Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

We've had a busy Christmas Eve. We started the day having brunch with Mickey's parents and sister. After eating we got to the present opening. The kids were going nuts with anticipation. Later Mickey pulled out a family gift for us to play with, DDR for the Wii. (That's Dance Dance Revolution for anyone who doesn't know what DDR stands for.) I think everyone had a good time dancing. After they left Kade and I laid down. I'm the only one who slept.

Then we had dinner with my big family at my parents' house, Hawaiian Haystacks. (We always have something non-traditional.) And of course there were more presents to open. The kids were wild about the presents there too. They kept snooping and trying to figure out what things were. We couldn't stay too long because poor Mickey was having a bad allergic reaction to the dog.

We came home and gave the kids their traditional Christmas Eve present, pajamas. This year I threw in slippers too. We then reenacted the Christmas story with our Little People nativity set and sang a few hymns before sending them to bed.

I have a lot of pictures to go through before I put any on Flickr. But here's a cute one of the kids in their new jammies. Merry Christmas.

Christmas Jammies

Saturday, December 22, 2007

136 and Counting

I only have 14 miles left for my goal! I will get there. I have one more week and one day left to walk. I'm feeling good and my bum pain has subsided which I'm happy about.

What goals are you going to accomplish in 2008? Now that I've got a good routine going I'm going to change my workout a little and concentrate on more weights along with cardio. I also want to get back to scrapbooking. I'm so far behind. If I can get a few years done next year that will be great. I have to find something to motivate me though. I'm on the look out for a good class or something. Let me know if you hear about something like that. I'm sure I'll have to go to a few Friday Night Crops at Pages in Time or barricade myself in the office for several hours at a time. I'm still pondering some other goals for next year. I'll keep you posted.

Snowy Sunday

This is almost a week late but oh well. Last Saturday night and Sunday morning a winter storm blew through and left several inches of snow. It wasn't really that bad but we got a call that church was canceled. The kids were happy and I was happy that I hadn't put on my pantyhose or makeup yet. The kids really wanted to go outside and play in the snow. Mickey, being the great dad that he is, took them out. I took pictures from the step and watched from the couch as I knitted. (I never said I was a great mom.) They had so much fun. They started with building a fort. It didn't get very big since the snow wasn't really the packing kind.

Working Together

Then Mickey blew up the snow tube/sled thing. He loaded all three kids on it and pulled them around. After the second turn he was already running out of steam.

Mickey pulling all three kids

The kids played outside for maybe an hour or more. They came in with red faces and cold hands. Time for hot chocolate. Somehow we kept busy the rest of the day, I can't remember right now. Here are a few more pictures from that snowy Sunday.


Are you wondering what licious means? At first I was but now I know. I heard it the other day when Kade was licking the beaters from the mixer. I was making roll out cookies and while I was using the mixer Kade came over to me with his hands over his ears. He asked if he could have a taste. I told him when I was done he could. (This all started with his first beater of chocolate cake batter months ago.) I finished up and gave him one beater. He took a lick and said "licious". At first I didn't understand him, it wasn't very clear. It sounded like he was saying itches. That didn't make sense. He said it a few more times and I figured out what he was saying, his form of delicious. Duh. Then he said, "Mmm, that licious." Then "Mmm, it's licious." Licious has now become "the" word for anything that tastes good. He used to use good or yum. His vocabulary is coming along. Here's a few pictures of the licious boy.

Licious I

Knitting Projects

I was working on a few projects for our friends, the Williams family. My plan was to mail them the gifts for Christmas. Then we got word that they were coming here for a little visit in the middle of December. Yea! and Oh no! I had to put a rush on some of the projects since I wasn't done with most of them. I quickly finished all but one of them before they got here, that would be Janel's. Hers was a little more complicated since I was kind of making it up as I went along. Not a good thing to do when you have a time limit. Our friends came over for dinner on the 14th. They gave us gifts and I felt bad that I wasn't able to give them theirs. One more day. The next day we had a ward dinner. We all went to that and afterward they came over to get their gifts. They loved them. It's always nice to give a handmade gift to someone who appreciates it. Sage was the first to open hers. Her face lit up when she saw the purple fuzziness. It was a pair of socks to (kind of) match the ones I gave to Janel in August. She was thrilled. Next was Eliza's turn. Meg helped her open her fuzzy leg warmers. She seemed to like them. She put them on, with help, and walked around showing them off. Next was Janel. She was excited because she had an idea of what it was. She really liked the purse I made for her. I lined it with purple fabric and even made pockets. Last was Mark. He got a sophisticated green scarf with a diamond pattern knit in. He loved it and mentioned that he could use a hat to go with. (It's in the works, Mark.) We enjoyed our time visiting with our friends. Sadly the trip was a short one. I've taken pictures of the projects. You can look at them here.

School Holiday Concert

I'm finally getting around to posting about the school concert. On December 11th the girls had a holiday concert for school. It was held at a local church this year instead of at the high school. Megan is in the little swing choir (they have some choreographed moved for some of their songs) called Swanson Singers. (She practiced her songs for weeks beforehand.) Mattey sang in the 1st and 2nd grade choir. They both did great, singing with lots of enthusiasm. The lighting was terrible for pictures but we took some anyway. Kade behaved very well and it was only about 45 minutes. Nice. Other family in attendance were Nana and Papa and Grandma and Grandpa.

The kids posing

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Greetings

Since I can't make enough cards to send out (and I don't have everyone's address) here is a Christmas e-Greeting from our family to yours.

Christmas Card 2007

I found this card idea on Quickutz website. I can't find the exact page because I think they removed it. I used the Merry & Bright set they had out for Christmas. It was a limited quantity and have sold out. There goes my ideas. Anyway, I just didn't want everyone thinking I came up with this. I lifted it, but I changed it some.

This is what was inside the card:

We thought we’d do a Top 10 of 2007 for our news this year (in no particular order).

1. Mickey and Kelly went to Mackinac Island for a few rainy days to celebrate their 14th anniversary.

2. Spring break trip to Cincinnati. We went to the zoo, an aquarium, and swimming at the hotel.

3. In May Mattey graduated from kindergarten with a little ceremony.

4. Megan was once again involved in softball and soccer.

5. Kade really started talking when he turned 2 in March. He’s quite the ham.

6. Kelly had a much-needed week long get-away in Utah for her birthday.

7. In the fall Mickey started back to school again after a little break.

8. Megan is in a 3rd & 4th grade class and doing great.

9. Mattey has taken off with her reading even though she says she doesn’t like to read.

10. Kade is just about ready to use the potty all the time. Yippee!

We hope this season finds you in good health and full of happiness as we celebrate the Savior’s birth. Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.

Here is our fabulous picture. We don't like to do the traditional picture. Maybe next year will be even more untraditional.


Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Cards

I'm happy to report: The cards went out this morning! Mickey printed the pictures for me and I got copies of our news. I stuffed the envelopes and Mickey donated his tongue to seal them. Thanks for taking them to the post office, Sweetie.

I have gotten behind in so many things like posting things on the website (and cleaning the house). Maybe I can sit down this weekend to post a few things that have been overlooked, like the girls "Holiday" Concert. I'll have to get Mickey to do the video for this since I'm still clueless and the pictures didn't turn out that great (too dark). I'm sure there are other things that need to be posted too. Maybe the projects I'm working on and will be giving this weekend so I can show pictures. Lots still left to do. Back to work for me.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ornery Little Stinker

Last week Kade started getting sick. Wednesday he said his chin hurt while holding his neck. Thursday he had a tummy ache and got about 3-4 Tums out of me. Thursday night he threw up. Friday he wasn't doing much better but was still running around and acting mostly normal. Then Friday night he says his ear hurts. That's the one I was waiting for. What do you do when your kid is sick on a Friday night? We gave him ibuprofen for the pain and took him to see Aunt Jan the next morning. Yes he had an ear infection. He got a script for an antibiotic and took it fine on Saturday. Sunday he refused to take it. We forced it in, half of it coming back out when he spit. Monday I didn't want to fight with him again so I kept patiently trying to get him to take it. Monday afternoon I started withholding things he wanted to do or have in an attempt to get him to take his medicine. No luck. By dinner time I was getting frustrated. I told him he needed to take it or go to the corner. He happily chose the corner. He was there while we ate dinner. I went to peek at him because he was so quiet and look what I found.

