Thursday, April 26, 2012

I Want to Start the Day Over

This was an email I sent to my friend Amy this morning.

I want to go back to bed and start the day over.
First, I wake up and am achy all over. This is from the migraine I've been dealing with for the past two days. Today should be the third and final day.  It better be. I have meds for it now and it does help but not 100% and they make me very tired.
Second, R. (the carpool mom) calls and basically, but nicely, says she doesn't want J. (her daughter) riding with Meg if she's still sick. She thinks Meg got J. sick last time.  Is bronchitis contagious?  R. just can't have J. getting sick again. They have things coming up.  I nicely, but unhappily, say I'll drive my girls this morning.  This really puts a wrench in my morning because then I will have to drive Kade as well and that'll push everything back. Meg ends up staying home again because she really isn't feeling better.
Third, Fiona has diarrhea in the hall.  That was fun.  I know she doesn't feel well so I can't get mad.  I don't.  Guess I'm calling the vet again.
Fourth, Kade says his stomach hurts.  Now is this for real or because he witnessed the mess in the hall?  I don't know.  I don't feel like fighting it and we picked up a tons of movies at the library yesterday so they should be glued all day while they recover. I have a second so I call Mickey to vent a little and then Mat, not so nicely, tells me she has to leave right this minute because she's doing the pledge today.  That's when you see me.
Fifth, I get home from taking Mat and I can't find my wallet.  That's the breaking point. I have a lot of cash in it and I didn't want to go through canceling all the cards.  I call Mickey again.   
Then sixthly, Fiona makes another mess in the hall.  By this point I'm crying and Mickey suggests that I get Meg to look for my wallet while I clean up the mess. He's also saying he could come home if I need him to.  I tell him I'll make it through.
On a good note, Meg found my wallet right away.  Sometimes it just takes a different set of eyes and a flashlight to find something in a dark van.  And now that Fi has pooped twice I can cancel our walk for this morning.  My sore foot will like that.

missing wallet

Friday, April 20, 2012

Extra Fabric

30 minutes after I bought fabric for an order the order was canceled.  So...I have some extra fabric laying around if anyone would like me to make something for them.
extra fabric
Isn't it nice?  Do I have any takers?  Does anyone know if Hobby Lobby with take back cut fabric?  Maybe I need to make myself another church bag....hmm...

I even bought matching aqua ribbon.  


A few years ago Mickey and the kids got me three lilac bushes for Mother's Day.  We moved them to the new house.  One of the dwarf ones is mostly dead but since there is some green on it I thought I'd let it go to see if it would do something.  There's more green on it this year than last so there may be some hope for it.

On the big lilac bush there is only one bloom.  The others have died due to frost.  (I really don't like frost but I forget to cover my plants at night.)  I thought the bloom was too pretty not to photograph.  Wish I could share the fragrance with you.  Guess you'll have to use your imagination.
the lone lilac
The other dwarf bush seems to be loaded.  Can't wait for those blooms to open.  I'll be sure to photograph it when it does.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Azalea Bush

There is a lovely azalea bush growing on the back side of our house.  The blossoms have finally opened.  I think it's beautiful even though some of it didn't make it through the frost earlier this week.
azalea bush

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Will that get clean?

I opened the dishwasher earlier to put a few dirty dishes in.  On the bottom rack I found this.
Will this get clean?
Do you think this will really come clean?  I don't.  (Our dishwasher is good but I don't think it's that good.)  I talked to the person who put it in there.  She thought it would.  To avoid frustration when I empty the clean dishes I decided to just rinse it out some before running the dishwasher.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Planting Seed

We've got a few bare spots in the grass.  Mickey found some seed in the garage and decided to try to fill in the holes.
planting seed
Maybe it'll grow, maybe it won't.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Mormon Vs. The Moron

Mickey has found these videos and loves them.  I've watched a couple.  Here is a new one we watched today.  So good.  Even if you aren't for Mitt just watch for the artistic value.

