Saturday, September 29, 2007

Lazy Saturday

I wish I could say we are being incredibly productive today, but we are not. This would be evidenced by the fact that B grabbed her camera and took a picture of Daniel and I slow dancing in our family room. It seems there is always a to do list and never enough mojo to accomplish most of it. I spent 4 hours yesterday afternoon cleaning B&J's rooms. I spent another 2 hours this morning working on the playroom which is almost clean now. I lost my steam near the end. I was planning to attend the Relief Society General Broadcast tonight at 7pm, but I am so, so tired. I'm wondering if it's just pregnancy, or if my thyroid is still out of whack. I guess we'll find out when they do my next blood test. So, I think I'm going to watch the live video stream of the broadcast on my laptop from home. Why put on uncomfortable clothes and sit on a hard bench when you can be wearing pajamas and watching the same broadcast in your own bed?

Friday, September 28, 2007

2 More Photos

The picture does not do justice to how pretty this tree looked with the setting sun lighting it up in red.
Color correction on the train photo. I cropped it to a weird size to take out the construction debris because it was annoying. I really need to master my camera settings, and stop taking photos while walking.

A Family Walk

At Daniel's suggestion we took a family walk last night after dinner. Well, Daniel and I walked. J rode her bike, B rode her scooter, and L rode in the stroller. Half way out we had to park J's bike behind a bench and let her ride in the stoller. It was an hour long walk. When we got back to her bike she rode it the rest of the way home. As usual I had my camera on me. Here are some photos...



Thursday, September 27, 2007

Finally Premieres I Want to Watch

I'm not really into that many tv shows. So far this week, I've been complaining that there is nothing I want to watch despite it being premiere week. Lost isn't starting until who knows when. Same thing with our nerdy obsession... Battlestar Gallactica. So far, House is the only thing I've really watched. But, when it rains, it pours and tonight we're going to have to record something because I want to watch Earl, The Office, and CSI. It's too bad that the shows I like can't spread themselves out over the course of a week. Oh well.

The piano tuner came today so we are officially ready to start playing this piano. I won't bore you with a photo and breakdown of my stop at CVS today between picking up J at 2pm and B at 3pm. Let's just say it involved $50 in All Small and Mighty (6 bottles), Johnson's baby soap (2 bars), and Bounty paper towels (8 rolls), for a total of $11. No school tomorrow. We're going to have to do something fun...maybe Grammy is available. Then, they are going to help me clean the upstairs toy mess. Work hard, play hard.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Great Deal on Children's Books

Amazon is having an 80% off children's book sale and I cleaned up. Free shipping on orders over $25 as usual. Plus, on top of the sale there is a 4 for the price of 3 additional discount (didn't even know until I checked out and it automatically deducted another $10). I got all of the following titles for an average of less than $1 per book. I'm stocked up on gift books for the kids for the next year at least. Many were only 60-70 cents. The regular price total with shipping was $393. The following is what I ordered (final total $54 for 66 books)


