Friday, November 21, 2008

Mini Blog vacation

To my dear blog friends:
I am taking a mini blog vacation. Not to worry, I'll be back (don't say I didn't warn you!). You see, I now have 15+ people coming for Thanksgiving, so there is much to do around here before we feed the multitudes. So, I am taking a mini blog vacation. I will be checking in periodically on your blogs, so don't think that because I'm on vacation that you must take one too, as I enjoy reading them when I have the time. Believe me, it's a stress reliever to "take 10" and read blogs, when I have a minute. Oh, and speaking of stress...I've found the best remedy to have a stress free holiday. Simply stuff your turkey with Prozac! Yessir...that's what I'll be doing this holiday season. Want to come for dinner? stress here!:) So, I must get on with the cleaning. And speaking of cleaning...this past week I've: mopped all the floors, cleaned 6 bathrooms -my husband helped with our 3- (counting the neighbors who are loaning us their house to sleep some of the group--thank you Bob & Robin!), finished the blinds downstairs, cleaned the oven and stovetop, and changed 6 beds (again the neighbors + ours). Next it's moving on to dusting the upstairs, washing upstairs blinds, vaccuuming and cleaning my son's rooms. There's a floor in there somewhere I just know it! Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

Why I love my Piano

About a year or so ago, I spotted a music store that was going out of business. I casually wandered in there and had fun playing some of the pianos. After a little arm twisting I managed to talk my husband into getting one (and might I add that it was 1/2 price). After saying I'd never own a digital piano, I'm eating my words. I LOVE this thing. It's a Kawai and it can play almost anything. It's lightweight and it never needs tuning. What's not to love? Plus, it does karoke. I can listen all day to things like this...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


For those who are interested...I just saw this link.


This week is disABILITIES Week at the kids school. All of the teachers wear shirts to honor those with disABILITIES. Which makes a person wonder, if it really is a disability or an ABILITY that children/adults have. This morning was "Morning with Mom" at school. As we sat and ate I noticed a Mom come in who was signing away at her children (deafness). She didn't seem to have a disability at all, rather an ABILITY. Her kids were fortunate to grow up and learn sign language at an early age because of her ABILITY to teach them. When we lived in N.C. we went to mtg. with a husband and wife who were both deaf. Often times we'd end up behind them on the road and witnessed them "talking" or rather signing to one another. The topic would come up of how it would be to live in a world of deafness. The radio in the car wouldn't be necessary. No crickets or frogs chirping/croaking in the nighttime. No phones ringing. It would be a quiet world for them. It would make us thankful for our hearing, something we take for granted every day, but it would also make us kind of envy them for the quietness they have. They could go anywhere and not have to worry about their cell phones ringing or car horns honking. They had to rely on their sight and sense of feel to guide them through life. Watching more attentively for cars at the intersections, feeling vibrations to know that the phone is ringing, watching for a light to come on to know that someone is at the door. So, we would question whether this was a disability or an ABILITY. It seems to me that they have more sense-ability (pardon the pun) than those of us who can hear. Back in my days of High School I took a Drama class and something our teacher told us has stuck with me to this day. He mentioned a lady who played Helen Keller in a Broadway play. She had rehearsed so much and had gotten into her role of being deaf and blind so much, that during one performance the entire stage prop wall came crashing down, but she didn't flinch; didn't even move an inch. I'd like to have that kind of ABILITY. To block out the noises around us and just have quietness and learn to rely more on all my senses. This would be an ABILITY I could enhance. I'm glad that the school has drawn attention to disABILITIES. I'd like to learn more from those who are disabled and to realize that it's not a disability, but rather an ABILITY.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sad News

I just found out via. other bloggers that Michelle S. died last night. Our heart goes out to her family. Even though most of us never knew her personally, we enjoyed following along with her trials through blogging and we came to know her as a friend. She was also such an inspiration to us all. You can read her story here...

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cleaning progress

Three more blinds done...1 to go downstairs, then I shall start on the upstairs! Yipee! Helps to have "I like to Move it, Move it" playing in the background!:)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Back to the '50's

Today was the 50th day of school. The Kindergartners were celebrating by dressing like the 50's. I forgot to grease his hair, but this was Jarin this morning.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day!

First video: Kindergarten (Jarin's grade), Second video: 4th Grade (Justin's grade), Third video: whole school. I was seated in the back, so sorry for the poor quality of video. I would've had to climb over people to get out, so didn't want to cause a commotion. Enjoy!

Happy Veterans Day!

So today I skipped out on my regular workout to attend the kids Veteran's Day program at school. I have never been to one of their Veteran's Day assemblies, so this was great to be able to be there and hear the songs and hear the stories and honor the vets both fallen and living.
There's Jarin
An active Army soldier who has previously served in Iraq and most likely will be going back soon. His two sons attend the school too.
Cosmo's Choir
Justin with his class

Goodbye for Loren

Last night we went to a "goodbye potluck" for Loren Q. He left today for Mexico and Guatemala. He will be missed!
Loren (seated) with his co-workers, Joyce L., Doug M., Kenion C. and Andrea J.
Joyce visiting
Mike, Chip L., Kenion C. and Anne M. visiting
Newlyweds Alan and Jeanne S. They were just married on Saturday! Congratulations to them (and Callie)!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thought I forgot did ya'?

