Friday, December 31, 2010
i love it!!
it means i could hang out a comforter that i had to wash (sick kid).
i do not like putting comforters in the dryer, call me crazy but i worry that they will catch on fire.
when i was 10 me and my brother each got a red sleeping bag for christmas. they were the first sleeping bags we ever got, mine was tan on the inside, David's was yellow.
we slept on the floor in our new sleeping bags for a week.
new years eve, my moms and dads went out and david and i stayed home with my aunt pat. david got sick and the sleeping bag suffered the consequences.
into the washer and onward to the dryer the sleeping bag went. everything from here on is fuzzy but the end result is that the sleeping bag had a hole melted in it and no longer zipped up, it stayed that way for years,used as a blanket under the bed spread, im sure my mom has gotten rid of it by now.
i always think of the sleeping bag when i put a bulky comforter in the dryer. and i never leave the house while its in the dryer.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
i had an old nap mat from pre school just waiting to be repurposed into something useful.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
we kept spikey in the jar saturday, and fed him a few ants that i found on sunday, gave him a few drops of water but by this afternoon Spikey didnt seem too happy.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
i got woke up at 6 to the sound of 40-50 mph gusts whipping around the corner of the house. i got out of bed and wandered down the hall where my dad was looking out the front door, my brother and niece were asleep on the couch. i looked out the big window in front and watched the wind blowing the powdery snow up into snow swirls and into drifts, across the road in front of the house. looking down the street the road looked like a sheet of ice.
i told my dad i thought i was going to have to wait until its light out to make a decision about when to go.
my dad's job as a service tech requires him to drive all over this side of the state. he told me even he hated driving in this kind of weather and thought it was too dangerous for me to drive. he also added that all the nasty weather was headed the same way i was.
so i guess we are staying for another day.
my mom is thrilled.
Friday, December 10, 2010
9- finding out what a Squinkie is
8- getting a new pair of PJs for christmas
7- family photos taken at a studio
6- barnes and noble with Dominic and Stella
5- watching my brother use his infinite talent punching 2 punch balloons at once
3- teaching kindergarten AND first grade lessons
2- biscuits and gravy
1- happy kids
Thursday, December 9, 2010
she was convinced before she even brought it in that it was some kind of cream soup. i shot that theory down pretty quickly by the slosh that it made when i shook it vigorously. dominic took it and shook it, turned it even sniffed it. then i decided we needed something to compare it to, so we dug through my moms cupboards shaking cans and comparing sizes of cans.
we determined by the sound (and the code TOMSC) that it must be tomato soup. then mom said "i dont really want tomato soup for dinner" and put it back in the cupboard.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Day1:monday, there wasnt that much to do, a little bit of hand writing, a page of numbers and...oooohhhh, learning about peru, thats the day that we decided that we didnt know much about peru and ended up shopping at worlds window and drinking lattes (now thats a social studies lesson i can get on board with)
Day2: tuesday, there was quite a bit more to do, 2 handwriting pages, front and back. a math paper front and back, 3 pages of reading and more peru.
also many interruptions while he watched my mom taking food out of the freezer, re arranging the buffet and the like. we did todays lesson in our PJs and did our reading work with D on my lap. we worked reall hard on good formation of the lowercase f in cursive.
Day3: wednesday, should have been the quickest and easiest day, 1 handwriting, 1number paper, and a maze about peru. it took way too long, an hour, why you ask? because we started a conversation about George Washington Carver, what he discovered, where he was educated and his personal religious beliefs.
i now have him on a search of the house to find things that start with the letters P-e-r-and u. in addition to this learning time, we spent time balancing a pencil on our upper lip, trying to balance a pencil on one finger and discussing what the meaning was of the name Edward (?).
so you see, its really easy to get off track.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
in madison, indiana we have all of about 5 places to buy toys. the biggest and most visited being walmart, of course. the madison courier does not include ads from places we dont have locally, it consists of a CVS ad, a walgreens ad, and a penneys ad. we get a walmart ad in the mail once a week and since we dont have cable,, theres not much of an opportunity to have the young mind filled with the knowledge of everything there is to want.
we arrived at my moms, in waterloo, iowa on friday afternoon. by friday night Dominic was already asking for pillow pets that he saw on the cartoon network. he has been asking for one for a while but its easy to say no and change the subject when the kid isnt reminded about it every 20 minutes.
over the course of the weekend we got loads of ads in the paper, including the toys r us big book and the target toy book.
i never realized that theres so much rubbish out there for toys. there are so many huge items that look awesome on christmas morning but where on earth are you going to store it when the awesomeness has worn off and that wrapping paper tube has come back as your kid's prized possession?
