Monday, February 28, 2011

Toothless

It finally happened!  Kade's tooth fell out pain-free this morning while he brushed his teeth.

Toothless



The tooth is in the glob of toothpaste on the counter.  Here's a close up of the hole.



Toothless II

Sunday, February 27, 2011

We Believe

We Believe





We Believe is the theme for the youth at church this year.  It's based on the 13th Article of Faith.  The church has put together video clips on the theme We Believe.  If you'd like to watch it here's the link.



We had the youth over tonight to watch a few clips.  Treats followed, of course.  I made banana cupcakes (for cupcakes instead of cake bake for about 19 minutes) just in case other treats didn't show up.  I have four left and there were other treats.  Another hit.  But I already knew that.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Additions to the Family

What a busy and exciting day we had.  First our adoption went through and we have two new members of the family.  One did arrive yesterday but the second came today.  We are so happy they're here.  The little one's name is Lila.  The big one is Goliath.  (Mickey chose his name and gender.)  I didn't get a picture of Lila yet but here's Goliath.

The Fridge



And in all his glory.



In all it's loveliness



Lila is a dishwasher, in case you're wondering.  She is really quiet and cleans up messes nicely.  My brother, B, came by and installed her.  Thanks, B.  And my brother, D, came by to fix our leaky humidifier and took the old dishwasher with him.  Yeah.



Other things we did today:  Meg had softball "spring training", the girls and I went to a baby shower for my future nephew, the boys went Lego shopping and had dinner at Chich-Fil-A, and everyone but Mattey went to a concert at ND.



A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from my friend Amy.  It said, "SNC is coming to ND on February 26th!  Tickets go on sale tomorrow."  We checked on line.  Couldn't find any news about it.  I called her.  She told me what she knew, which wasn't really that much.  We had her husband pick us up some tickets.  They were $8.  Even if it wasn't the group we were hoping it'd be we'd be happy with the alternative.  The alternative is what showed up and they did not disappoint.  It was a great show once the ND group got off the stage.  They weren't bad but they weren't great.  We enjoyed the evening with the Stones and Kate and her parents.



Time for bed.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Birds of a Feather

I had two different subjects I could have covered today.  One was about hoarding and the other birds.  I decided to not make Mattey any more mad at me than she already is.  I spent three hours cleaning her room today.  There's not one toy left in her room.



On to a lighter topic.  Last week I posted about an early Spring and how I saw a flock of robins.  While I was coming home from getting pizza I saw them again.  Again it was a large flock, at least 20-30.  And I had to feel a little sorry for them.  I think they got a little ahead of themselves and Spring.  Since last Friday we've gotten a few inches of snow and the temps are low.  During dinner I happened to look out the window and saw the flock in our trees.  I made a mad dash for the camera only to then run around looking for the long lens.  This is a dumb luck photo I thought was pretty cool.

Birds of a Feather



And here's an I Spy photo.  How many birds can you find in this picture?  Look closely.



Flocking Together



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sticking Together

One of my errands today was to pick up puzzle glue.  After dinner the boys went to work.

Sticking Together



The glue has dried and the puzzle will make a trip to Michael's to be fitted for a mat and frame.  Thank goodness for the 60% off coupon because it's expensive to get something custom framed.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hanging On

The girls are notorious for wiggling out a loose tooth in a day or two. Kade, on the other hand, doesn't want to loose any teeth. He's lost the two on the bottom. The top two are loose, one more so than the other. I was hoping to get it out over the weekend but he wouldn't let me near it. In his defense I tried to pull it out last week and it hurt.



At dinner he bit down wrong and hurt his tooth. I could see some blood. I encouraged him to "go take a look. Maybe it's ready to come out." He went and looked but didn't get it out. After that he wouldn't eat his dinner. We told him he wouldn't be in pain anymore and could eat his dinner if he got the tooth out. I even offered ice cream for his dinner if he got it out. Nope. Mickey worked with him for a little while. Let's just say there were lots of tears and not much progress. It's kind of just hanging there.

Hanging on



That's root beer float all over his face. He managed to still get ice cream because Mickey allowed him to have yogurt for dinner. At least it's healthy.



This reminds me of my first grade picture, if I'm remembering correctly. I had one top tooth just hanging by a thread. Way worse than Kade's. His still looks mostly attached. There's still one good root holding on towards the center. Hopefully it will come out on it's own soon. I don't know how long Kade'll go without eating solids. It may be a battle of wills. Tooth vs. Kid.  Or rather Tooth vs. Stomach.



