Thursday, February 28, 2008

More Layouts

I haven't been good with keeping up with my scrapbooking goal the last few weeks.  But two days ago I got Becky Higgins' book in the mail.  Yea!  Now I can get down to work.  Here's a page I did last week.

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Then last night I found a sketch for another layout.  I started working on it this morning and got it done.  I also found (with Mickey's help) a new way to photograph my layouts.  I think they're a lot better.  (I just noticed I didn't crop one of them that well.  You can see a sliver of my bathroom wall.  Oops.)  Here's the new layout.  I really like the way it turned out.  Thanks Becky!

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I think I'm going to put a link to my scrapbook layouts on the blog roll.  I really want to photograph all my pages in an attempt to preserve them.

The Last Few Weeks

We have been very bad about blogging the last few weeks. It's been kind of a whirlwind here. We've also had some internet problems, getting on that is. I'll give a brief account of what's been going on so I can feel like I caught up and can start fresh with tomorrow. (This account will try to be in order but don't count on it.)

A few weekends ago Mickey finally got the shelves put up in the toy room. I've been waiting for almost a year. He called his dad and they did it together. The kids love that they can get at the games now. I'm not sure if I like it yet. I didn't get pictures of them at work because I was working on my own shelves. I found some great little vases/jars at Hobby Lobby and I filled them with my ribbons. It looks good and I actually use my ribbon more. Here are the pictures. (Notice the transformers on the top shelf. That's the only place where Kade can't get them.)

Toy Room ShelvesKelly's Shelves

The girls have been taking piano lessons for a month now. Meg is flying through her first book. Mat's doing pretty good too when I can get her to practice and not get angry with me. Their teacher is so patient with them.

Megan's LessonMattey's Lesson

Megan signed up for softball again at East Side. She has try outs on March 29th. I don't think it will be warm enough to do try outs. We could still have snow then. We'll see. Anyone want to buy some raffle tickets?

Mickey took Kade on a date to Mega Play (there's not a good website for this). Kade wanted to play golf. They had a good time. Kade was golfing all over the place. After golf they went to Dairy Queen for some ice cream. Here are the pictures.

The next weekend Mickey and I went to visit his grandparents for our date. I stopped at Martin's for a roasted chicken and some other things. We had a nice little dinner with them and then played Pinochle. It had been a while since I last played. For some reason this game doesn't stay in my head. I got a quick run through and then the play started. The guys beat us girls pretty badly. I hope that score card got burnt.

Then Valentine's Day came and went. The day before I got special delivery. A box of tulips and a box of chocolates. Mickey also gave me the soundtrack from The Holiday. (Another great score by Hans Zimmer.) I thought we had agreed not to get each other anything. When I mentioned that to Mickey he said "Today's not Valentine's day, is it?" I made some Valentine Rice Krispie treats. We gave the kids each a box of chocolates. That won't happen again, they weren't very good, the chocolate that is. Next year we're buying Fanny May chocolate. After piano lessons we went out to dinner at Logan's Roadhouse. There was a long wait so we decided to stay in the van and read. The girls are participating in an "I Love to Read"contest and we have to keep track of their minutes reading. That made the waiting go faster. We had a great waiter at Logan's. He talked Mickey into getting the lobster and steak dinner, a Valentine's Day special. The kids were pretty good while we were there and we were there for a long time. Then it was home and bed time. My favorite time of the day. Here are the pictures.

Mattey had a trip to the dentist for a cleaning. Jackie, our wonderful hygienist, was surprised that at 6 Mattey already has 11 permanent teeth. Four of them are her 6 year molars. She said most 6 years old are just starting to loose they're teeth. Mattey was proud of this fact. The next week she lost another tooth! Hopefully she'll be done for a while.

Last weekend we took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese's for our family date. They had a good time and Mickey and I survived. We got some good coupons on line so we didn't have to spend a fortune. After the kids played we went over to Kroger and got some cookies and milk. Here are some pictures.

Most of us have been sick this last week also. We've had a bad sinus infection (Mickey), a toe infection (Kelly), an ear infection along with some stomach flu (Kade), and a bad cold (Megan). I'm waiting to see what Mattey ends up with. She's doing fairly well for being the one with the weaker immune system. We all seem to be on the mend. This weekend is supposed to be a little nicer. I think I'll air out the house.

The last few movies we've watched for family movie night are "The Secret of Nimh", "The Derby Stallion", and we tried to watch "The Witches" but it was a little scary for most of our audience.