Kade sleeping

He had fallen asleep on the floor and was snoring. (Don't ask about what he's wearing.) And the cute part you can't see, and I didn't see it until I put him in his bed, his lower lip was still sticking out from pouting. He slept all night. I took him to the doctor on Tuesday because his throat didn't look right and he said the medicine hurt his throat. The doctor said it was inflamed but didn't look bad and his ear was looking pretty good already. He said we should try to get him to take one more dose of the antibiotic. Yeah right. We tried putting it in his pink milk but he knew. He wouldn't drink it. I gave up. If he has to go back in two weeks I'm asking for the shot.

Photo Shoot

Tonight we did a quick photo shoot attempting to get a picture for the Christmas card. Who started this tradition anyway? I've been reading blogs all over the place and every family has the same problem, children that don't cooperate. Here's our best picture from this shoot. (Actually we got a good one within 10 shots, I just didn't want to rub it in.) Happy Picture Taking.

Photo Shoot

Saturday, December 8, 2007

White Christmas

Several weeks ago I got an e-mail from Jan asking if I would like to go see Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" with her and some other female family members for a girls day out. Mickey was supposed to be leaving the next day for Boston so I thought I might need a little break from the kids before he left. (He is now not going to Boston for a training session because stuff came up at work. There will be a next time and maybe I can go too.) Today was the show. Most of us met at Jan's and left from there to pick up Mickey's grandma. We stopped for lunch at Cracker Barrel in Elkhart. After eating some home cooked style food we were back on the road to Nappanee to the Round Barn Theater. The theater was pretty neat. I've not been there before. There weren't a lot of seats and the inside was left to look like a barn with all the wood slats showing. Does that help with acoustics? Betty and I sat together and we had decent seats. We were on the "floor" kind of at the top of the orchestra pit which has seats in it. We had lots of leg room but there was a tall lady with bushy white hair sitting in front of us. She was kind of hard to see around but maybe better than the pole Jan had to sit behind. The actors all had good voices and I enjoyed the music and dancing. But like the movie the story was rather slow moving and dull. Maybe I just watch too many movies and television shows that move faster. It was nice to get out but it was a long day with a lot of sitting. We'll have to do this again sometime.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Mileage Update

I am now at 112 miles! I'm getting very close to my goal. I was discussing the lack of change in my body at Crop Night last night. Vicky brought it to my attention that changes could be happening that I can't see, like on the inside. For example my heart is probably beating stronger than it was. I started thinking about that and I have noticed that I'm sleeping better (mostly getting to bed earlier) except when Kade comes in to join us at 1:00 am. I also have more stamina. Getting from the third to the fourth mile used to be a lot harder. When we first got the elliptical at the beginning of the year I could barely do two miles. I guess that some things have improved. I'm still waiting for the outside changes though. Am I too vain?

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at the Christmas cards I'm making. They will hopefully get done and mailed by next weekend, as long as everyone cooperates for the picture. For everyone that doesn't get one, sorry I can only make so many, I will put up a picture of the finished card as well as what's inside.

Sneak Peek...

It's Time

Today I've been in the office working on Christmas cards. Kade was in the living room watching Dora. I was working away getting a lot done when I hear Kade calling me. I asked what he wanted and he said, "Come here." I asked why, not wanting to leave the office and the cards. He said, "Come see." I had no idea what he wanted me to look at. I could tell that he was calm so I figured he hadn't thrown up like he had last night. I walked into the living room to find him totally naked in front of the window. Then he points to the floor and said "Look that." I look where he's pointing and couldn't figure out what I was looking at. There were two dark wet spots on the carpet. I asked if it was poop and he said no. I asked if he threw up and he just looked at me like he didn't know what I was talking about. Then I simplified things and asked if that had come from his mouth or his bum. He said his bum. I immediately sent him to sit on the potty in case there was any more coming. Lucky me, I got to clean up diarrhea. I couldn't get it out of the carpet. It's definitely time for new carpet and for Kade to use the potty. I didn't think to take a picture but who would want to look at it. I had to call Mickey and tell him about it while I was cleaning. I had to laugh so I wouldn't get sick. I hope I didn't gross out any one but this is the life of a mother, the yucky side anyway.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Christmas Tree Trimming... elf speed. The tree was put up and the lights were put on for the Enrichment dinner on Thursday. The tree has been waiting to be decorated, at least that's what the kids thought. Putting it off as long as I could I told them we could do it today after church. I had the brilliant idea of recording all the elves at work. Thanks to Mickey's tech-geek skills we have the finished product. Enjoy.

Merry Christmas from all of us to you.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Dinners, Dinners, and more Dinners

This week has been full of dinners. Wednesday night a guy at Press, Ganey invited us to go out to dinner with a new employee and his wife. They are moving here from the LA area and are members of our church. We went to Hana Yori. It's a Japanese Steakhouse. They make the food right in front of you. It's pretty cool. Mickey and I had a good time. We had been to a place like this when we visited Colorado several years ago.

Thursday night I did a dinner for all the women at church. I planned and organized the entire thing with a little help. It was a kick off to Christmas. We had Chicken Parmesan, salad, rolls, and pie and a chocolate mint cookie for dessert. There was also an ornament exchange and a little musical program. It went well. I had men work in the kitchen so all the women could attend. I ended up having more help then I ever imagined. Thanks to everyone who pitched in. I was supposed to sing a song that night with a group but had lost my voice during the day. (It had been on it's way out for a couple days already.) I called someone and luckily she could fill in for me. Usually when I have a big event to do I get really tense and stressed out. This time was so different. I didn't have muscle spasms and once I got the tablecloths (they were missing for a while) I didn't care how it turned out, I knew it would fall into place. I think everyone enjoyed themselves. There was more time for chatting since the pasta got started a little late. Oh well, most people weren't on a tight schedule.

And tonight Mickey and I had another dinner. The Press, Ganey Holiday party. It was nice to get dressed up and go out with Mickey. This dinner has been better in the past. The food was so so and cold. There were fireworks out over the river, blowing in the wind. Very cool. Did I mention this was at the Century Center? There was live music which was pretty good but neither of us felt like dancing. Around 9:30 we decided to leave. The music was too loud and you had to yell to talk to someone. We had a very icy drive home. It had snowed during the day and was mainly sticking to the cement. Yikes. Here is a picture of us all dressed up.

All Dressed Up

Thanksgiving Pie

Finally, here is the pie I made for Thanksgiving. I saw it on the cover of a Martha Stewart magazine and then totally by accident I caught it being made on her show. I had to make it. It looked so good. It wasn't difficult and it was pretty. (I was a little bummed that some of it got a little too brown on top.) Here's the recipe. I didn't care for the nutmeg and the Granny Smith apples were still a little too crunchy for how I like them in a pie. I don't know if I'll make it again. I really like my mom's recipe. I need to get it, I'm still craving a good apple pie.

Apple Pie

Goal Mileage

I am at 100 miles! Only 50 more to go in four weeks. Hopefully I'll make it. I'm sad to report that I don't see much difference in my physical appearance, although I do fit into some pants a little easier. Maybe I need to stop eating but I have already cut back. I should add more weights. The more muscle you have the more calories you burn even while being sedentary (knitting). A side note: Mickey was reading somewhere about brain stimulation and knitting is a great way to stimulate the brain. That's good to hear. I can't imagine how bad my brain would function if I didn't knit, it's already a little foggy.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I was sitting here going through my inbox and I came across an email from The New Words of Wisdom (a LDS book store in Chicago). It had a thought for the day that I really liked and thought I should make sure that more people saw it.

"This is a wonderful time to be living here on earth. Our opportunities are limitless. While there are some things wrong in the world today, there are many things right, such as teachers who teach, ministers who minister, marriages that make it, parents who sacrifice, and friends who help.

We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues."

Thomas S. Monson, "An Attitude of Gratitude," Ensign, May 1992, 54

Monday night, Kelly's lesson for FHE was on being thankful. After her short lesson we all sat around and made suggestions of things that we were thankful for while Kelly wrote them on the dry erase board. Megan counted later and we came up with 70 different things. We probably missed some that we take for granted as well.

