimal starting pay is $7.50/hour. These jobs offer 1500 work hrs per year and NO benefits . . . lucrative huh? I really want to put on my cover letter, you are absolutely full of s**t if you think people are going to work for that! My husband says that I just need to be patient as I will find something. blah blah blah. On a lighter note, I do have an interview for a position at the same company I am at only at another location. Please say your prayers as I really don't want to go to work at Sheetz! GOD bless you!

Thanks also goes out to Jaime. After reading her post and ranting, I was inspired; therefore I am!

While I am still on my bandwagon, does anyone else think that American Idol sucks this year. The talent to me isn't as good. There are a few good singers but no one that I feel would benefit my cd collection (like Clay, Kelly, Daughtery). I really like little David Archuletta (and I vote for him religiously), however, my favorite is the ever so flamboyant Danny Noriega. What a queen! I love him to pieces!

Aunt Em . . was it a twister?

WOW is all I can say about last night! We had wind like I have NEVER felt before. Honestly! I was probably the scaredist (I know, not a word) I have ever been!

Upon going outside to assess the damage this morning, it was not as bad as it sounded. However, we did lose one shutter and our carport ceiling looks like finely shredded cheese. We have paint chips everywhere from the ceiling. It actually looks like it snowed. The basketball hoop was blown over and we had a few trees take one for the team! We will take another assessment this evening in the hopes there isn't anything else! Matt was nice enough to inform me that we will need to have another bonfire real soon. All the work we did a couple weeks ago was a waste. Its just as bad if not worse now. YEP, yard work again this weekend.

On a better note, we are almost completely finished painting. We only have our entryway/laundry and a half bath and we are completely DONE! I honestly could care less if we ever get it done. I am soooooo tired of painting and cleaning. Next: Cleaning the windows...ugh! I really loathe spring and the cleaning that I have to do!

Matt started Track and Field at school on Tuesday. He will be doing shotput and discus. He seems to like it a lot. After track & field . . .GOLF! He is sooo excited. He will be joining the Blue Ridge Junior Golf Tour so he is going to be ready for the golf team next school year.