No...although it seems like I've been on vacation from "Molly Maids", I haven't. While I haven't posted, I've managed to mop floors and clean 2 more blinds. Now I'm down to 4 to go and the downstairs is done! Guess I've got more of an ulterior motive too as we just found out last month that we'll be having Union mtg. here, so I'm off to clean! Come along and join in the cleaning fun!

Pumpkin Bread

So Lani goes and posts this... banana bread. Making me hungry for bread in general. Then Libby called and said to come on over. She wanted me to consume this. Yeah, it's famous all right...famous for adding unneccessary pounds to my backside!
However, I listened to Libby and she helped me make this.
Ooh...doesn't that make you hungry for bread now?
How about now?
Go know you want to make some! Tell them Libby sent ya'!


First, the letter from Justin...hope you can read's a little blurry. It was accompanied by a trick-or-treat size of M-n-M's.
And then there's the note from Jarin, who's phonic's are taking off and he's sounding out words and reading some others. This was also accompanied by a bag of M-n-M's...glued on.
Our boys are so sweet!:)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Community pet

"Look what Darren and Isaac got Mommy. Can we get one too?"
Yes, the neighbor across the street broke down and got her boys a cat. Trouble is, that it's an outside cat and it is always on our front doorstep meowing it's little "mew". It is pretty cute and given the fact that the kids would love to have a pet, they're eager to pet it and play with it, making it think it lives here. We have had to take it back across the street several times yesterday and this morning it was back on our doorstep. Mike is less than thrilled as he's not a cat lover. The boys sure love this little thing though.
I hear it's name is "Fluffy"
No commitments from us in the pet world though as family lives too far apart and we like to travel without having to pay kennel fees, so for now we'll enjoy our community pet.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Evil Knievel still lives!

It's true! I saw him myself! Doing stunts such as this backwards ride.

Sure will cut the gas bill though...

In light of recent events...

Due to increased gas prices, our family has found a new way to commute to work and school. Trouble is, that Jarin will have to make repeaded trips to drive us around one at a time.

Uncle Sam has voted

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Top 10 Reasons to be Thankful for Fall

1. Cooler weather
2. Pumpkin Pie
3. Trees changing colors
4. Family coming to visit
5. Coupons for evaporated milk, sugar and other baking goodies (hey, I get excited over the little things, o.k.?)!
6. Corn mazes
7. Hay rides
8. Fall fairs and festival
9. Upcoming turkey feast
10. It's almost winter!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Top 5 Reasons I ate my kids halloween Candy...

1. My blood sugar was dropping and I needed a quick fix.
2. I was having a severe chocolate craving.
3. I needed 5 candy wrappers for my youngest child to take to school for a collage (no joking here folks).
4. I don't like to throw anything out (no wasting quality food).
5. Ever heard of "Meal Replacement Bars"? Well, Try "Meal Replacement Candy"'s better!

Not to worry...there is NO shortage of candy around here!!!!

After Trick-or-Treating fun

We were invited to Jeff and Marissas house later on Halloween evening. Thanks for inviting us Jeff and Marissa! What fun we had!
Mike and I, Trey and Kasha, Jeff, Marissa and Lola, Chet and Kayleen, and Andy and Patty
(the kids were too busy having their own fun that they missed the picture)
Enjoying the fun
Mike telling tall tales

Spooky fun at the Mall (Mall-or-Treating)

The boys have fun every year "Mall-or-Treating". We head to the mall and the merchants give out candy. This way I know it's safe and they have a fun time too.
Darth Vadar and a Clone Trooper
We arrived earlier than usual to do the cakewalk.
And we had dinner at Rainforest Cafe
Even Star Wars characters love Icees
Justin getting a fill up at Bed, Bath and Beyond
Not sure what Scooby Doo is shopping for in Gymboree, but he was wandering around the mall too.
Some of the merchants dress up too
This little boy was Luke Skywalker. He kept telling his Mom and Dad that he wanted to stay with his friends (the Clone Trooper and Darth Vadar).

My latest find...

So I stopped off at a garage sale on Friday morning after dropping off the kids at school and a lady was selling a Harley Davidson.
I usually don't endorse letting kids drive at such a young age, but this time I figured it'd be o.k.
Besides, it runs on the same battery as the truck. Stay tuned for the truck/motorcycle races.

Storybook Character Parade-Sorry it's sideways

Pumpkin carving with Daddy and Character Parade

On Friday, Jarin had "Pumpkin Carving with Daddy" at school, as well as a story book character parade. This was the martian template he picked out.
Showing off his shirt. Not to worry, Justin has one just like it!
Jarin with his buddy, A.J.
Hard working pumpkin carvers
He was Babar for the parade. A big thanks to John, Andrea and girls for this costume!:)
Getting ready with some classmates
The "what is it" pumpkin. It took me a while to figure this one out and the poor guy carved away for so long. It's a "Snow White" pumpkin. See below for another one, that seemed a bit more obvious.
Fancy Nancy a.k.a. Rowan
"Excuse me, has anyone seen a white rabbit running around here?"...Sorry, couldn't resist!
Getting ready to parade around the school.
Jarin's teacher made these cute little name tags for the kids pumpkins. She's very crafty!
A neat ghost pumpkin
Their kids waiting to go
Isn't she cute? Her Mom is another "Mrs. Creative". She's Sally from Charlie Brown. Homemade costume, but easy to do and cute-Tobi G.
Being silly
Pumpkins in other rooms...
The obvious Snow White
Parading around with his brother