"Scholastic Q & A: Why Do Volanoes Blow Their Tops? (Scholastic Question & Answer)"
"Scooby-doo Reader #10: Valentine's Day Dognapping (level 2) (Scooby-Doo, Reader)"
"Captain Underpants And The Preposterous Plight Of The Purple Potty People"
"Scooby-doo And The Rock 'n' Roll Zombie (Scooby-doo 8x8)"
"Curious George The Donut Delivery (Curious George)"
"The Purple Snerd"
"Sticker Activity Fun Animals (Play Learn Sticker Activity Fun)"
"Curious George and the Pizza (Curious George)"
"Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop (Curious George, No 23)"
"Scholastic Q & A: Do Tarantlas Have Teeth (Scholastic Question & Answer)"
"Can Snakes Crawl Backwards? Scholastic Q & A: Reptiles (Scholastic Question & Answer)"
"Does it Always Rain in the Rain Forest (Scholastic Question & Answer)"
"Clifford's Happy Mother's Day (Clifford)"
"Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
"Do Bears Sleep All Winter? Questions and Answers About Bears"
"Shrek 2"
"The Biggest Snowman Ever"
"MSB Takes A Moonwalk (Msb Science Reader)"
"Worst Name In Third Grade"
"Count To 100 (Cheerios)"
"Thanksgiving Mystery (Scooby-Doo Reader)"
"Ready, Freddy! Halloween Fraidy-Cat (Ready, Freddy!)"
"Dragonfire (Reader #1) (Duel Masters)"
"Over The Hedge The Cookie Heist (8X8)"
"Rain or Shine: Reader #4 Level 2 (Maya & Miguel)"
"Magic Spell (My Secret Unicorn)"
"Devilish Donut (Scooby-Doo Case Files)"
"Miss Spider's Tea Party (Scholastic Readers)"
"Scooby-doo Pirates Ahoy (Scooby-doo Novelization Video Tie-in)"
"Revenge of the Ants (Ant Bully)"
"Can You See What I See?: Games Read-and-Seek (Scholastic Reader Level 1)"
Magic Of The Rainbow (Barbie Fairytopia)"
Easter Egg Hunt (Board Book) (Care Bears)"
"Caring And Sharing (Care Bears)"
"Case Of The Spoiled Rotten Spy (Jigsaw Jones)"
"The Summer Camp Cyclops (Scooby-Doo Case Files)"
"Door To Time (Ulysses Moore Book)"
"Glitter Forest Fairy Sticker Paper Doll"
"Ghosthunters And The Incredibly Revolting Ghost (Ghosthunters)"
"Ruby The Red Fairy (Rainbow Magic)"
"Hidden Stairs And The Magic Carpet (Secrets Of Droon)"
"The 100th Day of School (Hello Reader!, Level 2)"
"Phoebe the Spy"
"Clifford's Bathtime (Clifford)"
"Clifford's Happy Easter (Clifford)"
"One Snowy Day (level 1) (Hello Reader)"
"Monkeys (Science Emergent Readers)"
"Curious George Builds a Home (Curious George)"
"First Words (Kingfisher Board Books)"
"Busy Bugs (All Aboard (Kingfisher Board Books))"
"My Christmas Scratch and Sniff Book (First Holiday Books)"
"Walter Wants to Be a Werewolf: Will Walter Grimm Ever Fit In? (Chomps)"
"Secrets Box (Keepsakes)"
"Wishes Box (Keepsages)"
"Maisy's Colors (Maisy)"
"Say Boo! (Halloween)"
"Maisy's Easter Egg Hunt: A Sticker Book (Maisy)"
"Go, Maisy, Go! (Maisy)"
"Maisy's Halloween (Maisy)"
"Maisy's Easter Paint Book (Maisy)"
"1 2 3, Maisy"
"Maisy's Valentine Sticker Book (Maisy)"
"Happy Easter, Maisy! (Maisy)"
"The Mystery of the Lost Mine (Boxcar Children Mysteries)"
"Kids Draw Angels, Elves, Fairies and More (Kids Draw)"
"Nanny McPhee: Based on the Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda"

Computer is Fixed

Well, my computer is fixed. It's been fixed since 4pm yesterday, but even having it down for 2 days has broken me of my computer habit. So, I haven't really been on it until now. I have however, cleaned all the bathrooms, mopped and vacuumed, grocery shopped, deep cleaned the refrigerator, and did all the laundry. I know that I need to go reclaim the upstairs from the toy explosion, but I don't have the energy today, I wasted all my energy mopping, vacuuming, and cleaning the fridge. Maybe tomorrow.

The piano tuner is coming tomorrow morning, yay! Now, I just need to call Leslie and find out when is a good time for her to work with me. I'm terrible about making phone calls.

I don't know what to do about B. She refuses to play with things in the manner in which they are intended to be played. So, everything we own is re-purposed to suit her invented games and dramatic presentations. This would be fine, except the sheer volume of mess she makes is too much for her to clean up on her own. Then, things slowly deteriorate into chaos. The only solution would be to throw a bunch of stuff away, or force her to use things in the way they were intended. Like not opening every game and puzzle in the house and using the pieces for other things. However, I'm uncomfortable with these solutions. They play with everything. Also, I don't think Einstein's parents forced him to play with things in the way they were intended. I don't want to stifle the creativity out of her. She wears me out though. In school, for example, she is supposed to do things in a certain way. Well, she's not interested in doing them the way the teacher wants. She wants to do them her own way. She feels that as long as she is achieving the correct result, she shouldn't have to do them in the exact way prescribed. What do I say about that? I agree with her. Should I refer her for gifted testing again? Last year she missed the cutoff for level 2 testing by 1 point. Which basically means if I had answered one question differently on the parent questionnaire she may have been placed. The questions were not easy either, I wavered on many of them. I am hesitant to refer her again, because it's not like she is sailing through the first grade work. Then again, I question whether part of the reason is that she may need additional services because she clearly has a different way of thinking and approaching things. She thinks very much like Daniel does, and obviously he needed the gifted program. She has extremely sophisticated expressive language skills and yet her spelling is awful by comparison. I'm struggling. Any parenting advice is welcomed at this time...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Laptop Trouble

