Saturday, December 26, 2009
The book I finished last night was the first non-fiction, Three Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas and Micah Sparks. I really enjoyed it and it's made me see (although I already knew) that I need to find balance in my life. Stress, among other things, have plagued me this year and I realized I used reading as an escape. It didn't start or end (the last few books) that way but the middle chuck was an escape from my life. Next year I would like to read no more than 100 books and only escape for a couple hours at day's end as a reward for balancing the rest of life.
I want all my goals for next year to help me balance my crazy, stress-filled life. I'll have to ponder how I'm going to accomplish that.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
To all those who are expecting a Christmas card from us, sorry. I needed to reduce my stress load this year and that was one of a few things to not get done. This lovely picture of us in our new Christmas jammies will have to do for now.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Here's a few pictures from Meg's game.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sometime at the end of summer I finally got around to making Meg's messenger bag. She only gave me the order months ago. I took her fabric shopping and asked her what she wanted. I guess she is a bit like me in knowing what details she wanted the bag to have. This was the first time I used a zipper. I survived the process and have decided they aren't that hard to deal with.
Next was Mattey's scripture case. I also took her out shopping and she decided on something and then when I was making it she didn't want the fabric anymore. (That's so her.) I think it turned out cute and she does like it, now.
Mickey's office mate ordered a bag for his wife for their anniversary. He knew exactly what he wanted. I told him I had to make a few differences since all my bags are unique. I made it better. I quilted with blue thread and added some ribbon. I like it better than mine. He wanted it to be a knitting bag so I put in a few slots for needles and a flap on one of the pockets. His wife told me it's too pretty to use. It's sitting on a table so she can look at it.
And here's my latest creation. I've been seeing patchwork bags around and thought I'd give it a try. I also wanted to try another zipper. (That took a while to figure out since I didn't have a pattern telling me how to do it.) I love this fabric by Lila Tueller and had to make something for myself with it. I made an "invisible" outside pocket and inside is a cell phone pocket.
They have learned about letters F and A and also about friends and apples.
If only the doctor could find a cure for selective hearing. He would be rich!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Meg's in 5th grade this year. The way our school corp. does things makes her go to an intermediate school instead of staying at the elementary school with Mat. She was very excited about going to the "older kid" school. Mickey and I are very happy that they keep the 5th graders away from all the other students. Would you want your 10-11 year old hanging out with 14 year olds? I didn't think so. With Meg going to the new school I have gotten the (unpaid) job of bus driver since I drive her to and from school everyday. (I will admit here, but later deny it, that I did get a little teary eyed after I left her at school. The unknown.) This year Megan is taking orchestra. She's got a leg up on most of the students since she's already taken over a year of piano. Here she is ready to get her 5th grade education.
Mat's in 3rd grade this year. She's still attending the same school. Although we were rather sad to hear the principal was relocated to another school. We LOVED Mrs. T. I have lucked out that my bus driving job does not require me to drop Mat off. We make it home just in time for her to catch the bus. Mattey has a nice teacher and is looking forward to learning new things. She has signed up for choir. She went back and forth on this for weeks. Now that she's committed she can't quit and I will have one more bus route on Tuesdays. Yippee. Here she is ready to take on the world, or at least the 3rd grade.
Like I said above, today was Kade's first day of preschool. (This is my 6th year going here. I will finally get to graduate in May. I can't wait!) He's been waiting for weeks or is it months to go to school. I've been waiting for a few weeks myself. Kade got the same teacher as last year. After listening to her phone message I told Kade the good news. And he shouts out, "I love Mrs. R.!" She was glad to hear that. He also has some of his good friends in his class again. He got right down to work after we walked in. I'm happy that he didn't care I was leaving. No tears for me either. He's been a little ornery lately. Here he is working on his first art project. There will only be hundreds to go.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Then while Kelly was opening presents today, Kade said he wanted to sing a birthday song for mom. He sat down and provided us with the next, in his series, of birthday movies.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Realistic List:
Enchanted Orchid body butter and body wash
More Yiruma albums
A Jack Russel webkinz (since I can't have a real one)
A sewing book
The Un-Realistic List:
A new piano
A Ford Edge (preferably hybrid but I don't know if it comes that way yet)
A new house (I have no link for this since I'm still searching)
The Un-Realistic and Vain List:
A tummy tuck
A breast reduction
A few moles removed
Lasik eye surgery
So there are my lists. I think the first one is covered. If anyone would like to donate to a fund for one of the other items let me know. I take cash or checks made out to me.
If you look closely you can see the store price in the little white rectangle on the spine. That is no where near what I spent for all of them. Drum roll please......$1.25 was my total! Can you believe it? The books are almost new too. I got them from the library's sale section. I've never done that before. I just read this series (The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries) and enjoyed it. The down side is that I have to buy the missing three from the series. But when you factor in the $1.25 for the other five I still got a great bargain.
So speaking of the library....We got a new one and it's awesome! I was a little upset that the county was wasting money on a new library when they could have spent a lot less and just replaced the roof but after seeing the new one I'm very happy with the decision. (Like it was really up to me.) I keep forgetting to take the camera when we go. Maybe someday I'll remember.
I have been reading a ton this year. So much so that, prepare yourself, I don't even watch television anymore. (An occasional movie like while I sew and workout or for family movie night. On a rare night Mickey and I will watch one after the kids go to bed.) The only bad thing is sometimes, alright a lot of times, I don't want to put the book down and be in the real world. I'm always putting things off that need to be done. I'll have to work at rewarding my work with a book instead of starting my day with a book.
I've had a running list of books I want to read and books I've already read (meaning they're checked off on the want to read list). I am currently reading my 85th book for this year.
Here's a list of books that I recommend. A lot of them are teen books. I was hoping to find some "clean" reading but surprisingly some of the teen stuff I've read has been worse than the grown-up stuff. I haven't recommended anything that's not fairly "clean".
Anything by Dan Brown. He's got a new one coming out on Meg's birthday. Yippee.
The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, & The Sweet Far Thing) I didn't like part of the ending but what can I do?
The Lost Books by Ted Dekker (He's got a few others that complete the circle as he says but I've yet to read them.)
And I've loved pretty much everything Nicholas Sparks has written. He has made my laugh and cry, several times. He also has a new one coming out on Mickey's birthday.
Need by Carrie Jones, it feels like Twilight (with a few changes) but without all the details and no vampires.
That's about it for now. I still have a few dozen more books on my list but I keep adding to it. If anyone wants to give me some of their recommendations I would like that.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Someone had left scissors laying around. I won't say who but she so knows better.
It took a while for me to find the holes in his hair but once I started seeing them I found more and more.
There were a lot of bald spots. (Luckily they were kind of filled in for the first wedding. And totally grown out by the second one.) He was told most severely never to do that again. That only grown-ups cut hair. He did question me about me cutting my hair. Again I said I'm a grown-up, I'm allowed and I know what I'm doing. I hope he never does it again. I really don't want to buzz his head.
Later that same day Kade came out of the bathroom again looking like this.
He said he needed some lotion. Do you think he got enough? I didn't want to let him in the bathroom after that. Not that it was that bad but who knows what he would have done next. After sharing some lotion with me and Mickey he was told to only get a little bit. He knew better but like I said he wanted attention. He got it that day. I'm glad he doesn't behave like that a lot. He's been a lot ornerier the last few weeks. I think he's ready to rule the kingdom by himself and have the girls back in school.