I finished my order today. Wanna see?



Patchwork Knitting Bag



Happy Anniversary to my parents.



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Sighting

I should start by saying that I love to observe wildlife whenever I can.  (For proof click here and here.) Preferably in their natural habitat, although I'd take a good zoo any day.



Since last May, when we moved to our current home, I have been on the lookout for them.  Every once in a while I'll catch a brief glimpse while driving or actually get a good look but they'd be over a hundred yards away.  And of course when I do see them I never have a camera on hand.  They're probably camera shy anyway.  Yesterday I had a brief and somewhat blocked sighting.  I ran to all the windows facing the back of the house to see if I could get a better view.  But *Poof!* they were gone.



That brings us to today.  I was at Kate's.  I was starting to leave.  I happened to look out the window and saw not one or two but five of them.  I urged Kate to come see.  (This is funny because she just told me yesterday that her parents are always making her "come see" when they have a sighting.)  It was something I have never seen before.  Kate admitted she hadn't either, and she's lived here for at least 15 years.



You wondering what I saw?  Five beautiful deer (all female from what I could tell) in the neighbors' driveway.  And I didn't have a camera!  I was really kicking myself.  I think the winter has been hard on them.  They looked a little thin and they were eating the neighbors' bush.  I stalled my departure from Kate's until they started heading to my backyard.  I was in luck.  I was going to get a picture of them.  I stepped out the door, quietly.  They all turned to look at me.  Have you ever seen five deer caught in headlights?  It was kind of funny.  I waited.  They waited.  Then they decided they'd better move away from me.  I watched them descend the hill between our house and the neighbor's.  I quietly and quickly walked home, calling Mickey on the way.  I got in the house, grabbed the camera, and peered out the windows.  *Poof!*  They were gone again.  Like I said, they're probably camera shy.  But I did get evidence they were there since we got a few more inches of snow.  (It's a really lousy picture.  I'll try to get another tomorrow.)

Tracks



I threw some apples in the yard.  I hope that draws them back.  Who knows.  Some other animal may eat them before the deer do.



Some day....I really hope I get a picture.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidents' Day

Do you do anything to celebrate Presidents' Day?  I mean besides hitting sales.  We didn't do any celebrating but the kids did enjoy a semi-lazy day off.  I had to make them do a chore.



I got a workout in and a hot bath.  Then I got to work on a bag order.  I have to have it done by Wednesday.  That shouldn't be a problem.



A while ago, I don't know how long really, I bought a walking foot to help me quilt the bags I make.  I couldn't get the darn thing to work.  So it got buried in my sewing supplies.  Well, when I was making the kids' quilts before Christmas I had to watch a video or two to make sure I knew what I was doing.  The quilting expert went on and on about how great it is to use a walking foot.  Right.  I did end up digging the thing out.  Come to find out I didn't install it right.  Duh.  Now I love it.  I used it today to work on the patchwork knitting bag I'm making.

Walking foot



I love these fabrics.  They're the same ones I used for Meg's quilt.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bowling

For dinner we had breakfast.  French toast.  Eggs.  Sausage.  Yum.  After dinner we went bowling.  Some of us got a little competitive.  Some of us whined about not knocking down enough pins in a frame.  In total there were 24 strikes and 11 spares.  No one got hurt.  Amazing.  The best part is we didn't have to leave the house.

Bowling



Bowling Dice.  It's a fun family game.  What games do you like to play?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Handy Man Mickey

I enjoyed my free time yesterday picking up a few things for the house as well as getting a ton of fabrics.  (I'll post pictures of the projects when they're completed.)



At Home Depot I found two ceiling fans and a few door stops.  I installed two of the door stops but my skills lack when it comes to installing ceiling fans.  Enter the handy man, Mickey.  (Sometimes he'd like to pay a real handy man to do some of his chores.  I tend to come up with quite a few for him.)

Handy Man



Here's Kade's fan.  He had an old, and not so attractive, light that didn't go in a little boy's baseball room.  I chose something masculine without a theme.  In case he changes his decor in a few years.  I started the installation of the new blinds but didn't get very far.  My hands have a hard time using a screwdriver sometimes.  Mickey took over.  What would I do without him?  I suppose I'd have to learn a few things.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Early Spring?

The groundhog predicted an early Spring this year.



Signs of Spring:

Birds return from warmer climates.  Check.  Wednesday I saw a flock of robins.