Something is wrong with my laptop. The images are all corrupted and stuff. So, I am taking this opportunity to get other things done. Think how clean my house will be by the time my computer is fixed. I'm on Daniel's laptop right now. I'm too lazy to use one of the other computers in the house. I take this laptop failure as a good reason to stay off the computer. So, here is a brief weekend recap in photos...
L looking out my bedroom window early Saturday morning. It's light out, but the flash makes it look dark.
L modeling one of her new Gymboree outfits on Saturday. Saturday night J came down with a fever and cough.
B&J playing "shoe store" in my closet on Sunday. I stayed home with them due to J's fever. This game is complex and involves not only trying on all of mama's shoes, but also involves a store manager, a stock room, and customers.
Last night J threw up all over her bed at midnight. The cough was doing that thing where it makes you feel like you are drowning. I think that is what made her throw up. She took tylenol and cough medicine and spent the rest of the night sleeping in our bed. Here she is this morning, watching cartoons and resting.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

New Blog Header

So, I put the new header up last night and it looks like people are noticing. We are indeed expecting a new pea of unidentified gender on April 15, 2008. We have been unable to break the habit of always referring to the baby as "she" or "her". So, unless we find out it is a boy, we're just going to keep saying she. This one has already given us several scares and required an extra ultrasound, and now my thyroid medication. So, we just hope everything works out, and to answer the obvious question...No, we don't really have a burning preference on the gender. We LOVE these girls, we'll happily take another one that is the outcome.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Piano

I am finally going to get this piano tuned. The Brownie troop needs to practice singing for an annual charity event this winter. They participated last year as Daisies also. Anyway, they need to practice at our Nov 15 meeting, which will be here. So, I'm using this as an opportunity to FINALLY get the piano tuned. Now, I know as soon as it is tuned, I'm going to want to take piano lessons (I've been wanting to take them forever). I remember absolutely nothing from the "keyboarding" class I took in middle school in like 1991. IF ONLY I COULD FIND A LOVELY PIANO TEACHER, to take me as a student. Hopefully Pam and Leslie will read this and one of them will offer to take pity on me. Seriously though, if they don't, I don't know where I'm going to find a piano teacher. Learning to play piano is one of my life goals. Maybe I'll blog a list of life goals another day. Off to pick up B from school.

***edited to add: The piano tuner's website said that pianos that have not been tuned in a long time, may need repeated tunings to bring it back to correct. Does anyone know if this is true. How will I know if it needs a repeat tuning, when I don't have an ear for notes yet?

Birthday Highlights & Lowlights

While I was on the phone with my mom, L got into my makeup drawer and applied some eyeshadow to her nose and mouth. She repeated this feat again this morning with an inkpad. She also took one of Daniel's clean tennis shoes and tried to eat the laces, which caused her to throw up, on the freshly washed shoes. Luckily it was pretty much only on the laces, so I had to rewash those.
In the afternoon L went to play with Grammy for a couple of hours while I went to get J, pick up some groceries, and then to pick up B. I also got some presents from Grammy and Grampy while I was there. After L took her afternoon nap, she decided to cry non stop until I finally gave up and got out her old sling. That of course immediately stopped the crying. You can see I'm exhausted and fading fast at this point...cooking dinner with a toddler strapped to my bad back. *picture courtesy of BBy 7pm, I was totally beat. Daniel had to drag me out of bed to stand next to my cake for this picture. We didn't have a 9 candle, so Daniel stuck a 27, and a 2 on my cake. Lovely, eh? Right after this picture was taken, the baby kicked her left leg and stuck her toe into the cake. She was very amused by her frosted toes. The girls made me some cards, and of course I dropped an obscene amount of money at Pottery Barn earlier in the week, so Daniel was not obligated to get me anything. All I wanted was new panels and lampshades anyway. Well, and of course him to finish remodeling the family room...but as the Sonic commercial says, "That's the realm of wishes".