i also have come to understand (but not embrace, mind you) how it is that adults can go so overboard on christmas. little eyes light up at the thought of millenium falcon lego sets (that never get assembled properly), a ride on plush dinosaur that really lumbers and roars (and runs out of battery power, thus no lumbering or roaring) or a full service mini hair and nail salon for toddlers (total cost after all accessories are bought, 130 dollars). we imagine our kid's face when they see this amazing toy and at the moment of purchase we deem it "all worth it". now you might disagree and it may be all worth it to you, but what i really strive for is something he will love, something he would notice if i sneaked it off to goodwill while he is at school.
i do admit that the pouty face when i say "no" "youre not getting that" is a little sad, who wants to disappoint a kid at christmas but fortunately for me my budget is tight enough to not fall for the theatrics.
the other thing that has been getting to me about toy craziness is that it would consume my son's thoughts if it were allowed to. i have to make a point at these teachable moments to bring up the fact that God gives us everything we need and ALOT of what we want. im also seeing how easy it is for the media to show us what we should have our focus on, and lets face it, it is in no way shape or form pleasing to God.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
another christmas gift,finished!! yay, me!!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
saturday was house cleaning day. it was gorgeous outside and i took it as my last opportunity of the season to hang out blankets.
sunday, ken preached as a substitute preacher at kent baptist, i took it as my first opportunity of the season to wear some of my goodwill winter wardrobe. paisley A-line corderoy skirt 3.95, eggplant top with cute french cuffs and just the right amount of stretch, 2.95.
Friday, October 29, 2010
dominic and noah chase eachother through the mini corn maze with sticks...its what they do, they love the sticks, dominic almost cried when i told him to leave the stick at the farm. then he got distracted by feeding the goats and forgot about the stick.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
wow, it has been almost a week since i posted!! this has been a super fast week!
what i did? you want to know what i did? well, saturday and sunday were spent painting D's room and ripping up his nasty 1970's carpet and re assembling the room quickly so he could sllep there sunday night. and boy was i sore.
monday: work, work work, deal with a boy who cant get right at school
tues: (see monday) and hatch a plan to help said boy get right, and e-mail teacher to have her help me, help boy get right
wednesday: celebrate success of said plan with happy meal, mcdouble and chocolate shake (gastric upset free with purchase)
so today....today, i set about to do what i planned to do last week but which turned into painting D's room...set up my new studio space in the spare bedroom/junk room.
my sewing machine has been in the living room for about a year and a half now and its not the optimum location i have to stretch the cord across a traffic path which could potentially trip the less graceful members of my household. i have to drag out the iron and ironing board every time i set out to create. not condusive to impromptu creativity.
im imagining organized fabric stash, jars of ribbon remnants and this which i plan to make, a spool holder!! yep i love my threads, but the love each other, too much, way too much which means i have to un tangle them from each other when i need one.
i will show you when im done, not before, K? so it may be a couple of weeks
Friday, September 17, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
nights have started getting a little chilly here on the hilltop. i quickly noticed that dominic had only 1 pair of pajama pants, since in the summer large tee shirts were is pajama of choice.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
i also modified these pants, they were american eagle flared pants, i LOVE american eagle jeans, so soft and comfy, and the top fit beautifully, but im just not into the flare anymore.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
i would also like to add that it was made completely with scraps that i had cut off of pants legs when converting them to shorts. waste not, want not i always say.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
yesterday , it was Sean's day again, which included a trip to the bat factory and time at the batting cages. this after lunch at The Old Spaghetti Factory in Louisville, their lasagna was good (not as good as yours mom) and so was the spinach tortelini that Ken had.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
this clock/kitchen timer is the other thing i picked, i thought the timer would come in handy to help The Boy in getting ready for school in a timely manner, we will see how that goes.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
then got a little sillier as i cut a mustache from a scrap of felt and taped it to his lip. it didnt stick very long. so i went in search of printable mustaches. but lo and behold, the printer WOULD NOT do its job.
in the end we found that a repurposed food box colored black made the perfect mustache masks.
an un sharpened pencil held on with a bit of duct tape worked well as a handle. now its masquerade time.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
we took the kids to the Franklin Park Conservatory on saturday, it was a great big family affair that took up almost every available space in Marci's mini van. it was the last week of their blooms and butterflies exhibit. D and M got to hold a butterfly, very exciting.
is she about the cutest thing ever?
are we telling jokes? i like jokes.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
the red check fabric is an apron from the dollar tree that i cut up, 2 actually, the dark blue is something i have had in my stash for a while and the blue stripe is my man's old shirt which i snagged last month when i noticed the collar and cuffs all frayed.