Last week was a fund raiser night for the girls' school at Max & Erma's.  We couldn't go due to all the illnesses so I ran over and bought a gift card for a later use.  (20% of all purchases with a special coupon that day were given to the school.)  Since most of us are feeling better we went last night.  The kids were really good.  Maybe they're finally learning how to behave in public.  Kade still needs some improvement but he's only 2.

I'm sure I've missed something but this pretty much sums up our last few weeks.

Friday, February 15, 2008

A New Do

Yesterday I finally talked Kade into letting me cut his hair. (It's been bugging me for a couple weeks but he didn't want it cut and I wasn't up to the fight to get it done so I left it alone.) I told him he could take a bath after I was done. I wish I knew that would have worked earlier. I planned to cut it pretty short, but not a buzz, since it grows so fast. I had put the top of his hair in a clip to keep it out of the way. The hair was wet when I did that and when I took the clip out to cut it it looked like a Mohawk. Kade was very excited about that. I was worried he wouldn't want me to cut anymore so I told him after his bath I would put some gel in his hair and try to give him a Mohawk again. I lucked out he was fine with that. After his bath we got out Dad's manly smelling gel and I did my best. I've never actually done a Mohawk on purpose before. Here's what it looked like.

New Do I

New Do II

New Do III

He was and still is so proud of it. It's not the best but not bad for the first attempt. I don't know how to keep the top pointed and not rolling down. We went to the grocery store and school later. He got a lot of comments about his hair. In the evening we went out to Logan's and the waiter called him Spike. I think he liked that. Today there's still a bit of a Mohawk remaining. I'm afraid that when he doesn't sport the new do I'm going to have to trim a lot more hair on top. Dang. If the top was thicker I could make the entire top be spiky but I think it's too thin to look good.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bath Time

I finished another layout and it's only the first half of the week! Yeah for me. I worked on it last night at the local scrapbook store and finished up the sailboat this morning. I bought the paper last night at 89¢ a piece! I needed 3 pieces. I know that's not a lot to spend on one layout but I usually don't spend that much on paper. I lucked out that it was 25% off. These pictures have been hanging around for a while waiting to be used. I'm glad I finally did, they're so cute. Kade isn't even 2 months old yet but he looks to be about 4-5 months old. I'm so happy his huge growth spurt ended after a few months. Here's the layout. I cropped and edited the picture this time. Let me know what you think.

Bath Time layout

A side note: Kade's looking at his book right now. I love that he wants to do that. Oh, now he's pulled out another book. He's going through naming everyone and everything in the pictures. Cute.  He's now on to another book.  This one is our good Disney trip for Meg's 5th birthday.  He doesn't care that he's not in it at all.  I"m hearing "There's Mickey Mouse."  "Pluto's in this one."  "What's that and that and that?"  Fun.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Untraditional Valentine

Here's my untraditional Valentine card this year.  I only sent it to our grandmas.  I found the idea here.  Have a Happy Valentine's Day.

Untraditional Valentine

Knitting Projects

I've been a little busy knitting lately, that would explain why I haven't been scrapbooking. I made a manly green striped hat. I found the pattern on line and the decreases drove me crazy. If you use the pattern just do it like it says but the established pattern is the new pattern and not the original one. Very confusing. Nice modeling, Sweetie.

Green Striped Hat

The next project I worked on was a hat and scarf set. The hat has a variegated lace on the edge, very nice. Here's the pattern if anyone wants to make it. I somehow changed the lace thinking I had to purl on the back of every row instead of knit. Oops. It looked great though. It didn't take long to make after I finally figured out what I was going to do. The scarf on the other hand....drove me nuts. I knew I wanted to have the lace on the edge like the hat but I couldn't find a good stitch to make the rest with. Everything I tried rolled into a tube. I don't know how many times I torn that thing out. I finally decided to just do the modified lace stitch for the entire scarf. It rolled some but after blocking it looks gorgeous. I hope my friend is staying warm with them.

Brown Hat and Scarf

The other project I've been working on is a small tote bag to take to church. (I've made myself a purse like Janel's only brown with a turquoise paisley lining, very cute. I haven't gotten a picture of that yet because I filled it right away and it's not been empty yet. Some day I'll get a picture.) The tote turned out to be a great size. I did measure it out before hand but sometimes things happen and they don't end up like you think they will. (By the way it's my own pattern and I didn't write it down, maybe next time.) Anyway, after searching the entire fabric store for lining fabric and coming up empty handed I thought I'd look one more time. I found this great fabric right away. Why did it have to hide the first time I looked? I waste enough time by myself. I of course had to put pockets in it and a magnetic closer. It turned out great, in my opinion. I'm considering selling these bags on eBay or somewhere.

