Archive | October, 2008

Halloween Festivities

30 Oct

Thanks for your comments on my rant yesterday. Things are better today. This morning was Hannah’s elementary school parade. Then in the afternoon was Ella’s preschool parade and tonight is our church’s Halloween Par-tay. I hope we are not all Halloween-ed out for tomorrow! LOL.

Keeping it real!

30 Oct

Do you ever feel like life is spiraling out of control? That’s how I feel this week. My church Super Saturday (crafts and humanitarian projects) is this weekend and I am kind of in charge of it. So I’ve been working on that everyday so far this week. My husband has been gone out of town since Sunday. My house is a mess. I am tired and cranky. I’m tired of hearing about the elections — I wish they would just go away. My kids won’t go to bed. And so on… Here’s a little rundown of my day today:

7 AM – get middle school kids up, breakfast and out the door by 7:25.
7:45 – get 9 year old up and ready to go to flute practice by 8:00.
8:00 – 9 year old tells me that flute practice was YESTERDAY and she forgot to tell me they changed the day. So she’s missed it for the 2nd week in a row.
8:30 – 9 year old goes to school
9:00 – talk to various people on the phone about Church activity this weekend
10:00 – leave to run around the city looking for 1300 magnets, plus other assorted materials. This encompasses every craft store I can find, also looked at Target (they don’t carry magnets — just FYI) and various Joanne Fabrics. Also dragging y 3 year old around while she wants various things and cries because it’s not very fun. This takes me until 3:00 PM.
3:30 – everyone is home from school. Get kids to practice the piano.
4:30 – Take kids to piano lessons
5:00 – Come home and work on projects for this weekend
5:30 – Pick up kids from piano
6:00 – keep working on projects
7:00 – Realize I should get kids some dinner
7:30 – My 9 year old who has been goofing off all afternoon announces that she has a book report due tomorrow that she has known about for a month that she hasn’t even STARTED yet. Plus, she has to read the last three chapters because she hasn’t FINISHED the book yet. This also involves re-covering a cereal box and all kinds of artwork.
9:00 – Finish 4th grade book report. Find out she still needs to do spelling homework that she has put off all week.
9:30 – She finishes her spelling homework and now has to practice THE RECORDER. Still working on my projects.
10:00 – Now she still needs to take a shower!
10:08 – Done with shower now she needs her hair in rollers because tomorrow it’s the Halloween Parade and Juliet of course has wavy, beautiful hair.
10:30 – Now she’s trying to get outfit together for parade tomorrow — where are her tights? (I told her to get this outfit together at 4 PM).
11:00 – My 3-year-old wakes up and wants to come downstairs!
11:30 – 3 year old stills wants to know when I’m coming to bed…

That takes me to where I am right now.

I know, I know, everything in the blogging world is wonderful. No one has cranky kids, a dirty house or eats at Wendy’s — not that we did tonight but sometimes we do! Plus, as long as I’m being honest. My fourth grader has parent-teacher conferences this week. I know I signed up, but I can’t remember when. I hope it wasn’t today!

This is me, being real. Maybe I can get my act together tomorrow. Or next week… Or next Month? Does anyone else have days like this? Or are you all as perfect as you seem?

HSM3 Hysteria

28 Oct

I know a 3 year old and a 9 year old who can’t wait to see Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Taylor and of course Sharpay!

Pink Power

27 Oct

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It seems like breast cancer is everywhere. Two of my mom’s friends have just been diagnosed. And a woman in her neighborhood with four young children just got diagnosed this week.

One of my close friends just finished going through a double mastectomy, chemo and radiation and is getting ready for her reconstruction. She was diagnosed at 38. She has gone through a horrible year with so many hard struggles but has managed to keep her sense of humor and love of life intact. She is an inspiration every day to me.

Another friend of mine that I have known since college days was diagnosed at 36. She went through her double mastectomy, radiation and chemo and then a year ago found out that it has metastasized. She is fighting for her life. She is the sweetest person. She’s so creative — a great artist, a wonderful writer and jewelry-maker. As she has fought her cancer, her husband has posted about her struggles on his blog, The Fat Cyclist. So many people in the blogging world have found out about her struggles through his blog and have been and are praying and thinking about her. All of those prayers and thoughts have really made a difference.One example is a couple of months ago she had lost control of most of her physical abilities because she had developed tumors in her brain. It was such grim news. She went through radiation on her brain but the doctors told them that they could only do it once. There were hundreds of people praying and rooting for her. They set their clocks for a certain time everyday to think of her. Last week she went in for tests and they found that the tumors in her brain had shrunk “considerably”.