Make sure to come back later to see photos of the huge pie that Kelly is making. You'll be thankful you did.

Monday, November 12, 2007

A Pain in the Bum

Why do muscles spasm and cause pain? Mine have started due to an old injury and then when I'm stressed they get worse. Exercise can also cause muscle spasms. According to this I should be in pain for the rest of my life. I'm in a vicious cycle. I get stressed (and my body really takes offense) so I want to exercise to reduce the stress my body feels. Then the exercise I continue to do over works the muscles causing more pain. So the next step is to not exercise but then I get stressed out again. (I'm sure I will especially with the holidays coming.) I know I should take up yoga but I don't have the patience for it. That means I really, really need to take up yoga.

Last week I had a lot of pain in my bum thanks to my piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the bum running from the SI joint (bottom of the spine) to the hip. It gets aggravated when I bike, walk, drive, sit for long periods of time (like when I knit), and play the piano. All things I like to do. Last week I only walked two days and took the rest of the week off hoping it would help. No suck luck. Last night I laid on a tennis ball. (I found this home remedy on line. You put the ball under the sore spots and use it to massage the muscles.) I might be a little better. I walked today anyway, I don't think it's any worse. I don't want to undo whatever little improvement I've done so far. I go to the new doctor on Friday. I'm curious as to what he'll say. I want a good supply to Norflex. He may want me to have more therapy. Therapy does work but this last time I didn't stick around long enough to get it totally calmed down.

My total goal mileage so far is 72, almost half way. Good thing I got a good start in October or else I would be behind. I will give up my goal only if I have to. I can be so stubborn. Let's see, who do I get that from?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Keeping the Tooth Fairy Busy

For days or weeks Mattey has had a loose tooth just hanging. She could push it forward with her tongue and close her mouth leaving the tooth on the outside of her lips. It looked funny but she didn't want any pictures of it. Since it was so loose I asked her if I could pull it out. I don't get the honor very often. She said no. Later the kids went downstairs to play and the next thing you know the tooth is out. Then tragedy struck. She lost it. This isn't the first time either. The last one that came out got lost and was never found. Why must she play with it? This time I found it and put it up until bedtime. She was happy this morning when the Tooth Fairy had brought her a dollar.

Mattey's Holey Mouth

Today Megan came home saying, "Look at this." She had lost a tooth too. I didn't realize she had one ready to come out. Come to find out she had worked on it during school. I'm sure the Tooth Fairy will visit again tonight. She may need a loan soon.

Megan's Holey Mouth

Kade has been wanting to get in the action too. He's been telling us he has a loose tooth also. I gave them a little wiggle and told him they won't be coming out any time soon. But he has gotten all four of his two year molars in the last few months. He has proudly showed them off to anyone who wanted to take a look.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Under Construction

We are working on a new look so please forgive the chaotic appearance.  The Colts game is a little more important than finishing the website.  GO COLTS!  Check back later to view the completed look.  Thanks for visiting.

Neighborhood Hawk

Today I was coming home from church and this huge bird flew off as I drove down a street. I recognized it as the neighborhood hawk. I have seen him/her several times in the last year and half or so. The first time I saw it was in our neighbor's yard. I was looking out my back door and thought I saw a penguin. Don't laugh. I knew it couldn't be one but the way it was standing and the coloring, dark body and light tummy, looked similar and it was big. I watched it for a while and then decided to try to get a picture. I might have got a few bad ones of it flying away. I've seen it a few times since then and every time I try to take a picture it flies off. Today I got one before it got away. (I got as close as our longest lens would get me. It's still kind of far away.)

Neighborhood Hawk

I haven't taken the time to look it up on line to find out what kind it is. I'm glad there is something in the neighborhood that can keep the rodent population in check. I'll need to remember to keep the garage door open so it can hunt in there.


Goal Mileage

My mileage total for five weeks is 63 miles. Not bad. I am starting to notice very subtle changes in my legs. In addition to walking I do a few toning exercises to keep my knees happy. (I also do some weights for the upper body.) I've been using the elliptical a lot more than the treadmill. Mostly due to the fact that I can't actually get to the treadmill because of the kids' mess. And I don't want to clean it. I have found that the elliptical doesn't aggravate my pre-existing muscle problems like the bike and treadmill can. I have to show a few pictures of the toy room. Don't freak out. I have given up caring about it. One day I'm sure I'll get fed up and I'll put everything in the trash or a goodwill box

Our Toy Room

The Treadmill


Friday, November 2, 2007

Halloween is FINALLY over

I have recovered enough strength to finally post Halloween stories. Three days of Halloween is too much. Are people trying to make it be drawn out like Christmas? I'll recap that Sunday night we carved pumpkins which leads us to Monday. We had a family home evening at Jan and Doc's with lots of family. I spent my day trying to get treats done but then ended up spending a few hours in a way I didn't plan so all my treats didn't get made. There were enough so I didn't need to worry about it. We had a quick dinner, got the kids in costumes, and drove over to the Kiester's. We had a good time there. The kids chowed down on all kinds of treats. Jenny and Tim had to leave early since Jack wasn't too happy. I think the mask that got passed around was Jack's. It was funny to see everyone trying it on and of course we got pictures.

On Monday I also wanted to get some cookies made for Mickey's Tuesday work party but that never happened. Mickey's entire department was transformed into a haunted hospital. With Mike's help Mickey was rather scary. I had to warn the kids he was coming home that way so they wouldn't be scared. Kade wouldn't go to him until he spoke, unsure it was really Daddy. Later Tuesday we had a Trunk-or-Treat at church. (We didn't get any pictures.) It went kind of late but the kids had fun. Mickey and I didn't go prepared with jackets. It was nice but a little chilly but it could have been a lot worse. The kids got a good haul from there and ate a few pieces of candy for their snack before bed.

Then the real Halloween came. I coordinated Mattey's class party and I forgot the camera. I don't know why I always sign up for these. I had to throw things together and make more treats. Then I had to pick Mike up from work because he watched Kade until Betty got home. Then I flew over to school. Really wish I had a broom to avoid all that traffic. Mattey's party was nice and mellow. They ate and then played a few games of Bingo. I think they had fun. Everyone got a goodie bag as well. I think that's the best part, taking something home. There was enough food leftover that they were going to use it on Thursday and Friday too. Meg had her class party too. I only did drinks for that. After school I took the girls to pick up Kade. As soon as I walked out of school my head really started hurting. I was also a little tired. After I talked everyone into leaving Grandma's we came home. Thanks to the teachers for not giving the girls home work. By the time Mickey got home from work I was laying in bed resting and the kids were already bouncing off the walls. We got them in their costumes and packed a bag and the bike trailer/jogger stroller in the van.

Vampire Megan

Queen Mattey

Superman - a.k.a. Kade

We ran over to my parents' and grandma's house before driving over to Jan and Doc's neighborhood for some good treats. We Trick-or-Treated for about an hour. Kade had a few meltdowns, he even tried to hit a lady with his bag because she talked to him while he was grouchy. How embarrassing! He was in the stroller for a while after that, not getting any candy. Every once in a while we would get a little sprinkle of rain and some wind but the weather wasn't too bad. The kids had fun and got a lot of candy. I need to go through it and take some out for lunches and get rid of the stuff they won't eat. I think the kids had a good Halloween. That's the important thing, right?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pumpkin Carving

Last night we went out to eat at Logan's. Yum. Megan declared that we needed to celebrate the fact that she's done with soccer. I'll celebrate that. We had a good meal there. Then we ran to Walmart to get a few things and some pumpkins. I really wanted to do the pumpkin patch thing but there was no way I was taking all three by myself and then they wouldn't help out with their chores so it got nixed. Maybe next year.

Mickey said something this afternoon about needing to get them carved tonight because we will be busy the next three nights and then what's the point in doing it after Halloween? The kids were very excited. I should have gotten some video but before I knew it I was immersed up to my elbows in pumpkin innards. I ended up cleaning and carving two. Megan pretty much did her own. And Mickey worked on his own piece of art. I have pictures of everyone's but Mickey's. He didn't finish. Happy Halloween! (Just in case I don't post again before Wednesday.)

