How to Convince a Cat to Not Eat You for Dinner: The Story of the Perseverance of a Brave Bunny

How to Convince a Cat to Not Eat You for Dinner: The Story of the Perseverance of a Brave Bunny

One paw up he shouted with a slight quiver, “Stop, stop! I ask that you please withdraw and stop kindly!” With a shaky paw he nervously adjusted his glasses with his other paw.

“Well, well,” Samuel hissed. “What is thissssss? A rabbit with the audacity to try and stop me, I seeeee.” Samuel licked his right paw slowly, wiped his fur back against his ear and then daintily sat both paws down to get a good look at the rabbit. The nerve, he thought, the nerve. Obviously, this rabbit had no idea who he was talking to.

For a few seconds the two looked each other up and down until Billy again adjusted his glasses and worked up some bravado to speak.

“Kind, sir. With all due respect, I ask that you please reconsider your plight and spare my life.” Billy lifted his head up in the air and looked straight into Samuel’s eyes to let him know he meant business, even if he didn’t quite feel so confidant of what kind of business that was.

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2011 Top Educational Summer Camps in the Tampa Bay Area

2011 Top Educational Summer Camps in the Tampa Bay Area

Parents in the Tampa Bay area interested in educational summer programs can find a guide of the most trusted summer camps at the Tampa Bay Parenting site. As an Educator in the area, I have put together my own list of the top 5 summer programs I have personally worked with.

MOSI Summer Science Camps

MOSI offers weekly science based camps available for children ages two thru high school age that utilize the museum grounds.

Camps begin June 13 thru August 12, 2011. Prices range from $15 to $1080 per week. MOSI members receive a discount. Register in person, by mail, fax, or online. For more information call 1-800-995-6674 or email See catalog for more information.



Jamie’s 5 & 6 month updates

Jamie’s 5 & 6 month updates

Oops….too many pictures!

Jamie has changed so much in the last couple of months! At 19 weeks, I put Jamie in her bouncer and saw that she was playing with something white in her mouth. It turned out that she had two bottom teeth and this bad mommy hadn’t even noticed they were coming in!! Anyhow, I chose that weekend to start cereals with her. She had given me many signs that she was ready, and I know I was right. We got the camera ready and waited to see her gag or spit food out, but it was very anti-climatic. She opened her mouth, swallowed, and then opened her mouth for more! From then on I fed her cereal twice a day and then later introduced fruits to her. Since then she’s eaten banana’s, apples, pears, carrots, squash, sweet potato, and peas (in that order!)

I’m proud to say that I have made all of Jamie’s baby food except for her cereal. I find immense pleasure in this. I think it’s because I didn’t get to breast feed as long as I wanted to. Whatever the reason, I love knowing that my baby gets all organic food with no preservatives made with love by her mother. It makes me so happy to see her healthy and happy, too.

By 20 weeks, Jamie finally learned to jump in her bouncer. She LOVES her bouncer. It’s so funny to see her in there sometimes. She won’t stop bouncing even if you try to get her out of the seat. She’s quite the funny girl.

For instance, she prefers to wear her teething ring as a bracelet as opposed to actually chewing on it (thatta girl!). I love her resourcefulness. I would have never thought of using a teething ring as an accessory, but Jamie has an eye for such things.

She also loves to eat read books.

In her spare time, she enjoys sucking on stretching her legs and feet.

We’re thinking she’s getting ready to be a gator cheerleader gymnast.

At 21 weeks, I’m embarrassed to say that Jamie started rolling over, but we didn’t actual see her do it until later. Uh, huh. She would roll over the split second you would look down to check your email, pick something up off the floor, fold your laundry, etc.

Jamie at 6 months is a whole different child!

Here’s Jamie trying to kick her lady bug friend off the chair.

Jamie playing nice again…
Jamie being nice again
Jamie hiding behind Miss Ladybug. Silly girl!

6 month stats:

Weight: 19 lb. 1 oz. (95%)
Height: 27 in. (91%)
Head: 17 in. (69%) 

Jamie is still a big girl, but her growth is starting to slow down! This is probably because she’s way more active now. She wears mostly 6-9 month clothes but she does have a few 3-6 month and plain 6 month outfits she can wear. Jamie canalso  roll over both ways and at 24 weeks, we finally saw her do this!! At around 25 weeks she started sitting up by herself for little bits of time. She’s a bit of a weeble wobble, but it won’t be long before she’s sitting up without any help!!

Jamie has quite the sense of humor for a 6 month old. She’s so happy and always smiling. She has a very contagious laugh. Just about anything can make her laugh, but she especially loves her Daddy. He makes her laugh every day!

