Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Since we don't know if she is having a boy or girl I decided to to a rainbow of colors bordered by black and red. And this is the result. I think it turned out pretty well and I hope my sister enjoys it.
This also completes Facebook Challenge #3 from the beginning of the year. I have two left and a very short time.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
2. I am thankful my mom is still around.
3. I am thankful for a husband who busts his butt everyday so I can stay home.
4. I am thankful for all my MH friends....love you guys!
5. I am thankful to have a house to keep me sheltered and warm.
6. I am thankful for my wonderful in-laws.
7. I am thankful for my awesome sister and her family....that is about to expand by 1.
8. I am thankful to have some land the kids can play, explore, and be kids on.
9. I am thankful for my crazy, yet fun loving dog.
10. I am thankful to have another Thanksgiving Day with my family.
Friday, November 11, 2011
Questions courtesy of my cousin, dackelprincess.com, this week. And...here we go!
1. Turkey is is super tasty if baked properly.
2. Pumpkin pie.
3. On and on and on we go over the hills and through the woods.
4. The last time I saw The Goonies is when I was a kid.
5. Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving?
6. I need a vacation.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting some rest, tomorrow my plans include Adam's Jamboree and Sunday, I want to watch Adam's Jamboree!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
1. Today is my birthday.
2. I have 3 boys.
3. I have a sister who lives in Australia.
4. I still play soccer.
5. I grow over 25 tomato plants each summer.
6. I can many quarts of tomatoes each fall.
7. I have taken up sewing.
8. I have met many new and exciting people in bloggyland.
9. I help my husband run his business.
10. I live in an old house that needs lots of work.
11. I spend way too much time on the computer....and it's not work related (shhh, don't tell Jeff).
12. My mom still lives in my childhood home.
13. I love to bake.
14. I love the show The Voice, I especially love Adam Levine.
15. I have 4 nephews and 1 niece at the moment.
16. My sister is expecting her second baby.....gender unknown.
17. I want an International Scout II (my dream vehicle).
18. I have been married for 11 years.
19. We live on 5 acres with my husband's brother's family....you might know one of them (Julia from Our Simple Life).
20. I have a chocolate lab named scout.
21. I love going to Farmer's Market each Saturday.
22. I especially love that my boys sample all the fruit at the stands.
23. I love to read.
24. I LOVE that I don't have to go to a job every day....even though being a mom is the HARDEST thing EVER.
25. I used to wear zebra striped pj's when I was a teenager. They were bright pink and I would wear them now if they made them in adult sizes.
26. My sister and I are 7 years apart....I am the oldest.
27. Jeff and I wanted our boys to be close in age so their age differences are 14 months and 15 months.
28. Which means I had 3 kids in 3 years.
29. My favorite fruit is strawberries.
30. Chocolate is a part of my food pyramid (most days).
31. I love ice cream.
32. I have been pheasant hunting.
33. I still talk with a few of my childhood friends.
34. I have done 6 half-marathons and tossing around the idea of doing another called the Diva.
35. I love races that involve mud, such as the Muddy Buddy and the Warrior Dash.
36. I have been watching Days of Our Lives (off and on) since I was 9.....Thanks Nana.
37. I had knee surgery 5 years ago, I tore my ACL playing soccer.
38. I grow my own pumpkins just so I can have fresh pumpkin for bread, cupcakes, and muffins. They just taste so much better than the store bought pumpkin puree.
39. I am not a morning person, unless it is on my terms.
40. Last, but not least, I have made some really great friends in my little town.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
But here is the top of my Americana quilt.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Questions courtesy of my lovely cousin, Dackel Princess. And...here we go!
1. When I walk around my neighborhood I see lovely hills, beautiful gardens, and crazy kids.
2. Jamie Oliver's Cauliflower Macaroni is my favorite thing to cook.
3. Life is sweet.
4. My hubby makes me feel all warm and fuzzy
5. Pumpkin is my favorite Autumn vegetable.
6. _____ is better when it is _____.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to movie night with the boys, tomorrow my plans include movie night at the park and Sunday, I want to teach Christie how to can tomatoes!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The tattoo I considered was a:
As much as I love sunflowers I have to say that I am glad I didn't get one permanently placed on my body.
My husband would flip if I ever got one, but I saw this one and fell for tattoos all over again. I have had fleeting thoughts about them over the years. My latest thought about them would be to get 3 small stars, one for each kid and have their first initial put in or near the star. Like I said, they are thoughts, fleeting thoughts at that....
Monday, August 29, 2011
I'm writing this from one parent to another. And maybe as a plea of sorts. Now that our children are in 4th grade, they now have 30 classmates. Which mean 30 birthdays. Here is a list of the treats your kids have consumed in the last 6 days...