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Fifty what you say.  Today I reached the 50 mile mark towards my goal of 150!   The last few days I've really had to make myself walk.  I'm still suffering from my sinus problem (which has turned into an annoying cough and runny nose instead of pressure, I must be getting better) and I've had very little energy.  After I walk I've had no energy left.  I know it's important for me to walk (health wise as well as meeting my goal) but it's so hard when you are totally exhausted later.

I've found that I can energize myself with the right music.  I have a few different things I like to walk to.  To really get my tired self going I have to listen to the soundtrack from High School Musical 2.  I confessed this to Mickey and he told me he listens to it everyday at work.  I felt better about listening to it.  It's really gets you going, plus it's fun to sing to.  I also have a play list with various artists such as Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Barenaked Ladies, and some other artists.  This list I have set with a slower start and then the song "Get Ready to Run" starts the faster music after the warm up.  I do tire of this one.  I probably need to update it.  I also have a play list of songs from the soundtracks of the Pirate movies.  Hans Zimmer is brilliant.  The list is made up of the more moving songs and no Kraken.  This is great when I want to walk 45 minutes on the treadmill.  What do you like to listen to when you work out?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Kade's Messy Face

Tonight we had a really simple dinner: egg or chicken salad sandwiches, Baked Lays, and applesauce or carrots. (This is how we eat when Meg has practice at 6:00. Thankfully tonight was her last one.) Kade picked the blue applesauce instead of the carrots. He decided to not use his spoon at one point. This picture is what he looked like after eating the applesauce. The funny thing is that he said his face wasn't messy. I beg to differ. He's still pretty cute though.

Messy Face Kade

Fall Cards

This week I'm doing a card class with some ladies from church.  I have a lot of extra paper left over from the Super Saturday so I thought I would put it to good use.  All three cards are made from the same paper.  (That's one way to use up a supply.)  I will be showing different techniques in this class:  eyelets, distressing (with sand paper), stamping, and a form of water coloring.  Here are the cards.  Let me know what you think.  I almost feel like the "Give Thanks" one needs something.

Give Thanks

Simple Things  Thanks

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Pumpkin Treats

Tonight I made a cute and yummy treat. I was inspired by the cover of Family Circle magazine (which I can't find on line anywhere so sorry no link). We all love Rice Crispy treats so I thought how hard would it be to make them into pumpkins? The answer: Not hard at all. I used some red and yellow food coloring to die the marshmallow and butter mixture before adding the crispies. I shaped them into balls and stuck a half of a pretzel in the top. (My trick for non-sticky hands is to dip my hands in water before handling the mixture. They aren't soaked, just damp.) I thought it looked realistic to have some of them misshapen.

Pumpkin Treats I

Pumpkin Treats II

My Goal

Today is the end of the third week of my goal to reach 150 miles by the end of the year.  I'm happy to report that even though I've been sick most of this week I am up to 42 miles.

Friday, October 12, 2007

This Week

Since today is Friday it's a good day to review this crazy week.  Mickey has been working way too many hours on a gigantic project at work.  He worked two 12 hour days and two 18 hour days.  Lets just say that is too many for him and for me.  He had a test for his class on Tuesday.  He went to school to take it and then went back to work.  The people he's working with in marketing are treating him pretty good.  He gets lunch and dinner a lot and other little perks.

Needless to say he hasn't had much time to work on my goal counter.  I know he'll get around to it when he can.  Until then I will be sharing my mileage like this:  I'm up to 28 miles as of today.   I think I'm losing my mind but I started giving the girls piano lessons on Wednesday.  It went better than I thought it would.  Now I have to make sure they both practice.  We have two pianos, one real and one electric, so I try to make them practice at the same time to get it over with.   They don't want to practice what I assigned but what's further on in the book.  Maybe I started them too slow.  I had crop night on Thursday and no one came to crop with me.  Becca stopped by with Ella who had just visited Med Point for a split chin.  Vicky tried to call me because she was coming late but that didn't work out.  I did get my four grandma cards done for Halloween.  I also have to come up with a few more ideas and samples for a class I'm teaching on the 25th.  I'm using the same paper for 3 different cards.  This should be interesting.  I've been tired all week too.  I forgot to mention I'm reading (into the wee hours of the morning) all the Harry Potter books back to back so I can have the entire story together.  I'm at the end of book 5 right now, hopefully I'll be into 6 by Sunday.

Megan had soccer practice on Monday and other than piano lessons and practicing it's been a quiet week for her.  She did have to clean her room.  There was so much paper in it I couldn't see the floor.  She's been working on a biography for one of her school assignments.  She choose Betty to write about.  I was helping her make some changes on one of the drafts she's doing and I pointed out that a word was spelled wrong.  She didn't agree with me and I would say we had a mild argument, no yelling just butting of heads.  We're both stubborn.  She had spelled creek c-r-e-a-k.  Meg ended up calling grandma to find out the correct spelling.  Later I learned that she wasn't supposed to be correcting the spelling yet, that's another draft.  And Meg learned that when she looks something up in a dictionary she needs to look at the meaning as well as the spelling.  Any one want to swim in a creak?

Mattey was excited to start piano lessons but when she saw the book she told me it was not right.  I had no idea what she meant.  Some times it's good to give her space right after school.  Mat is our little friendly person.  I swear everywhere we go she's the one making new friends, whether it's at the library, a game, or a store.  She has been sniffing and coughing or clearing her throat so much that it's really annoying me.  Time to get her an appointment with the new doc.  Allergy meds don't work and most over the counter cold ones don't either.  It's always the same thing with her.  I suppose we should get her tested to be on the safe side.  She's had to start wearing pants to school and doesn't like it.  Today she wore a dress with tights.  That's fine with me as long as her skinny legs are covered up.

Kade is always asking "Watch movie?".  I think if I left the TV on all day he would be happy, except when he needs something to eat.  He loves several shows on the Disney Channel. He is really into trucks, balls, and duplo blocks.  I bought him a little Cars backpack when the girls started school. He kept asking for one and I thought he should have one.  It's a smaller one that fits him perfectly.  There are some days he doesn't want to take it off, like at church or when we visit the girls' school.  He's slowly working on using the potty.  He does really good for a while and then he totally regresses back to not wanting anything to do with it.  He's still got a little time left before I stop buying "dawpers".

I bought Surf's Up for Family Movie Night tonight but I'm not sure if we'll watch it.  Mickey was trying to figure out how we can go see Transformers in the theater.  And tomorrow Meg's got an early game so we will be at the fair grounds watching her play.  Then my mom was trying to recruit people to work on Bryan's house.  Mickey may go help out.  I wouldn't mind helping but I don't have anywhere to drop the kids.  I would really like to go to the pumpkin patch but I just found out there's no school next Friday so that might be a good day to go.

That about sums up our week.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A Fall Day

The leaves are dressing themselves in different hues and starting to fall to the ground.  The weather is cooling off.  (We've had record highs the last few days.)  The crisp breeze is blowing.  The smell of Fall is in the air.  (The good one, not the smell of burning leaves.  Not yet anyway.)  I noticed all this on my bike ride this morning.  I saw today could be one of the last nice days left this year.  I had to get out and take advantage of it.  (Plus I really needed to get some mileage in.  I slacked off yesterday.)  We left around 10:30 and were gone almost 2 hours.  I didn't ride that long, only about 55 minutes.  (I got in 9 miles.  I'm now up to 23!)

We rode over to Notre Dame.  The leaves there aren't changing as fast as our tree is, maybe once the temp drops.  (Then I'll go back for pictures.)

Glowing Tree I

We rode past some diggers and tractors working on what looks like a softball field.  Kade, who was riding in the trailer, was thrilled to see the machinery.  We also rode around the stadium.  It was so quiet there.  No need to do any celebrating I guess.  I didn't go too far onto campus because I wanted to avoid all the student traffic.  We did take a little break, Kade wanted out, by the Jordan Science building and the Athletic Complex.