The sun shines more.  Check.  It's been an unusually sunny week.

The snow melts and grass can be seen again.  Check.  This is what our yard looks like.

vanishing snow



(To compare, last year I saw grass on March 2nd and that was a little bit.)





The smell of grilling in the air.  Soon to be check.  I'm grilling dinner tonight.  Can't wait.

Another sign of Spring is Spring cleaning.  I'm not ready to do that yet.

In Progress

Yesterday.



I did take the picture yesterday but never got around to posting it.  I was out late and then rather tired when I got home.  What's important is that I took the picture on the right day.

In Progress



Mickey and Kade have been working on this puzzle for a few days.  I've helped here and there too.  It seems to be a little more complicated than Mickey thought.  Kade keeps asking when it's going to be done.  I think it'll be another week or more, the way things are going.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Baseball Room

Remember the clean room contest?  I finally gave the winner, Kade, his award.  When I asked him how he wanted his room painted he said "baseball".  I was not up to making his room look like a baseball field, although that would have been cool.  I took a simpler route.  It took me a couple of hours but the work went by rather quickly.  Right before he got home from school I was rushing to put everything back the way he had it.  I then closed his door and made him close his eyes before going in.  (per Kate's request) Here's a little video of his reaction.



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As you can see he liked it.  I think it turned out great.  Love the color.  The things he was asking about were some wall hangings I found at Hobby Lobby.  I put the camera away and grabbed a few tools and then Kade helped me hang them.  Here's one of them.

Baseball Room



Now I've got to finish his curtains.  I had them ready to hem but the lining was too stiff I couldn't even get the curtains on the rod.  So I have to rip them all apart.  Love that.  I plan to make a valance out of pennants.  I bought some felt for that.  If it turns out the way it looks in my head it will be great.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Flying Undies?

"Mom, you've got to come see this.  Bring the camera, it can be the picture of the day.  You can put it on the blog."  These were Kade's comments this afternoon.  I went, the camera in tow.  Got the picture (of the day).  Now I'm putting it on the blog.

Flying Undies





My question:  How did the undies get up there?

Kade's answer:  "I was swinging them around and they went flying."



My question:  How are you going to get them down?

Kade's answer:  "I don't know."

To the mind of a five year old this situation was hilarious.  The hilariousness did rub off on others.  Mickey eventually lifted Kade up so he could reach the undies.  Problem solved.  I wonder what else is going to land on that shelf.



Monday, February 14, 2011

Books & Chocolate

Happy  Valentine's Day.



Mickey gave me a great gift this year.  He stayed home from work and spent the day with me.  I couldn't ask for anything better.



This evening we had a quick dinner and fhe in the car while we drove to our activity.  I believe this is the second year to do this but I couldn't find a post about it last year.  (The Broadway show took center stage.  We had to miss it this year because of a training meeting had at church Saturday night.)  We took the kids to Barnes & Noble to pick out a book.  We were there a while.  Some of us couldn't find or decide what we wanted.  When we finally left everyone had found something.

Books & Chocolate



The girls are into the Warriors books.  Kade got the Phineas and Ferb one.  Mickey found a puzzle to go in Kade's room after he's finished it.  And I decided on the stack on the left.  (I still had a gift card from my birthday last year, that's why I got three.)



I forgot to give the kids their bag of Dove chocolates but they had enough candy to fill them up from their parties.  Maybe I'll save the chocolates for the weekend or something.  Then they can bounce off the walls.  Sounds like fun.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Pampered

I had planned to post about the warm weather and the puddles from the snow melting but after Mickey got home from his long day he told me I needed to get upstairs with the camera.  I went.  This is what I found.

Pampered



Megan (the tomboy) painting Mattey's (the princess's) fingernails.  How did that happen?  I wonder how long Mat had to beg Meg to do it.  I was making dinner and couldn't help her.  What a nice big sister.



Meg did not want to be pictured so I got as little of her as I could.  And I don't know why Mat has her feet soaking in the sink.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Matchers

The other day I bought Kade a pair of navy blue sweat pants.  Mickey also has navy blue sweat pants.  Kade's new joy in life is to be a matcher with his dad.

Matchers



Notice the placement of Kade's hands.  He's covering up the Old Navy on his chest since Mickey doesn't have it on his.



Friday, February 11, 2011

New Freezer

This week I had to come up with a way to freeze 5 pounds of ground turkey.  My freezer is FULL.  Since the temperature here has been pretty low I decided I could store the turkey outside.  Mickey thought I was a little odd and that the meat would probably be gone by the next morning.  So I put it in a bowl with a lid.  It is doing just fine.  There's no evidence any animals have come snooping around.

