I Got Played

Where you surprised when Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston announced their re-engagement?  I was.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why she would want to be with a man who betrayed her in so many ways.  Love makes us behave in strange ways. It makes us tolerate so much than what we would normally put up with.  I guess she was no exception.

I don’t think much of Sara Palin.  I still laugh at her running around the country promoting abstinence-only to teens, and she was unable to persuade her own daughter to abstain.  I don’t believe any parent wants their teenagers involved in any sexual activities, but lets get real it’s more likely than not they will engage.  So, why not have the talk and ensure they are protected if it should happen.   


I do commend her as parent for standing by her daughter, and ensuring that her daughter didn’t become a target by the media while she was on the campaign trail.  I also commend her for seeing Levi Johnston for the creep that he really is.  I can only imagine her grief as a parent when they announced their second engagement.  Unfortunately, as a parent you have to step aside at some point and let your children make their own decisions including mistakes.  You just hope that they don’t make too many mistakes or mistakes that they can’t recover from in the process.      
 
I remember my daughter dating a young man through high school that I did not like.  You don’t know how many times I prayed that she did not end up pregnant.  My prayers were answered, she finally realized that he was not good for her when she went away to college and moved on.  It was literally a mother’s nightmare.  
 
It’s hard to sit back and watch your child be hurt by someone that they love, and there’s nothing that you can do.  Hell it’s hard for adults to be hurt in their relationships by someone they love.  When it comes to your child, it creates an even deeper wound.  Being a mother is such a unique experience.  You want to protect your children forever.  I can truly say that giving birth and raising my daughter has been my most rewarding experience.  There isn’t much that I would change if I had to rewind the past 30 years with her.  I can’t say that I did everything right along my journey, but I tried.  
 
I felt so sorry when Bristol Palin said, “She Got Played”.   It’s tough when you want to believe in someone, but they don’t believe in themselves so you can’t.  Rumor has it Levi confessed to possibly having another baby’s momma.  Baby’s momma is saying he ain’t the baby’s daddy.  It seems Levi confessed to the possibility after they made the announcement that they were re-engaged.  He just couldn’t be honest upfront so she could make an intelligent decision before announcing to the world they were a couple again.  At that point, she saw him for the man that he really is and the man Sara Palin told her that he was, and called off the engagement.  I say, good for her.  She certainly can raise Tripp as a single mother.  I did, and I was around her age when I become a mother.   I’ll save that experience for another post.  Stay tuned. 
 
The sooner she lets go, the sooner she can move on.  I’m sure her parents will continue to stand by her and support her and the baby in every manner possible.  She will look back one day, and ask herself what she saw in that idiot and realize that she made the right decision by moving on.    
 
I would like to wish Bristol and Tripp all the best!      

Hitler Admirers or Just Bad Parents

A court has ruled that Adolf Hitler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, 3, and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, 2, will remain in the care of Child Protective Services, they will not return to their parents.  Why, the home is not safe because of domestic violence concerns.  Adolf Hitler Campbell appeared in our homes via TV and blogs last year when Shopright refused to inscribe his name on his birthday cake. 

Apparently, the children were removed from the home because little Adolf was threatening to kill people.  He was mirroring his dad who was supposedly threatening to kill his mother.  A neighbor stated that the mother slipped a note to her once stating she was terrified of her husband because he said he would kill her.

According to court documents, both parents are disabled and unstable.  I don’t see how anyone could not question the sanity of parents who would name their children after a racist who was responsible for the murder of 17 million people. Court records state that both parents were abused as children and neither has received treatment for their psychological problems.  Oh really.    

Who in their right mind would name their children Adolf Hitler, Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie named after Heinrich Luitpold Himmler I believe.  It seems that the Campbells don’t believe the holocaust even happened.  Their home is decorated with swastikas on walls, jackets, pillows and they even had one on their car until it was suggested that they remove it for the safety of their children.

It seems that court room proceedings were a fiasco.  The mother stated that she did give the neighbor the note, but it was a lie.  The note stated that the husband had stabbed her in the hand with a screwdriver and he threatened to kill her among other things.  The foster mother to the three children stated that Adolf Hitler was violent toward his siblings and called her bitches as well as threatened to kill her.  The husband and father has been married to two other women.  One of the ex-wives testified that he threatened to kill her as well.  She also stated that she was unable to bring her son around anyone who was not white because he would say terrible things taught to him by his father.  

The Campbells claim that they children were removed from their home because of their names.  If all that came out in court is true, the children are better off in another home.  I hope that they will be adopted together and their names are changed to more appropriate names.  This will at least give these poor children a chance in the world.  It’s so sad anybody can become a parent, but there’s so many who should be neutered or spayed.   Do you think the right decision was made with these children? 
  