Taking a Break

I told Kade we could go to a park as part of our ride.  Our city is weird.  The sidewalks can start and stop several times on one road.  To get to the part I wanted to stop at required us to basically go back home before getting to our destination.  (I don't ride on all the busy streets.  Too stressful.)  We went to the little playground in the back of Edison school.  It was quiet with only one other mom and child there.  But then a special ed. class came out for recess.  I was a little worried they might run over Kade but he kept his distance from the big kids.  He didn't want anything to do with the other little kid either but he did say hi to him.  I think he enjoyed playing on his own, swinging on his tummy and going down the slides.  (There are no picutres due to the graffiti on the play set.  I don't need four letter words in my pictures!)

I'm going to have to make sure I get out enough to enjoy the rest of this beautiful Autumn.  I'm sure I'll be raking soon enough.  Maybe we can go to the pumpkin patch on Saturday.  Hint, hint.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Watching Conference

This morning we watched a session of conference at home.  There are a few things that we need to make this happen.  First, we have to have the BYU channel through the dish.  Second, we need to have some kind of sweet treat to eat during conference.  Third, the kids need something to keep them as quiet as possible.  Mickey printed out some church pictures for the kids to color.  And for me I need a comfy place to sit and a mindless knitting project.

What I heard during conference was good.  (The music was great.)  It didn't go as well as we hoped with the kids.  Who can blame them? I had tried to get Kade to nap before it started, he got up too early today, but he didn't fall asleep until the last 5 minutes.  So he was kind of grouchy and all over the place causing trouble.  Mattey and Megan did fairly well.  We expect them to be in the room absorbing some of what's being said while they color and then we really make them listen when President Hinckley speaks.  By this time I was laying in bed with Kade and I think they were having some trouble doing that.  One more session to go.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Non-Stop Tuesday

Let me first say that Tuesdays are like most people's Mondays for me.  I drag most of the day.  This day was just go, go, go.  First I had to get the girls up for school.  They had a late start because they didn't want to get out of bed.  After they got on the bus I debated if I was going to workout then or later.  I had a 10:00 appt. with the dentist.  I opted to push the work out to a later time.  I got myself and Kade ready to go.  I dropped Kade off at my mom's and rushed over to the dentist's office.  I had to take a little detour because part of Colfax was closed due to the fact there was an enormous crane in the middle of the street.

I had a good cleaning and x-rays at the dentist.  I found out I will be getting a $50 gift card in the mail because I had referred someone.  How nice is that?  I then left to get Kade.  My mom and I chatted a little but I couldn't stay long.  Half a day of school.  I swear the school corp comes up with all kinds of reasons why the kids can't have full days of school.  I got home about 10 minutes before they got off the bus.  But I was downstairs doing laundry when the bus came.  Mat had to ring the bell and it freaked her out that I wasn't there waiting for her.

Meg had a playdate set up for the afternoon and Mat was a little upset she didn't have one.  (Especially because Meg kept talking about it.)  I worked it out with Betty that Mattey would spend some time with her.  So off we went again, Megan to her playday and Mattey to grandma's.  Kade was getting grouchy by the time we got home around 1:15 but it was too late to make him nap.  I still needed to workout but really didn't have the desire right then and I had other things I wanted/needed to do.

Kade settled in with a movie, of course, and I pulled out the book for the 3rd Pirates soundtrack.  We got it Monday and I hadn't had a lot of time to go through it yet.  I sat and played through the entire book with one phone call in the middle somewhere.  While I was playing I noticed how dusty the piano was.  Well that started to bug me.  After I had finished the book I got out the Pledge, the vacuum, and the Windex.  I gave the living room a good cleaning.  If only I would have had the energy to tackle the messy kitchen floor.  I did sweep it but it still looks bad.  Another day.

Meg got dropped off at 3:40.  She quickly had a snack and brushed her teeth.  She had an appointment with Dr. Wong, her orthodontist, at 4:00.  He said her bite is looking good but he wants to have one of her molars pulled out.  At her last appt. he pulled out the molar on the opposite side.  It was loose, broken, and the new tooth was coming in so it wasn't a problem but he said he wasn't brave enough to pull out this other one.  We'll have to go back to Dr. Johns.  He's the one we started with but since he had to do all that "bad" stuff to Meg she didn't want to go back to him.  I'm sure she's over that now.

We got home and Megan had to get her homework done.  I had to stay on her for this to happen.  She gets a little distracted sometimes.  Mickey had class and I had asked him to pick Mat up on his way home, to save me a trip.  Swanson was having a fund raiser at Chick-Fil-A.  Once Mickey and Mat came home (it was close to 6:00) we flew over there for dinner.  Mike joined us.  Megan had to eat fast because she had Activity Days at 6:30.  She left with grandpa because he had scouts at church too.  The rest of us finished up our ice cream, which I didn't think was very good, and then we went home. Mat had to get in the bath. Kade was totally ready for bed.  I still hadn't worked out!

Mickey left to get Meg from Activity Days and I put the reds to bed.  Kade was asleep in no time.  Mat never is.  I left her with her Aurther story playing in the tape player.  I started a load of laundry and changed into my workout attire.  I finally started my walking a little after 8:00.  I got my 3 miles in and did about 200 crunches.  Then it was time to watch The Unit with Mickey.  I took a muscle relaxer and read for a while in bed and finally the day was over.  I don't like Tuesdays.  They always seem to be crazy around here.

Saturday Roadtrip

Saturday morning Meg had another soccer game.  (Again I didn't make it.  Kade slept in until 10:30!  He never does that.)  Megan blocked all the balls that came her way while playing goalie.  Her team lost 1-0 but we don't really keep score yet.  After she showered and we all had lunch we got in the van to start our trip to IKEA.

The kids did fairly well on the drive, thanks to the DVD player.  We did have some backed up traffic due to construction but it wasn't too bad, we were always moving.  On the way we drove past the home of the White Sox (US Cellular Field) and the Sears Tower. We only had one pit stop and that was at a park with no paper products or soap.  Good thing I brought Kleenex with us and I always have hand sanitizer.  The next stop was IKEA.

This store is three stories high.  There was a huge lobby with bathrooms, a few displays, catalogs, and maps.  The kids and I all grabbed a map and up the escalator we went to the second floor.  This floor had beds, bedding, lighting, office furniture, and children's items.  I found some lamps for our bedroom and some energy saving lightbulbs.  And we had to get more bowls and cups for the kids.  They love the IKEA cups and bowls.

The kids couldn't wait to get to the third floor.  Megan wanted ice cream so badly.  We found the restaurant and had some dinner.  We had a variety of foods:  Swedish meatballs, mac and cheese, soup, and chicken fingers.  All of it was good. The ice cream wasn't sold at the restaurant so we shared a piece of chocolate cake.  It was alright, it wasn't mine.  I had some lingonberry juice to drink, that was yummy.

After filling our bellies we had enough energy to shop the third floor.  This included dining and living rooms, the kitchen, art, and storage.  In the art section Kade found a wooden artist's mannequin that he wouldn't put down.  He was eventually named Woody so we had to buy him.  (We plan for him to make a regular appearance on our website in the near future.)  This is the floor where I found a colander, a cast iron grill pan, a picture frame, more cutting mats, and the most important thing, my chair.  We all tried them out and Mickey thought it was comfy too.  I decided on the medium brown finish with a dark blue cushion.  (Right now it's in an awkward spot in the living room because I don't know where to put it.)

We headed downstairs to the warehouse to find the chair.  (There are escalators for the carts!)  That was easy.  Then we went to the self checkout.  Very quick.  Right after checking out we spotted the Swedish gift shop.  They sell all kinds of things there.  The big thing for the kids was the frozen yogurt.  The vanilla was really good.  The hot item for Mickey and I was the cinnamon rolls.  We bought two boxes, one for the ride home and the other for Sunday morning.  We have to say these are the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had, and probably the fattiest.  I also got a jar of lingonberry preserves.

Once we were done with IKEA we headed over to the Woodfield Mall.  It's about 5 minutes away.  Mickey wanted to see what was going on at the Apple Store.  Surprisingly he didn't buy anything.  The kids each had some spending money.  Mattey bought a locket with Troy from High School Musical on it.  Megan bought Pokemon cards.  Kade bought a set of Diego duplo blocks.

