Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January Happenings

If you hadn't noticed I took a few weeks off.  I really needed it.  Thanks to Mickey for trying to cover for me.  He ran out of pictures to post about because I stopped taking them.  I needed to fully recover from my burn out of posting about everyday for TWO YEARS!

Now I'm back, I think.  I thought I'd take today, the last day of January, and recap what's been going on around here.

In no order at all:

-My last grandma died on the 16th.  It's sad that's she's gone but at least she is reunited with her husband, sister, and parents.

-Meg's asthma has been pretty bad during basketball.  She may need to see an asthma specialist.

-Report cards came home on the 27th.  All three kids had great marks.  Both girls got high honor roll.

-Meg got her bottom braces on.  She was unable to chew food for a few days but she's back to eating like a horse once again.

-An amazing thing happened with Mattey.  She cleaned her room!  The most amazing part was her room stayed clean for almost two weeks.

-I saw a recipe for cinnamon roll cupcakes in an email.  I had to try them.  They didn't look very pretty because I over filled the cups but they tasted great, frosted and not frosted.  (I liked them better the next day and I used Duncan Hynes Cream Cheese frosting instead of making the one that came with the recipe.)
Cinnamon Roll Cupcake

-Meg and Kade have been signed up for little league.  (Anyone want to buy some raffle tickets?  We have 80 we'd like to unload.)  This will take care of our entertainment for the first half of the summer.

-Mattey seems to be a natural at the flute.  She can memorize the music very quickly.  I think she's even playing some simple songs by ear.

-One Saturday evening (the 14th) (I think Mickey and Megan had some activity at church) Kade got out the water colors and started painting.  Mattey joined him later.  Can you tell which picture is supposed to be me?
Water Colors

-Meg played a violin solo, with me accompanying her, at I.S.S.M.A.  She got a gold.  Did you expect anything different?  I didn't.  Here's the video of her performance.

-I can't forget to comment on our crazy winter weather.  It'll snow a few inches.  The snow will be around a couple days for the kids to get out and play in it and then the temperature will rise to the 40s or 50s and the snow is gone.  Then we'll get rain.  A few days later the pattern repeats.  What is going on?  I'm not really complaining.  I love the warmer sunny days that melt the snow.  And the fact that the dirty snow doesn't last very long.  I do worry about how this will affect our spring and summer.

-Kade started real piano lessons, as apposed to taking them from me.  He is moving quickly through the books he's using.  He's saving up all his points for a movie.  (He gets points for the number of days he practices, the songs he passes off, the songs he can sing, the songs he can name the notes.)  He still has about 400 points to go.  He's already said he wants a Scooby-Doo movie.  Big surprise there.

-Meg started her science project.  She wanted to know what gets ketchup and mustard out of clothing the best:  Tide, Bleach, Shout, or OxiClean.  Can you guess which one works better?  I wasn't surprised.

-Lastly I want to wish my baby brother a Happy Birthday!  Have a good one, D.

Added after the fact.  Can't believe I forgot this story.

-This month I also had the opportunity to call 911 for the first time in my life.  (That's a pretty good streak.)  I don't think opportunity is the right word but whatever.  Our power had gone off.  I called Mickey, on my cell, to complain about having another power outage.  That happens a lot around here.  While on the phone I happened to look out our bedroom window towards the end of the street.  I had to do a double take to figure out what I was seeing.  Then I said to Mickey, "The power lines are on fire.  I suppose I should call 911."  He agreed and we hung up so I could make the emergency call.  The firemen took their sweet time getting here (we live about 2 minutes from the fire station and they showed up about 7 minutes later) and they didn't even use flashing lights or sirens.  I was a little disappointed.  It was an emergency after all, at least to me.  I walked down the street to see what was going on and if I needed to get Kate out of her house.  The top of the pole had caught on fire somehow and it and the power lines had fallen into the trees around it.  Luckily these were wet trees.  The firemen told me it wasn't going anywhere and AEP was on their way.  The power was out for over 2 hours while the electric company fixed the problem.  This is the second time in less than two years that those power lines have been on fire.  That's not a good record.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sport Clips

A while ago Kade and I had to find a new place to get our haircuts.  Our regular stylist was having a baby and wanted some time off.  I had heard a few commercials for Sports Clips.  I looked them up one day and realized that they were very close to our house.  So now we get our haircut at the place where "It's good to be a guy."


