Saturday, December 26, 2009

150

Last night I finished my 150th book for the year.  I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.  Out of that 150 there were several I really enjoyed (so much so I read them a second time later in the year) and some not-so-good-ones I finished because I had to see how it turned out.  There was a series I enjoyed in the beginning but after about the 10th book was getting rather raunchy.



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

Christmas 2009

IMG_6866Merry Christmas from our family to yours.



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

It's That Time of Year Again

Peanut Blossoms



(It's been so long since I posted anything I almost forgot how to do it.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How to Fund a Mission

I saw Kade doing this and instantly knew how we would afford to send him on a mission. What a shinning example he would be!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

She's Off the DL

Megan went last Wednesday for a follow up x-ray.  She then saw the doctor on Friday.  He said her arm had corrected itself.  She has been cleared to do all activities!  She was so happy to not have to wear that brace anymore.  She also got to play in her soccer game on Saturday morning.  With being on the sidelines for a month she has lost her staminia.  We'll have to get her doing some conditioning (jogging on the treadmill).



Here's a few pictures from Meg's game.



Goal Kick



Getting by a defender



Making a Move

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

More Creations

I haven't done too much sewing lately but there have been a few things that I haven't posted yet that I wanted to.  In August I made this Mom Bag.  I also included a changing pad.  The customer said it was too pretty to use.

Mom Bag Brown & Blue



Side View Inside Mom Bag





Changing Pad I Changing Pad II



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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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September Art Projects

Almost every school day Kade comes home from preschool with some kind of art project.  This year I'm trying a new tactic to preserve all the artwork.  I'm trying to take a picture of the work as it comes in the door.  Then the camera will date it for me.  (I have 5 years of art work sitting in tubs that I was not smart enough to preserve.  Sometime I have to take on that big project.  Ugh.)  Here's some pictures of the work Kade has created this past month.



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They have learned about letters F and A and also about friends and apples.

Hearing vs. Listening

Last month I took Kade to see the ENT.  We saw the doctor about 7 months ago for his "chronic" ear infections. We decided to wait through the summer to see if the fluid would drain and then talk tubes in the fall.  Before going in I was SO sure that Kade would be getting tubes.  His hearing seemed to be getting worse.  And he was starting to pronounce some words wrong that he used to say correctly.  Mickey agreed with my assessment.  At the appt. Kade's ears were checked out and he had a hearing test.  I could not believe it when the doctor said there was NO fluid in his ears and his hearing test results were great.  That made me wonder why Kade hasn't been listening to me if he could actually hear me.  I think it goes along with his horrific year of being 4.



If only the doctor could find a cure for selective hearing.  He would be rich!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eleven

Meg and her iPod





Today Meg turns eleven.  Where has the time gone?  I don't know.  She got what she wanted, a new iPod.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEG!



Soccer Highlights

Here's a few pictures of the Reds in action from game 1.

Some coaching



I'm gonna get it



Falling down



It's mine



Giving it all he's got



Warming up



Mat in action



Team work



Focused



Determined

Sports related injury

Wednesday of last week we got our first sports injury.  Let me rephrase that.  The first sports injury for the kids.  (Mickey has had his share and has now taken up the "old man" game of golf since he is banned from any sport in which he could get a severe injury.)  Soccer season, practice anyway, started two weeks ago.  All three kids are playing.  We'll be running around like crazy on Saturdays and two evenings a week.  What else are were we going to do for two months?  Anyway, Meg was at her second practice and was playing goalie.  She was hit in the hand with a ball that was kicked hard.  There was lots of crying.  I wasn't there but this is what I've heard.  Mickey brought her home and there was still a lot of crying.  I suggested he take her to his aunt and uncle's for a quick look over to make sure it's nothing major.  (There was no swelling, bruising, nothing out of the ordinary expect pain and restricted movement.)  They were sure it wasn't badly broken.  The wrist got wrapped and they came home.  She went to school on Thursday and came home in more pain.  I then decided to take her in on Friday.  Friday morning the hand was swollen.  We went to the doctor's and got an x-ray.  (I love that our doctor's office is in the same building with a bunch of other offices with convenient services.)  It's a buckle fracture.  What?  The hand got hit so hard the bone buckled up from the force of impact.  So she's in a brace for at least a month and there will be no soccer for her except from the side lines as the assistant coach.  (Isn't that nice of her coach to let her help out?)  The worst part is it's her left hand and she's left handed.  I've been writing her homework answers for her but she has to struggle right handed in class.  Eating isn't too bad.  Sometimes someone will have to cut things up for her but otherwise the food gets to her mouth.  She seems to be handling it alright.  The nice part is that it's a brace so it can come off and she can shower without too many problems.  We go back next month for another x-ray and check up.  Maybe she'll get to play the last few games of the season.

Meg's Injury

School's in Session

The first day of school for the girls was 4 weeks ago.  Yes, I'm behind.  Big surprise.  But today was Kade's first day of school.  (He had orientation yesterday but I don't count that as a real day of school.)

First day of 5th grade





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.

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First day of 3rd grade



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.



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Kade's 1st day of preschool '09



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.



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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Mickey's Birthday

We don't have enough birthdays around here.  Last night we went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner with Mickey's family to celebrate his birthday.  I think he had a good time, don't you?

Cowboy Mickey



This is his birthday "cake".  Happy Birthday, Babe!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Movies

The other night Kelly and I were watching a movie and after it was over, the screen was left displaying a list of movies. One of them happened to be the Happy Birthday video the kids and I made two tears ago when Kelly was in Utah. We watched it a couple of times and just died laughing. I wanted to put up a post today, with that video linked, so that we could all relive the fun. I was thinking about doing this as a surprise for Kelly, but of course before I could get it done she had the same idea. Urrrr!



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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

Happy Birthday To Me

Kelly's Birthday Cake



Don't you wish you could have some?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

My Birthday Lists

If you want to know, my 31st ;-) birthday is Saturday.  I've had to come up with a few things to make up a list to give Mickey so he could take the kids shopping.  After thinking about it for a while I've come up with three different lists.  Here they are.



The Realistic List:



Enchanted Orchid body butter and body wash



The Host



A metronome



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.

The Price Was Right

Guess how much I spent on these five books?

Cheap Books



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



Pushing Up Daisies by Rosemary Harris (I'm reading the sequel, The Big Dirt Nap, right now)



The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (the sequel, Catching Fire, comes out on Sept. 1st - can't wait)



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 Summoning & The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong  (The Reckoning comes out May 2010 - can't wait to see what happens there.)



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.



And I can't forget the books that started me on my year of reading.  The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers.  I also like The Host.



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

And the winner is....

Due to the lack of interest in my contest I've decided to award all three people that commented.  Congratulations!  Betty and my aunt Pam had the order correct.  Janel gets a prize for her flattery even though she didn't really make a guess.  So girls send me an e-mail and let me know what colors you'd like.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Siblings Challenge

Don't forget to check out the challenge (with a prize) in the Siblings post.  The dead line is July 31st at noon EST.  You can't win if you don't try.

Naughty Kade

On May 21st, Mat's birthday, Kade got into some serious trouble.  I suppose with Mattey getting all the attention he had to do something to get some for himself.  He came running out of the bathroom proudly saying he had cut his own hair.  His words were "I wanted it shorter."  We were a little shocked because this is something he's not done before.  I went in the bathroom and this is what I found.

Hair and scissors



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.



Kade with bald patches



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.



Way too much lotion



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.