We didn't have too much traffic going home.  We stopped at the Skyway McDonald's for a potty break and a late dinner, I guess you'd call it that.  We didn't get home until after 12.  Kade had fallen asleep in the car.  He transfered right to bed.  That was great.  This trip was pretty good.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  Maybe the next trip will have to be an educational one.  Don't forget the pictures.

Monday, October 1, 2007

A New Goal

Today is the day. I'm starting a new goal. I'm posting it here thinking I will have a better chance of succeeding. I had a goal at the beginning of this year to do a makeover: body, mind, and spirit. I was doing pretty good but the steam ran out. (A year's a long time.) Plus I had an achy body that didn't want me to workout so that seemed to bring a halt to everything.

I've decided I'm going to do 150 miles before the end of the year. I will be using the treadmill and elliptical to accomplish this. Mickey's writing a program so I can put a counter on the website to let you know how I'm doing. (Don't expect pictures because Kade's the only one around when I work out and he would cut off my head. See dinner fun for evidence.) The only reasons I can foresee for not accomplishing my goal are if I get sick for a long time or if I have more physical therapy for an existing condition and am told not to exercise. I really hope neither of those things happen.

So check back often to see how I'm doing. Leave me words of encouragement if you want. (If you haven't registered to leave comments yet it's easy.) And if you want to have a similar goal let me know and we can support each other. Here's to a healthier end of the year and (hopefully) a few less pounds.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Half Nakey

Our little boy is so funny.  During the summer Megan began commenting on men without shirts.  She started calling them "half nakey".  Kade is a little parrot sometimes and picked up this phase.  Anytime he's without a shirt or pants or both he says he's "half nakey".  I make sure to point out that he's "all nakey" when both shirt and pants are off.  (That's me the correcting control freak.)

Half Nakey

Today he was wearing some new pants that he'd just got and had gotten dinner all over his shirt (it's not a new thing to have a dirty shirt, it's usually his napkin) and had taken it off.  Then he had to run around saying he was "half nakey".  After that got everyone's attention he started saying, loudly, "armpit!" with his fingers in his pits, flapping his arms.


A few weeks ago we watched "Holes" for family movie night.  There was a kid nicknamed Armpit.  Kids on the movie were chanting "armpit, armpit".  Kade, being the afore mentioned parrot, picked up on this lovely phrase too and uses it whenever he can.

It's never boring around here when Kade's in performance mode.  Here's a few more pictures of him showing off his big belly and muscles.

Big Belly  Muscle Man

Mickey's Late Present

Warning: If you don't know or care about knitting you may consider this post boring. You can skim through it and check out the pictures.

A couple days ago I finally finished the project for Mickey's birthday. I couldn't do exactly what I wanted with it but I decided to give it to him anyway. I can always attempt the detail later, after some practice. I didn't want him to wait anymore.

I suppose I should start at the beginning of this story. I was looking at sock patterns on line and through Knitting Pattern Central found a pattern called TechGuy Socks. There is a sock at the bottom of the page with a Mac Apple logo on it. This totally jumped out at me. This would be perfect for my computer geek. I knew I wouldn't follow the pattern exactly because I knew there was no way he would wear wool.

I tried to order some Cascade Fixation yarn before I left for my trip but I didn't try early enough so I could have it while I was gone. (I saw this yarn used a book from the library and thought it would work really well in socks for Mickey.) I found a place in Ohio to order from but to overnight three little balls of yarn was going to be $42! What! I could drive there and get it but the gas would probably be more than $42 and I had too much to do. I decided I would try a different yarn. I tried the sock about 4 times while in Utah but it didn't work out. After settling back to normal life I ordered it from Yarn Market, the store in Ohio. It came in two days! I could have ordered it before I left and still got it in time. Oh well.

I had to figure out this yarn, it's 98.3% cotton and 1.7% elastic. You have to pull it tight while you knit with it and I had to work out my gage. It took me a few attempts but it turned out really nice. The apple detail is something called duplicate stitch. You work a piece of yarn over the knitted item, kind of like embroidery or cross stitch. The main part of the sock is black and the stitches are tight. I couldn't get it to work. I need to knit up a swatch of it and practice.

Anyway, Mickey seemed to like his socks and the idea of the apple. I pulled off a surprise too. He thought I was doing something for the laptop. (Janel, I think your present threw him off.) Kade was so happy that Mickey had his own socks from Mama (Kade had tried them on a few times while I was working on them) that he had to have his on too. He calls them slippers, they are a little big.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dinner Fun

I went to get a picture off the "little" camera (we have two that we use, the other being the "big" or "good" camera {don't get me started on cameras}) and found these fun pictures of us enjoying our dinner. I made Chicken Parmesan and Kade started slurping up his linguine. He was cute doing this so I had to grab the camera and take a few shots. He was having a hard time with the linguine so everyone took their turn showing him how to do it. They also got their picture taken. Kade had to have a turn with the camera too. He took an "artistic" shot of me. I think his finger blocked the flash causing the redness. I also got my head chopped off. I guess the linguine was the most important thing. Enjoy the pictures, we enjoyed the meal.

Almost there

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Is It Autumn Already?

Our maple tree, our only tree, has been changing the color of it's leaves for the past few weeks, a little at a time. I asked myself, is it Fall already? Then I thought the kids are back in school, soccer has started, and Notre Dame games are in full swing. I looked on line and low and behold the first day of Autumn was Sunday! We've had a hot start with a record breaking high of 92 yesterday. Well, Happy Autumn. Here's our little maple tree dressing up for Fall.

Changing Leaves

Weekend Review

This weekend has been rather hectic. I wanted to post this story yesterday but I didn't really have time (see explanation below). Friday Megan stayed home from school and we tried to get some things done around the house. I had to finish getting ready for the Super Saturday. Betty said Meg could come visit her for a while if I didn't want to drag around two kids while I ran errands. Meg stayed for about 6 hours with her. I think they both had a good time. I ran to Michael's to pick up a few more things I needed for the next day. At 6:00 we did some set up at church. We had some help from Mike, Kelly G., and Greg. Thanks for your help. Then we headed home and had our family movie night. We watched the new movie, Barbie as The Island Princess. It's a cute movie as all the Barbie ones are. I believe Mat is a romantic. She would get all excited and cheer when Ro and the Prince would meet or end up together. She's funny. We put the kids to bed and then I had more prep work to do but I didn't last long. I couldn't keep my eyes open so I was in bed by 11! That's early for me.

Saturday we got up early and headed to church to get things ready. Mickey got out a TV for the nursery and then he and the kids went to Megan's soccer game.

Trying for a Goal

I was at church until 2 doing the Super Saturday. It's a craft day for women. Not many came. Maybe they aren't crafty, I don't know, but those who came had a good time. The big hit was a 72 hour kit. These are great for emergencies or to keep in the car in case you get stuck for hours on the highway. After the clean up I came home and napped for a couple of hours. I can't really remember what else happened except Mickey and Kade went to the store for Kade's dad date and they brought home a few groceries and a movie. I can't even remember if I made dinner or not. After the kids were in bed Mickey and I watched The Prestige. This movie was recommended to us by the Williams. I liked it but was a little confused. The end cleared up some things but I think the ending could be better. I'll have to watch it again.

Sunday Megan was still itching her head. We all went to church but Mickey, Meg, and Kade left after Sacrament Meeting with Mike and they went to visit Betty. I got to drive Betty's car to her house after church. It was nice but different than both our cars. The kids snacked and visited with Grandma. Then we had to leave. Mat announced it was her teacher's birthday and I thought we could make up something and take it to her, she only lives a few streets away. Mat helped me make up a recipe in a jar for chocolate chip cookies. Mattey, Megan, and I rode our bikes over to Sister Miller's house and gave her the jar and wished her a Happy Birthday. It turns out her birthday isn't until Wednesday. Oops, better early than late. We came home and I made omelets for dinner. The girls really like these with ham and cheese. Then it was bed time again. This is a happy and difficult part of the day. Happy for me because it will be quiet for a while but difficult because they don't want to sleep. Anyone with kids knows this. Mat has also been coughing and sniffing. Great she's getting sick again.