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to me! For my birthday I will...make a cake (because if there is no cake the girls will be disappointed). Wash Daniel's disgusting tennis shoes and 2 giant loads of laundry. Grocery shop. Woo hoo. I really know how to party.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

3 Things

3 things I want to get journaled before I forget them. Boring, I know.

1. J came home from school, happy and excited as usual. Then she said, "Guess what I made in art mama. I of course said "what?". J: "I made the Mona Leah". Apparently the Mona Lisa looks a little something like this...2. J has been trying to decide what to be for Halloween for several weeks. She has been oscillating between ladybug and butterfly. Finally today I gave her a few other suggestions, since she was having such a difficult time committing to a costume. She decided she liked the suggestion of witch. So, unless she changes her mind in the next week before I get her costume, witch it is. Easy enough. I overheard her turn to B and say, "A witch will be great...I already know how to cackle". It's funny, I didn't know that she knew the word cackle.

3. My kids love to mop. I do a good vacuuming and mopping once a week, and then just use my Shark sweeper vac on the other days. If I don't let B&J know when I am about to mop, and they catch me mopping, they freak out. "WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOU WERE MOPPING?!!" Then they fight over who gets to mop. B hates that I usually do it during the day, during the week. J gets to mop much more often than B does. Here she is today...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Baby Steps Update

Daniel hates the new panels and lampshades (too bad, so sad). I'm keeping them. Anyway, he says that no one would agree that the new panels and lampshades are an improvement, and my mom doesn't count. So, what do y'all think? He says the old panels were nice and thick and the new ones look like sheets. The old ones were lined, so they looked terrible from the outside and they were clearly too "loud" to be in the same room with the rug.

*Sometimes I think he must have spent his youth in some kind of training camp for jerks. He's lucky that I like him 99% of the time.

Baby Steps

I continue to take baby steps toward a "finished" looking house. Lampshades and new panels (I'm going to ebay the old ones). I think the curtain rod is going to need to be lowered about 2 inches (shhh don't tell Daniel). The new panels are 96", and they should be closer to skimming the floor. Other than a few throw pillows...my work in this room is done. Daniel's work on the other hand is decidedly not. He needs to finish all the wood work for the mantle and niches, and then rip up the carpet and put down a wood floor, we also need to touch up all the paint, and probably put up crown molding. We did get the ugly brass fan replaced recently too. We are still in negotiations as to whether the light kit stays on the fan, or goes. I prefer no light kit, Daniel prefers having enough light to perform surgery in the comfort of the family room. I still love him though.

Before:After:

The Little Gym is Stalking Me

This is not the Little Gym, but B's first official gymnastics show at her professional gym in Georgia (I'm not fat, I'm 7 months pregnant). She didn't do the show the previous year because we were in Seattle during the show time.

I've gotten at least 3 calls from the Little Gym trying to get the peas back to gymnastics. I've started checking the caller ID and ignoring their calls. I've already told them that we are not interested in coming back right now. The truth is, even if I wanted to drop $500 every few months on gymnastics, I'd be renewing with a professional gym, not the Little Gym. I only did Little Gym to help J start overcoming her paralyzing shyness. Then I caved to B's requests to go to gym too. So, gym ended in the spring. They did swimming lessons all summer. Now they are not doing any expensive extracurriculars (except Brownies for B, and that's only twice a month and not expensive). We're thinking maybe it's time to try a team sport, like soccer or something. I don't know what I need to do to shake the Little Gym.

I know that they need to make money, but I thought it was tacky last spring when the gym owner was trying to convince me to put L (who was 8 months old at the time) into a mommy and me Little Gym class. I guess she wanted to increase the revenue from just our family to $750 per semester. I was trying to be polite, but I'm not paying to do baby exercises with my 8 month old, when I can do it myself for free.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Memory Lane Monday

This picture was taken when Daniel's mom came to visit us in Georgia, after J was born. I think it was August of 2003. It was a nice visit. Here we are at the Atlanta Zoo. I can't believe B&J were ever that small. They seem so grown up now. The things I remember about that visit are: 1. Mom yelling at the giant female tortoise to "RUN! RUN!" when the male tortoise was attempting to mate with her. 2. I tried to make guacamole for the first time, and didn't buy ripe avocados (because I don't eat guacamole, so I didn't know what the avocados were supposed to be like). 3. B not understanding that Grandma did not want to wake up at 7am by 2 year old finger pokes. It was a fun visit. I can't believe how much younger and thinner Grandma looks now. She is aging in reverse order. I'm going to have to get her to teach me that trick.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday

This Sunday I am grateful for:
*family & church (the obvious/usual answer)
*high def Gator football (the frivolous answer)
*my disorganized construction zone of a house, because I'm so grateful to have an affordable home with a fixed interest rate in this crazy real estate market (the thoughtful answer)
*Daniel being acknowledged for his hard work and sent home early Friday to "spend time with his family" (the bonus answer)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

It's That Time Again

Ahhh yes, as we enter my birthday week, we can count on one thing...Gator Football. The Tennessee game normally falls the Saturday of, or immediately following my birthday every year. This year, it's a smidge earlier than usual. I was surprised when I realized that the game wasn't next Saturday. One year, during college my birthday fell on the same day as the Tennessee game. To make it even better, Daniel and I ended up with something like 3rd row seats, somewhere near the 30-40 yard line. Those were the best seats we ever had. And to top it all off, we came from behind to win in the last two minutes of the game (which I believe included one 80 or 90 yard touchdown). It was a great day. Unfortunately, we both lost our voices and sounded like frogs for the next 2 days. So, a hip hip hooray for the first nationally televised game of the year. We're off to Kroger and Lowe's. Must be back by 3:30pm kick off, on CBS. GO GATORS!!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Broke My Gymboree Fast

I've been abstaining from Gymboree for a long time now. Partly because about 18 months ago all the lines got really gaudy for awhile. They have gone back to cute recently. L needed some new fall/winter clothes. We're getting to the stage where...when B was this age I didn't buy quality clothes because we were poor students, so those cheap clothes got trashed. Also, I had just started to make the conversion to buying quality clothes (on good sales of course) when J was around this age, but because she was a winter baby, the sizes are off. I think once we get to the 2t-3t stage, I'll be able to reuse most of B&J's hand me down Gymboree, (other than the stuff that got stained, it's held up really well).

So, I've been waiting for the right moment to place a Gymbo order. Today, the Circle of Friends sale started. I'm on the email list, so I get the sale codes (GYMFRIEND). It's also a gymbuck earning period right now. So with the 30% discount off everything with Circle of Friends, plus only shopping the sale department (20-60% off), I placed my order. I also got a $25 gymbuck. I averaged $6 per item, which I could spend on Target clothes...but they fall apart after a few times in the washing machine. Plus, Target isn't going to give me a coupon for $25 off my next $50 order. The only problem was, things kept disappearing out of my shopping cart while I was shopping. The Gymbo moms go nuts during Circle of Friends.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

HIPPO!!!!


L was very interested in helping with the laundry today...until she realized that her lovie, Hippo takes a bath in the washing machine. Notice the concern as she stares at his face swirling around. She was happy when hippo, and her favorite old quilt were done drying. Naptime!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Costumes, Costumes, Costumes

We own a ridiculous number of costumes (mainly princess costumes). We buy new ones every Halloween (and sometimes I pick up a couple on clearance after Halloween and give them at Christmas). I do it because B&J spend a ton of time wearing them, and acting out whole invented stories involving the princesses and related characters. They literally do this for at least a couple of hours every day. I like to support their creative play habit, and I know the money spent on costumes is not wasted, especially with 3 girls. So, B was wearing her Belle costume from last year, with a train made out of an old ugly sparkly red dress of mine (I cut it in half to make 2 superman capes for them). I asked what she wanted to be for Halloween (I was hoping she had changed her mind). Unfortunately the answer is still Susan Pevensie from Narnia. The reason this is a problem...they only sell this costume at the Disney store, which is where I usually buy them, but they are out of almost every size. Price on ebay...$100...not happening. So, Daniel asks, "Do you want to be Susan in her archery dress with the bow and arrow, or Susan when she gets her crown?". I thought the answer would surely be the coronation Susan, which is the only Susan costume sold (and only sold by Disney Shopping). Surprisingly the answer was "archery Susan" which is what she wears for 90% of the movie. So, now I have to figure out how to pull off this costume...the main problem being where to find a suitable green dress. Any suggestions?