A Day At Shenandoah Caverns

Shenandoah Caverns

Have you ever been to the Shenandoah Caverns in VA?  If you’re in the surrounding area, you have to make a trip.  I took my 2 year old grandson to visit, and I couldn’t get him to leaveNot only do they have the caverns, but they have an American Celebration building that houses floats from the Rose bowl parade and props from several Presidential Inaugurations.  They have the Yellow Barn which houses antiques, a play area, a train ride and a huge tree full of squirrels to delight youngsters.  The third attraction is Main Street Yesteryear, which is filled with window displays of delightful characters.  

The caverns are owned by a gentleman whose family has been building floats since  1946.  Not only do they build floats, they have been involved with every Presidential Inaugural Celebration since 1949.  I wondered what props they would have on display from Clinton and Obama’s Inaugurations The Shenandoah Caverns were on my list of things to do with my grandson this summer, so I was really excited to make the trip.  

It didn’t disappoint.  We started in the American Celebration building.  It almost ended there as well.  Xavier was so thrilled by the floats I couldn’t get him to leave.  It was a room filled with bunnies, ducks, elephants, dogs, Barney, Dumbo and the list goes on.  He pushed buttons over and over to make the animals move and stirred at them in awe.  I must admit, I had just as much fun as he did.  The photos will make a great scrap book of our summer adventure.  I finished the tour with my grandson standing on the stage that was used for Reagan, Bush and Clinton’s inaugurations. They also had Obama and Biden’s Seal on display.  My grandson wouldn’t go near it.  I wonder if that’s a sign that he’s going to be a Republican, lol.

They had several picnic tables on the grounds where you could bring lunch and enjoy the outdoors.  Had I known, I would have packed a lunch for Xavier and me.  Not to worry if you don’t want to go through the trouble, they have a cafe where you can purchase fare.

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We moved over to the Yellow Barn, which featured a cute display of squirrels and a play area for the children.  You can also put your child on a train ride here for a $1.00.  A buck doesn’t get you much these days, but here you make a memory for you and your child.  That’s priceless.  They don’t have as many displays in this particular area as they do in the American Celebration building, but Xavier found the play area and once again I couldn’t get him to leave.  They have a rocker that he fell in love with and an old fashioned rocking horse.  I’m glad there weren’t any other children around, I may have had a hard time getting him to share.  He made pancakes on the antique stove, peeped into the squirrel’s tree house, and played with an adorable family of wooden bees.

Virginia Caverns

They also have wine tastings in this building if you need a little refreshment.  You can also purchase jams, jellies, mixes and just relax while your child plays.  You don’t feel rushed and everyone is friendly.  Unfortunately we had to end the day here.  Main Street Yesteryear and the caverns are still on our list of things to do, so we will definitely be making another trip to the Shenandoah Caverns.  They are open every day except Christmas.  It’s a world of make believe that generates lots of giggles and amazement.  It’s the things that make us wish we were children again.  It’s a time for the young and the young at heart.  It’s childhood innocence.  They have truly built an environment worthy of my time, energy and money.  

Stay tuned for my post on Main Street Yesterday and the caverns.  Leave us a comment and let us know where your family has ventured off to this summer.     

7 Year Old’s Lemonade Stand Shut Down

Is your child an entrepreneur?  Do they have a lemonade stand?  If you live in Portland, OR they could be shut down.  This 7-year old little girl was shut down by a Health Inspector.  They stated that she needed a restaurant license to operate, lol.  What is happening to this country?   We strive to teach our children morals, values, and a sense of self-worth only to have idiots like this steal their joy.

Here’s the story.  This adorable little girl saw an episode on Nick Jr. of Olivia the pig operating a lemonade stand.  She decided that she would like to have a lemonade stand as well to earn a little extra money.  Now with the economy the way it is somebody needs work, and if a 7 year old is the one lucky enough to be able to bring in a little income so be it.  Her mother decided to help make her dream come true.  They made a sign and packed the car with bottled water, Kool Aid, cups, and ice, and secured a spot at the local art fair.   

Much to her surprise, she was shut down by a health inspector.  The violation, she failed to obtain a $120 temporary restaurant license.  Not much surprises me these days, but when I read the article I was in disbelief.  Who in the hell would pay $120 for a license so a child can operate a lemonade stand.  The health department was holding a 7 year old to the same standards as a commerical business.

The inspector informed the mother that she could face a $500 fine if she continued to operate, so she packed up everything and tried to explain to her daughter that the people were just doing their job.  Now I’m all for sanitary conditions, but the mother and daughter were using bottled water, packs of Kool Aid, a scoop for the ice and hand sanitizer. How harmful can that be?