Monday morning I spotted more lice in Meg's hair. I took Mat to school because we were running late. When we came home I got on the computer and started looking up ways to get rid of lice. Apparently the RID we used doesn't actually kill the eggs, just the live lice. Nice. I found a few people raved about Denorex shampoo and some people rinse with vinegar to dissolve the eggs or at least make them less sticky. So we went out and got some Denorex and chocolate of course. That makes everything better, just ask Janel. I got Meg in the tub and used a lot of the shampoo in her hair. We let it sit for about 20 minutes, then rinsed, and repeated. This shampoo is for dandruff and it really makes your scalp tingle, also my hands.

Sudsy Meg

Megan didn't seem to mind. She lay in the warm tub listening to a story on CD, Hank the Cowdog. I rinsed out the shampoo again, it was only about 5 more minutes, and then rinsed her hair with vinegar. When I let Meg smell it in the bottle she said it smelled good but once it was in her hair she changed her mind. I then spent about 3-4 hours pulling out all the eggs I could find. My shoulders and back were sore and tight. Meg did really good. I asked her if I got lice if she would pick out all the eggs for me. She said, "No." That's nice to know. The shampoo really helped with her itchy scalp. She got to go to soccer practice at 6. Mat came home from school with her homework and a request for apples, something about the first day of Autumn and Johnny Appleseed Day. Luckily I had some burrito filling in the freezer because after all that picking and doing 5 loads of laundry I really didn't feel like making dinner.

In the evening Mickey and I watched one of the handful of shows we watch together, Heroes. Mickey was thrilled to watch this show in HD. Personally I didn't notice that much difference. Maybe with LOST I will. That's going to be gorgeous.

So that was our long weekend in review. Hope you had a good one. Today is back to normal. Megan was lice free this morning so she went to school. Yea! I got my workout in while Kade watched Disney Channel. Time for my shower. Have a good week.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Joys of School and a New Doc

¡Warning!  The Standifords are QUARANTINED due to LICE!  Yuck.  Megan has had an itchy head for the last few days.  She went to the school nurse yesterday or the day before and she didn't see anything.  I took her to our new doctor, Dr. Teters, today and it turns out she does have lice.  That means we all could have it.  We went to Target and got some one step shampoo treatment.  We all lathered up with the shampoo and waited the 10 minutes.  The reds didn't have any.  Mickey didn't have any.  I didn't have any. We all lucked out.  Now I have to attend to a lot of laundry and tomorrow tackle a lot of vacuuming.  Like I didn't have a bunch of other things to do already with Super Saturday two days away.  But I will put Megan to work tomorrow since the doctor suggested I keep her home, just in case.

So we went to the new doctor's office today and the nurse that called us back is my cousin's (Robb) wife's (Jamie) mother, Lori.  (I know, confusing.)  And then when we went back to the room we saw our former nurse, Troy.  It was nice to already know people in a new place.  We really liked our doctor.  Thanks, Jordan, for the suggestion.  Although I had to do a double take because he looked nothing like his picture from the link above.  He has a mop of hair on his head.  It kind of threw me since I wasn't expecting it.  Can't he update his picture?

Happy Birthday Dad!

Yesterday was my Dad's birthday and we got a chance to celebrate with him for a little while. Kelly made him a "Death by Chocolate" cake and we stopped and picked up some Papa John's pizza and breadsticks before going over to my parents house. One of the reasons for getting Papa John's was to support the girls' school which was having a fund raiser and Papa John's was donating 20% of the order price to their school.

We had dinner, a birthday singing, some cake and chatted for a little bit while the kids played outside and with the water. Somehow Kade ended up being all wet and Megan was apologizing but I'm not sure what exactly happened there. It ended up being a Barnes and Noble birthday for my Dad as we got him a gift card as his present and my sister had the same idea as well. Guess he'll be doing some book shopping in the near future. Megan wants to go too because she got the same present from Tia also.

Hope the big birthday bash up at the range was all it was cracked up to be! :-)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Two More Down

Today was a busy afternoon. Meg's been wanting her hair cut for a few days but there hasn't been much time lately. So today was the day. She wanted her hair very short, meaning above her ear. I said that was too short and talked her into cutting it to chin length. It's a cute cut for her. Her hair is thick and straight. It has to get cut right or you can see the mistakes. I think I did pretty good the first time. She actually sat really still. Again I was already in the process when I thought of the before picture. What's wrong with me?

Kelly the Beautician

Next was Mat. Her hair is thin and has body so I love to cut it, less work and the mistakes don't show so much. Mickey came home in the middle of this haircut and got a picture of me at work. Mat looks really cute with short hair. She's such a little pixie. Mat's the little wiggly one. I can't get her to sit still at all. It's rather annoying sometimes. She doesn't have a before picture either, why should she if the others don't?

Here are the afters of the girls:

Meg's Haircut I

Meg's Haircut II

Mat's Haircut I

Mat's Haircut II


One Down...Two to Go

This afternoon Kade got a much needed haircut. (All the kids need one. Now I'll have to tackle the girls.) This morning it was sticking out in several directions, this is after I wet it down. Kade's probably the best one at sitting for a hair cut. (I do the cutting. I don't like to spend money on my haircuts so there's no way I'm paying for the kids unless I mess up.  That's only been once.  I do everyones' but Mickey's, I don't do clippers very well.) While I was cutting I realized I didn't get a before picture. Darn. You'll just have to appreciate the afters more. After I finished I asked him what he thought. He said it was perfect. Almost, I did have to do two touch-ups.

Kade's Haircut I

Kade's Haircut III

Kade's Haircut II

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Soccer Recap and Schedule

Yesterday on Megan's birthday she had a great soccer game. In the first quarter she played goalie and successfully stopped three shots on goal. She also was instrumental in helping her team score a couple of goals as she quickly got them back on transition with her quick passes. In the second quarter she came out on offense and scored her first goal of the season. It was quite a game for the birthday girl.

I would have taken pictures but I ended up taking Kaden and Mattey with me and it is a little difficult being a fan, a parent, and a photographer. One of these games I will get some action shots. Speaking of the other games, I have posted the schedule for the remaining six games. You can see it here or access it anytime by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

It's official...We have a 9 year old.

Megan turned 9 today!  I'm not old enough to have a  9 year old.  Megan started celebrating her birthday yesterday at school.  I made roll out cookies for her class.  And Mickey took her a rose at school.  This morning she played soccer at Knollwood.  (I only know that her team won 7 to 0 but no other details since I didn't make it to the game.  Maybe Mickey can do that some other time along with her schedule.)  After a shower she opened her presents from us.  We had some family over this afternoon for chocolate cupcakes and ice cream.  She got a few presents and I think they were all things she wanted.  That's a nice way to celebrate a birthday.  Here's the link for the pictures.  Happy Birthday Megan!  We all love you.  We hope all your nine wishes come true.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Eye'm Better

 Kade's Eye

Yes, I know the title's a typo.  By eye I'm referring to Kade's eye.  Last Friday I was laying down for a much needed rest.  It hadn't been more than 15 minutes, I was planning on taking 20.  Kade had asked me for some "rotten" milk, his word for chocolate.  We're working on it.  I asked him to wait a few minutes because I really needed to rest my back (and the rest of me).  I heard him get in the silverware drawer but I thought he was just getting a spoon.

Not true.  The next thing I heard was him screaming and crying.  I ran out and he's got a butter knife in one hand, the other hand is covering his eye.  Huge tears are streaking down his face and there's a scratch on his cheek right below his right eye.  Then the thought hit me...What did he do?  After struggling with him I got him to open his eye.  When he looked out the window into the light I could see a scratch on his eye ball.  Great.  Now what do I do?  A few minutes had past and he had calmed down.  He wanted a wet washcloth to hold on his eye.  I accommodated him.  After a few minutes of that he seemed fine.  I called the eye doctor.  She wasn't in. I called Mickey, knowing he was at the hospital with his mom and hoping Jan was there.  Jan wasn't there yet.  I haven't switched our doctor yet so I called the old one who's no longer there but there is a doctor covering his patients.  I got an appointment with her for that afternoon.

We got to the doctor's office and you wouldn't think anything had happened to him.  We are called back.  The doctor came in with her eye kit.  The eye had to be numbed so she could put an orange die in his eye.  She let me have a go but Kade is all worked up.  So I decided to hold him down and she could do it.  He is freakishly strong for a two year old.  The doctor left the room for a bit after putting the die in.  She hoped he'd calm down but I was worried he'd cry all the die out.  Yellowish-orange tears are a weird thing to see.