Card Shark...the Saga Continues

J likes to play card games regularly. If you've read her blog, you know we call her an Uno shark. She's got strategy. She is also getting really good at Memory, and beat Daddy fair and square a few days ago. I guess she decided to branch out and start playing card games with her stuffed animals a few days ago. First, she was just playing with her beloved pink bear (above left). Now, she seems to have branched out to more players (see below). This pea is starting to really impress me with her cognitive skills. When we read books, she asks the most interesting and relevant questions. She is an extremely observant and inquisitive person.

New Interests

L has discovered B's Bitty Baby doll. When I went to get her out of her crib this morning she was clutching it like this and patting it's head. She refused to leave it in the crib, and carried it around for quite awhile this morning. I guess we should put some clothes on it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Splurge or Scrimp

Taken from Leslie as usual. She always has good ideas to use.

Splurge:
*Electronics. Daniel has one hobby, and it involves being at home with the family. We spend a mildly obscene amount on having cutting edge electronics (usually built by Daniel and not widely in existence elsewhere). We have more computers than people. Most of it is in various stages of dysfunction at all times. But, we love him, so we deal.
*Movies. We have well over 100 DVDs, 90% of them kids movies, because we don't like them watching commercials, so we buy DVDs.
*Preschool. Preschool for J is costing a ridiculous amount when you figure in the $600+ in fees it took just to get in. At least we paid the whole year in one lump sum and don't have to think about it anymore. But, it's worth it, because she needed the socialization badly.
*Gymnastics. We've spent a lot on gymnastics over the last few years (nothing at the moment). The kids really enjoy it, and when I'm not paying for preschool anymore next year...they'll probably go back to gym, or something else of their choosing.
*Kids clothes. My kids own a lot of Gymboree (all bought on sale and utilizing gymbuck periods of course). I haven't bought anything there in almost a year, but I know I will be breaking that fast soon. I've bought pretty much everything for them at Kohl's and Old Navy for the past year. I justify Gymboree by the fact that I have 3 daughters and they love to get each other's hand me downs (I'm sure that won't last forever). So, they each get plenty of new stuff, plus J & L get lots of hand me downs. Which means...they have WAY to many clothes.
*Furniture. I am finally at the stage where I am SLOWLY buying good furniture to replace the hand me downs, and fiberboard crap. It's not obscenely expensive, but it's not cheap either. We spent a lot on the family room furniture last fall. Next up, master bedroom.
*Food. I always have fresh Boar's Head lunchmeat, Ice Cream, fresh produce (all year round), just a stocked fridge, freezer, and pantry at almost all times. I can always whip up something to feed a crowd of at least 2 big families. For my emotional "good hostess" comfort level, I need to be able to feed unexpected guests.

Scrimp: Basically everything else.
*Food & Household supplies. I am all about the grocery store sale ad, coupons, CVS bargains, etc. I spend a lot less than most people every week, and come home with WAY more food & supplies.
*Lawn care. We do it ourselves, irregularly. We can not justify $100 a month for lawn care.
*Cars. I drive Toyota minivan (Hate that it makes me look like a middle aged mom, LOVE everything else about it). I don't care how much money we make in the future...I will always drive a good minivan until these kids are raised. I don't need anything fancier. Poor Daniel drives my 1998 Ford Escort (from college). The side mirror is duct taped on and it has a cracked windshield. He has no intention of buying a new car until he can pay cash for it. So, I'm sure the next car won't be anything fancy either.
*Household projects. We don't pay anyone to do anything in our house. We spend an inordinate amount of time and money at home depot. We are so busy that it takes us months-years to finish each project. But, they all get done eventually.
*Phone. Our phone is quirky too. We have Vonage VOIP, and spend $25 a month for our phone and all long distance is included.
*Adult clothes. Daniel and I rarely buy clothes...when we do we will only buy things on sale. This does nothing for my image.
*Hair. Daniel cuts/shaves his own hair. I color my own, and have never found an expensive hair cut that was worth the cost. I'm disappointed every time I pay a lot for a haircut, so I've given up. I have bad hair. Whether I spend $20 or $100, it will still look bad.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Update on Previous School Rant

I had a nice conversation with the assistant principal of B's school a few minutes ago. Basically, her teacher quit. I assume she decided to stay home with her new baby. I don't have a problem with that, but I do have a problem with the way she handled it. Quitting with no notice as a teacher, is a horrible thing to do. So, B's permanent teacher will be starting this upcoming Monday. She was the other 1st grade teacher who was on maternity leave. Instead of going back to her official class, the sub in her class is staying for the year with those students, and she will be taking B's class permanently. The AP said that she would be going into B's class tomorrow morning and having a talk with the kids about the whole situation. They are trying to avoid confusing or traumatizing them any more than has already happened. I told the AP that this teacher is smart for quitting, because I think all of the parents must be ready to blast her at this point.