Tan and Brown BagBag's lining

I've also been working on some blocks to make Warm Up America afghans. We are making them in my church sewing group. I think we're up to four now. I also just bought some funky yarn to make myself another pair of socks. It's been so cold lately and my feet just won't stay warm unless I have on a pair of regular socks and a pair of my hand made socks. I never did get a picture of those did I? They don't look as nice as they did when I made them, but they're still warm. A lot of the fuzz has washed off. I'll be sure to get a picture of the new pair if I ever find time to finish them.

Another Layout

I've been really bad that last two weeks with my scrapbooking goal. (I was thinking since I did four a few weeks ago that I could slide two of them into the next week. Lame, I know.) This last week I finished one layout. I really finished it on Sunday but to me that's the end of the week and not the beginning. The layout is from when Mattey was in the hospital in 2005. I'm glad to get that one done and put away. It's something you want to remember but not relive. (In fact Mattey got very sad when she saw the pictures of herself.) I was happy to find that I had written about it on the blog so I could look back and get info. My memory is terrible. Here it is.

Hospital Stay

Friday, February 8, 2008

The Kid in Me

My friend at work sent me this link today in IM. He said, "this is what I want when I grow up." You may have to have been a product of this time frame to appreciate what this person has created. I spent a LOT of time in arcades like these growing up, dropping in my quarters (now I think it's more like dollars) and using as much body english as possible to help move my character on the screen. With the video game consoles that are available today, in your own home (I think I know a little something about this), I'm sure less and less kids will know the experiences of playing in arcades. Peter Hirschberg has come up with a way to keep that spirit alive, well at least at his house. I love this quote:

Good: Collecting 65 classic arcade games.

Great: Building a private 2,400 square foot arcade with black lights and 80's soundtrack.

Awesome: Your kids leave it alone because they want to play Wii

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Picture to Make You Smile

Yesterday morning, Thomas S. Monson was named as the 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I saw this picture this morning on the Deseret Morning News and I couldn't help but smile as well.

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Super Bowl

I don't understand why everyone gets so excited about the Super Bowl, it's just a game. I don't really follow the NFL. I've kind of been coaxed into being a Colts fan by the rest of the family. Hey, if I have a cute shirt I'll wear it. Since the Colts didn't make it to the big game I really had no desire to watch it. Although I will admit I wanted the Giants to win. Eli is after all Peyton's brother and if one couldn't play you'd want the other to do well, right? Mickey watched the game. (There was a lot of hooting and hollering at the end of the game. He's loud even when the kids are asleep.) I watched a few minutes here and there but I had other, better things to do. I didn't even want to watch the "great" commercials. I don't drink alcohol, don't need a new car, and I already have a cute, geeky guy telling me I need a Mac. I worked on a project that I needed to get done. I also watched a few episodes of the Enterprise marathon on Sci-Fi. (Yes, I'm admitting I'm a bit of a Trekkie. But I only like the newer stuff. I can't stand Captain Kirk or his show. And I don't dress up like them or anything weird like that.)

I did make some festive food for dinner. I was in the kitchen all day, and I had the mess to prove it. (Dang, I forgot to take a picture of that.) We had Touch-Down Taco Dip with our Quesadillas. I also made some pies for dessert. I know it's not really football food but we weren't having a party. Here are my tasty pies.

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Hot Dog

Kade's favorite word/expression these days is Hot Dog.  He's not referring to the things you eat in a bun.  One of the shows he watches while I workout is Mickey Mouse Club House.  At the end of the show the characters sing this Hot Dog song.  He doesn't really sing the song nor does he do the dance, he just says Hot Dog.  He calls any/everyone and any/everything Hot Dog at all hours of the day.  The girls really don't like being called Hot Dog.  (We're going through a name calling phase, I hope it's a phase, in our house right now and everything is offensive.)  I've tried to explain that Kade doesn't mean anything by it but that's not a comfort to them.  So here's your warning:  If Kade calls you a Hot Dog he's referring to the MMCH and coming from him it's probably a compliment.  So eat it up while he's still cute and not mean.  Hot Dog!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

10 Fast Fingers Speedtest

I came across the cool site, while reading about the author of one of my favorite blogs. I need to practice more, but I don't think my results are that bad. Give it a try and post your results in the comments.

50 words

Friday, February 1, 2008

I Superman

This morning's conversation.

Kade: (Picking up two different babies and handing me one.) Here my little baby. Here your baby, Mom.

Me: (Patting his round belly.) No, here's my baby.

Kade: I not a baby anymore. I just Superman.


Press Ganey in the News

Yesterday's South Bend Tribune had a great article about Press Ganey Associates. The article talks about our new partner and our continued growth in the community.

Rock on PG!