Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Etsy Shop


I never post anything in my Etsy shop because nothing ever sells. I thought I should give it another go. I just listed some of the clips that I made the other day and stole some photos of my friends children wearing some of the cute little clips that I have made. Sorry that the pictures are so bad. I took all of the pictures with my phone.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/JenFun?ref=pr_shop_more

I am going to try to give Etsy another go to see what does better. I made ten sets of bows and I personally think that eBay does better for me. My mom started an Etsy shop yesterday and I told her I never had any luck with it. I need to have some more faith in people. I need to have some more faith in me. My clips are cute, I can admit that.

Sick as a Dog

I caught a bug from Miss Marilyn. All yesterday I was super sick. I think I barfed six times. Texas was sick also. So both of us were puking all over the place. I had to call housekeeping to help clean up the messes. When we leave we need to leave her a good tip.
It was one of those exhausting bugs where all you want to do it lay down and sleep. I think I slept an extra 10 hours yesterday.
Texas wasn't doing so hot. He was so dehydrated that he blacked out. He didn't know what was happening. All that he said is, "I can't see". I thought that he might of had something more severe going on. I was about to take him to the ER. But I realized that he was just dehydrated and needed to drink something.
Yesterday I had to drop Spencer off at the airport. It was easy to find the airport, it was a challenge to find a drive through for a drink. We needed some drinks because all of us were so dehydrated. My head is still hurting from being so sick yesterday. I'm feeling better but I hate getting sick like that.
I was going to post some bows that I made on eBay, I was so sick that I didn't even find an hour to post some bows. I guess it's going to wait until Monday.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Homeless

For all of you that do not know this yet: right now at this moment we are homeless and living out of hotels.
Why am I doing this? We figured that it would save us money to stay in hotels until we found a place to live. We have put offers on a couple of places and we have not heard back yet. The past few weeks we have been traveling so often that we would not even stay in the same place for over a week so right now we are living in hotels. It only makes sense in my head to live out of hotels and save the money that we would put on a down payment in the mean time.
We still have a house in California but we are renting it out at the moment.

Why being homeless is a struggle:
I have two kids that need to get out and play. Some times I feel cooped up. Then I need to google a park and then it's about nap time anyways.
There is only one main aria and our walls are thin, so when it's time to sleep it's quite time! The drunks by the pool do not understand this concept at any time: day or night, they cannot control the volume of their voices.
I am the one that does laundry. I have to go out to a laundromat to get all of the laundry done. Most of the time my diapers need to go through the wash more than once to get the stink out.
Eating out. I'm sick of it. We have a crock pot and I am tempted to go out and buy a small microwave so we can cook simple meals.
I drive more to get out and away from the small room. Gas prices are at four stinking dollars a gallon. When I go out and drive it seems like there is a weather storm following me. Two weeks ago it was a wind storm with tornado and fire warnings, this week it was heavy rain, rain so hard it got dark outside, then some dime size hail, and then on the fence that I was diving past lighting struck! That got my adrenalin going! Holy cow the weather is crazy out here!
We own a dog. Most hotels do not allow dogs. Picture me, yelling at both of my kids not to run in the road and trying to walk a dog.
The last thing that makes it hard being homeless and living in a hotel: My business that I am building up. The address that I have is a UPS Box. Other than that I do not have a permanent address. I need to spend money to make it because I am in retail. It's hard to rebuild my inventory when I don't have a definite place to ship to and the only place to store the stuff is in a storage unit or in your car. This is why you are not seeing 20 items in my ebay store. Everything that I have in my store are things that I have in my hotel room. Because of this, it makes it hard to do any kind of special order when a customer request one. Half of the time I have everything that they'll want, it's just that some of the stuff that they want is in storage, so the order is never made.

We have this room booked for a week. My hubby flies out on Friday for a business trip and it's just me and the kids in the dinky hotel room for a few days. I know I am not the first person that has lived out of a hotel. I know many people that have lived out of a hotel for months for one reason or another. I just need to keep on telling myself that it's not forever and that we are saving money each and every day that we stay in the hotel.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Taxes and Budget

Last year the lady that was doing our taxes wouldn't let us write everything off. We had all of the recipts: she was just lazy. Last year we came in at the end of January to get our taxes done too. On top of that, on the 14th of April the lady sent all of our paperwork to another office so they could do our taxes. Grrr! Seriosly, we had thousands of dollars to write off and she refused to write them off even though we had all of the paperwork for it! She told us that we needed to work less because we had too many things going on. What a bitch. Seriously, we worked for all of that money and we had to pay an extra five grand that year. Me being a full time mom on a budget and my husband working 80 hours a week isn't enough for the state of California!
The lady that we went to this year was 1000% better! She got everything completed in a couple hours and she got us money back! We were able to write off $38,000.00! SCORE! This year we are getting money back from the government. I did our budget and found out that we will be saving $1600 a month just by moving out here! That is a big number. Going from a $20 dollar a week spending budget and then seeing that is crazy! I think I will still stick to my budget so we can save up some money.

I think we will save up enough to pay cash for a lot so then all that we need to pay for is utilities and taxes. Then all of the other cash we save up, we will pay cash to build a house on the lot. Out here in Texas, if you have a parcel of land you can do whatever you would like with it. The permit fees in Texas are about $6000 to build: California's are over $150,000. California charges you by the foot when you build. It doesn't make sense to me that you would pay more in permits of what your house is worth. It's odd and surprising how different things are out here. I LOVE IT! The State of Texas has welcomed me into their state with open arms in more than one way! I do have to admit that I will miss my friends out in California, but Texas will be better for my family.

Itinerary for Utah

I have so many things to do when I go out there. The last time that I was out there I wasn't able to do everything because I got sick and the kids got sick. Right now I have a cold bug but it's going away.

So this is how the week is going to go:
Thursday and Friday: Driving
Saturday: Wedding
Sunday: Church and Easter Egg Hunt with the Hubby's side of the family
Monday: Spencer goes back to work. Permanent eye liner day. My appointment is at 11am, two of my sisters are getting it done on the same day.
Tuesday: Chill if possible. Hang out with My Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
Wednesday: Grandpa gets into town from Oregon
Thursday: Hang with family. My cousin graduates from BYU.
Friday: My Anniversary. I don't know if we are going to do anything that day for it but I know I'll get a phone call.
Saturday: My little sisters Birthday
Sunday: Church
Monday: Head back to Texas.

We'll see how everything goes. I can stay a couple extra days if I want to. My hubby said that I need to drive the big ol' truck back to Texas. I'm not looking forward to that. I wish we could just take the car but that isn't possible. Wish me luck!

Monday, April 11, 2011

What's in a name?

I get so many questions about my kids names. I just want to clarify what some of the names mean.

I will start off with my name: Jennifer
Jennifer means "White Wave" or "Fair Phantom". That sounds so pretty but if you dig deeper to find on why the name means white wave or fair phantom you'll learn a bit more. The name was branched off of the name Guenevere; the same Guenevere that was married to the King Arthur. The story goes that she was unfaithful and sleeping with Aurthur's friend and greatest warrior, Lancelot. She was said to have been abducted by King Mordred. When she was eventually returned to Arthur, he had her condemned to death for infidelity and ordered that she be torn to pieces by wild beasts. Later on her pail body washed up from the lake. Stories tell the she haunts the lake where she was found.
The other story of her death is that she locked herself away in a tower because of the guilt that she fell for falling in love with the knight in shining armor. She later died of a broken heart. Both are good stories. The name comes from the story of her death.

My middle name is Ruth. Not as pretty as the name Jennifer but the meaning is better. Ruth means "friend". In Hebrew it means "companion". The name Ruth comes from the book of Ruth and shows how she was kind and compassionate to her people.


Now for Texas. The meaning of Texas is "Friend" in Caddo Indian. Why the name Texas? When my husband was out of town in Texas I called him and told him I was pregnant. We were thinking of a different name to name the baby but a couple months before, my sister in law that was expecting took the name that we had chosen. I didn't want two children with the same name. Right after that happened, one night my husband said said, "What do you think of the name Texas?" I said I liked it and we never really talked about it after that. Then when it was time to fill out the birth certificate, I put down "Texas James Nelson" never even asking Spencer if that was the name that he really wanted. Our parents were not too happy on the way that we picked his name. One parent was upset that we kept the name secret, and the other didn't like the name Texas. I love how we chose the name and the meaning behind the name. I love the name Texas.
Texas has started to say that he wants to change his name. I love his name but he is starting to tell people every once in a while that his name is "Tex" and that's ok.
Texas' middle name is James. James means "Supplanter" and it's Hebrew. I think the meaning of James comes from the King James. Supplanter means: one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another. King James was a sneaky man! My husband and I picked the name James because it is my husbands middle name.
Texas' full name is feng shui and has good balance.

Now for Marilyn's turn. Marilyn is a combination of Marry and Lyn. Marry means "Sea of Bitterness". Why would I name my daughter that? Have you ever heard the story how the sea is salty from the tears that people have cried? Or how Marry cried bitter tears when Jesus was crucified. I feel that the name Marry is a powerful name with feeling behind it.
Lyn means pretty. Spencer and I had a bet going on. He wanted to name her Maryland. I won the bet and her name is Marilyn. That is how we got the name Marilyn. Sad but true.

Marilyn's middle name is June. I know she wasn't born in the month of June. The month of June was named after the god Juno. Juno is the Roman "Goddess Of Marriage & Childbirth". She was not the Goddess of Infidelity. She is the queen of all the other gods and that shows power. The name Juno is connected to love. Ancient etymologies associated Juno's name with iuvare, "to aid, benefit", and iuvenescendo, "rejuvenate". Juno was a goddess that showed nurturing. There are many stories of the Goddess Juno. I felt that the name June fit well with the rest of her name other than the Hebrew and Roman mix. I love that the meaning behind Marilyn's name has so much emotion.
I feel that Marilyn June is a name that can be grown into.


I have seen lots of names that work well for little kids but when they get older and get jobs, what are they going to go by? I wanted names that would work for them as children and as adults.

I have so many people ask me why I name my kids what I did. I tried to pick out names with depth and meaning. Most of the time I don't want to explain the meaning of the names. I have gotten bad comments from people with that don't even know the meaning of their own children's names. Seriously, I think those people shouldn't be aloud to speak.