Must Keep a Cool Head...

I'm absolutely about to freak out at B's school. Her supposed teacher, who has been on maternity leave and has yet to show her face, was supposed to be back today. She's been talking about how her teacher would be back today for a week. Well, was her teacher back today, on the agreed upon date of return? NO SHE WAS NOT! B says maybe she quit. How do you quit without ever working a single day? She doesn't even have the "good" sub that she had for the first 2 weeks. She only agreed to stay on for the first 2 weeks of school to help (she had another job she needed to be at). So, she has a different sub for the remainder of this week. What will next week bring?

Daniel says I'm too harsh, but this unprofessional behavior makes me want to punch this lady in the nose (which would be equally inappropriate). I am normally a reasonably calm person (okay perhaps a bit tightly wound) but when it comes to my peas, I can work up quite a freak out. It's a good thing I have low blood pressure, because I feel like my head is going to explode. I called and left a message with the school VP, basically saying, "tell me what is going on here. I am ready to just pull my kid out of school." I understand that this is the teacher's fault, not the school's. But, if the school doesn't put a stop to this, I'm going to go to the school district and formally complain.

I understand that this is not the biggest problem in the world...but it's a big problem for me.

I'm Falling Apart Over Here...30 Here I Come

I have a fever and a sore throat, and I am so, so, so tired. On Friday, I had to go in and take some more blood tests at the Dr's office. This morning they called to say my panel of thyroid tests showed I need a low dose of synthroid. So, now I have to go pick that up. At least that explains why I am so blindingly exhausted despite sleeping 8-9 hours a night. Shouldn't I be gaining weight if my thyroid is hypo? Who knows. Apparently my youthful healthiness is fading. I'm turning the fake sounding age of 29 this month. One more year until I can't really call myself "young" anymore. I love how I rationalize that I am still young based on my age when it's obvious that by having 3 children, I'm clearly not "young" anymore. So, that's my rant about aging, and my health. Time to clean.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

B: Daddy, what color Xbox did you used to have before I was born?
D: We didn't have an Xbox before you were born. There were no Xbox's.
B: (shocked)...more questioning
D: We only had Nintendo back then.
B: Well, what color was it?

Apparently having a black Xbox and a white Xbox 360 means that there were a myriad of Xbox colors, dating back to the time of the dinosaurs...you know like the turn of the millennium.

Memory Lane Monday

I love the smell of fresh corn. I was making some for dinner last night and found my nose buried in the pile of corn husks and silk. It reminds me of my childhood. Our old neighborhood in Illinois was surrounded by cornfields. Last time we visited there, we drove out to see the old house. The stained glass windows my mom made for the bathrooms were still there. The area surrounding the neighborhood was very different. No more cornfields, no more empty lots with wild strawberries growing in them. The whole place seemed a lot smaller through adult eyes.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Law of Smoke Detectors?

Is there some kind of law of smoke detectors that requires the batteries only die (therefore causing a loud repeated chirping sound) in the middle of the night? I swear there must be. L woke up at 5am crying. This is unusual, as she usually sleeps until 6:30-7am. Then we heard the dreaded chirping. The smoke detector right outside her bedroom door was chirping away, waking her up. Luckily, Daniel had extra batteries to replace it. It's going to be a long day.

What do you do when your sisters leave for school? Head straight for their closets and steal their stuff. That's what L did Thursday morning. Went straight upstairs, threw open B's closet, grabbed her hat, and made a run for it.