Other vendors who were nearby decided to come to the little girl’s aid and take measures against such a ridiculous law.  They spread the word using every avenue and venue available to protest the decision.  The Health Department eventually apologized to the mother and daughter stating they made a mistake.  They stated that the law should not apply to lemonade stands, and the inspectors should use professional knowledge to decide when a business should be shut down.  What has happened to people’s hearts in this country?

I hope this little girl wasn’t discouraged by the incident and will try her hand again at being an entrepreneur.  I love the cartoon Olivia on Nick Jr.  She’s adventurous and her messages are to teach our young ones to try new things.  Isn’t that what we want them to do.  How do we prepare them for the real world if we don’t provide opportunities to experience and try new things.  Most children are tied to the computer and the TV for hours, but this little girl wanted to get out and sell lemonade to make a few dollars.  If anything she should have been seen as an example.  

The funniest thing about the incident is the health inspector stated his children sell lemonade.  I wonder if he spent a $120 on a permit for them.    

Maybe Nick Jr. will create an episode on Olivia about idiot health inspectorsTheir lesson have a heart, you can’t learn everything from a book.            

Wordless Wednesday: Virginia Beach Mural

                                                                      Mural on a building in Virginia Beach, VA 

Living In Somebody Else’s House Is Gross!

Do you watch the New Jersey Housewives?  Do you remember Teresa Giudice stating that, “Living In Somebody Else’s House Is Gross”?  Be careful those words could come back to haunt you and it looks like they’ve come back to haunt her.  I remember the episode she uttered those words.  My response was wow, what did she live in before she moved into her mansion.  What does that say to the majority of people in America who have purchased a home who had a prior owner?  I say the joke is on you girlfriend.         

She’s now $11 million dollars in debt and the contents of her manison is scheduled to be auctioned on August 22.  Beauty and no brains is how I sum Teresa Giudice up.  Her beauty is noticeable, but so is the fact that she lacks a brain. The manison has 6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, and more marble than Rome.  What I also noticed more than her opulence, is her ability to botch the English language.  She struggled with the word cleanliness and didn’t have a clue what an entrepreneur was although she was trying to describe her husband’s occupation.   

Back to that ugly ass mansion, frankly I wouldn’t have spent a dime on one thing that she owned.  She dished out a bundle on the ugliest furniture that I’ve ever seen.  Ornate is the style (shown above).  Huge, dark, chunky pieces of furniture that weigh a ton.  The house has more marble than Rome.  It boasts 10,000 square feet and it’s about to be empty.  This crazy woman owes $20,000 to Nordstorms, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.   They owe over $104,000 in credit card debt.  Now here’s the real crazy part, they only earn $80,000 a year between the 2 of them.  The payment on their Cadillac Escalade is $1200 a month.  That’s more than my mortgage payment.  

Why do people do this?  How can you possibly afford a $4 million dollar home and a $1200 a month car payment off $80,000 a year.  Oh, that’s right they owned 2 other homes, 1 on the Jersey shore as well.  The home on the Jersey Shore was the reason they didn’t have an in-ground pool.  

If you want to own a piece of Teresa’s ornate furnishings, check out the A.J. Willner Auction.  They have a list of what will be sold in the front yard on August 22.  I seriously thought about going.  Hell I don’t have anything else to do, lol.  I’ve even gone as far as Googling the address.  It’s a 4 hour drive, but since her style is really not for me it’s not worth the drive.  I did look at a mirror that will be auctioned, but I would need a Uhaul to get it home and once I did get it home it would take up an entire wall.  

I feel sorry for the children, their beds, toys and bikes are being auctioned.   What has she taught them?  They have 4 daughters, 2 will be old enough to remember this downfall.  It is so sad. I wonder how much she spent on her breast implants?  No, I’m not jealous.  I’m carrying enough for 3 women.  No implants needed here.  Just another unnecessary expense. 

Well Teresa won’t starve, she will be eating her words for quite awhile.  She’ll be eating these words too, “I ain’t got no budget”.  This is a reality show honey, get real.        

I’m An Addict

Hi, I’m Rhonda and I’m an addict. No I’m not a drug addict, but I am a reality tv and food network addict. I’m also addicted to blogging, Facebook, scrapbooking and on-line games. I’m not sure when it all started, but I do know that I’m in over my head. I believe it started with the Food Net Work, Iron Chief to be exact. I than moved to Project Run Way and on to all the Housewives shows. That’s right, Orange County, New York, Atlanta and now New Jersey.

I’m glued to the entire season of Project Run Way and now it Cupcake Wars. Did I leave out Bridezilla? I love then all. Damn Bravo, Lifetime and the Food Network. I’m yours, you own me.