New Freezer



I was told the temperature is supposed to be above 30 tomorrow and sunshine is in the forecast.  I suppose we'll have to eat some stuff tonight to get it in the (indoor) freezer.



Don't feel bad for us.  We did order a new refrigerator.  Finally.  We have to wait a few more weeks for it to be delivered.  For some reason black appliances are not kept in stock like the other color options.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Number 33

Basketball season has started and Meg is on the school team.  She had a jamboree today and played three different schools.  She made a basket in the first game and had many rebounds throughout the three games.

Basketball

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Blooming

Remember this post about planting bulbs?  Well, this is what the bulbs look like now.

Paperwhites



They really took off once they came out of the closet.  They have a nice fragrance but it can get a little overwhelming if you're right by the plant.  I had to move it from the kitchen window to the studio because Mickey, the one who barely smells anything, didn't like the fragrance.  I'd say it was worth the $4 I spent.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

100

100 days





...is the number of days the kids have been in school.  Let me rephrase that.  100 is the number of days school has been open.  (None of our kids have perfect attendance.  And because of the snow days last week the celebration had to be pushed back two days.)  I don't know about the middle school but the elementary school goes all out to celebrate the 100 day mark.  Kade's class had a little party and strung 100 Cheerios on a pipe cleaner to make a bird feeder.  100 was used a lot through out the day.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Volunteering

When all the kids started school, way back in August, I worried that I would be bored and lonely.  I even contemplating getting a dog.  I knew I had plenty of work to do in the house but I didn't want to get burnt out on home improvement.  I had my eyes and ears open for things I could do.  Sometime in September things started popping up.  My friend Amy got me to work in Megan's school bookstore.  Then she introduced me to the librarian and I signed up for a shift once a week to let her take a lunch break.  I haven't been back to the bookstore much because other things came up.



One day the neighbor from down the street came by to ask if I could help her daughter on the days she (the mom) would be at work.  When I said yes the mom was so happy.  She said I was an answer to their prayers.  I think it has been an answer to my unspoken prayers, my heart's desire, also.  It has turned out to be good for both Kate and me.  We have become friends and share similar interests.  One of them being Glee.  (I do get paid for this gig, but I'd probably do it for free.  All my earnings go to quilt projects.)



My other volunteer gig is for Kade's class.  I go in a couple times a week to play learning games with the kids.  I really enjoy that.  Those kids have such great personalities and tell you all kinds of things that don't really go with what we're doing.  There's one little boy that always asks me if it's his day to play games with him, even if I'm there for something totally different.  It makes me feel good that they look forward to me coming.



The potd is the shelving cart I empty every library shift.  Today was a light day.

Shelving



With all this volunteering it seems like I'm rarely home.  I can honestly say I am not bored and I am not the least bit lonely.  I'm actually having a hard time making the time to workout and do home projects.  But I'm happy.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Five Second Rule

Obviously Kade has never heard of this.

Five Second Rule



Because it took him way longer than 5 seconds to eat those Reese's Pieces off the floor.  He lined them all up on the floor and then slurped them all up in his mouth, one by one.  He was quite proud of himself for coming up with such a unique way to eat them.  He was the side show entertainment during the game.



The brownies I mentioned yesterday, they turned out alright.  Not quite as good as I was hoping.  But I did have to bake them longer because I baked them in a stone pan instead of glass.  So I will give them another try.  Here's the recipe if you'd like to try them.



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Preparation

In Primary (the children's class at church) we learn a song about Saturday being a special day because it's the day we get ready for Sunday.  It talks about how we should prepare ourselves and our things for Sunday so there's minimal work and we'll have time to rest on the Sabbath.  I would love to say that's what our preparation was for, the Sabbath, but I can't.  Part of it's for that BIG game tomorrow.  You know the one.

Preparation



Mickey made sure the antenna was hooked to the tv just right so the picture would be "awesome".  I did some baking in preparation for our snacking or pigging out, which ever the case may be.  I made carmel corn, carmel brownies (if they're good I'll post the recipe tomorrow), and a BIG cookie (with Nestle Tollhouse dough).  I'm having a very hard time staying out of all three.  I think I'll have to go to bed early to get my mind off them.  But first, I have to do one more bit of preparation.  I got a call from my teaching partner for Sunday School.  She may not be at church tomorrow because she's sick.  If I had been good and read the lesson all week (even though it's not my turn to teach) then I wouldn't have much to do.  But since I was bad....I won't be going to bed early.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Heart Candy

(For lack of anything else to blog about.)