It seems like this blog is getting kind of L heavy, instead of balanced between the peas. But, in my defense, now that school has started, there is only one pea to take pictures of on T/Th, and only two on M-F.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Napping

At dinner last night, the girls were asking me about my high/low as usual. When I said my low is that "I am so, so, so tired", B said "PSSHHHT! Well just lay down and take a nap then!". She had her crazy Elvis lip going up and was totally shocked that I hadn't thought of that. I explained that I have to take care of them, and I don't get to take a nap when I'm tired. She said, "Well...take one when Daddy gets home then." (he was at her parent night at school...no kids allowed, don't get me started on how kids & siblings are not allowed to go to any of their school stuff.) I said, "I can't take a nap at 7pm, it's almost bedtime." Ahhh, the glories of childhood, when you can just close your eyes and take a nap anytime you please.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I Must Have Lost My Mind

30 cans of spaghettios and 15 cans of soup. It's like I'm running a grocery store.
I know this blog is usually just a journal. But, I do have moments of general bloggy stuff, usually revolving around projects, bargains or gardening.

This week at Kroger they are having an insane sale on Campbell's soups, and Spaghettios. B loves spaghettios (especially in a thermos in her lunch box), and eats them about once a week. They are not all that cheap at 95 cents a can at Kroger. Well, this week they are on a double sale for 27 cents each when you buy 15. Also, Campbell's soups are normally around $1 each, and are on the same type of sale. I also had some coupons and paid around 20 cents a can for 15 cans. So, if your food storage or Hurricane storage needs a bump, go to Kroger pronto. With all the coupons and sales this week, I ended up with an overloaded cart, including a ton of fresh produce (top and bottom packed and stuff falling out) for a very reasonable sum. The only unpleasant part was dragging in and unpacking 30+ grocery bags.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

My Daughter the Stripper

I would love to post a picture of this, but since it's a public site...I won't. L learned how to take her shirt off a few weeks ago. Now, I can't get her to keep it on. She pulls it over her head, then it gets stuck on her arms. Imagine a very tight Bolero jacket. If I don't catch her and put it back on, she eventually wiggles her arms loose. After putting her shirt back on 3 times this morning, she went down for nap. When I went to get her from her crib, she was bare chested again, leaning over with her arm out, and was swinging the shirt around in her hand. Next thing I know, she'll be asking for pole dancing lessons. ;)
L reading a library book, just before strip-fest began.

The Skinny Jean...Ugliest Trend Ever?

I HATE skinny jeans. I'm sorry if you love them. I must be getting old because I remember the skinny jean from it's last run in the 1980's. Honestly, there must be 5 people in America who look good in skinny jeans. I only weigh 104 lbs (yes, I did finally return to my pre-L weight) and I don't look good in skinny jeans. I thought maybe last year was a brief revival and the skinny jeans would be gone this year. But, every time I turn around some "fashion expert" is talking about skinny jeans being "THE thing" again this fall. So, that's my rant for today. Don't worry you won't see me in a pair of skinny jeans with a gigantic metallic handbag this year...or ever.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Weekend Recap + Photos

***Warning this will be boring...

Well, I wasn't on the computer very much this weekend. On Saturday we ran errands (read as Home Depot, where else?) and went out to lunch. I cleaned my horrifyingly messy bathroom linen closet. B volunteered to help me clean the bathroom. She did a great job cleaning all the baseboards, and kept asking for more jobs. Daniel installed a new ceiling fan (the ugly brass one is gone now). He also replaced a couple of other ugly light fixtures (2 more to go). Daniel and I watched King Kong. He bought a High Def DVD drive for the Xbox 360, and it came with a bunch of free DVD's.

*Mom, avert your eyes...you don't want to see this (in my defense
when we moved in with a newborn, I shoved everything in closets out of desperation, and never got around to organizing)


Last night I repainted the hall tree. It's black now and I love it. I think that hall tree is at least as old as I am. I don't remember ever not having it. I actually remember standing in front of it and only seeing myself from the chin up.

*The picture doesn't really do it justice, because of the way the black photographs. Trust me it looks much better.



Today, Daniel worked on the yard. B helped me rip out all the old tomato plants. The heat finally killed them. We did a lot of laundry and dishes. We also had Grammy and Grampy over for dinner. BBQ chicken, salad, and baked potatoes. Grammy brought brownies.

*L's new favorite thing...playing the piano. That is, until she tries to get off the bench and freaks out, because it's slightly too high to get down easily.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Busy

Busy project weekend...here is something to entertain you. (from Leslie, where else?) I think the 5% Dixie is because Y'all does roll right off my tongue after living for so many years in the South.

Your Linguistic Profile:

65% General American English
20% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern