Saturday, June 23, 2012

Magnuson Hotel

Magnuson Hotel by the River

After 6 and 1/2 hours of driving and a long stretch of highway with very few hotels who have an available room for a family of four, we came across the Magnuson Hotel in Marietta, Ohio. I would have to say I was pleasantly surprised when we walked in the lobby and the room, only because it was a just a random hotel we stopped at looking for some rest to hop back on the freeway in the morning. The room was very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful,  and a nicely stocked continental breakfast waiting for you in the lobby. Perfect little place to stop by and get some rest or even take in some sight seeing in the historical Maretta. You never know what pleasant surprise you will come across when out traveling. We will definitely look for this one when we are out traveling again.

When your traveling a need a hotel a long the way to take a break from the highway and get some sleep, you never know what you will find. It nice to stumble upon a quaint little hotel off the freeway to get some sleep. But, that seems how that is how you find those great little places to stay.

For reservations call (740) 374-7211. Enjoy!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Road Trips

I always thought as the kids got older, it would be easier to take road trips with them, but that hasn't rang true yet. Instead of packing bags of toys for the trip, we are now packing several pairs of shoes, jewelry, X-box and the Wii. It hasn't got any easier than when the were little. At least when they were little, I could gather their stuff together. Now, it requires their assistance and there are so many things they claim they can't live without.

Except now we have even more complications, nobody wants to sit next to the other one. They are driving me nuts with this sibling rivalry crap. I have no clue how to stop it, everything I try doesn't work. They are 11 and 12 years old and claim they hate one another. My oldest and middle child are 8 years apart, so I didn't have to deal with the sibling rivalry as much as I do with my two youngest, who are only 1 year apart. They live to drive the other one nuts. The only problem with that is, the parents are the ones who are stuck trying to mediate between the two all the time and according to them, we are never fair. No matter how hard we try to be fair, someone is always unhappy with the decision. The sad part about it is, I have two psychology degrees and can't get my two children to get a long, no matter how many different things I try there is always that underlying resentment towards one another and I don't know how or when it began. We adore them both and hate seeing them at one another all the time. It makes it very difficult to do anything together as a family, because they are always arguing with one another. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sick of Being Sick

Look out there's a bad cold and flu going around, it hit our entire family and is very difficult to get rid of. The kids recovered in about three days, but my husband and I weren't so lucky. I have been sick for 10 days. It started with a cold, progressed to the flu and a sore throat with high fever, then a sinus infection and my hubby's progressed into bronchitis and it sent us both to the urgent care. I am extremely sick of being sick. I was hoping the antibiotics would kick in and we would both be better by today, no such luck yet.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Bandit

This was too funny, I had to share it with you. Mr. Max loves his bandanna. I took it off yesterday to give him his bath, he tried to take it out of my hand, he did not want his bandanna off. As I handed Sammy the bandanna, so I could take a picture of him, he sat up pretty to beg for his bandanna. As if, he was saying "please give me my bandanna back." He is too funny, we nicknamed him the "bandit", because he loves his bandannas and he steals your food when your not looking.

Wheaten Terriers are extremely smart dogs. He is constantly cracking us up with all the crazy things he does. Yesterday, Sammy left the gate open to the back yard. My neighbor calls me out to tell me his is sitting on the front porch waiting for someone to let him in. He was always very easy to train him to do tricks, house break, he will follow you outside, he picks up tricks very quickly. I would have to say one of funniest things he does which was accidental, is to shake his booty. If you tell him to shake his booty, he starts with his head and shakes all the way down to his tale then shakes his butt or when you rub his lower back he starts bouncing on his hind legs then does some little dance with hit front paws planted firmly on the floor.

Wheaten Terriers make excellent family dogs, they adore people, especially children. Just one thing to keep in mind with Wheaten Terriers is they do have a lot of food and airborne allergies. Max requires a special diet of salmon and sweet potato food, he has food allergies to birds, beef, and lamb. So, the best bet is all natural food and treats. We supplement his food with fresh fruits and vegetables.  Once you get all the kinks ironed out for their food allergies, they make excellent family dogs. He is very gentle with babies and small children. A wheaten terrier will love you with every bone in his body.

Short video of Max doing his little jig.

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Pool Party'

Every Spring, I go out on this big search for the prettiest brightest pink I can find. I love hot pink starting with my nails and of course, a lady has to have hot pink eye shadow and matching foot wear for all my favorite splashes of hot pink.

I found this Summer's cutest hot pink at Sally's Beauty Supply Store. It is China Glaze's newest neon pink called "Pool Party". This neon pink put's me in a cheerful mood. It's a proven fact colors ignite emotions. This will definitely be my favorite color this summer. I think I am going to have to stock up on this one, my little darling loves this color too. 

The color goes on flat to stay true to the color, just add a top coat and your nails will shine like they are wet.   I applied China Glaze's Strong Adhesion Base Coat (also purchase at Sally's), then applied two coats of the "Pool Party" and one coat of the Orly.  

The dynamic duo. 

Perfect for brightening up those toes and fingers this summer.

Outside the color pops and changes the tint in the sun light. 

No, this is not an ad nor I was paid to write it. I'm just guilty of loving bright pink nail polish in the summer. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Human's Best Friend Saves Infant

The deserted infant. Photo via Ghana News Agency.

As I am sitting here with the lap top and my sweet pooch sleeping at my feet. I came across this sweet story I wanted to share with you. I am a dog lover and this story really touched my heart. It is the kind of story that tells how loyal our sweet pooches will be and do almost anything to protect us. I only own one dog, who I loyally adore as much as he does loyally adores his family. So, I had to share the story it brought tears to my eyes.

A farm dog in Ghana spent the night protecting a human newborn baby and was found under a bridge Winkongo (which is near Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional Capital of Ghana), near the farm where he lives , with a live abandoned newborn baby snuggled against is body.

The search party began by looking for the dog, not for the baby. The dog's owner was worried when his dog hadn't returned home that evening. Searches spent tracking the hound, but not until later did they find the pooch curled around a human baby under the bridge by a farm the dog calls home.  

It has been reported by the Ghana News Agency the infant is healthy and well. You got to love those faithful  pooches. After all... they are humans best friend. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So Proud Of My Baby Girl

I am so proud of my baby girl, she received the Golden Academic Award last night for straight A's. I have to especially be proud of her, she started school when she was only 4 years old, so she is a year ahead of most her classmates and still tests at a higher grade level than she's in. She will only be 11 years old going into the 7th grade. 

I am so proud of my little girl, she has always been an easy child since the day she was born, I am so lucky to have her. She always get good grades and never gets in trouble in school.