However, Jamie will let you know when she’s not happy. She has definitely perfected the pout! I don’t know where she got that from. I mean, everyone knows that her mother is not dramatic at all. Right? 🙂


Ok, fine. She may have seen me do it once or twice or before…

Jamie is babbling SO much! She loves to squeal in her crib or on her bouncer. Sometimes I can hear her softly babbling in the car seat as we travel around doing errands. She is constantly talking. We’ve been hearing her say “Mamamamamama” for a while now, but I don’t think she’s actually saying “mama.” I think she is more or less babbling but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I can’t wait for her to call me “Mama.” In the meantime, Matt’s been trying to teach her “Dada.” I think there’s a silent competition going on, but I’m not sure. In the meantime, I’m going to be teaching her Mama, just in case…

Jamie is such a great eater (as you can tell). She has 4  6 oz. bottles a day plus two meals. In the morning she has a cereal and fruit meal and in the evening she gets cereal and a veggie. I’m going to add avocado this week if I can find some good ones around here!

Jamie is still an excellent sleeper in the evenings. She goes to sleep in the evening around 7:30-8:30 pm and then wakes up between 7-8 am. Recently, she’s had some disruptive sleep (I think her top two teeth are trying to come through), but it’s usually nothing a pacifier and her “light show” can’t fix. She LOVES her projector I recommend this to all new moms. A must-have that my sister-in-law, Jenny, introduced. I.can’ It travels, too. AMAZING!

On the other hand, her daily naps are getting shorter and shorter. She still takes about 3 naps a day, but they have gone down from about 1.5-2 hours to 30 min-1 hr. Thank God for our new Mr. Coffee machine.

Tummy time has gotten much better as Jamie has gotten older. In the past, it was very upsetting to her to do tummy time, but now that she can roll we find that she puts herself into tummy time more often. In fact, she even looks like she’s trying to put her legs up to crawl. She hasn’t quite gotten that down just yet, but she is definitely scooting around. Matt found her underneath the end table of the living room just the other day! She tried to escape her activity mat, it seems!

Jamie’s paci has become more of an attachment these days. Initally she only took it when she was tired, but in the last month she seems to want it more often. Ah, well. What can I do? I’ll be making sure to transition her from that around age 1. Maybe she’ll grow out of it herself before then? We shall see.

These last 6 months have flown by so quickly. I can’t believe my baby is 6 months old already! Only 6 more months until her 1st birthday, oy vey! I’m going to have to start planning her birthday party now! I love planning parties! Throw me any ideas you have. Remember, it’s going to be in September in Florida. This means HOT! And sorry, Matt- I think Chuck E. Cheese is out. I don’t think Jamie will be ready for ski ball just yet.


Oh, Dictionary, You!

Oh, Dictionary, You!

I’m sure you most of you saw that “Muffin Top” is trending on Yahoo today. Or, maybe not….maybe you have better things to do. LOL! <—-I can type this now and not be embarrassed cause it’s a real word now. Just sayin’.

Yep, yep, yep. The news of the day (besides the real life tragedy that is going on in Japan and other real world issues, and of course Elizabeth Taylor’s {RIP} real eye color) is that the word “Muffin Top” has been added to the Oxford Dictionary.

Obviously, the first definition is that it is the top of a muffin. Because, well it is. I laughed so hard I cried, though, when I saw that the second definition is: “a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.”

 Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this. First, it is funny. C’mon. You have to admit that it’s funny (and sad) that we live in a society where this is now coined a “real” term by all effects. I mean, we all know that once a word hits the dictionary it’s real. Hence the saying, “ain’t ain’t a word, cause it ain’t in the dictionary.”

See this is my problem. The fact that a muffin top is now real and not a figment of my imagination is horrifying.

“Hello, my name is Suzie and I have a muffin a top.”


As usual, I digress. Cause this ain’t the only word in the dictionary. “Ain’t” is and has been in the dictionary along with “ginormous.” Thank God, for that one, cause I used that one all the time for a while and Matt told me I had to stop saying it cause it wasn’t a real word.Obviously, it is cause it’s in the dictionary so I have free reign over it again. OBVIOUSLY.

Also, “LOL” and “OMG” made it. I can use these in parent emails now cause it’s ok, right? They’re in the dictionary now, people. So, they’re real words. REAL WORDS.

My most favorite addition to the dictionary, though, is the ❤ “heart” symbol. A symbol to the dictionary. Now, that my friends, is the real end to this world. Symbols in the dictionary. What’s next? 🙂 or >:-). Or maybe…:-*….or…@—->–. I mean, there are just so many to choose from. But, I’ll know things really have gone to hell when one these two make it:




Uh, huh. My students taught me those two. I’ll leave those up to your imaginations….