The new season of Project Run Way starts this Thursday and I’ll be there. My favorite season of Project Runway was Season 4. I absolutely loved it. Chris March and Christian Soriano were on Season 4. Chris March was eliminated, Christian Soriano, above, went on to win at Fashion Week. Both were hilarious, Christian was my favorite. Maybe because he was from nearby Annapolis, MD. Maybe it was his catch phrases, Bitches, Hot Mess, I’m gonna die of barfness, Ferosh. If I was a 10 sizes smaller, this Bitch would be a Hot Mess in his Ferosh designs. Oh yes I would.

I’m not sure which of the housewife shows I like best. It would probably be the New York housewives if I had to choose. Why, because I think they’re probably the most real out of all the shows. I like the Atlanta Housewives, but I don’t like the fact that they are some broke ass bitches trying to betray themselves as Divas. I mean really. Now Nene keeps it real. I like Gretchen on OC, but Vicki irritates me at times. I respect the fact that she is a hard working woman with 600 insurance agents in her company. She’s not dependent on her husband’s income, she has paved the road to her own wealth.

I like Alex on the New York Housewives, but I think her husband is as sweet as he can be.  Ramona oh Ramona, you give me the creeps.  It’s the eyes girlfriend, they just freak me out.  I like Jill, but she was just not one of favorites this past season. I think Kelly is just a nut. Can we get a head doctor on the next season for her?

I’ve found a new drug that I use on Sunday nights, Cupcake Wars. You can catch it on the Food Network at 10:00 EST. I can’t bake to save my life, so I admire their creations. The show was summed up nicely, “This ain’t no cake walk, it’s a cupcake war”. 

I know that I need help, just turning off the TV is just not going to work for me.  I think I would literally have to take all of the TVs out of the house.  I also know that’s not going to happen, I just purchased a 37″ flatscreen for the bedroom.  Nothing has worked.  I’ve become a great multi-tasker.  I can watch all of my shows and play on-line games.  Love Plants versus Zombies, Bejeweled, and Cake Mania. 
I have learned to love myself unconditionally over the years.  That’s why I can stand before you proudly and say I’m an Addict.  Are you an addict?  Leave us a comment and tell us what you’re addicted to. 

Christening Day – Selecting A Cake

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First, I remembered the night my daughter called to tell me she would be dedicating my grandson to the Lord. Oh what a blessing.  Although I hadn’t said anything to her, I had wondered when the day would come.  We had to make the day special.

We planned everything from his Christening suit to the meal after the service.  I was given the honor of choosing his suit and hosting the meal after the service. My daughter and her husband attended the required classes at church and contacted those who had been selected as the Godparents.  A role that is not taken lightly in our family. After all, the Godparents are involved in his upbringing and could possibly raise him if the parents are unable to.

 

 

Besides baby and the dedication, the cake will be the center of attention. We wanted to carry a religious theme into the meal.  As a result, we decided to incorporate the cross on his cake. It turned out beautifully. We selected yellow cake with a butter cream icing rather than fondant.  I have found that fondant icing can be pretty to look at, but removing the fondant and getting to the icing is difficult.  As a result, it makes it hard to really enjoy the cake. I wanted everyone to enjoy desert.

So, not only was the cake beautiful it was delicious. To stay within our budget, we had the bakery at one of our local grocery stores create the cake rather than a private bakery. Their cakes are just as delicious, and we saved enough to purchase these adorable Tiny Blessing Blue 10″ Octagonal Dinner Plates (8 count) and the accessories.  They are available in pink and blue.

 

We purchased the dinner and cake plates as well as the cups, napkins, and a matching table cloth for the food table. We purchased light blue table clothes and utensils at the Party Store. The tables turned out just as special as the day. I ordered the plates and cups on-line, however, Target now carries the set in pink and blue. 


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Xavier dropped his pacifier for a taste of the creamy goodness on the cake. He loved his pacifier, so we knew that we were in for a special treat with the desert. We served potato salad, pasta salad, meatballs, green beans and corn and fresh fruit followed by ice cream and cake under white tents. There was a wonderful breeze, so the setting was perfect.

If you’re having a ceremony, other ideas for a cake are:

  • Angels
  • Christening Shoes
  • The Bible
  • Baby Jesus
  • A Lamb
  • Christening Gown

Finally, I feel at peace as a mother and grandmother. Knowing that my daughter’s faith is strong enough to dedicate her son to the Lord is a mother’s dream. I hope this post gives you a few ideas to make Christening Day special for you and yours. May you each be as blessed as we are.  You may also like 11 Christening Day Tips.

 

Wordless Wednesday: Virginia Beach Fireworks

                                                          Fire Works On The Beach