Heart Candy



Since Valentine's Day is coming I thought I'd help us get in the loving mood by decorating some.  I started with the most loved decorations.  Candy.  I love these containers.  At Christmas time I bought them with truffles inside.  The truffles weren't all that good but I decided I could reuse the containers.  I'm thinking they need a bow or something on top.  I've had to refill the suckers once and the hearts twice.  Once I start on the hearts I have a hard time stopping.  Good thing it's not chocolate or I'd be a few pounds heavier.



How do you decorate for Valentine's Day?

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Little Puzzled

The kids had another snow day.  They are up to four this school year.  I can't remember them having some many before.  If this keeps up they will be in school until the end of June.  Hmm...maybe that's a good thing.  But according to the groundhog yesterday, Spring should be coming soon.  I'll believe that when I see it.



Mickey went to work this morning.  A big front loader plowed our street before 6 a.m.  It's so nice to wake up to a loud rumbling engine.  But it was even better when it had to back up down the street with the shrill beep!  beep!  beep! Luckily I went back to sleep or I would have been really mad.  Although they finally did a decent job clearing the street.



The kids let me sleep in until 10.  That was nice of them.  Meg and Kade followed their instructions (from Mickey) and cleaned the bathroom.  Wow.  For a few hours this afternoon I only had one kid since the other two went off to friends' houses to play.  Mat and I went shopping.  We picked up a few things to make her Valentines and to make some decorations for the house.  We also picked up something for each of the kids to keep themselves busy.

Puzzled





Mattey finished hers right away.  (That's probably because she was enjoying time out of her room.  I don't know what we're going to do with her.  She's content to live like a slob.  Grrr.)  Meg and Kade didn't work too long at theirs.  Kade ended up going to bed really early with a terrible headache.  I hope he's feeling better in the morning.  I also hope he doesn't wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. starving and wide awake.  That could be ugly if he makes it to school and for Mickey who will probably be woken up by him.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Home Office

The BLIZZARD wasn't as bad as we were led to believe.  I think it broke up some before hitting us.  We got about 10-12" of snow but have heard reports of more than 2' in other parts of the city/county.



At 9:30 p.m. last night we knew the kids didn't have school.  That was nice.  As I said yesterday I was going to make Mickey stay home.  I didn't really have to "make" him.  He couldn't get out of the driveway, again.  We still haven't had our road plowed yet.  The city declared a snow emergency at 6:30 a.m.  At 7:45 a.m. Mickey's employers declared work to be closed until noon, but those that can work from home, please do so.  He wasn't too happy about that since he worked 3 hours the night before.  But he was a good employee and worked.  He set up his home office.

Home Office



Complete with two monitors, like he has at work, and he couldn't forget candy.  He actually left his least favorite Skittles.  I think that's his way of cutting back on sugar.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

All Hung Up

I don't know how you are but when it comes time to tell people gift ideas for myself, Christmas or birthday, I never know what to say. Whenever I need something I go out and get it or save up for it and get it. I find it hard to wait for an occasion to get what I need and sometimes what I want. But this past Christmas my mom got an idea on her own and I actually had an idea to give my in-laws. I would consider that a small Christmas miracle. Wondering what I asked for?



Curtains. I know, that doesn't sound that exciting but it is. Just wait. They were at Hobby Lobby, of all places. I always knew Hobby Lobby had great stuff but I never knew they sold curtains. I usually don't check out the home dec fabrics, which is where most of them are located. Anyway, back to the curtains. These curtains had a place especially picked out for them. They did need a little altering because they were too long. But I only had to take off the tab tops and they were perfect. Ready for the reveal?

Curtains



I LOVE them.  Thanks, M & B.  They go all the way to the floor.  (Sorry, this is the best shot I could get.)  They look really great with my plates and the revamped art.  In case you're wondering, my mom (and dad) got me two more sets of Fiestaware.  They are also displayed in the dining room.  I'm really loving this room.  It's so much better than before.



Now for the weather report.  We are under a BLIZZARD warning.  We could get 12-18" of snow and drifting from the winds that are really blowing.  The activities at church were cancelled tonight.  Now school is cancelled for tomorrow.  I'm going to make Mickey stay home with us.  He might not be able to get out of the driveway anyway.