Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Heelys Go Back to School

For back to school this year, Little Bit got to sport to some brand new blinged out Heelys. And, the good folks at Heelys want us to share the love with our readers, too. She has really enjoyed them. Not only are they really fancy (which is her style), but she likes the skating aspect of them. She practiced for a day or two and finally got it down.

Heelys has a Labor Day Sale that they've asked me to share with you: Buy One Pair of Heelys, Get the Second Pair for $30 (plus, you can get free shipping with a code here)

To help get kids into new pairs of Heelys, or to replace Heelys worn out from constant summer use, Heelys is having a Labor Day sale: buy one pair of Heelys from the Heelys shop,, and get a second pair for $30. The least expensive pair of Heelys in the shopping cart will be discounted. This offer is good for U.S. customers only.

WHEN: 12:00 AM (CDT) Friday, September 2, 2011, through 11:59 PM (CDT) Monday, September 5, 2011.

WHERE: Heelys Shop -

After you've selected your two pair of Heelys, view your cart. At the top of the cart is a place to enter a Discount Code: HeelysLovesBloggers.

HEELYS: MSRP: $47 and up

Heelys wheeled footwear allows the user to seamlessly transition from walking or running to rolling by simply shifting weight to the heel. Users can also transform Heelys wheeled footwear into street shoes by removing the wheel and replacing the heel cavities (adaptors) with heel plugs. Heelys wheeled footwear provides users with a unique combination of fun and style that differentiates it from other footwear and wheeled sports products. Heelys are sold in sporting goods and specialty stores nationwide and in more than 70 countries around the world. An instructional video on how to get started can be found at

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Genie in a Bottle

Our sweet girl had her dance recital today to the Arabian music from The Nutcracker. But, Little Bit kept saying she was a Genie in a Bottle, so I keep humming that song now. She was a beauty and I was so proud of her for keeping the smile going for the whole dance. She doesn't like being short, except when it comes to performing - because she can always be in the front.


Stimulating the economy

The boy needed new shorts for school, baseball socks, baseball cleats and football cleats. We dropped big bucks at Academy (because I'm avoiding the tax-free weekend crowds) ... then I get home and realize the boys needs sliding pants, too. We had this exchange (he's 12 by the way):

Me: Oooh, don't you need new baseball pants because you have a big hole in the knee?

Hot Rod: Yeah and they're getting way too short. (points to about two inches above ankle)

Me: You can wear your pants like Jim Thome and not Jeff Bagwell, you know.

Hot Rod: Thome doesn't wear his pants like that. I'm going to go look. *baffled look* He does wear his pants like that. Who's Jeff Bagwell?

Me: Great Astros player. Wore his pants over his cleats. I never understood how he ran like that.

Hot Rod: *google search & baffled look again* Wow, mom. Was he a good hitter?

Don't look so shocked, child. I know a few things about baseball. I haven't always been JUST your mom.

Helloooooo ... anyone there?

I really need to make this a priority again. Hello folks. I know, I know ... I said I would do this more frequently and then life got in the way. I was having thousands of hits a day, every day ... and then, whammy.

I got a full time job and everything changed. Not to mention the Facebook phenomena. That is truly when my postings started declining. I got FB and found myself immersed in it and my blog was almost completely replaced. I know what the allure of FB is to me: instant feedback without the worry (most of the time) of the trolls out there being jerks.

Anyway ... not that much as changed, other than I'm just really really REALLY busy. Here's the kids - yes they are enormous now, a few weeks ago. Little Bit was singing in a church performance. Hot Rod had the splint b/c we thought he had a buckle fracture on his wrist (it wasn't, fortunately) and there's my giant Pickle, who turns 17 in a few weeks. Funny how time passes before our eyes. I was looking at pictures of my parents' 50th anniversary party from 2007 and two of my favorite cousins have died since then. It broke my heart. We should really love those around us and never pass up the opportunity to talk to them. I regret all those missed chances now. Oh, and it is one of my friend's birthdays today. Maybe I'll text her some birthday wishes. Back to work ... I'll try not to be such a stranger and maybe I'll have something prolific to say next time. Just wanted to come back and say HI!