Mitt Romney

So, who are you voting for, the mormon or the moron?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Western Dance

Mickey went to a youth dance at church tonight.  It was Western themed.  He borrowed some things from his dad and went looking like this.
Sheriff Mickey
What you can't see are the cowboy boots with spurs.  He made a jingling noise when he walked.

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Little Company

While working in the studio today I had a little company.  She sniffed every square inch she could get to, looked out the window a few times, chewed on anything that I let her have, and when that became boring she curled up, or in some instances stretched out, on the floor and fell asleep.

Later I took her outside with the intent of getting a good picture.  I think I got it.
Fi in the grass
This one is even better.
Cute Fiona
How could you not love this face?

Fiona is getting along well.  She seems to have adjusted nicely.  We walk for thirty minutes twice a day.  She's very mellow with me but can be rowdy with the kids and sometimes Mickey.  House training is coming along.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dragon Slayers' Academy

Mickey and Meg are not the only ones reading around here.  Mattey reads daily for school.  Kade and I have been reading a new series our friends recommended, Dragon Slayer's Academy.
dragon slayers' academy 
We are now on the third book.  In this series there are oddly named people, a pig that speaks pig latin (that's a lot of fun to read out loud), and a soft hearted hero who accidentally kills dragons.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

He's Caught the Fire

Megan wanted to read the Hunger Games series.  She lucked out that I have them.  For some reason Mickey decided to bring the first book with us on our trip.  He's not a reader so this was a bit of a surprise.  We did have some down time at the hotel and he got sucked into the story.  He and Megan are now fighting over who gets to read the second book, Catching Fire.  Mickey steals it from her after Meg goes to bed.  I caught him reading tonight.
Caught the Fire

A Fiona note:  She didn't make a sound last night.  I know, all you people who have ever had a puppy are jealous.  She's awesome.  We are walking with the leash a little better and she flies around the back yard when given the freedom.  She seems to be more at ease with every passing hour.  She's still pretty mellow.  I hope that continues.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Giving In... child-pressure.

We bit the big one today.  After months and months of asking if we can get a dog, we picked up a puppy this morning.  She's a cavachon.  She's four months old.

I found her on line at a breeder a little over an hour from our house.  We went last Monday to meet her.  I wanted to think about it a while while we were gone.  I also wanted to read Cesar Millan's book, How to Raise the Perfect Dog, before doing anything.  {I learned a lot from that book.  I learned that some of Cooper's (our first dog) problems were my fault.  I do not want that to happen again.}

We talked about the puppy a lot while out of town.  Ultimately it was up to me and also Mickey's allergies.  We decided to give it a go.

After all my reading and thinking I think I'm ready for this, even though I had a really nervous stomach all morning.  She was shy and timid last week.  Today she was acting more like a regular curious puppy.  I wasn't happy that the breeders hadn't had her in the house to get used to the noises or that she hadn't worn a collar yet.  Cesar would not think they were very responsible breeders.

The ride home was good.  She snuggled on my lap the entire way.  She was hesitant when we got home but within a few hours was warming up.  House training is under way.  (Can you believe they hadn't worked on that either?!)  This evening she was playing with the kids in her quarantined area.  She's even getting used to the leash, a little.

Here she is.  Miss Fiona.
This picture doesn't really do her justice.  She is absolutely darling.  Her fur/hair is so soft.  I gave her a bath and blew her dry.  She didn't mind at all.  (Her waves got tighter after the bath.  So cute.)  Maybe she'll learn to tolerate all the chaos that goes on around here.  So far Mickey has not gotten sick.  She might be a keeper.

I've volunteered to sleep on the couch tonight with Fiona in her crate nearby so Mickey can hopefully get some sleep.  I hope I get some.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


Happy Easter!

This morning we checked out of our hotel, stopped for church in a suburb of Cleveland, and then drove home.  Thankfully the Easter bunny found the baskets, filled them, and left them where the kids could find them.  Some little person was worried he wouldn't get anything.