Kade did calm down a little bit.  Time for the magical blue light.  He got freaked out again.  She didn't even have to touch him.  The scratch I saw was the only one the doctor could see.  No real harm done but he will need to have an antibiotic ointment put in three times a day for a week.  I was happy his eye's fine I didn't realize what's in store for the next week.

We drove to Target to get the ointment.  The pharmacist, Maria, is great.  She explained how to put the ointment in Kade's eye.  I said "You realize he's two, right?"  She told me to do my best.  The first few times were a struggle.  Then I had a brilliant thought of him pulling his lower lid down while I put the ointment in.  That worked for about 5 doses.  Then it was back to the hard way, him getting pinned down.  I have one more dose to give him and then I'm done.  Yippee!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Birthday pictures

I thought I would post some pictures from Mickey's birthday for anyone that wants to look at my handsome husband. Love you, Babe. Aren't you glad you taught me how to do this stuff?

The birthday boy!

Cake and Candles Lemon Cake

Shhh...Don't tell the girls.

I have wanted to take Kade to the Potawatomi Zoo by himself and see what he's like there without the big sister influence and without being confined to a stroller. Today was the day. The weather was perfect, sunny, blue skies, and low to mid 70's. I had asked Kade last night if he wanted to go to the zoo and he said yes and got excited. None of us have been for a while. I was surprised that he never mentioned it to the girls last night. Maybe he can keep a secret. We left around 11. (I went back to bed after the girls left and Kade was into his "movie", the Disney Channel.) I really wanted to document this day. (It's sad but I rarely get to do anything with just one child. Let me rephrase that, anything fun. He comes on all the errands with me and I try to make them fun only so he'll be good.) So I wanted to take a lot of pictures and remember what he says.

We stopped at the entrance to the zoo. I had him sit on the bench out front and this little boy came over and that bothered Kade. I couldn't get him to smile for the picture but it turned out great anyway. Then I looked up and saw the entrance was all gated up. Were they closed on a Thursday morning? No. They moved the entrance again, maybe because they aren't so busy. So we went in and he wanted a wagon. I'm not renting one because we have a perfectly good stroller in the van. And I thought he would want to walk. I talk him out of it. (He would just want to pull it and not ride in it so what's the point?)

We started with the education center. There he checks out all the snakes and other creepy crawlies and says "More nakes". He doesn't stay too long at any one animal, which is fine. He lets me take a few more pictures and I try to get him to talk about what color the animals are or what they're eating. He did notice the lemurs eat broccoli. Maybe that will help him eat some next time.

The tigers were next. Flash was resting from his strenuous job of entertaining people but Ivory was pacing around and he liked looking at her. The camel wasn't interesting enough either and it was actually up close and personal today. He ran to the coy fish pond but stayed only for one minute and he was ready to move on. The red pandas were up too high in the tree so he couldn't see them. Then he spied the barn and wanted to go in there. We stopped for a Lifesaver Popsicle. This thing was big. It took him about 15 minutes to eat it. Or at least it felt that long. We looked at some ducks and Flamingos during this time.

When he was finally finished we walked over to the Farm Exhibit. "More animals." There we saw a miniature donkey, a calf hiding in the barn, bantam chickens with babies, rabbits, a turkey, ponies, and goats. We went through that exhibit rather quickly, only stopping at each animal for about one minute. "More animals." The Colobus monkeys were next. They are cute black and white balls of fur with arms and legs sticking out. Two were wrestling on the grass, they remind me of kids. We looked at some pretty and strange looking birds before making it over to the twin lions. They are brothers and have been at our zoo since they were cubs. They're names are Simba and Sumba. Don't ask me who is who. Then Kade had to feed the gross fish. They all jump on top of each other whenever food is thrown into the water. I got a picture so everyone can see what I'm talking about.

The chimpanzees held Kade's attention for a little longer than the other animals. They weren't moving around so I don't know what was so interesting to him. "More animals." We flew past the warthog, the African wild dogs, and the zebras to get to the Australian exhibit. We spotted some roos laying around. He ran up the red path to the pond but there wasn't an animal to be seen. Then he saw a black swan. I didn't let him get to close, they're not very nice.

Then he saw the train engineer in the Australian exhibit and kept telling me "choo choo". I knew that's what was really driving him to get through all the animals. The Choo Choo of course. We could have walked right to the train without looking at any animal and he would have been happy. He's a boy, right? The engineer left with us and we climbed on the train. (Kade could have climbed up on the engine for a picture but he was being shy at the moment and wouldn't do it. He'll regret it later.) Merle, the engineer, chatted for a while with us and a few other people on the train, waiting for more people to show up of course. Then the whistle blew two times, meaning it was going to start. Kade was so excited. He wanted to jump up and down but we were told to not stand. I made sure I repeated that to him after the engineer said it. That way I'm not the bad guy. We took a slow but educational trip around the zoo on the train. We learned a lot of the animals names, that the zoo is 105 years old, there is a butterfly house ready for next year, and the engineer is the oldest creature at the zoo. I think Kade would have been happy to ride it again and again. He could since he is still free but I think he needs a little adult supervision still. "More animals."

We finished up the zoo by quickly walking past the alpacas, toucans, bear, alligators, bison, prairie dogs, and macaw. He had to sit on the statue of the Galapagos tortoise. I got a great picture of him there. I think he had a good time. I did. As far as I know he hasn't said anything to the girls yet. I did take a lot of pictures today, 113 to be exact. I didn't put all of them on flickr, only the good ones. If you haven't been to the zoo the pictures will give you a brief look at it. Maybe you will want to go on one of these nice Autumn-like days. Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Back to School - Part ??

This is just another message in the continuing saga of me trying to finish something I started way back in 1991. I can't believe it has been that long since I first started attending IUSB. I'm slow but somewhat persistent. So after another year long hiatus from school I decided it was time to get back up on the horse and try to complete yet another class in my attempt to someday get a Bachelors degree. I am currently taking a Data Management class - talking about designing and using databases. So far I have been pretty well informed about most things we have talked about although ER diagramming is something new to me. Hopefully all will go well this semester and I will be able to check off one more class.

On another note I finally filled out the paper work yesterday to apply for my Associates Degree in Business. I completed the last required class in December of 2006 but I never filled out the actual request for the degree. This way I will have two Associate Degrees, that should be equal to one four year degree, right? Ok I guess not but it is a small milestone on my road to educational greatness - one which I had somehow hoped I could get to before my Sister but that obviously is not going to happen with her graduating this Spring in record like time (5 years). Way to go Tia, I'm impressed!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Finished Project

Per Janel's request I will be posting projects that I'm working on, mainly the completed ones. I think she misses seeing what I'm working on. I guess you need to move back, Janel.

This is a scarf I started for my plane trip. I saw this project done on Knitty Gritty and liked the way it looked. (This is were I got the stitch pattern for my backpack. Love it!) Plus it's the easy way to do horizontal stripping, knitting lengthwise. I thought it would be the perfect thing to work on while on the plane. I was very worried about my knitting needles making it through security. The TSA website says they are approved but I had read too many comments on the internet about people having their knitting taken from them. That's not nice. I got bamboo needles, they look less weapon like than the metal ones. I called the airline to make sure they didn't have a problem and I got through just fine. Even my blunt nosed scissors made it through.

Back to the project, the yarn is Bernat Berella "4" - the afghan yarn. I choose to make it in Winter White, Pale Antique Rose, and Medium Antique Rose. It's 100 inches long and about 4 1/2 inches wide. The 100 inches means I had 450 stitches to work in every row! I would like to make a hat to match and maybe if I'm adventurous enough I'll try for gloves.


Stripped Scarf IStripped Scarf II

My next project is for Mickey, a late birthday present. I had planned to finish this project while I was away but I took the wrong "material" to work with. The correct "material" is coming today and then I can get to work on it. I will hopefully have it done in about a week.

If anyone has a request for Christmas get it in soon. Michelle have you fixed the drawing for the gift exchange? If so let me know what you want.