8/23...Sugar Cookie with icing
I'm not sure that all parents are aware of what has been consumed and which birthdays have fallen so close together. I'm assuming most kids don't come home and readily give up this information. Mine don't. I just happen to be picking them this year and have seen the evidence.
What was my response?
Thank you for your thoughts Juli (Julie is not the one that started this crazy emailing she just had something good to say), I love what you said! Very diplomatic and well said. I feel that these kids aren't going to want treats much longer for birthdays because it won't be "cool". I can say my kids tell me when they have a treat and it's just that.....a treat. It's like a right of passage. I remember when I was a kid and looking forward to birthday treats that I could share or my friends could share. Our kids are still getting excited about it, not embarrassed and we need to celebrate that.
I admit I was one of the parents to bring something in for my child. I loved to see the excitement on his face knowing he was going to share a Popsicle with his class. It gave me joy to see him so happy sharing something so simple. It also put a smile on my face to see all the kids enjoying a nice cold treat on a hot summer day.
While I appreciate the concerns of other parents I also feel it is up to the parent and child to determine what they will bring in. As Juli said it would be a sad day if the school decided that we had to have some sort of protocol for sharing treats on special days. It is our job, as parents, to teach our kids to make good decisions and know when to say no. I hate to admit this too, but it is my job to be the "bad guy". Playing the "bad guy" is teaching our kids boundaries, giving them structure, teaching them morals and values. Nobody said parenting was easy.
The parent who wrote this email wrote several more and has taken ALL the response emails and pasted them to a new email to try and start a school wide ban on birthday treats. Is it hard to teach our kids to say NO? I realize given the choice to say yes to a treat or no is tough, but these kids are in 4th grade and they know how to make smart choices.
Does there have to be rules and regulations for everything? Don't we have enough of those? Why can't kids be kids and enjoy sharing something special?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I had gone to the quilt store to see what they had and I found the cutest fabric that had stars on it. I bought it and then enlisted help from one of the first Quilting bloggers I met here in bloggy land....Aunt Spicy. She sent me over to another blog with the cutest block ever. It's the Wonky Star Tutorial. That's my block below, The Wonky Star.
1. Sent the kids to All Sports Camp.....twice!
This is important for them. It gets them out of the house, keeps them active, allows them to socialize, and just go play fun games with new and old friends.
2. I took they boys to Tahoe.
They have never been and we got a cabin for super cheap. They got to hang out at the local park, eat a ginormous ice cream cone, and just be.
3. We took them camping to a different lake this year.
Our usual spot had a ton of snow still so we went to a new place where we could fish, 4 wheel, and watch others get stuck, break their rigs, and be foolish when it came to rock climbing.
4. We went to the beach.
We live about 30 minutes from the beach and hardly ever go. I decided last minute to take them and it turned out to be a gorgeous day. We even had the pleasure of seeing dolphins swim along the shoreline.
5. I planted about 29 tomato plants.
I'm still waiting for them to turn red. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we have a super hot spell so that they turn red in time for the Tomato Harvest party we host each summer.
6. Luke turned 10.
He is a decade old.
7. Trevor will turn 9.
How time flies.
8. I took the kids to Family Camp.
We went with 3 other families. The kids got to do some archery, carnival games, raft down the river, and just run wild. Little supervision was necessary.
9. I took the boys to Great America.
All 3 of them went on their first ever upside down ride.....The Demon. Found out Luke is not a fan of roller coasters.
10. We went to Raging Waters.
I went on the new ride Bombs Away while my kids went on every other ride the park has.
11. The boys have been brushing up on math and reading this summer.
While none of them are too pleased about it they are practicing math skills with a program called IXL and reading some books that one of the teacher's sent home with me. It hasn't been easy, in fact we have encountered a lot of tears, but it will keep them fresh and remembering some things over the summer.
How has your summer been?
Sunday, July 31, 2011
They are everywhere! It seems as if the clothes are just crawling out of the woodwork.
Clothes on the floor in the boy's bedroom.
Jeff has finally had enough of the clothes all over the place and is getting on the boys about leaving their things anywhere and everywhere. It's about time! ;-)
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Come on, join!
You know you want to.
And...here we go!
1. Summer is almost over (sigh).
2. My love for my hubby is unchanged even after all these years.
3. Aargh! The boys fighting is getting on my nerves.
4.A little bit of lovin' in the morning.
5. Seven: is my soccer number as well as my favorite number.
6. My garden tomatoes need to start turning red, don't you think?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to movie night with the boys, tomorrow my plans include getting wood for the winter and Sunday, I want to play soccer!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
How you ask?
By being a parent.
Don't we ALL have moments with our children?
Mine seem frequent with Trevor and it seems to happen most when he is tired.
You would think this was a clue and I would catch on right?