After we got home I threw a ham in the oven and rested for a bit.  Per Mat's request we made Peep nests again.
peep nest

We had a very laid back family and yummy dinner.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Indians

This is the second time (here's the first) that we've gone somewhere and were able to take in a pro baseball game.  The Indians played the Blue Jays.  Opening day was Thursday and lasted 16 innings!  We didn't know what to expect for today's game.
Indians Game
I guess the sun was a little too bright for Mattey.  How is it that all three of them have Adidas on?  Huh.

Kade was the most excited about going to the game.
enjoying the game 

Mattey was the least thrilled.  In fact she really didn't want to go.  I suggested that she bring a book.  She heeded my advise and this is how she spent the majority of the game.
Reading at the game
That book was a lifesaver.  She almost finished it.

The game went into the 12th inning.  It was a pretty good game and not too long for 12 innings since a lot of them were three up, three down.  We lucked out having seats in the sun.  If we hadn't we would have froze.  Oh, the Blue Jays won, in case you were wondering.  We'll have to see if they get to the World Series like the Cardinals did last year.  That would be funny.

Friday, April 6, 2012

More Cleveland

Today was better than yesterday, in regards to the attractions.  We started the day at The Great Lake Science Center.
G.L. Science Center
I didn't get many good pictures there.  Don't you hate it when someone changes the setting on the camera and you don't check it the next time you use it?  Frustrating.

We spent a few hours there.  They had some good hands on exhibits on the second floor.  The first floor was pretty much dedicated to NASA and John Glenn.  We missed out on the Grand Canyon IMAX movie.  The kids didn't really want to go.

Because that wasn't enough walking around, looking, and doing we went to the zoo.
cleveland zoo
We didn't see any elephants crossing but we did have a pretty close encounter.
elephant encounter
It's like she knew I wanted a good picture because she walked right over to me.

We also saw my favorite, giraffes.  This one was in a bit of an awkward position.  
She reminds me of Melman on Madagascar.  The animators totally got down the giraffe-ness for him.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cleveland, OH

We have gotten bad at planning trips well in advance.  Spring break kind of snuck up on us.  We only had a few days to go anywhere so we didn't want to have to travel far.  We decided on Cleveland, OH because it was about 4 hours away and we hadn't been there yet.  It also looked like there were a few fun things for us to do.

We hit the road at 8:30.  (There were a few pit stops on the way.)  We went directly to the new aquarium.
Cleveland Aquarium
It opened in January.  It's in a renovated factory along the lake.

We were not too impressed.  We spent about $100 and were only there for about an hour.  We could have stayed longer if we read every sign on the wall but some of us don't have the patience for that.  We've decided not to visit aquariums any more.  They cost too much and there's not always enough to show for the money.  And I have yet to take a good picture of something in an underwater tank.

Here's a couple good ones.  Notice they are not underwater.
This guy gets stranded every once in a while.
What big teeth you have
How would you like to be this guy's dentist?

Happy birthday to my sister-in-law, L.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ear Candy

Sweets for the Ears
Mickey ordered these for the kids so they could all listen to their iPods while we take a little trip.  Aren't they cute?

Today is my brother's birthday.  Happy birthday, J!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Lorax

The kids have Spring break this week.  Yesterday was spent cleaning the house so I figured I'd better do something fun with them today.

We picked up Mickey from work and went to see The Lorax.
The Lorax
We all enjoyed the show. The musical opening was a pleasant surprise.  I was a little bummed that Taylor Swift or Zac Efron didn't sing in the movie.

I loved the trees in the movie.  I wish there really was a tree that looked like a fuzzy lollipop.  I would have a dozen in my yard.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Picking a Winner

Someone here picked the winner of the NCAA Championship.
Picked a Winner
If you asked Kade how he picked the winner he will smirk and say he picked "Kentuky" because they started with a K.  I think that's a great way to pick a winner.  I think next year I will pick my teams by color or mascot.  

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Nice View

What a view
Wouldn't you love to have this lovely tree outside your window?  Kade's so lucky.