Archive for October, 2006


I never did like getting books from the public library. Luckily, since I taught kindergarten for awhile I have a stash of pretty good ones that will work till the boys are ready for chapter books. But, every couple months I think we should go and get other books. A couple weeks ago was one of those times. All three boys and I went into the library. The first thing they go to is the movie section. It’ll be nice when they build the new library in town. There they will have a true children’s section.

Anyway, I let Garrett check out The Incredibles DVD because he wants to be Mr. Incredible for Candy-Night er, Halloween. Well, it’s two days overdue and I cna’t find it in the house anywhere! One more day of looking and then off to confess what I knew already. We are not library checking outers. Next time, we are reading the library books at the library and ours at our home. We will not mix and match.

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Since I was out of the house with the boys so Husband could do some school work, He put the chicken in the oven AND made some rice.  Yum.  Thank you!!  You’re a great cook.  Feel free to make dinner anytime!

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I’m not sure if I mentioned that we were in Pittsburgh this weekend.  My grandma has been in the hospital for some tests and monitoring her tremors.  The boys wanted to pack their own bags so I gave each of them a black rolling suitcase to put their stuff in.  I thought they would put in some toys but also some clothes.  When I was done packing mine with my clothes and all of our bathroom supplies, I noticed theirs were all zipped up and ready to go.  When I peeked inside, all three were full of toys.  Instead of making them unpack, because it was hard work for them to narrow down all their toys to some that would fit in their suitcase, I packed their clothes in mine.
Fast forward to packing to come HOME.  I thought it was smart to start the night before.  I put all the dirty clothes in one, clean in another, toys they hardly used in two and one was empty to be filled in the morning with the favorites.  It did not matter if things were mixed up to go home.  They do a great job sharing but they do know whose things are whose.

Morning came and I started packing up the beenie babies they sleep with, the justice league charachers, and a few other odds and ends.  Mom was already at grandmas nursing home but apparently she gave dad directions to help me and hurry us out the door so we get home before dark (mind you it is, at most,  a 4 hour trip and it was 10 AM) so he carried our stuff out to the van.  I started packing it in and then took a quick look around downstairs.  I thought he looked upstairs.  We gave quick hugs and kisses and left.

Two hours later Connor asked if I could get him the Justice League guys.  I found a perfect place to pull off, opened the truck and looked.  And looked.  Then counted and looked some more.  We were missing one suitcase.  Not the dirty clothes, or the clean ones but the suitcase full of favorite toys!  Connor was wanting to turn around to get them.  I considered it thinking we could stay the night and leave again the next day but remembered that I had one more night of feeding 120 teachers (this time lasagna).  There was no way.  I let them know we would get them in two weeks when they came down to see Josh since he just got done from Boot Camp.  They cried a little but knew there was nothing we could do.
So, Josh’s party was canceled, he wouldn’t be coming home after all.  But my sister made a trip to Pgh and got home today.  We made a special trip to  pick up the suitcase.  As soon as we walked in the door one of the boys asked for the suitcase.  Beth put her hands over her cheeks and said, “suitcase!!” like she forgot and the boys looked at me like “do I believe her!?”  She never answered.  Five minutes later same question.  “SUITcase!!” was the same response.  They ended up playing with their cousins and Beth put the suitcase in the van.  Well, we had to go and the boys did not know what was going on with the suitcase so for the 20th time (no exaggeration) they asked if she had the suitcase.  In  order to get out of the house and home to my husband who made us dinner, I had to jump in.  i told Connor it was in the van.  He ran outside, jumped in the van and found the suitcase.  The first thing he did was come up to me when I was saying bye to Beth.  He said, in all seriousness, “Was it there the whole time??”  I just gave him a hug as we all got a laugh.  “No, son, I would not torture you for over a week and call it a joke.  Beth just put it in the van when you were playing with your cousins.”

Cute kid!!

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What Have You Done?

What have you done?

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise

14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game (and survived the crush afterwards)
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper

21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne – (probably)
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight

28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer (probably)

40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk.
42. Had amazing friends

43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe.
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football

61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie

74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an “expert”
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage

85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date

89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children (currently)

97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery (mole on my nose)

104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds (no but I’m trying for 15)
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart
111. Helped an animal give birth

112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school

131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read

136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ

148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life my husband says I saved his life, does that count?

via Amy

What about you?

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Big Mouth and big belly

The assistant who works at the school (who I don’t even know!) has one. I don’t even know her (did I mention I don’t even know her?) but she asked a group of teachers if I was expecting. Ugh, now everyone is going to be looking at my belly. I better get working again! Today I saw her and said something along the lines of, “Oh, I hear I have to suck it in around you.” Yep, she got a red face. Bet she never makes that mistake again. I know I shouldn’t have said anything but I just couldn’t resist.

It doesn’t help that I have not gotten a chance to go to Curves this week.  I’ve got to watch this Bo Flex DVD but it is very intimidating!

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when Jeff started working with Mattel, he traveled a little. Once he got a couple promotions, he traveled a lot. When we only had one child, it really wasn’t bad. Connor was so little and we knew Jeff was working hard not only providing for us but making a way for me to stay home. I also got a lot done when Jeff was gone. I would paint, rearrange furniture, cut down trees, you name it, if I wanted it done, I would wait till he was gone and do it. He never minded. Well, he did mind when I lifted things when I was pregnant but other than that, he seemed excited to see what was done after every trip. Once the boys got older and started crying even when Jeff was not traveling but chose to do me a favor of going to get milk at the store, we decided it was not a good thing for the family anymore and had to rethink what we were going to do.
We just heard our wonderful friends are starting this traveling thing too. It seems Miah will be traveling a lot BUT when he is home, he is home. It sounds like a great deal as long as they continue to communicate and share with each other. So, M and M, we wish you guys the best and can’t wait to hear how things are going. If you ever need to talk, we’ve been there and done that. Hopefully you won’t be apart for more than 10 days. That was all I could do by myself.  But, you know where the airport is.  Just say the word!!

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snow batman

One of Evan and Connor’s friend’s has the snow white batman. I think it is batman dressed for winter or something. Connor has been asking and asking for this thing. I have been looking all over thinking Jeff and I could surprise him for Christmas. having no luck anywhere, I thought I better start to warn him that he may not be opening white batman from under the tree this year.

“Connor, I can’t find snow batman anywhere. I tried the stores, ebay and online. NOthing!!”

Feeling better when I heard his words, “That’s ok mom…”

Then suddenly sick again when he continued, “…Santa brought Chase his batman so I know he will bring me one too.”

So, to the two people I now who read this and anyone else who is visiting, if anyone finds a snow white batman on their shopping trips, please pick one up and I will pay you back, including shipping and handling. Thankyouverymuch!!

UPDATE:  Wonderful husband looked online to find the real name of this batman.  Not only did he find the name but he only found it one place.  for $35.  That made the one I found for $15 seem like a great deal.  Someone is going to be happy this year.

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