So this is how it went:
He had an entire day at All Sports Camp which came early after a full week of camping and staying up late. Monday he and his friends bombard the moms into a swim date, we weren't put on the spot or anything. While it didn't happen Monday we did agree to meet Tuesday after All Sports Camp. It involved boys, lots of boys, swimming, eating, playing, and just being boys. The moms had an enjoyable afternoon/dinner while the boys did too.
Where did we go wrong?
Well it was time to go. Go home. This, according to Trevor, was not acceptable. It was already 7:30, the boys were ALL tired and it was time to go to bed so they could function at camp the next day. Trevor would NOT get out of the pool. NOT. AT. ALL. He had me, I didn't feel like going in after him. What did it is that I told him he wouldn't be able to go to his friends house to swim, play, sleep over, etc. if he didn't get out. Very reluctantly, with a lot of noise he got out of the pool. However I am now an IDIOT. His friend is behind me laughing at all the horrible things he is saying to me, so Trevor thinks he is being funny and getting away with it.
We get to the truck and he is still making LOTS of noise. He knows it bugs me when he screams for the sake of screaming. I kicked him out. He had to run about a 1/4 mile. Barefoot. Shirtless. And wet. His brothers looked on with amusement. As I drove by him he gave me his war cry scream and gave me the double bird. This from an 8 year old. What. A. Punk! Who does he think he is? Why does he think he can get away with that?
I don't have the answer.
When he got back inot the truck he learned that he would spend the rest of the week in his room. No TV, no outside time, no computer time, no nothing! That brought on another onslaught of screaming noise of how mean I am.
So his first day in his room prompted the pictures in this post.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tells me on a regular basis how mean I am.
Here is a picture to show what I am talking about.
If you are having a hard time reading it this is what it says.
"Why do you have to be so mean?"
Monday, July 11, 2011
I did another table runner for a friend of mine and presented it to her just before the 4th of July Holiday.
I didn't do a good job taking a picture of it, but I love her sparkler center piece on the table runner. They go well together.
Hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!
Monday, July 4, 2011
Today is going to be a fun filled day! Local community parade, party at the park with good food and good friends, water slide for the kids, fireworks. What better way to spend the day....with the ones you love.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Well I finally got off my tail and made the first of 5. I made a cute little table runner for an old friend from high school. I finished it last week and sent it off.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
That's what they are.
Where have I gone wrong? Better yet, where did society go wrong? And because I am part of society I have gone wrong too. I know it starts with the parent. But I can't see where.....unless this is just my demise for having 3 boys.
It's not that I am too easy on them. It's not that I am too hard on them. I am somewhere in the middle. Hmmm.....that can be telling. Maybe I should be too hard on them. Harder anyway.
It's sad but true.
Certainly incapable of saying "Thank You" to the person who took them in all day (pretty much just today).
Grumpy with me when I pick up, as if I have created mass distress.
Attitude about dinner...."I'm not eating!" THAT'S FINE BY ME!!!!!
Pounding on the wall.
Destruction of my personal belonging because they are mad at me.
Complete, total, unjustifiable, obstinacy.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Socks on the ground by the truck.
My boys leave socks EVERYWHERE! They also leave them in the truck, the Jeep, at the sand pile, in the orchard, on the patio, in the driveway, next to their laundry basket, in the bathroom, in my room (next to a laundry basket), in the tub, in the garden......and the list goes on. I am happy to report that I haven't found one in the toilet.....YET (I hope I didn't jinx myself with that last one).
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This is the back. I struggled with piecing it toghether so it isn't perfect, but I guess that will give it character.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
A Slice of Life, at this point in time involves baseball. This is the first year my middle son has played and he is enjoying it very much. I feel this is the epitome of springtime for a boy of his age and clearly represents our Slice of Life.
Head on over to I Heart Faces and see the other Slice of Life photo's.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
My son is my dealer.
I can't help myself.
It was the wrong thing, so I sent it back to school so he could give it back....
to another child who gave it to his mom.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Last June, late June, I sent in paper work with money so my husband is able to run his truck on the highways. Ordinarily I get some sort of receipt back to show proof of payment in order to prove to the DMV that the tax was paid. Well.....this year? The IRS FAILED! Sadly, I didn't realize this until the DMV sent back our registration requesting more info....proof of the tax being paid. This is the reason I ended up at the IRS.
So, I get to the IRS and wait in line. For. Twenty. Minutes. I get a number (the lady at the front desk moves at a snails pace, it's no wonder it took 20 minutes to get through 8 people). I go sit and wait some more. Finally my number is called and guess what? I can't get my stamp that says I paid. I have all the paper work in my hands with a copy of the cashed check. You would think this would be enough, right? WRONG! Because I am not on the account they can't look at my paper work and give me a stamp. I have to have Jeff fill out a form that allows the IRS to give me the necessary stamp. That means that I have to track him down at the job site. Effective time management. I mean it's not like I am asking them to hack into his tax account and reveal any information. I. Want. A. Stamp. A stamp that says I paid for the tax.