We both enjoy The MVP Experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just Ducky

I have learned to really not like school fund raisers.  Especially the ones that require our kids to try and sell things to other members of our family.  I also don't appreciate the fact that the school sends it home one day and then requires that it be turned in the very next day.  What?  That is just ludicrous!

I came home from work with a terrible headache, and all I heard was quack, quack, quack.  Okay, that is not really what was said, but it sounded like that.  The girls needed names of people they could sell magazines to, just so they could get some of these...


A two-headed duck and the ever popular princess fairy duck.

Monday, January 9, 2012

FHE Treat

We always love it when Kelly's job for Family Home Evening is treat.  It always tastes better and looks better than anything we can make...or buy.  Tonight we had brownies.  Don't they look delicious?


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Primary Bag

Kelly is a little burnt-out so that means you, our faithful readers, are stuck with me.  This first post will seem quite odd, but here goes.

Here are the pictures of Kelly's finished Primary bag.  It holds lots of stuff and looks fantastic.  Don't you agree?

Primary Bag

Primary Bag Outside

Primary Bag Inside

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Car Wash

This morning we rolled out of bed, got dressed, and went to church to clean the building.  Afterward Mickey drove us to the car wash.  He'd had enough of the dirty van I guess.
The Car Wash
The potd should have been a before and after of the van.  I must admit it was filthy.  Since we had lovely weather today (just look at that blue sky) I think the van should stay clean for a little while.

p.s.  I just finished my bag.  Looks great.  I'll take pictures tomorrow.  I need some sleep.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Felt Flowers

If you window shop at etsy or just go out where people are you will have noticed that felt flowers are all the rage.  If you google "how to make felt flowers" you'll get almost 5 million results.  I would say that makes them pretty popular.  The nice thing is they're pretty easy to make.

I decided since I have a new job at church that I needed a new bag.  After all I will be hauling all kinds of things to church with me now.  I found some fabric last weekend and decided it needed a little something to accessorize it.  This is where the felt flowers come in.  I did my search.  I looked at the images, it was much easier to pick that way.  I thought about this one.  It was lovely but not really what I wanted for this bag.  I'm sure I'll make it some other time.  I kept looking.  Then I found this one.  Yep, that's the one.  So yesterday and today I've been tracing, cutting, stringing, and then attaching.
felt flowers
I added a little pearl bead in the center and they look even more darling.  Can't wait to finish the bag.  (The green is the bag fabric.)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


We needed a little something to pass out for birthdays in Primary.  The president and I were searching the internet for some good ideas.  I came across this blog in my search.  I ended up buying the pdf for these.
Aren't they so cute?  I'm loving the Choose the Right theme this year.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


(photo by A. Stone)
It's the last vacation day for Mickey and the kids.  There's white stuff calling to them.  "Come out and play."  They piled into the van with their sleds and snow board and went to the BIG hill in the neighborhood.  They also took some friends with them.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday, January 2nd

Words that describe the day:
put away Christmas
kids in jammies
Football Monday
fighting amongst the kidlings
family home evening

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Mega Alien

Happy New Year.  It looks like I'll be blogging everyday for a third year.  Ugh.  I'm getting burned out doing this but if I don't then a lot of good memories will be forgotten.  Heck, I can't even remember last week.  We'll see how it goes.  Maybe it will just be a picture on some days.  Maybe there won't be a picture but a paragraph.  Who knows.  Now on to the post.

The kidlings have been having a lot of fun using Photo booth on the iMac.  The other day Kade monopolized the computer playing around.  Then it was Mattey's turn the next day.  Today Meg hogged the iMac.  I must admit she came up with some fun pictures.  I'll sharing my favorite.
Alien Meg
Mega Alien