The Story

The Story

Okey, Dokey. Some of you who are my facebook friends and/or follow me through twitter saw that I’ve been published on the Yahoo Associated Content Network in the last two days. For those of you who didn’t know, well I was published on the Yahoo Associated Content Network the last two days. 🙂

In all seriousness, many of you were surprised (including my own family) because I didn’t really tell anyone I had an interest in this or that I had anything in the works. If you think about it, though, you’ll remember I did mention back in December that I was trying to get started writing my book. I asked you guys for ideas of genres, but no one replied. 😦

Weellll…here’s the thing. Sitting down and writing a book is just not as easy as it sounds. I’ve spent my lifetime writing little ditty’s here and there. Just ask my sister. I devoted an entire book on all of her annoyances back in my elementary school days. I illustrated it myself and everything….curly hair and all. I like to take the book out only when we have large family gatherings and I can embarrass her to the fullest extent. Isn’t that what sister’s are for?

My point is that I have stacks of outlines for books and stories I want to write, stacks of poems, and stacks of journals. This blog has served as a writing outlet for me for several years now. I enjoy  documenting my life, but I also love doing it because it gets all that stuff out of my head. You know, stuff I used to hand write in journals…

So, one day I was reading a magazine and it had a little blurb about the Yahoo Associated Content Network. A place for writers and aspiring writers to submit their work. You can accept assignments and write until your heart’s content. I thought this would be a perfect place for me to start an online portfolio, find my niche, and then go with it. Eventually I’ll have to write my book. I mean, I really have very few line items on my bucket list.

Suzie’s Bucket List
Get Married
Have a Family
Own a Home
Write a Book
Go to Spain
Go to Australia

See what I mean? I’m running out of items to complete. The book will have to be done soon.

So, here I am submitting content until my heart’s content. Because they don’t accept everything you submit, I didn’t say anything cause I wanted to wait until they accepted something of mine. Well, so far I’m 2 for 2 and now I’m spilling the beans.

You can go to my Contributor Profile to follow or subscribe to my articles here.

If you want emails every time I publish an item, you can send me a message with your name and email address, and I will add you my automatic email notice list.

Don’t forget to check out my articles. I get “clout” for how many hits I get to each page. Please, please, please comment, “like,” “share,” or “retweet.” I’d love to get some exposure. I need all the practice and feedback I can get! Thanks to all of you who have already sent me supportive messages!

Links to my current articles:

Easy DIY Graduation Party Decorations on a Budget
Primavera Parade

If you are interested in joining the Yahoo Associated Content Contributor Network, go here.


That’s Mrs. Coupon Queen to you!

That’s Mrs. Coupon Queen to you!

Ah, was it just, ohhhhhh, I don’t know…about 1 month ago that I commented on someone’s blog that I don’t clip coupons cause I’m too lazy to do it??

Well, it looks like I’ll have to eat my words. Why the hell not? I mean, apparently I can eat just about anything else except maybe vegetables, chocolate, red meat, pork, dairy products… Ok. Never mind. I digress.

Remember when Matt and I went to the fair with the munchkin? Well, Matt convinced me, while we were there, to get another subscription to the St. Pete Times (even though it usually doesn’t get read and goes straight to the recycle bin). It was then that I decided that I should try to go through the Sunday paper and find coupons for Baby items at the very least. (Isn’t that what all good Suzie Homemakers do?) My sister (the other other coupon Queen) told me that I should cut coupons for the products that I know I use to make things simple. So, I actually followed her advice (there’s a first for everything! *shrug*) and cut just a few coupons for items I 100% knew I used and are at my Publix.

Well, that week I saved around $8. Meh. It was kind of exciting. Nothing too grand, though. Still, I did the same the week after and ended up saving $25! Fast forward to this past Sunday where I used more coupons I cut, plus a manufacture coupon that was mailed to me a couple of weeks ago, plus some great bogo’s going on…my savings totaled a whopping $36! WHAT?!?! I seriously couldn’t believe it. These freaky (freaky in a fond loving way) coupon people are on to something! If I keep on saving like this, I’m averaging a savings of $1000 for the year. That’s at least two Kate Spade purses. Right??

Even so, I don’t see myself taking things any further than the Sunday paper coupon sorting or the use of manufacture savings that are mailed to me. It’s just waaaay too much work to go online and participate in all those other coupon game thingys they have out there.

$36 is good though, right? With all these savings I’m doing I think this means I should do more shopping more often. And, not just the grocery kind. Know what I mean? Hehehehe.