Wednesday, April 29, 2009


So our anniversary was Monday.  I feel bad that I did not post some mushy post on how much I love Ben.  But I didn't.  And I won't.  Not because I don't love him A LOT.  But, well, the day is passed and I'm too lazy.  BUT I LOVE YOU BEN.  There that's pretty good - all caps ya know.

But our real celebration was going to Wicked and my parents' home.  That was special.  Our anniversary - the actual day - was pretty much normal.  Except I did decide that we go to Target and spend $7 (it's our 7th anniversary) on each other's gift - aren't I punny?  We also watched half of Robin Hood Prince of /Thieves.  (It's long and so we'll have to finish the rest sometime this week.) I couldn't believe that the movie came out 18 years ago - what?  I remember watching it with my friends and it was not 18 years ago.  

Oh yeah, we also went out for frozen yogurt after Target.  We got swirls - all 5 of us.  Miles, I guess, had never had one as he couldn't believe he had 2 flavors.  Life is so grand and neat and amazing when you're 5.  Jonas ate 2/3 his cone and threw the rest on the grass.  Then he claimed that Emmy's cone was actually his.  Nice try.  Emmy thoroughly LOVED her cone AS EVIDENCED BY (a great term I learned in nursing school) the following pictures (sorry but I just couldn't pick one):

Monday, April 27, 2009

To Grandmother's House We Went. . .

A fantastic time was had by all of us.  We went down for the show "Wicked" and it was definitely worth the 12-hour round-trip drive.  Definitely.  No doubt.  That show is amazing.  One of my favorites.  Loved it.

The 12-hour drive was also worth it as we were able to just hang out with Grandma Dixie and Grandpa G.  The boys were so sad when we had to leave on Sunday - Miles told me that he was so sad when we were leaving that he wanted to cry, but that he held it in.   Sweet boy.

It was a perfect weekend - the only problem?  Too short.

Monday, April 20, 2009

We are not vegetarians

Quote of the week:

"I thank Heavenly Father for sending down the animals so that we can kill and eat them."


I laughed out loud as soon as Miles said this during our dinner prayer.  We are not vegetarians obviously, but neither are we big meat-eaters.  Whatever, it was a good chuckle.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Starfall and LEXY

I posted over a year ago (I think) about the pre-school program I was using with Miles - Busy Bee Preschool.  It worked very well for us the first year.  It taught great social skills, as well as basics such as colors, shapes, and letters.

When we were done doing that, I found Starfall.  I love, love, love Starfall. (Bonus:  it's free!) Miles and I started at the most basic level and did the ABCs.  For each letter they have some worksheets you can print out, plus a little computer game.  Miles loved it and so did I.  I would get books from the library on topics with whatever letter we were doing that week.  We finished up all the letters a couple months ago and moved on to the next level, "Learn to Read."  Again, I can't tell you how much I love this site.  There are about 15 on-line books to read in this level - and with each book there are fun activities on the computer helping out with sounds, vowels, etc. The books are even animated with the click of the mouse.  Miles will struggle a tiny bit reading a book for the first time (no animation on his first read-through), but by the second time he's pretty much got it memorized.  Once he reads me a page correctly, then he gets to do the animations.  It's great.  I want to cry every time we do it because it's so wonderful.  Okay, a little exaggeration, but really it's fun and educational.

After this, we do some fun workbooks I bought for super-duper cheap at Target.  Little bit of math.  It's just so fun!  For Miles, too.  Ha.

And, of course, Miles wants to do a craft every time we finish up our "work."  But I am already crafted-out and I never really began.  Luckily I get the online newsletter from Kids Craft Weekly.  I don't think it's actually weekly that I get the newsletter, though?  Weird, maybe I do.  I would say more like monthly - but maybe I'm way off.  I mean, it does say weekly.

This week was perfect.  We read our book at Starfall - The Robot and Mr. Mole.  And lo-and-behold, the newsletter's crafts were all. . . robots.  So Miles created and made his robot - she's named LEXY (the Y is on the side).  Great times.

Speaking of which. . . I just registered him (Miles) for kindergarten.  Barf.  Smile.  Mixed emotions.  I really, really, really hope that full-day kindergarten does NOT get implemented at our school.  Yes there are benefits of all-day, but those benefits are most likely to occur with kids from a less-supported home environment.  Miles is only 5.  He's my first.  He's not leaving me all day long.  By the time I get to sending Emmy off, I might be ready for all-day kindergarten.  But not now.

Anyways, what a wordy post.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Really Wish I Were a Grandma, Right Now

because then I could strap up Miles, Jonas, and Emmy (oh especially her) in their carseats and take them home to their mother.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

"New" sewing desk

Our friends, the previous owners of our new home, left us a desk.  Ben came up with the idea that it would be the perfect sewing desk for me.  Good idea.  But better idea?  Re-do it.  :)  The top of the desk was in bad condition anyways, so I thought I would finally do what I read about over a year ago on JCarolineCreative.  I had bought some fabric quite awhile ago that we were going to use somewhere else, but the fabric ended up not working.  But I absolutely loved the fabric and was determined to use it somewhere.  That somewhere became my sewing desk.
I loved how the drawers turned out - practically perfect (with awesome help from my awesome husband).  But. . . the top turned out pretty horrible.  So sad.  We just didn't do it quite right. From the pictures you can't tell at all, but it looks pretty bad.  Bubbles and pockets all over.  At least the sewing machine covers up a bunch of it.  And I still like it better than before.  And if I ever decoupage another piece of furniture, I'll have learned from this one.  So here are the "before" and "after" pics.  (The before pics don't show the horrible top - I had placed the fabric over it earlier to cover it up for the time being.)