This is the trailer restored by a wonderful woman, Beverly Henricks. She is a breast cancer survivor. After she was diagnosed she was trying to find a way to help other women get diagnosed early. One day she was looking online and found a picture of a pink trailer in a field and it reminded her of camping with her family. She decided to find a trailer and restore it. She ended up restoring this trailer. It was a long and difficult job. When she was diagnosed she didn’t have health insurance so the cost of her masectomy, chemo and treatment literally backrupted her family. She found people in her community that donated some of the products she needed so that she could complete her restoration. Now she takes her little pink trailer she calls the “Pink Winged Warrior” across the country to breast cancer awareness events and talks to women about how important it is to get diagnosed early.

When people ask her,“Why did you really do this?” She says, “My answer to them is simple…What else could I have done? I am not a Doctor, Chemist, or Surgeon. I know nothing about Chemo or Radiation except how it feels to receive it…I do not have millions or even hundreds of dollars to get this information to the next family it is likely to effect. So I will do it my way …in a Little Pink Travel Trailer, and effect as many people as I can. I hope you can share in the joy of the journey with me. Pink Huggs!” Check out her website.

I am in awe of the strength of women and the power of prayer.

Pardon our dust

26 Oct

I’m working on changing some of the layout and my sidebar elements have gone wacky. Please bear with me while I figure it out.

Favorite Thing Wednesday: Halloween Candy

24 Oct

Sorry this Favorite Thing Wednesday is actually on Friday — I am still trying to recover from our trip. Yesterday was the day of never-ending laundry.

As Halloween looms in the horizon, I read an interesting statistic: 90% of parents raid their kids Halloween treat bags. I know I do. And I think the 10% that say they don’t are lying, don’t you? What is your favorite Halloween candy?

These are the ones that I confiscate as soon as the kids walk in the door:

What are the ones that you leave in the bag? These are my picks for the worst Halloween candy ever:

In case you’ve never tried one, an Idaho Spud is a cocoa flavored marshmallow covered in chocolate and then in coconut flakes. I don’t know — kind of weird and the name makes it even more unappealing.

Whoever came up with this idea was just evil. Candy which you dip in pure sugar. Dentists love this one.

I know kids love Laffy Taffy but it just sicks me out. Weird, artificial flavors with a rubbery consistency followed by a waxy aftertaste.

Peanuts dipped in savory flavoring. Again, just the name of it makes me not want to eat it.

Pasty, chalky candy? I think I’d rather eat Tums.

This is probably un-American or something but I pass on the candy corn.

What’s at the top and bottom of your Halloween candy list this year?

HalloweenTime at Disneyland

23 Oct

Hi — we’re back from Disneyland. We had a great time — the weather was beautiful!

The main reason I started this blog was to vent some creative energy and post pictures about my family so I can make a blurb book. Probably anyone reading this post knows what a blurb book is but if you don’t you should check out the link. It’s so cool. I realized that I have been posting mostly random musings, projects and things I think are cool and not many pictures of my family, so this post is one for the blurb book.

Tomorrow I will try to come up for something for “Creative Fridays” or if that fails I will post something about my “favorite Things” which I missed on Wednesday due to our trip. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Here were are in California Adventures about to get hot dogs for lunch!

Ella and I tearing it up on the bumper cars in A Bugs Life at California Adventures. Moments before we won those “Year of a Million Dreams” hats!

Spooky ambiance!

This is our first ride we went on the carousel — Ella’s choice!

Hannah posing outside of the Lego Store at Downtown Disney

Nick and Ella at California Adventure

Dad with his girls


Hannah and Ella – worn out from all of the Disneyland fun

Hannah on the ” Mark Twain”

Hannah – living large on Dumbo!

Hayley on the jellyfish ride at California Adventures

Mom and Ella on the Toy Story Ride

We took a detour to Sprinkles!!!!

Mmmm….. delicious!

Hannah — savoring her coconut cupcake.

Our selections for the day

Where am I?

17 Oct

We’re out of town for a few days, at the Happiest Place on Earth. We’re having a great time! I’ll try to post some pictures while we’re here over the next few days.

Canada is known for….

14 Oct
My husband’s company is based out of Toronto, Canada and so he travels there a couple times a month. This past week Ella (3) had a conversation with her dad that went like this:

Ella: Dad, are you going to Cantata?

Dad: Yes, Ella I am leaving on Monday.

Ella: Dad, will you bring me back a special treat from Cantata?

Dad: Sure, what should I bring you?

Ella: Donuts with pink frosting and sprinkles!

Dad: I don’t know if they have donuts with pink icing and sprinkles in Canada.

Ella: Cantata is where they make the pink frosting!

Bet you didn’t know that culinary fact!!!

A Beautiful Quilt Giveaway!

14 Oct

No, it’s not me (I wish I could quilt!). It’s Pigtails and Snails. Is this the cutest quilt ever or what?! Go over to her site and enter to win! She is going to announce the winner on October 17th. And she also will be having 2 runner up prizes of copies of the pattern so you could make your own. I love it!!!