I track Jeff down, have him fill out the paper work and head back to the IRS. Fortunately the lady that was helping me told me to ask for her and she would see me. However, I have to wait in the dreaded line to tell the jokers at the front desk what I need. That line was about 20 minutes. Again. Thankfully she saw me right away and gave me the stamp. It was only a 3 hour ordeal.
The DMV, on the other hand, doesn't care who brings them money or paper work. I got in and out of that institution in about 40 minutes. Not with out a hiccup though. My paper work for them said I only needed this proof of tax payment. When the clerk got on the computer it showed I needed to show proof of insurance too. What. A. Joke. I was ready to lose it, but she decided it was easier to go off the government paper work I presented to her rather than the computer. Lesson learned, I need to also bring proof of insurance too. Thank goodness she was so amenable, unlike the IRS.
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Saturday, February 19, 2011
Trevor: Video Games
Trevor: The sky.
Trevor: Who punched you today?
Get it? A Dick Did!
This from an 8 year old. Even I had to laugh at this one. A very clever play on words if I say so myself.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
Of course you are!
Who wouldn't be?
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Friday, January 28, 2011
And...here we go!
1. Up, up and a way.
2. Strep throat and lice are going around at school.
3. Coats and scarves, mittens and boots: Winter at it's finest.
4.I would LOVE a nice back rub.
5. I'm thinking about how nice it will be when the kids are in bed.
6. It's good to be me.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to reading my book, tomorrow my plans include a basketball game, baseball evaluations, and a birthday dinner with friends and Sunday, I want to go to the property!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
I started thinking about what might make an impact on them and save my sanity. It hit me one day on the way home from school when Trevor and Luke were fighting. They were nit picking, arguing, touching each other, and just being obnoxious towards each other. We got to a road near our house that the kids used to refer to as "The Turkey Hunt" road (we used to see a bunch of wild turkeys on this road when they were younger and drive down it to check them out) and I turned down it (we live on a very busy road that doesn't have sidewalks and this road is hardly ever traveled) and kicked them out. They both dropped their jaws and looked at me like I WAS crazy. I looked back at them and told them again, very calmly I might add, to get out. I then proceeded to tell them that if they had that much negative energy to get out of their systems then they could run it out. They got to run that road all the way to the end. Once at the end they were allowed to get back into the truck.
I thought for sure that would solve the problem. I thought wrong......they got back into the truck and started in on each other......again! Well I went across our road to another one that linked back up to our road and told them, calmly, to get out. Luke was smart he got out right away and started to run. Trevor tried to hop into the bed of the truck but was quickly jumping back out when he saw me get out of the truck. I blew by them and waited at the end of the road. Luke made good time, but Trevor was a bit slower.
You think that cured them? Not at all. The got back into the truck and started in on each other again. At this point there wasn't anywhere to drop them off safely so I drove home and they each got to do a few laps around our 5 acre property. Hee hee hee, it was fun to watch them get mad at me and forget their nit picking ways on each other.
I have only had to do that 2 other times. Driving to school and back is much more bearable. I am fully satisfied with how carpool goes these days and I won't hesitate to do it again! What better way to get rid of the negative energy?
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Trevor finally lost his first tooth. It happened during the Christmas break while we were in Montana. He is 8 years old and has been dying to lose a tooth, any tooth. He was starting to wonder if it would ever happen especially since his younger brother lost 2 teeth before Trevor lost 1. It was a little hard for him to see that happen. But now he is part of the gang, has made his right of passage, has finally lost a tooth.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Okay, so this award wasn't really free, I actually have to work for it, here's the rules:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2. Share 8 things about yourself
3. Pass it on to 8 bloggers
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their award
Here I go.
1. I am waiting for the hubby to get the dirt bikes on the trailer so we can take the boys riding.
2. I have about 3 loads of laundry to fold and 3 loads of laundry to wash.
3. I'm thinking about taking a nutrition class, but haven't sent in my application yet.
4. UPS just delivered dirt biking gear for the boys.
5. I would sit on my wood burning stove when I am cold if I couldn't get burned.
6. Will be running a 1/2 Marathon in Ogden, Utah in May. Are you ready Cyndie? Hopefully I will be able to meet Kelly while I am out there.
7. I like to record the show Hoarders, watch it, and tear through my house in a cleaning and purging frenzy.
8. Wednesday I am going to do some of my Man Chores. Yep, I said it, Man Chores. I am going to spray the weeds and if time permitting pull up the rest of the drip line and tomato cages from the garden.
Now I get to pass this along to 8 of my bloggy friends. Hmm......I don't know if I can drum up 8, but I will try.