The best part about this is that my sewing machine can be out.  I've never had that in my 7 years of marriage.  How delightful.  I don't sew much, nor nearly as good as my sis, but at least now I can do it a little more.  In fact, on Easter morning the kids and I spent over 2 hours in the playroom - the kids played and I sewed.  Lovely.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday

Funny kiddos.

Still funny kiddos.

She cracks us up.

Easter Sunday, although perhaps not as fun as candy-filled Easter Saturday, was much more pleasant as it had less over-sugared kids.

All in all, a good weekend.  (especially as i thought i had to work on Saturday evening, thus i drove all the way to work.  only to find out i wasn't scheduled.  sweet - an hour of listening to NPR in the car.  pretty great.)

Easter Baskets

Miles got to find his basket first.  It was hidden in the playroom in the tent.  Perfect for Miles.  His was the "green" basket as that is his favorite color of the month.

Jonas got to find his basket second.  In the kitchen turn-around.  Cool.  He was, ummm, pretty excited.

Last but not least:  Emmy and her basket.

This is what happens when Emmy and candy collide:  a child-chipmunk.  

Easter Saturday

Here are the three kids anxiously awaiting for Ben to finish picking up all the dog-poop (gross, i know) so they could go and find the eggs:

Jonas finding one. . .

Miles finding his "buggy" egg:

Emmy liked holding and crushing the eggs (but definitely not eating them):

Our attempt to get a good picture of our 3 kids and their eggs (a failed attempt):

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Can't Get Something for Nothing

Dangit. I almost did. There had been this "blog game" going around where if you were the first 5 or so commenters on the post, you'd win a craft made by the poster. I was too late on most of them until I came across Rebecca's blog - and I really wanted to win this one because 1. Rebecca is cool. 2. Rebecca would probably make me something cool. and 3. She said we didn't have to do it ourselves (meaning we wouldn't have to do the same post and thus have to make crafts for other people).

But she lied. (Her own words.) And she wants someone who won on her post to do it ourselves. So now I feel bad and now I will post it on my blog. Here it goes:

"Okay, so the first five people to comment on this post will win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift made by me!! My choice. Made especially for you. Of course there are some restrictions and limitations: 1 I make no guarantees that you will like what I make! 2 What I create will be just for you. 3 It will be done sometime this year. 4 You have no clue what it will be. (Neither do I!) 5 You must repost this on your blog and offer the same to your readers. (Or not. I will still send you a gifty!) Be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!!"

And there you have it. The first 5 people to comment will get something made by me. It will most likely not be grand. But it will be fun for me. Time for me to create something for other people. I'm actually excited. Thanks, Rebecca for getting me to do this. :)

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Quote of the Week

Scene: Ben and I were getting the kids ready for bed last nite. I had put Emmy down and took her milk downstairs to put in the fridge. Ben was helping the boys brush their teeth, etc. Miles then came down ("I snuck down") and looks at me and says,

"Mom, can I just look one more time in the basement?"

Awwww, I was melting away.

"Yeah, why?" (I knew exactly why.)

"Because I love it so much."


Monday, April 06, 2009

Home Sweet Home, Part: The Playroom

This has been our latest project and it's been a doozie. I've had this envisioned since we bought the home, but had to get other projects done and out of the way so we could start this one.
We turned the finished part of the basement into the kids' playroom. Ben and I spent almost 4 hours on Thursday priming it. Then on Friday I spent 4-5 hours painting, then another few hours on Saturday doing our last coat. It consumed us this weekend, but we were lucky enough to have still caught 4/5 sessions of conference. So it was a good weekend.

Anyways, I forgot to get an actual "before" picture of the basement. I did get this though:
This is it with the ugly primer - I hate primer. But before the primer the basement was a dark fake-wood paneling.

And the "after" shots:

I love it and can't wait for the kids to see it! I think it's simple, yet enough. Although I still want to buy a PlayMat rug from IKEA and we do have a swing that, if we can, we will hang.
I will also set-up my sewing machine down here:
Thus the kids can play while I work on things. At least, that's the ideal. But, yes, the desk is another project that I have. I am going to paint it white and then mod podge on fabric. We'll see how that turns out. . .

Friday, April 03, 2009

Fun Friday

After last week, which was really a good week and culminated in a very fun Friday Birthday, this week was rather. . . boring. My friend Michelle had on her blog that she was so bored and googled "what to do when you are bored." Ha. It's not that we have nothing to do necessarily, but that what we have to do is. . . boring. Yes, playing pretend can get boring for a 30-year old.

It wasn't a bad week as far as my kids' behavior, but it was just down-right boring. So today, before the snow-storm hits us, we went over to the elementary school and played there for a while. It wasn't boring. It was fun. Finally.

How Fun. A swing set for Three.

Tummy Fun.

100% Fun.

Whee Fun.

Cool Fun.

Running Fun.

And the not-so-Fun part: having to go home. :(

And TWO videos just for the fun of it:

Thursday, April 02, 2009

I Love Life

Yes I love You. The Cereal. Life.
Unfortunately, though, you've shrunk. You've lost weight over the years - and that's not a good thing. Furthermore, with your weight-loss, you also increased your Price. How lame are you? But, dang, You taste good. So I still love You. But I don't bring you home much - perhaps a few times a year.
Except when you end up in stores looking like this:
And with a price like this:

So I bought You. And I just had You for lunch. YUM.

(so, please, anyone, if you ever see a parked Life Cereal Truck [no, i've never seen one, either. . .], sneak up on it one night, when it's real dark. wear a mask, it'll be more fun. then hit the truck real hard - a hammer or bat would probably do just fine. then maybe i'll end up with more cereal boxes looking like this one.)